Artichoke Hearts & Blood Oranges

I’m not sure if there are many other combinations of flavors that can surpass briny, tangy artichoke hearts (water packed) and bright, fresh, sweet orange.  And the opportunity to use blood oranges, with their cherry/berry intensity; well, it was too good of a salad-making opportunity for me to pass up. Spinach Oven roasted carrots Marinated,…

Golden Beets with Creamy Horseradish Dressing

Sweet, mildly earthy, and warm – golden beets are a true favorite.  Their bright orange hue provides a fantastic range of minerals & vitamins but also a brightness on the plate of sunshine captured, stored underground, and available in an unassuming, delicious root.  Roasting brings out the sweet flavor of just about any vegetables, yellow…

Celebrating Purple

Purple abounds on my table this week.  I hadn’t planned it as such, but my lunchtime salad is dark, deep, and gloriously purple, thanks to purple/red cabbage & tart dried cranberries and my evening plate also glows violet featuring purple kale & red onions, mixed with black rice and roasted sweet potatoes.  There must be…

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…

Fresh Fennel & Roasted Golden Beets with Orange

This salad has everything I love: texture contrast (crunchy, chewy, & smooth); bright colors (gold, purple, white, & green); a little sweetness and some saltiness; and a heft that makes me feel full.  3/4 of a fennel bulb was waiting for me to use it and I had originally thought I would buy another, roast…

Delicata Squash with Apple Cider Rosemary Dressing

Kale (Green curly & purple) Roasted delicata squash (warmed) Oven baked, marinated tempeh (warmed) (Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, Balsamic vinegar, Trader Joe’s Apple Cider Jam, Fresh rosemary) Dry toasted hazelnuts Red onion Goji berries (dried lychee fruits/wolfberry) Dressing: Apple cider vinegar Balsamic vinegar Olive oil Trader Joe’s Apple Cider Jam Bragg’s Liquid Aminos Fresh rosemary Shallot…

Autumn Salad

Spinach Roasted sugar pumpkin Marinated, baked tofu (apple cider jam, Dijon mustard, Thai red curry paste, Bragg’s liquid amino acids, red wine vinegar) Red onion Pink apple Cilantro Tangerine zest Dressing: Dried Chile Colorado  (dry skillet toasted & rehydrated) Thai red curry paste Red wine vinegar Apple cider vinegar Tangerine juice Fresh ginger Apple cider…

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…

Mint Chutney Coleslaw

Green cabbage Granny smith apple Sugar snap peas Quorn chicken cubes Salted peanuts Cilantro Dressing: Mint chutney (Mint, cilantro, serrano chile, coconut, salt, lime juice) Tangerine juice & zest Rice wine vinegar Agave Salt Cayenne

Green Papaya & Dried Hibiscus Blossom Salad

Green papaya Marinated, baked tofu (soy sauce, chinkiang black vinegar, brown sugar, red chile flake, garlic) Dried hibiscus blossoms Salted peanuts Green onion tops Red chile flake Lime zest Dressing: Rice wine vinegar Lime juice Green onions Cilantro Ginger Garlic Salt Sugar Cayenne Amchur Fish sauce Braggs’ Liquid Aminos Peanut butter powder