ASIAN CHICKEN CHOPPED SALAD

ASIAN CHICKEN CHOPPED SALAD

2 chicken breasts

MARINADE
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, sliced
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped

  • In a large bowl, combine marinade ingredients.
  • Add chicken into the bowl, coat the chicken, and marinate for 30 minutes in the fridge.
  • Fully cook chicken and cut into cubes.

VINAIGRETTE
¼ cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated ginger

  • In a mason jar, combine ingredients for the dressing.
  • Shake and set aside.

SALAD
2 romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cup red cabbage
½ cup carrots, grated
¼ cup green onions, chopped
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
¼ cup almond slices
¼ cup fried wonton chips

  • Add all of the salad ingredients into a large bowl and add the cubed chicken and dressing.
  • Toss and enjoy!

NOTES: Get creative and add in ANYTHING you’d like; tomatoes,diced celery, red onions, hard boiled eggs, mandarin oranges…

SALMON TERIYAKI and SALT & VINEGAR CUCUMBERS

SALMON TERIYAKI adapted from JET TILA

SAUCE
2 ounces sake
3 ounces mirin
4 ounces Bragg’s liquid aminos
3 tablespoons (45 grams) sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch combined with 1 tablespoon water

  • Mix all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat; whisking 1 to 2 minutes until the sugar dissolves and the sauce bubbles and thickens slightly.
  • Set it aside to use on the salmon and store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

SALMON
2 pounds salmon filets, deboned and scaled
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons avocado oil
3 scallions, sliced on the bias, for garnish
Steamed white rice, for serving

  • Pat the fish dry with a paper towel, cut into four 3-inch pieces, and season it with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Once you start to see white smoke, lay the fish flesh-side down in the skillet. Move the fish around constantly while cooking to keep it from sticking. When the fish is medium, 4 to 6 minutes, turn with a spatula only once.
  • Cook the other side for another minute.
  • Add the teriyaki sauce to the pan and reduce the heat to low. The sauce will begin to simmer and reduce.
  • Tilt the pan around a few times and turn the fish until it’s well coated with the sauce.
  • Serve with rice on the side. 

This quick and easy salad is essentially just a big ol’ bowl of quick-pickled cucumbers, which is exactly why it’s so tasty. It makes a fresh, crunchy and acidic side to any main dish. Assemble it the night before and it will be even more perfect.

SALT & VINEGAR CUCUMBERS

1/4 cup rice wine or white vinegar
2 tablespoons avocado oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons flaky sea salt, plus more as needed
FRESH ground black pepper
4 medium cucumbers
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill 


  • Place the vinegar, oil, sugar, salt, and a few grinds of pepper in a large bowl and whisk to combine. 
Slice the cucumbers into 1/8-inch-thick rounds.
  • Place them in the bowl, add the dill, and toss to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Taste and season to taste with more salt and pepper as needed before serving.

CREAMED EGG SALAD

CREAMED EGG SALAD
6 eggs, hard boiled and cooled
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish, drained

  • Mix cream cheese and sour cream together until smooth.
  • Add sugar, onion powder, salt and pepper, mixing until well blended.
  • Grate hard boiled eggs with a cheese grater into the mixing bowl.
  • Add pickle relish.
  • Serve on croissants.

SMASHED CUCUMBER SALAD

SMASHED CUCUMBER SALAD adapted from Molly Yeh

Evidently smashing cucumbers is quite common in Asia. Oddly it provides a deliciously rustic presentation and releases the excess moisture.

2 LARGE English cucumbers
2 LARGE green onions, sliced thin
FRESH ground sea salt and tri-color pepper
2 tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos
2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red chile flakes
Toasted sesame seeds and fresh cilantro, for garnish

  • Peel strips down each cucumber and cut off ends.
  • Place the cucumbers in a resealable plastic bag.
  • Seal and use the palm of your hand to lightly smash the cucumbers.
  • Take the cucumbers out of the bag and cut into 1-inch chunks.
  • Add to a bowl and season to taste with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Toss to coat.
  • Combine the liquid aminos, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar and chile flakes in a medium bowl.
  • Whisk well to dissolve the sugar. 
  • Add the cucumber chunks and green onions, toss to coat.
  • Garnish with the toasted sesame seeds and cilantro.

NOTE: The recipe does NOT call for tomatoes, but I had a few that I threw in for color 😀

TACO BOWLS

I LOVE this recipe because there is an actual saladness to it and no tortillas are needed. It is as refreshing as it is filling and hearty.

TACO BOWLS serves 4
1 pound ground beef
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounce can diced green chiles, drained but reserved
1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
1/2 cup mini pepper rings
4 LARGE radishes, sliced thin
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
6 cups shredded cabbages and carrots
1-2 LARGE avocados, sliced
1 LARGE lemon, juiced
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
FRESH chopped cilantro, to taste
1 cup sour cream
1-1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
salsa (optional)

  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add garlic and pepper rings, cooking and stirring 5-7 minutes until it begins to brown.
  • Add beef, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, green chiles and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally until beef is cooked through.
  • Whisk together the lemon juice and reserved green chile liquid.
  • Arrange FRESH ingredients in bowls.
  • Drizzle with lemon juice mixture.
  • Sprinkle generously with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Divide the shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream to each bowl.
  • Add a large scoop of the meat to each bowl, garnish with cilantro and serve immediately.

