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…

Sicilian Eggplant Crostini

Fancy appetizer, delicious snack, light lunch, hearty side. However you look at it, these vegan crostini are where it’s at! Some crushed red pepper, green olives, eggplant and fresh tomato… it’s really something. A few bites, and it’s on to the next one. They taste amazing straight out of the oven or after several hours…

Lemony Greek Wheat Berry Salad

This Mediterranean-inspired grain salad is chewy from the wheat berries, crunchy from the orange pepper and cucumber, and possesses a flavorful lemon herb dressing that keeps you coming back for more! And best of all, Lemony Greek Wheat Berry Salad’s texture holds up, even after a day or two of refrigeration. It is great for…

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….

Black Bean Avocado Salsa

Black bean avocado salsa… the perfect answer for “lunch?” The crowd-pleasing homemade addition to a potluck. An awesome topping to a baked sweet potato. A delicious filling for a tortilla wrap. A tasty topping to a Southwestern-themed green salad. Over and over, black bean avocado salsa is my go-to, whether it is the meal, a…

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….

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…

Lentil Dill Salad

Fresh herbs make everything taste better. This easy, delicious, nutritionally dense salad is no exception! It tastes fantastic right after it’s been mixed together. The fresh dill and fresh chives are perfectly paired with lemon juice, a hint of dijon and olive oil. It’s almost too easy to eat this healthy. This salad is great…

Herbed Bean Salad with Garlic Toast

There’s a few things I really love… fresh herbs, beans, peas and garlic toast!  This vegan bean salad recipe combines all of them for a seamlessly delicious meal.  I love the contrast between the warm, crisped garlic toast, and the cool, fresh bean salad.  The celery brings some crunch, and the sherry vinegar brings the…

Vegan Broccoli Pasta Salad with Fresh Italian Herb Dressing

When I was a kid, my mom would let me pick a pasta salad from the deli counter at our local grocer every week.  I always looked forward to it, and I almost always picked the same pasta salad.  It had broccoli, sliced black olives, and a tangy vinaigrette.  While I was coming up with…

Creamy Chickpea Salad

Going to a new place and exploring is an important part of our lives.  We love road trips! Being prepared for the open road is also an imperative, especially when you know you’ll be passing through hundreds of miles of desert.  You’d be lucky to find a gas station; let alone, a vegan meal.  So,…

Edamame Kale Slaw with Orange Sesame Dressing

This refreshing Asian-inspired vegan slaw works well as a side dish, lunch salad, or light dinner. It’s healthy, easy to make, and tastes great. A few notes…   If you are also not a big orange juice fan and cannot justify buying a whole carton of it for this recipe, don’t do it. Just buy…

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,…

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!…