A rendition on one of my absolute favorites, Vegan Kitchen Sink Salad, which was originally inspired by the Abundant Harvest Salad I gorged on at Dandelion Communitea Cafe in Orlando, Florida. Make this huge salad at the beginning of the week and enjoy for quick lunches and last-minute dinners all week long. Not only is it vegan and chock full of vegetables and fiber, it is a great allergen-free dish. I usually make it with quinoa, but this time I experimented with millet, a gluten-free grain-like seed that is more commonly known as bird feed. Literally. We’re eating bird food. Feel skinny yet?
1 1/2 cups millet, prepared according to package’s directions, cooled
3 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced on a bias
3 celery stalks, thinly sliced in a bias
1 small head broccoli, cut into small florets
1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
3 oz sprig mix, or other salad green
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
Lemon tahini dressing, for drizzling (though I made a bigger batch, 1/2 cup tahini and 1/2 cup water, to accommodate this bigger recipe)
Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, to garnish, toasted or raw
1. Combine cooked millet with carrots, celery, broccoli, chick peas, corn kernels, spring mix, and tomatoes.
2. Drizzle with tahini dressing and garnish with seeds. (Leave the salad undressed and drizzle just before serving.)
6 oz cauliflower florets
12 oz cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered, depending on the size
1/2 hothouse cucumber, small dice or julienne (or both!)
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup fresh mint, chopped
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 Tbsp tahini
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1. Over a bowl, grate cauliflower florets using the large holes on a box grater.
2. Add tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, mint, and lemon zest to the bowl.
3. Combine lemon juice with tahini and stir, thinning with a couple tablespoons of water. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, and season with salt.
4. Pour dressing over the tabouli and stir to combine.
For our final official weekend of summer (I know, I know–this post is a bit late), my dad visited and made this Bon Appetit recipe. I had made my own version into something I called Quick Tomato Chive Jam, and it’s so good I have to revisit.
Goodbye, summer. Goodbye, summer tomatoes.
6 servings of cooked couscous
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small hothouse cucumber, deseeded and chopped
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 small bunch parsley, roughly chopped
1 small bunch dill, roughly chopped
1 small bunch mint, roughly chopped (I didn’t have any on hand but think it would complete the dish)
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt and pepper
1. Cook 6 servings of couscous (I used whole wheat) according to the package’s directions.
2. Combine the couscous with the rest of the ingredients.
3. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
This paired wonderfully with baked salmon topped with cucumber yogurt sauce:
Inspired by Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette, as featured in June 2013’s Bon Appetit. Instead of being loose like a vinaigrette, I make this tomato dish more like a jam. It is amazing how the tomatoes thicken with a bit of heat and the flavor intensifies to become an addictive condiment.
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 pint cherry tomatoes
juice of 1/2 lemon
3 Tbsp chives, thinly sliced
1. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
2. Cut half of the tomatoes in half, and leave the rest whole.
3. Add the tomatoes to the pan once the oil is hot and season with salt and black pepper. Stir frequently until soft and broken down, about 5 minutes.
4. Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon into the pan and cook for 1 minute longer.
5. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chives. Adjust seasoning if necessary.