Salads

ROASTED GARLIC YELLOW BEET WARM SALAD

This was such a simple delicious salad, I wanted to share...it is definitely a salad I will be making again and again.  As a matter of fact, I just requested more yellow beets in my next weekly organic veggie delivery.  We have never had yellow beets before, and being the some what purest that I […]

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GREEN APPLE AND LIME SUMMER COLESLAW SALAD

Recently, we had a very delicious, fresh coleslaw at one our local restaurants.  They used fennel which I did not have on hand, however it would be a lovely addition to this coleslaw.  A great summer salad to serve alongside any main dish. 1/2 a small - medium sized green cabbage 3 medium sized carrots […]

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ITALIAN MARINATED ZUCCHINI AND TOMATO SALAD

As I type this, (8:00 am in the morning)  the temperature out side is 30 degrees Celsius/about 86 degrees Fahrenheit. It will only get hotter by 4:00 pm.  In my neck of the woods that is hot, and it is not due to let up any time soon! On a positive note, we have had […]

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GARLIC SCAPE HAM AND PESTO PASTA SALAD

Garlic scapes are such a delicious addition to foods whether in stir frys, pesto, or salads they are bound to be tasty!  They do have a short window however, so luckily this year I was  able to get 5- 6 lbs most of which was turned into Garlic Scape Pesto - recipe can be found […]

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SUMMER FRESH SALAD

Hi all!  I have not disappeared from the face of the earth....just been super busy with work....which I love!  I still hope from time to time to offer new recipes (have a couple up my sleeve) so will keep posting when time and inspiration allows.  We have had an amazing summer weather wise.  It is […]

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A FABULOUS MEAL WITH LEFTOVERS

This is not a recipe.  Well, that is not quite true.  There are actually 4 different recipes in this meal - based on leftovers.  Normally I would not do a post like this but I just had to.  First, my dtr. would go out of her mind with this meal....(she actually makes all of these […]

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WILD RICE SUMMER SALAD

One of my favorite things about summer is all of the fresh produce available.  I have a few rice salad recipes on my blog now - they are so versatile!  With this wild rice salad you could use any fresh vegetables and herbs you like.  This salad makes a great pot luck dish - just […]

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QUINOA GREEK SALAD

This was one scrumptious and nutritious salad.  The Quinoa added a nice texture and flavor to regular Greek salad.  Plus it was more filling.  For people that can eat cous cous, that would be tasty as well. I do not ever put peppers into my Greek salad - I prefer celery, but they would certainly […]

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THAI BROCCOLI SALAD

This might be my new favorite salad....so good!  We have a deli downtown that makes a very good Thai Broccoli Salad, which I will often have for lunch when I am at work.  One day, I decided to ask them for the recipe...thinking they probably would not give it to me, however, it never hurts […]

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CHICKEN AVOCADO SALAD

Having leftover cooked chicken in the fridge can be a godsend on busy days.  This salad makes such an easy delicious lunch, or dinner for that matter.  With fresh spring greens, ripe avocados and fresh lime juice - a perfect match of ingredients. 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken - cut into cubes 1 large avocado […]

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A MARINATED YELLOW AND GREEN BEAN VEGETABLE SALAD

Ever since I made my Marinated Vegetable Salad - it seems to be the only kind of salad I want.  With so much fresh produce still available - it's the perfect end of the summer salad.  They are so colorful and fresh tasting too. This salad was made in the morning and refrigerated.  I tossed […]

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GROUND CHERRIES: HAVE YOU TRIED THEM?

What a busy summer it has been, and early fall is proving to be not much different.  Phew...I have had a number of posts to share, and somehow life has intervened. Remember the post I did about the lovely lady whom I bought the garlic from? Then she gifted me with the most beautiful dried […]

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MARINATED VEGETABLE SALAD

This past week has been very busy for me at work.  Usually I will pack a lunch with me, which I did this particular day.  I ended up working an extra 3 hours this day which I had not anticipated, so I stopped by a deli to buy a vegetable salad.  Dang....it was awful.  Big […]

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MARINATED GRILLED PORK CHOPS WITH A COMPOUND BUTTER AND A GREEK VINAIGRETTE

Mercy...this was heaven on a plate.  Seriously, seriously supreme deliciousness happening here. Recently, I met a lovely woman who mentioned she was getting ready to harvest her garlic, and would I like to buy some?  Oh yes indeed!  Just check this out: In my world this is a thing of true beauty.  Then this kind […]

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CURRIED SHRIMP AND SUGAR SNAP PEA SALAD

Here is yet another fresh salad.  During the spring and summer - we have salads of every kind almost every day.  The Sugar Snap Peas will not be around much longer so we have been eating them in every salad we make. Every once in a while I have a huge craving for shellfish.  As […]

