Balsamic Figs & Grilled Mushroom Salad

It’s fig season! Hooray! Hooray! I adore fresh figs: their mild, honey-dark fruit sweetness, softly jammy texture, and delicate acidity are perfection in a mouthful.  When I can get them fresh, I eat them daily and feel no shame in gorging myself on their short-lived beauty. Enjoying fresh figs for lunch seemed the best way…

Spinach & Artichoke Hearts

I absolutely crave briny artichoke hearts!  With a limited amount of time for salad prep a few weeks back, I found myself relying, as I often do when crunched for time, on Costco.  A hug bag of washed spinach leaves, a 6 pack of red/yellow/orange bell peppers, and a tub of mini heirloom tomatoes served…

Grilled Veggies with Honey Mustard Balsamic Dressing

Nothing says “nice weather” like firing up the grill, don’t you think?  An easy to put together salad combines pre-washed, bagged baby spinach with grilled vegetables, hard boiled eggs, and crunchy roasted pistachios.  The dressing came together quickly too; simply by whisking honey Dijon mustard with balsamic vinegar for a slightly sweet, tangy kiss. Spinach…

Watermelon Radish & Cannellini Beans

It’s time for watermelon radishes again! Their cheerful magenta centers, cool crunch, and slightly sweet-hot flavor means spring is coming and I was thrilled to see them last weekend at the farmer’s market.  I love to pair them with other fresh spring-like flavors, like mint & peas.  To show them off in this week’s salad,…

Roasted Parsnip & Persimmon Salad

Kale Oven roasted parsnips  – warmed Fuyu persimmon Marinated, baked tofu (soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, red chile flake, cumin, coriander, garlic clove) – warmed Red onion Goat cheese Dressing: Rice wine vinegar Olive oil Soy sauce Lemon juice & zest Fresh ginger Maple syrup Smashed garlic clove Freshly grated nutmeg Cumin & coriander…

Warm Roasted Parsley Root & Tempeh

Baby Kale & Wild Arugula salad mixes (Trader Joe’s) Roasted parsley root (olive oil, salt & pepper) – warmed briefly before mixing into greens Marinated, baked tempeh (Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, Chinkiang vinegar, fresh rosemary, red chile flake, shallots, black pepper) – warmed briefly before mixing into greens Roasted pearl onions Feta Dressing: Trader Joe’s Truffle…

Fennel & Golden Beets with Tart Cherry Dressing

Kale Fennel Roasted golden beets (olive oil, whole cracked fennel seed, coriander seed, black peppercorns, salt & thyme) Red onion Marinated, baked tempeh ( Bragg’s liquid aminos, balsamic vinegar, pomegranate molasses, Grainy Dijon mustard) Dried Bing cherries soaked in mandarin juice Mandarin zest Parsley Goat cheese Dressing: Mandarin juice Red wine vinegar Balsamic vinegar Olive…

Egg Salad

Arugula Hard boiled egg whites Jicama Celery Green onions Sacha Inchi nuts Dressing: Mayonnaise Yellow Mustard Lemon juice Rice wine vinegar Salt & Pepper Agave syrup Sumac

Jicama, Mandarins, & Avocado

Kale Jicama English cucumber Daisy mandarin Avocado Serrano chile Egg whites Toasted, salted pumpkin seeds Cilantro Mint Dressing: Rice wine vinegar Mandarin juice  Lemon juice Olive oil Cilantro Mint Salt Garlic Serrano chile Agave syrup Cumin Coriander  

Minted Dijon Coleslaw

Red cabbage Green beans Cucumber Orange bell pepper Hardboiled egg whites Avocado Mint Crunchy peas Dressing: Rice wine vinegar Sunflower oil Shallot Dijon Honey Mint Salt Meyer lemon oil