Main Meal Salads
Salad Dressings and Dipping sauces
Tofu Lettuce Cups
These are a really fun “assemble your own” type dinner. Put out the fresh lettuce, the delicious tofu filling and a few fun toppings such as hot sauce, peanuts and herbs. Let your guests assemble as they eat! Great for a relaxed lunch or a casual dinner get together.
Crunchy Udon Tahini Bowl
My husband and I went away for a long weekend and we just seemed to be eating junk food all weekend long! When we got back home we were both craving something healthy and filling��� and that is how this dish came to be! You will notice that although there are noodles in the dish, it consists primarily of crunchy veggies – as you eat, the noodles get mixed so perfectly with the veggies and it feels so satisfying.
Kale and Tri-Color Beet Salad
This is a great recipe for late summer when all the different colors of beets are available fresh in the market (or your garden of course!). In this salad I used classic red beets, golden beets and white beets. You can use any colors that you like – even just the classic red beets would be wonderful!
Oven Roasted Tomatoes
These tomatoes are absolutely delicious! The flavours are full bodied, caramelized and crazy sweet! You can eat them as a side dish on their own or serve with a nice piece of baguette or even use them to top pastas and sandwiches. I like to make a big batch when tomatoes are in season and freeze in resealable bags. You can just pop a few out as you need in the winter!
Arugula, Fig and Green Apple Salad
This is a great salad to impress guests for a special occasion dinner! The sweetness of the fresh figs pairs so beautifully with the tart apples and slight bitterness from the arugula. Make it when fresh figs are in season!
Couscous Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil
This is a nice refreshing way of serving a couscous salad, what doesn't go with tomatoes and basil? It’s great for a potluck or a barbecue.
Raw Beet and Fennel Slaw with Asian Vinaigrette
In addition to being really crunchy and delicious, this salad is a colourful addition to any buffet table! The Asian vinaigrette adds a bit of a surprise factor to these crunchy fresh veggies!
Sesame Date Broccoli Salad
This is a beautiful Middle Eastern twist on a broccoli salad. Adding toasted sesame seeds with the tahini gives you a double dose of sesame! I also love the sweet chew of the dates in contrast with the fresh crunchy broccoli! This salad is great to pack up for a picnic or bring to a potluck!
Cucumber Sesame Salad
This is a really nice refreshing picnic basket salad! For this salad I used a spiral veggie slicer to get the cucumbers so thin. If you do not have one, you can use a mandolin or just a very sharp knife and slice as thinly as possible. This salad can keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Easy Paprika Chickpeas
This is one of my favourite quick snacks or lunches. It requires almost no effort and is super tasty and healthy!
Basil and Corn Salad
This is a really simple salad to put together, but the sweetness of the flavour combination will surprise you! Serve this at a barbecue party or take it to work for a delicious lunchbox salad. In this recipe I used canned corn, but if you have fresh corn available feel free to use that instead – just be sure to cook it first.
Basic Mixed Bean Salad
This is a really nice recipe for a simple bean salad. It can be eaten as a lunch at the office or taken to a potluck or barbecue party. In this recipe I use cans of mixed beans, which is always available in grocery stores and usually contains about 5-6 varieties of beans. If you prefer however, you can always just mix and match any beans that you like!
Fresh Mango and Cilantro Salsa
This is a great and refreshing salsa to serve over tacos or enchiladas. It is also great as a dip with tortilla chips to be served as an appetizer when you have company over.2. This salsa can be made up to 2 days in advance – store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Couscous Salad with Baby Spinach, Grapes and Asparagus
This is a nice refreshing way of serving a couscous salad. It’s great for a potluck or a barbecue. This salad can be prepared up to 3 days in advance. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Chopped Tofu Spread
This recipe is great for an afternoon snack on crackers, or to top a big salad for lunch. I like to make lots of it since you can store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Tahini Citrus Dressing
The tahini and citrus fruits in this dressing are a heavenly combination. I also love the creaminess that the tahini brings to this dressing with no need for dairy! This recipe will give you about 1/2 cup of dressing and it will store in an airtight container int he refrigerator for about 1 week.
Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette
This my go to salad dressing! I love the simplicity of it on nice fresh lettuce leaves, but it can also be used to dress bean salads or even a rice or couscous salad. Make a big jar of it and it will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for months- I always have a jar of this dressing in my refrigerator! I mix the recipe in a jar for simplicity – that way I can store it in the same jar, but if you prefer you can make it in a bowl and use a whisk to mix.
Colourful Spring Salad
This salad is a great side salad for a barbecue because of the vibrant colours and fresh crunch it offers. It can also be nice to pack for a lunchtime healthy meal.
Quinoa Salad with Grilled Onions, Asparagus and Orange Segments
Quinoa is a super grain because it is one of the few foods that provides vegetarians with a complete protein. This salad is particularly nice because of the colour and texture contrasts. I find grilling the onions adds an extra element of flavour and the orange segments are really nice as they burst in your mouth!
Tastiest Tossed Salad with a Tahini Citrus Dressing
This salad has so many wonderful ingredients in it that provide amazing crunch and flavours. The creamy tahini dressing really ties it all together!