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PeaNOT Pineapple Slaw by Beyoutifully Delicious

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Steph’s note: Please give a super warm welcome to my guest blogger Candace, better known around the Web as the creative mind behind Beyoutifully Delicious. She’s incredibly sweet and wickedly innovative in the kitchen, and I know you’re going to love her Paleo recipes. In fact, look out for part two of this recipe (a Strawberry Chili Grilled Chicken) that’ll be posting next week! Without further adieu, take it away Candace!

Coleslaw was never really my thing. Anytime I had it, it was mushy, drippy and tasted like that Miracle Whip crap. Bleh!

The greatest thing about cooking is you can always make something your own and give it your personal signature. I love peanut dressing and Pad Thai but I have really given up the peanut madness since turning my food over to the “Paleo Way.” I think I was having issues with it anyhow.

I love the texture of Napa cabbage so I make this star of the show, complimented by grated beets which are perfect for sweeping out those pesky phytoestrogens, carrots and fresh pineapple. No canned fruit in syrup here! This combination makes the perfect second post-workout meal where I start tapering off my carbs, upping my fat along with another big hunk o’ protein. It’s satisfying without leaving me weighted down.

Ingredients for PeaNOT Pineapple Slaw:

For the slaw

  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup grated beets
  • 3 cups shredded Napa Cabbage
  • 1 cup fresh chopped pineapple
  • 2 Tablespoons crushed raw cashews
  • 2 Tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, torn

For the dressing

Directions for the PeaNOT Pineapple Slaw:

  1. Make sure you dry the veggies with paper towels or kitchen towels if they’re really damp. The pineapple will add moisture so you don’t need any extra.
  2. Add veggies and pineapple to a large bowl.
  3. Make the dressing: In a blender add the water, then add the remainder of ingredients. Blend on high until you have a smooth, creamy dressing.
  4. Use half of the dressing and toss the salad together, mixing well until everything is coated.
  5. Garnish with the cashews, green onions and cilantro.

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Tasty Taco Salad by Living Loving Paleo

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Please welcome Kristen, my guest blogger and a special friend of mine, to the blog. I’ve come to know Kristen through her Instagram, and her story of sickness to wellness so touched my heart that I knew I had to share it on the blog. (Click here to read it, then come right back!) Kristen’s passion for food is clear in her super awesome blog, Living Loving Paleo, and her recipes are simple, approachable and nourishing. Take it away, Kristen!

One thing I super, duper missed when I first changed my diet to a Paleo diet was definitely sauces and dressings, especially creamy ones. I honestly thought I’d never see them again. I drew a blank when it came to making my own, as I never had before. Honestly, making my own dressings intimidated me, and I figured it would be difficult and time consuming (neither of which I’m a fan of). Then, I discovered just how easy and fast it is to make your own, and I knew I could never go back!

My life was completely turned around by changing the food that I put on my plate, and for the first time in a really long time I was healthy. I was determined to make recipes for my own sauces and dressings that fit my new lifestyle, and that were completely delicious! I love a great salad, and to me, a salad is completely made by the dressing. I must say, the dressing that I created for this taco salad makes it extra special. Store bought dressings don’t even compare! I hope you all love it as much as my family did. Happy cooking!

Ingredients for Tasty Taco Salad:

For the base of the salad, I used romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes & avocado. Feel free to use any veggies you like.

Ingredients for Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing:

  • 2/3 cup avocado oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1.5 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2.5 teaspoons cilantro, minced

Directions for Tasty Taco Salad:

  1. In a small bowl mix together the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Once the coconut oil has melted, add the onion and sauté until soft. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the meat and cook until no longer pink. Add the taco seasoning to the meat and mix well.
  3. While the meat is cooking, make the simple dressing. Place the oil, egg, mustard powder, lemon juice, lime juice, garlic and salt in a tall container. (I use a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup). Place an immersion blender at the bottom and turn on. Once the mixture starts to blend together and become thick, move the immersion blender towards the top, until it is well blended. This should take less than a minute! Stir in the cilantro. [Steph's note: No immersion blender? Place the egg, mustard powder, lemon juice, lime juice, garlic and salt into a blender and let these come to room temperature. Run the blender for about 30 seconds, then with the blender on medium speed, very slowly (in a thin stream) drizzle in the avocado oil until the mayo has thickened.]
  4. Top your salad with the meat and dressing! Enjoy!

