Amazing Roasted Butternut Squash and Avocado Salad

I initially wanted to make a salad with raw butternut squash, and I started thinking about combining butternut and avocado. Then I thought that the textures might not work so well, so I decided to roast the squash. The rest just came together, and I found this salad to be perfectly balanced in terms of…

Avocado Curry Salad

Fresh and spicy, this salad takes just minutes to toss together, and makes a wonderful light lunch, or a surprising and refreshing side dish. Ingredients: 1 ripe avocado, cut into medium chunks Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved 5-10 mushrooms, halved or quartered (depending on size) 1/4-1/3 cup red onion, diced 1 hot pepper, sliced (optional)…

Lemony-Garlicky Fresh Fava Beans

Fava beans, broad beans, fool beans, or whatever you may call them, are a delicious, nutritious, and  unusual treat. I had recently tasted a lentil salad with lemon peel in it, which inspired me to try adding a twist to these hearty Middle Eastern beans. Note: Some peel the outer shell of the bean after…

Alt-Slaw 2 – A White Cabbage Variation

  The Alt-Slaw has become a regular on our table, but I’ve been looking for what to do with white cabbage, which has been arriving at my doorstep weekly in my organic vegetable basket. I’ve played around with a few recipes, and finally come up with one worthy of a post. I hope you’ll agree!…

Artichoke and White Bean Salad

This wonderful salad marinates in your fridge and tastes delicious all week (if it lasts that long). I use frozen artichoke bottoms, like these, which should be available in Middle Eastern grocery stores. If I couldn’t find them, I’d probably use these instead. Ingredients: 1 package frozen artichoke bottoms (or hearts) 1 cup cooked or…

Pantry Pasta Salad

The only fresh ingredient in this delicious, gourmet pasta salad is fresh basil, which I recommend you grow (in your garden, if you have one, a window box, or a kitchen planter), or, alternately, buy fresh, chop, and keep in your freezer, so you can have it on hand in a pinch. If you keep…

Alt-Slaw

My new favorite salad. Hands down. Ingredients: 1/2 – 1 head red cabbage, shredded 1 large head broccoli 1/2 large/1 small red onion, sliced into wedge-shaped slivers Large handful toasted/roasted peanuts Sprinkling toasted/roasted sesame seeds 1 batch Sesame-Peanut Salad Dressing Instructions: Toss vegetables with dressing. Sprinkle with nuts and seeds. Enjoy!

Emerald Quinoa Salad

I have been on a salad kick, and I have a backlog of salad recipes to post. I will try to get them up over the coming days. The photos are not fabulous, but the salads are pretty solid, if I do say so myself… Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups quinoa cooked in 2 1/4 cups…

Green Bean and New Potato Salad

This has entered the regular rotation in our home. It’s fresh, filling, and nutritious. Even the kids like it around here. This salad is great served fresh, and in some ways even better after marinating overnight in the fridge – the colors fade, but the flavors get bolder. It makes a great pot luck dish,…

Hot Pepper, Black Bean, and Cherry Tomato Salad

Inspired by Courtney and her hanging garden… Warning: If you have an aversion to spicy food, cilantro, or arugula, this is not for you. Note: The version I had for dinner did not have scallions in it, but I wished it had, so I added it to the ingredient list, untested. 1 basket ripe cherry…

Herbed Mushrooms

This is a brand new one. Saw the mushrooms in the store. Had to have them. 25 clean button or baby bella mushrooms 2 tbs butter and/or olive oil 4 large cloves garlic, crushed 1 healthy sprig fresh oregano 1 sprig fresh sage 1 pinch coarse salt freshly ground black pepper, to taste optional: 2-3…