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

salad

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

spinach-salad-2

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

Spicey-Italian-Salad

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

Tomatoes Basil & Onions

Jul 17, 2011

Tomato Basil Feta Salad

Basil must be having a great year!  Each week, our CSA boxes  are graced with an abundance of its savory, green presence.  And despite having a family of pesto lovers, I am having trouble keeping up.  My kids are begging for “plain ol’ spagetti with tomato sauce,” so I needed a solution…fast! And so I pulled together a new salad, Tomato Basil Feta Salad, … Continue reading

Ginger Violet Salad

May 19, 2011

A Locavore’s Challenge: Ginger Violet Salad

It is  May 19, and spring is officially, desperately late.  My refrigerator is down to a few gnarly carrots and I am desperate for something with no trace of rot or ice crystals. My tomatoes are ready to plant but the ground is too cold and I know that our crops will be tardy in kind (though the lettuce inches … Continue reading

Cutting Napa Cabbage

May 15, 2011

My Most Forgiving “Bok Choy” Salad

One of my all time favorite non-lettuce salads is Bok Choy Salad. Crunchy, and flavored with soy sauce, it has a nice Asian flair pairing perfectly with all types of casual foods. Now I admit that all of my pictures here show Napa Cabbage—but it’s a very versatile salad (and the store’s Bok Choy looked terrible). I believe that in … Continue reading