2 med red/waxy potatoes, well scrubbed (about 12 ounces total)
2 med carrots, peeled and cut crosswise in half (about 7 ounces total)
2 med beets, scrubbed well (about 10 ½ ounces; see headnote)
1 cup canned white beans, such as navy or cannellini, drained and rinsed
½ cup sauerkraut, drained
⅓ cup diced dill pickles
½ cup chopped red onion
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 ½ tablespoons distilled white vinegar
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons fresh dill sprigs, for garnish
Place the potatoes and carrots in a deep saucepan and the beets in a separate deep saucepan. Add cold water to cover each by about an inch and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the vegetables can be pierced with a skewer or paring knife. (They are best cooked until slightly underdone since they will continue to cook as they cool.) Remove the carrots with a slotted spoon after about 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes and beets once they are done, about 25 minutes for the potatoes and 45 minutes for the beets. Refrigerate until cool.
Use your fingers and/or a paring knife to remove the peel from the beets, then cut the vegetable into ½ -inch dice. Peel and dice the potatoes the same way. Dice the carrots. Combine the potatoes and carrots, plus the beans, sauerkraut, pickles, onion, oil, vinegar and salt in a large bowl and toss to incorporate. Gently fold in the beets.
5ouncesfresh spinachhalf a 10 ounce bag1 and 1/2cupsdry small pasta 3/4cupchopped celery 3/4cupdried cranberries 1 can(15 ounces)can mandarin oranges 1large Granny Smith Apple 1teaspoonlemon juice 1/3cuppecans,coarsely chopped* Optional: Feta cheese
2tablespoonsapple cider vinegar
2tablespoonswhite wine vinegar
1/8teaspoon each:paprika & onion powder
4tablespoonsolive oil or vegetable oil
Cook the pasta according to package directions.
While the pasta is cooking, prepare the dressing. In a food processor or blender (I used my small Twister jar on the Blendtec) combine the apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, sugar, (adjust — more or less to personal preference, we like a less sweet dressing and use about 2 tablespoons) paprika, and onion powder. Pulse or blend for about 10 seconds. Slowly add in the oil and pulse until just combined. Stir in the poppyseeds. IF you don’t have a blender or food processor you can combine the ingredients in a bowl or mason jar and whisk (or shake jar) vigorously.
Drain the pasta once it’s cooked through and immediately toss a few tablespoons of the dressing with the pasta. This helps the pasta soak in the dressing and the flavor.
Chill the dressed pasta in the fridge.
Meanwhile, combine the (washed and de-stemmed) spinach with the chopped celery in a large bowl. Add in the cranberries and a can of drained mandarine oranges.
If desired peel the apple (We like to leave on the peel!) and then slice into thin slices. Toss with lemon juice and then add to the salad.
Pour dressing over the salad and toss. Add in the completely cooled pasta and toss with the rest of the salad.
If you want to toast the pecans, place them in a single layer in a dry saucepan (don’t add anything) over medium heat. Stir constantly until the nuts are barely fragrant — just a couple of minutes. Watch carefully as the nuts are VERY easily scorched/burned.
Alternatively, you can candy the pecans if desired. Check the link in the last paragraph of the blog text for how to candy pecans. *UPDATE: we’ve found we like this salad even more with the pecans coarsely chopped- you’ll get more in each bite! 🙂
Top the salad with the pecans and (if desired) feta cheese.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place whole and unpeeled beets in a foil packet in a single layer. Roast in the oven for 1 – 1 /12 hours until just tender. You don’t want mushy beets. When beets are cooled, peel off skin with your hands and slice.
Layer beets, onion, basil and avocado on a plate. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon, plus more lemon juice for serving
2teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1tsp fine sea salt, more pen
1tsp coarsely ground black pepper
Dash or two of hot sauce
⅓cup extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
2tbsp mayonnaise, sour cream or crème fraîche
1tbsp Dijon or whole-grain mustard
½cup thinly sliced scallions (white and green parts)
¼cup chopped parsley
2tbsp chopped basil or dill
Cook the potatoes in a pot of well-salted water until they are very tender but not mushy, 15 to 22 minutes. Drain well.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together lemon zest and juice, rosemary, salt, pepper and hot sauce. When the salt is dissolved, whisk in the olive oil, mayonnaise and mustard.
Add potatoes to the bowl and mix them very well, until well coated with dressing. Then use the spoon to mash about a quarter of them. You want 1-inch (or so) chunks of potatoes coated in some mashed potatoes. Add scallions and parsley and toss well. Taste and add more salt, lemon juice, hot sauce and olive oil, if needed. Scatter chopped basil or dill over dressed potatoes. Serve warm or at room temperature, but not cold.
