Potato Salad with Fresh Herbs

Our previous post about about coleslaw got us thinking about potato salad.  There are two distinct camps about how to make either - creamy of vinaigrette based.  Our recipe below is a simple mix of vinegar and fresh herbs to lighten up…

Coleslaw

The debate rages on - creamy or vinaigrette based coleslaw?  Well, both have their place and so we've included recipes for both styles below.  Be sure to let the salad rest before serving, but not too long as we like a bit of crunch from…

Broccoli Salad

I think this was one of the first dishes I made consistently as a kid, and it's still a big hit at summer parties.  The dried fruit and nuts are infinitely replaceable, so make this salad your own.   Broccoli Salad   3…

Roasted Beet Salad

This elegant salad combines beets, goat cheese and nuts, which pair together perfectly.  Substitute the hazelnuts with pecans or walnuts if you like, but don't mess with the goat cheese, it's a natural match for the other ingredients.   Roasted…

Chickpea Salad with Herbs

This salad makes a great side dish to any summer dinner.  The anchovies aren't essential, but adds a bit of body to the party.  Make this ahead, and keep the leftovers for several days.   Chickpea Salad with Herbs   4…

Caesar Salad Dressing

Make this easy to prepare dressing in a snap, and skip the store bought stuff forever.  A stick blender makes quick work of emulsifying the ingredients.  This recipe makes enough that you can keep it on hand for a couple of weeks safely...the…

Black bean and Rice Salad

Our go to salad for any summer barbecue party, this recipe has a great South-Western feel.  Feel free to add other ingredients like diced tomato, or substitute the black beans for another legume, like lentils.   Black Bean and…

Roasted Pear Vinaigrette

Our last post outlined how to make a basic vinaigrette, so we thought we would step it up a notch with this elegant dressing.  This goes great with goat's cheese or something blue, walnuts or pecans, citrus segments and a spicy green like…

Basic Vinaigrette

There's no need to buy store bought vinaigrettes once you have the basic theory of how to make your own.  Change the type of vinegar and add other flavourings and you can recreate almost any style of dressing.  We use mason jars to mix…