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Arugula and Beet Salad with Pecorino

arugulabeetsalad

Ingredients:

Arugula

Beets

Lemon

Honey

Salt and Pepper

Olive Oil

Pecorino cheese

1. Grate beets. Add lemon juice, salt, pepper, and honey. Allow beet salad to marinate for at least 30 minutes up to a couple of days.

2. Assemble greens on a plate then place beet salad on top.

3. Grate fresh pecorino cheese on top then drizzle with olive oil.

YUMM!

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Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I made this for a picnic and the bowl was empty before I even got some! Enough said. Note to self: make this again!

kale salad with sweet potato

Ingredients:

Kale

Lemon, zest and juice

Agave

Ginger, grated

Apple, diced

Red onion, diced

Red Pepper, diced

Yellow Pepper, diced

Hemp Hearts

Sweet Potato

Chilli Powder

Coconut Oil

1. Roast sweet potatoes with coconut oil and chilli powder.

2. Make lemon vinaigrette with red onion, lemon, agave, salt and pepper, and ginger.

3. Massage kale with lemon vinaigrette.

4. Add diced vegetables to kale, once sweet potatoes are cooled, add to salad.

5. Sprinkle with hemp hearts and toss to combine then…EAT!

*You can chill before serving but serve room temperature for best flavor. I think this should be eaten within a day of making it.

 

Chopped Summer Salad with Oregano Vinaigrette

Be inspired by the ingredients in your kitchen!

This salad was not planned. It developed as I found new things that needed to be used…And you can’t go wrong with a chopped salad!

chopped salad

Ingredients:

Romaine Lettuce

Cucumber

Red Pepper

Radish

Cherry Tomatoes

Corn

Feta Cheese

Chickpeas

Black pepper

1. Chop ingredients.

2. Assemble on a plate.

3. Make a dressing (see below).

4. EAT!!

Oregano Vinaigrette:

Lemon, zest and juice

Vinegar (champagne, raspberry, white etc)

Oregano, fresh

Agave

Scallions

Salt

Olive Oil

1.Chop scallions and add to a bowl with lemon to ‘cook’ the raw onion taste out for a few minutes.

2. Add ingredients to a bowl and blend with hand blender until emulsified.

Grilled Tomato Soup

grilled tomato soup with tarragon

Say NO to canned soup! This soup is easy to make and perfectly delicious as it combines the flavors of summer with the char of the grill. Try it!

Ingredients:

10-12 Tomatoes

1 Onion

4 cloves Garlic

1 Jalapeno

2-4 tsp Salt

2-3 Tb. Tarragon

1 + cups Water

Lemon Zest, to finish

1. Rinse tomatoes and put on a vegetable grilling tray. If you don’t have one, order NOW…trust me!

grilled tomato soup

2. Grill tomatoes, onion, garlic, and jalapeno until nicely charred.

grilled tomato

3. Remove grilled items and put in a soup pot. I mashed the tomatoes, garlic, and jalapeno with a fork first then added in the onion before blending with my hand blender.

4. Add some water to your desired consistency, probably 1 cup.

5. Complement with fresh garden tarragon (thyme, basil, rosemary, oregano would also work) and fresh lemon zest.

6. Serve hot or room temperature. This is also a great base for a gazpacho.

 

Za’atar Hummus

Za’atar is a spice blend of thyme, oregano, sumac berries, and sesame seeds. You can make your own or buy it. A friend gifted me some from a trip to Dubai (lucky me!) so I’m working with THE BEST!

zaatarhummus

Look at those veggies!!! YUMM! Who can resist?

Ingredients:

1 can Chickpeas

1 Lemon

2-3 cloves Garlic

2-3 tsp Salt

1-2 tsp Crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 cup ? Water

1/4 cup ? Tahini

1/4 cup ? Olive Oil

2-3 tsp ? Za’atar

*The ? are noted approximate measurements. You can use more of less based off of your hummus preference: creamy? chunky? sesame-y? za’atar-y? etc…

1.Chop garlic and add to lemon juice and zest and let it sit for a few minutes then mix in the tahini.

2. In a food processor: add ingredients except water and oil.

3. Slowly add in water to enable the chickpeas to blend easily but not too much so it isn’t watery.

4. Stream in olive oil.

5. Add za’atar and blend to combine.

6. Serve with sprinkled za’atar on top.

Carrot Salad with Cumin

carrotcuminsalad

This is a new favorite salad! The crunchy carrots with the toasty/nutty cumin and fresh herbs make it a perfect salad for any meal! I also got to use my julienne peeler and fresh herbs from the garden 😀 Definitely add this one to your repertoire!

