Easy Italian Spaghetti Pasta Salad from foodiecrush.com

  • 1 pound thin spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 cucumbers, quartered and sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 4-ounce can sliced black olives, drained
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese or pecorino romano
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed or finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions in boiling water seasoned with 2 tablespoons of kosher salt. Drain, rinse and cool. Add the spaghetti to a large bowl with the cucumbers, red bell pepper, red onion, cherry tomatoes, black olives and parmesan cheese. In a pint jar with a lid, add the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Italian seasoning, sugar, garlic clove, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Shake well and pour over the spaghetti mixture and toss to coat. Add more parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Chill for 30 minutes up to overnight.

Creamy Greek Pasta Salad from twopeasandtheirpod.com

  • 1 lb pasta such as fusilli, penne, or farfalle
  • 1 1/4 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 seedless cucumber, chopped
  • 3/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, stir together the Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, dill, and oregano in a large bowl.
  3. When the pasta is done cooking, drain and run cold water over the pasta. Drain completely and pour the pasta into the large bowl with the Greek yogurt mixture. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, olives, red onion, and feta cheese. Stir gently until ingredients are well coated. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. You can add a little extra dill and lemon juice, if desired. Serve.

Best Ever Strawberry Spinach Salad from theslowroasteditalian.com

Candied Pecan Ingredients
1 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup pecan halves
pinch salt

Dressing Ingredients
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup extra light tasting olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika

Salad Ingredients
10 ounces fresh baby spinach – rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces
1/4 small red onion sliced
1 quart fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 avocado, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 (5 ounce) package blue cheese crumbles

Place a silpat mat or a sheet of parchment paper on the counter top to dry the pecans.

In a small skillet over medium heat melt butter. Add pecans, sugar and salt. Stir until pecans are well coated. Stir until the sugar caramelizes, about 3-5 minutes.

Spread onto silpat or parchment paper. Separate pecans. Allow to cool.

Meanwhile: in a pint size mason jar combine dressing ingredients. Seal and shake until well combined. Set aside on the counter.

In a large bowl combine the spinach, onions, strawberries and blueberries. Pour about 1/2 of dressing over salad, and toss. Top with avocado, cheese and candied nuts. Serve remaining dressing on the side.

Refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving (or serve immediately).

Serve with the remaining dressing on the side. Enjoy!

Creamy Pasta Salad from barefeetinthekitchen.com/

salad:
8 ounces salad macaroni or ditalini pasta
1 cup tiny broccoli florets
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup finely diced red pepper
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup very thinly sliced green onion
dressing:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons white wine or plain vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package, adding a generous tablespoon or so of kosher salt to the water as it cooks. Just before the noodles are done cooking, add the broccoli to the pot. Let the broccoli boil for about 30 seconds and then drain everything into a large colander. Rinse well with cold water.

 Stir together the mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the cooked pasta and broccoli to the bowl and stir well to coat. Add the cucumber, pepper, and onions and stir again. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir again just before serving. Enjoy!

If you forget to toss the broccoli in the boiling water at the end of the pasta’s cooking time, you can also steam it in the microwave. Place the broccoli in a glass bowl along with a tablespoon of water. Microwave for 60-90 seconds, until the broccoli is bright green and barely softened.

Middle Eastern roasted sprouts Jamie Oliver

  • 500 g Brussels sprouts
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 2 small red onions
  • 1 bulb of fennel
  • olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 25 g hazelnuts
  • 200 g Greek yoghurt
  • 1 heaped teaspoon tahini
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 pinch of sumac
  • ½ a bunch of fresh coriander, dill and mint (20g)
  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6.
  2. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil over a medium-high heat. Wash and trim the sprouts, then add to the pan and parboil for 3 minutes. Drain in a colander and set aside to dry.
  3. Toast the cumin and coriander seeds in a small frying pan over a medium heat for 3 minutes, or until fragrant. Using a pestle and mortar, finely grind the toasted seeds with a pinch of sea salt.
  4. Tip most of the spice mix into a large roasting tray and toss in the sprouts.
  5. Peel and slice the onions, then trim and slice the fennel. Tip into the tray along with a glug of oil.
  6. Spread everything in an even layer – you may need two trays – and cook for 20 minutes, until tender and starting to caramelise.
  7. Meanwhile, return your frying pan to the heat and toast the sesame seeds and hazelnuts for 3 minutes, then grind up with the remaining spices, using a pestle and mortar.
  8. Combine the yoghurt with the tahini. Peel and crush the garlic and stir through, then finely grate in half the lemon zest and squeeze in half the juice (save the rest for another day).
  9. Taste the yoghurt and season well, then spread it evenly over the base of a large serving platter and sprinkle some sumac over the top.
  10. Sprinkle the ground nuts and seeds over the top.
  11. Pick and finely chop the herb leaves, discarding the stalks. Scatter the leaves across the plate, then serve.Spoon the sprout mix on top of the yoghurt mixture, scraping up the lovely crispy bits in the pan.

