Little Gem Salad with Buttermilk Vinaigrette

I am addicted to little gem lettuce — it’s kind of like a miniature romaine.  Lunardi’s, a grocery store near my house, carries it, and it’s the only place I can find it except for the farmer’s market occasionally.   This is a pretty and delicious salad —  my new fave. Dressing 1 small shallot […]

Mexican Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Summer is salad season for me.  And summer has been nosing around northern California this past week with temperatures rising into the low 90’s the past couple of days.  There’s no way I want to turn the stove on during these beautiful evenings, so I’ve been eating so many salads, my skin is taking on […]

Mozza Salad: I could eat this EVERY night!

My most favorite salad in the world with the most badassical garbanzo beans I have ever had, and that says it all considering I used to gag on garbanzo beans.  SERIOUSLY! DO NOT MAKE THIS SALAD UNLESS YOU MAKE THESE GARBANZO BEANS. Okay.  OKAY!  Make the  #*!&$ salad and open a can of beans, but […]

Corn, Edamame and Green Beans: My New Favorite Vegetable Salad

In a serving bowl toss fresh corn, edamame, blanched and cooled green beans, diced avocado and a few toasted cashews.  Moisten with dressing (recipe below), top with fresh sprouts and a drizzle of hemp seeds.  DUH-LICIOUS! Dressing: 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely chopped shallot 1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh […]

Sesame Ginger Dressing

Really delicious with greens or grains. 1 garlic clove, finely minced or puréed 1 teaspoon finely minced ginger 3 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon brown sugar or agave nectar 5 tablespoons canola oil or light sesame oil 2 tablespoons sesame oil 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds 1. Place all of the […]

Creamy Parmesan Dressing

Creamy Parmesan Dressing adapted from Rancho La Puerta: Cooking with the Seasons 1 medium shallot 2 cloves garlic, peeled 1 cup nonfat yogurt 1/2 cup parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil 2 tablespoons fresh liime juice 1 tablespoons chopped from oregano leaves (or 1 tablespoon dried oregano) 2 teaspoons fresh […]

Garlic Parmesan Dressing

Yield: 9 ounces Servings: 6 1 large egg yolk 1 tablespoon garlic, minced 1 anchovy fillet, rinsed, dried and chopped 1/4 cup parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 1/4 cups olive oil Kosher Salt Black Pepper Place all of the ingredients except the olive oil in a blender. Blend […]

Lemon-Sherry Vinaigrette

Yields about 2/3 cup 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil 3 T. roasted tomato oil  (see recipe for Slow Roasted Summer Tomatoes in Vegetables section) 2 T. sherry vinegar Finely grated zest of 1 small lemon (about 1 t.) 1/4 t. Dijon mustard 1/4 t. kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper (about 6 grinds) Large pinch […]

Peppercorn Parmesan Dressing

2 cups good-quality mayonnaise 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup very finely diced shallots 1/4 cup sour cream 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup whipping cream 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic 1 tablespoon ground […]

Basic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

1/2 t. good Dijon mustard — I love Amora brand 1 T. champagne vinegar 1/2 t. minced shallot salt and pepper Whisk together until thickened. 3 T. good olive oil add 1 T. at a time, whisking until blended.