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A COLORFUL MARINATED TOMATO BASIL SALAD

Oh how I live for summer!  This is such a simple, beautiful, and tasty salad to have during the summer.  Using yellow and red tomatoes gives this salad such vibrant color. The key to this salad is to marinate for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator, then remove from the fridge to come to […]

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A FEW IDEAS USING GARLIC SCAPE PESTO

We are in love with this new Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe.  I can't wait to get back to the Farmer's Market to get more of these delicious garlic scapes.  It is a short window, so I am hoping there will still be some available.  First we had the Marinated Chicken dinner with this Pesto served […]

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A FESTIVE SPROUTED THREE BEAN VEGETABLE RICE SALAD/GLUTEN FREE/VEGETARIAN

This is one of those salads that is great for a pot luck, or served for lunch or dinner or as a side dish.  A hearty vegetarian dish that is fresh and delicious too.  Originally I was going to make a vegetarian lettuce wrap, but ended up putting it all together - so good.  I […]

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CHIMICHURRI AIOLI COLESLAW

This recipe came about as a result of having leftovers.  I can't bear to throw away food.  There were two egg yolks in the fridge, leftover Chimichurri Sauce, a lowly quarter of a cabbage - all needing to be used up.  I always said I would never make homemade Mayonnaise or Aioli, because I always […]

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QUINOA AVOCADO SALAD

Wow.  I think I might just live on this salad for the rest of my life.  Hearty, flavorful, with lots of healthy goodness included. I met someone recently, who abhors avocado, cilantro, and especially, feta cheese.  Three of some of my favorite ingredients.  To not like avocado?  The other two, I can see - it […]

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SUNDRIED TOMATO AND FETA TUNA SALAD

This made a nice change to everyday tuna salad.  Originally, I was going to make classic tuna melts for lunch, but then decided to forgo the bread and jazz up a salad instead.  Although, it would also taste great made into a tuna melt too! Lettuce leaves a small can of tuna drained - 184 […]

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ROASTED BEET AND FETA SALAD

This recipe was inspired from Jamie Oliver's 30 minute meals.  I did a couple of things different from his recipe - and mine took quite a bit longer to make - but roasting beets is so worth it!  This made enough for two - so just increase amounts if you have more mouths to feed. […]

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A BEAUTIFUL DRESSING FOR STEAMED VEGETABLES

This side dish was delectable...if you love Greek Salad this is for you.  I have never done a post on Greek Salad before, firstly, because I don't make the traditional Greek Salad, and secondly, it is too simple to post.    This past week, we have been using up the last of the garden tomatoes, and […]

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WARM CHICKEN SALAD

Phew...it has been a few crazy, busy days...in fact, it has been a "whirlwind couple of days".  Sometimes you just have to go with the flow, and having an easy chicken salad worked for me this night.  I had previously made the dressing, and roasted the beets which made this dinner quick to put together. […]

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MARINATED SUMMER VEGETABLE SALAD

These past few days we have all been about salads, in this house.  We actually had a two day heat wave...mercy...even here on the West Coast!!  I never did find out what the temperature was.  When you see flowers wilt on the West Coast, and they have already been watered...it is hot! All the vegetables […]

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FRESH HEIRLOOM TOMATO BASIL SALAD

After going to the farmer's market the other day, I could not wait to try these beautiful heirloom tomatoes.  This next picture makes me very happy: I love taking pictures of fresh organic produce - probably more enjoyable for me than taking a picture of anything else. First, came a simple tomato sandwich: Mercy!  I […]

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REFRESHING PASTA SALAD

With warmer weather finally touching our shores, these past two weeks we have been using the BBQ more frequently and eating all kinds of salads. This was such a simple tasty pasta salad.   What makes this dish is the fresh herbs and the light lime dressing.  Then with the added black beans for protein, a […]

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CURRIED TUNA SALAD - BACK TO OUR ISLAND GETAWAY

Who knew tuna and curry would work?  All I knew, was that after a long day at work I was tired.  Bone tired.  And, craving curry.  Was I organized in the kitchen to make a curry dinner?  Absolutely not.  This curry craving was becoming an obsession as the day progressed.  I think I would have […]

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BEAN SALAD WITH ITALIAN DRESSING

I found this delicious sprouted organic bean mix at Costco the other day, and was pleasantly surprised. They are delicious - so versatile too.  These would be lovely in soups, or stews....I am thinking up new recipes as I write this!  It makes me really happy to see more and more organic, healthy foods available […]

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HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING

