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Salads

Mediterranean Tomato Salad with Onion, Spiced Feta, and Preserved Lemon

Mediterranean Tomato Salad with Onion, Spiced Feta, and Preserved Lemon

This Mediterranean Tomato Salad is irresistible.  Indeed, its bright flavors make it an ideal foil for kebabs and other grilled meats.  Best of all?  The bulk of the work can be done well in advance. Summer was made for salads.  The gorgeous fresh produce in […]

Herbed Chicken Quinoa Salad with Peaches and Feta

Herbed Chicken Quinoa Salad with Peaches and Feta

  This delicious, light quinoa salad is packed with herby goodness, complemented by a hint of sweetness from the peaches.  Better yet, it is easy to make — using a store-bought rotisserie chicken — and can easily be scaled up to feed a crowd. A […]

Easy Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles

Easy Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles

This refreshing, herb-packed Vietnamese chicken salad is an easy, light meal for a summer weeknight.  It’s as delicious as it is nutritious. As an added bonus, it makes a pretty addition to a cold buffet. It seems as if October and November go by in […]

4 Fantastic Salads for Your Weekend Braai

4 Fantastic Salads for Your Weekend Braai

As the weather gets warmer, I find myself scrounging around for interesting salads.  As much as we all love meats off the braai, they require some light, crunchy veg to balance it all out. Since it looks as if we’re in for some lovely, warm […]

Chinese Eggplant Salad, An Easy Make-Ahead Menu Option

Chinese Eggplant Salad, An Easy Make-Ahead Menu Option

This lovely cold dish is a study in contrasts.  It is sweet and sour, with a divine, slippery texture, and a mild nuttiness from the toasted sesame seeds.  This “salad” makes a lovely, light meal for two on a warm summer day.  Alternately, it can […]

Regal Apple Slaw

Regal Apple Slaw

This refreshing, crunchy slaw is the perfect counterpoint to a rich dinner.  It’s quick and easy to make, and is a guaranteed hit at family gatherings. We southerners love our slaw, probably because we eat a lot of ham and fried foods.  The sweet, tangy […]

Quick Heirloom Tomato & Basil Salad

Quick Heirloom Tomato & Basil Salad

This classic, Italian tomato salad comes together in a matter of minutes.  Best of all, it’s a real crowd pleaser and is easy to make in big batches.  This is an ideal side dish for family gatherings or outdoor entertaining. Sometimes, the simplest dishes are […]

Baharat Roasted Eggplant Salad

Baharat Roasted Eggplant Salad

This delicious roasted eggplant salad can be served either warm or cold.  Seasoned with Lebanese style Baharat, a Middle Eastern seasoning mix, this light, creamy dish has a rich, warm flavor — perfect for early spring or early fall. As I was working on my […]

French Vinaigrette

French Vinaigrette

There is nothing like a classic French vinaigrette to dress up a simple tossed green salad.  Anyone who’s ever eaten at a French bistro can appreciate the way a properly executed dressing can elevate a salad.  The beauty of vinaigrette lies in its simplicity. We […]

Spicy Radish Salad

Spicy Radish Salad

This fresh, crunchy radish salad comes together in under 20 minutes and is an ideal accompaniment to grilled meats.  The texture and freshness of the salad contrast beautifully with the smokiness of meats from the grill.  It is equally delicious as part of an elegant, […]