Salad Inspo: Anything but Boring

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Caramelized Delicata Squash & Apple Tahini Salad

Caramelized Delicata Squash & Apple Tahini Salad

If I had to choose one salad to represent fall, this Caramelized Delicata Squash & Apple Tahini Salad would be it. It highlights all the new arrivals of the season in one cohesive, warming bowl. As it gets colder out, my salad needs change. No more refreshing salads of tomatoes and cucumbers. It’s got to […]

Beet, Farro & Cotija Kale Salad

Beet, Farro & Cotija Kale Salad

As far as fall veggies go, it’s taken me some time to actually enjoy beets. I’ve always loved their rich colors (especially when you combine both golden and red), but I wasn’t the biggest fan of their flavor, especially if cold. If you’re like me and a bit wary of beets, this Beet, Farro & […]

Roasted Fig & Carrot Kale Salad

Roasted Fig & Carrot Kale Salad

This Roasted Fig & Carrot Kale Salad pairs one of my all-time favorite veggies to roast (carrots) with a seasonal gem (figs). Even though they’re quite different, roasting works on both to bring out and caramelize their natural sugars. So far I’ve only seen figs that are a bit on the disappointing side. Sadly I […]

Roasted Tomato & Cauliflower Kale Salad

Roasted Tomato & Cauliflower Kale Salad

Another salad to add to my collection of September salads, this Roasted Tomato & Cauliflower Kale enjoys the last bits of summer (tomatoes) and the new fall produce (cauliflower). Learn more about these September Salads and get more inspo here. So far, I’ve been using this Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette on repeat for these salads. Preserved […]

Blistered Corn & Delicata Squash Salad

Blistered Corn & Delicata Squash Salad

Normally my September posts are filled with denial that summer is almost over. I hang onto every last thread and can’t bear shifting to pumpkins and apples until every last tomato and eggplant is gone. It wasn’t until I looked around at the farmers market last week that I made a realization. There’s something seriously […]

Summer Kale Caesar Salad with Corn & Tomato

Summer Kale Caesar Salad with Corn & Tomato

Maybe it’s just me, but I used to stay inside the box when it’s come to caesar salads. My variations would play around with the type of greens or the dressing. I don’t want to knock the classic, but why can’t we branch out from it? Why it is so often just served with greens […]

Watermelon & Blueberry Jalapeno Mint Salad: Making Fruit Salads Savory

Watermelon & Blueberry Jalapeno Mint Salad: Making Fruit Salads Savory

For me, this summer was all using fruit in new savory ways like in this Watermelon & Blueberry Jalapeno Mint Salad. Adding in herbs, along with some heat and spice, does wonders. It breaks up the sweetness and adds complexity & balance so you can serve these with dinner (and not just as a dessert). […]

Watermelon & Avocado Salad with Crispy Onions

Watermelon & Avocado Salad with Crispy Onions

One of my goals in designing this Watermelon & Avocado Salad with Crispy Onions was to make it dairy-free while still having the complexity and layers of many salads that have cheese. I didn’t want this salad to feel like it needed or was missing cheese, so playing up other ingredients was key. Avocado adds […]

Watermelon, Corn & Queso Fresco Salad

Watermelon, Corn & Queso Fresco Salad

This Watermelon, Corn & Queso Fresco Salad is the perfect sweet side salad for summer dinners. In particular, it goes great with strong smokey flavors like a grilled skirt steak (like this one here) because of its high dose of sweetness from watermelon and corn. This salad is part of my “dinner salad” collection. Wondering what […]

Roasted Tomato & Feta Orzo Salad

Roasted Tomato & Feta Orzo Salad

This modern take on a pasta salad has quickly become a crowd favorite. This roasted tomato feta and basil orzo salad at the root of everything I love about recipe development: tons of intention and thought behind this combination of flavors, but the recipe itself is super simple. The end product is one full of […]

Corn, Snap Pea, & Burrata Salad

Corn, Snap Pea, & Burrata Salad

I know I’m all about monster salads, but there’s a new kid on the block that I’m introducing with this Corn, Snap Pea, & Burrata Salad: DINNER SALADS. What do I mean by dinner salads? A super simple salad to have on the side with dinner that only has a handful of ingredients (I’ll be […]

