Category Archives: Salads

Beet Salad with Balsamic Glaze, Goat Cheese & Borage Blossoms

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Are you a beet lover or hater? I used to be a hater. Growing up all I knew were canned beets. At some point I tried fresh beets and they tasted like dirt. Gradually I developed a taste for these vibrantly-colored veggies. To my surprise, they’re actually sweet. Not pickled and dirty as I previously thought. Roasting them brings out their sweetness. They’re even sweeter with a maple balsamic glaze drizzled on top. Pillowy clouds of soft goat cheese and delicate cucumber-flavored borage blossoms add sophistication and decadence to this down-to-earth root vegetable. What is borage? Glad you asked…
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Bacon, Sweet Potato & Chickpea Salad with Tahini Lemon Vinaigrette

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Before we get in the kitchen, I want to propose a challenge. The challenge is to not use canned chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) for this recipe. There’s a bonus recipe in it for you if you stick around to the end. Are you up to it? If you have a slow cooker, give this simple recipe a try. Start with a pound of dry chickpeas, such as these:
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Carrot Apple Raisin Kale Salad

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Carrots and apples and kale…CARROTS and APPLES and KALE, Oh My! These are three foods you’re likely to encounter on the yellow brick road to health. We’re going to dress these veggies in a tangy apple cider vinaigrette, then fold in some raisins for chewy goodness and walnuts for Omega-3 crunch. This colorful, cleansing salad tops my list when the old digestive tract needs a little help, if you catch my drift.
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Citrus Lentil Salad With Kumquat-Mint Vinaigrette

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Tangy kumquats, tart cranberries, zesty lemons, and refreshing mint mingled together in a satisfying lentil salad. This pick-me-up meal packs some serious zing. I have a kumquat tree in my yard and every time I walk by it I say to myself ‘What can I make with these cute little things?’ Frost-hardy mint is about the only other plant growing in the yard that survived the late November cold spell. Luckily, mint and kumquats pair quite nicely. And so the Citrus Lentil Salad was born.
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