Pear Salad

  • 2 T stone ground mustard
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 C olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 10 oz. mixed salad greens
  • 2 Bartlett pears, diced
  • 4 oz. Gouda cheese, diced
  • 1 C coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 C raisins (or cranberries)

In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, and oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place salad greens in a large bowl. Top with pears and Gouda. Pour dressing over the top and gently toss. Sprinkle with walnuts and raisins. Makes 12 servings.

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Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Salad:

  • 1 or 2 heads romaine lettuce–rinsed, dried and chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped (I used orange)
  • 1 cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta
  • 5 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved

Combine salad ingredients in a bowl, adjusting ammounts as desired.

Salad Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 3/4 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp Dijon-style mustard

Mix (or shake) all ingredients together in a jar or sealed caraffe. Pour over salad. Store in fridge.

recipes from All Recipes–the salad, the dressing

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Southwest Sweet Potato Salad with Avocado Dressing

Southwest Salad

Salad:

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 heaping teaspoons cumin & chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 (14 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • tortilla corn chips

Dressing:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves (or more)
  • 2 small cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • a splash of lime juice

Instructions:

Peel the potatoes and chop into bite-sized pieces and place on large tray lined with parchment paper. Mix the olive oil, cumin, and chili powder together. Drizzle over the sweet potatoes and toss to coat. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes, stir. Turn oven up to 425 and bake for 10-15 more minutes, or until potatoes are barely roasted brown (or as desired).

Meanwhile, pulse the dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Toss the beans, corn, lettuce, and sweet potatoes in a big bowl, and serve with the avocado dressing and tortilla chips. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy! 🙂

recipe from Pinch of Yum

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Thai Peanut Sauce

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp honey granules (or sugar)
3 Tbsp olive oil
juice from 1 small lime

Directions:

Combine the peanut butter, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well to combine. Add the olive oil and lime juice and shake until the dressing is smooth.

From Parade.com

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Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwiches

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Here is a quick, healthy, delicious, and easily adaptable vegetarian lunch!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp each of mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil, and mustard (or some combination to make a 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp each of cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder (or whatever spices you’d like!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato
  • 2 Tbs finely chopped celery

Directions:

In a small bowl, mash the chickpeas with a fork until partly pasty.

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Blend in the liquids (whatever combination you want).

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Add the rest of the ingredients. Adjust the seasonings to taste. I garnish with extra chili powder.

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Excellent on pita chips or in pitas (or gluten free creacker) with lettuce or avocado, but any bread will do! You can be creative with this recipe, but I love this combination! 🙂

From Blog of Joy

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Lightened-Up Poppy Seed Dressing

Ingredients:

3 Tbs mayonnaise
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 Tbs maple syrup
2 tsp spicy brown mustard
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbs poppy seeds
1/2 tsp garlic powder
pinch of onion powder
salt + pepper to taste

Directions:

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth or blend in a blender. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes for best flavor.

Adapted from Healthy.Happy.Life.

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Maple-Lemon Dressing

2 Tbs maple syrup
2 Tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp pepper

Whisk briefly. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

From kblog.lunchboxbunch.com

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Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup mustard (Dijon or other)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
dash of black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well-mixed. Or, place ingredients into dressing bottle/jar, seal with a tight-fitting lid, and shake to combine. Serve with your favorite lettuce greens, or use as a dipping sauce for chicken.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

From www.tammysrecipes.com

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Mango and Black Bean Pasta Salad

2 cups whole-wheat rotini pasta, cooked and cooled
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz organic sweetcorn, drained and rinsed
1/2 red bell pepper, diced (about 3/4 cup)
1 mango, peeled and diced
1/2 cup medium salsa
1/4 cup olive oil
1-2 tsp Cajun seasoning (or to taste)
juice from 1 lime (about 2 Tbs lime juice)
handful of fresh cilantro leaves
salt to taste

Combine all ingredient and chill. Serve with tortilla chips if desired.

From www.blogofjoy.com

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Black Bean and Mango Salad

Black Bean & Mango Salad

1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 C mango, diced
1 C sweet red bell pepper, diced
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 C cilantro leaves, chopped
1/4 C fresh lime juice
1 T olive oil
1 seeded jalapeno pepper, diced fine or hot sauce to taste (I use 1/2 of a jalapeno)
salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Toss and serve.

Note: We especially love this salad served with Taco Salad.

from About.com

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