Category Archives: Salads

Apple, Fennel, and Grapefruit Salad

fennel saladPeople often think salads must include lettuce, but this is a favorite of mine for plated events in the spring or fall.

At events, the salads are often placed on the table prior to the guests sitting down. Salads might sit for as long as 10 minutes before all of the guests arrive, and the beauty of using fennel and apples in this situation is that they do not wilt—or at least not to the extent that leaf lettuces do. Continue reading

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Herbed Potato Salad

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, so here is a picnic/barbecue-worthy recipe to hopefully inspire you.

Potato salad is a staple for a lot of summer picnics, and many people think that means lots of mayonnaise, eggs, calories—and guilt.

Personally, I prefer the French style of potato salad, which is made with a vinaigrette instead of a heavy mayonnaise dressing. The advantages: There is less worry about food spoiling, and it’s better for you. Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C. Continue reading

A Versatile Summer Salad

This recipe is adapted from one in Fine Cooking. Every year they put out a special Fresh edition geared toward summer produce and what to do with it. I have found several go-to recipes in these publications.

This particular recipe is especially nice, because you can use frozen corn and black-eyed peas—making it more accessible year-round.

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A Nutty Side Dish

Emmer farro is an ancient heirloom grain. It looks similar to bulgur wheat or a wheat berry, and it has a nice nutty texture. I like to buy the Bluebird Grain Farms brand, which is grown in Washington state’s Methow Valley.

It makes a good side dish on its own, served as you would rice or wheat berries, but I like to dress it up more like a pilaf or salad.

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A Spring Salad

I love this time of year when all of the farmer’s markets and produce stands are selling the season’s first fresh vegetables. Asparagus is abundant in the Northwest at this time of year, and I am always trying to think of new ways to serve it. An easy thing I like to do now is to put it on the grill then throw it in everything from strata to salads.

This salad is based on one that I saw in a magazine 7-8 years ago. I long ago recycled the original recipe, but I use some of its basic ingredients—asparagus, snap peas and edamame—in this salad.

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Curried Chicken Salad

This was a special request from my friend and running partner Andrea. Continue reading

Superfoods in a Salad

One of my clients likes to serve healthy food at all of her events. This is one of the salads we created together and that I recently served at a luncheon for her.

It is very simple and chock full of nutrient-rich foods (otherwise known as “superfoods”). Continue reading