Salad recipes are lame. You know how to make a salad, right? Of course you do! It’s not you. It’s me.
I confess. When left to my own devices, I make the same salad every day. I know I need help. Just let me talk through it. I’m just too “vanilla.”

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This is not an ordinary salad dressing. It’s like cursing. If you manage just the right amount, it can be entertaining and even somewhat charming. If you overdo it, no one wants to hang around.

Like swearing, the onion has varying amounts of the chemical compounds that make it so volatile. Taste this dressing before you pour the whole lot over your salad or you may have more swearing than you expect.

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Feeling under the weather? Indisposed? Maybe you’re as sick as a dog or maybe you’re just feeling a little depressed. Whatever ails you, this is the cure.

If your vegan soul doesn’t abide chickens dying so you can get a little comfort consider this a “Veggie Soup for the Soul.”

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It’s hard to believe that barley is the fourth most cultivated grain. You just don’t see it in recipes that often. I think most barley goes into making beer good or making cows fat. I think that’s a mistake. Barley adds a great flavor and texture to soup. If you’re going to cook this in a slow cooker or on the heat for a long time, cook the barley separately on the stovetop and toss it in close to serving time. Barley will fall apart if left in warm liquid for too long and that’ll mess up why we’ve added it in the first place.

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My wife is a “supertaster.” That is not something to take lightly. You might think that’s a good thing. How cool would it be to have a skill that allowed you to taste things more clearly? It sucks! Let me share the reality of super tasting.

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Fasolada is considered by many to be the national dish of Greece. Are you listening?! The people who regularly eat spanakopita, kebabs, and baklava consider this soup to be their national dish. The birthplace of democracy and the Olympics, the bedrocks of modern philosophy were created there. These people developed the foundations of medicine, geometry, and this soup!

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Have you ever had a craving for a deeply satisfying and hearty kale salad? But you don’t want just a big pile of kale…. no you want all sorts of yummy textures and flavors in your kale salad to keep things interesting.

This is that salad.

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