Crispy Chickpea Tomato Salad

Crispy Chickpea Tomato Salad

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Chickpea tomato salad. Simply in love with it. Fresh summer tomatoes, crisp cumin-coated chickpeas, sweet red onion, and parsley, tossed with just the right amount of olive oil and sunshiny lemon juice has the makings of becoming my absolute favourite summer salad! The best part about it is that you can make this recipe in less than 10 minutes! It’s that fast and easy. And it makes for a...
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...
Kohlrabi, Grapefruit, and Red Cabbage Salad

Kohlrabi, Grapefruit, and Red Cabbage Salad

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Don't hate me for introducing another salad in the midst of a cold and wet Hamburg winter. But this super simple one is featuring regional-in-saison-now red cabbage (+ carrots) and thanks to our neighbors in the South kohlrabi (ciao!) and pink grapefruit (hola!). It's a refreshing, delicious and can I say gorgeous (??) -- just look at those colors. Yes, gorgeous! And healthy. A red cabbage packed with nutrition At this...
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas with Millet and Herbed Yogurt

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas with Millet and Herbed Yogurt

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I have a confession: I have an absolute obsession with sweet potatoes and sadly this obsession of mine isn’t shared with open arms at home. But slowly, one dish at a time, I am building up a gradual win for sweet potatoes. They may never get as far as hearing the “L” word or “oh yes, I’m having a craving, let’s have something with sweet potatoes tonight” let alone...
Heirloom Beet Carpaccio

Heirloom Beet Carpaccio

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Introducing a candy striped heirloom beet carpaccio. Mainly found at farmers’ markets, the whimsical Chioggia beet (pronounced kee-OH-gee-uh) with its mild flavor and natural beauty is fabulous eaten raw in salads. Also known as the candy cane beet or bullseye beet, this heirloom beet from Italy has a milder flavor than it's crimson cousins. If you can't find them, then you could use golden beets, which are slightly sweeter....
Zucchini Salad with Truffle Oil

Zucchini Salad with Truffle Oil

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On my last trip to Barcelona, I had one of the most amazing zucchini salads. A zucchini salad with truffle oil to be exact. Imagine this: thin ribbons of fresh zucchini carefully tossed with sweet sun-dried tomatoes, toasted sliced almonds, a hint of garlic, shaved parmesan, AND truffle oil. Simply amazing! First of all, ribbons of anything instantly transform a salad into something special. Adding truffle oil to the mix...and...
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...

Cucumber Salad with Dill and Feta

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Cool, crisp and refreshing, I love a good cucumber salad - especially one made with adorable mini cucumbers! The combination of cucumber, sweet red onion, dill, lemon and feta cheese is really quite lovely. Plus it's that anytime kind of salad. It's fantastic served alongside a lazy Sunday brunch or as a refreshing side for lunch or dinner -- let's face it, it's the perfect accompaniment to any meal. We...
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...
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...

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,...
Spicy Thai Carrot and Zucchini Salad

Spicy Thai Carrot Zucchini Salad

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Zucchini is one of those vegetables that is extremely versatile and whether eaten raw or cooked can be completely yum-worthy. This is a great example of that -- zucchini ribbons tossed in a Thai inspired, tangy and spicy dressing. For good taste and attempts to disguise another dreaded zucchini dish from my favorite Schwabe, I first switched out green for a golden yellow. Do you think he knows there...
Spring Radish Salad with Orange, Mint & Pine Nuts

Spring Radish Salad with Orange, Mint & Pine Nuts

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With the abundance of fresh local spring radishes picked at their height of freshness and flavor, I’ve been trying to think of other ways to use then rather than just have them play second fiddle as a mere garnish in a green salad. Why? Because I love these little root vegetables. Fresh and crunchy, they are a real treat. Especially in this spring radish salad where tasty sweet citrus...
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...
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...
Lemon-Dill Asparagus with Belgium Endive

Lemon-Dill Asparagus with Belgium Endive

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For me, asparagus signals the start of spring! The first signs are the purple and white varieties popping up at the farmers markets everywhere. I absolutely love viola asparagus. Combined with Belgium endive in a tangy lemon-dill dressing, it makes a perfect side dish or salad. Viola asparagus is similar in appearance and flavor to the white and green varieties, though is differentiated by its violet hue, tender, less fibrous...
Belgian Endive Pink Grapefruit Salad with Joghurt Dressing

Belgian Endive Pink Grapefruit Salad with Joghurt Dressing

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In winter and early spring, grapefruits are plentiful and can be a refreshing addition to any salad. Sweet-tart pink grapefruit transforms slightly bitter endive into a delicate, well-rounded, and delicious Belgian endive pink grapefruit salad. I love Belgian endive (a.k.a escarole or witloof chicory) raw, for it’s crunchy, faint bitter taste that is at the same time tangy and sophisticated. Really, it varies depending on how it is prepared...
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...
Roasted Cherry Tomato Salad with Artichokes and Bocconcini in a Lemon Caper Dressing

Roasted Cherry Tomato Salad with Artichokes and Bocconcini in a Lemon Caper Dressing

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Roasting tomatoes brings out their rich and sweet flavor, and in this salad, roasted cherry tomatoes are combined with artichokes, the tasty ones, the ones found at your favorite delicatessen or gourmet food store -- yes, raise your hand if you love artichokes! All this together with fresh, delicate buffalo mozzarella (bocconcini), tossed in lemon caper dressing and served over peppery arugula leaves. Splendid -- I love this salad! Artichokes...

White Radish Salad with Apple, Fresh Dill & Pine Nuts

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Italian white radishes are a cool-season crop which grows best in spring and fall. They are a great addition to salads or, as in this recipe, as the basis for a salad. When buying radishes, make sure that they are very fresh, with smooth skins and firm roots (wrinkles and cracks are a sign of old age), otherwise your salad will not be a crisp as it should be....