Blackberry, Cucumber, & Heirloom Tomato Salad

Blackberry, Cucumber, & Heirloom Tomato Salad

With so much fruit at their prime, my immediate inclination is to just eat it raw. Nothing beats a perfectly ripe peach or tomato. This idea is at the foundation of my salads right now- they showcase produce front and center with no bells or whistles. Simplicity at its finest (and perhaps an excuse to […]

Apricot, Cherry & Burrata Salad

Apricot, Cherry & Burrata Salad

For me, this salad is all about celebrating what’s at the market. It’s intentionally simple. There’s no salad dressing. There’s no bells or whistles. Just extra virgin olive oil and flaky salt. When produce is at its peak, that’s all it needs. The inspiration of this dish came from my desire to just eat all […]

Watermelon, Snap Pea, & Feta Salad with Turmeric Grilled Shrimp

Watermelon, Snap Pea, & Feta Salad with Turmeric Grilled Shrimp

Bright and tangy: how all salads should be right now. I repurposed my turmeric grilled shrimp I posted last week to add protein to this salad and also doubled the marinade and added in a bit of oil to make it a salad dressing. Then I brushed a bit on some baguette and broiled it […]

Watermelon Avocado Salad with Tamarind Lime Dressing

Watermelon Avocado Salad with Tamarind Lime Dressing

I think I have a biological clock for my monster salads. I just started unconsciously craving them about two weeks ago once the weather started warming up and the market was starting to get more produce in. What’s a monster salad? For me, it’s a salad filling and tasty enough to be a whole meal […]

Easy Basil Falafels with Green Goddess Dressing

Easy Basil Falafels with Green Goddess Dressing

This recipe is a riff off of my original green falafels recipe I made about a year ago- I still love falafels as a protein source for my lunches, although I wanted to find ways to make this easier and simpler. You do really need a food processor for this one, but if you have […]

Caramelized Brussels Salad with Farro, Apples & Parmesan

Caramelized Brussels Salad with Farro, Apples & Parmesan

Ironically I don’t have many pictures of salads with apples, although they are one of my favorite ingredients in salads. Seriously- They were probably in about 80% of my salads since the fall. To not get too bored, I often play around with the way I cut them (diced, sliced, julienned, spiralized). In particular I […]

Avocado, Grapefruit & Prosciutto Salad

Avocado, Grapefruit & Prosciutto Salad

Still all about the citrus, but branching out beyond oranges with some grapefruit. Its tart flavor works perfectly in creating thus refreshing yet balanced salad. Don’t underestimate the power of a changing up your greens as a base- butter lettuce’s mellow yet smooth texture makes it the perfect supporter to the stars of the show. […]

White Cheddar & Pear Salad

White Cheddar & Pear Salad

I like to think of this as a cheese board, but dressed as a salad. Crisp and juicy pear matched with sharp white cheddar is an unbeatable combo. And if you’ve never had Marcona almonds- oooooh you need to! I use them sparingly since they’re on the pricier end, but a little goes a long […]

Pomegranate & Roasted Butternut Squash with Wild Rice

Pomegranate & Roasted Butternut Squash with Wild Rice

This festive and healthy side is the perfect easy addition to your holiday meal. Here’s why: It comes together in about an hour, and most of that is just waiting for the veggies to roast and the rice to cook. It’s perfect for leftovers for the rest of the week. While pomegranate and butternut squash/sweet […]

Fig, Blackberry, & Candied Walnut Salad

Fig, Blackberry, & Candied Walnut Salad

Sometimes I feel like a broken record with this combination of fruit, cheese, nut, but it just never gets old. If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the beautiful figs in season, this is my number 1 recommendation. It’s simple and spotlights the figs in the best way. The sweet: figs an blackberries The […]

Tomato & Watermelon Chicken Shawarma Monster Salad

Tomato & Watermelon Chicken Shawarma Monster Salad

This has been one of my favorite combinations of flavors for salads this month. I tried it once in early August and found myself craving it almost every week. It just feels so summery and bight. Juicy and sweet watermelon and tomato work perfectly with the smoky and spicy chicken. This salad is the perfect […]