Break the head of cauliflower up into chunks and cut into desired sized pieces.
Add all the cauliflower to a microwave safe bowl and cover bowl with damp paper towels. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Re-dampen the paper towels and microwave for another 3 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender.
Dice the bacon, hard boiled eggs, celery, red onion and chives and add it to the bowl of cauliflower.
In a separate bowl combine the mayo, mustard, apple cider vinegar, salt and black pepper and then pour it over the cauliflower mixture.
Combine the entire mixture thoroughly with a spoon and add any additional salt and pepper as you see necessary.
Store in a sealed container in the fridge up to one week. Serve cold and enjoy!
12 ounces thin Asian vermicelli noodles such as rice stick or mung bean
2 carrots, shredded
2 cucumbers, seeded and shredded
4 green onion, chopped
1½ cups fresh bean sprouts
⅓ cup chopped cilantro
½ cup fish sauce
½ cup seasoned rice vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
Soften the vermicelli noodles in a large bowl by covering with boiling water and soaking for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Rinse under cold water, drain, and add to a large bowl. Add the shredded carrots, cucumbers, bean sprouts and chopped cilantro to the noodles.
In a glass jar fitted with a lid or a bowl, mix together the fish sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, garlic and crushed red pepper. Pour ¾ of the dressing over the noodles and toss to coat. Add more dressing if desired. Sprinkle with more cilantro and green onion and a squeeze of lime if desired. Salad can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight, however if making ahead, add the cilantro just before serving.
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water
2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 large egg yolk
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1 heart of romaine lettuce, rinsed and cut in half lengthwise
salt & pepper
olive oil (optional)
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Add ingredients to Blendtec jar in order listed and secure lid. Select “Dressing” and serve. The dressing tastes best when you refrigerate it overnight in a sealed container – the ingredients are allowed to marry together.
How to Grill Salad
If using a gas grill, turn on the gas and turn the heat to high. Let the grill heat up for at least 10 minutes. If using a grill pan inside, heat grill pan on medium to medium high for 3 to 5 minutes.
Salt and pepper the insides of your romaine lettuce halves. Sprinkle olive oil on the halves, if you wish. Add to hot grill or grill pan and cook for about 1 to 3 minutes tops. Flip to grill the other side for 1 to 2 minutes and you’re done. Serve immediately with caesar dressing and parmesan cheese on top.
*Store the dressing in the refrigerator for about a week. If serving as a side salad, one whole heart can serve up to 4 or 5 people.
1 large English cucumber, seeded and cut into ½-inch dice
1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
¾ cup minced red onion
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
½ cup pitted Kalamata olives
8 ounces feta cheese, ½-inch diced
extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preaheat the oven to 425 degrees.Combine the farro with 4 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes, until the farro is just cooked. Drain and pour into a large bowl. Whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Pour over the hot farro and stir well.
Meanwhile, place the red pepper slices on a half sheet pan and toss with 2 teaspoons olive oil and ¼ teaspoon salt. Roast for 20 minutes, turning once halfway through. Set the peppers aside to cool slightly.
Add the cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, roasted peppers, parsley and olives to the bowl with the farro. Stir until combined, then gently fold in the feta. Serve at room temperature.
1 (9 oz) tin tuna in olive oil, drained and roughly broken up
2 (14 oz) tins cannellini (lima) beans, drained and rinsed
(2 3/4 oz) semi-dried (sun-blushed) tomatoes
16 anchovies packed in salt or olive oil, drained and chopped
about 50 black olives in olive oil, pitted and halved
salt and freshly ground black pepper
(6 fl oz) extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
juice of 1 lemon
Put the tuna, beans, tomatoes, anchovies, onion, olives and parsley together in a bowl. Season well with salt and pepper. In a teacup, mix the olive oil, mustard and lemon juice together. Season and check to see whether your balance of lemon to oil is good – remember you are going to add this to something very starchy so it needs a bit of tang. Pour the dressing over the bean and tuna mixture, being careful not to squash the beans. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
Measure all of the ingredients into a large jar or other airtight container. Cover and shake well. That’s it!
This dressing will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks. But the oil and vinegar will separate. Just pull it out and let it sit for a few minutes to come to room temperature and then shake it really well to mix it up again.
You can add 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard to this for a tangy version – we love it that way, too!