Tag: salad

Chopped Carrot Salad with Mint, Pistachios, and Pomegranate Seeds

Well, December is just flying by (as we all knew it would.)  After a week of treat baking, I am now putting up my tree, mailing cards, wrapping presents, thinking about my Christmas dinner and trying to prep ahead of time for that.  At the same time, we still need to eat, so this new carrot salad recipe is on my list for tonight.  I mean how easy can you get?  Minimal chopping and no actual cooking; yay!!  A perfect side dish for whatever protein you should choose.  Healthy with loads of beta carotene and anti oxidants, plus bonus points for being pretty and colorful.

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Spaghetti Squash Salad with Tomatoes and Pecorino

I have discussed in these posts before that I am not always a fan of substituting ingredients: i.e. If I am eating pasta bolognese, then I want real pasta, not a vegetable spiralized to look like pasta.  I want to appreciate my veggies for what they have to offer without making them a poor substitute for something I really want (rant over now.)  Spaghetti squash is one of those misunderstood veggies that deserves a place at the table to shine on its own merit.  This is a recipe I am excited to try and I hope you will be too.  The picture is one of the other variations of this recipe, but hey, its tomato season, so why not celebrate those as well.  This combo really screams summer to me and I hope if you have been burying your squash under pasta sauce, you will make this salad and give the squash its place in the sun.

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Smashed Cucumbers

I have another busy weekend coming up, so I am posting this early, hoping that there are plenty of cucumbers to choose from…I chose this recipe for a number of reasons: After a big (read eating) holiday weekend, I am looking for lighter, easier recipes for a few days, also, sometimes cucumbers are not my favorite veggie so I look for new ways to try them, and the recipe looks intriguing (who doesn’t like taking some aggression out while cooking…)  This recipe did call for English cucumbers, but slicers will work just as well with a few more seeds.  So, go forth and channel your inner hulk…SMASH…SMASH…SMASH!

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Na’ama’s Fattoush

I have a busy weekend of my other passion; bike racing (watching, not participating,) so I thought I would post this week’s recipe a little early.  As I have mentioned before, I am a bit fickle with recipe sources, but my current cooking crush has lasted over a year and I think will continue on as a regular resource.  The crush is Yotam Ottolenghi and this month I have been cooking a bunch out of his vegetarian cookbook Plenty (I highly recommend.)  This is one of his recipes that is on my list, but I have not done yet (it is not quite tomato season here.)  So, go forth and experiment for me.  Enjoy your week!

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Lemony Green Bean Salad with Feta

Well folks, it does not happen often, but I have been waylaid by a summer cold. In between running for a kleenex and bouts of sneezing and coughing the last thing I want to do is cook an elaborate, time consuming dinner (and as you know, that is one of my favorite hobbies.) So, when the sick fairy visits, I turn to simple dishes that can be prepared in the few moments of respite. This green bean salad is one such dish. It is a perfect side for something from the grill (that hopefully the spouse, kids, neighbor, dog is going to prepare) and hey, it is just the beginning of green bean season, so the perfect time to enjoy them with minimal accompaniment. See you next week…

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Cucumber and Radish Salad with Burrata

Sorry to be a couple days tardy on my recipe post. Friday was a busy, busy day and Saturday, I was feeling a little under the weather, but better late than never. This week’s recipe has one of my favorite things in the world: Burrata. The marriage of mozzarella and creamy cheese curds. It is a wonderful treat alongside crisp spring and summer vegetables (well anything really) and makes a beautiful dish that everyone will rave over. If you cannot locate burrata, you can certainly substitute fresh mozzarella, homemade or good quality store bought ricotta.

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