Grilled Corn & Blueberry Monster Salad with Balsamic Skirt Steak

Grilled Corn & Blueberry Monster Salad with Balsamic Skirt Steak

Grilled corn and blueberries seemed like the perfect combination to savor the last bit of summer. In case you haven’t noticed in my stories, I’m a bit obsessed with grilling corn right now. The char adds another dimension to balance out its natural sweetness. It’s also super easy- just toss the whole cob right on […]

Pluot, Avocado, & Berry Monster Salad

Pluot, Avocado, & Berry Monster Salad

Berries in salads are quite possibly my favorite thing. I could have them every day. A small handful is enough to do the trick, and if you choose some like blueberries or blackberries, you can literally just toss them in (no knife or cutting board needed). Another one of my favorite fruits: pluots. A hybrid […]

Sunset Orange Peach, Avocado, & Cantaloupe Salad

Sunset Orange Peach, Avocado, & Cantaloupe Salad

Salads for lunch: I’m here to tell you that they if you do them right, they’re something you’ll look forward to and don’t have to be boring or repetitive. Recently I’ve been focused on making “monster salads” for lunch. What qualifies a monster salad? It has to be filling and stand alone (or close to […]

Peach & Green Bean Panzanella Salad

Peach & Green Bean Panzanella Salad

Tired of salads, but still want to get your veggies in? As much as I love my greens, sometimes I need a break. Especially with the bounty available right now, it’s surprisingly easy to make a delicious salad sans greens. Seriously this spotlights all of summer’s best in one big bowl. Peaches and tomatoes are […]

Summer Cherry Pistachio Salad

Summer Cherry Pistachio Salad

One of my favorite ways to enjoy cherries in their peak season right now: tossing them in salads. While I used Rainer cherries here, any type will do. This salad (or a similar variation of this depending on what I have on hand) has been on repeat for the past few weeks. It’s easy, delicious, […]

Creamy Sage Salad with Apples & Radishes

Creamy Sage Salad with Apples & Radishes

I made this food blog to focus on food, so thinking of meaningful ways to support the Black community and Black Lives Matter through food (in addition to personal ways) has been on mind this past week. I love sharing and/or adapting recipes, so I will focus on highlighting Black authored cookbooks and recipes. It’s […]

Lemony Kale Salad with Apple & Parmesan

Lemony Kale Salad with Apple & Parmesan

The goal of this salad: simplicity. Something I could truly both make AND eat during my lunch break that would stand up to any salad at Sweet Green. Another perk: easy ingredients. If you’ve never made your own dressing before… try this one! It makes a world of a difference and all you need is […]

Avocado & Citrus Salad with Spiralized Beets & Pomegranate Seeds

Avocado & Citrus Salad with Spiralized Beets & Pomegranate Seeds

We often think of winter salads as those with hearty vegetables, kale, and grains. And while I’m all about that, it doesn’t always have to be only warm and cozy flavors. This citrus salad highlights bright and light flavors, while still feeling like winter. The greens and beets are local, and while the oranges & […]

Spiralized Radish & Apple Salad with Pomegranates

Spiralized Radish & Apple Salad with Pomegranates

Texture- a simple way to break a rut without changing ingredients. Especially when it comes to salads (and winter ones), I’m always brainstorming new ways to transform ingredients. I swear this radish tasted different when spiralized- a little less astringent, a bit more tender. While the spiralizer is best for this, you can mimic a […]

Blood Orange, Pistachio & Burrata Salad

Blood Orange, Pistachio & Burrata Salad

Blood Orange, Pistachio & Burrata Salad 4 ounces or so burrata 2 small oranges, one blood orange and one regular, peel removed and sliced 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds 2 tablespoons pistachios 2 cups arugula extra virgin olive oil sea salt and pepper high quality white balsamic (optional- to drizzle on top) Preheat oven to 375. […]

