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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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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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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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Rabe

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Broccoli rabe is one of my favorite greens. I think of it as the coffee of vegetables — bitter, intense, rich. Once you acquire a taste for it, the craving for it will surface at regular intervals. I often steam two bunches of rabe at once until soft and vibrantly green and stash most 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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