Herbed Bean Salad with Garlic Toast

There’s a few things I really love… fresh herbs, beans, and garlic toast!  This 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 acidity.  At once, this…

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…

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 it’s…

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…

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 whole 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…