7 Healthy 4th of July Salads

Want to balance your holiday indulgences with some flavorful, yet healthy salads? Look no more. Following are some tasty, dairy-free and gluten-free options for your picnics and BBQs all summer long. From kale to coleslaw to quinoa and everything in between. Here’s to independence from boring deli salads! Continue reading

Chipotle Coleslaw

Chipotle Coleslaw

This dish is all about the creamy chipotle avocado dressing. Combine silky avocado, zesty lemon and the smoky kick of chipotle pepper. You won’t miss the mayo!

Customize the vegetable and fruit blend to make it your own. Savoy cabbage is particularly good for slaw salads. Savoy cabbage is more tender and less bitter than the green or red cabbage typically used for coleslaw. As such, there’s no need to salt it before serving it uncooked. Dice, grate, slice…it really doesn’t matter much. But, keep the produce sections thin to ease even dressing coverage. Customize the volume as you like. But, who doesn’t like having a salad ready to go in the fridge? Chop now and be veggie-ready for days!

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Cabbage & Avocado Slaw

Cabbage and Avocado Slaw

If cabbage and avocado are good, then coleslaw and guacamole must be even better! This variation on a classic Chilean salad is simple to make, refreshing to eat and a powerhouse combo of fiber and healthy fats with mashed avocado replacing the mayonnaise in traditional coleslaw. Generously salting cabbage for an hour or more makes it tender and withdraws the bitter juices. Add lemon, and mashed avocado and you are picnic ready. Continue reading

Braised Red Cabbage with Apple

Salmon and Ginger Braised Cabbage with AppleIf I lost you at ‘Braised’… hold on. For years, I equated the term ‘braise’ with ‘boring’. I assumed it was the official cooking technique for tough meats and items otherwise inedible by any other method. Items no one cared to eat in the first place. Skirt steak anyone?

Braising connotes a Fall-Winter tone. Yet, it is almost April and the mercury is still hovering in the 30s. So, while we are ready for asparagus and artichokes, there is still time to celebrate cabbage, especially for those of us stuck in the Polar Vortex. Continue reading

Red Cabbage. “This Vegetable Has Everything!”

Stefon SNL

Stefon, SNL’s city correspondent, is gone. However, the memory of him describing New York’s hottest new clubs lives on. (Photo credits: NBC.com) But, what if Stefon wasn’t really gone? What if he simply changed jobs, packed up from 30 Rockefeller and sashayed down the street to the Food Network? I love the thought of him reviewing a vegetable, perhaps red cabbage. I can almost hear his demure, raspy voice.  Continue reading