Sumac Roasted Eggplant and Tomatoes with Quinoa

Sumac Roasted Eggplant and Tomatoes with Quinoa

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What better way to celebrate the end of summertime than with a delicious quinoa salad with sumac roasted eggplant and cherry tomatoes. If you love eggplants, then this dish is for you. This Middle-Eastern influenced dish is seasoned with sumac -- one of my favorite spices -- one that closely resembles a lemon flavor. Take all that goodness and toss it together with a little fresh mint and roasted...
Simple Tomato Avocado Corn Salad

Tomato Avocado Corn Salad

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This tomato avocado corn salad is so EASY, so FRESH tasting, and so YUM! Loaded with ripe tomatoes, sweet red pepper, creamy avocado, cilantro, red onion, lime, a little cumin, and sweet, smokey grilled corn, I couldn’t love it more! It's grilling season, which also means corn on the cob season. And if your summer is anything like ours here in Hamburg, then it's been hot, hot, hot which for...
Moroccan Beet Salad with fresh herbs

Moroccan Beet Salad

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Looking for new ways to enjoy beets? Bingo, here it is. A simple Moroccan beet salad. One that is practically effortless to make. Tossed with fresh lemon juice, roasted cumin seeds, sweet red onion, and fresh herbs, this Moroccan beet salad makes a delicious and beautiful starter, side dish, or for beet lovers like me, even a main salad recipe that can be enjoyed as a healthy lunch! Roasting beets...
Cumin-Roasted Carrot Tabbouleh

Cumin-Roasted Carrot Tabbouleh

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Carrot Taboulleh -- yeeees CARROT taboulleh. Not just the crunchy stems, but the greens as well. This take on the the wonderfully fresh and light Lebanese parsley salad is made with roasted cumin-carrots, toasted almonds and loads of green goodness from carrot tops, parsley, and mint. All tossed together with bulgur and finished off with a little olive oil and sunshiny lemon. Pomegranates give it a pop of color...
Fennel Salad with Pink Grapefruit and Celery

Fennel Salad with Pink Grapefruit and Celery

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My love affair with raw fennel is far from over. Perhaps it's a love of all licorice-like things. Anise – yes, love it. Fennel seeds – yep, them too. Ouzo – err, reminds me of my introduction to the Pink Palace on Corfu as I was 19. Fell in love with Greece back then, but I never developed a love affair with ouzo. Thinking of all things licorice...remember those black...
Coleslaw recipe for Red Cabbage Orange Salad with Cranberries & Herbs

Red Cabbage Orange Salad with Cranberries & Herbs

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I love simple, raw, shredded red cabbage salads. This red cabbage orange salad with dried cranberries, sweet and juicy citrus fruit, green onions and fresh-tasting parsley and mint is packed with goodness. I guess you could say coleslaw is sort of a North American thing. And as I discovered also a Scandinavian favorite too. Which makes it one of my favorite things about traveling to Stockholm for work. That and...
Moroccan-Spiced Roast Vegetables and Chickpeas with Bulgur

Moroccan-Spiced Roast Vegetables and Chickpeas with Bulgur

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With winter around the corner I am always looking for new ways to enjoy vegetables. And being a fan of roasted anything, I wanted to add a little more pep to standard roasted veggies, which is why I came up with this recipe for Moroccan spiced roast carrots, potatoes and chickpeas. And because this is a recipe for Moroccan-spiced roast vegetables, it naturally calls for mix of spices --...
Broccolini and Roasted Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing

Broccolini and Roasted Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing

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Guys, there’s so much good going on here! I guess I could have called this broccolini and roasted chickpea salad something like "broccolini bowl", cause it's definitely bowl food. Here’s what it's got going on: tender blanched broccolini tossed in a lemon-tahini dressing topped with Asian-spiced chickpeas roasted in the oven until crispy, a little sweet red onion, juicy mini-roma tomatoes, fresh cilantro and crunchy slivers of toasted almond....
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,...
Purple Cauliflower Salad with Caper-Lemon-Dressing

Purple Cauliflower Salad with Caper-Lemon-Dressing

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Purple cauliflower. Is it not beautiful? And you may be thinking “is this really natural?”. Yes, it is! As part of the Brassicaceae family, just like red cabbage, it too can be found in this beautiful hue thanks to the antioxidant anthocyanin (also found in red wine my friends!). No dye, no GMO. Just an all-natural, super tasty bowl of steamed purple cauliflower tossed with bright summery lemon juice,...
Persian Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Persian Cucumber and Tomato Salad

