Entries Tagged 'Salads'

Apple Carrot Salad with Cilantro

Carrot Apple Salad with Cilantro and Feta

I had this delicious apple carrot salad with cilantro and feta for lunch today and although I’ve never combined these exact flavors before, I’m really happy that I gave it a try.  The sweetness of the apples and carrots is cut by a tart lemon vinaigrette and the cilantro and feta turn an ordinary side dish into something really special. Continue reading →

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Creamy Coleslaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Creamy Coleslaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Several years ago, while finishing college in Eugene and living with my then new (but now ex) in-laws, I ran across a recipe online for a coleslaw with bacon and blue cheese.  The finished salad was decorated with cherry tomatoes and called Red, White, and Blue Slaw Salad.  I loved the idea of coleslaw with bacon and blue cheese and it turned out to work very well with my standard sweet, tart, and creamy coleslaw dressing.  The salad was a huge hit with the family, who took to calling the salad Nicoleslaw and requested it whenever we’d barbecue. Continue reading →

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Fresh Corn Salad with Bacon

Fresh Corn Salad with Bacon

For those who still have access to fresh sweet corn and tomatoes, I wanted to share a delicious recipe I put together for Fresno Flavor using our local produce.  If you’ve never tried a corn salad with bacon, I suggest you give it a try!

Sweet Corn, Bacon, and Tomato Salad recipe at Fresno Flavor

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Fall Fest: Spinach Pomegranate Salad with Apples and Walnuts

Spinach Pomegranate Salad with Apples and Walnuts

Fall has finally arrived here in California, bringing thunder, rain, and the cooler temperatures I’ve been waiting for.  While these cool gray skies have me dreaming of hearty soups and warm baked goods, the theme this week for Fall Fest is fall salads.  I’ll save the soup-making and bread-baking for next week since my kitchen is still only half unpacked – an easy fall salad was the perfect thing for me to make this week.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Continue reading →

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Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill

Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill

This is the simplest of salads and a perfect way to usher in the summer that suddenly seems to be in a big hurry to arrive here in Central California.  Cucumbers have always been one of my favorite vegetables, so when I saw some beautiful, young Armenian cucumbers at the farmer’s market on Saturday, I couldn’t resist picking up a couple.  This simple cucumber side dish would be a perfect accompaniment to grilled meat or fish, but I usually eat it as an afternoon snack. Continue reading →

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Broccoli Salad with Bacon, Raisins, and Cashews

This is one of my favorite salads ever.  It combines all of my favorite things: broccoli, bacon, raisins, and cashews!  How can you go wrong with that combination?  I even had a hard time taking the photo because I  just can’t stop eating this salad once it’s put together. Continue reading →

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Curry Artichoke Rice Salad

Today is my friend Ruby’s birthday and since she doesn’t live close enough for me to cook her a birthday meal, I told her she could pick today’s recipe for Pinch My Salt.  She chose a curry rice salad with artichokes that she says my mom used to make.  I have a vague recollection of the salad, but I think it must have had some ingredients I don’t like because I don’t remember eating much of it.  But, since it’s Ruby’s birthday, I decided I could create a curry rice salad that we would both enjoy! Continue reading →

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Orange Cranberry Salad with Walnuts and Blue Cheese


One of my favorite things about winter is fresh-squeezed orange juice.  I’ve been lucky in that I’ve spent many years of my life surrounded by orange trees.  Growing up in California, we actually never had an orange tree of our own but the thing about living in the San Joaquin Valley is that even if you don’t have an orange tree, you always know several people who do.  It’s been several years since I’ve lived in California but now here I am in Sicily, surrounded by orange trees once again, and I’m loving it! Continue reading →

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