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…

Carrot and Beet Salad with Fresh Dill and Roasted Pistachios

I’ve made this salad a few times for guests. Every time, someone asks, “Is this on your blog?” And I say, “No, I keep leaving it out, because how many beet salads can one blog have?” And then, they tell me that it’s really good, and it should be on my blog. So… here we…

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…

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…

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…