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Category: Salads

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Healthful Home-Made Dressings

Here’s the thing, dressings really don’t have to be overcomplicated.  The majority of my salads these days are topped with a drizzle of fruit-infused aged balsamic vinegar with a touch of extra virgin olive oil or my favorite salsa and some cubed avocado.  Still, if you need a little more dimension, be sure to give some of these a try. Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients 1 … Read More Healthful Home-Made Dressings

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Israeli Salad

Who says lettuce has to steal the show in a salad? This salad boasts the fresh taste of cucumber in the company of a slew of delicious, colorful fruits and vegetables. Simple and simply gorgeous! A must try in my book! Serves 2-3 Ingredients 3 large Tomatoes, diced 3 medium Cucumbers, quartered lengthwise and chopped 1 Sweet Red Pepper, finely chopped ½ Small Onion, … Read More Israeli Salad

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Love-Your-Liver Detox Salad

Snap, savor & crunch with this uber fresh and flavorful salad. Makes about 8 cups. Ingredients 6 cups finely shredded Purple & Green Cabbage (about ¼ head each) ¾ each Orange & Yellow Peppers, chopped 4 tbsp finely chopped Red Onion 3 tbsp Lemon Juice 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar 3-4 tbsp Hemp Hearts 3 tbsp Cilantro Leaves, coarsely chopped ½ tsp Fine Sea … Read More Love-Your-Liver Detox Salad

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Strawberry & Spinach Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients For the Salad 1½ cups packed Baby Spinach 6-7 Fresh Strawberries, quartered or thickly sliced ⅛-¼ cup Walnuts, roughly chopped ⅛-¼ cup Pecans, roughly chopped 2 tbsp Hemp Hearts   For the Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette 1 tbsp Honey ½ tsp Stone Ground Mustard 4 tbsp Aged Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar   ¼ t Salt 3 tbsp Walnut Oil 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil … Read More Strawberry & Spinach Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Fall-icious Pear Salad

This salad is so tasty and with the pecans, pears and easy yet delicious maple-balsamic vinaigrette, it is perfectly at home on a table for any fall feast. Serves 2-3 Ingredients For the Salad: 1 Bartlett Pear, thinly sliced 3-4 cups Spinach-Arugula Mix Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette, recipe follows Candied Pecans, recipe follows   Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette 1 tsp Sweet Yellow Onion OR 1 Small Shallot, … Read More Fall-icious Pear Salad

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Sweet Potato & Cranberry Salad with Sweet Citrus Vinaigrette

Ingredients For the Salad: 4 Sweet Potatoes, peeled, quartered lengthwise and sliced into ½ inch chunks 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil ½ tsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper ½ tsp Fine Sea Salt ½ cup Dried Cranberries 6-8 cups Baby Spring Mix or Spinach   For the Sweet Citrus Vinaigrette: ½ cup + 1 tbsp Fresh Orange Juice ¼ cup Fresh Lemon Juice ¼ … Read More Sweet Potato & Cranberry Salad with Sweet Citrus Vinaigrette

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Southwestern Throw-Down Avocado & Bean Salad

That is unless you’re like me in which case it’ll serve 1 and you’ll need to make them their own.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this one and love it every time!  I know the ingredient list looks a little long but really isn’t so bad and comes together super fast and you can easily and rather inexpensively scoop up … Read More Southwestern Throw-Down Avocado & Bean Salad

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Tabbouleh

Love this dish!  So good and perfect for enjoying while basking in the sun with friends! Serves 2-4 Ingredients ¼ cup Bulgur (preferably no. 3 or 4) 2 small Lemons, juice only 3 cups finely chopped Fresh Curly Leaf Parsley (approx. 1½ -2 bunches) ½ cup finely chopped Fresh Mint Leaves ½ lb Ripe Tomatoes (3 Romas), finely diced 1 large Onion, finely chopped … Read More Tabbouleh

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Quick Cuke Salad

 Fresh and Refreshing can hardly get any faster or easier.  Total chop’n’go action here… Ingredients 4 Cucumbers, peeled, quartered lengthwise and chopped 4 Green Onions, sliced 1 Large Tomato, diced 1 Red Pepper, diced 1/2 Head of Romaine, chiffonade 4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 4 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar Salt & Pepper, to taste   Preparation Place all ingredients in a large mixing … Read More Quick Cuke Salad

