Raw broccoli salad with seeds and nuts ? Oh Yes!

Raw broccoli gets a bad rap for taste for some people.. I have found out that just steaming the florets in the microwave first removes the bitterness. This way you are keeping all of nutrients in buy not over cooking it . win win!

A new favorite of mine is a raw broccoli side salad for lunch! what I do in a bowl

For one head of broccoli, chop in large pieces , rinse and steam broccoli in the microwave for 2 minutes in a bit of water.

For the dressings add to a large bow, 2 tablespoons of avocado Mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and water together.

Mix the broccoli into the dressing and then add whatever nuts and dried fruit I have at home. This time I added unsalted raw pumpkin seeds which gave it a nice crunch. Sometimes I even add bacon bits. It’s so delicious and so easy to add and make it your own. Try it out and change the way to you think about this great nutritious greens

chef tip! you can make it in batches for parties, the longer it sits the better taste try it out.

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Tomato, black bean, corn and feta salad with Sardines in Olive Oil

I love the versatility of this salad recipe. It’s very adaptable which I love . I’ve seen many variations of it all over the internet. For my spin , all I added was apple cider vinegar and used the oil in the sardines as the dressing. This flavorful salad can be assembled ahead of time and all you need is something to serve it with . Without the oil from the sardines just use regular good quality olive oil.

Ingredients

Diced campari or any mini tomatoes
Drained black bean can
Canned or frozen corn,
Crumbled feta cheese,
salt and pepper
dried parsley flakes
garlic powder
sweet paprika
Apple cider vinegar to taste.

Mix ingredients well together well in bowl.
Add on the side the sardines from Seasons in olive oil. Drain out some of the excess oil . What a great lunch !

One more thing I have to say is that I highly recommended this brand of sardines . Here is some more information about them below. I found mine in my local costco.

Season Skinless & Boneless Sardines are harvested from the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco. The sardines are packed fresh in pure olive oil. Don’t forget skinless and boneless sardines are healthy for you – a natural source of omega 3’s and protein. Enjoy Season Sardines as a snack, in a salad, or as part of your favorite recipe!

Visit then at http://www.seasonproducts.com for delicious recipes and more info! 

A light Heirloom Tomato, Red Onion and Cilantro salad for the hot summer!

I believe that salads area a wonderful way to highlight fresh and tasty ingredients. This heirloom tomato salad below has red onion and cilantro in it . It is a perfect light fresh lunch !! I always like to serve it with an lemon oil dressing ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ…

For the salad
mix in bowl heirloom tomatoes sliced, red onion chopped, fresh cilantro, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

My love of heirloom tomatoes began many years ago. I love all types of tomatoes but after I had chance to learn more about them in cooking magazines I like to use different tomatoes for different preparations..

Some personal favorites of mine and how I use them
Roma or Plum Tomatoes— great for homemade sauces and stews,
cherry or compari on the vine – great for roasting, sauces or fresh in a salad
Heirloom , Brandywine , beefsteak, – perfect for salad because of their natural sweetness and great on sandwiches

A Salad inspired by the Greeks!

Sometimes nothing beats a vine tomatoes and Kirby cucumbers with a homemade parsley, dill , extra virgin olive oil and balsamic glaze dressing.

In the salad I only used chopped tomatoes and kirby cucumbers This dressing doesnโ€™t overpower all the fresh ingredients, it combines everything so well. Try this dressing out on all your salads!

This combination in this simple salad is so easy and tasty! Sometimes I replace the glaze with red wine vinegar and add crumbled feta cheese, sliced red onions to make it like a Greek salad. I love salads because they are a blank canvas. This one is one of my favorite dressings I use it on a lot of salads.. Toc cut out some calories and sweetness replace the balsamic glaze with apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar

Balsamic Glaze Dressing

2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon of sweet Balsamic glaze
chopped fresh dill
chopped fresh Italian Parsley
Salt and Pepper