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Caramelized Cauliflower and Arugula Salad

Caramelized Cauliflower and Arugula Salad

Cauliflower replaced kale as the darling of trendy vegetables awhile ago, but it’s still going strong at my house. What’s not to love about a healthy vegetable that is easy to cook and can be seasoned in countless ways? Admittedly though, roasting is the only…

Crispy Chicken Salad

Crispy Chicken Salad

Every so often I crave fried chicken. Not the thickly battered, slightly greasy bone-in pieces I associate with a not to be named fast food restaurant that showed up in a cardboard bucket at my childhood picnics. Instead a version using boneless, skinless chicken and…

Pear Spinach Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

Pear Spinach Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

 Many people shy away from buying pears because of the frustration of not knowing when they are ripe to eat. I did the same thing until I learned the secret to knowing just when they are ready. It’s just a gently push on the stem…

Citrus Kissed Winter Salad

Citrus Kissed Winter Salad

Winter salad ingredients can be every bit as inspiring as those in summer. Thinly sliced Brussels sprouts, baby kale leaves, juicy mandarin orange sections, creamy avocado chunks and pomegranate seeds all tossed together with a lime honey vinaigrette are proof of that. The addition of coarsely…

Butter Lettuce Salad with Red Pears, Roast Pecans and Gorgonzola

Butter Lettuce Salad with Red Pears, Roast Pecans and Gorgonzola

I have a little story to tell about the power of a good recipe, friendship and six degrees of separation. Having been distracted these past few months with projects that have taken my creative energy away from my blog, I’d been feeling a fair amount…

Last Push Panzanella

Last Push Panzanella

With a little less than a week to spare before the official end of summer, here’s one last indulgence with what I consider summer’s savory candy. Promise me you’ll use homegrown or locally grown tomatoes for this modified version of the beloved Italian Panzanella salad.…

Summer Kissed Watermelon Salad

Summer Kissed Watermelon Salad

I don’t remember the outcome, but the images from the watermelon eating contest between my older teenage sister and her best friend, are as clear as if it was yesterday. Not the typical something two sixteen-year old girls do, so it made an impression. Hands…

Seared Salmon with Sesame Kale Salad

Seared Salmon with Sesame Kale Salad

It’s salmon season and if you’re like me you are always interested in a new way to prepare it. And honestly, as much as I like the flavor of salmon, it’s possible I eat it perhaps more because it contains Omega-3 fatty acids that have…

Thanksgiving Weekend Salad Bowl

Thanksgiving Weekend Salad Bowl

In the days following Thanksgiving what’s needed is a bit of redemption from overeating and ideas for what to do with leftover turkey. Here you have both. And most of the ingredients might be on hand in the pantry and refrigerator – leftover remnants from doing…

California Chicken Chop Salad

California Chicken Chop Salad

I count you one of the lucky ones if you’ve tasted a date shake. My husband introduced me to them many years ago at Hadley’s Fruit Orchard about 30 miles West of Palm Springs, California. Back then, their location was marked by a huge metal…

Strawberry Quinoa Green Salad

Strawberry Quinoa Green Salad

Inevitably we overate, stained our clothes and there were tears. Four siblings loaded into our Mercury Marquis station wagon, driven to the u-pick strawberry farm and unleashed to fill a flat. It wasn’t long before one of my brothers became bored with the picking and the…

Chipotle Chop Salad

Chipotle Chop Salad

The components of an exceptional salad are simple. Begin with fresh, chilled greens. Add several ingredients that harmoniously work together to add interesting flavor and texture and toss them with preferably homemade vinaigrette. I’m a fan of Mexican and Southwest ingredients so I’ve brought some…

Spinach Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

Spinach Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

I know it’s winter and a bowl of warm bean soup or a slow simmering chunk of meat are mostly on your mind (and they’re on mine too), but I’m still craving a good, substantial leafy salad for dinner. And something healthy to increase the…

Ancient Grains, Super Tasters and Yin and Yang – Kamut, Almond and Kale Salad

Ancient Grains, Super Tasters and Yin and Yang – Kamut, Almond and Kale Salad

Kamut is one of the grains I have been experimenting with in green salads. The inspiration came from a salad I ate at the Whale Wins – Renee Erickson’s Seattle restaurant. Pronounced “kah-moot”, kamut is an ancient grain with origins in Egypt. It’s a high…

Spring Greens with Chicken and Lemon Thyme Buttermilk Vinaigrette

Spring Greens with Chicken and Lemon Thyme Buttermilk Vinaigrette

I’m back and I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I really hope you haven’t stopped relying on my recipes and wandered off somewhere else looking for dinner inspiration. Here it comes. I found new salad recipe ideas in several places, some in Seattle…

Autumn Falafel Salad

Autumn Falafel Salad

Things are getting challenging in my kitchen. Gone are the days when all four of us would eat most kinds of food. Instead I hear things like “I won’t eat that kind of meat” or “no dairy for me”. My kids are typical Gen Y…

Middle Eastern Greens and Couscous Salad

Middle Eastern Greens and Couscous Salad

My daughter brought home a take out salad a few weeks ago excited for me to try it because she thought it was amazing. Just one bite into it and I agreed. It reminded me of a salad recipe  I used in my summer salad…

Thai Chop Salad with Basil and Mint

Thai Chop Salad with Basil and Mint

Thai cooking was the most popular class I taught over a span of 15 years. The mystique of cooking from this culture which many people hadn’t experienced, combined with the exotic nature of the ingredients were my explanation of why. But true to most things…

Curry Chicken Salad with Coconut

Curry Chicken Salad with Coconut

I’m ushering in the spring equinox with one of my favorite salads and keeping my fingers crossed that the warmer weather will be finally coming our way. Cheers to the beginning of spring. Curry Chicken Salad with Coconut   Print Serves: 4 Ingredients 4 cups…

Asian Chicken Salad with Crispy Won Tons

Asian Chicken Salad with Crispy Won Tons

Okay, I know that last Thursday was the final day of summer but I just couldn’t resist posting this salad recipe in hopes that we’ll have a few more warm days in the coming weeks and you still may want something lighter to eat. Not…