Arugula, Kale & Fig Salad with Fig Balsamic

Arugula, Kale & Fig Salad/

Ooo, this is so simple, not sure it qualifies as a recipe. But it is so delicious, you have to try it. I love the combination of the slightly spicy arugula and bitter kale with the sweetness of figs and fig balsamic. Yummy! Quantities really depend on the number of persons eating. Make more than you think you need, because you will be looking for seconds. A good quality fig balsamic tops this off. (If you can’t find any, a high quality aged balsamic will do).

I am fortunate to have a specialty store in my area that sells aged balsamic and flavored vinegars. If you can’t find any locally, consider ordering on-line.  Enjoy! Continue reading


Un-Tuna Salad

Un-Tuna Salad/

This recipe includes everything that the non-plant-based version has to offer: pickles, onions, creaminess  and, yes, of course, deliciousness! Instead of a vegan mayonnaise, I made a “dressing” out of artichokes, mustard and lemon juice; which is a fantastic low-fat alternative. This may become a new salad favorite! Try it on whole grain bread, celery sticks or wrapped in a lettuce “bun”. Enjoy! Continue reading

Potato Salad with “Aquafabanaise”

Potato Salad with Aquafabanaise/

Did I mention that I LOVE potatoes? I am always trying to find new recipes to incorporate them. There has been a lot of buzz about using aquafaba, the cooking liquid from  beans. So, I set out to try to come up with a savory version, that is slightly creamy and can be used for a potato salad. I call it “aquafabanaise”. Together with the crunchy cornichons and the tangy vinegar and chives, I think this makes for a tasty potato salad. Give it a try! Continue reading

Crunchy Quinoa Bowl


Crunchy Quinoa Bowl/

This quinoa bowl  has great texture and delivers major flavor. The corn, red pepper, carrots and jicama give it a hint of sweetness,  the cornichons and the olives add a touch of salty  to this recipe. If you like a bit of crunch and bite, this bowl does not disappoint. Kick up the heat to your liking by adjusting the amount of tabasco used. Continue reading

Creamy Kale Salad with Avocado Dressing


Creamy Kale Salad with Avocado Dressing/

Have you ever been told not to play with your food? Well, here’s your opportunity. In this recipe  creamy, rich avocado becomes the dressing by “massaging” it into the kale. In addition, adding the lemon juice and a tiny bit of salt will wilt the kale, making it nice and soft. Vary the vegetables and add fresh herbs to your liking. Creamy, yummy, oh so good!

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