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Thai Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

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I cannot get enough of the flavors in this Thai Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing!

When I came back from Scotland, all I was craving was super fresh veggies and this salad fits the bill. It’s inspired by one I had at Tender Greens but now that I made my own version I can have it any time without driving to the restaurant—plus, it’s nicer on my wallet and Whole30-friendly. The key to making this super-special is to use the freshest veggies you can find; it makes a huge difference. All quantities are approximate, and if you don’t like an ingredient, certainly leave it out or substitute it for something else. Top it with your protein of choice—grilled steak, pan-fried lemon chicken or shrimp would all be outstanding—for a complete meal.

Ingredients for the Thai Salad

  • 1 head red or green leaf lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup green papaya, julienned (I use this peeler to make it happen)
  • 3 tangerines, peeled and segmented
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh thai basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup cashews

Directions for the Thai Salad

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss well. Hint: I kept the mint and basil leaves whole, but you could always chop them.

Ingredients for the Cilantro Lime Dressing

Directions for the Cilantro Lime Dressing

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until the cilantro leaves are finely chopped and everything is combined.
  2. Use right away or store for 1–2 days, tightly covered in the fridge. Give it a shake before using.

Change It Up

  • This easily doubles or triples to feed a large group.
  • Add a couple pinches of ground ginger to the salad dressing.
  • Check your local Asian food market for green papaya. It’s not sweet like it’s orange-fleshed counterpart.

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Collard and Brussels Salad with Hot Sweet Bacon Dressing from Paleo In Comparison

Say hi to my guest blogger, Laura! I first stumbled upon Laura’s recipes via her Instagram account (@paleo_in_comparison) and quickly came to admire her creativity when it came to food and her genuine nature. She’s a wife, homeschool mom of two rambunctious boys, and the Paleo blogger behind Paleo In Comparison and a growing Facebook community of the same name. In November of 2011, after years of yo-yo dieting and eating disorders, she stumbled into the Paleo lifestyle. With a total weight loss of 60 pounds (27 kg), and a complete change in her physical and emotional health, she’s never looked back. Paleo gave her life and health back, and helped her form a healthy relationship with food (I can relate!). She’s passionate about sharing her story, and believes that clean eating and living are essential to lifelong health and wellness. I know you’ll love her approach to food and her sense of humor.

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If you’re looking for a tasty salad for your holiday table, I think this is perfect and the thought of the hot, sweet dressing makes my mouth water! With no further adieu, here’s Laura and her Collard and Brussels Salad with Hot Sweet Bacon Dressing…

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“But salads aren’t sexy.”

That’s what I said to my husband when I told him I was considering making a salad for this guest post.

Salads are often neglected in the Paleo / Primal community for the glitz and glory of a rare steak, “Paleo” cookies, and bacon-wrapped…well…anything! But there are a lot of benefits to eating salads.

First, while I don’t subscribe to a raw food only diet, there most certainly are huge benefits to consuming our fruits and vegetables raw whenever possible. It’s just science – cooking can destroy and break down some of the vital nutrients and fiber in our foods. Cooking is a process – albeit a harmless one – but eating foods raw is the closest to unprocessed that we can get. Salads are a great way to get a lot of different veggies into our diets in their purest form.

On the more practical side, raw foods like salads are super convenient and easy to take with us anywhere. Cold travels better than hot, and you don’t need a microwave or oven to reheat it.

Whenever someone wants “a light lunch,” they go for a salad, but I would argue that nothing will fill your belly faster than raw veggies! Because all of that fiber hasn’t been broken down in the cooking process, you’re going to feel fuller longer – just be sure to drink plenty of water to help your tum-tum digest all that fibrous goodness!

Salads? Not sexy? Boy, did I change my mind fast! Healthy is sexy. So, if A=B and B=C, then A=C. It’s Logic 101. Salads are healthy, healthy is sexy. Therefore, salads are sexy!

The result of my salad revelation was this chicken thigh salad inspired by the colors of the Holiday season. Don’t worry, I was a good Paleo / Primal cook, and threw a little bacon grease in there for good measure. I hope you enjoy this sexy salad as much as my family did!

