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Creamy Cashew Salad Dressing {oil-free vinaigrette}

Salad dressing without oil? Yes! My creamy cashew salad dressing is the solution. This oil-free vinaigrette is naturally vegan and takes about 2 minutes to make in your blender. The Best Salad Dressing is a Vinaigrette I grew up with one version of salad dressing: vinaigrette. My family ate green salads often. Make that very …

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Lemony Brussels Sprouts Salad {3 ingredients, Oil-Free Option}

Lemony Brussels sprouts salad is the fresh and crunchy dish your winter meal needs. Plus, you only need 3 ingredients to make it! A Most Excellent Winter Salad Option Salad. And February. They don’t always go together. But they can, so long as it’s the right salad. For example, one that is crunchy, tangy, and, …

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Beet Salad with Lemon & Mint {5 ingredients, vegan}

Easy, fresh, 5-ingredient beet salad with lemon & mint. Perfect in the summer (or switch the fresh mint to dried herbs in the winter), the salad is naturally vegan and Paleo-friendly. I love beets. My husband does not. We’ve nevertheless managed to make our marriage work. And yet, he now likes–make that really likes–this simple …

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Chopped Radicchio Salad {Vegan, Keto Option}

Easy, fresh, and gorgeous chopped radicchio salad–without the bitterness! The secret is soaking the leaves in ice water. Made with minimal ingredients, the salad is vegan and keto friendly. I love bitter foods. My husband does not. This works to my advantage on some occasions. For example, when dining out, he picks out olives, capers, …

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Roasted Tomato Chickpea & Cauliflower Salad {vegan, high protein}

This roasted tomato chickpea & cauliflower salad is a vibrant, mid- winter side dish, made with minimal (and familiar) ingredients. It is vegan, grain-free & high in protein, too. Lush summer produce is months away, but that doesn’t mean winter vegetables need to be boring. With a bit of ingenuity and (you”ll be happy to …

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Chickpea Flour Tofu No-Egg Salad {Vegan, Soy-Free}

Chickpea flour tofu no-egg salad made without soy!  Chickpea flour tofu stands in for the eggs and the mayonnaise. The salad is vegan, soy-free & grain-free. Growing up, I loved deviled eggs and egg salad. But only when they were made by my mother or grandmother. Cooked eggs plus mayonnaise, prepared in unknown circumstances, was …

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Baby Bok Choy Chopped Salad (with Ginger Dressing)

A crunchy and leafy chopped salad, all from one vegetable! This healthy & delicious baby bok choy chopped salad has a light & fresh ginger and sesame dressing, perfect for sunny summer eating. I love green salads and chopped salads, which is why this baby bok choy salad is exactly what I crave. The temperatures …

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Chopped Radish Cauliflower Salad {easy, vegan, keto}

Fresh, crunchy, peppery and unique, this easy-to-make chopped radish cauliflower salad is an ideal mid-winter side dish. It keeps beautifully (bring on the crunch!), meaning it is a fantastic make & take salad for lunches, too. A Fresh New Take on Chopped Salad Well hello there, everyone! I have a case of sunshine & lollipops …

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Lemony Celery Crunch Salad {vegan, keto}

Lemony celery crunch salad is a fresh mid-winter salad that will awaken your taste buds while energizing & nourishing your everything else :). Vegan, keto and low in calories, it’s a great make-ahead salad, too, ideal for several days worth of lunches or side-dishes. Celery! YES!!! That was your reaction, right? 🙂 No? If it …

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Winter Tabbouleh with Freekeh, Sweet Potatoes & Pomegranate

It happens more times than I can count that my new favorite recipes are ones thrown together on the fly with what’s on hand. Add this Winter Tabbouleh to the list. A friend sent a message Thursday night inviting us to come to a “Friendsgiving” get-together on Friday before everyone heads out of town or …

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Welsh Lentil & Carrot Salad with Goat Cheese & Mint

I love a hearty salad–beans, grains, lentils, mixed vegetables, whole grain pasta–when it’s a million degrees outside. With a few minutes of effort, I have delicious eats for quick mini-meals or snacks for several days. Even a petite bowl-ful is infinitely more satisfying than a handful of dry crackers or watery “baby” carrots. This beautiful …

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Chopped Kale Salad {Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free}

In many ways, my parents fit the 1970s, San Francisco bay area stereotype of hippy living. My dad drove a a VW camper (pop-up top), my mother made most of her own dresses, they bought groceries from the Co-op, and grew copious quantities of vegetables, fruits, and herbs in our backyard garden. But more than …

