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Posts from the ‘Salads and Side Dishes’ Category


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 »


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 (, 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 »


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 »


Harvest Veggie Roast

Every Autumn (in most states), the leaves on the trees seem to explode in a rainbow of reds, yellows, oranges, and browns.  But, enjoying the array of color is not limited to outdoors. Vegetables – particularly root and squash varieties – are plentiful so consider making a Harvest Veggie Roast in your kitchen.  Golden potatoes and orange carrots combined with purple cauliflower adds just the right amount of boldness in color and flavor to this roasted vegetable dish. Read more »



Kenchi is not your ordinary kimchi – a traditional South Korean side dish made with salted and fermented vegetables seasoned with spices. Made on James Island in Charleston, South Carolina by Kenchi Ferments, Kenchi is a crisp, fiery, crimson version of kimchi made with cabbage, radish, beets, carrots, ginger, salt, green onion, shallots, garlic, and Thai pepper. Bright and bold, Kenchi is the American south’s version of a spicy Korean crisp vegetable salad. Read more »


Quick Summer Pasta Salad

A colorful pasta salad is the perfect meal on a warm summer evening especially when the whole meal takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish. Fresh, locally grown sweet cherry tomatoes are in season but any type of chopped tomatoes will work along with a sweet Vidalia onion, and lots of fresh spinach with whole grain pasta – but green zucchini, yellow squash, multi-colored peppers, and broccoli florets also make for a delicious pasta salad. Let your taste buds drive your recipe but know that seasoning is essential; otherwise, the pasta salad will be bland. Read more »


Cabernet Estate Reserve® Tomatoes

Low in calories and rich in fiber, it’s a crisp, healthy pick, as easy to reach for as your favorite glass of wine.

Cabernet is often described as complex, full-bodied with dark fruity flavors which is exactly how a Cabernet Estate Reserve® Tomato can also be described. Never heard of the Cabernet Estate Reserve Tomato®?  Village Farms International – a Canadian company that specializes in greenhouse grown produce – grows Cabernet Estate Reserve® Tomatoes – a beautiful brown cherry tomato that is very complex starting with the color:  a deep wine hue with shades of vine. The texture is semi-crisp and the flavor is deeply earthy with very sweet overtones – which is how a sommelier could also describe a Cabernet. Read more »


Pink Lady Chick Pea Salad

Pink Lady Chick Pea Salad is the go to salad when you want something fresh and flavorful but don’t have a lot of time. Full of crunchy fruits, vegetables, and legumes – apple, celery, red onion, and chick peas – the Pink Lady Chick Pea Salad comes together with tangy lemon juice, creamy avocado and freshly chopped cilantro. From pantry and refrigerator to the table in less than 10 minutes, this salad is filling but not heavy, and full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. Enjoy on a bed of lettuce or serve between two whole grain pieces of bread. Read more »


Lettuce Wraps

My first experience with lettuce wraps – butter lettuce leaves offered with a wide variety of fillings and sauces – was at the Cheesecake Factory, which was an eye-opening foodie moment for me. Instead of soft tortillas, crispy green butter leaves can be used as a lighter alternative to hold raw vegetables (bean sprouts, minced scallions, carrot sticks, chopped tomatoes, diced avocado, thinly sliced cucumber or radishes) and/or cooked vegetables (sautéed mushrooms and/or onions, corn, tofu) blended with herbs (cilantro, mint, basil), and sauce (soy, teriyaki, peanut). The options are vast and only limited by what’s in the garden, pantry, or fridge. Read more »


Quinoa and Vegetable Salad with Tempeh Croutons

Quinoa and Vegetable Salad with Tempeh Croutons is a protein and nutrient packed salad that contains a variety of vegetables (green beans, kale, red cabbage, red pepper, cucumber, and scallion) along with quinoa and nutty roasted tempeh. Drizzled with a homemade orange mustard vinaigrette, the salad is cornucopia of flavors and textures. Serve for dinner on a warm summer evening or as a side salad on a cool evening with a hot bowl of soup. Read more »