Delicata Squash & Parmesan Kale Salad

Delicata Squash & Parmesan Kale Salad

I’m always a fan of adding roasted vegetables to salads- particularly ones that are have a hint of sweetness to them like delicata squash. Red onion and parmesan cut through the sweetness of the squash and make this a great side salad for a holiday meal. Be sure to massage your dressing or oil into […]

Curry Chicken Salad with Apricots 2.0

Curry Chicken Salad with Apricots 2.0

Want an easy meal prep recipe that is healthy, filling, and quick to make? This curry chicken salad is one of my go to’s for lunches at work. It’s something that’s relatively quick to make on the weekend and you can enjoy for the week. The curry gives a kick of flavor and the carrots, […]

Caramelized Japanese Turnips with Radicchio, Pine Nuts, & Pomegranates

Caramelized Japanese Turnips with Radicchio, Pine Nuts, & Pomegranates

Caramelized Japanese Turnips with Radicchio, Pine Nuts, & Pomegranates Ever stumble across vegetables at the market or in your CSA that you want to try, but aren’t sure what to do with them? For me, it’s root vegetables like radishes and turnips. I’ll occasionally slice them thinly and put them in salads raw, but I […]

Pumpernickel & Cucumber Panzanella Salad with Everything Bagel Seasoning

Pumpernickel & Cucumber Panzanella Salad with Everything Bagel Seasoning

That delicious bread from the local bakery or farmer’s market you’ve been eyeing? This is the recipe to use it for. I’ve found that lightly toasting bread brings out all its depth and complexities so you can really appreciate a beautiful local loaf. Here I used a pumpernickel rye bread I found in Vermont that […]

Nectarine, Blue Cheese, & Candied Walnut Salad with Mint & Lavender Syrup

Nectarine, Blue Cheese, & Candied Walnut Salad with Mint & Lavender Syrup

There’s a reason a fruit-cheese-nut salad is on most menus at restaurants: because it’s an unbeatable combination. I have some sort of variation of this combo at least once a week. This month, it’s always going to be stone fruit. Plums, peaches, pluots, nectarines.  This recipe made me re-fall in love with one thing: amazing […]

Blackberry, Peach, & Burrata Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

Blackberry, Peach, & Burrata Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

Another quick salad I whipped up in just a few minutes, but is so satisfying, tasty, and beautiful you’ll think you ordered it at a restaurant. This salad has all the elements you need- the crunch, the creaminess, the sweet, the tart, the slightly bitter and leafy green, all tossed in a light vinaigrette. Blackberry, […]

“Guacamole Greens” with Avocado, Tomato & Tortilla Chips

“Guacamole Greens” with Avocado, Tomato & Tortilla Chips

Not sure what to eat for lunch? Make this easy guacamole and chips inspired salad that is full of greens and flavor (inspired by sweetgreen). Tempted to remove the tortilla chips to be healthier? Seriously don’t. You can have even just a few chips here to make a HUGE difference in adding the right crunch […]

Barely a Recipe: Fresh Currant, Peach & Burrata Salad

Barely a Recipe: Fresh Currant, Peach & Burrata Salad

When I’m feeling a need for a reboot in creativity, I make a trip to the farmer’s market. No market? Go to the “most appealing” grocery store-  not the most practical or cheapest- but the one that’s enjoyable to walk around and browse in. I don’t necessarily get everything here for the sake of my […]

Summer Panzanella Salad

Summer Panzanella Salad

This all started when Matt and I got a baguette at the farmer’s market. It looked too good to pass up. But I always forget how difficult it is to eat a whole baguette with only two people. Every time we get one, it goes a bit stale before were able to finish it. This […]

Spring Salad with Asparagus, Fava Beans, Strawberries & Feta

Spring Salad with Asparagus, Fava Beans, Strawberries & Feta

I hadn’t planned on making this salad, but when I got to the market and saw fresh fava beans and asparagus, I knew I had to make a super fresh, crisp salad to highlight these two finds! Fava beans require a bit of work and patience to prep, but it’s worth trying at least once […]

