Roasted Vegetable Salad, Served

Oct 18, 2014

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Macadamia Nut Vinaigrette

Fall can be beautiful.  Brilliant leaves, colorful pumpkins, fire-lit nights.  But after four days straight of rain, my fall is downright dreary.  So I am making a lunch that brings out some warmth–a roasted vegetable salad with macadamia nut oil dressing. The initial inspiration for this came from Alysha of She’s on the Run who made a version of this … Continue reading


Aug 16, 2014

Bored with Bag Lunch? Mason Jar Salads Review & Giveaway

The Mason Jar Salads book arrived just in time.  You see for the past couple months, my kids have had summer jobs that extend over meals.   Early shift means bag lunch.  Late shift, dinner.  Snag a double shift, brown bag both.  I can’t begin to tell you how old PB&J has gotten.  

Caesar Salad Ingredients

Jul 3, 2014

Classic Caesar Salad

I had intended to post a cheesecake recipe today–something all decked out for the  4th of July.  Perhaps you will see it next year (sigh).  First my pan arrived late, then after two baking trials (which were good but not spectacular), I was out of time.  Happily, when I opened up my CSA box this morning, there was a beautiful … Continue reading

Artichoke Salad from above

Mar 1, 2014

Artichoke Salad with Pea Pods & Mushrooms

This recipe for Artichoke Salad with Pea Pods & Mushrooms came from one of Milwaukee’s old fine dining establishments, the Grenadier Restaurant.  Refined and elegant with a British Grenadier marking its entrance, it was a popular dinner destination back in the day–and helped to bring out the young foodie in me. I still remember my first visit there.  Seriously formal, they … Continue reading


Jul 13, 2013

Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese and Arugula Salad

This Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese and Arugula salad began as part of the Kitchen Cupboard Spring Cleaning Project, but never made it into print.  In my late-spring push to begin posting seasonal recipes (during harvest), then the bustling activities of summer, something had to give. Beach Trip Distraction Fourth of July Parade Distraction But this salad (and a couple more … Continue reading

Warm Pear and Hazelnut Salad

Jan 29, 2013

(Deceptively Easy) Warm Pear & Hazelnut Salad

What goes into a great salad?  For me, beyond the obvious good greens, the best salads have at least three of the following characteristics:  sweet, savory (or salty), creamy, and/or crunchy. Need an example?  Classic Caesar has salty anchovies, creamy dressing, and crunchy croutons.  Spinach with Hot Bacon Dressing has sweet sour dressing, savory bacon, creamy egg and crunchy water … Continue reading


Sep 26, 2012

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Fall is here.  If the purple asters and cool nights don’t give it away, take a look in the spinach-filled CSA boxes!  Hello spinach salad with hot bacon dressing! A classic salad that needs no updating, it is popular with young and old.  My kids, who turn up their noses at the mere mention of spinach, will gobble down this … Continue reading

fruit salad

Aug 8, 2012

Fresh Fruit Salad (with a Simple Sauce)

Growing up, I tended to view fruit salad with suspicion.  I would find it at picnics blended up with fluffy stuff of unknown origin, tasting not fresh with undertones of oil and additives.  Or again at a friend’s birthday party embellished with mini-marshmallows in assorted pastel shades. Definitely, not a natural food item. My epiphany came while doing a semester … Continue reading

Cauliflower Tabouleh Salad

Jul 16, 2012

Cauliflower Tabouleh–Gluten Free!

I am always looking for creative ways to serve vegetables and was delighted to find a recipe for Cauliflower Tabouleh at Bookcase Foodie (which she got from Eating Bird Food).  Although tabouleh is normally made with bulgar wheat, in this creative version the cauliflower is chopped small–like grain–to substitute.  This gives it a calorie and nutrition advantage and makes it … Continue reading


Nov 6, 2011

Spicy Italian Salad (with Grass Fed Summer Sausage)

I thought it was gone forever.  The sour, spicy bite of the Italian salad discovered long ago for a special Christmas dinner. Of course everyone has given things up.  The diet Coke (does it count if I indulge after an especially tough ballet class?), the second scoop of ice cream, the Spicy Italian Salad—no wait, isn’t salad healthy? But this … Continue reading