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Crowdsource Recipe Testing: Salads

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 by in Sunday Funday | 4 comments

Good morning! I hope you all have been having a wonderful weekend so far! I had a nice weekend and spent most of yesterday relaxing and watching football with the fam –  it doesn’t get much better than that on a (super) cold winter’s day. Some of you may have noticed that I did not do this post last week, but I wanted to take the time to regroup and refocus the blog.

I have mentioned a few times already that one of my main goals for this year is to eat more whole foods and eliminate a lot of the processed junk from my diet. One thing I haven’t been able to get enough of lately is salads and this week’s post pays homage to those cravings. Here are some of the best looking salads I’ve found on the interwebs this week.

Harvest Grains & Veggie Salad – Not only is this salad beautiful, but it is packed full of things that are good for you. From the garbanzo beans and quinoa to the spinach and red onion, this salad is packed with nutrients and it’s also got tons of boldly flavored ingredients. It also looks simple to put together.

Harvest Grain Salad

Curried Cabbage w/Potatoes & Green Peas – This isn’t a traditional salad, but it is a layered combo of lots of yummy and healthy things such as cabbage and turmeric. I love Indian food and this delightful curry would be a fabulous warm salad to serve at a potluck.

Curried Cabbage Salad

Photograph © 2013 Stephanie Weaver. Used with permission.


Raw Taco Salad – Another thing I’ve been loving lately is anything raw, even in the cold weather, so this raw taco salad is right up my alley. Walnuts are one of my favorite things and the taco ‘meat’ in this salad is made from walnuts, so I can’t wait to give these a try!

Raw Taco Salad


Russian Salad – There is nothing in this indulgent-looking salad to feel guilty about. This salad is packed with a variety of delicious bites including apples, potatoes, carrots, and peas. This would be a delicious salad to pack for lunches and I bet the longer it sits the better it gets.

Russian Salad

Mediterranean Orzo Salad – Ok, so this salad isn’t totally vegan, but just remove the feta cheese and you’re good to go. I couldn’t resist putting this one in though because orzo is one of my favorite things, especially when combined with a good olive oil. This salad is packed with delicious flavors and comes together easily.

Orzo Salad


Do you eat salads in the winter? What is your favorite salad combo?

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  • My taste for salad switches from raw to cooked veggies, but I still crave them just about every day. My go-to is simply a bunch of steamed veggies with kale, avocado and hummus. The heat from the veggies makes the hummus melty and delicious 😉

    • That sounds absolutely delicious! I love steamed veggies as well!

  • I love salads and eat them year round. Someone at work brought a cornbread salad to a spread, and it was so delicious. Easy to veganize (crumbled cornbread, chopped purple onions, chopped bell peppers, chopped roma tomatoes, and vegenaise to taste). And even just a plain old ordinary tossed salad, if you do it right, goes beyond the typical “dump the veggies in a bowl and pour some dressing on top” thing my husband and I usually do.

    • Love it – that cornbread salad sounds amazing!

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