Lunchbox Series: Grilled BBQ Chicken with Tropical Mango Salad

Lunchbox Series: Grilled BBQ Chicken with Tropical Mango Salad

Did you know it’s mango season right now? While I know these aren’t local, at this time of the year they are often on sale and they are the most ripe compared to other times. For me, this salad was all about highlighting the mango and finding other vegetables and toppings that would pair well […]

Pickled Red Onion & Apple Kale Salad

Pickled Red Onion & Apple Kale Salad

OMG I am OBSESSED with these light pickled red onions. I’ve been putting them on all of my salads recently, although it all started with this one. When making this salad, I recommend making a larger batch of the red onions (like a whole red onion) than you need because it gets better as it […]

Spiralized Apple, Beet & Sweet Potato Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

Spiralized Apple, Beet & Sweet Potato Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

I’m not going to lie- holiday dishes or potlucks normally stress me out a bit. I always feel like I need to bring something particularly good and then I get worried about whether the dish will transport well, stay warm (or need to be reheated and if so, how), if I have enough, etc. This […]

Culinary School 101: Making Salads Interesting

Culinary School 101: Making Salads Interesting

So I’m going to be honest here. At first, Matt was not a big salad fan. Whenever I’d suggest we make a salad with our dinner or for lunch, he would either begrudgingly agree or suggest something else. It took several months to convert him to a full salad-loving person- to the point were he […]

Avocado & Cilantro Chicken Salad

Avocado & Cilantro Chicken Salad

Another chicken salad! Yup, I was one a bit of a chicken salad kick for a while. This is another one that is just slightly different in flavor for something different. I served this with some pita bread, a greek-style vegetable salad with fresh tomatoes, cucumber, and green pepper (see exact ingredients below) and a side […]

Lunchbox Series: Curry Chicken Salad with Apple & Fig Salad

Lunchbox Series: Curry Chicken Salad with Apple & Fig Salad

So I guess I’m on a bit of a chicken salad craze. But it’s perfect for lunches- no heat up required, easy to eat, and filling! To spice things up a bit and not get too bored, I’ve been adding things here and there to a base recipe. Here’s another variation that adds lots of […]

Lunchbox Series: Cantaloupe & Blackberry Salad with Pistachio Chicken Salad

Lunchbox Series: Cantaloupe & Blackberry Salad with Pistachio Chicken Salad

  Starting out school, I was eager to get some solid recipes that I could use and rotate through. My goal is to have several recipes that don’t require any heating, packed with vegetables, flavor, and a good balance of macronutrients. In case you are interested, the nutrition facts for this per serving (including a […]

Cantaloupe & Blueberry Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Cantaloupe & Blueberry Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Despite me not being the biggest fan of cantaloupe, I knew I had to make something with cantaloupe when we saw it at the farmers’ market on Sunday. This Cantaloupe & Blueberry Salad was the simple dish we needed to enjoy it. Quite frequently (probably too often, as we always reach the same conclusion), Matt […]

Late Summer Pluot, Heirloom Tomato, & Burrata Salad

Late Summer Pluot, Heirloom Tomato, & Burrata Salad

What is a pluot? Oh man, I still remember the first time I tasted one- I was in college at a local market in Burlington, VT. Intrigued by a fruit I hadn’t heard of, I had to try one. And I was hooked immediately. These stone fruits are a mix between an apricot and a […]

Summer Blackberry Burrata Salad with Balsamic Glaze

Summer Blackberry Burrata Salad with Balsamic Glaze

I’ve been on a serious burrata kick this past year. It’s like mozzarella but the inside is like a softer, almost a cottage cheese-like texture. Add in some berries, crunch, and a bit of balsamic, and you have an easy summer salad that tastes like something ordered from a restaurant. Summer Blackberry Burrata Salad with […]

Lunchbox Series: Summer Bounty Salad with Balsamic Glaze

Lunchbox Series: Summer Bounty Salad with Balsamic Glaze

This is an easy salad to whip up for lunch or dinner. It takes advantage of all the “summer bounty” by highlighting all the amazing, fresh and seasonal produce available in July! This is the time to eat salads all the time because you can really mix it up and highlight delicious produce. Summer Bounty […]

