Salad

Long Bean and Heirloom Tomato Summer Salad

This fresh summer salad was inspired by something I had at one of my favorite restaurants, Barbrix.  The original dish was made with green and yellow beans tossed in a light vinaigrette and topped with delicious grilled octopus.  While I don’t usually make octopus at home, their preparation of green beans really inspired me to […]

Long Bean and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Pea tip, Persimmon and Pomegranate Autumn Salad

This is a post I wrote last year right around this time.  I never posted it because my white balance was way off and I was unhappy with how the photos turned out.  But when I stumbled on this recipe recently I remembered how delicious it was and I knew I had to share it […]

Lemon Cucumber and Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio

I get so excited when heirloom tomatoes come back in season that I quite audibly squeal.  I don’t know if it’s the short season (about 2 months if we’re lucky,) or the unique taste that can’t be found in conventional tomatoes, but they are the one veggie I dream about all year long. I consider the heirloom tomato to […]

Peach Caprese

While I love tomatoes, I’ve become spoiled by working for organic tomato farmers the past two summers.  Their tomatoes have the most amazing smooth and velvety texture with these incredibly unique flavors in each variety.  Most of them are heirlooms and I’ve learned those suckers absolutely will not grow outside of their very specific season (roughly […]

Bok Choy Coleslaw

The beginning of the grilling season has pulled us outdoors and commanded we try to grill anything we can.  But to go along with the charbroiled treats, I’ve been quite a fiend for coleslaws and tasty raw salads which clear the palate nicely.  I usually skip the mayo, using oil, lemon juice and honey for […]

Rustic Heirloom Tomato Salad

These tomatoes don’t need much to taste good.  Sometimes I just eat them on their own, but if you are new to heirlooms and need a simple idea for how to enjoy them, try this simple salad.  It features an easy honey dressing which cuts the sharp taste of some of the more acidic tomatoes, and […]

Baby Potato Salad

Every year growing up my family would dye hard boiled eggs a few days before easter, then on sunday my mom would crack open all the leftover eggs to mash them up in a big bowl of potato salad.  These days I take my potato salad eggless and mayo-less, but that doesn’t means it can’t still be delicious! […]

Napa Cabbage and Snap Pea Winter Salad

I recently visited my good friend Rose in San Francisco, who always inspires me when we share the kitchen.  Our first night in town, exhausted from traveling, she made a delicious dinner which included something she called a winter salad.  It involved wilted Napa cabbage, warm apples, and apple cider vinegar. While this isn’t exactly rose’s […]

Cilantro Lemon Orzo with Toasted Almonds

This is one of those recipes that happened on accident, based on the limited contents of my fridge.  Thankfully, the lemon and cilantro’s bright flavors compliment the hardiness of the whole wheat orzo and toasted almonds in all the right ways.  At first I thought it might be a sort of pasta salad, served cold and […]

Quinoa and Persian Cucumber Salad with Spicy Mint Sauce

This salad celebrates both the cool and the spicy, the juiciness of the cucumbers and the cool mint taste help to defuse the sharp bite of the jalepeno, creating a broad taste profile that is intriguing to the taste buds. Because quinoa is a fluffy high-protein grain and cucumbers are light and crunchy, this dish is […]

Baked Eggplant Bruschetta Salad

I love bruschetta. It has tomato and basil, some of my favorite fresh summer flavors, and in this incarnation I even threw in some roasted eggplant.  But what i don’t love is trying to balance all those delicious veggies on top of a little piece of toast before it finds its way to my mouth.  I figured […]

Purslane and Roasted Corn Salad with a Creamy Dill Dressing

The cool thing about purslane is it’s a succulent!  While most lettuce greens you eat are delicate and thin, this one is thicker, crispy, lemony, and slightly salty.  They are a very different texture than other edible greens.  While it is considered a weed, purslane is the highest source of omega-3 fatty acids amongst leafy […]

raw seaweed salad

there’s not too much to wakame seaweed.  it’s a little salty, has a subtly sweet flavor, and contains small amounts of fiber, iron and calcium.  but what makes it special is the presence of a compound called fucoxanthin, which has been associated with helping to burn fatty tissue. you can get a big bag of […]

super simple spicy hummus dressing

i’ve been on quite the salad kick lately.  it’s just so easy to toss together lettuce, tomatoes, maybe some cucumber or green apple, top with pumpkin or sunflower seeds and finish off with a simple homemade dressing. this recipe has been a big favorite of mine lately – it takes on the flavor and creaminess […]

Salt and Pepper Croutons

Lately, whenever I go home, my sister will give me a ridiculous amount of bread from her work.  My favorites are the rosemary or kalamata olive loaves, but there was so much this last time that I couldn’t possibly eat it all before some of it went stale. Thankfully, that is the perfect time to make croutons, […]