Gurkensalat mit Feta und Kichererbsen 

Cucumber Salad with Feta and Chickpeas

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This cucumber salad with feta and chickpeas is so simple, refreshing and full of flavor. It’s loaded with chickpeas, cucumbers, red onion, feta cheese, avocado, freshly squeezed lime juice, cilantro and a couple of my favourite spices to add a little extra flavor…..this salad is so easy to make and makes a terrific light lunch salad or side dish with anything you’re grilling! Or simply grab a baguette and...
Zucchini Salad with Chickpeas, Lemon, Parmesan, and Fresh Herbs

Zucchini Salad with Chickpeas, Lemon, Parmesan, and Fresh Herbs

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This simple and easy zucchini salad recipe takes less than 20 minutes to throw together. It’s packed with fresh Mediterranean inspired flavors: chickpeas, fresh herbs (basil and parsley), sweet red onion, parmesan, pine nuts and a light lemon dressing. You’ll love this healthy and flavorful salad. It’s perfect for a healthy and quick lunch or dinner, take to work lunch or side dish for your next BBQ. Yes, it’s official....
Avocado and Broccoli Salad with Pistachios

Avocado and Broccoli Salad with Pistachios

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KOne of my absolute favorite discoveries has been roasted pistachio oil. Actually, it was less of a discovery, but more so an introduction. The perfect gourmet foodie gift. Ines. Thanks dear friend. French La Tourangelle roasted pistachio oil is divine. It has a distinctive and rich pistachio flavor - it surpasses the nut itself. I was telling another friend about how heavenly it is and that's when she...
Asian-Style Kale Salad with Brown Rice and Smoked Tofu

Asian-Style Kale Salad with Brown Rice and Smoked Tofu

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This Asian-style kale salad recipe is actually more about one of my favorite dressings that I adore with kale. I have so many different versions of this recipe 'cause it's actually a winter staple that we eat in some variation once or twice a week for the entire Tuscan Lacinto kale season. Which sadly is way too short! So about the dressing... it's all about garlic and ginger together...
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...
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...

Crunchy Beet and Carrot Slaw

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Loaded with color, texture and crunch. That's this candy cane beet and carrot slaw is. It is beautifully colored, bright-tasting and nutritious. Yes, there is so much good stuff going on with this salad. The carrots and chioggia beets are finely julienned (cut into matchsticks), then tossed with a splash of my favorite red wine vinegar and my very best olive oil, then right before I serve it I...
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...
This Japanese style daikon carrot coleslaw

Japanese Daikon Carrot Coleslaw

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This Japanese style coleslaw is seriously simple and seriously delicious. Daikon and carrot pair fabulously together, especially in a tasty Asian-style dressing. Okay, I am biased, I love most any foods with an Asian flair. So if you haven't already done so, give daikon a try. It's delicious. If you are not already familiar, daikon is a long white vegetable from the radish family. It’s similar in appearance to fresh...
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,...
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Winter Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables & Buttermilk Dressing

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My favorite ever winter pasta salad is loaded up with vegetables, roasted to perfection. First there is roasted Tuscan kale — yes roasted! With slightly crispy edges and tender leaves. And then there are roasted sweet potato, good ole spuds, and parsnip — PLUS oven roasted chickpeas! All of which are tossed with spiral noodles and a to-die-for herb-buttermilk dressing. Yeeees! Why pasta salads can be considered healthy If your pasta...
Pear Fennel Salad with Sumac and Mint

Pear Fennel Salad with Sumac and Mint

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This pear fennel salad is one of my stand by favorites that can be made in a matter of minutes. It’s made with just a handful of ingredients: fennel, pear, mint, and red onion, then tossed with a simple lemony sumac vinaigrette. Fennel’s faint licorice flavor and crisp texture is the perfect complement with pear. And because this dish has such simple and fresh tasting flavors, it’s an any...
Rotkohlsalat mit Mango, Koriander und Limette

Red Cabbage Mango Slaw

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Red cabbage mango salad. It doesn’t get easier than this. Red cabbage, mango, lime zest and juice, fresh cilantro — plus a drizzle of olive oil and pinch of salt. That’s it. This simple tropical upgrade transforms modest winter cabbage into a flavorful side dish salad.  Inspired by Anna's salad recipe with Shichimi Togarashi This beautiful creation is from my dear friend Anna. It was her addition (among other delicious creations)...
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...
Tuscan Kale Salad with Pumpkin, Cranberries & Feta

Kale Salad with Roasted Pumpkin, Cranberries & Feta

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So the thing about this kale salad with roasted pumpkin is that you really need to enjoy a little bit of everything in every bite. This is a salad with sweet, tart, salty and nutty flavors, so it tastes best if you get a mix of two, three or all of these flavors together. There's the delicious chestnut-like flavor of hokkaido, my favorite winter squash, sweet tender Tuscan kale,...
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...
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...
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,...
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...

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...