Meadowood Garden Beet Salad

Meadowood Garden Beet Salad

As you know,  I love food and travel, so I am really excited about this new book! Admired for its long tradition of gracious hospitality inspired by local cuisine and culture, Relais & Châteaux presents “The Art of Entertaining,” its first book dedicated to sharing the secrets to crafting outstanding parties and events nuanced to replicate unforgettable experiences at home.  Set for an October 2016 release from Rizzoli New York, the compilation brings to life 17 seasonal parties from Relais & Châteaux members across North America. Each chapter is designed to celebrate the senses in a unique environment with exquisite food and cocktail recipes, creative décor and the thoughtful, creative touches for which Relais & Châteaux is renowned.

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In this gorgeous new book, some of North America’s most renowned chefs and innkeepers share their thoughts, recipes and secrets for successful entertaining at home to inspire readers.

With 85 Relais & Châteaux properties located throughout the U.S., Mexico, Caribbean and Canada, the opportunities to share entertaining tips, tricks and expertise are endless. The themes featured within this first book are hinged on delicious gourmet recipes that can be easily executed. You’ll also new ideas for tablescapes and décor from the beautiful backdrop of the legendary Relais & Châteaux venues.

This Meadowood Garden Beet Salad is one of Meadowood’s favorite dishes during the summer harvest season. The beets can be small heirloom varietals of all colors and stripes (literally). Chef Alejandro Ayala recommends taking some artistic license with the presentation; he cuts the beets into various shapes as well as paper-thin cross sections. The salad is at once both bright and earthy, and the pistachio “soil” is an unexpected, at-home, twist.

DIY Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

I am really into making homemade fresh salad dressings this summer. When I was out of town last month in Cabo, I came home and my husband had planted various hanging fresh herb baskets in our backyard. Needless to say I was beyond excited, and this DIY Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette recipe will be the first of many recipes including fresh herbs in the coming months. This vinaigrette can be drizzled over salads, fish tacos, seafood, pork and chicken. We served it last night over a big mixed salad with grilled shrimp, and it was divine! If you want to grow your own cilantro this summer, it’s super easy. It just needs good sunlight and water almost every day.

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Fresh cilantro is very low in calories, and its green leaves contain  antioxidants, vitamins, and dietary fiber, which may help reduce the “bad” cholesterol levels in the blood. It’s also high in potassium, calcium, folate, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It’s also said to be a detoxifying food.

 

My Favorite New Kale Slaw Recipe

Kale Slaw

I made this Kale Slaw last week, and my husband and kids loved it! Then I had to take a side dish to some friends house to go with dinner on Saturday night so I made it again (they loved it!). All you need is fresh kale, shredded cabbage, lemons, sesame seeds and walnuts, and most of the other ingredients you already have on hand. It’s so easy and fresh! Just one thing: It’s addictive so you may want to double the recipe. It will keep up to 2 days so enjoy!

Kaleidoscope Salad

Kaleidoscope Salad

Spiralizers have become so popular, and they provide a new way to introduce more vegetables into dishes creating healthier recipes. This Kaleidoscope Salad kick-starts your senses with its curly, colorful, ever-changing textures, sweet and savory flavors and delectable crunchy topping. This recipe comes from the new book 150 Best Spiralizer Recipes by Jennifer Williams and Marilyn Haugen and Robert Rose Books.  It’s my latest favorite new book to get some fresh and healthy recipes to make. How does Twisted Thai Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing, Parsnip Spaghetti With Pine Nut Basil Pesto and Spiraled Fruit Tarts Sound? Amazing! In this book there are options for vegetarians, gluten-free diets and low carbohydrate diets, but there are also wonderful meat, poultry and seafood dishes too. Check it out and try one of my favorite recipes below!

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Tip for this salad:

After spiralizing bell peppers, you will need to remove the white flesh and seeds from the strands. Alternatively, you can core the peppers, but they will not hold their shape as well during spiralizing.