Collard and Brussels Salad with Seasonal Fruit, Hot Sweet Bacon Dressing & Crispy Chicken Skin Crumbles (serves 4)

For the Collard and Brussels Salad with Seasonal Fruit…

Ingredients for the Salad:

  • 8 cups raw collards, shredded or finely chopped
  • 4 cups raw brussels, quartered
  • 1-1/3 cups raw cranberries
  • 1 large green pear, sliced (or two small)
  • 4 chicken thighs, bone-in with skin on (if you have a hungry set, make double for 2 thighs per serving)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Special equipment: parchment paper

Directions for the Salad:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Remove skins from raw chicken thighs. This should be very easy. You may need to use a small paring knife in some spots, but the skins should come off easily just by hand. Once removed, cut the square-like pieces of skin in half. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper – this will help absorb the grease as the skins bake, making them crispier. Place on the cookie sheet and bake until deep golden brown and crispy, approximately 15 minutes. When finished remove from the cookie sheet and allow to cool completely, uncovered.
  • Remove parchment paper from cookie sheet, use the grease from the skins to coat the bottom of the cookie sheet. Place chicken thighs onto cookie sheet and coat with remaining grease (if you don’t have enough grease, you can coat the thighs with a little fat of choice – duck fat or ghee is always great with chicken). Season simply with a little salt and pepper. Bake at 375°F (190°C) until internal temp reaches 160°F (80°C), approximately 20-30 minutes depending on how many you cook. Allow to cool. Remove meat from bones & shred with your fingers.

For the Hot Sweet Bacon Dressing…

 Ingredients for the Dressing:

Directions for the Dressing:

  • Melt bacon grease in a non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Add balsamic vinegar and crushed garlic. Reduce liquid until it starts to thicken and the fat and vinegar are incorporated. Stir mixture occasionally with a rubber or wooden spatula while cooking. Once it has thickened, remove from heat and pour into a separate bowl. Add remaining ingredients and whisk well. Keep in mind the dressing should be served warm. Refrigerate leftovers and simply reheat to serve. The fat in the dressing will cause the dressing to harden when cold, so don’t be alarmed. Reheating will bring it back to proper consistency.

Plating the salad (4 full dinner salads)…

  • On each full-sized dinner plate, make a base with 2 cups of raw collards and 1 cup of raw Brussels sprouts. Place 1/4 of the pear slices on greens. Top with meat from 1 chicken thigh (2 if you doubled the chicken). Top with 1/3 cup of cranberries and some crumbled crispy chicken skins. Serve dressing on the side, or simply drizzle over the salad before serving.

Change it Up:

  • You can use any leftover white meat you have for this salad.
  • If you want to make it with leftover meat, and do not have the crispy chicken skins, simply replace them with crispy bacon crumbles.
  • You can also make a quick and cold sweet dressing with honey, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon, and a little salt and pepper.

Do you have any questions for Laura? Let her know in the comments below!

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Crunchy Kale Salad

DSC_0716 Simply put, I’m always trying to eat more veggies. They’re nutrient-dense and incredibly diverse in flavor and texture. I try to eat a balance between raw and cooked veggies every day for variety – and because raw veggies require almost no prep!

This salad is pretty simple to prepare and is a good one for taking to potlucks or parties because it’s hardy and stands up to a couple hours sitting out without getting soggy. To make prepping julienned veggies easier, I have a very inexpensive peeler like this one here.

Ingredients for Crunch Kale Salad:

  • 1 medium bunch of kale (lacinato / dino kale works very well here), sliced thin
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 cup golden beets, julienned
  • Juice of 1-1.5 lemons
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (for an extra crunch, I used Cavegirl Confections bacon granola)

Directions for Crunch Kale Salad:

  1. Cut the kale leaves thinly. I cut them down the middle along the vein, then stack them and thinly slice them into ribbons. Place into a large bowl.
  2. Add the julienned carrot and beets, lemon juice and zest, olive oil, salt and pepper to the kale. Stir thoroughly to combine.
  3. For best results, allow the salad to sit for at least 30 minutes before serving. The veggies will soften just a bit.
  4. Top with chopped nuts for a bit more crunch (or if you’re feeling adventurous, a sprinkle of a Paleo-friendly granola or dried fruit).

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Citrus-Garlic Marinated Steak

DSC_1292 I’ve just returned from a week-long trip to London and Paris, hence how quiet I’ve been on the site here. If you’ve left a comment or sent an email, it will take a bit longer than usual but rest assured I’ll get back to you. I love traveling and discovering new foods, but I also really like getting back to my kitchen so I can make my favorite recipes and think of new ones.

