Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Hazelnuts and Poppy Seed Dressing

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Hazelnuts and Poppy Seed Dressing

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Not only is this beet salad gorgeous, it also has a delicious poppy-seed dressing that makes it sing! Then there’s the roasted hazelnuts, creamy goat cheese and fresh herbs that transform an earthy root vegetable into something simply glorious. Yes, I know that not everyone likes beets but when cooked right, and paired with the right things, beets taste amazing! Beet Salad with Goat Cheese & Hazelnuts -- so easy! What...

Mango Insalata Caprese

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Insalata caprese (meaning, the salad from Capri) is the perfect summertime dish. I first experienced how delicious mangos in a caprese salad could be while enjoying a Thursday night (a.k.a. "little Friday") get together with friends at a neighboring café that serves up authentic Italian slow food. Mango Insalata Caprese -- a perfect summer salad The great thing about this salad is that you can throw it together in minutes. Though,...
Mediterranean Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad

Mediterranean Green Bean and Tomato Salad

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This Mediterranean green bean and cherry tomato salad makes a great warm-weather side dish. It’s so quick and easy to prepare and full of fresh flavors. For a light meal, I like to serve it with some fresh crusty bread and a chilled bottle of rosé while I sit back and enjoy the summer sun. Fresh produce transform simple recipes into something sensational If there’s one thing I love about summer,...
Rote-Bete-Karotten-Salat Rezept

Beet and Carrot Salad

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Beet and carrot salad is one of my favorites. It’s a raw salad made with shredded beets and carrots. I guess you could also call it a coleslaw. But instead of a creamy dressing it is made with an irresistible dressing made from red wine vinegar, Dijon, and olive oil. Perfect in all its simplicity. There’s also a little garlic, fresh parsley for extra depth of flavor. And a...
Knuspriger asiatischer Ramen-Nudelsalat Rezept mit Kohl, Karotten, Mie Nudeln

Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad

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This crunchy ramen noodle salad recipe is quick and easy to make, tossed with a simple Asian-style vinaigrette, and perfect for picnics and BBQs, or to serve with dinner any day of the week. Crunchy ramen noodle salad — an American favourite A ramen noodle salad may sound a little unfamiliar, however it’s actually quite a popular summer BBQ salad where I come from. You won’t find it on any restaurant...
Brokkoli Taboulé mit gerösteten Nüssen

Broccoli Tabbouleh with Toasted Nuts

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Broccoli Tabbouleh. Say what? Yes, in this variation, the classic Middle Eastern salad has been upgraded with oh-so nourishing broccoli. And it’s delicious. Some aspects are the same, like herbs, lemon and bulgur. But in this modern take, tomatoes are replaced by pomegranate seeds, and toasted nuts and seeds added for an umami boost. Did you know that tree nuts like walnuts and almonds are a great way to...
Summer Beans with Pears and Bacon

Green Beans with Pears and Bacon

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An odd sounding but absolutely delicious dish in Northern Germany is one called “Birnen, Bohnen und Speck” (green beans with pears and bacon). I first was introduced to this delicious number by my friend Ines. It’s a regular at her family functions. Intrigued, I had to give it a try. My way of course. Though, I’m not sure there is a right way. I think every family has their...
Kohlrabi Apple Salad with Honey-Dijon Dressing

Kohlrabi Apple Salad with Honey-Dijon Dressing

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This Kohlrabi Apple Salad recipe was ignited by my French friend Magali who continues to inspire me. It's based on a salad she makes often. Though, her version uses jicama and baby spinach. I've searched everywhere in Hamburg for jicama (pronounced hee-cama) -- not a chance. Whether the farmers markets or specialty food markets, I have yet to stumble across this delicious tuber. Okay, let it be known, jicama originates...
Tomato Caper Salad

Tomato Caper Salad

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This is a deliciously simple side salad inspired by a brunch get together at my friend Anna’s place recently. She is an amazing host and an even better cook--right down my alley--fresh, fresh, fresh! With homemade baba ganoush, roasted red pepper spread, market fresh cheese, string bean salad, fresh-from-the-bakery German rolls, and whole host of other fresh and tasty bites that can only be indulged in along with a...
Spring Parsley and Radish Salad

Spring Parsley and Radish Salad

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This quick and easy parsley and radish salad is all about radishes in their wholesome, simple state. Don’t expect to have your socks blown off by a flavor explosion -- this one is all about the pure unadulterated mild and sweet taste of French Breakfast radishes. It's for all of you out there who love to munch on fresh crisp radishes fresh from the market (and if you are...
Frischer Dicke Bohnen Salat mit Rucola & Fenchel 