The salad topping can be used on a variety of fruit and vegetable dishes. It can be prepared ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Healthy Corn Salad

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Just in time for Father’s Day, July 4th and summer picnics and get-togethers, this Healthy Corn Salad is a combination of some of my favorite ingredients. I always tell my kids that summer corn tastes just like candy. This makes the perfect summer side dish served with chicken, steaks, pork and seafood. Corn is also very healthy as it’s a rich source of vitamins A, B, E and many minerals. Its high fiber content is good for digestion. The antioxidants present in corn act as a anti-carcinogen agents and can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Enjoy all summer long and if you’re making this in the winter, feel free to use frozen corn. Just thaw it, bring to room temperature and proceed with the instructions above.

Grilled Ratatouille Salad

Grilled Ratatouille Salad

Ratatouille is a French side dish located with Mediterranean vegetables. I decided to turn this healthy side into a salad with grilled vegetables and quinoa with this Grilled Ratatouille Salad recipe. This gluten-free and vegan recipe is perfect for a weeknight summer dinner or weekend lunch. I am actually serving this alongside grilled steaks this Memorial Day weekend. It’s three of my favorite things: healthy, flavorful and beautiful!

Thai Salad with Blood Oranges

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Tuesday is World Health Day (April 7th) so how about a recipe for Thai Salad with Blood Oranges? This recipe is super healthy and filled with some of my favorite colorful and flavorful ingredients. If you can’t find blood oranges, feel free to use regular oranges or even fresh strawberries for a twist. If you want to use a fresh Thai Chili instead of red pepper flakes, start slow when adding it to the dressing because they are very spicy. Also, be careful not to touch your eyes after handling the chopped chilis. This salad is also great served with grilled shrimp, steak or chicken, but my kids and I love it on its own. The dressing is fabulous and can be made ahead and stored for up to a week. It uses Colman’s mustard, tons of lime juice and some other wonderful ingredients. Happy spring and World Health Day!

Valentine’s Day Red Salad

 

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I am starting off the week trying to offer up some healthier Valentine’s Day recipes with this Valentine’s Day Red Salad. This is a great starter salad full of amazing flavor contrasts. February is also Women’s Cardiovascular Health Awareness, so this is perfect for heart health with some of my favorite ingredients including grapefruit, orange, beets, fennel and chicory. This healthy combination is ideal for Valentine’s dinner or anytime this season. This recipe is adapted from mother-daughter duo Tracy and Terry Paulding. Paulding & Co. a San Francisco based family owned business who hosts culinary classes and catering. Serve prior to any Valentine entree of your choice and enjoy!

Shredded Kale Salad with Date Puree and Pine Nuts

Shredded Kale Salad with Date Puree & Pine Nuts

Kale has become one of the most popular superfoods and National Kale Day is October 1st. I love innovative fall and winter salad recipes, and this Shredded Kale Salad with Date Puree and Pine Nuts is a beautiful recipe packed with so many nutrients. This recipe, from home and style expert, Svitlana Flom (also the Editor-In-Chief of Art de Fete) is one of my latest favorite kale recipes. Svitlana has an informative website that offers tips and recipes to help women enrich their home entertaining style. Beautiful recipe packed with so many nutrients. Be sure to check it out!

Grilled Corn Salad

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I love summertime salads, and I am so fortunate that my kids do too. I bought some fabulous fresh summer corn at the Farmer’s market last week and decided to make a Grilled Corn Salad.  The corn was so sweet and amazing that when I tossed it with tomatoes, onion and basil it did not even need any specific dressing, lime juice or even salt and pepper. I served it over arugula with a slight drizzle of sherry vinegar and olive oil and it was divine! Don’t forget that corn is so healthy! I often have people asking me isn’t corn fattening and filled with sugar? Actually, one ear of corn has about the same number of calories as an apple and less than one-fourth the sugar. Corn also not only provides the necessary calories for healthy, daily metabolism, but is also a rich source of vitamins A, B, E and many minerals. Its high fiber content ensures that it plays a significant role in the prevention of digestive ailments like constipation and hemorrhoids as well as colorectal cancer. The antioxidants present in corn also act as anti-carcinogenic agents and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Enjoy this month, Labor Day weekend, or for any summertime dinner while corn is in its peak season.