Salads

Cranberry Relish Salad

From Whole Food American Favorites

This recipe was inspired by my love for cranberry sauce without all the sugar! If you prefer less sweet, use a more tart apple and/or less dates.  Cut down on the walnuts if you need to cut back on the fat.

1 medium Fuji apple

1 cup raw cranberries

8 small pitted dates

1/4 cup walnuts

Chop all ingredients in a food processor to a relish consistency.

Dilly Ranch Dressing

This is one of my favorite salad dressings from my cookbook Whole Food American Favorites

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 cup water

3 T apple cider vinegar

2 T fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 t onion powder

1/2 t garlic powder

1/2 t mustard powder

1/2 t sea salt

1/4 t black pepper

3 – 4 T chopped fresh dill

 

Blend all but dill until smooth. Add more water to thin if desired. Stir in fresh dill. Keep refrigerated.  Will keep for a week or more.

 

Creamy Potato Salad

Recipe from Whole Food American Favorites

A delicious spin on traditional potato salad

Cooked Potatoes:

3 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into small chunks.

Cover with water, bring to boil, and simmer until tender.

Drain, rinse, and place in large bowl to cool.

Add:

1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced

2 cups sliced celery

2 14 oz. cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Dressing:

Juice from two lemons

1 T apple cider vinegar

2/3 cup water

1/4 cup raw cashews (or use sunflower seeds)

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup raw sesame seeds, un-hulled

2 t dried mustard powder

1/4 cup fresh chopped dill

1 t sea salt

 

Blend everything but the fresh dill in a powerful blender on high until smooth. Stir in fresh dill. Pour over salad and mix well. Chill and serve.

Note: For extra goodness, add chopped Bubbies naturally fermented pickles. 

Brown Rice Pea and Spinach Salad

Recipe from Whole Food American Favorites

I often get asked about plant-based protein powders. Many of them  contain rice protein, pea protein, and greens. This salad combines all of these foods in their whole-food form. A much better choice in my opinion!

1 cup short-grain brown rice

2 cups fresh or frozen peas (steam fresh peas or use them raw)

1 cup finely diced celery

1/2 cup finely diced red onion

1 red bell pepper, finely diced

2 cups baby spinach, chopped

Sweet Mustard Dressing to taste  (click to watch how to make this dressing)

Sea salt

Fresh ground pepper

 

Boil 2 cups water in a saucepan. Add rice, reduce heat, and simmer on low until tender. Let cool before adding to salad. While rice is cooking, place remaining vegetables in a large salad bowl. When rice is cool, stir into salad, add dressing, and salt and pepper to taste.

Roasted Zucchini Mexican Salad

3 medium zucchini

2 ears corn

2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained well

1 cup cooked brown rice (optional)

2 cups fresh diced tomatoes

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup diced red onion

1 jalapeno pepper, minced (or use canned green chilies)

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1 avocado, diced

Zest of one lime

Juice of 2 limes

 

Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Cut each half lengthwise again. Then cut in 1/2 – 3/4 inch chunks. Place in a large bowl and sprinkle with Mrs. Dash Chipotle seasoning or other no-salt seasoning of choice. Mix thoroughly with your hands until each piece is lightly coated. Spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper making sure no pieces are over-lapping. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes until they start to brown. Let cool before adding to salad.

Cut corn off ears and place in the bowl you used for the zucchini. Add remaining ingredients.  When zucchini has cooled, add to salad.  Mix well. Add more lime or lemon juice and salt to taste if desired.

This salad is also delicious using raw zucchini. I only use 2 zucchini and I use the dice blade of the Vidalia Chop Wizard.  Cut the whole zucchini in 3 sections then lay each section on the chopper screen and chop. This makes a fun perfect shape for the salad. Mix in all remaining ingredients as above. 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Quinoa Salad

1 1/2 cups water

1 cup quinoa

1 cucumber chopped

1 cup sliced grape

1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions or diced red onion  

1/2 cup finely chopped parsley

1/2 cup chopped mint leaves

Juice from 1 lemons

1/2 tsp Real Salt or sea salt

1 small avocado cubed

 

Bring water to boil, add quinoa, cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes until tender. Let cool befor adding to salad. While quinoa is cooking, combine all other ingredients. Add cooled quinoa and mix well.