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A Persian cucumber and tomato salad, served with some crumbled feta or sliced avocado, a crusty baguette, and a crisp glass of wine makes for a fantastic summertime meal. Plus this recipe comes together so easily, there's just a little bit of chopping to do and that's it! Then it's back to enjoying the summer sun with a light and refreshing meal. Less time in the kitchen = more...
Roasted Asparagus Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

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Hier seht Ihr einen Spargelsalat mit Zitronen Tahin Dressing. Vielleicht finden manche, dass das eine komische Kombination ist. Aber sie funktioniert wirklich (vor allem wenn Ihr den Spargel im Ofen röstet). Das kann passieren, wenn ich einen Blick in den Kühlschrank werfe und zwei leckere Zutaten vorfinde, die ich einfach so gekauft hatte: frischen Spargel vom Markt (8 Euro für 500 g ist zwar teuer, aber ich wollte das...

Shredded Cabbage Salad with Tahini-Lemon Dressing

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Let’s talk about this shredded cabbage salad with tahini-lemon dressing recipe for a minute. Yes, cabbage salad. Or perhaps I should call it a "coleslaw" to make it sound more appealing. It's a shredded salad. One I often make using kale but sadly, since the season is over, I've traded out kale for a mix of cabbage. And I would say this is proof that something not so trendy,...

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...
Roasted Cauliflower and Millet Salad

Roasted Cauliflower Millet Salad

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Roasted cauliflower. Yep, I'm becoming ultra-hip. So here it is, I finally found a way to make cauliflower taste great. A year ago with all the cauliflower hype I would never have believed it. But it's true. Cauliflower, as unloved as it has been in my eyes, can truly taste great. I gave it a try last winter and wasn't totally convinced, so a full spring, summer, and fall...
Tahini Green Beans and Potatoes

Tahini Green Beans and Potatoes

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Green beans and potatoes are a classic combination, reminding me once again that the simplest recipes are often the best. The magic of this side dish is the tahini dressing. A lemon-tahini-cumin dressing to be exact. Oh and lets not forgot about fresh parsley. it’s a key ingredient to making the overall flavor magical. We loved this so much we ate it for dinner… ALL BY ITSELF. Tahini -- a versatile...
Roasted Beet and Sweet Potato Kale Salad

Roasted Beet and Sweet Potato Kale Salad

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This roasted beet and sweet potato kale salad screams healthy! The basic ingredients for this salad are just four: chioggia beets with their candy cane stripes, sweet potato, kale and Germany’s own version of freekeh -- a grain called Grünkern. This is a nutrient dense autumn salad that is deceptively simple to prepare. The vegetables roast themselves while the grain cooks and the only effort you need to put in...
Miso Kohlrabi Apple Salad

Miso Kohlrabi Apple Salad

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This crunchy miso kohlrabi apple salad tossed in a Japanese inspired miso dressing is the perfect way to introduce Germany’s darling to your table – although this gnarly looking vegetable may look a little “alien”, don’t let it’s looks deceive you -- it’s actually super tasty. I absolutely love it raw in salads or on its own cut up like carrot sticks, and surprisingly, if you add it to...
Asian-Style Chioggia Beet and Carrot Salad

Asian-Style Beet and Carrot Salad

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What could be prettier than a beet and carrot salad? Both have an amazingly beautiful color, especially chioggia beets with their candy cane stripes. Also called “bull’s eye beet”, the great thing about them is that you don’t have to worry about a mess from those mesmerizing pink rings! I always expected them to look a little prettier on the outside too, but they actually have the same unassuming,...
Zucchini Noodle Salad with Tomato, Basil and Pine Nuts

Zucchini Noodle Salad with Tomato, Basil and Pine Nuts

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Despite the chilly Hamburg weather, I am embracing summer... fully. And it starts this summer zucchini noodle salad. Seriously, we left 38°C in France, only to come back to 14°C in Germany. We are talking a major difference here -- in the height of summer! So yeah, I am trying to channel some warm vibes to the rest of you by sharing this super delicious, simple to make zucchini...