Salads

Infinitely Variable & Always Delectable Tofu Salad

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Every time I make this, I make it a little differently, but every time I make it, the members of my household gobble it up quick. So it may just be that this is a true can’t-go-wrong salad. Especially if you like tofu, which we do. Start with a brick or two of firm or […]

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Lemon Kale and Garlic Toast

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This is the simplest, most satisfying vegan winter lunch I know. With a little multitasking, you can pull it off in ten minutes. Start with: extra virgin olive oil 1 small onion 1 small bunch of kale, rinsed 1 tablespoon tahini 2 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon salt black pepper and paprika […]

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Best Friends: Grapefruit and Avocado

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Some of the most inspired salads are based on a simple but sublime pairing – tomato and basil, chickpea and lemon, apple and peanut, pear and gorgonzola. This salad is no exception, though the pair I have in mind might surprise you: avocado and grapefruit. The grapefruit is sweet and assertive, the avocado, rich and […]

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Zen and the Art of Cucumber

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Believe it or not cucumber is a type of squash harvested far before reaching maturity. Cucumbers don’t take kindly to cooking, nor do they ripen into anything worth eating (as anyone who has grown them in their backyard garden can attest) but ply these young greenies with a little salt and they become as addictive […]

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A Big Salad for a Big Meal

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I know that salad is not a traditional Thanksgiving dish but I swear by it. When the table is loaded with rich foods in the brown, orange, and yellow end of the spectrum, everything baked, mashed, whipped with butter, a simple but special salad – light, fresh, crunchy, green – serves as a frame to […]

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Crunchy Egg Salad

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It’s the day before Thanksgiving and wouldn’t you know it, my assignment for the family feast is to make a salad. But in the meantime, a person must eat, and today, I’m eating my favorite crunchy egg salad on my favorite toasted black rice bread. I’m turned off by the mushy, mayonaise-y heaviness of the […]

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Make the Most of Your Home Salad Bar

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It took me a long time to figure out that preparing food when I have time and energy for the chore instead of simply when I’m driven into the kitchen by hunger leads to my best, healthiest, most relaxed eating. It also makes the food prep more enjoyable. It feels good to take care of […]

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Potluck Salad

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I’m calling this one Potluck Salad for two reasons. First, because it is indeed a dish I often contribute to potluck events. It’s easy and practical and fits a niche often neglected on the potluck table I find it reassuring to know, when approaching the lottery of a potluck meal that there will be something […]

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Not Your Average Chicken Salad

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First of all, it’s not your average chicken. I eat meat so rarely that when I go out of my way for it, which I do when my body sends up a persistent yearning, I go for the best. A label that says “free-range” or “natural” will not sway me when what I really want […]

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Barbequed Tempeh Salad

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This hearty salad was inspired by leftover barbequed tempeh. Tempeh is usually made from soybeans, although sometimes other beans or whole grains are involved. It is sold in a sort of brick or cake and is higher in fiber and protein than tofu. Its texture is reminiscent of a well-cooked burger and its flavor is […]

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