Celery Seed Cabbage Slaw

Making salads has become a new hobby for us in recent months because we’ve trying to increase our vegetable intake without buying the same 3 salad blends from Costco. While we took initiative and recreated one of those staple Costco salads at home, we were still running thin on ideas. Enter: Savoy cabbage.

Growing up, I didn’t think there was any more than one type of cabbage, and I was perfectly fine having nothing to do with it. Ham hocks and sauerkraut and corned beef were the only times in my life I smelled or saw cabbage, and it did not appeal to me. Thankfully, my palate (or stubbornness) evolved and now these are among my favorite foods. This creamy celery seed cabbage slaw is a refreshing and light salad that has a slight tang. It’s been just what the doctor ordered this summer, and we think you’re going to love it. Let us know in the comments how you like to prepare your cabbage!

Greek “Orzo” Cauliflower Salad

If you work in a traditional office, you’re aware of the catered meeting that is often built around: cheese, wheat, and more cheese, with some vegetables and soy for those who don’t eat meat. For those who would rather just have some meat and vegetables, this can be a challenge. Normally, I pack my own lunch, but this can be an awkward situation when you’re “that person” bringing in your own food to a catered meeting.

That said, this Greek “Orzo” Cauliflower Salad is in homage of a orzo salad that was at a catered meeting at my office. Colleagues were nice enough to ask me if I wanted anything special, but I had packed my own salad for the day. The only thing that isn’t in our version, which was raved about, is the crumbled feta. Feel free to add 1/2 C of quality, crumbled feta if you enjoy and can tolerate cheese. I’m looking at you, primal folks.

Smoked Oyster and Bacon Salad

Brent recently bought a case smoked oysters because they are super nutrient dense. He ate them for breakfast one morning but I didn’t think I would enjoy them plain like that. As it turned out, they are pretty delicious on their own.

Still, I wanted to find a way to use them in a more palatable way. Smoked oysters are super savory. So, I perused the produce aisle in the grocery store looking for things to balance them with bright, refreshing flavors. Enjoy this salad on it’s own or with a side of steak!

Copycat Costco Asian Cashew Chopped Salad

As a matter of convenience, among other things, Heather and I are frequent shoppers at Costco. Most Saturdays, while I’m at my second job, she takes our meal planner and grocery list and gets a lot of what we need from the big-box warehouse. Costco has great employee benefits and is a company we can get behind, not to mention it recently passed up Whole Foods as the top seller of organic food in America—pretty cool stuff.

Unrequested Costco blubbering aside, they have some great pre-packaged salads and mixed greens that we rotate on a regular basis. The salad dressings usually end up in our trash, due to the poor ingredient quality, but otherwise the salads give us an easy option to spice up our vegetables. Our friends Matt and Stacy recently cracked the salad dressing to our other favorite Costco salad, so we felt encouraged to do the same. This asian cashew chopped salad is full of flavor, and will feed you and your family for days. We know you’ll enjoy it.

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Shallot-Basil Vinaigrette

Asparagus is one of the greatest vegetables out there, if you ask us. As our first recipe in our new house (still full of boxes), this was a grand slam. This salad is delicious on its own, and pairs nicely with a seared piece of steak, chicken, or fish. Throw this into your regular salad rotation and mix up your salad game.

Despite eating asparagus constantly while in Munich and Berlin, we still can’t get enough. Spargel, as it’s known, is most popular in its white variety, and is available almost everywhere. This was reverse of our experience here in the US, as they made a point to call out “green asparagus” where we would assume the vegetable was green, unless otherwise described. It was truly remarkable.