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Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Yeah, you heard me.  B l a c k – E y e d   P e a  S a l a d . Seriously, this is my favorite way to eat black-eyed peas.  Like, just leave the fork in the dish and back off.  I’ll be done when it’s gone.  Okay?! Ingredients 4 cups cooked & cooled Black-Eyed Peas ¾ Red Pepper, Diced ¾ … Read More Black-Eyed Pea Salad

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Crisp Apple & Walnut Chickpea Salad

Where sweet & savory meet scrumptious – this makes a fun dish with delightful textures. INGREDIENTS 3 cups cooked or 2 cans (15oz) Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed 1 cup small diced Apple (I used Fuji but go with whichever kind suits your fancy) 1/2 cup Celery, diced 1/2 cup Organic Dried Cranberries (chopped fresh would be great too) 1/2 cup Walnuts or … Read More Crisp Apple & Walnut Chickpea Salad

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Sweet’n’Crunchy Quinoa Salad

So ridiculously chock full of nutrition and so incredibly good!  This one is definitely a family favorite that always gets devoured.  Yea…I’m not stoppin’ ’em. INGREDIENTS 3 cups cooked Quinoa (about 1.5 cups dry) 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Pink Lady Apple (or other apple of choice), cored and diced 1/2 cup small chopped Carrot 1/2 cup … Read More Sweet’n’Crunchy Quinoa Salad

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Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad

My husband absolutely LOVES this recipe, as do I and our precious children.  I love the combination of tastes and textures, as well as the versatility of this recipe.  SO GOOD!  What a great alternative to chicken salads! INGREDIENTS 3 cups cooked or 2 cans (15oz) Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed 1/2-1 cup Celery, diced 1/2 cup Organic Dried Cranberries 1/2 cup Walnuts … Read More Cranberry Walnut Chickpea Salad

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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Didn’t I tell you that I am all for most anything involving plants and a mediterranean flair? This dish will surely give your taste buds a one-two punch but totally in a good way! Enjoy over pasta, in a pita or a la carte. Ingredients 3 cups prepared Chick Peas, drained ¾ cups Sliced Black Olives ⅔ cup Artichoke Hearts, chopped ½ cup Sun-Dried … Read More Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

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Scrumptious Sweet Pepper Salad

This sweet pepper salad is good to be used on the side or even as a condiment. Ingredients 1 Red Pepper, sliced ¼” thick 1 Orange Pepper, sliced ¼” thick 1 Yellow Pepper, sliced ¼” thick ½ Red Onion, sliced ¼” thick 3-4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil ¼ cup Red Wine Vinegar 2 Garlic Cloves, finely minced 1 tsp Dried Oregano or 1 … Read More Scrumptious Sweet Pepper Salad

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Cranberry Broccoli Slaw

This recipe has long been one of my husband’s favorites. No joke. He could sit and eat the whole thing!  This dish provides a great balance of fresh, sweet and zingy in a gorgeous array of color! Ingredients 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (or Balsamic 1 Tsp Dijon or Stone Ground Mustard 1 Tsp Maple Syrup or other sweetener of choice 1 Garlic Clove, … Read More Cranberry Broccoli Slaw

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Kicked Up Corn Salad

Not a whole lot to say but that I stole this from my mother-in-law and for good reason. Ingredients 2 Ears of Corn, kernels cut from cob (or approx. 1.5-2 cups frozen corn, thawed and drained) 1/2 cup Sweet Onion 1/2 large or 1 medium Cucumber 1/2 Orange or Green Pepper 1 Tomato 1 small Jalapeño, seeded & finely chopped** 1/3 cup Apple Cider … Read More Kicked Up Corn Salad

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What-I-Had-On-Hand Broccoli Salad

This was one of those concoctions where I stepped into the kitchen and knew that I was starting with the broccoli I had purchased and needed to make use of.  Florets cut and placed into a mixing bowl, I scoured my fridge and then my cabinets, picking through things repeating “this? no/yes.”  What resulted was this delicious salad that keeps your fork migrating back … Read More What-I-Had-On-Hand Broccoli Salad