This simple marinated steak was great over a fresh garden salad – use any veggies you’d like – served with some guacamole on the side. Or it’d make an awesome filling for my Simple Paleo Tortillas! If you don’t like beef, you could use chicken or pork. I bought some inexpensive steaks and cut them into strips for quick cooking. Alternatively, you could keep the meat whole, marinate it, grill it and then slice into strips once it’s cooked.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of steak, cut into strips
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon, 1 orange and 1 lime
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 or 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  1. Put the steak strips in a large bowl.
  2. Add the zest and juice of the citrus fruit, olive oil, garlic, salt, smoked paprika and pepper. Stir the ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Let marinate in the refrigerator, covered, for at least 30-60 minutes for best results. Stir once or twice as it’s marinating.
  4. When ready to cook, heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add about half the steak. If it gets overcrowded it won’t brown. I cooked about 1.5 minutes on each side for medium.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the meat.
  6. Serve.

Citrus Avocado Salad with Chicken

DSC_0692 The inspiration from this recipe came from a hip, local eatery here in San Diego called Craft & Commerce. Their version of this salad comes with fried goat cheese – and would put me on the express train to Stomachacheville – but the rest is absolutely divine. I served mine with Easy Pan-Fried Lemon Chicken because it’s already got a bright, citrusy flavor.

Prep time: 15 min     Cook time:  0 min     Makes: 2 servings

Ingredients: 

  • 6-8 cups of arugula (rocket) or spinach
  • 2 small oranges, cut into segments
  • 1 grapefruit, cut into segments
  • 1 ripe avocado, cubed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup Pickled Jicama, optional
  • Top with Easy Pan-Fried Lemon Chicken or any other protein of choice, if desired

Directions:

  1. Place the arugula down on the bottom of the plates. 
  2. Zest one orange and the grapefruit into a small bowl. Cut the both oranges and grapefruit into segments over the bowl to catch any juice. Squeeze the rest of the juice from the membranes!! Set the juice aside.
  3. Top each salad with the segments from one orange, half a grapefruit, and ~1/4 cup of pickled jicama if desired.
  4. In the bowl with the juice, add a pinch of salt and pepper and whisk in the olive oil to make a simple vinaigrette (you should have about 3 Tablespoons of juice, and if your fruit didn’t yield enough you could always add the juice of a lemon).
  5. Pour the dressing over the salad and top with chicken or your protein of choice.

Frisee Salad with Bacon and Eggs

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Bacon and eggs just went to a whole new level.

Want to knock people’s socks off at your next brunch? Serve this.

Want to make yourself feel extra special? Make this.

Want a dish that’ll make every part of your palate sing glorious hymns? This is the dish for you.

DSC_0611 This recipe was inspired by a dish my friend Claudette ordered when we went to the closing night of The Linkery in San Diego. I took one look and was so impressed I went home and tried to replicate it just a couple days later. The frisee (a curly, slightly bitter vegetable related to endive) makes the perfect mop for the yolk and the lemon basil dressing.

Ingredients per 2 servings:

Directions:

  1. *If the bacon is raw, get that cooking first. I like to bake my bacon but use whatever method you prefer. For baking bacon: line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, and preheat the oven to 350F (175C). Bake for ~15-20 minutes or until it’s as crispy as you’d like. Remove from oven and set aside. DSC_0618
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing using the hot, melted bacon fat that collects in the baking sheet. You can also use olive oil if your bacon is precooked and there’s no melted fat. DSC_0615
  3. Arrange the frisee on a plate. Drizzle the dressing over the frisee.
  4. In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt bacon fat or another fat of choice until it’s shimmering. Fry the eggs until the yolks are as firm as you’d like. I went for sunnyside up with a runny yolk because I wanted yummy yolk all over the salad.
  5. Place the eggs on top and the bacon on the side. Try not to eat it so fast that you don’t enjoy it because it’s goooooooood! DSC_0632

 

 

 

Lemon Basil Bacon Fat Vinaigrette

Tangy lemon and fresh basil mingle together with bacon fat to make a surprisingly light dressing perfect for Frisee Salad with Eggs and Bacon or any other application. No bacon fat? Substitute olive oil instead.
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Makes: 1/4 cup

Ingredients:

  • Juice + zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons melted bacon fat (or olive oil)
  • 2 Tablespoons basil, chopped or cut as chiffonade

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  1. Place the lemon juice and zest, brown mustard, salt and pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk to combine.
  2. Slowly drizzle in the melted bacon fat (or olive oil) while continuously mixing to emulsify the fat.
  3. Stir in the fresh basil.

