Category Archives: Salads

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

Easy Being Green

This is one of my most popular recipes and several of my regular clients often request that I make it for them. It was one of my aunt’s favorites back in the 1960s, and it recently has seen a resurgence in popularity. Continue reading

A Winter Salad

I apologize for taking so long between posts. I was incredibly busy with parties and family events over the holidays, and the beginning of the new year has been a time for catching up on paperwork, my marathon training (I’ll tell you more about that later), and projects around the house.

But now that I’ve got a snow day–if you don’t live in Seattle, you probably can’t imagine what it’s like here whenever a few flakes fall–I’m catching up with some recipes and blog posts.

Here’s a salad that I prepared for one of my December parties Continue reading

‘Tis the Season

I’ve been busy catering parties for the past couple of weeks, so I thought that instead of posting a recipe today I would simply share some of the photographs I’ve taken at different events. Continue reading

Seasonal Green Salad

This is one of my favorite salads for this time of year. It features seasonal ingredients (pears and pomegranate seeds), as well as blue cheese, and it looks wonderfully festive in the bowl and on the plates. Continue reading

An Ancient Seed: Quinoa Salad

As promised earlier this week, here’s a recipe that makes a wonderful accompaniment to my Marinated Tri-tip Steak recipe posted on Tuesday.

A client of mine found this recipe online, and I modified it a bit to suit my tastes.  The original recipe calls for raisins; I like currants. I’ve also tried making it—and liked it—with almonds, blueberries, and orange zest. Continue reading

Sweet Corn Season

Sweet corn is in season and available in local grocery stores and at farmers markets throughout the Northwest, so this is a perfect time to make Corn and Sweet Onion Salad.

This is my adaptation of The Barefoot Contessa‘s “Fresh Corn Salad,” which I modify by using Walla Walla sweet onions and adding tomatoes. It’s a fabulous last-minute salad to take to a potluck and is best eaten the day you make it, though the salad will last up to three days in the refrigerator. Continue reading