Category Archives: Salads

Asafetida Cumin Vinaigrette

You’ve heard me mention asafetida many times as I have used it in plenty of my Indian recipes, but this is the first time I am sharing a recipe with asafetida in salad vinaigrette, and it tastes awesome! I love asafetida, I grew up with this spice in our South Indian cooking, and I love how it brings back warm memories of Mom’s cooking every time I get a whiff of asafetida.  In a salad dressing this rather eclectic spice really adds an unexpected fragrance punch that I love. Continue reading Asafetida Cumin Vinaigrette

Golden Beet Salad with Asafetida Cumin Vinaigrette

Golden beets, edamame, baby spinach, peppers and onions all tossed in cumin and asafetida vinaigrette make this salad totally unique and delicious that is a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. My friend Padmini brought this delicious golden beet salad with Indian vinaigrette for a picnic that we want on at Clos Les Chance Winery in Morgan Hill recently that was outstanding! Continue reading Golden Beet Salad with Asafetida Cumin Vinaigrette

Quinoa Salad with Burrata Cheese Inspired by the Stanford Women’s Health Luncheon

I had this filling and nutrient packed salad for lunch at a Stanford Women’s Health Luncheon a month ago and this quinoa salad was the vegetarian option on the menu. It was served with a delicious balsamic vinaigrette, crusty bread with olive oil and balsamic, and tiramisu for dessert. But truth be told, the salad was so filling I had a hard time having more than a bite or two of the tiramisu.  This was such a great salad and so easy to put together that I wanted to make it back home for the family. Continue reading Quinoa Salad with Burrata Cheese Inspired by the Stanford Women’s Health Luncheon

Spinach Salad with Roasted Cauliflower and Bell Peppers

Here is a salad that doesn’t even require a dressing, that’s how delicious roasted cauliflower and peppers are in this spinach salad.  I roasted an entire head of cauliflower, 2 green bell peppers and 1 small onion for the salad, that’s a lot of veggies!  Then I tossed the roasted veggies with baby spinach and voila! I had the most delicious salad ever. Continue reading Spinach Salad with Roasted Cauliflower and Bell Peppers

Sunday Soups to Sunday Salads

Happy June 2nd! June has finally brought with it warmer temperatures around here. It felt much warmer yesterday only to find out that it was barely 78 degrees! I guess with all the cool weather we have been having even 78 degrees feels warm. That’s why I had a hard time posting a Sunday Soup recipe today, as it’s going to be another warm day. For that matter, I am officially switching over from Sunday Soups to Sunday Salads starting today. Summer has finally arrived and it’s time to take advantage of all the bounty of fresh veggies at this time of year and make a few delicious and colorful salads. Welcome to a summer of Sunday Salads!

I also want to take this opportunity to share with you a story I did a while back on how our Sunday Soup tradition came about and how it has helped our family’s Sunday dinner routine. Hope you enjoy the article. Happy Sunday and have a great week ahead!

Surreyfarms. A serene haven in the foothills of Northern California

It’s June already and it’s getting warm around here in Northern California. Roses are blooming, lilies too, dahlias are sprouting, and pretty much every type of flower you can think of is blooming right now. We are swimming in color at this time of year. Perfect inspiration for making wonderful light and colorful salads.

I am always thrilled to hear that the recipes I post are so well received and most of all that they are being tried in your home kitchen. But truth be told, the most popular recipes are my Sunday Soups. So many of you have told me time and time again that you love my Sunday Soup tradition and are enjoying making the soup recipes I post.  To you all, I especially want to apologize, as I will be taking a break from Sunday Soups. The weather is warming up finally making it a great time…

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Orange and Avocado Spring Green Salad

It’s April and juicy sweet oranges are still available at the markets, and here in our Bay Area I can even pick them up at street corners where vendors sell seasonal fruits such as oranges in March and apricots, strawberries and peaches in the summer.  Last week I bought from a vendor on the corner of our local park a bag of over 20 oranges for $5!! What a deal! These were delicious sweet oranges that the family has been enjoying every day and I’ve been adding an orange to my Greek yogurt and granola routine in the mornings too.

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With all these oranges in abundance I made an orange salad to take to my good friend Rose’s place for a low-key springtime lunch last week. Continue reading Orange and Avocado Spring Green Salad

Super Greens Salad with Beets and Radish

Looking for a red and pink salad for Valentine’s Day?  Gorgeous dark colored beets and pretty pink radish look so good together in a tossed green salad and taste wonderful too. This salad is sweet from the beets that release such a lovely sugary taste, then add fesh lemony vinaigrette and you get that unique sweet and sour tang in this beautiful salad. Continue reading Super Greens Salad with Beets and Radish

Lemon Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

I’ve been making this lemony sweet mustard vinaigrette a lot lately especially as fresh lemons are in abundance in our area right now. The combination of fresh lemon juice and honey is always a winner for a fresh tasting salad dressing, but add a little mustard and you get a vinegary spiciness that adds another layer of flavor that is delicious. Continue reading Lemon Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Apples and Blueberries Lemony Greens Salad

Apples, blueberries and scallions tossed with greens and a lemon honey mustard vinaigrette; simple, refreshing and delicious this salad is. I really like how delicious apples and blueberries taste with a lemony vinaigrette which adds a nice burst of citrus freshness. This really is a wonderful salad to have with a veggie omelet or a sandwich. Continue reading Apples and Blueberries Lemony Greens Salad

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Persimmons, Orange & Pomegranate

Spinach and arugula salad with persimmons, orange & pomegranate is a delicious salad I had at a holiday party with a group of wonderful gals recently. One of our friends Deb brought this colorful salad that was so beautiful that I almost felt bad taking some of the salad and disrupting the lovely presentation. Continue reading Spinach and Arugula Salad with Persimmons, Orange & Pomegranate