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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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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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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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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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Kimchi Apple Salad

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This salad is so simple to make and so satisfying to eat. It comes up in regular circulation on my lunchtime table, with slight variations according to what ingredients I have on hand. The basic equation is this: mild crunchy greens plus peanuts and kimchee equals delicious. This version has a few additions. Let me […]

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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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Rainbow Salad

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It seemed fitting to kick this blog off with Rainbow Salad, the poster child for my “home salad bar” Philosophy of Lunch. The philosophy is simple and it goes something like this: if it’s easy, delicious, and novel, it’ll probably get eaten. It follows that if you want to eat healthy, keep a variety of […]

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