Category: Salads

Quinoa Tabouleh

Quinoa Ingredients 1 cup quinoa, rinsed 1 3/4 cups water Instructions Combine the quinoa and water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.Remove from the heat and let it sit, covered for 10 more minutes.Fluff with a fork. Salad 3 cups packed chopped fresh curly-leaf parsley1 cup packed chopped fresh…


Arugula and Caramelized Mushroom Salad

Ingredients 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided1 pound assorted cultivated and/or wild mushrooms (cremini, shiitake, oyster, chanterelle, porcini, etc.), trimmed of woody stems and thinly sliced1 tablespoon unsalted butterKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper2 medium shallots, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)4 cups baby arugula 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice2 teaspoons Dijon mustard2 teaspoons honey3…


Grilled Italian Vegetables

INGREDIENTS ½ cup olive oil 3 medium cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried basil Salt and ground black pepper 2 large red onions, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices 3 medium zucchini, ends removed, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick strips, 3 small eggplants, ends removed, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick strips,…


Caesar Salad with Portobello Mushrooms

9 drained canned anchovy fillets, minced 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium head romaine lettuce, cut into bit-size pieces 1 large head radicchio, cut into bite-size pieces 4 garlic cloves, flattened, peeled 3 large portobello mushrooms stems discarded,…


Avocado-Pesto Pasta Salad with Fresh Corn

INGREDIENTS kosher salt 1 lb. orecchiette pasta 2 ears fresh corn, husks removed 7 oz. basil or spinach pesto 2 avocados, pitted and diced Freshly ground black pepper 1 c. chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish DIRECTIONS Bring an 8-quart stock pot of water to a boil and generously season with salt. Cook pasta…


Tropical Slaw with Sweet & Sour Dressing

Ingredients 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1/4 cup canola oil 2 tablespoons sugar Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 12 ounces fresh pineapple, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 large, ripe mango, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/2 head red cabbage, finely shredded 3 green onions, green and pale green parts only, thinly sliced 1/4 cup roughly…


Tomato Salad with Feta, Olives & Mint

Ingredients 6 oz. feta cheese 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint, plus sprigs for garnish 4 large ripe tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices Kosher salt 1/2 lb. cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into small dice 1/2 lb. bite-size tomatoes (cherry, pear, or grape) in assorted colors, halved 1/2 cup niçoise or kalamata olives (about 15), pitted…


Rice Noodle Salad with Avocado, Mango & Chile

Ingredients 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes) 1/4 cup mirin 4 tsp. Asian (toasted) sesame oil 1 tsp. minced fresh Thai bird chile or similar; more to taste 1 teaspoon salt 8 oz. rice noodles (not vermicelli) 2 firm-ripe Hass avocados (about 6 oz. each), diced 1…


Chopped Mexican Salad with Roasted Peppers, Corn, Tomatoes & Avocado

Chopped salads are a beautiful way to show of summer’s terrific produce. Each ingredient is interesting to eat and taste, and together they combine to give you something even better. For the peppers and corn 2 large orange or red bell peppers 2 ears fresh corn 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly…


Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients 8-10 tomatoes, sliced thick, I get 4 slices for each tomato, fill a sheet pan in a single layer. 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 large garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Directions Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Arrange the tomatoes on…


Spinach Pesto with Cherry Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

The pesto coats the warm pasta to make a creamy, rich sauce, which is accented by the crumbled feta and contrasted by the sweet cherry tomatoes. Ingredients 1 pound bow tie pasta 1 recipe pesto (following) 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese or more to taste Freshly ground black pepper to…


MEXICAN QUINOA

Wonderfully light, healthy and nutritious. And it’s so easy to make – even the quinoa is cooked right in the pan! INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapenos, minced 1 cup quinoa 1 cup vegetable broth 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes 1…


Barley, Roasted Butternut & Grape Salad.

Ingredients 1 container of seedless red grapes, rinsed and dried completely 1 small or medium butternut squash, peeled, cut and diced small 1 cup of cooked barley, then cool. a good handful of fresh spinach a good handful of whole pecans or any nuts of your choice toasted, 350 deg for 8 minutes. fresh lemon…


Couscous and Lentil Salad

: 1 cup brown lentils 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 1/4 cups water 1 cup couscous I used israeli couscous, 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup olive oil 1 large garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley 2 cups vine-ripened cherry tomatoes, halved 1 cup…


Bulgur and Lentil Salad with fresh Herbs

This salad is even better the longer it sits in the fridge. Ingredients 1 c dry lentils, preferably green or yellow 2 c water 1 c dry bulgur 1 c boiling water 1/4 c olive oil 1/4 c lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 t salt 2 T mint, chopped 2-3T dill, chopped fresh…


