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Posts from the ‘Salads and Side Dishes’ Category

27
Oct

Create Your Own Salad

Create Your Own Salad is a 21st century phenomena that appeals to a lot of people who want to decide what ingredients they want in a salad. Not satisfied with the one salad fits all, fans of Create Your Own Salad are by nature people who know what they like and are not afraid to speak up.

When I do take out, I often look for a place where I can create my own salad but when I’m at restaurant, it’s often more difficult (I try not to be that pain-in-the-ass customer who drives servers crazy, at least not to the extent of Meg Ryan’s character, Sally Albright in the 1989 classic “When Harry Met Sally,” but have come close). Read more »

5
Oct

Kale Pesto Citrus Salad

Kale Pesto Citrus Salad made with kale, pesto, and a navel orange is not your typical kale salad, but the combination of these three alpha ingredients makes for a truly delicious salad that is also nutritious and colorful.  The other ingredients – beets and sliced almonds – are not as bold but add significant flavor and texture to a perfect Autumn salad.

The key to this salad is a light pesto dressing. I use Seggiano Kale Pesto* which captures the dark leafy green flavors of black kale (or “cavolo nero”), a hearty winter vegetable but a traditional pesto sauce is also delicious. My recipe calls for 2-3 tablespoons diluted with a 1/4 cup of water to make the dressing light. Don’t underestimate the importance of the navel orange pieces. The flavors of kale and orange work really well together. Read more »

29
Sep

Bean Salad

Beans are one of the foods I try to eat every single day and to ensure I do, I often make a bean salad. Although the recipe below is my go-to favorite, I often change the types of beans or seasoning depending on what I have on hand. The one ingredient always included is a crisp apple because the sweetness and crunchy texture go so well with beans that have a soft texture and mild flavor. But, it’s the avocado and walnuts that really make this salad special. Try the recipe and then be creative and mix it up based on what you have in the refrigerator and pantry. Read more »

16
Aug

Side Dish: Rebel Green Potatoes

Anything with the word “rebel” appeals to me so when I was shopping last week, a container of Organic Girl “Rebel Greens” caught my attention. Upon closer look, the container also said ” “not kale. not sorry.”  Chuckle, Chuckle.

Someone at Organic Girl has a good sense of humor and has decided to address the elephant in the room:  kale, that dark green leafy vegetable known for being a powerhouse of nutrients that also tastes like a dose of bitter.    The dilemma is often how to get the greens and enjoy the meal. After all, eating is supposed to be pleasurable and satisfying, right? Read more »

30
Jul

Light Potato Salad

A classic summer dinner menu often includes potato salad – that traditional “all-American” (note: traditional potato salad originated in Germany according to many food historians) side dish that graces our tables more often in the warm months than any other time of the year.

Everyone has their favorite recipe (my husband is still mourning his mother’s mayo and hard-boiled egg version that hasn’t graced his dinner plate in a decade), including me who advocates for a lighter, healthier version with no mayo, very little oil (and no eggs).

At the center of the dish is the potato and it does make a difference which potato you use. The small red potato is best because it holds its shape when cooked. In addition, red potatoes have a low starch content with a creamy, moist flesh that makes it ideal when mixed with other ingredients to make a salad. Read more »

30
Jun

Confetti Slaw, Black Bean Quinoa Salad, and Roasted Carrots

The perfect summer lunch plate – Confetti Slaw, Black Bean Quinoa Salad, and Roasted Carrots – was inspired by a Purple Carrot recipe (Chipotle Roasted Carrots with Confetti Quinoa Salad, Black Beans, and Cumin Yogurt).

I’m a big fan (and subscriber) of Purple Carrot TB Performance meals (high in protein, gluten-free, and plant-based) but I prefer little or no added oils and no creamy yogurt or vegan mayo sauces.  So, whenever I start to cook one of these meals, I figure out ways to reduce, eliminate, substitute, and/or add other ingredients so as to not give up flavor. Read more »

27
May

Kale Beet Salad

Kale is one of those greens that I am always struggling to get more of because this dark green leafy nutrient-dense vegetable is just so good for our bodies.  So, when I received my box from the Purple Carrot this week, I zeroed in on the recipe for “Cajun Roasted Broccoli Bowls.”

After quickly scanning the recipe (I am never one to follow a recipe), I decided to make a variation (from a bowl to a salad) by eliminating the added oils, the Cajun blackened seasoning and a few other ingredients while adding avocado, pumpkin seeds, and a seasoning called Salad Sprinkle by Frontier Co-op – a blend of sesame seeds, bell pepper, black pepper, lemon peel, green onion, celery flakes, and chervil, but you can use any seasoning (salt, pepper, fresh herbs, chopped parsley). Just make sure to add some type of seasoning to enhance the flavor of the vegetables.  Read more »

5
Feb

The Rainbow Spinach Salad

Rainbows are in short supply in the wintertime so instead of looking outside turn to the kitchen for an updated version of the spinach salad.  I call this salad a Rainbow Spinach Salad because of the array of colors: red, yellow, light green, orange dark green, and deep purplish black. Although beautiful to look at, the Rainbow Spinach Salad is a feast to savor with only one caveat:  you must like fresh beets because there are two types (both yellow and red) and they are a substantial part of this easy-to-make salad. Read more »

2
Jan

The How Not To Die Cookbook

When the groundbreaking book, How Not To Die was published in December, 2015 by Dr. Michael Greger, MD, who had no personal financial stake in book sales because all of the proceeds are donated to charity (www.nutritionfacts.org), the public took notice putting the book on the New York Times Bestseller List instantly and keeping it there for more than a year. Read more »

23
Dec

Holiday Spinach Salad

Spinach Salad takes on a new twist this holiday season with the addition of fresh, organic roasted red beets. The dark green spinach leaves tossed with a light mustard maple salad dressing and then sprinkled with dark red beets, light green avocado pieces, lightly toasted pecan halves, and roasted pumpkin seeds makes for a nutritious and delicious lunch or dinner salad.

The Holiday Spinach Salad was inspired by Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s recipe for Roasted Yellow Beet Salad with Warm Maple-Mustard Dressing – a light summertime salad that I often make during the warm months. The Holiday Spinach Salad is a bit more substantial with the yellow beets replaced with red beets and the addition of fresh avocado chunks and crunchy pumpkin seeds – and the omission of red onion. Read more »