I love a good hearty salad in the Fall. Especially one involving kale, a more sturdy green packed with nutrients. The recipe I am sharing with you today is so simple to make but so good and good for you! It combines the kale with apples, which are at their peak of season right now locally, and toasted pumpkin seeds for a little bit of protein and crunch. I toss it all in an oil free tahini lemon maple dressing and it is wonderful! This is perfect for making ahead of time to include in your lunches!
If you are looking for a quick and easy delicious salad to serve at your Labor Day BBQ this Caribbean corn and black bean salad is a great choice! It is packed with flavor, and goes well with grilled proteins as a healthy lighter side dish. Also, it happens to be vegan and gluten free, and could be served as a main dish salad. It is filled with protein, fiber and nutrients, so you can also feel good about enjoying it!
In the summer, pasta salad is a staple! One of my favorites is this Italian vegetable pasta salad. It is really quick and easy to make and so good! In fact it would be perfect for a picnic or pot luck. I used a gluten free lentil pasta so it also has more protein and fiber than traditional pasta salad, and I used a vegan parmesan so it is dairy free as well!
Tofu is one of my favorite protein sources. It is a black palate for many different flavors, so whatever type of food you feel like eating you can tailor it to your own tastes. One of my favorite recipes using it is this peanut noodle salad with tofu. You bake the tofu, then toss it with whole wheat noodles and veggies in a flavorful rich tasting peanut sauce. It is a healthy satisfying dinner that is on the table in under 45 minutes!
Most people think of wild rice as a winter food to be served warm, but it also makes a great base for a salad! Wild rice is actually high in protein and fiber so it is a healthy option for a salad base too! The recipe I am sharing with you today combines it with sweet strawberries and crunchy pecans for a delicious hearty summer salad! This is perfect for making ahead of time for a picnic, or to pack in lunches too!
Watermelon is so delicious and refreshing this time of the year! I love it plain, but it is also super delicious in salads! One of my favorites is a watermelon feta salad. Since I do not eat dairy, I buy the Violife feta at Fresh and Natural Foods for the salad and it is just as good as the original. This salad is so simple and easy to make, but it has so much good flavor and is perfect for serving as a side at a Summer picnic or party! This salad is also very hydrating thanks to the watermelon, so it is amazing on a hot day!
If you are looking for a potato salad that is a little lighter, but packed with flavor, look no further than this French style potato salad! It has a light vinaigrette instead of the typical mayonnaise based dressing, and it is really delicious! It is the perfect thing to serve at your BBQ as a side dish, and it happens to be gluten free, dairy free, egg free and vegan so if you are inviting guests with any of those dietary restrictions, they will be able to enjoy it!
If you are looking for a flavorful salad to serve at your next BBQ or picnic, this Southwest Roasted Potato and Black Bean Salad is perfect for that! It happens to be vegan, soy free gluten free and egg free as well, so it is fairly allergen friendly. Not only that, it is fairly simple and easy to make, and can even be a hearty main dish if you serve it over some greens. This is great for making ahead of time!
Radishes are one of my favorite spring veggies! So, when they are available, I like to include them in salads like this quinoa lentil salad! This is packed with nutritious things, with protein and fiber from the lentils and quinoa plus plenty of vitamins from the veggies, this is a great choice for make ahead lunches or for a light dinner. Not only it it healthy, but it is delicious as well and fairly easy to make even if the lentils and quinoa need a little bit of cooking time. Picnic season is almost here, and this would be great for that as well!
If you are looking for a festive, but easy vegan and gluten free Easter main dish to serve to guests, this pasta salad is a great option! It is quick and easy to make, healthy, and it can be made a bit ahead of time. I use a gluten free quinoa pasta that can be found in the bulk department at Fresh and Natural Foods, so there is no wheat in this. I include asparagus, carrots, and peas which are not only colorful but packed with nutrients. Then, some green onions and, garlic and thyme to give it a lovely savory flavor and crunchy hazelnuts for a bit of texture. Then I toss it with a brightly flavored lemon vinaigrette. This is really delicious and you will feel good after eating it unlike some of the heavier traditional Easter dishes. Also, it is always nice to showcase the veggies that are in season in the spring!