With chock full of black eyed peas, crunchy vegetables and apples this salad has a good amount of substance, making us feel full even before we start on our main course 👌. This is a beautiful colorful salad that my friend Shalini made when we met for lunch one time. The key to making the black eyed pea salad look so pretty is the various colored bell peppers, green celery, pink radish, and red apples. Give it a try. Continue reading Black Eyed Peas Salad
I had a delicious salad recently made by my friend Donna that was positively outstanding. I love all salads, but once in a while it’s nice to have just a simple salad made with crisp lettuce tossed in a light vinaigrette. This lettuce salad hit that craving for me. Continue reading Crisp Lettuce Salad with Candied Pecans and Feta Cheese
Sugar? In a vinaigrette? What? Is that what you are thinking? These days when so many of us are trying to minimize sugar in as many dishes as we can, to see old-fashioned sugar being used in a vinaigrette – it’s let’s just say – it’s sweet. I recently had a delectable lettuce salad that my friend Donna made with sweet sugar vinaigrette. Interestingly, sugar makes this vinaigrette very light, unlike honey, agave nectar or maple syrup that can add extra color and flavor. Sugar on the other hand just dissolves into the vinaigrette adding just a bit of sweetness that is very refreshing. Try it! Continue reading Sugar & Shallot Vinaigrette
Here is a recipe for a beet and olive salad that is pretty to look at and delicious. We had this wonderful beet salad with lemon herb dressing at our friends Swati and Tarak’s home when we went over for a holiday dinner. Swati got inspired to use a few lemons from one of many fruit trees in her hillside garden and made a Lemon Herb Dressing to go with her outstanding Super Greens, Beets and Olives Salad. Continue reading Beets & Olives Salad with Feta, Super Greens & Lemon Herb Dressing
I make lots of salads but I would never think to combine a citrus flavor such as orange with blue cheese – it wouldn’t be a combination that would occur to me. When I think of bleu cheese I tend to use the likes of apples and pears. Surprisingly though the combination of orange and bleu cheese along with pomegranate seeds and the peppery bite of arugula tastes really good together in a salad. Continue reading Pomegranate, Orange and Arugula Salad with Bleu Cheese & White Balsamic Dressing
White Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 4 tbsp Pomegranate white balsamic vinegar or any white balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup Olive oil
- 1/2 tsp mustard
- Salt and pepper
One of my favorite fall-inspired salads to make especially when fresh figs are in season is a big spinach salad with fresh figs, Gorgonzola cheese, and walnuts; all tossed together with a sweet fig dressing.
When I want a change from my usual vinaigrette, I like to make a Fig Jam Vinaigrette, which is sweeter, thicker, and has a wonderful Mediterranean fig flavor along with little bits of mashed figs. Used to be I could only find fig jam at specialty grocery stores, but nowadays fig jam can be found at most grocery stores in their deli section.
For a thicker salad dressing packed with sweet fruit flavor, a Fig Jam Vinaigrette is the one. Continue reading Fig Jam Vinaigrette Dressing
Roasted heirloom tomatoes and shallots have so much flavor, that this salad requires no dressing, just toss with salad greens and balsamic vinegar.
Honey Mustard Dressing:
- Honey 2 tbsp
- Dijon Mustard or any grainy mustard 1 tbsp
- White wine vinegar – or apple cider vinegar 4 tbsp
- Olive oil 4 tbsp
- Salt & pepper to taste