Vegan

Flower Salad

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I’m an enthusiastic but lazy gardener with a challenging backyard vegetable patch. To put it plainly, by the end of August, all my greens have either bolted (i.e. gone to seed) or been eaten by the neighborhood woodchuck, the tomato and cucumber vines are drying up, and most everything else has been swallowed by weeds. But […]

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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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Secret Beet Salad with Tofu

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When I opened the refrigerator and found half a head of red leaf lettuce, a few leaves of kale, one beet root gone soft, several carrots, a couple of celery ribs, a brick of tofu, and a few sprigs of dill, this salad was born. Setting the lettuce aside, I chopped the kale into ribbons, […]

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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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Hummus is a Must

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Hummus is the little black dress of the home salad bar. Infinite variations abound, but the concept for this perennial staple remains the same, and simple. All you need are chick peas, tahini, lemon, garlic, and salt. A food processor or a very good blender (like a Vitamix) makes short work of combining everything. Elbow […]

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Salad for Breakfast

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This salad works equally well for me as a light breakfast or an afternoon snack. It also makes great finger food for road trips and movie munchies. Just three ingredients: chopped apple (I use Pink Lady here, but Fuji is another favorite), chopped celery, and plain unsalted roasted peanuts. Crisp, crunchy, refreshing, sweet, satisfying, it […]

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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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