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....
White Asparagus Salad with Fennel, Dill, Pine Nuts

White Asparagus Salad with Fennel

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This recipe for asparagus salad with fennel also works well with green asparagus if you fancy this salad outside the asparagus season. “White gold” or “edible ivory” – considered a spring delicacy, white asparagus makes it way to produce markets and grocery stores only one season a year. During the German “Spargelsaison” or “Spargelzeit” (“asparagus season” or “asparagus time”), the season usually starts in late April and finishes in...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Kale Salad with Roasted Vegetables, Lentils and Tahini Dressing

Kale Salad with Roasted Vegetables, Lentils and Tahini Dressing

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Okay are you ready for it? This kale salad with roasted vegetables, lentils and tahini dressing is my new go-to winter salad. Really it's the salad of my dreams! It's influenced by Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine (what's not to love about that!?)... which in my mind, I can simply sum up as "extra delicious". The ultimate winter salad First, there's oh-so good massaged kale (three kinds - crimson-colored "Redbor" kale,...
Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples & Hazelnuts

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples & Hazelnuts

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For those of you, that are already convinced of the Brussels sprouts merits, this salad is for you. Yes, a Brussels sprouts salad! One made with toasted hazelnuts, my favorite fall apples, a little red onion, and a tasty dressing made with apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and Dijon mustard. Ooh and let's not forget Italian parmesan cheese. And this combo works. So many taste sensations. It definitely reaches...
Roasted Japanese Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

Roasted Japanese Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

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So I thought it was high-time I share one of my favorite ways to enjoy roasted eggplant. Sweet and tender roasted Japanese eggplant (char-grilled a little at the end) served with sesame tahini sauce. A dream combination. But that's not all. There are garnishes. Pomegranate, pine nuts and parsley. P-P-P. Three important P's. The crème de la crème that pulls everything together for the most perfect, delicious side dish. Are...
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,...
Roasted Hokkaido Pumpkin with Grünkern and Yoghurt Dressing

Roasted Hokkaido Pumpkin with Grünkern and Yoghurt Dressing

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Ahhh, pumpkin season has just arrived. I adore pumpkin. And this friends, is the first pumpkin recipe of the season. It's a delicious dish made with spiced roasted Hokkaido pumpkin and Grünkern, roasted walnuts, a little red onion, and a lemony herbed yoghurt dressing. To keep things interesting, the pumpkin is spiced with ground coriander, cumin and cinnamon, then roasted to perfection. Choose Grünkern or your favorite grain of choice I...
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,...