 

Ahi Tuna Salad

Ahi Tuna Salad Wraps Fresh tuna is sooooo tasty…I’ve you’ve never tried it, give it a whirl. It’ll make canned tuna pale in comparison. This recipe is based on one from the Barefoot Contessa, and is a perfect way to add some kick to your plate. Wasabi powder can be found in the Asian food section of the store, and can be REALLY potent, so I suggest adding just a little at a time and seeing if it’s too hot. Finding one without sugar or anything weird can be really tough…it took me a lot of searching to find one that was Paleo-friendly (“Hime” brand…horseradish, spirulina and turmeric are the only ingredients). Don’t like wasabi? You can totally leave it out.

I served this tuna salad on fresh romaine lettuce boats wrapped up into nori and served sushi style. If you don’t like tuna, you could substitute cooked chicken breast.

Prep time: 20 min     Cook time:  5 min     Makes: 2 servings

Ingredients for the dressing:

Ingredients for the salad:

  • 1 lb. ahi tuna steak
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Romaine or butter lettuce leaves
  • Nori wraps, optional

Directions:

  1. To make the dressing, combine the lime juice, lime zest, coconut aminos, sesame oil, wasabi powder, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir together and set aside.
  2. Pat the fish dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Grill or pan-fry on high heat for ~2 minutes per side. *Important: you want the fish to be rare inside. If you cook it until well-done it’ll be tough and dry. Allow to cool on a cutting board. Cut into chunks.  Ahi Tuna Salad Wraps Ahi Tuna Salad Wraps
  3. Add the avocado, green onion, sesame seeds and tuna to the bowl with the dressing. Fold the ingredients together to combine. Ahi Tuna Salad Wraps Ahi Tuna Salad Wraps
  4. Serve on lettuce boats / cups or wrap with nori. Or, just serve in a bowl with chopped lettuce. Ahi Tuna Salad Wraps Ahi Tuna Salad Wraps Ahi Tuna Salad Wraps

Easy Breakfast Salad

DSC_0776 I’ve taken a liking to making what I call breakfast salad. It’s usually a mash up of different mildly flavored veggies or leftover fruit that’s in my fridge, and the exact ingredients are always different. Sneaking in more veggies is something I’m always trying to do, and this cold salad served in the morning is a good way to do that. You could easily prep this the night before to save time in the a.m. Easily doubles for two servings.

Prep time: 10 min     Cook time:  0 min     Makes: 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 an orange, segmented or cut into supremes
  • 1/2 a black plum, chopped
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of jicama, cubed
  • 1/2 an avocado, chopped
  • 1Tablespoon of chopped mint or parsley
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DSC_0765 Directions:

  1. Combine all the veggies, fruit and herbs in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Squeeze the lemon juice on top.
  3. Gently stir to combine all the flavors. If you’re preparing other breakfast items like eggs, make the salad first so it has time to sit and let the flavors marry a bit.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Easy Paleo Lamb Sliders

Photo Jun 29, 5 14 24 PM The other day, I was really craving a Greek salad (score for salad cravings, right?!). I had all the veggie components in the fridge, but I definitely wanted to top it with something meaty, so I came up with a quick batch of lamb burgers. In the end, I wound up making them more like sliders – smaller than a burger – and served them with my salad, some Paleo Tzatziki Sauce, and a squeeze of lemon.

Lamb a bit strong for your palate? Try mixing it with half beef to make the flavor milder. My Greek salad was a combo of tomato, cucumber, sweet onion and olives, drizzled with Kasandrinos olive oil.

Prep time: 5 min     Cook time:  15 min     Makes: 6-8 sliders (1 lb. of meat)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of ground lamb (or half beef, half lamb)
  • 1/2 an onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions: 

  1. Mix the ingredients gently in a large bowl until well combined. Overworking the meat will cause it to be tough. 
  2. Shape the meat into burgers however large you’d like. I made 8 small sliders. Don’t pack the meat in too tightly or the burger will be dense.
  3. Grill or fry in a pan over medium-high heat until cooked through, 4-5 minutes per side. If preparing in a pan, I like to quickly sear both sides then throw the burgers in a 350F oven for ~10 minutes to finish cooking through.
  4. Serve with Tzatziki for dipping!

