Fattoush with Fried Halloumi Cheese

Fattoush! Have you ever heard of or eaten fattoush? It’s a Lebanese salad typically consisting of lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, radishes, fried pita and plenty of herbs.  I think of this salad as a version of panzanella, or Italian bread salad, with it’s fried or baked pita. The primary spice use in fattoush is sumac. Sumac has…

Vegan Sushi Salad

Sushi is one of my favourite options when we go out to eat. I enjoy choosing restaurants or entrees that are exotic or difficult to make at home. Sushi is one of those things! To make it at home requires a fair bit of preparation and specialized tools or ingredients. That being said, I love…

Salmon Quinoa Cakes

These delicious protein-packed salmon-quinoa cakes are a cinch to make. Canned wild salmon, pre-cooked quinoa and a few additional ingredients come together to create a flavourful cake that boasts major nutritional value. Protein, fibre, omega-3 fats, the list goes on. These cakes are also quite versatile- see below for my pairing of salmon quinoa cakes…

Roasted Winter Panzanella Salad

Sweet, bitter, spicy and tangy- these flavours come together to make this salad an unforgettable one! You won’t find fresh garden tomatoes and basil in this panzanella- it’s inspired by winter, featuring seasonal vegetables like fennel, carrots and red onions. This salad features a variety of textures and temperatures too- a playground for the senses!…

Farro & Chickpea Salad with Blood Orange, Fennel and Mint

How gorgeous are blood oranges? Their deep red colour and berry-like flavour are a welcomed addition to any plate in the middle of a grey and cold winter. This salad is so fresh and vibrant, it will have you forgetting it’s only February! The crisp and clean flavour of the fennel certainly contributes to this…

Rainbow Salad with Crispy Lentils and Green Tahini

Eat the rainbow! Not only do colourful dishes look beautiful, they are also incredible for your health. I even turned the tahini green with the addition of fresh parsley and basil in the dressing. This vibrant salad full of crunchy, creamy, sweet, savoury and spicy goodness will keep you coming back for more! The crispy,…

Beet Cobb Salad with Creamy Hemp-Dill Ranch Dressing

Is anyone out there beet-obsessed? If there is one food I just can’t control myself around, it’s beets (and beet greens!)- pans of roasted beets are known to disappear quickly in my house. They are, without a doubt, a can’t-live-without favourite! The striking crimson of the beet was used to create these beautiful beet-pickled eggs….

Nectarine, Avocado and Lentil Salad

How beautiful are these colours? I’m always amazed by the beauty of fresh fruits and vegetables. I think it’s so important to pay attention to food- notice the colours, the textures, the smells, and of course, the tastes! I think it’s too easy to eat mindlessly these days- and I’m certainly guilty of it myself…

Wheatberry Beet Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

This salad is inspired by a recent trip to the farmers’ market where I picked out some fresh, local beets (my #1) and arugula. I did not have a recipe in mind for these ingredients, but after some pondering and a quick peek in the fridge and pantry, it came to me. I had some…

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Crispy Lentils and Yogurt Pesto

I’ve made roasted chickpeas many times….and today I decided to experiment with roasted lentils! Success!  Such a great crispy salad topper! Ingredients:  2 large handfuls baby spinach Feta, to serve Sprinkle of hemp hearts For the roasted veggies: 2 sweet potatoes (I used purple ones!), scrubbed clean and cut into wedges 1 head cauliflower (I…