Warm French Lentil Salad with Bacon and Tarragon Dressing

Warm French Lentil Salad with Bacon and Tarragon Dressing

I needed a side dish for beef shanks with gremolata and I had bought some organic French lentils (aka puy lentils) so I decided to make a warm French lentil salad. This recipe is based on this Green Lentil and Bacon Salad I found on…

Deconstructed Salade Niçoise with Seared Ahi Tuna – Mother’s Day Dinner

Deconstructed Salade Niçoise with Seared Ahi Tuna – Mother’s Day Dinner

My Mother’s Day dinner of choice was a Salade Niçoise with seared Ahi tuna. We are a family who cooks and a dinner out is the exception not the norm so my son, who is home from Uni for the summer (yay!) helped me prepare…

Shaved Fennel Salad with Lemon and Parsley

Shaved Fennel Salad with Lemon and Parsley

My dear friend Paula, gifted me her brand spanking new fancy, schmancy Cuisinart (think the Binford 3000 of Cuisinarts) because she felt guilty about not using it enough. I have promised to use it enough for the both of us…starting now. I had a massive…

Rice Stick Noodle Salads – Be Not Afraid

Rice Stick Noodle Salads – Be Not Afraid

So, I have a bad habit of buying rice stick noodles (the wide ones, not the angel hair type) and never getting around to cooking them because in the past I’ve always messed them up (usually the ones I buy don’t have any English cooking…

Quinoa and Kale Salad

Quinoa and Kale Salad

Quinoa and kale are great combined. Add in aromatic toasted almonds for crunch and dried cranberries for a hit of sweet to offset the kale and WHAM…yummy salad (even if the photo is a bit blurry…I was shaking from hunger). Ingredients: 1 bunch kale washed…

Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Almonds

Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Almonds

Wild rice salad is a great power packed lunch. It is gluten free and you can add whatever ingredients you have on hand to jazz it up. I saw one recipe that called for seedless green grapes and toasted pecans instead of almonds. Really you…

Quinoa and Spinach Salad with Chickpeas and Lentils

Quinoa and Spinach Salad with Chickpeas and Lentils

The Lost + Found Cafe makes a delicious quinoa and spinach salad and this is my attempt to replicate it at home. Ingredients: 1 bunch baby spinach washed and spun 1 c. quinoa cooked and cooled* 1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained 1 can lentils…

Warm Steak Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Warm Steak Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

My son the carnivore is heading off to boarding school on Tuesday so I thought this warm steak salad would be a good way to feed him a steak and get some extra veggies into him…also since my daughter “the mostly vegetarian” had already eaten…

Quinoa and Veggie Salad with Fresh Herbs and Olives

Quinoa and Veggie Salad with Fresh Herbs and Olives

Here’s another yummy quinoa salad for a summer supper. Ingredients: 1 c. quinoa 1 1/2 c. water 1/2 tsp salt Juice and zest of 1 lemon Equal amount olive oil to lemon juice 1 clove garlic Salt and pepper to taste 12 marzano tomatoes cut…

Orzo Pasta Salad with Chicken

Orzo Pasta Salad with Chicken

I thought it might be time for a summer dinner salad so here’s a variation of the Layered Orzo Salad in Company’s Coming Meal Salads that adds chicken for protein and substitutes delicious Bulgarian feta (hat tip to Jordan and Emma) instead of bocconcini cheese.…