Cold Zucchini Noodle Salad with Tomato and Olives

DSC_0717 Zucchini noodles are rad. I made this simple cold salad by tossing them with a drizzle of olive oil and white balsamic, then serving them with tomato and olives. With warmer weather upon us, this would be a great side dish for a BBQ or picnic lunch. If you want to be fancy, you could chop up the olives and tomato or add canned artichokes or even a few leaves of fresh basil.

Prep time: 30 min     Cook time: 0 min    Makes: ~5 cups

Ingredients:

  • 5 medium zucchini
  • ~2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil (I like Kasandrinos Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, whole or chopped
  • 1 cup pitted black olives (I like kalamata), whole or chopped

Directions:

  1. Peel zucchini with a julienne peeler (like this one), sprinkle evenly with salt (I mix it by hand to make sure it’s evenly distributed), and place in a colander to drain for about 20 min. The salt pulls moisture out of the zucchini, making a more tender noodle. Put the colander in the sink because it’ll leak all over the countertop if you don’t.
  2. Rinse thoroughly with water to wash away the excess salt and squeeze to remove the extra moisture.
  3. Drizzle the noodles with olive oil and white balsamic vinegar. Toss to combine.
  4. Add the tomato and olives. Stir in or leave on top…it’s up to you!
  5. Voila.

 

Cinco de Mayo Steak Salad

DSC_0163Living in San Diego, you could say that Cinco de Mayo is a pretty big deal around these parts. All over the city – and pretty much the rest of the US – folks will be gladly using this holiday to eat vast quantities of guacamole and drink lots of tequila. I hate tequila. It all stems back to a Jimmy Buffet concert in October 2008, but I digress. Safe to say, no NorCal margaritas for me!

I made a version of this salad the other day, and it was so punchy with flavor that I had to make it again. And then it hit me! The colors are red, white and green and most of the ingredients are common to Mexican cuisine. In celebration of the Fifth of May, the Battle of Puebla and the love of drinking fermented agave, I bring you this festive salad. Substitute any cooked meat you’d like if you don’t like steak. I topped mine with a pan-fried grassfed New York strip steak sliced thin.

Prep time: 5 min     Cook time: 10 min    Makes: 2-3 cups of salad (plus meat)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 1 ripe tomato, cubed
  • 1/2 cup jicama, cubed
  • 1/2 an avocado, cubed
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1-2 limes
  • 1 tsp Kasandrinos Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

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Directions:

  1. Combine the spinach, tomato, jicama, avocado and cilantro in a bowl. Squeeze the lime juice on top and drizzle with olive oil. 
  2. Taste and season with salt and pepper if you like.
  3. Top with cooked meat of choice. I used steak, but grilled chicken would be a great alternative!

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Watermelon Mojito Salad

IMG_4131It’s rare that I drink these days…it’s pretty counterproductive to my training and makes me sleep like crap. That doesn’t mean that I don’t think about it sometimes – and occasionally it’s a bit longingly. The other day, I thought of one of my BFF Greg and our Thelma and Louise inspired road trip last summer (well, there wasn’t any Brad Pitt and clearly we didn’t die) but we sipped on lots of wine and sunbathed our way across Palm Springs, LA and Santa Barbara. It was pretty awesome. In any case, whenever I think of Greg, I also think of booze for some reason. Hi Greg! Love you! To make a long story short, I decided to make a mojito-esque – but clearly non-alcoholic – dish that would capture the flavors of this iconic Cuban drink. Plus watermelon. I love watermelon.

Prep time: 15 min     Cook time: 0 min    Makes: 5 cups

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1.5 cups seedless cucumber, cubed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint leaves, sliced thin (“chiffonade” if we’re being fancy about it)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • Zest from two limes
  • 1 Tbsp Kasandrinos Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

Directions:

  1. Cut the rind off the watermelon and cut into medium-sized cubes (about 1/2-inch).
  2. Peel the cucumber – if you prefer – and cut into similar sized cubes.
  3. Slice the mint leaves thinly. To chiffonade, stack the leaves on top of each other. Roll them up lengthwise into a bundle, then thinly slice.
  4. Combine these ingredients in a large bowl.
  5. In a smaller bowl or a small jar, combine the lime juice, lime zest, olive oil, salt and pepper. Stir (or shake) well to combine. Pour over the watermelon and cucumber and stir well.
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