Parmesan Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

We rarely buy store-bought salad dressings. Making them at home is so easy, and saves a lot of money in the long run! This parmesan vinaigrette requires few ingredients, and is very flavorful. I used pre-shredded carrots to save time, and threw some bread crisps on top for some carbs and extra crunch. All you need for the dressing is olive oil, garlic, mustard, red wine vinegar and shredded parmesan cheese. Parmesan Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Ingredients ¼ cup fresh grated […]

Light Avocado Ranch Dressing

There are times when you want the tart flavor of a balsamic vinaigrette to dress your peppery arugula, and there are other times when you want a thick, rich salad dressing that doesn’t exactly scream healthy food. For the latter, I present to you this avocado ranch dressing! It’s rich and delicious but, thanks to some sneaky ingredients, it actually isn’t that heavy. Avocados are having a little bit of a cultural moment, and this dressing takes full advantage of […]

10-Minute Miso Asparagus

I think that easy, delicious, complex side dishes are a genre that needs more exploring. For example, this dish! It takes very little work, uses ingredients that pack a ton of vibrant yet nuanced flavors, is salty and a little bit sweet, and is very healthy to boot. The base of the sauce is a miso-soy, garlic-ginger concoction, which basically just screams “ingredients that punch above their weight!” I use it here with asparagus but, really, it would go well […]

Fish Sauce Vinaigrette with Pearled Barley Salad

What is it with grain salads? For decades, we didn’t know they existed, and now they’re everywhere. Here’s a hint: they’re delicious. In this one, I tried out a new grain: pearled barley. It’s sort of like farro, but a little less nutty and a little more… barley-ey? It’s great for a weeknight, since it boils up to al dente in fifteen minutes. This fish sauce vinaigrette, adapted from The Kitchn, pulls everything together nicely with tart, umami, and salty notes. Although fish […]

Strawberry Mint Watermelon Salad

The summer can be brutal, and the majority of the time, I just want to enjoy a nice, refreshing piece of fruit. Almost daily, my kids and I venture to the pool with packed lunches and sunscreen. The last thing I want to eat is a sandwich, so I created this salad as my g0-to summer lunch. It’s light, refreshing, but still totally filling. And, you won’t feel heavy or bloated in your bathing suit! We all know how important […]

Buddha Bowl with Tahini Dressing

Buddha bowls are my new favorite way to get in all of my vegetables for the day. If you haven’t heard of them yet, I’m sure you’ve seen them around the web, since they’re kind of a thing right now. But what’s with the name? They actually called “Buddha” bowls because they look like, well, a Buddha belly with all of those vegetables piled on top! In terms of what vegetables you can add to them, you can go crazy and add […]

Carrot Ginger Dressing

People can be extremely picky about salad dressings. If ever I decide to have a salad for lunch or dinner from a restaurant, my decision on where to eat is basically based on the quality of the restaurant’s vegetables and how much I like their salad dressing. One of the best parts about the Magic Bullet is the ability to control the proportion of ingredients you use, and that benefit is incredibly useful while making salad dressing. This recipe uses […]

Red Cabbage Caesar Salad with Nori

I love Caesar salad, and I’ve given you several recipes for classic Caesars right here, but sometimes, it’s good to mix things up a little. I was reading a review of Mission Chinese Food, a hip place in New York City that I’ve dreamt about, but never been to. The review described “a startlingly well-calibrated, nori-sprinkled salad of red cabbage in a Caesar-esque vinaigrette of soy, miso, sesame and anchovy. Konnichiwa, Caesar!” That sounded mighty good to me, so I found […]

Apple Pecan Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing

This healthy mixed baby greens salad includes pecans, chopped apples, and crumbled goat cheese. It’s tossed together with a maple balsamic dressing that is quickly made in the Magic Bullet. Nuts are a tasty and healthy ingredient to add to fresh salads, and they make a great protein source when your salad is your meal. The slightly sweetened maple balsamic dressing goes perfectly with the pecans, and perfectly complements the sweet chopped apples. Enjoy this Fall-inspired salad as a main dish, or […]

Sweet Potato and Walnut Salad

You know, salads with balsamic vinaigrette are pretty great, but sometimes the same old routine gets a little boring. Here’s a neat little salad, adapted from Serious Eats, that takes things in a different direction with some Japanese ingredients. The primary component is “shoyu-dashi,” which is basically a mixture of soy sauce and dashi, which is, in turn, a brewed broth of kombu and bonito (a type of seaweed and smoked fish flakes, respectively). Got all that? To make things […]