Fresh Spring Salads

Fresh Spring Salads

 

 

Spring time is here! Some of my favorite fresh vegetables and herbs are showing up in the farmer’s markets and grocery stores everywhere. Artichokes, asparagus, tomatoes and spring peas, all fresh from the farm.

These five salads showcase some of these vegetables, and are perfect both for serving along with grilled foods or as a meal in themselves.

 

Shaved Purple Asparagus Salad with Kumquat Dressing

Shaved Purple Asparagus Salad with Kumquat Dressing

 

Orzo Salad with Fava Bean, Artichoke Hearts and Tomatoes

Orzo Salad with Fava Beans, Artichoke Hearts and Tomatoes

 

Green and Purple Pea Salad with Yuzu Dressing | Black Girl Chef's Whites

Green and Purple Fresh Pea Salad with Yuzu Dressing

 

Black Eyed Pea Salad | Black Girl Chef's Whites

Black Eyed Pea Salad with Orzo

 

Rotisserie Chicken Makeovers | Rotisserie Chicken, Heriloom Tomato and Feta Salad

Chicken, Tomato and Feta Salad

Pickled Shishito Peppers

Pickled Shishito Peppers

 

Pickled peppers are eaten across the world.  Preserving foods in vinegar is an ancient practice. What is new is the sharing of so many types of regional peppers across the globe. Jamaican peppers in New York, Thai  peppers in Amsterdam and Japanese peppers in California are a few examples.

Pickled peppers have always been in my refrigerator, even in childhood. My mom would use the vinegar as a seasoning on cooked collard greens. It gave them a nice tart kick and is something I still do to this day.

I’ve begun growing my own peppers, and at one point was inundated by a lot of fresh peppers.  I had always wanted to teach myself to can and preserve freshly grown produce like my grandma Ruby in Ohio did. What better way to start learning then to pickle my peppers?

 

Shishito Peppers | Black Girl Chef's Whites

Shishito peppers are a Japanese pepper that is popping up on more restaurant menus in America. Often served whole and roasted, the shishito pepper is a flavorful and fairly mild pepper, although sometimes a hot one will sneak into the batch!

 

Pickled Shishito Peppers

 

Pickled Shishito Peppers
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound red or green Shishito peppers, washed and sliced crosswise into rings
  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup black peppercorns
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Coriander seed
Instructions
  1. Place the pepper rings into clean pint or quart size canning jars.
  2. In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the vinegar, water garlic, peppercorns, salt, sugar and coriander seeds to a boil.
  3. Lower the heat to medium high, and let the brine boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour the hot brine over the peppers, seal the jars and let cool to room temperature.
  5. Once the peppers have cooled place them in the refrigerator.
  6. Let the peppers sit for a week to let the flavors meld.

 

Tasty Vegetarian Options for Easter Dinner

Goat’s Milk Asparagus-Tarragon Quiche | Black Girl Chef's Whites

Easter dinner means many things to many people. Roasted leg of lamb, a nice glazed ham, maybe a brisket. All great choices, unless you are a vegetarian or have one in your family.

This Goat Milk Asparagus-Tarragon Quiche is so satisfying and rich, so absolutely delicious, that everyone will love it. Whether vegetarian, carnivore or omnivore.

For a few more appetizing and delectable vegetarian ideas for your Easter dinner, please click here to read Vegetarian Entrees for Easter on Mom.me.

Healthy Salads to Start 2015 Off Right

What was your New Year’s resolution this year? To stop drinking, to lose weight or maybe to remember to fill the bird feeder. My resolution is the same every year. My resolution is to not make a resolution. Which is contradictory. . . oh well.

But if you are one of the resolution making population, here are a few really delectable salad recipes to start 2015 off right.  They are all chock full of veggies and fruits. Some have legumes or grains. All are delicious.

 

 

Ramen Salad with Roasted Eggplant and Shishito Peppers | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Ramen Salad with Roasted Eggplant and Shishito Pepper

 

Green and Purple Pea Salad with Yuzu Dressing | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Green and Purple Fresh Pea Salad with Yuzu Dressing

 

Black Eyed Pea Salad | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Black Eyed Pea Salad with Orzo

 

Lentils and Crunchy Greens with Sour Cream-Tarragon Dressing | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Lentils and Crunchy Greens with Sour Cream-Tarragon Dressing

 

Avocado, Mandarin Orange and Jicama Salad with Key Lime Dressing | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Avocado, Mandarin Orange and Jicama Salad with Key Lime Dressing

 

Tri-Color Quinoa Salad

 

Tri-Color Quinoa Salad

 

Organic Persimmon, Red Bartlett Pear and Pomegranate Salad
Organic Persimmon, Red Bartlett Pear and Pomegranate Salad

 

Organic Persimmon, Red Bartlett Pear and Pomegranate Salad

 

Cucumber, Chickpea and Feta Salad | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Cucumber, Chickpea, Tomato and Feta Salad

 

Lentil and Chevre Salad with Thyme Roasted Tomatoes | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Lentil and Chevre Salad with Thyme Roasted Tomatoes

 

Roasted Vegetable Salad
Roasted Vegetable Salad

 

Roasted Vegetable Salad

 

 

 

 

Purple and White Baked Sweet Potatoes

Purple and White Baked Sweet Potatoes | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Now that Thanksgiving is over it is time to start planning your Christmas menu! Well not really, but it doesn’t hurt to save ideas when you see them.  I’ve started a board on Pinterest for Christmas with recipes and crafts I like.  This is the perfect recipe to pin!

Not only is this a visual stunner, it tastes really good too. I used Okinawa sweet potatoes, which are a beautiful magenta/purple color. The color is a striking contrast to white sweet potatoes, thought the flavors are similar.

 

 

You can find these gorgeous purple potatoes in many grocery and specialty stores. Or, you can order them from Melissa’s Produce.

To learn more about these delicious and nutritious sweet potatoes, and get the recipe visit  Mom.me

 

 

Purple and White Baked Sweet Potatoes | Black Girl Chef's Whites