Recipe Contest Winner: California Farro Salad With Roasted Serrano Dressing

Veronica Callaghan says she’s “been on a bit of a ‘farro bender’ of late,” adding: “It’s a whole grain that’s chock full of fiber and minerals. It has a great nutty flavor and it really holds up well in a salad.” Thus a winning salad recipe was born: California Farro Salad with Roasted Serrano Dressing. … Read more

Arugula-Avocado Salad w/ “Out Of This World” Tangy-Sweet Vinaigrette

Food blogger Jennifer Farley has a strong opinion about bottled dressings. “There is absolutely no reason to ever purchase a bottled salad dressing,” she declares. “They’re usually full of weird ingredients that aren’t part of a healthy diet.” Farley notes that all you need to make your own dressing is a blender or “just a … Read more

A Quinoa, Apricot and Arugula Salad With A Moroccan Kick

Among blogger Jeanine Donofrio’s favorite salad ingredients: quinoa, chickpeas, almonds, avocados and dried fruit – along with fresh lemon juice, honey, and cumin. Her quinoa, apricot and arugula salad, featured here, have them all! (Click here to see featured recipe.) “I’ll never get tired of salads with arugula, avocado and quinoa,” she notes in her … Read more

Better Than Store-Bought Stuff: Homemade Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Food blogger Barbara Kiebel says friends have asked her to bottle the salad dressing she recently whipped up. “I decided to make a new version of a Honey Mustard Salad Dressing using olive oil instead of mayonnaise,” she writes in her excellent blog, Creative Culinary. “Can I just say how much I love this lighter … Read more

A Salad Bacon Lovers Will Swoon Over + Tips For Making Your Own Salads

Here’s a salad that bacon lovers will swoon over – though you don’t have to love bacon to appreciate this salad. In fact, it’s a potpourri of flavors, in addition to crispy bacon: lettuce, quinoa, fennel, apple, carrot, almonds and avocado. (Click here to see recipe.) “I happened upon this combination of salad ingredients while … Read more

Flavor = Sesame, Roasted Almond, Avocado & Spinach Salad

We make our own salad dressings rather than go with bottled dressings. We know the ingredients. They’re fresh. And, all modesty aside, we know the main ingredients – including the olive oil – are good quality. As blogger Erin Alderson says: “It’s time to put the pre-made bottled dressing down and walk away slowly.” (Click … Read more

Make Your Own Salads & Dressings – Starting With Spicy Grain Salad

Ever read the ingredients on a salad dressing bottle from the grocery store? Look at the label and you might find xantham gum, calcium disodium EDTA, artificial flavors – or even partially hydrogenated oils known as trans fats. In other words, different chemicals and gums. It’s why we make our own dressings – and why … Read more


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