Browsing Category : Salads

Muffuletta Pasta Salad | Mountain Cravings

Muffuletta Pasta Salad

Pasta salad with no mayo, no mustard, and less pasta than meats & cheeses – this is not your usual picnic salad! Taking all the fillings of a good N’awlins muffuletta sandwich and tossing them with pasta is a guaranteed favorite that’s always on request in our house. We’re not quite in picnic weather, but this is perfect to pack…

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Chicken Cranberry Apple Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing | Mountain Cravings

Chicken Cranberry Apple Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

I’ve hit the mid-January superfood slump. My rah-rah enthusiasm for kale has been almost completely replaced with dreams of gooey cheese dips. (Queso fundido, I’m seriously looking at you.) When I get in these moods I have to switch up my lunches so I don’t cave.  I love crisp, tart fruits so this salad doubles down by pairing fresh cranberries with green…

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Green Goodness Quinoa Salad | Mountain Cravings

Green Goodness Quinoa Salad

Anyone else still dragging from a major sugar coma? All of us? Yep. (Every year, I buy candy I don’t like so I won’t eat it. Every year, I eat it anyway.) Let’s atone with a salad that tastes too good to be called a salad. This green magic came together as I was looking for a non-salsa use for delicious tomatillos…

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Thai Beef Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce | Mountain Cravings

Thai Beef Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Friends, this SAUCE. ♡ Soy-garlic-lime-peanutty goodness with a big kick of fresh ginger is my new favorite! Spice it up or down as much as you want with red pepper flakes, sweeten it a little with a sprinkle of brown sugar – I was literally licking the spoon. And then dipping the spoon right back in for another. The rest of the…

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Grilled Honey-Ginger Grapefruit

Ginger + honey + grapefruit might be my new favorite flavor for summer! Sweet local honey mellows out the tartness of the citrus, but it’s the freshly grated ginger that really shines. Cooking grapefruit pulls out the most gorgeous, vibrant colors for a beautiful breakfast to start your day. Broiled grapefruit has been an internet favorite for years, but I’m avoiding turning…

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Mexican Street Corn Salad

Friends, if you only make one thing this weekend, let it be this. I am utterly obsessed with this tangy-spicy-salty salad, like gone-in-24-hours-all-by-myself obsessed, and I want to share this happiness. Ever had elotes? Grilled corn-on-the-cob slathered with creamy chili-lime sauce and salty cotija cheese, Mexican street food of our dreams? We’re making esquites, the off-the-cob version. Less messy to eat, even easier…

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Chipotle-Lime Cabbage Fish Tacos

Fish tacos are summertime-perfect, easy and cravable without being too heavy for a hot evening on the porch. We’re making a super-simple cabbage slaw and an even easier sauce and sticking the fish in the oven because nobody wants to stand over a hot stove. Pour yourself a margarita, sit back, and congratulate yourself on getting the best fish tacos…

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Roasted Corn Farmhouse Salad

This is a riff on a farmer’s salad from a local catering company here in Denver. Every time leftovers showed up after a customer meeting at our office, people rush to the cafe and scrape the bottom of the bowl with enthusiasm usually reserved for pizza. The first time I saw this I was pretty skeptical. Roasted corn is fine,…

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Shrimp Vietnamese Salad

This salad is all about color and texture! Time to bring in the full rainbow of crunchy veggies and top it off with chewy rice noodles and tangy-salty-sweet vinaigrette. Just three steps here: Chop veggies. Saute shrimp. Shake up that dressing and drizzle drizzle drizzle. Okay, and the most important step: heap into a giant bowl and DEVOUR.

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Farro Grain Salad

Let’s keep it simple today: hearty grains, colorful veggies, and a light toss with super-basic dressing. Yes please. Farro Grain Salad is a good wintertime side when produce isn’t at its peak and it’s still brisk out. I love that you can take it to a friend’s house and it’s good to go – no warming up, doesn’t need to…

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