Salad Recipes

Spring Strawberry and Asparagus Quinoa

This salad is light and refreshing but also substantial enough to be a main dish or lunch entree.  It features some of my favorite spring produce, asparagus, strawberries and peas an it is so delicious!  Also it is packed with fiber, protein and nutrients so you can feel good about serving this to your family!

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Vegan Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing is an essential part of being Minnesotan.  I loved it growing up, so now I make a healthier one with a tofu base!  The tofu acts as a blank canvas that can be transformed into something just as delicious as traditional ranch dressing!  My favorite way to serve this is with a crisp romaine salad, but it is really good with any raw veggies for dipping or drizzling over them!

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Mango Beet Salad

I love beets in any season, but I especially love them in the spring!  This salad combines them with sweet mangoes, arugula and some vegan feta for a flavorful and delicious side dish or light main dish.  This would be the perfect addition to your Easter meal for something colorful and healthy!

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Winter Chopped Kale Salad

Just because it is winter, does not mean you can’t enjoy veggie packed salads!  We could all use a bit more vitamins from our food this time of the year, which is why I like to make things like this Chopped Kale Salad!  It is easy to make, but packed with nutrients, and so delicious!  I like to make a batch, then eat it in my lunches I take to work for the week with some edamame or tofu served on top for more protein!

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Warm Roasted Squash and Pomegranate Salad

I love roasted squash in the cooler months!  It is packed with nutrients and has a naturally sweet flavor.  This salad combines it with colorful pomegranate seeds, and a tangy spicy dressing.  It is healthy, delicious and perfect for serving with your holiday meal!

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Late Summer Wild Rice and Corn Salad

In late summer when the weather starts to cool off a little but it isn’t quite soup weather yet, it is the perfect time for a hearty grain salad. Like this wild rice and corn salad!  This salad is filled with colorful veggies, crunchy hazelnuts and is coated in a tangy vinaigrette.  It is delicious, healthy and easy to make!

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Summer Tomato, Nectarine and Sweet Corn Salad

This time of the year when fresh produce is abundant, I like to make lots of salads.  I use tomatoes often, sometimes just by themselves, but I also like to combine them with other fruit like the nectarines in this one. I also add in sweet corn which is at its peak of season right now, along with fresh mint for freshness, and a little lemon to make the flavors pop.  Lastly a bit of vegan mozzarella cheese for a little richness.  This salad is so simple to make but so good and so healthy!

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Vegan Kale Caesar Salad

I have always loved caesar salad!  Usually it is made with romaine lettuce, but here I use earthy kale instead to give it a nutritional boost!  This salad has a flavorful dressing that tastes like classic caesar dressing but it happens to be vegan!  If you wanted to make this gluten free, you could use gluten free bread in place of the baguettes.

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Spanish Potato Salad

I love a good potato salad in the summer!  But sometimes I like to switch it up and make something with a non-mayo based dressing. This potato salad has a light flavorful dressing with a bit of spice, and colorful veggies.  It is the perfect side dish for a summer picnic!

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Edamame Thai Peanut Slaw

I love a good refreshing slaw in the Summer!  Old fashioned coleslaw is good, but I like to switch it up sometimes and make this Thai Peanut Slaw!  It is beautiful thanks to all of the healthy veggies included, it is fast to make, and this could even be a full light meal thanks to the protein rich edamame I included. This is the sort of thing I love having for lunch in the summer, and you can even make it ahead of time and bring it along to work, or on a picnic!

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