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Roasted Tomato and Olive Mediterranean Salad

As summer turns to fall, I find myself wanting roasted things—Roasted Adobo Chicken, Roasted Root Vegetables, etc. But, as is usual for the Mid-Atlantic region, we still have warm and humid days occurring regularly. So, cold salads still hold their appeal for me.

This recipe takes deliciously roasted tomatoes and olives and blends them, chilled, with refreshing cucumber and artichoke. It seemed only natural to take a mediterranean turn, and somehow it feels like the perfect late-summer/early-autumn side dish. We hope you enjoy it!

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Pineapple Curry

My favorite take-out place is a Thai restaurant. I love the curries, especially the extra spicy green curry. A couple of months ago, I tried the red curry for the first time and was surprised by the experience. It was not nearly as spicy as the green curry. That said it was super flavorful and slightly sweet. The sweetness came from pineapple, grapes, and halved cherry tomatoes.

This weekend, I was craving curry and I thought about that red curry. I realized we had plenty of fresh pineapple on hand for an experiment. However, instead of trying to recreate the red curry, I simply decided to create a curry with pineapple as the star. The result was a golden dish with wonderful sweet heat that’s will satisfy anyone, including your vegan friends!

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Ambrosia (Yum Yum) Salad

One of my aunts makes a summer fruit salad that everyone in my family calls “yum yum salad.” It wasn’t until sometime in my college years that I realized her salad is more commonly known as ambrosia salad. As a kid, I loved this salad. It felt like having dessert during dinner. What kid doesn’t like that?

But, as I got older, my tastes changed. Ambrosia (yum yum) salad, with it’s mini marshmallows and cool whip dressing was cloyingly sweet. Now that I think about it, I wonder if my aunt actually balanced it out with sour cream like most ambrosia salad recipes require. However, she made it, I stopped eating it at family functions a long time ago (even before I started eating “clean” with Brent in 2012) simply because I could no longer stomach it.

This version leaves out the marshmallows and replaces the cool whip/sour cream combination with a dairy-free yogurt. It’s still sweet from all the fresh fruit, but it’s much lighter and healthier! The best part for me? My parents are in town and give it their stamp of approval. We hope you’ll enjoy it, too.

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Heather’s Strawberry Salad

Sleep deprivation makes me crave sugary things. Couple that with the hot summer weather we’re experiencing, and all I want to eat are salads and fruit. This strawberry salad was inspired by a salad at our favorite local restaurant. My version, however, doesn’t include any dairy and I chose to use romaine lettuce because it’s one of my favorite greens. The result is something light and refreshing, and you can easily add grilled chicken for a more substantial meal. I have a feeling we’ll be making this pretty regularly this summer. We hope you enjoy it, too!

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Asparagus and Napa Cabbage Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

One of the unexpected side-effects of pregnancy has been a renewed focus on nutrient density and food quality. There are long lists of things expectant mothers should or should not have, and there is considerable debate over several popular items. That said, the benefit for us has been an intentional effort to double down on new and exciting ways to get more vegetables into our daily routine. We shared one such example last week, showcasing beets and avocados.

This week, we put together a light salad with Napa cabbage and blanched asparagus. If you’re feeling the need to bump up the protein, kick it up a notch with chicken, hardboiled egg, smoked salmon, or all three! If you give it a shot, let us know in the comments.

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