Avocado & Mango Salad

3 medium-size ripe Hass avocados, halved, pitted and cut into medium size chunks 2 ripe Mango, peeled and cut into medium size pieces 1 apple, unpeeled, peeled if desired, cored and cut in small dice 1/2 cup or more to taste freshly squeezed lime juice or lemon juice 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley…


Warm Winter Salad

1 Small red Onion, cut into 1/2 inch wedges 1 small sweet potato cut into 1-inch pieces 1 carrot, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces 1 parsnip, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces 1 small celery root peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces 1 small beet, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces Fabulous!!!! it takes…


Sweet Pepper Slaw

Ingredients: 3 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoon minced Italian Parsley 1 teaspoon sugar 1 clove garlic, minced 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 or 2 red bell pepper,sliced very thin 1 green or/ and orange bell pepper,sliced very thin 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced very thin 1/2 teas salt 1/4 teas black pepper Directions:…


Roasted Tomato Salad

2 pounds ( a mix of small & cherry tomatoes), halved I used 1 yellow and 1 orange tomato fresh for colour. 1/4 cup / extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon Kosher salt 1/3 cup toasted almond slices 6 oz good mozzarella, torn into chunks or goat cheese a handful of torn…


Quinoa & Spinach Salad

• 2 cups water • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach, torn • 1/2 cup dried cranberries • DRESSING: • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 2 tablespoons orange juice • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar • 1 tablespoon maple syrup • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/8 teaspoon pepper •…


GRILLED PEPPER SALAD

This salad of grilled peppers and ripe red tomatoes with green onion, lemon and parsley is fabulous. The peppers can be roasted up to 48 hours ahead of time. 4 red bell peppers, plus 4 Cubanelle mild or hot peppers to make 4 cups 3 large ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced 2 green onions, diced…


PITA AND BEAN SALAD

Toast the pita ahead but mix up the salad at the last minute or you’ll end up with a soggy disappointment This salad was inspired by the Middle Eastern salad fattoush. 1 whole wheat pita breads, in bite-size pieces 2 cloves garlic, peeled 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons lemon juice 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive…


MANDARIN CHICKEN SALAD (shhhhh! its Wendy’s)

Mandarin Chicken Salad 1/2 cup corn syrup 3 Tbls. distilled white vinegar 2 Tbls. pineapple juice 1 Tbls. packed light brown sugar 1 Tbls. rice wine vinegar 1 Tbls. soy sauce 4 tsp. granulated sugar 1 tsp. sesame oil 1/4 tsp. ground mustard seed 1/4 tsp. ground ginger 1/8 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. paprika 1…


RASPBERRY DRESSING

ALMOND-CRUSTED GOAT CHEESE SALAD WITH RASPBERRY DRESSING 2/3 cup frozen raspberries, thawed or fresh. 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons minced red onion 1 tablespoon dry mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice 1 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon poppy seeds ~~~~~ 2 5-ounce logs soft fresh goat cheese, each…


GREEK SALAD

GREEK SALAD A terrific accompaniment for kebabs. 3/4 pound tomatoes, seeded, diced (about 2 cups) 2 cups diced seeded peeled cucumber (from about 1 large) 1 cup diced red bell pepper (from about 1 large) 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives or other brine-cured black olives, halved 1/4 cup diced red onion 3 tablespoons chopped fresh…


Onion, Tomato and Sumac Salad

5 large, ripe tomatoes, sliced 1/2 cm. thick 1 large red onions, sliced thinly 3 cucumbers, seeded and sliced about 1/2 cm. thick hot red pepper flakes to taste 1/4 cup olive oil lemon-based vinaigrette sauce, ideally home made, to taste 1/4 tsp. each salt, sumac and ground white pepper feta cheese, crumbled pine nuts,…


PASTA PRIMAVERA SALAD

This is the best! Everybody loves it………. PASTA PRIMAVERA SALAD 1 lb broccoli 1 12oz pkg bow ties pasta Versatile Vinaigrette Dressing (see recipe) 1 10oz pkg fresh spinach 1 lb smoked turkey breast, cut in thin strips 1 pint cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley 1/3 cup pine…


Black Bean Salad

Ingredients: 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup frozen corn, thawed 8 cherry tomatoes, quartered (gently squeeze out seeds) ½ cup minced onion 2 medium cloves garlic, pressed ½ cup diced red bell pepper 2 TBS pumpkin seeds coarsely chopped 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil…


Spago House Dressing

We had dinner at Spago’s Restaurant in L.A October, all during dinner we were humming and tasting each others dinners. the walnut oil is expensive but so worth it. From Wolfgang Pucks’ world famous Spago Restaurant, here’s his recipe for his special house salad dressing. Ingredients · 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar · 1 tablespoon sherry…