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Spinach, Lentil & Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Happy National Spinach Day! Who knew? I certainly wouldn’t have, were it not for an email alert from one of the Health websites to which I subscribe (I love that I was alerted about spinach). Almost every day is a spinach day on my menu–I stuff it into blueberry smoothies, layer it in sandwiches and …

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Teff Bowl with Avocado, Chickpeas & Lemon-Tahini Sauce

I’m going to bowl you over. With teff. Teff is an itty bitty, teeny tiny grain–considered the world’s smallest grain–that has a nutty, subtly sweet flavor (no bitterness). I am falling for it, hard! I am confident you will too. It’s indigenous to Ethiopia, and, if you’ve eaten at an Ethiopian restaurant, you’ve likely enjoyed …

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Grain-Free Cauliflower Tabbouleh (paleo, GF)

Memorial Day has come and gone, which means you now have permission to wear your whites. I’m here to tell you it’s time to eat them, too. For years we’ve been hearing nutritionists tout the virtues of “eating the rainbow”–in the form of bright vegetables and fruits–to reap maximum health benefits. But just last week, …

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts-Quinoa Salad w/ Chickpeas & Pomegranate

Following in my {lame} tradition of posting holiday recipes after the holidays, I offer my Saint Patrick’s Day quinoa salad. It’s super green, super-delicious, and features one of my favorite vegetables, Brussels sprouts. I despised Brussels sprouts in my childhood: the taste, the texture, the smell…the everything. My siblings and I presented a united front …

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Broccoli Chopped Salad with Cilantro & Lime {5 ingredients}

“To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist — the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know exactly how much oil one must put with one’s vinegar.” — Oscar Wilde Tired of eating the same old chopped romaine with a squirt of low-calorie ranch? Then don’t. It’s time to …

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Roasted Carrot & Quinoa Salad with Lemon-Coriander Dressing

  Chocolate & vanilla. Beer & pretzels. Toast & jam. Berries & cream…And now a new match made in heaven: Roasted carrots and quinoa. The success of this marriage is dependent on the roasting. I’ve added raw carrots to quinoa salads. And subsequently thrown out raw carrot and quinoa salads following days guilting myself into …

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Super-Green Winter Salad {Paleo, Vegan}

Happy New Year! If you have found this post, then you have found my New Year’s surprise: enlightened cooking has a new name and a new home, Power Hungry and powerhungry.com! I am really thrilled. A few tweaks are still in process (like the recipe categories–they will be complete very soon! You can still search …

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Oil-Free Apple Quinoa Salad {vegan, gluten-free}

Oil-free apple quinoa salad is everything you want in a fresh, filling whole grain meal. It is perfect as a side salad at dinner, or as the star of your packed lunch. Shredded apples & lemon add sweetness and flavor. Hi friends! I have the perfect transitional (summer to autumn) salad for all of us …

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Sesame-Ginger Edamame Carrot Salad {high-protein}

Sesame-ginger edamame carrot salad is a fresh, vibrant and high protein option any time of the year. The salad comes together in little time and can be enjoyed as a side or as the main event. I had every intention of crafting and posting a blog entry yesterday, but I found myself in full-blown grumpy-pants …

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Freekeh, Peach and Basil Salad

And so another food obsession begins: this time, it’s freekeh. Freekeh (pronounced FREE-kah) is an ancient grain that is typically made with durum wheat that has been harvested while still green (not the slightly greenish hue of the grain in my photo below). What happens next in the harvesting process make the grassy flavor of …

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Lemony Lentil and Quinoa Salad {gluten-free, vegan}

I’m back from a whirlwind of a trip to New York City to attend the annual conference for the International Association of Culinary Professionals. This year’s theme was The Fashion of Food and upon leaving, I feel like I have a fabulous new wardrobe, replete with dazzling accessories. So many amazing writers, chefs, bloggers, and …

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Persian Brown Rice and Cashew Salad {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

As promised, here is the grain salad I mentioned in yesterday’s post: an easy brown rice salad. I love rice salads, in large part thanks to my mother who has several in her repertoire. The cooked grains soak up so much flavor–whatever the dressing you choose, the results will be delicious (for days). It’s a …

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Broccoli, Black Bean & Quinoa Salad {vegan & gluten-free}

