Toasted Panzanella with Oranges

This recipe is really a hybrid between panzanella, that classic Italian bread salad, and a southern Italian winter salad made with oranges and olives. Two of my favorites, combined into one salad made out of a whole lot of awesome.  Ingredients 2 oranges, peeled, sectioned, and sliced into bite-size pieces 1 small red onion, minced […]

Ensalada de Noche Buena

My mom used to make this salad and I had no idea it was a traditional Mexican Christmas/Christmas Eve salad. I’m not even sure my mom knew. It was just something the family did. There are so many variations on this salad that I could post a hundred different versions, but at its heart, it’s […]

Olive Potato Salad

There is so much about this salad that I love, a lot! The saltiness of the olives and capers is delicious, but best of all is the dressing. By using dark molasses as a touch of sweetener, you are adding a huge depth of unexpected flavor. The creaminess of the potatoes with the crunch of […]

Mexican Fusion Chopped Salad

Here is an easy, refreshing dinner. Not only will this make you feel full, it is full of flavor, fiber, protein and antioxidants. It uses a lot of southwestern flavors, but I can’t in good conscience call this ‘Mexican’ as it is not authentic. I included two options for dressing – one has fat and […]

Throwback Thursday!

Updating Chicken Chow Mein to Peanut Noodle Salad I have a large collection of retro cookbooks. I love many things about them. They inform us of changing food norms. They tell us what previous generations thought was ‘new and modern’. They are amazing little time capsules. Some of those time capsules are kind of scary, […]

Easy Asian Salad with Video

Since I am 4 months pregnant there are times when I need food NOW! I really like this easy, light little salad. I also sometimes add baked tofu when I need even more protein, so feel free to make that adjustment. Ingredients ¼ cup of chopped peanuts About 4 inches of cucumber, diced About 2-3 […]

Watermelon Salad with Video

This salad just tastes of summer! I love it because it has so many complex flavors, but leaves you feeling ‘light’. You can eat and swim 30 minutes later, for example. Is there a better reason to whip up a big batch for a pool party? I love all the colors of this salad! 4 […]

Fusion Cauliflower Salad with Video

Be careful when you buy rice vinegar! Many have sweeteners added. Sometimes that is just raw sugar (which is best), some add high fructose corn syrup (which is not good) and some add aspartame and artificial color (which is very bad).  The one I used was unsweetened. If using a sweetened vinegar, reduce the agave. […]

Sicilian Winter Salad with Video

Whenever citrus season comes around, I start dreaming about this salad. Like a lot of Italian food, it only relies on a handful of ingredients and that means the salad shines when the ingredients are in season. When they are out of season, this salad tastes like a shadow of its true form. Traditionally, it’s […]

Burned Eggplant Salad

I first discovered the original version of this recipe when looking through Yotam Ottolenghi’s book, Plenty. I was taken with the idea of making what looked like baba ganoush on the surface and adding tart pomegranate seeds and other salad elements to it, despite the name. My version is much heartier and I decided to […]