Ingredients:

Carrots

Shallot/Red Onion

Cumin Seeds, toasted then hand ground

Lemon, zest and juice

Honey

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Cilantro, fresh

Mint, fresh

Parsley (flat leaf), fresh

1. Peel carrots.

2. Finely dice onion and add to a bowl with the lemon and let it sit for at least 10 minutes to ‘cook’ the onion. Then add salt, pepper, honey, and olive oil to make into a Lemon-Honey-Red Onion vinaigrette.

3. Carefully toast cumin seeds then grind to a mixed powder–the mortar and pestle is always fun! Add cumin to the vinaigrette.

4. Combine carrots with the vinaigrette then fresh chopped herbs….massage the flavor in.

5. This can sit for up to 3 days…you want the crunchy carrot texture!

*This recipe was inspired by Shutterbean via Jamie Oliver.

Colorful Kale Salad

Kale salads are ALWAYS a good call. This one is fresh, summery, and colorful hence the creative name. 😉

Radish was a great (secret) addition to this salad. If you’re not much of a radish fan try it in this salad anyway. The peppery, crunchy bite (and the hot pink hue) goes well against the kale and lemon.  Here’s 9 reasons to eat your radishes in case you needed nutritional encouragement. 😉

rainbow kale salad

Ingredients:

Kale

Apple

Red Pepper

Radish

Zucchini

Avocado

Sunflower Seeds

Red Onion

Lemon

Honey

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

1. Remove kale leaves from stems then rinse in cold water.

2. Juice lemon and add with zest and diced onions to a bowl and let sit for a few minutes.

3. Meanwhile dice the remaining vegetables (except for avocado).

4. Add salt and pepper, honey, and olive oil to the lemon-onion bowl to make a vinaigrette then add to the bowl of kale leaves. Massage the kale leaves with the dressing and rip the kale leaves into smaller pieces.

5. Add chopped vegetables to the kale and mix to combine. Add sunflower seeds.

6. Season to taste with more salt, pepper, and lemon.

7. Letting the salad marinate tenderizes the kale…eat by 3rd-4th day.

8. Serve with fresh avocado slices/chunks on top. (optional)

Persian Salad

persian salad

Ingredients:

Cucumber

Tomato

Red Onion

Flat Parsley, fresh

Cilantro, fresh

Dill, fresh

Mint, fresh

Lemon

Olive Oil

Honey

Salt and Pepper

1. Chop vegetables and herbs.

2. Juice lemon and zest and combine with diced onion. Allow onion to sit with juice for at least 10 minutes then add salt, honey, and olive oil.

3. Add chopped vegetables, herbs, and vinaigrette to a a bowl and mix to combine.

4. Allow to sit for up to a day before serving.

Mango-Banana Lassi Smoothie

I was soooo excited by how this turned out! This smoothie is a perfect way to start your day because it is delicious, satisfying, and offers many health benefits, including:

Mango: Antioxidants, fiber, pectin, vitamin C, lowers cholesterol, vitamin A, vitamin E, normalizes insulin levels …..

Lemon: Alkanizes the body, vitamin C, liver stimulant, citric acid, antibacterial properties, contains anti-cancer compounds …

Banana: Potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, natural energy boost, tryptophan (betters your mood and reduces stress)…

Turmeric: Anti-inflamatory, support healthy joint function, promotes radiant skin, improves digestion…

mangolassi

Ingredients:

1 Mango

1 Lemon, juice

1 tsp. turmeric

1 cup milk (almond/coconut/hemp/cow–follow your preference)

1 frozen banana (Note: always keep a bag in the freezer!)

1. Mash mango pulp, lemon juice, and turmeric into a paste of sorts. (I prepared this in the evening to use for my morning smoothie…can be made and used immediately). FYI: This makes about 1 cup of mango paste so keep in a sealed container in the fridge.

2. Add 1-2 Tbsp mango paste to a blender with 1 cup of milk and the frozen banana.

3. Blend until a smooth and creamy consistency.

4. Pour in a glass and mmmm!

Tomato-Corn Gazpacho

Follow-up on Summer in a bowl Salad:

… It was such a great idea that I had to try it!

gazpacho

Ingredients:

See earlier post for Summer in a Bowl Salad

1. After combining all ingredients, simply blend to a soup consistency and serve cool/room temperature.

This would be perfectly paired with some Corn-Pineapple Relish and crusty bread for a light dinner!