Summer Vegetable Salad

Summer Vegetable SaladThis recipe might fall into the “duh” category.  I should probably make that a thing on my recipe category side bar.  This salad would be in there, along with this and this.  You know- things that are so basic that you really don’t need a recipe at all.  But if there’s anything that I’ve learned from reading other people’s food blogs, it’s that some of the things that seem barely worth mentioning to them have become some of my most favorite, tried and true, staple recipes.  So while I sometimes shy away from posting recipes for things that seem mundane in my kitchen, I have to remind myself that for some people, it might be new and different and just what they needed to inspire their own spin on it.   [Read more...]

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Bok Choy Salad with Sesame-Almond Crunch

Bok Choy Salad with Sesame-Almond CrunchYou know what I get sick of hearing?  How leafy greens are so good for you.  (Before you start, yeah, I know they are. I like them even.) Whenever someone starts in on the benefits of leafy greens, my eyes kind of glaze over.  Because even as a person who kind of loves them, after a while, they all seem to start to meld together.  And kindly people who try to give you new ways to use said greens, really aren’t super helpful. (Stir fry!  Put it in soups!  Pesto!) I’m ready for something new. [Read more...]

French Potato and Green Bean Salad


French Potato and Green Bean SaladI’ve never been to France.  And I really can’t complain about it.  I’ve been plenty of places that are amazing and have opened my eyes and taken my breath away.  I’ve visited the Taj Mahal and the small town in Germany that my Grandma was from. I’ve seen flamenco dancing in Spain with some of my dearest friends and had breakfast looking out over Big Sur with yet another dear friend.  I’ve been all over Mexico and have visited family in Minnesota.  I spent time studying in Ireland and I’ve spent time partying during an ill-fated, but memorable, college spring break in Florida.  As far as travel goes, I consider myself blessed to have seen so much of the world before I hit 30.  Truly, I’m beyond lucky. [Read more...]

Roasted Carrot Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette

Roasted Carrot Salad with Cumin VinaigretteHi.  I’m back.  I took a little hiatus for a week or so there, because with the holidays and all, it was just too much.  Too much fun, too much running around, too much gorging myself on festive holiday food.  All that.  And more.  But here I am, back at it, with a complete lack of originality in giving you a salad in time for your New Year’s resolutions.  Don’t worry, since I’m still me, I’ll have a buttery, sweet confection for you in time to celebrate the Epiphany in a few days (and completely sabotage your resolutions).  You’re welcome. [Read more...]

Meatball Salad with Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing

Meatball Salad with Buttermilk Blue Cheese DressingThe jig is up.  I think it’s become pretty apparent that I have a weakness for putting things on top of a pile of lettuce and calling them salad.  Steak Salad.  Falafel Salad.  BLT Salad. Cheeseburger Salad, for goodness’ sake.  If you’ve eaten it on a bun, in a tortilla, or on a stick, I’ve most likely made it into a salad at some point.  So why not meatball salad?  It was the next logical step.  Would you like some blue cheese with that?  Yes, please. [Read more...]