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A nice cool and refreshing salad for the dog days of August. Sweet and tangy, with a little spice. I added some grilled chicken.

Mango-cucumber rice salad (adapted from this recipe)

1 cup cooked brown rice and 1 cup cooked jasmine white rice

juice from 1 lime

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar

salt and freshly ground pepper

1 mango, peeled, pitted, and diced

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced

1/4 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/3 cup sliced almonds

1 boneless chicken breast, grilled and cut into bite-sized pieces

Whisk the lime juice, oil, sweetener, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Add the rice mixture, mango, cucumber, jalapeno, green onion, cilantro, nuts, and chicken; toss to combine. Season with additional salt if necessary. Makes 6 servings.

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This was a really healthy and really fine-tasting (make that addicting) salad. I subbed soy mozzarella for the real stuff.

Wheatberry salad with zucchini and soy mozzarella (adapted from Eats Well With Others – always a winner recipe there!)

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

2 pounds zucchini/summer squash, halved lengthwise

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and black pepper

2 cups cooked wheatberries

3 roasted red/and or yellow bell peppers, cut into strips

6 radishes, sliced thinly

1 heat butter lettuce, chopped

6 garlic scapes diced (or 2 cloves garlic, minced)

1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped

3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 cup cubed soy mozzarella

Turn on broiler. Brush zucchini with 1 tablespoon oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and broil, turning as needed, until lightly charred on both sides and beginning to soften, 5 minutes or longer. Remove and cool, then cut zucchini into chunks or slices.

Toss together the zucchini, wheatberries, roasted red peppers, radishes, lettuce, and dill in a large salad bowl. Add the vinegar and remaining oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss again. Taste and adjust seasoning. Toss with mozzarella. Makes about 4 servings.

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Another great summer salad. The original called for goat cheese, which I am quite sure must have tasted delicious. Instead, to make this nondairy, I grated some soy mozzarella before tossing. There was a lot of salad left over for lunch the next day (this recipe is enough for 8 servings) – still fresh tasting and the orzo added the right chewiness.

Chicken orzo salad (modified from My Recipes)

1 1/4 cups uncooked orzo

3 cups grilled chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 1/2 cups baby arugula

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons fresh chopped oregano

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

6 tablespoons shredded soy mozzarella

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain well.

Combine pasta, chicken, and the next 5 ingredients (through oregano) in a large bowl; toss well.

Combine vinegar, oil, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle vinegar mixture over pasta and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.

 

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Inspired by this recipe, I realized that I was out of pearl barley, which was the grain called for. I subbed faro for it instead, and the results were excellent.

Roasted vegetable and faro salad (made nondairy by me – I used grated soy mozzarella instead of goat feta cheese)

1 1/2 pounds eggplant, diced

4 cups grape tomatoes, halved

1 orange or yellow bell pepper, chopped

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 onion, chopped

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste

1 1/4 cups faro

3 1/2 cups water

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

1/2 cup grated soy mozzarella, or soy feta

arugula or baby spinach leaves, a few handfuls

Put rack in middle of oven and preheat to 425 degrees F.

Toss eggplant, tomatoes, and bell pepper with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast veggies until eggplant is golden brown and tender and tomatoes are shriveled, stirring halfway through, about 25 minutes.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 3 – 4 quart heavy pot over moderately high heat. Add the onion and cook til softened. Add the cumin, coriander, cayenne, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add faro and cook, stirring until well coated with oil for 1 minute more. Add water and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until all of the liquid is absorbed and faro is tender, 30 – 40 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for about 5 minutes. Transfer barley to baking pan with roasted vegetables and spread to cool, about 20 minutes.

Whisk together lemon juice, garlic, honey, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and oil. Pour over the faro and veggies, along with the basil and cheese. Mix together, and transfer to a serving bowl or platter. (Arrange some arugula or spinach leaves on the platter before piling on the faro mixture). Makes 6 servings.

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A quick and fabulous salad for summer days and after work specials. Comes together easily. All the flavors seemed to complement each other. Shout out to Chaos in the Kitchen.

Asian chicken salad with roasted peanuts and mango

approximately 1/2 cup Asian-style dressing, to taste (see below)

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated or minced

10 ounces fresh baby spinach, arugula, or other salad greens mix

2 cups sliced bell peppers, red, yellow, or orange

3 green onions, thinly sliced

3 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped; or the meat from a rotisserie chicken

1/2 – 1 cup honey roasted peanuts, crushed

1 mango, pitted, peeled, and sliced

Mix dressing, cilantro, and ginger in a small bowl. Let stand.

Toss salad greens with peppers, onions, chicken, and peanuts. Dress salad to taste and toss to combine. Add mango and serve. Makes 6 servings.

Asian salad dressing:

3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon sugar

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1/4 cup peanut oil or other mild salad oil

Combine all ingredients in a small jar. Shake to combine.

 

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Here’s a delicious pasta salad that was easy to adapt to nondairy. I went to my local health food store, where they sell frozen soy ravioli, but this would also taste good with gnocchi, which is usually made nondairy also. Instead of feta cheese, which was called for, I grated some soy mozzarella. The flavors blend nicely in this dish – it’s not over-powering zing; just nicely seasoned and spiced.

Spinach, artichoke, and soy ravioli pasta salad (inspired by this recipe)

20 ounces soy ravioli (I used frozen), or gnocchi

2 tablespoons oil

salt

8 ounces fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons jarred roasted red pepper, minced

1 14-ounce can baby artichoke hearts, quartered

1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

zest of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, minced

black pepper, to taste

1/4 cup oil-packed sun dried tomatoes, julienned

1/4 cup soy mozzarella, grated

Boil a large pot of water. Add oil and salt to water. Add ravioli and boil 4 – 5 minutes or until tender but still firm. Drain pasta and spread out on a rimmed cookie sheet to cool.

In a large bowl, add chopped spinach, red pepper, artichoke hearts, and olives. Toss.

On a cutting board, sprinkle minced garlic with coarse salt. Mash garlic with the flat of your knife, scraping back and forth until garlic becomes a paste. Scrape up the garlic paste with your knife and add it to a small jar. Add red wine vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, thyme, and black pepper. Shake or whisk to combine.

Pour dressing over spinach. Toss well. Add cooled pasta, tomatoes, and cheese. Toss again and refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 12 cups.

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I have found more than a few really good and healthy recipes over at the Mayo Clinic site. I turned this one into a complete meal, adding some grilled tarragon chicken that I bought at Trader Joe’s. Perfect on a hot summer evening, even if it’s not summer yet.

Dilled pasta salad with spring vegetables

For the dressing:

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons rice or white wine vinegar

2 teaspoons dill weed

cracked black pepper, to taste

 

3 cups uncooked shell pasta, medium-sized

8 asparagus spears, cut into 1/2″ pieces

1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes

1 cup sliced green peppers

1/2 cup chopped green onions (I used 2 scallions)

2 grilled chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces (my addition)

To make the dressing: In a small bowl, add the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, dill weed, and black pepper. Whisk to mix evenly. Set aside.

Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente according to package instructions. Drain the pasta thoroughly and rinse under cold water.

In a small saucepan, cover the asparagus with water. Bring to a boil and cook only until tender-crisp, about 3 – 5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.

In a large bowl, add the pasta, asparagus, tomatoes, green peppers, green onions, chicken, and dressing. Toss to mix evenly. Cover and refrigerate. Serve chilled. Makes 6 main course servings.

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