Tabbouleh

1 cup bulghur wheat 1 1/2 cups boiling water 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons) 1/4 cup good olive oil 3 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 cup minced scallions, white and green parts (1 bunch) 1 cup chopped fresh mint leaves (1 bunch) 1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley (1 bunch) 1 cucumber, unpeeled,…


Chinese Chicken Salad with Chile Peanut Dressing

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger 2 teaspoons chipotle pepper puree 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon honey 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil 1/2 cup canola oil Salt and freshly ground pepper 1/2 head Napa cabbage, shredded 1/2 head romaine lettuce, shredded 2 carrots, shredded 1/4…


Roasted Cauliflower with Red Pepper Flakes and Lemon

Roasting cauliflower adds a crispy browned surface and a creamy smooth texture Ingredients: 1 head cauliflower, core removed, broken into even sized pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 small lemon, juiced, seeds removed Preparation: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Put the cauliflower in a baking…


Sesame Honey Marinated Broccoli

Ingredients: 1 large head of broccoli, cut into even pieces 1/4 red bell pepper, cut into julienne strips, 1 inch long 1/4 yellow bell pepper, cut into julienne strips 1 inch long 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted 2 tablespoons olive oil Preparation:…


Italian Salad Dressing

1/4 cup white vinegar 3 Tbls. water 2 tsp. granulated sugar 1 tsp. lemon juice 1 tsp. garlic salt 1 tsp. onion salt 1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper 2 tsp. minced fresh parsley OR 1 tsp. dried parsley flakes 1/2 tsp. minced fresh basil OR 1/4 tsp. dried basil 1/2 tsp. minced fresh oregano…


TGI Friday’s Mandarin Orange Sesame Dressing

1/3 C. orange marmalade 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp. ground ginger 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 1/4 C. white vinegar 2/3 C. vegetable oil 2 Tbsp. soy sauce 3 Tbsp. sesame oil 2 Tbsp. honey 1/4 C. mandarin orange sections, chopped Mixed greens Grilled chicken breasts Measure marmalade, cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic powder, vinegar, oil,…


Fresh Tomato & Olive Salad

For the best flavor, use very ripe tomatoes and don’t refrigerate the sauce. Toss it with pasta, spoon it onto baguette slices. 1 1/2 pounds plum tomatoes, cored, cut lengthwise into thin wedges 12 Kalamata olives, pitted, sliced 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup diced roasted red or yellow bell peppers from jar 1/4…


Black Bean Salad with Pineapple

Black Bean Salad very healthy and very yummy! 1 can black beans, drained, 2 cups, steamed corn, or 1 can drained 2 Roma tomatoes, diced 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper 1/4 cup diced red onion 1/4 cup diced green onions 1/4 cup diced pineapple 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced…


Vegetarian Bulgur Chili

(You won’t believe there is no meat in this delicious chili. Don’t be deterred by the long list of ingredients. Most of them are herbs and spices) 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil 2 onions, chopped 2 green & or red peppers, chopped 3 cloves garlic, crushed 2 cups mushrooms, sliced 1 can 19 oz…


Healthy Tabbouleh Salad

This colorful, vitamin-packed salad is guaranteed to be a winner. 1/3 c. bulgur 2/3 c. boiling water 2 c. minced curly parsley 1 c. mint leaves 1/2 green & 1/2 red pepper 4 firm, ripe tomatoes 4 green onions 1/4 c. red onion 1/4 c. grated carrots 1/2 English cucumber, seeded & diced 1/4 to…


Hot Italian Giardiniera

“A hot and tangy, pickled pepper and jalapeno topping for sandwiches, sausages, , pastas, pizzas, and more.” INGREDIENTS: 2 green bell peppers, diced 2 red bell peppers, diced 6 fresh jalapeno peppers, sliced 1 celery stalk, diced 1 medium carrot, diced 1 small onion, chopped 1/2 cup fresh cauliflower florets 1/2 cup salt water to…


Tomato Salad

This is an incredible tomato salad but there are two things to remember if you want to wow your guests with something so simple. The first is that you should try to get a mixture of different, tasty, local (if possible) tomatoes in all different shapes, sizes and colors. Second, the flavor is brought out…


Ginger-Sesame Dressing

This yummy dressing is a favorite, Try it over salads, fish, and vegetables. You can dilute with water to your liking. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons peeled and minced ginger 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil Combine…


Quinoa Tabbouleh

“Quinoa, once a staple grain of ancient Incas, is tossed with lemon juice, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, green onions and parsley. INGREDIENTS: 2 cups water 1 cup quinoa rinced 1 pinch salt 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 cup lemon juice 3 tomatoes, diced 1 cucumber, diced 2 bunches green onions, diced 2…