Asian Orzo Pasta Salad

Inspired by Asian flavors, this recipe makes a good warm side dish or cold pasta salad. After having time to sit overnight in the fridge, I thought it tasted even better. It uses few ingredients, and is easy to execute. It works well for a cookout, picnic, road trip cooler, camping trip, simple meal, or…

Summer Wild Rice Salad

While I think of wild rice as an American staple (especially in states like Minnesota), it always feels pretty seasonal. One eats wild rice in the fall or winter. I rarely see it outside of soup or stuffing recipes. It’s a shame, because it has a lot of vital mineral and vitamins, and possesses a…

Italian Grape Tomato, Baby Kale and Farro Salad

A little while ago, we moved back to California. As soon as we got a little settled, I planted a garden. While there’s been a learning curve around growing vegetables (there are so many threats to a plant’s survival!), it has been very gratifying. Not to mention, the flavor of a homegrown vegetable is amazing….

Thai Pineapple Cucumber Salad

From the spicy notes of Thai basil to the sweet, juicy addition of pineapple, this salad takes inspiration from Thai cuisine. It’s fresh, easy and oil free. It brings together spicy elements with sweet and sour elements. Overall, it’s a refreshing salad that is perfect for summer. I’ve been going through a slight obsession with…

Asian Almond Sesame Noodle Salad

Some people are allergic to peanuts, and some people just don’t like them. I’m one of the latter. I wanted to make an Asian Noodle Salad that did not involve peanut butter, but still had a nice nutty flavor. So here we are! This pasta salad is satisfying, and great for any time of year….

Grilled Zucchini Bulgur

This recipe is easy, Mediterranean-inspired and perfect for summer! It takes about 30 minutes to make, and it’s sooo good. I love how all the elements work together in a symphony of summer flavor—fresh mint works so well with grilled zucchini, bulgur and vegan feta. You can use either store bought or homemade vegan feta….

Artichoke Potato Salad

Growing up in the U.S.’s Midwest, we had two types of potato salad—German and Classic American-Style. I didn’t like Classic, because many times, it had hard-boiled eggs in it. And even though German seemed more up my alley flavor-wise, there was bacon. Both salads were non-starters, so I avoided potato salad. In the 90’s, I…

Mediterranean Kale Wheat Berry Salad

If you love tabbouleh, you’ll love this hearty salad! In some ways, it is very similar—tomatoes, cucumber, lemon juice, and olive oil are all involved. In other ways, it’s a departure—no parsley, loads of oregano, wheat berries, kale and capers. Add some additional spices, and we’re on our way to flavor heaven. This is heavily…

Vegan Bacony Chickpea Salad with Ranch Dressing

Recently, I ordered a salad at a plant based burger place here in Portland, Oregon.  The salad was good, but I thought I could do it better.  And thus, we have this salad.  I did not want to do the expected “tempeh bacon”, and instead, I wanted to figure out how to make chickpeas bring…

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,…

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…

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!…

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 Central and 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….