Shallot-Corn Arugula Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Here’s an easy, delicious side salad that goes well with almost anything. Bitter arugula contrasts nicely with sweet corn, made flavorful by browning in a pan, and rich, fragrant, and sweet shallots – all cut by a simple lemony vinaigrette that’s deliciously tart. This is incredibly easy – I used frozen corn – and hits all the flavor receptacles in your brain. Hat tip to Blue Apron for coming up with the recipe idea. I served this with some salmon […]

Mexican Corn Salad (Esquites)

Hey, if you haven’t been to Mexico City yet, what’s stopping you? The New York Times says it’s the number 1 place to visit this year. I’ve actually been twice in the past year. What’s so great about Mexico City? In a word, FOOD. Street food is everywhere in Mexico City and people are always eating and the flavors are good. Like, really good. Tacos, soups, enchiladas, raw tuna with avocado on fried tortillas, grasshoppers – you name it, if it’s […]

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 […]

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. 😉 It’s light, refreshing, but still totally filling. And, you won’t feel full or bloated in your bathing suit! We all know how important that it! […]

Salmon, Farro, and Brussels Sprouts Salad

Hello salad, my old friend. I’ve come to enjoy you again. Because as lately, I’ve been eating, Foods that I should not be eating – Pizza, mac n’ cheese, Cheeseburgers, wings – And yet the hunger deep inside my stomach Still remains. And so… I eat salad. (With salmon and farro and Brussels sprouts, and a lemony vinaigrette.) Salmon, Farro, and Brussels Sprouts Salad Ingredients 1 medium wild salmon filet, about 8 ounces 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced 1 cucumber, […]

Cold Endive Salad with Walnuts and Fresh Dressing

What is endive? Is it an alien food only available in the French alps? Is it the cousin of radicchio? There’s Google for those questions, but I can tell you that endive tastes sweet, almost nutty, and yet a little bitter. This recipe, adapted from Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune via Food52, plays up another feature of endive: its incredible crispness. Soaking endive in crushed ice results in an icy, crunchy delight – totally satisfying and unusual as either an entrée or […]

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 […]

Farro Salad with Mushrooms, Leeks, and Cucumbers

It’s Earth Day! I’m not sure what the proper salutation is for Earth Day (Happy Earth Day? Enjoy your Earth Day? We love you and we’re sorry, Earth Day?) but whatever it is, this recipe will make sure you have a good one. Salad is the usual go-to for vegans, and on a day like this, I bet you’re starting to crave salad. On the other hand, who really likes salad? What you’re probably actually craving is a hearty, delicious, […]

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 dreamed 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 […]

Express Egg Salad

Sometimes, lunch has to be quick, easy to make, and easy to grab-and-go. Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor to make something that’ll satisfy your craving for convenience! This delicious egg salad requires no slicing or dicing and is made of ingredients you already have in your fridge and pantry. Customize it to make it spicy, add your favorite veggies for a more filling meal, or lighten up the recipe by replacing the mayo with more natural, less processed options. […]