Heirloom Tomato, Plum & Mozzarella Salad with Oven-Fried Chickpeas

Heirloom Tomato, Plum & Mozzarella Salad with Oven-Fried Chickpeas

A take on a simple Caprese salad, this is one of those recipes that’s super simple and is worth splurging on some high quality ingredients to accentuate flavors. Even though this salad is a classic, I generally only make it around this time of the summer, when I see all the fresh tomatoes at the […]

Sesame Oil Zucchini Noodles

Sesame Oil Zucchini Noodles

  Although technically a recipe, this is so simple that I’d put it under the “not a recipe category”. This was inspired by a “recipe” I’d often do in culinary school, which was tossing soba noodles in a dash of shoyu and some toasted sesame oil. Toasted sesame oil has such a robust flavor that […]

Blueberry Goat Cheese Salad

Blueberry Goat Cheese Salad

  A simple, yet delicious salad- I’m in love with the combination of the slight sweetness of the fruit, with creamy goat cheese, and a light crunch of almonds 1 pound of spinach (about 1 box or bag) 1/2 cup blueberries 1/3 cup sliced almonds 2-3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled 1 cucumber, peeled and diced […]

Plum & Blue Cheese Salad with Pepitas

Plum & Blue Cheese Salad with Pepitas

  I’m a huge fan of fruit/cheese/nut salads. It’s an unbeatable combination that almost everyone loves- the nuts and cheese give a heartiness and texture to the salad, and the fruit adds a little tangy sweetness to an otherwise boring salad. Here’s one combination I tried, after discovering tasting some plums at the farmer’s market […]

Sweet Apple & Greens Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Sweet Apple & Greens Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

This recipe was inspired by a salad my aunt brought to our family Christmas Dinner. Hers was made of shredded kale and brussels sprouts. In particular, the dressing was amazing! And guess what? It was from Costco. I wanted to come up with a similar dressing, but a bit healthier in terms of the cream […]

Citrus Kale-Avocado Salad

Citrus Kale-Avocado Salad

Well, this recipe ended up very differently than how it began. I started out with an unique salad that involved roasted lemons and oranges. Immediately I was intrigued by its creativity in using roasted citrus. However, it had so many steps that while I was making it, I felt like I was putting in a […]

Peach Blueberry Salad with Citrus Hempseed Dressing

Peach Blueberry Salad with Citrus Hempseed Dressing

Adding fruit to a salad is a sure-fire way to please a big crowd.  Perhaps its our affinity for all things sweet, but seriously, people go crazy when fruit makes an unexpected appearance in an otherwise savory salad. Adding fruit is also a great way to make a salad more appealing to those of us […]

Creamy Kale and Cabbage Slaw

Creamy Kale and Cabbage Slaw

So between this recipe and my other recent kale slaw, I’m clearly on a shredded kale craze (I won’t even admit that I’ve made another recipe with shredded kale too). Unapologetically so. Shredded kale is delish and perfect for hot weather. The best part? You can make a big batch and have it for several […]

Pomegranate Citrus Salad

Pomegranate Citrus Salad

  Need a break from the typical hardy winter meal? Look no further than to nature’s timely refreshing treat: citrus. Although oranges may remind you of summer soccer game halftimes, oranges are actually winter fruits. Somehow nature had it right in knowing that we’d need something bright, refreshing, and juicy during this sometimes harsh, dry […]

Roasted Tomato & Zucchini Salad with Parmesan Tuiles

Roasted Tomato & Zucchini Salad with Parmesan Tuiles

  So this originally was going to be a grilled, rather than roasted, tomato, salad. However, the grill wasn’t working. But it actually was a blessing in disguise–I wanted to offer an alternative to the grill for the recipe anyway since unfortunately, many of us–particularly us in our twenties or who live in a city– […]

Lemon-Tahini Salad with Cashew Pate

Lemon-Tahini Salad with Cashew Pate

Adding color to a salad not only makes it eye appealing, but also tastier and more nutritious. Different colors in fruits and veggies usually indicates a good variety of vitamins and minerals. What is a cashew pate? In the “raw” world, it’s quite popular. Okay, that might not be the best sell. But even if […]

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