Chic peas are a nice additional to this salad to make it more filling. You could also make it Mexican style by adding black beans and using cilantro instead of parsley and mint.

Sesame Kale Salad

This kale salad is not necessarily good by itself but is a delicious addition to a hummus wrap, stuffed pita, sandwich, or quinoa, pasta or other grain based salad.

Mediterranean Kale Salad

Humus Wrap

 

1 large bunch of fresh kale

1 – 2 T tahini (sesame seed paste)

Chic Pea Patty Stack

Juice of one lemon

1/2 T brown sesame seeds

Sea Salt

 

Finely chop kale and place in a large salad bowl. (Strip kale off stalks if preferred. If the stalks are young and tender, I like to keep them.)

Starting with 1 tablespoon of tahini, add to the kale along with lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Message kale with your hand until bright green and tender.  Add more tahini if more oil is needed.

Sprinkle on sesame seeds and mix through out. Salt more to taste if needed. 

Alternatively you can message 1/4 of an avocado into the kale if you are going to use it in a Mexican type salad or chop 1/2 can of olives and message them into the kale like I do in the Mediterranean Kale Salad pictured above.

 

April’s note: This salad travels well! I made this ahead for my 4 day trip to California to visit my brother. Not only did I use it in my humus wraps but one day for lunch we went to an Indian café where I bought a side of tabouli salad, a side of humus, and I mixed both into my kale salad. It was delicious!

 

 

 

Spinach Potato Salad

1 1/2 lbs red potatoes cut in small chunks

1 tsp tarragon

2 cups fresh or frozen corn

1/2 cup sliced red onion

1 red bell pepper chopped

3 cups chopped baby spinach

1 cup Sweet Mustard Dressing

2 Tbsp prepared mustard

1/2 avocado diced

1/2 tsp Real Salt or sea salt

Fresh ground pepper

 

Cook potatoes in boiling water for 5–10 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain well and transfer to a large serving bowl, carefully stir in tarragon and let cool. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well and serve immediately. Serves 6–8.

Tip: Speed up cooling time of the potatoes by mixing the frozen corn to the potatoes after draining.

Hoppin John Zucchini Salad

1/2 cup long-grain brown riceHoppin John Zuccini Salad

2 medium zucchini shredded

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup red onion minced

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley

2 ears corn, cut off the cob

2 cups cooked black-eyed peas

1 avocado, diced

Zest of one lime

Juice of 2 limes

Sea salt

A few dashes of cayenne pepper

Chopped tomato for garnish

 

Boil 1 cup water, add rice, lower heat to simmer, and cook for 20 – 30 minutes until tender. Let cool.  Place all other ingredients in a large salad bowl. Mix well. Salt to taste. Gently mix in tomatoes or garnish on top each serving.

 

Chickpea Quinoa Salad with Kale

1 cup quinoaSummer Chic Pea Salad with Kale
2 cups chopped kale
1 avocado, divided
Juice from 2 lemons and 1 lime
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cucumber, cut in 1/4 inch cubes
2 cups grape tomatoes cut in half
1 cup fresh corn
2 cups cooked chickpeas
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 avocado, cubed
Sea salt

Bring 2 cups water to boil. Add quinoa, reduce heat to low and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Let cool before adding to salad. To speed up the cooling process, spread out on a small baking pan and place in freezer for 5 minutes.

Place chopped kale in a large salad bowl. Massage kale with 1/4 of the avocado and lemon juice until tender. Add remaining ingredients and toss. Salt to taste.

 

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