Strawberry-Avocado Salad

Strawberries

One serving of strawberries gives you half your day’s dose of Vitamin C, plus antioxidants and fiber. Eat up!

1/4 cup finely diced fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
5 cups mixed baby lettuces
3 cups quartered fresh strawberries
1 avocado, sliced
3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts

Stir together diced strawberries, shallot, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Let stand 15 minutes. Slightly mash with a whisk. Whisk in oil and tarragon; reserve 2 tablespoons of the dressing mixture.

Add lettuces and quartered strawberries to dressing mixture; toss to combine. Transfer to a platter or individual plates; top with avocado slices and pine nuts. Drizzle with reserved dressing.

We thank www.cookinglight.com for this delicious recipe.

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Nash’s greens with creamy horseradish dressing

1 bunch lettuce
1 bunch arugula
1 bunch spinach
1/4 cup strawberries, cleaned and sliced thinly

Clean the greens and chop to your liking. Place in a bowl, add the berries and top with dressing.

Dressing
2 tablespoons minced, peeled, fresh ginger
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
1 bunch Nash’s garlic scapes, minced
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
1/4 cup grape seed oil
2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh horseradish

In a blender combine all the ingredients except for grape seed oil. With the blender
running on low, add grape seed oil until it all starts to emulsify. For more of a kick add more horseradish.

We thank Nash’s Farm Chef Karolina Tracz for this recipe.

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Mixed Slaw & Warm Ginger Dressing

Salad
1/2 head red cabbage, cored and shredded
1/2 pound Brussels sprouts, shredded
2 kale leaves, de-stemmed and finely sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
10 sprigs parsley, chopped
1 fennel bulb, halved, cored, and shaved thin
1 Bosc pear, cored and thinly sliced
1/3 cup sunflower seeds

Dressing
2” piece ginger, peeled and minced
Juice of 1 lemon
2-3 tablespoons raw honey
Pinch cayenne
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients. Set aside.

In a small saute pan, add all dressing ingredients and cook until warm and fragrant (2-3 minutes), stirring frequently. Remove from heat and pour directly onto salad. Toss salad to distribute dressing evenly.

We thank chef Annie McHale of Port Angeles for this recipe.

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Creamy Kale Salad

Nash's Red Kale, 2 bunches1 ripe avocado, halved, seed removed
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
3 tablespoons walnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 bunch kale (8 ounces), stemmed and coarsely chopped
1 small red beet, peeled and thinly sliced
1 sweet, crisp apple, cored and cut into thin wedges
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

Combine avocado, vinegar, mustard and oil in a food processor. Pulse until smooth (it will be thick). Season with salt and pepper. Combine kale, beets, apple and walnuts in a large bowl. Toss with avocado dressing and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

We thank Whole Living, January/February 2011 edition, for this recipe.

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Green Goddess Dressing

lettuce in the field

This dressing is super on green salads, but also on wraps and anywhere else that could use some tasty green sauce.

3/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1/2 cup green onions (white and green parts)
1/2 cup fresh basil
1 clove garlic, crushed or minced (just make sure it gets chopped when you puree it with the blender!)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt

Puree all ingredients together in a blender. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 4 or 5 days. Shake before each use.

We thank 100daysofrealfood.com for this recipe.

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Spicy Miso Cabbage Salad

green cabbages

1 medium-sized cabbage (red, green, or mix), finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
A few drops sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon brown miso paste
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup peanuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup scallions or chives, finely chopped

Toss the finely chopped cabbage and salt in a large bowl. Place something heavy like a pot (any size that will fit into the bowl) on top of the cabbage and leave for a couple of hours.

Combine the olive oil, sesame oil, rice vinegar, brown miso paste, and red pepper flakes in a small jar and beat with a fork until combined. The miso takes some time to fully dissolve. You can add water to thin to any consistency desired. Taste the dressing and make necessary adjustments before adding to the salad (keep in mind that the cabbage has been salted).

Once the cabbage has wilted a little, toss with the miso dressing and scallions or chives and serve or cover and place in the fridge. It will get better as it marinates. Sprinkle the peanuts on top before serving.

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Rainbow Carrot Raisin Salad

Rainbow carrots bunched

Look for bunches of purple and orange carrots at farmer’s markets just before Halloween — the perfect ingredient for a super-spooky salad!

Salad Base
3-4 medium rainbow carrots (2 cups shredded)
1/2 cup raisins
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Dressing
2 tablespoons yogurt
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 clove garlic
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Salt to taste
Water to thin

Shred the carrots and mix with chopped parsley and raisins. Mix the dressing ingredients in small bowl, adding water to thin, if needed. Taste and adjust lemon and salt ratio, if necessary. Mix with salad until evenly coated but not drenched.

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Tuscan Kale Salad

Lacinato kale4-6 cups lacinato (Tuscan) kale, midribs removed, thinly sliced, and loosely packed
Juice of 1 lemon
3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, mashed
Salt & pepper, to taste
Hot red pepper flakes to taste
2/3 cup grated Pecorino Toscano (or Asiago, Parmesan, or Romano) cheese
1/2 cup freshly made bread crumbs from lightly toasted bread

Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, hot red pepper flakes. Pour over kale in serving bowl and toss well. Add two-thirds of the cheese and toss again. Let kale sit for at least 5 minutes. Add bread crumbs, toss again, and top with remaining cheese.

Recipe from www.drweil.com.

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Tangy Parsley Grain Salad

curly parsley and Italian parsley

This is a great way to use up leftover grains and give them new life!

3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 clove garlic, grated
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup grain, cooked and cold, such as basmati rice or Nash’s wheat berries or barley
5 cups Italian parsley with tender stems, roughly chopped
1 cup almonds, toasted and roughly chopped
1/2 cup sweet onion such as Walla Walla, finely diced
Zest of 1 lemon
Dashes hot paprika for garnish (optional)

Make the dressing right in the serving bowl. Combine the lemon juice, mustard, honey, pepper, salt and garlic in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Slowly add the olive oil, whisking until emulsified.

Reheat the rice until steaming. Add the parsley to the dressing and toss to combine. Add the rice, almonds, onions and lemon zest, and toss well. Serve garnished with a couple dashes of hot paprika if desired.

We thank FoodNetwork.com for this recipe.

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Creamy Cucumber Salad

cucumber slices1/2 cup plain yogurt
Juice of 1 lemon, about 2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish (optional)
1–2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt to taste
4–6 cucumbers, lemon or standard (about 1 pound), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise

In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, dill, and garlic. Season with salt and whisk well with fork to combine.

Add cucumbers and toss to coat. Garnish with more dill if desired. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Best if eaten within a few hours.

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