The first time I made homemade Ranch dressing, it was good, but I still felt the need to tweek the recipe.  What a lovely dressing this turned out to be!  Most recipes call for buttermilk, I used Kefir milk and it turned out great. 1 Tblsp. finely diced shallot 1 finely minced garlic clove 2 […]

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CREAMY COLESLAW

I think I love just about any kind of coleslaw recipe - creamy, vinaigrette, sweet, not sweet, spicy or not spicy.  And this recipe does not get any easier!   A simple everyday coleslaw recipe.  There are so many options you could use for the dressing.  This dressing was on the tart side, which we loved.  […]

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A YUMMY HAM SALAD

Here is one more lunch salad we have had in doing the low carb, less grain meals.  So far, we have had A Refreshing Tuna Salad, A Delightful Salmon Salad, Chicken Curry Salad, Shrimp Asparagus Salad.  They were all yummy, and we have really been enjoying these lunches, which are all quick and easy to […]

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A DELIGHTFUL SALMON SALAD

Who knew a simple salmon salad could taste so good?  I was pleasantly surprised.  We are still having different kinds of salads ever since the Curry Chicken Salad Post.  So here is another grain free meal, fresh salad we have been eating in our endeavor to cut back on Carbs and Grains.  This salad would […]

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ASIAN NOODLE SALAD

A lovely recipe to share, and a story to tell: Recently, my Best Friend and I went out to lunch.  We had a day of wondering through Antique Stores, Second Hand Vintage Stores, and her fave, gem stores looking for stones so she could make jewelry.  It was a fun day, a day we do […]

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REFRESHING TUNA SALAD

This is the second of a few posts - some days ago I did a post about wanting to eat less carbs - less bread, pasta, rice throughout the day.  Well, the first day was a disaster.  I got called into work at the last moment, and quickly threw together a sandwich for lunch, plus […]

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SALAD DRESSING RECIPES

My DH created this page for me compiling the different salad dressing recipes I have made so far.  I originally had them listed under Sauces, Marinades and Salad Dressings.  The problem with that, as my dear daughter pointed out, is it brought up the salad name, not a specific salad dressing.  Much to her frustration, […]

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CURRIED CHICKEN SALAD - and DIETS?

There is much talk these days in the blogging world about diets.  Paleo, SCD, Primal, Macro-Biotic and the list goes on.  I see much I like about each and every one of these diets. Could I do one or the other? Probably not.  However, at this stage in life, or rather, ahem, age in life, […]

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POMEGRANATE SALAD

This was a refreshing salad to have after all of the sugary sweets over the holidays.  Pomegranates are a once a year treat for me.  We do love to eat local and fresh, but in the winter, it is hard not to have a few non-local indulgences.  Where would I be without fresh lemons, grapefruit, […]

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NOVEMBER AND A BOWLFULL OF GREEN GOODNESS

We have had a lot of rain.  Living on the West Coast, we are essentially living in Rain Forrest Territory.  When I look out at my garden, at this time of year, all I can say is it looks drowned.  Well, the rain actually stopped briefly, so I headed out to the garden to see […]

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SPROUTING SEEDS

Not a great picture, I was having trouble with the lighting and the camera flash.  However, my sprouted seeds did indeed Sprout!  I discovered there was a lot of conflicting information when it comes to sprouting seeds, so with this post, I will tell you what I did, in my fist attempt at sprouting, and […]

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WATERCRESS SALAD

Watercress is a green sent from the Heavens.  It truly is.  In our neck of the woods, we do have somewhat similar weather to that of various parts of Britain.  We get rain.  Oh yes, we get rain. Watercress loves water, of course.  So why then is it so hard to come by the beloved […]

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ON THE GRILL - AND SOME QUESTIONS

With all the rain we have recently had, yesterday we finally had a day of sunshine!  I was able to get out to the garden, pick the remaining tomatoes, basil, parsley, and chives.  We decided to fire up the grill and have these tasty BBQ dry rubbed Pork Steaks: The dry rub I used was […]

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PRAWN PICKLED BEET FETA SALAD

Have you ever gone to a Restaurant, paid the big bucks, only to be sooo disappointed knowing full well you could go home and make something way better?  Well that is what happened to me the other day.  Dang!  We seldom ever eat out.  It is a rarity - which makes it even more disappointing.  […]

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A LOVELY TOMATO SALAD

Our first bowl of ripe tomatoes....this was a long time in coming.  Despite me bemoaning our poor summer here on the West Coast, I realize we were lucky to have grown anything at all.  This year certainly presented it's challenges. And, hoping this bowl of tomatoes will ripen nicely.  The rains are coming, so I […]

