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Cauliflower Tomato Salad Recipe Recipe

Cauliflower Tomato Salad Recipe

08.03.12 by Jackie

 

We recently had guests for dinner and I made a cauliflower and tomato salad. I explained to our guests how this "salade de chou fleur et tomates" was made and the following day our guests emailed me back thanking me for this new recipe.

Inevitably, whenever we have guests over, my mother-in-law exclaims "Look what an amazing dish Jackie made today! Did you know Jackie has a food website? She posts daily recipes on PhamFatale.com and she's a soon-to-be published author." And whenever she goes anywhere, she talks about my cooking and about PhamFatale.com. And now that I have my first cookbook coming out soon ("Haute Potato" due on December 18th), she hands out cards to promote my book. She's my own one-woman PR firm!

Back to the dish...I boiled cauliflower very briefly then flavored it with champagne vinegar and a bit of honey. I mixed the cauliflower with beautiful heirloom tomatoes from our garden and shredded lettuce. For a nice contrast in texture, I added lightly toasted almond slices. If you want more crunch you could also top the salad with croutons.


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Cucumber and Yogurt Salad Recipe Recipe

I'm still working on using the cucumbers from our garden. I know my husband Lulu spent a lot of time planting all the vegetables so I try my best to make flavorful dishes using the results of his hard labor. 

Today I used Marketmore cucumbers and served them as a first course. The dish was composed of seeded, sliced cucumbers, finely chopped pickled grape leaves and diced red bell peppers. I tied the flavors of the salad together with a dressing made with yogurt, mustard and olive oil.

I understand that the process of planting, watering and caring for the vegetables requires a lot of work, so I definitely feel responsible for creating unique dishes that showcase the quality of the ingredients. Love you Lulu! Don't we make a great team?


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Kiwi Spinach Salad Recipe Recipe

Kiwi Spinach Salad Recipe

06.13.12 by Jackie

I love incorporating fruit into savory green salads. Stone and citrus fruits work great, but today I mixed kiwis into a colorful and healthy salad made with spinach, romaine lettuce, carrots and olives. My favorite element in a salad is the dressing, and for this particular salad I made a chevre flavored vinaigrette. The creaminess from the goat cheese gives a richer mouth-feel and adds a few more calories to keep me primed for the rest of the day.

Served with a few Parmesan bread twists, this makes a wonderfully light meal. Give it a try! 

 


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Arugula Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette Recipe

I'm often asked what makes a salad delicious and my immmediate response is the dressing. You can make it very simply with vinegar and olive oil, but this time around I used the elements from the salad itself to increase the flavor.

The salad dressing is a combination of arugula, mâche, pine nuts and green olives. Sprinkle a little crumbled feta cheese and the salad is complete.


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Lemon Butter Garlic Sauce Recipe Recipe

Lemon butter garlic sauce is a tasty accompaniment to artichokes.  Butter is used generously, in contrast to the low calorie and healthy artichoke.

If you want a healthier variant, check out my tofu vinaigrette I made a few weeks ago.


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