Beet & Carrot Salad with Black Rice & Kale

This salad is inspired by Mendocino Farms’ the Healthiest Side Dish in the World.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded raw beets (about 3)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots (about 3)
  • 2 cups shredded kale (about 3 stems)
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup sliced roasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup black rice (this measurement is for uncooked) – add as much black rice as you’d like – the more the heartier.
  • a few tablespoons chopped, fresh mint
Dressing
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash of red pepper flakes or Espelette
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

Directions

  1. Boil the black rice in about 2 cups of water until tender, approximately 20 minutes. Drain. Cook the black rice in 3 cups of water. Taste for when they are tender, approximately 10 minutes; Drain.
  2. Shred the beets and carrot (I use the shredder attachment in my food processor).
  3. Remove the stems from then kale and shred or chop finely.
  4. Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss with about half of the dressing. Taste and add more dressing as needed.
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Black Bean & Corn Salad (low fat)

Adapted from Rachel Ray

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans (14 ounces), drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels (rinse in cool water to defrost quickly)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • A few basil leaves, julienned or a handful of chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil (taste with one tablespoon and add another tablespoon if necessary)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • Crumbled tortilla chips for serving

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Let stand at least 15 minutes for corn to fully defrost and flavors to combine, then toss again and serve with crumbled tortilla sprinkled on top.


3 Bean Salad

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces (canned works too)
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 white or red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapeños
Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Set up a large bowl of ice water. Add the green beans to the pot and cook until crisp-tender, 3 minutes. Drain and plunge the green beans into ice water. Drain again.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing.
  3. Add the vegetables to the bowl and toss well. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes or overnight (the longer it sits the better); and toss again before serving.


Egyptian Barley Salad

Original recipe by Americas Test Kitchen

When I made this I found it needed additional dressing than the recipe called for.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups pearl barley (do not substitute hulled barley or hull-less barley)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for serving
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅓ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup shelled pistachios, toasted and chopped coarse
  • 3 ounces feta cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes (¾ cup)
  • 6 scallions, green parts only, sliced thin
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • Freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions

1. Cook barley according to package instructions, as brands may differ; or try ATK’s instructions: Bring 4 quarts water to boil in Dutch oven. Add barley and 1 tablespoon salt, return to boil, and cook until tender, 20 to 40 minutes. Drain barley, spread onto rimmed baking sheet, and let cool completely, about 15 minutes.

2. Whisk oil, molasses, cinnamon, cumin, and ½ teaspoon salt together in large bowl. Add barley, raisins, cilantro, and pistachios and gently toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread barley salad evenly on serving platter and arrange feta, scallions, and pomegranate seeds in separate diagonal rows on top. Drizzle with extra oil and serve.

Nutrition Facts: 280 calories, 10g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 41g carbohydrates, 7g protein, 7g fiber, 320mg sodium


Horseradish Coleslaw

Light, crisp, tangy horseradish coleslaw. My mom had a salad like this while visiting Prague recently and it’s become a new family favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of Trader Joe’s Shredded Green and Red Cabbage with Orange Carrots
  • 1/2 apple, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly grated black pepper, to taste

Directions

Add all the ingredients for the dressing into a jar and shake well; taste. If it’s too tart, add a teaspoon of mayonnaise, or a little more olive oil.

Pour the dressing over the slaw and toss.


Orzo with Everything

This is a no-recipe. Add as much or little of these as you like. For ideas of other ingredients to add, see Ina Garten’s wonderful recipe for Orzo with Roasted Vegetables.

Ingredients

  • Half a package of orzo
  • Dash of cayenne or pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Pine nuts, pan toasted in a bit of butter (until butter and pine nuts are browned)
  • Golden raisins, chopped into pieces
  • Garbanzo beans (start with 1/2 cup)
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • Sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • Black olives, chopped
  • Feta cheese, crumbled
    Dressing:
  • Lemon juice to taste (start with 2 tablespoons)
  • Olive oil to taste (start with 4 tablespoons)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (start with 1 teaspoon salt)

Directions

  1. Cook orzo according to package instructions. Drain and cool.
  2. Toss the orzo with dressing and taste to adjust.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss well. Add more lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper as needed.

Hearts of Palm & Avocado Salad

Somehow, without even trying, I ended up with a new family favorite salad. This clean-out-my-crisper-salad turned out so delicious, it deserves a recipe of its own.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups red curly leaf lettuce (or endive)
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1 Reed or Haas Avocado, cubed
  • 1/4 sweet onion, thinly shaved
  • 1 cup hearts of palm, thickly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey 
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • Freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Place ingredients for dressing in a mason jar and shake to combine, or whisk in a bowl.
  2. Place all the vegetables in a bowl and toss with the dressing.

Strawberry Salad with Shallot-Honey Vinaigrette

Recipe from All Recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz package baby spinach or mixed greens
  • 1/2 pint strawberries, quartered or sliced
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place almonds, sugar and a pinch of salt in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar caramelizes, approximately 3 minutes.
  2. Whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing.
  3. Add candied almonds and strawberries to lettuce and toss with dressing.

Garbanzo Bean Salad (Vegan Tuna Salad)

Ingredients

  • 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise or tahini (or both)
  • 1 tablespoon sweet relish
  • 1 tablespoon yellow or dijon mustard
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1/2 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • squeeze of lemon
  • Optional mix-ins: diced raw fennel, chopped egg, toasted nuts

Directions

In a food processor pulse garbanzo beans into a chunky consistency.  Stir in the remaining ingredients.

I love to serve these open face on toasted wheat bread or on Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Norwegian Crispbread.


White Bean Salad

Ingredients

  • 14.5 ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • A few basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 3 scallions
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Thinly sliced radishes

Dressing:

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of allspice
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper