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...
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...