TGIF, everyone! I hope it is as gorgeous where you are as it is here in Texas. I wasn’t sure if I would have time to post today due to my work schedule (combined with staying up too late last night watching Project Runway). But I am enjoying being back in a regular posting mode, …

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Lemony Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad (vegan, keto)

Lemony shredded Brussels sprouts salad will change your ideas about this petite green vegetable forever! Crunchy, fresh, crisp and delicious, the salad is also vegan, keto and paleo. Eating your Brussels sprouts suddenly got very easy. And incredibly delicious. Though the calendar says October, it  still feels like summer here in Texas (possibly winter where …

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Lentil Salad w/ Pomegranate & Avocado

I’m admittedly immodest about my savant-like memory of the food items stocked in stores across town. Ask me about price, availability, sizes, freshness, superiority, inferiority…you name it, I can tell you. Just don’t ask me when Kevin is in the vicinity, as he’ll think you’re encouraging my obsessive-compulsive tendencies (why does he always have to …

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Watercress & Walnuts (vegan +glutenfree + paleo)

My friend Kristen asked me if I could provide a brief tutorial for how to cut up and use cauliflower. I had made this very salad for her–roasted cauliflower with toasted walnuts–and she said  that, whle she loved it, she was completely intimidated by cooking cauliflower, especially cutting it up into pieces. So here goes (don’t …

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Broccoli, Bean & Egg Power Salad

Nick and his best buddy Jack had a fun-filled day this past Saturday, beginning with some “tennis” (i.e., whacking balls around the tennis court while Eralda–Jack’s mom, and my lovely friend–and I played ball girls) and ending with the dyeing of eggs back at our house (in actuality, it ended with tears when the two …

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Quinoa Salad with Radish, Cucumber & Lime (gluten-free & vegan)

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m short on words today: my in-laws are en route for a short visit, I have a cook-off in Houston tomorrow, this weekend is Kevin’s birthday, and I am behind in my work. It’s the perfect equation for writer’s block. And grumpiness. And panic. It’s particularly frustrating, as I do have a …

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Quinoa Salad with Berries, Cucumber & Almonds {vegan}

Every food blog needs an interjection of hilarity from time to time. Mine most often comes from kitchen mishaps: a soup explosion on the ceiling (be careful pureeing those hot soups in the blender!), a gray strawberry cheesecake (thank you aluminum springform pan), or a black bean pound cake (this deserves a post of its …

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Mexican Street Corn Salad {Raw, Vegan}

I know that fall and winter holidays are touted as the ideal time for cooking and entertaining, but the pressure and the presents, not to mention the dark, cold days, make the prospect daunting, the tasks overwhelming. But give me some sunshine, flip-flops and a grill, and I’m ready for a great time, anytime, with …

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Apple, Broccoli & Sunflower Seed Salad

Sunday in East Texas was clear and beautiful following a night of showers. Thank heavens. The humidity from the day before had me grumpy and lethargic; my downward dogs were droopy dogs in yoga class. The shift in weather–and Nick sleeping past 7 am, hurrah!–was merely the start of a great day, the highlight being …

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Winter Barley Salad w/ Beets, Carrots & Feta (quick and easy!)

There comes a time in most every home cook’s life when the thought of setting foot in the kitchen seems abominable. The feeling may strike at any time; it bears no correlation to the home cook’s love or loathing of assembling a meal. It can last a few hours, a few days or several weeks …

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Midwinter Carrot Millet Salad

A few years ago, I decided I’d had enough of negative New Year’s resolutions. Pledges to to lose 5 pounds, give up coffee & fruity candy (what was I thinking?), and relinquish noontime daydreaming made me grumpy and blue, and that’s no way to start the New Year. So bye-bye self-inflicted, guilt-laden, prickly punishments disguised …

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Spinach, Jicama & Chickpea Winter Salad w/ Lime Dressing

Good morning, everyone! Hope this February day is going well so far. Today’s post is short and sweet, or, more specifically crunchy, since it involves my new twist on salad. Salad, or, more generally, vegetables, in the winter are challenging. New Year’s resolutions are made to eat more of them, but one can only eat …

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Edamame , Corn & Quinoa Salad {vegan & gluten-free}

Cool, hip, and beautiful from every angle, edamame is the supermodel of the frozen vegetable world. People who shun all other frozen vegetables proudly display their edamame bags in supermarket carts and proffer it as a sophisticated nibble at dinner parties. Edamame is a specialty variety of soybean harvested while still green. Because they are …

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