Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

Keen on Rainbow Quinoa Salad Bowls

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I’ve been on a colorful salad and bowl kick lately. This Rainbow Quinoa Salad did not disappoint. Can you sense a taste trend here? I also really liked this Peanut Ginger Dressing and it was very easy to make. I made this salad dressing combo during the week when I had exams and presentations and had my last serving today. Can I already have another? I used a combination of yellow and red bell peppers to give a more colorful kick and balance the other colors. Served cold, it hit the spot during this warm, toasty April week.

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Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Salad, Seafood, Vegetarian

Easiest Savory Sesame Salmon Salad

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My dad flew out of Boston this weekend, so naturally my mom sent down some salmon and chickpea fesenjan from Minimalist Baker (delish, btw) down from Maine. I had some leftover bok choy and scallions in my fridge, which are the makings of a perfect salad.  Sesame salmon and tahini go oh, so well together. I whipped up an easy dressing and had the best lunch: Sesame Salmon Salad with a Tahini Dressing.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

The Most Colorful Detox Bowls

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So I’m finally testing out my inspiralizer from William Sonoma that I got for Christmas. First thing I tried? Purple cabbage. Ambitious, I know. While not perfectly spiralized, the cabbage came out in thinner strips than I would’ve been able to chop and much longer than if I used a food processor. The cabbage was mesmerizing and has the coolest designs, in case you were wondering because I know you were. Gimme Some Oven came out with this Detox Salad after New Years. While it is DELISH and I’m obsessed with the dressing, I made it a bit hardier so it would more of a meal and less of a side. The Carrot Ginger Dressing is sweet, tangy, sour and so flavorful. I’m in love with the red cabbage in the bowls. It’s much more tender and benign when spiralized. I’m also just extremely biased to chopped salads and this Rainbow Detox Veggie Bowl is no exception. It’s almost too pretty to eat. (But actually eat it because it’s delicious.)

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Appetizer, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Lightened Up, One Pot Dish, Salad, Side, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Exploring Greek Tzatziki

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This dip is light and refreshing. Originally a Greek yogurt dip, tzatziki is traditionally made with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, sometime lemon juice and fresh herbs like mint, dill, parsley or thyme. It can be used to top gyros, burgers, falafels, salads, “bowls” (see photo below) or a standalone dish. Clearly I took a non-traditional route, swapping avocado for yogurt as the base. I also used mint instead of dill and want to try this again with equal proportions to be more versatile. Even with the “lightened up” swaps, Avocado Tzatziki is still light, so fluffy and especially tasty. I’ve been dipping away with Kashi pita chips and 7 grain crackers, baby carrots and cucumber sticks.

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Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, Salad

Bringing BBQ Salads Back

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I’m coming out of a hiatus! With my full-time job wrapped up and my fun-employment commencing, i.e. taking care of business for the month for August before my nursing program begins, I’m finally writing these joyful introductions for my blog posts — like this one for a BBQ Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing. After a trip home to Maine and a stop at Stonewall Kitchen in Portland, I picked up their Honey Sriracha Barbecue Sauce in anticipation of making a BBQ chicken salad. The BBQ sauce is packed with heat and subtly sweet. The dressing was inspired by a local Mexican restaurant and was the perfect combo of light and fresh to complement the BBQ flavor. Say hello to your new favorite summer salad.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Salad, Side, Vegan, Vegetarian

Celebrate Summer with a Summer Quinoa Salad

IMG_2522.JPGSummer’s officially here! Sadly, my apartment lacks a grill, but I was inspired by a recipe in Cooking Light for a charred Brussels sprouts, radish and apple salad. Why not char some pineapples and peppers to give the feeling of grilled summer kabobs? It’s fresh, easy and simple — my kind of style. I went to Martha’s Vineyard to do a home visit for work since we visit participants in their homes for healthy aging and longevity research. As we killed time for our ferry back to Boston, we feasted on our lunches. How picturesque — eating Charred Bell Pepper & Pineapple Quinoa Salad by the water. Happy meatless Monday!

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Salad, Seafood, Vegetarian

This Spring Tuna Salad Will Give You a Spring in Your Step

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When you hear “tuna salad,” you think of that canned tuna slathered in mayo and crammed between lettuce and bread. I don’t mean that kind of salad. I mean a salad salad — one packed with greens, fresh veggies and a bright dressing, all the while brimming with texture. This is the anatomy of a perfect salad. The key to the greens is to chop or tear kale and spinach into bite-sized pieces for easy eating. Radishes are a crisp spring vegetable with a crunch. Paired with carrots and cucumbers and balanced by creamy, smooth avocados. Tuna, albeit canned, is packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Plus it’s inexpensive and easy to store/keep compared to the fresh variety. Have I convinced you yet? This Spring Tuna Salad is sure to add a bounce to your step with its bright flavors and lighter but heartier nature.

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Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Salad

Crazy for These Colorful Cabbage Bowls

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Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowls for the winnnnnn! I’m trying to make bowl salads or salad like dishes since I’ve become bored from the same old same old. Don’t get me wrong. Certain salads become classics and a staple for a reason, but you need some variety every now and then. Plus, this cabbage bowl is so colorful, it’s hard to resist not diving in fork first. I also never seem to buy beef. Not sure why, but maybe it’s a price thing, but I found some 90% lean beef at Roche Brothers and it was a sign. Literally a sign I needed to test out these cabbage bowls. SO GOOD. I tossed in my own fresh herbs, fresh ginger and hoisin sauce for flavor. Somehow these bad boys are both filling and light all at once and I’m definitely adding these ingredients to my grocery list to make them again.

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Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Mexican, Salad

Let’s Get Chopping: Chopped Mexican Salad

Chopped Mexican Salad with an Avocado Cilantro Dressing

I went to Border Cafe in Cambridge with my coworkers for some good food, chips and guac and cheap margs. I got a the Route 66 Chop Salad there that I’ve been dying to make a copycat. Thus, I give you my Chopped Mexican Salad with an Avocado Cilantro Dressing.  I enjoyed the charred flavor from the grilled chicken paired with the fresh cilantro and tart but rich avocado-based dressing. You’d never know this Avocado Cilantro Dressing didn’t have Greek yogurt, sour cream or something rich and decadent added to it. Nope, just some avocado to do the trick. It doesn’t need anything else to be delicious. I lightened up my salad and omitted the cheese and any crisply fried tortilla chips. I will be bold and say I think any salad is better chopped. It’s less messy to eat. Plus, there’s something fun about it being chopped. Don’t sure what I mean? Try your next salad chopped.

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Entrée, Gluten-Free, Salad, Vegetarian

Move Over, Caprese

Spring Avocado & Cucumber Salad

I used to make salads all the time last year and they always involved fresh mozzarella, avocado and some sort of fruit. Usually over spinach, toss in some walnuts or almonds and add some chicken or turkey. This salad needed less; it needed to be simple and basic, but not in taste. I wanted a spin on a caprese-like salad but chopped and easy to eat. Fresh ingredients prepared in an obvious way creates the Spring Avocado & Cucumber Salad.

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