Raw Walnut Taco Salad

This salad has an almost nacho feel to it. Need to get the family back on board with the salad thing? This is a pretty good trick. It’s got a walnut and carrot mixture that ends up a little like a ground beef substitute. Not in that, “close your eyes and pretend it’s meat” thing, but a texture you might enjoy with a new taste that doesn’t make you feel like you’re cheating on your veggie love.

  • Yields: Makes 2 Large Servings

Shaved Asparagus & Vegetable Salad

Did you know you could cut asparagus with a vegetable peeler or a mandolin? It’s easy and so danged fancy! The texture is great. It changes that every day salad into an evening at the Metropolitan Mouth Ballet. This recipe’s not crazy enough for you? Add some baby spinach, mixed greens, fresh basil, maybe red onion, maybe all of them! Raw asparagus is delicious!

  • Yields: 2 entrees or 4 side salads

Strawberry Pecan Spinach Salad

Strawberry, Pecan, Spinach Salad. That’s the title AND pretty much the whole recipe. There are a few other things in it, and they’re worth adding. This recipe has no oil, and it’s all raw, but you could toast the pecans and not really violate my shaky notion of “raw.” For the past four and half billion years, this salad would have been a summer salad, and we’d only have a few weeks each year to eat something this magical. We’re living in the future. We ship strawberries from all over the world, so you can now choose to eat this any time. I’d still try to find a few days in the summer when the local strawberries are showing off their magic, and I’d make it every day that week for my family and friends. I might even call strangers in off the street and serve it to them. When things are good, share them.

  • Yields: Makes 2 dinner servings or 4 side servings

Spinach Salad With Quinoa & Cranberries

This is an amazing salad. What makes a salad amazing? First, delicious ready-to-go ingredients that go well together; second, ingredients that are actually healthy; and lastly and most importantly, ingredients that are satisfying and filling and can be eaten without guilt! Extra lastly, this particular amazing salad gets topped off with a killer homemade Creamy Orange Hemp Seed Dressing.

  • Yields: 1 Serving

APPLE POMEGRANATE MIXED GREENS

Take this salad to any holiday celebration and you’ll be a hero. Not only will people love it and ask for your secret recipe, you’ll be sneaking them onto the road to better health. They won’t even suspect! You don’t even have to tell them you got the secret from your healthy eating brethren. We don’t mind.

  • Yields: 2 side salads or 1 medium/large salad

Asian Tahini Apple Cucumber Salad

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.”

  • Yields: 2 side salads or 1 medium/large salad

SWEET ONION SALAD DRESSING

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.

  • Yields: Approximately 1 1/2 cups of dressing

Kale, Mandarin, Goji Salad with Citrus Ginger Cashew Dressing

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.

  • Yields: 6-8 Side Servings