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....

Oxheart Cabbage Coleslaw with Apple and Mango

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Oxheart cabbage is the one with the pointy head and my absolute favorite cabbage. Actually it’s the only cabbage I buy on a regular basis. It has succulent leaves making it excellent choice for salads like coleslaw and is everyone’s darling for sauerkraut. More often than not, I add it broth-based soups, let it wilt a little, then serve it up. Officially the season for oxheart cabbage is from May...
Carrot Ribbon Salad with Cara Cara Oranges

Carrot Ribbon Salad with Cara Cara Oranges

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A salad is the perfect way to showcase heirloom carrots in all their beauty. They come in an amazing array of colors -- deep purple, yellow, red, white, peach and of course orange. I couldn't resist when I saw the beautiful rainbow of carrots at the farmers market. Shaving them into paper-thin ribbons is a great way to showcase their gorgeous colors. They make a stunning salad -- just...
Tomato Caper Salad

Tomato Caper Salad

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This is a deliciously simple side salad inspired by a brunch get together at my friend Anna’s place recently. She is an amazing host and an even better cook--right down my alley--fresh, fresh, fresh! With homemade baba ganoush, roasted red pepper spread, market fresh cheese, string bean salad, fresh-from-the-bakery German rolls, and whole host of other fresh and tasty bites that can only be indulged in along with a...
Asian Cucumber Noodle Salad

Asian Cucumber Noodle Salad

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I love the thought of zucchini noodles but I can’t convince my favorite Schwabe of their worthiness. He claims that no zucchini compares to those fresh from the farmers market in France. He may have a point. Or perhaps it is just the surrounding atmosphere that makes them taste so much more….well flavorful. Cucumber Noodle Salad - a new way to enjoy cucumber So I relegate to using my spiralizer mainly...
Apple and Fennel Salad

Apple and Fennel Salad

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Ever since I discovered how delicious fennel is I have been adding it my salads pretty much every other day. Okay, it’s not a secret that I absolutely love and live on bowls of raw yumminess. I’ll never tire of salads, especially with fruit in them - a little obsession of mine. Apples and fennel. A classic combo - they pair well together raw, baked, and EVEN juiced! This salad...
French Cucumber Salad with Crème Fraîche and Dill

French Cucumber Salad with Crème Fraîche and Dill

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French cucumber salad with crème fraîche and fresh dill. Mmmm, it reeks of summer. One of the best smells of summer is fresh dill. And why not add the fresh watery crunch of cucumber. Perfect for a hot summer day. Crème fraîche adds a creamy richness with a hint of tang to this crispy and refreshing cucumber salad. Serve it on it's own as an elegant side dish with hearty...
Carrot Kohlrabi Salad

Carrot Kohlrabi Salad

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I only really discovered kohlrabi a few years–emmm, it’s a vegetable. Heh, I was confused — It only sounded like a foreign word to me. It’s a German term meaning ”cabbage turnip”. Okay, doesn’t sound great and it’s not a looker, but it taste pretty amazing! It took me ages before I actually bought one since I had absolutely no idea what to do with it. So my kohlrabi...
Asiatischer Gurkensalat mit Koriander und Sesamkernen

Asian-Style Cucumber Salad with Cilantro & Roasted Sesame Seeds

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Cucumbers add crunch and a refreshing flavor to all sorts of salads. This cool eastern-influenced cucumber salad makes for a tasty and refreshing side dish, one with a little kick to it. Choose a milder green chile or skip it all together if you prefer to keep things really cool. If you choose to use the seedless kind, like persian or japanese cucumbers then be sure to let the salad...
Würziger Tomatensalat, Spicy Tomato Salad mit Chilischoten

Spicy Tomato Salad

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About half the size of a roma tomato, egg-shaped baby roma tomatoes are deliciously sweet with a more intense flavor and aroma than the larger variety. They have an elongated "egg" type shape and a deep color. I love these and I adore this tomato salad. First of all, it's delicious. The chili pepper really brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes and makes it really something worth getting excited...
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...