raw california ranch salad

This recipe was inspired by Gena at Choosing Raw – she had a recipe for a California Ranch Wrap – raw style that looked great! Since I usually have to pack everything up to take to work I thought I would just chop everything for the sake of ease :)

Salad Ingredients:
- Napa cabbage
- chopped carrot
- green pepper
- cucumber
- avocado
- Gena’s raw ranch (cashew based)

The ranch dressing from Gena was awesome and I didn’t even use any fresh herbs because I didn’t have any – next time there will be some fresh ones and I imagine that it will add that much more flavor. I see many more of these colorful salads in my future!

eating experiment: part 2

So far so good! I didn’t make it home Sunday for dinner so I am actually down to 2 dinners, 3 lunches (out of the office tomorrow) and 4 breakfasts. I know it doesn’t seem like that many meals and considering that I already have some of the ingredients for 1 of the dinners I do kind of feel like I’m cheating…
Anyway, the taster was a dear and actually went to the store for me since I was out of town (which also could have helped to only get the necessities) but the grand total was… $30.44!!! Yay!
My budget meal last night was a curried quinoa salad that was inspired by the Salad Girl dressings- Curry & Fig that I tried last week.

Salad:
- red inca quinoa
- garbanzo beans
- 1/2 chopped cucumber
- 1 chopped green pepper
- chopped red onions
Dressing:
- 2 Tbsp salad girl curry & fig dressing
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- splash of hot sauce
- salt and pepper
Served over greens and an extra dose of hot sauce for me, it was perfect for a HOT, muggy, summer night!

in my cupboard: salad girl dressings

These Minnesota local dressings taste as fresh and delicious as they look.

I found them at the farmer’s market last year and now you can find them at co-ops, Whole Foods Market and stores like Kowalski’s.  Why I like them:
- they taste amazing!
- local and organic
- down to earth ingredients
- not your basic ranch
The Blueberry Basil so far is my all time favorite.  It is amazing in a salad with greens, blue cheese and almonds.
I also tried the Fig & Curry. It was a little sweet on a salad for me but I’m planning on using it in a different kind of salad – I’ll keep you posted on the results.

creamy-feta vinaigrette

I came across this salad dressing in the June edition of Food & Wine (no wonder I love this magazine…just so happens to be two of my favorite things :)

Anyway, I love most things that involve feta cheese and greek salads are one of my favorites so I figured I would like this dressing.
I modified it a bit from the recipe and here is what I ended up using:
1/2 cup feta cheese
2-3 Tbsp. White Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. water
salt & pepper
All blended together in the Magic Bullet
This dressing went a-top a mixture of arugula, radishes and cucumbers (from the farmer’s market finds) and was a big hit. The taster loved it and it was a great way to use some of the 10 lb block of feta from Costco.  Mom, please remind me of this next time I want to make this purchase again ;)
Served with some salmon and asparagus it was a perfect meal!