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Chickpea Salad with Golden Beets and Mint

This recipe was a random test and it turned out delicious; I decided to cube the beets before roasting them and it gave a nice char and added flavor!

beet and chickpea salad

Ingredients:

Golden beets, 2

Chickpeas, 1 can

Mint

Curry Powder, 2 tsp

Pomegranate Vinegar or Lemon, 1 tsp

Olive Oil, 2 Tbsp (one for roasting, one for salad)

Salt and Pepper

1. Peel and cube beets. Add to a baking tray (one even layer) with olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast at 375 until cooked–about 15 minutes.

2. Rinse chickpeas, chop mint, and add to a bowl with the roasted beets.

3. Add curry powder, vinegar, olive oil then salt and pepper to taste.

4. Mix until well combined. Can be served immediately or good for several days in the fridge.

This is a great side salad for a meal, added to a grain: rice/quinoa etc, put atop a greens salad, or eaten as is.

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Salsa Trio

With salsa and chips, life is complete. You can quote me on that.

So today I bring you recipes for three salsas. You’re welcome. πŸ˜‰

salsa trio
LEFT: Tomatillo-Corn Salsa MIDDLE: Roasted Tomato Salsa with Cumin RIGHT: Grilled Poblano Salsa

Keep in mind that each of these recipes can be adapted to your spice palate.

Ingredients for Tomatillo-Corn Salsa:

Tomatillo

Jalapeno

Onion

Oregano, fresh

Corn, fresh off cob

1. Peel and rinse tomatillos then add to a vegetable grill tray with jalapeno and grill until charred and blistered.

grilled tomatillo

2. Dice onion and garlic and sautee with vinegar and fresh oregano.

3. Add sauteed items to grilled items and blend until combined.

tomatillo salsa

4. Add fresh corn from cob to the salsa.

5. Season to taste. Crumbled feta is a nice addition to this

Ingredients for Roasted Tomato Salsa :

Tomato

Yellow Pepper

Tomatillo

Hot Pepper

Cumin

Onion

Salt

Cilantro

1. Add tomato, onion, tomatillo, and peppers to a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and cumin seeds.

2. Roast for 30ish minutes at 350.

tomato salsa

3. Add ingredients to a bowl and blend with fresh cilantro.

4. Season to taste and eat!

Ingredients for Grilled Poblano Salsa:

Poblano Peppers

Jalapeno

Garlic

Red Wine Vinegar

Salt

Sugar

1. Add poblano peppers and jalapeno to vegetable grill pan and grill until charred.

grilled poblano

2. Meanwhile, add diced garlic to a bowl with vinegar, salt, and sugar.

3. Once peppers are evenly blistered and look cooked through, remove from the grill and add to a bowl then put a lid or layer of plastic wrap on top of the bowl. This process helps separate the skin of the pepper from the flesh. After about 10 minutes, peppers should be cool enough to touch: peel the skin off of the peppers. As you peel the skin, you can also remove some seeds. Remember: the seeds of peppers contain the heat so depending on how spicy you want it, keep that tip in mind.

4. Once peppers are cleaned, add to the the garlic-vinegar and blend until a smooth consistency is formed.

5. It’s that easy and ready to serve! This is a great hot sauce as well. Don’t be shy to add drops of this to your tacos/soup/etc. Also, if you like it spicier, add more jalapenos to the mix. With one jalapeno used in this recipe, it was a medium heat (IMO).

When properly stored, these should last up to two weeks…in the fridge that is. πŸ˜‰

 

 

Summer (Don’t Go!) Salad

Everyone celebrates Labor Day as the ‘end of summer’. Why would we celebrate summer ending?!?! Anyway, this salad honors garden fresh veggies, warm sun, and pool parties! Enjoy πŸ™‚

summer salad

Ingredients:

Zucchini

Cherry Tomatoes, heirloom

Corn, fresh off cob

Red Pepper

Green Pepper

Basil, fresh, torn

Jalapeno, 1/2 diced

Red Vinegar

Olive Oil

Salt

1. Chop vegetables, add vinegar, oil, and salt.

2. Mix to combine and serve.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Corn-Pineapple Relish

Relish/Salsa/Salad…the name doesn’t matter: TRY IT!

corn pineapple relish

Ingredients:

2 Corn, fresh off of the cob

1/3 cup + Pineapple, finely diced

2 Scallions

1 Red pepper, small

Oregano, fresh, chopped

Salt and Pepper

1-2 tsp Red Wine Vinegar

1. Take corn off of the cob and add to a bowl with the chopped pineapple, scallions, and diced red pepper.

2. Add fresh oregano, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.

3. Mix to combine.

Serve on Gazpacho, on a taco, or enjoy on its own!

Summer In A Bowl Salad

All of these ingredients came from the garden and every bite tastes like summer!

summerinabowl

Ingredients:

Shallot

Jalapeno

Lemon, juice and zest

Tomato

Cucumber

Corn

Mint, fresh from garden

Basil, fresh from garden

Salt

1. Dice shallot and jalapeno and add to a bowl with lemon juice and salt. The acid will help “cook” the shallot and pull out the raw taste.

2. Dice tomato and cucumber and add to the bowl. Cut corn off of the cob and add in as well.

3. Wash herbs, chop then add to the salad.

4. Season with more salt, if desired.

Tip: This would also be a great base for a summery gazpacho! Follow above instructions then blend!

 

 

A Simple Kale Salad

My friend came over to cook and we started our day at the produce market then went to the Indian grocery store so she could stock up on spices. A perfect way to spend a Sunday, in my opinion! Anyway, while at the produce store she mentioned having sauteed kale nearly every night the week before…”but I never had it raw” she said, so I threw a bunch of kale into her basket and when we got home, we made this salad.

Kale’s nutritious self deserves a place on your salad plate. When you massage the leaves with lemon, they become tender and a perfect canvas for your favorite toppings.

kale2

Ingredients:

Kale

Lemon

Red Onion

Carrots

Orange Pepper

Almonds, sliced

Sesame Seeds, toasted

>>Served with tahini dressing:

Lemon, zest and juice

Tahini

Olive Oil

Water

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Salt and Pepper

*Tahini dressing is my go-to dressing

1. Wash kale and remove stalks from leaves.

2. Put leaves in a bowl with lemon zest and juice and massage the kale while ripping the leaves into bite-sized pieces.

3. Chop all other vegetables that you want to add to the salad and mix with the kale.

4. Make tahini dressing: Combine tahini, lemon, water, pepper and salt and blend until smooth. Add olive oil at the end to thicken to your liking. I use water to dilute the thick tahini instead of oil for calorie savings and I think the texture is better as well.

5. Pour dressing over salad and mix until well coated.

6. mmmmm!