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HAM AND PASTA SALAD

You know, I am discovering that rice and pasta dishes just do not photograph very well!  Oh well, I have discovered a new Tinkyada Pasta - mini Shells!  They are lovely for a pasta salad, better than other pasta shapes, because they are small.  I used what veggies and herbs were from the garden, as […]

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A MOST SINFUL WARM SALAD

Can a salad be sinful?  Well, I think this one was.  Holy Mama!  I had to force myself to save some for my Daughter who was on her way for dinner from a hard days work.  I could barely do it.  This salad will forever remain somewhere deep in my memory banks....even if that is […]

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RED CABBAGE SALAD

Wow, that recently picked red cabbage from the garden is humongous!  Lord have mercy, we will be eating red cabbage for months!   It was really sweet tasting  and such an easy simple recipe, but honestly, I am guessing the amounts.  I just cut the very top of the red cabbage off, and I think it […]

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TWO QUICK, EASY MEALS IN ONE

Here is another quick easy meal, great for 1 or 2, that is fast and simple.  The next two days for me are busy!  So, in thinking ahead....what could we eat that was quick, tasty, and serve as two meals?  Chicken Pesto Pasta.  You don't even need a recipe for this one! (just make extra […]

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BROWN RICE VEGETABLE SALAD

This is such a healthy and versatile salad.  You can use any vegetables you have on hand…really anything would work.  This would also be a lovely salad with Pasta or Quinoa too.  It is a wonderful side dish, or a great lunch. We have been eating salads every day with all the lovely fresh produce […]

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REFRESHING MINT FRUIT SALAD

With all of the fresh beautiful fruit available, and the gorgeous hot weather we are having right now...I knew it was time for a refreshing fruit salad.  Usually we try to eat as seasonally as possible.  But when I saw fresh pineapple and fresh watermelon, organic grapefruit....I could not resist. Any fruit will work, but […]

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FRESH FROM THE GARDEN AND A SUMMER PASTA SALAD

My garden is singing....we finally,at least as of July 6,2010, have heat, and sun, both at the same time!!  This summer has been so slow in coming....I hope all the veggies will catch up.  In this bowl is purple broccoli spears, a handful of fresh spinach, a handful of Flat Leaf Italian Parsley, and a […]

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ROTISSERIE MARINATED ORGANIC PORK LOIN ROAST

This was heaven....absolute heaven.  There were  5 of us for dinner this night, a 2 1/2 lb + Organic Pork Loin Roast...not one bite left. This was the first meal we had using the Rotisserie. We did find with our new Barbecue, that we had to baby-sit it quite a bit, to keep the temperature […]

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MAKING A SALAD CONTAINER

Yeahh...we finally have sun, pray it lasts!  It is amazing how in one week, the gardens are taking off!  This is the entrance to our back garden, and in 2 days this lovely rhodo just exploded with color: We have been getting the most scrumptious organic baby carrots from our local market each week - […]

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DREAMING OF SUMMER

POTATO SALAD This is actually another Marinated Chicken post...why, when I just did one?  Because it's raining outside...are you confused yet?  Let me explain: I make the most basic of basic potato salads.  As I sit here, I am also pretending it is summer, because it is not, and it is raining!  Again! I have […]

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BALSAMIC BEEF STRIP SALAD

We had dinner at a Restaurant the other night…this is what I ordered.  Oh wow, was it good.  They used a skirt steak….which I could not get in our grocery store, so I used Hormone Free Beef Strip Stir Fry.  My dressing was not exactly like theirs, but it came real close…sooo good. Vinaigrette: 1 […]

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HIMALYAN BLUE POPPY

AND A LESSON LEARNED..... I love poppies of all kinds.  This rare beauty takes  2-3 years, usually 3, to bloom.  The "mother" plant grows, but lies dormant for that period of time, then you get 2 to 3 lovely flowers.  Interestingly, the "mother" plant then puts out a new shoot - a new plant at […]

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QUINOA, FETA AND KALAMATA OLIVES -RECIPE INSPIRATION

A RECIPE INSPIRATION,.........and something more.... This recipe was inspired by Katie, of Thyme For Cooking….check out her lovely site for the original recipe and many of her other inspiring dishes!  The only things I changed was using Quinoa instead of Barley, a few splashes of Balsamic Vinegar, one minced garlic clove and not sure but,  […]

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SHRIMP AND ASPARAGUS SALAD

SHRIMP AND ASPARAGUS SALAD This was delicious!  There were no measurements – just eyeball the amounts. 3 lettuce leaves (I used romaine but any kind would work) 1 green onion, diced juice of ¼ lemon mayonnaise dill, pepper shrimp (cooked) 4-5 asparagus (lightly steamed until el-dente) Rinse the lettuce leaves and pat dry, laying on […]

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