Shaved Radish Salad with Tarragon and Blue Cheese

2 cups radishes (thinly shaved)
1/2 cup parsley leaves
1/4 cup tarragon leaves
1/4 cup blue cheese (crumbled)

dijion mustard vinaigrette:
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 lemon (juiced)
1 shallot (peeled, finely diced)
1/2 cup olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

In a large bowl, add the radishes, parsley leaves, tarragon leaves and toss to combine.

For the Vinaigrette: In a small bowl, add the Dijon mustard, lemon juice, shallot and olive oil and whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Drizzle the dressing around the outer rim of the bowl, add the cheese to the salad and toss to combine until the salad is lightly coated.

Tip: Make your vinaigrette in a mason jar for easy mixing and storing!

Broccoli Salad Recipe with Creamy Lemon Dressing from natashaskitchen.com/

  • 2 medium broccoli heads (stems included), chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 apple, cored and finely chopped
  • ¼ medium red onion (1/4 cup), thinly sliced
  • ½ cup pecans or walnuts, toasted
  • ½ cup raisins or craisins
  • ½ cup mayo
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ Tbsp sugar, or add to taste
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  1. Chop broccoli into bite-sized pieces, grate carrot, chop apple and thinly slice onion and transfer into a salad bowl. Add toasted pecans and dried cranberries.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together all salad dressing ingredients then add dressing into the salad to taste and toss to combine.

Lentil Salad with Arugula and Grapes

Lentil Salad with Arugula and Grapes
  • 1 cup French lentils (washed, picked through)
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
VinaigretteI:
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 scallions (thinly sliced on bias)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
to assemble
  • 1 container baby arugula (5-ounce box)
  • 2 cups red grapes (halved)
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • In a medium saucepan add the lentils and stock, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Par-boil the lentils and simmer about 15-20 minutes. Remove lentils from the saucepan and spread them onto a baking sheet, drizzle them with olive oil, and bake in the oven for another 10 minutes until crispy but tender.
  • Remove to a bowl and allow to cool until slightly warmer than room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette. In a small bowl add the red wine vinegar and olive oil and whisk to combine. Add scallions, season with salt and pepper and whisk to combine. Drizzle over the lentils and toss to combine.
  • Add the arugula and grapes and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
  • Tip: Par-boiling is the perfect way to prep lentils a day in advance. When ready to serve, crisp the lentils in the oven and serve.

Maple-Roasted Carrot Salad from Ina


2 pounds carrots, preferably with leafy tops
Good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2/3 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (2 oranges)
3 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, grated on a Microplane
6 ounces baby arugula
6 ounces goat cheese, such as Montrachet, medium-diced
2/3 cup roasted, salted Marcona almonds

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Trim and scrub the carrots. If the carrots are more than 1 inch in diameter, cut them in half lengthwise. Cut the carrots in large diagonal slices 1 inch wide 2 inches long (they will shrink when they roast) and place in a medium bowl with 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Toss well and transfer to two sheet pans. (If you use just one, they’ll steam instead of roasting.) Roast for 20 minutes, tossing once, until the carrots are tender. Transfer all the carrots to one of the sheet pans, add the maple syrup, toss, and roast for 10 to 15 minutes, until the edges are caramelized. Watch them carefully! Toss with a metal spatula and set aside for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the cranberries and orange juice in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer, then set aside for 10 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Place the arugula in a large bowl and add the carrots, cranberries (with their liquid), goat cheese, almonds, and the vinaigrette. Toss with large spoons, sprinkle with salt, and serve at room temperature.

Kale Salad With Apples and Cheddar from NY Times

  • 4 cups very fine31recipehealthnew-articlelarge-v2ly chopped or slivered curly kale or Russian kale(about 6 ounces on the stem, or half of a 3/4-pound bunch, stemmed and washed in two rinses of water)
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped toasted almonds
  • 1 apple, sweet, like a Fuji, or a sweet-tart, like a Gala, Braeburn or Pink Lady, cored and cut in 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 ounce sharp Cheddar cheese, cut in 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 very small garlic clove, puréed
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
  1. Combine the kale, almonds, apple and Cheddar in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together the lemon juice, salt, garlic and olive oil. Add to the salad, and toss well. Sprinkle the Parmesan over the top, and serve.