PULLED CHICKEN SANDWICHES & CARROT BROCCOLI SLAW

This couldn’t be a simpler recipe if you tried.

PULLED CHICKEN SANDWICHES & CARROT BROCCOLI SLAW
2 cups torn rotisserie chicken pieces
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
OR
2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce (I used a Cherry Chipotle)

  • Whisk together the vinegar, water, sugar and red pepper flakes in a saucepan over HIGH heat, simmering 8-10 minutes until reduced by half.
  • Stir in chicken and cook several minutes until warmed through.

OR

  • Bring YOUR FAVORITE BBQ sauce to a SLOW simmer.
  • Add chicken, stirring to coat all the pieces.
  • Simmer 5-10 minutes until heated through.
  • Serve on buns with FRESH corn on the cob.

CARROT SLAW
1 1/2 cups shredded matchstick carrots
1/2 cup broccoli matchstick pieces
1/4 cup bread and butter pickles, chopped
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or juice from the pickles
1/2 cup sour cream
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Whisk together the sour cream, vinegar or brine, salt and pepper.
  • Toss carrots and broccoli pieces together with dressing.
  • Chill several hours before serving.

FARMHOUSE CHOPPED SALAD

FARMHOUSE CHOPPED SALAD serves 6

12 ounces bacon, chopped

  • Cook bacon over medium heat until crispy.
  • Drain on paper toweling.

DRESSING
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup FRESH parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons FRESH chives, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream and buttermilk together until smooth.
  • Fold in the parsley, chives, garlic, FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.

1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 bunch green onions, THINLY sliced
1 cup carrot matchsticks
2 cups shredded sharp white or yellow cheddar cheese
2-3 cups grilled or rotisserie chicken pieces (see note)

  • In a large bowl toss together the lettuce, green onions, carrots, tomatoes, 3/4 of the bacon pieces, chicken pieces and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese.
  • Add dressing, tossing to coat.
  • Garnish with remaining cheese and bacon.

NOTE:

  • I like to make this salad the same day I go to Costco.  I pick up a rotisserie chicken from their deli and it’s the perfect time to pick the chicken from the bone, make a salad and make FRESH chicken stock from the carcass.
  • I sometimes add chopped avocado or even radishes.

FRESH updated COLE SLAW

FRESH updated COLE SLAW
1/2 small head red cabbage, thinly sliced or shredded
1/2 small head green cabbage, thinly sliced or shredded
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup chopped snap peas
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 shallot halved and sliced thin**
1 LARGE watermelon radish, sliced thin
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
1 cup golden raisins (optional)
1 cup mayonnaise
3-4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3-4 tablespoons sugar
Fresh ground salt and pepper, to taste

  • Whisk together the mayonnaise, salt, pepper, vinegar and sugar until well blended.
  • In a large bowl toss together the cabbages,  carrots, parsley, shallot (onion), radish pieces and snap peas.
  • Pour mayonnaise mixture over cabbage mixture, sprinkle with caraway seeds and toss until well coated.
  • Fold in raisins if using.
  • Adjust salt, pepper, sugar and vinegar to your personal tastes.
  • Cover and chill several hours before serving.

NOTE: Green onions or thin slices of red onion make GREAT substitutes for the shallot.

BRUSSELS SPROUT SALAD with BACON VINAIGRETTE

BRUSSELS SPROUT SALAD with BACON VINAIGRETTE
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos
1 teaspoon sugar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 shallot, halved and sliced thin
8 slices bacon, diced
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, roots trimmed, halved and sliced thin
2 cups shredded red cabbage
1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

  • Whisk together vinegars, liquid aminos, sugar, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Add shallot slices and cover tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Microwave for 1 minute until steaming.
  • Stir making sure shallot are submerged.
  • Recover and let cool 15 minutes.

 

  • While vinegar mixture is cooling cook bacon until rendered and crisp.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in shallot mixture, stirring well.
  • Add Brussels sprouts, red cabbage and green onions, tossing and cooking 2 minutes until well coated.
  • Transfer to a large salad bowl and sprinkle with cheese and almonds, gently tossing again.
  • Season to taste with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.

SALTED WATERMELON SALSA SALAD

SALTED WATERMELON SALSA SALAD
4 cups diced watermelon
3 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 SMALL jalapeno, seeded and minced
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/2 cup small diced red onion
1+ teaspoon sea salt, to taste

  • Combine everything but the watermelon and toss to mix well.
  • Gently fold in watermelon.
  • Chill and enjoy!

PINEAPPLE STRAWBERRY SALSA

PINEAPPLE STRAWBERRY SALSA
1 pineapple, sliced, grilled and chopped
1/2 cup small diced red onion
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
2 quarts strawberries, cleaned and chopped

  • Toss everything in a salad bowl.
  • Chill several hours before serving.

VIETNAMESE CUCUMBER SALAD

VIETNAMESE CUCUMBER SALAD
2 pounds Persian or Japanese cucumbers, semi-peeled (stripes) and thinly sliced*
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 small bunch green onions, sliced thin
1 large stalk celery, diced small
1/2 cup cilantro, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped peanuts (OPTIONAL)
1/4 cup avocado oil
Juice of 2 lemons
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1 teaspoon sugar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Whisk together the oil, lemon juice, vinegar, liquid aminos, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, toss the cucumbers, celery, jalapeno, green onions and cilantro.
  • Pour marinade over greens and toss well.
  • Add peanuts and toss again.
  • Serve and enjoy!