Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad

Light and refreshing, this is the perfect fruit salad for warm days.  Fresh cantaloupe, crisp cucumber, mint, lemon, and rich macadamia nuts, it’s the perfect cookout side or works well as a cooling side dish on a lazy, hot evenings. The best parts… the way mint works with cantaloupe, the refreshing cucumber mingling with lemon…

Grilled Beet Salad

A friend of mine, who is a clinical dietitian and lover of beets, would change everything I thought I knew about beets.  And namely, I thought that I hated them.  She hosted us for dinner, and made some amazing beet burgers from scratch.  While everything was grilling she told me about how beets were one…

Chipotle Bean and Barley Salad

I revised this recipe for simplicity. Let’s just say that I’ve made it a number of times since I first published it, and I realized, it can be easier. What’s not to love about that?!  It still possesses that hallmarks of this delicious dish…a bit of smokey spice from the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce,…

Vegan Classic Coleslaw

Years ago, I had an online dating profile. And on that profile, I listed “Vegenaise” as one of my favorite things. It sent the right message to the right person, because today, I am happily married to that person. Vegenaise, it’s delicious and, sometimes, it’s responsible for love connections. May the vegan mayonnaise in this…

Olive Cauliflower Salad

While I used Castelvetrano olives in this cauliflower salad recipe, feel free to substitute other olives.  Castelvetrano olives are well-known for their mild flavor, so if you prefer a stronger olive presence, go with a bolder olive.  If you have trouble tracking down Castelvetrano olives, you may consider substituting Manzanilla green olives.  It will add…

Grilled Peach Salad

Growing up in the US’s Midwest, I was spoiled every summer with peaches from Southern Illinois.  They were bigger than a softball and incredibly juicy.  So sweet, so perfect.  If you could stand to turn on the oven, they made such an incredible peach-raspberry cobbler. But this post isn’t about dessert, it’s about making an…

Artichoke, Fennel and Farro Salad

In this salad, cooked farro is chewy and bouncy, and a nice contrast to crunchy raw fennel bulb.  The zip of the dijon pairs nicely with sweetness and slightly licorice flavor of tarragon. And shallots and garlic make everything savory! It’s a super tasty whole grain salad that works great for lunch, a light meal,…

Heirloom Tomato Salad

The heirloom tomatoes are back!  And I couldn’t help but feel inspired.  Pairing a juicy, bursting-with-flavor heirloom tomato with crisped tempeh bacon, shallots, and fresh basil with a bit of a white white vinegar and olive oil, felt like a no brainer.  What better way to celebrate the the king of tomatoes than a simple…

Lime Red Curry Salad

Sometimes, I buy an ingredient with no plan.  I’m excited about using it, and I figure, that the recipe will come to me.  In this case, it was smoked tofu.  I’ve purchased it before, but usually with the intension of snacking on it.  After awhile, it occurred to me that it would probably work well…

Panzanella Primavera

This panzanella salad is savory from the garlic and shallots, tangy from the lemon, a bit smokey from the tempeh bacon, a bit herbaceous from the arugula, and with the slightest sweetness from the grape tomatoes.   The textures are awesome–crispy tempeh bacon, toasted bread that’s soaked up just a bit of the dressing, so…

Vegan Crab Salad

This vegan crab salad is as imitation crab meat as you can get!  No need to rely on other fish to play the role, and we don’t have to pretend to be fish market scientists making our own with a blend of starch, fillers and artificial flavors.  We can look no further than humble kelp…

Mediterranean Chickpea Eggplant Salad

Recently, I asked one of my friends, “If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?”  I was very surprised to hear, “Eggplant.”  Despite the fact that I eat baba ghannooj daily (I’m looking at you Al-Amir!), I don’t think of eggplants very often.  They are flavor…

Cauliflower Pistachio Orzo Salad

It is definitely spring!  Walking the dog this morning, the trees are fully in bloom, and the bulb flowers have come up.  The birds are chirping.  With the rain of winter moving behind us, the people of the US’s Pacific Northwest come out to play.  Friendly neighbors smile and wave.   All this great weather…

Texas Caviar

I still remember the first time I had Texas Caviar.  It was a work potluck to celebrate a baby shower.  While my co-worker used bottled Italian dressing, it was still really, really good.  As I recall, it was the one dish that didn’t make it home.  We devoured it straightaway.   I was inspired to…

Chimichurri Chickpea Potato Salad

Chimichurri, so good on kebabs.  So good on everything it touches.  Parsley, cilantro, oregano, red wine vinegar, crushed red pepper, olive oil and toasted garlic are combined with new red potatoes and chickpeas.  It makes for a salad that’s bursting with flavor.   For a variation, cook the new red potatoes out on the grill….

Red Cabbage-Watermelon Radish Slaw

I made the most amazing sandwich today.  It was rich and cheesy.  And it needed an accent.  Something acidic to bring everything together.  It’s nothing a little bit of slaw can’t solve.  While slaws are easy to make, this one tastes best if it has a little time for the flavors to meld.  The hardest…

Lemon Tahini Pear Salad

While working on another recipe for this blog, I was snacking on a D’anjou pear.  I dipped it into some tahini dressing meant for the other recipe, and found it to be incredibly tasty.  I let it kick around in my mind for awhile of what I could do with this flavor combination, but in…

Orange Miso Chickpea Salad with Pita Chips

This is a simple recipe that works great for lunch, a midday snack or a light meal. It requires few ingredients, and minimal time to execute. The flavor is umami goodness. In some ways, this salad is a deconstructed hummus with a bit of a nod to Asian flavors. Overall, it is creamy and delicious!…

Vegan Antipasto Salad

I have always greatly admired Italy.  When I was a kid, I had a “Roma” t-shirt that I wore until the threads gave out.  I would watch foreign movies with my dad, like Cinema Paradiso.  In college, I took years of Italian language classes, and would walk around trying to think and speak in Italian….

Mandarin Orange Avocado Salad

One very cold and snowy evening in Colorado, I was looking through my pantry asking myself the age old question, “What can I make for dinner tonight?”   Sometimes, it’s good to be stuck in a snowstorm.  It’s like your very own episode of Chopped.   I ended up recruiting some stray items from the…

Lemon-Tahini Kale Salad

I still remember the first time I had fattoush salad.  It was a 2003 featured recipe in Vegetarian Times.  The chewy and crisp pita, the crunch of fresh cucumbers, and the lip puckering goodness of lemon and sumac, it was everything a salad should be.  Light, refreshing and yet, hearty at the same time.  I…

Apple Celeriac Salad

If stored properly, celeriac can keep for 6 to 8 month–making it an ideal vegetable for the long, cold winters of Eastern Europe.  While it isn’t much of a looker, it boasts a high level of vitamin C, is a good source of B vitamins, and offers a high amount of dietary fiber.   Every…