Fresh Fava Bean Salad with Arugula, Fennel and Radishes

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This fresh fava bean salad is simple, basic and full of fresh flavors. Buttery, nutty fava beans are tossed with green onions, fennel, radishes, young arugula leaves and served with grated parmesan and a simple lemony dressing. Fava beans — a summertime favorite Every time I see fava beans at the market I question whether they are worth the effort of the shelling, blanching and shelling again. And the answer is...
Weißkohl mit Cranberries und gerösteten Kürbiskernen

Coleslaw with Cranberries and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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The word coleslaw is derived from the Dutch term “koolsla”, meaning cabbage salad. “Kool” meaning cabbage and “sla” the Dutch abbreviation for “salade”. In the late seventeenth, New York was flooded with Dutch settlers and with them, they brought their recipe for chilled cabbage salad, which today is a mixture of the shredded vegetables with mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and other seasonings. Eventually, both words were anglicized into “coleslaw”. Though, the...
Asparagus and Mango Salad

Asparagus and Mango Salad

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Here is a delicious green asparagus recipe -- an asparagus and mango salad. Green asparagus is tossed together with sweet mango, red chili, fresh cilantro in a light honey-lim dressing. What a way to enjoy this spring vegetable! This dish is anything but boring! Asparagus is so delicious with its wonderfully subtle flavor that seems to work well with almost anything. It’s a great addition to any summer salad and...
Kale Tabbouleh with Quinoa

Kale Tabbouleh with Quinoa

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Fully of bright flavors, this kale tabbouleh is my new salad triumph. Made with just a few simple ingredients, it delivers lots of flavor and textures, and is well... simply GOOD. Super nutritious Tuscan lacinato kale is tossed together with fresh parley and mint, sweet cherry tomatoes, green onion and protein-packed, gluten-free quinoa instead of the traditional bulgur wheat. Ooh, and the dressing... cumin and sumac have made a...
Thai-Style Coleslaw with Kohlrabi

Thai-Style Coleslaw with Kohlrabi

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This crunchy kohlrabi salad is the perfect way to introduce Germany’s darling to your table – although gnarly looking, it’s a very tasty vegetable. It can be stir-fried, steamed or boiled, but I swear raw is the way to go! Flavor and texture-wise, kohlrabi has an apple-like crunch, slightly resembles a radish in texture and has a similar taste to broccoli stem, but is juicier and sweeter – and there...

Roasted Chickpea and Sweet Potato Salad

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I think you all are going to L O V E this roasted chickpea and sweet potato salad. It all starts with crisped cumin-spiced chickpeas and tender roasted sweet potatoes coated in spices and sesame seeds -- all baked to perfection, with a flavor and texture that makes your mouth sing... oh yeah. These two are then tossed in a chili-coriander-cumin dressing and paired up with fresh parsley and sweet...
Asparagus Salad with Mixed Beans, Lemon and Herbs

Asparagus Salad with Mixed Beans, Lemon and Herbs

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Asparagus salad – quick, simple and SUPER delicious. I absolutely love recipes like this...ones made of just a few fresh ingredients prepared in a simple manner. Yes, that's this! The stars here are: steamed green asparagus, fresh herbs (parley, dill and mint), sweet and crunchy red pepper and a mix of beans (chickpeas, white beans and kidney beans). All tossed together in a light lemon dressing. It’s a dream....
Shaved Viola Asparagus in a Lemon Vinaigrette

Shaved Viola Asparagus in a Lemon Vinaigrette

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Full of flavor and color, fresh asparagus, whether it be green, white or purple, is a celebration of spring! I love it when asparagus starts flooding the farmer's markets, especially when I get my hands on fresh purple asparagus. The fabulous thing about it is that it's tender enough to be eaten raw. Just use a vegetable peeler to transform it into raw silky strips then toss it together...
Panzanella mit Steak (Tomaten-Brotsalat)

Grilled Steak Panzanella Salad

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This grilled steak panzanella salad recipe embodies the flavors of summer! It’s made with marinated grilled steak which is served over a salad made with juicy tomatoes and grilled ciabatta and zucchini. And then tossed with fresh spinach leaves and basil in a simple Dijon vinaigrette dressing. What is a panzanella salad? Essentially, a panzanella salad consists of stale bread (in this case grilled ciabatta), fresh tomatoes, basil and oil and...
Herbstsalat mit Schwarzkohl, Kartoffeln und Sonnenblumenbutter-Dressing

Fall Salad with Tuscan Kale and Parmesan-Roasted Potatoes

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This fall salad is the new salad of my dreams. First of all it’s made with my favourite type of kale — Tuscan lacinato kale which is tossed in a rich and creamy sunflower butter dressing. A dressing that resembles a caesar salad dressing in many ways. Then comes a mix of lightly spicy parmesan roasted potatoes and parsnips, as well as a little more crunch and flavor from...