Simple Summer Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

When I dream about the perfect salad (and, yes, sometimes I do that), I think about peppery arugula topped with fresh fruits, candied nuts or seeds and the perfect creamy dressing to bring it all together.  This is that salad plus it contains quinoa for added protein.  This salad is light and just screams summertime.  I [...]

The BIG Vegan Greek Salad

Sometimes, like Elaine on Seinfeld, I crave the BIG salad. I want lots of crunchy greens but also something that will satisfy me and not make me feel like a bunny eating carrots and romaine.  Elaine Benes was on to something.  This episode basically invented The Big Salad in my book. Well, this Greek salad [...]

Creamy Broccoli & Zucchini Pasta Salad (vegan + gluten-free)

Cold pasta dishes are perfect for summertime al fresco dining.  This one is super creamy but mayo-free, dairy-free and nut-free.  I used tahini as the base for a slightly sweet and garlicky dressing.  Fresh basil and spring onions make this dish really pop in terms of flavor.  It is loaded with fresh veggies: broccoli, zucchini and [...]

Southwestern Jicama Slaw with Lime-Agave Creamy Tahini Dressing

Summertime means warm weather, fresh produce, potlucks with friends and family and of course outside dining.  This mayo-free slaw is perfect for enjoying poolside or at an outdoor BBQ or picnic.  It features jicama, a vegetable that is crisp, crunchy and basically flavorless... until you add amazing Southwestern flavors.  Think fresh lime juice, cilantro, cumin, garlic [...]

The Ultimate Vegan and Nut-Free Kale Caesar Salad

If there is one salad in need of a healthy recipe makeover, it is the classic Caesar salad. Loaded with raw egg, creamy dressing and a mound of Parmesan cheese, it can pack in a surprising amount of saturated fat, sodium and overall calories. And so, I set out to create a creamy, delicious, healthy, [...]

Spring Quinoa Arugula Salad Bowl

Spring lunches for me are full of fresh veggies, flavorful herbs and light dressings.  I love to combine spring's produce with light and fluffy quinoa and serve it slightly warm or at room temperature.  Because it is not quite summer, I'm not ready for the whole cold salad thing just yet.  Once the quinoa cools to [...]

Thanksgiving Kale Salad with Maple-Lemon Tahini Dressing

Have you ever been asked to bring salad to dinner but want to do more than just lettuce, carrots, tomato and balsamic dressing?  This is the salad to end all salads and wow your friends and family. It is really more than a salad.  Satisfying?  Yes.  Layers of texture? Yes.  Colorful, sweet, flavorful and festive?  Oh, [...]

Agave-Mustard Chickpea Salad

This is my all time favorite chickpea salad.  Not only is bursting with yummy flavor but it is quick and easy to make.  It is perfect for a portable lunch on the go since it is meat-free and super satisfying.  Even if you are not vegetarian, it is a great way to switch things up when you are [...]

No-Mayo Salmon Salad

Lunchtime routine in a rut?  Bored of turkey sandwiches and tuna fish?  Try this easy salmon salad that makes for a quick, light and healthy lunch full of protein and heart-healthy omega-3s. The apple provides a subtle tartness and sweetness to the salad.  The capers and fresh herbs add depth of flavor throughout.  And the celery and [...]

By | June 16th, 2015|corn-free, dairy-free, entree, gluten-free, lunch, peanut-free, salad, seafood, soy-free|

Spiralized Green Apple and Purple Cabbage Slaw with Nuts

Fruit, veggie and vegan protein all in one tasty dish! I can't believe grill season is already here!  This warmer weather could not have come soon enough after such a long and dreadful winter.  I'm so excited to experiment with fresh recipes for this grilling season.  First up is this super healthy slaw recipe which [...]

By | May 18th, 2015|dairy-free, gluten-free, raw, salad, side dish, vegan, vegetable, vegetarian|

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