Salads

Lentil Salad with Fresh Herbs

lentil salad

I call this “lentil tabouli” in my mind, but I know some purists out there would suck my eyeballs out for saying that out loud. Which is why I’m calling it lentil salad here . . . but secretly to myself I’m singing “lentil tabouli, lentil tabouuuuuliiiiiii” all day long. It’s cause of all the herbs,…

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Spicy Broccoli Salad

Our friend Satomi is a little famous around the Austin potluck scene for her broccoli salad which includes bacon, raisins and mayonnaise. Sounds weird as hell but it’s really tasty. I wanted to come up with a slightly spicy, slightly less sweet version of hers that would work well as a side dish for tacos or enchiladas.…

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Spicy Pickled Beets

spicy pickled beets

Inspired by this description of a Mexican pickled beet botana from the Yúcatan, these pickled beets are a little spicy, sour and sweet. They’re a delicious addition to your stocked refrigerator — eat them on their own; make a salad, adding arugula and crumbled goat cheese; or put some on your cocktail-hour snack plate. The habanero adds…

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German Potato Salad

German potato salad can be served hot or cold, though most people think of it as “the hot potato salad” which does sound weird, but is it less weird once you know that there’s no mayonnaise in German potato salad? In fact, the dressing is mostly bacon fat! Some vinegar. A little sugar. It really reminds me…

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Cucumber and Orange Salad

cucumber and orange salad

This simple cucumber and orange salad was inspired by something I ate at a farm-side restaurant outside Barcelona years ago. I was on a very-low-budget European tour with a girlfriend in 1999 and one of the many many many pickles we found ourselves in on that trip included the time my entire purse — passport,…

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Baked Buffalo Chicken Wraps

buffalo chicken wraps

Chris had a hankerin’ for Buffalo Wings, but really more for Buffalo wing sauce since neither of us is a huge fan of nibbling on lil ol’ chicken wings.  A drumstick, sure, I can handle that. But teeny tiny chicken wang bones are so tedious. Know what’s not tedious? Boneless, crispy chicken tenders in Buffalo…

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California Chicken Salad

What makes this chicken salad a California chicken salad??? Let’s talk about it. I’m leaning hard on avocado for the answer. Avocado is in, or on, everything here. But also … poppy seed dressing! Because the poppy is California’s state flower! See?!? Pretty proud of myself for that one. The poppy seed dressing I used here is made with…

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Macaroni Salad

macaroni salad

This is a slight variation on the macaroni salad my mom used to make when I was a kid. I have such fond memories of that salad that I even included it in my Learn to Cook book! To me, it’s the classic, creamy macaroni salad that everyone thinks of when they think of awkward family…

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Cabbage and Kumquat Slaw

cabbage kumquat slaw

It’s the most magical time of year again: kumquat season! These teeny tiny citrus fruits are short-lived in stores and markets so get some while you can (just close your eyes, grab a handful and pretend you don’t see the $10 per pound price tag as you jam them in your pockets and walk out of the…

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