Faran Krentcil’s Watermelon Mozzarella Salad #SaladFest2013

I call this the Blair Waldorf Salad, after Leighton Meester’s Gossip imagesGirl character.  I started making it after I had something similar at Cafe Select in New York City, and it was the first time I remember enjoying watermelon.  The balsamic gave it the right amount of tartness, and the basil gave it a good savory edge.

The Cafe Select version was an appetizer, and it was a little tower – a circle of watermelon, a circle of mozzarella, a circle of basil leaves, and balsamic drizzled over the whole thing.  

I broke it down and made it a more casual salad that you can share with friends.

faran salad

Watermelon Mozzarella Balsamic Salad
Servings: 1-2
Time: 10 minutes

  • 2 cups watermelon
  • 1/2 cup buffalo mozzarella
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 handful basil, chopped

Directions

Take 2 cups of diced watermelon.  Place in container with lid. (And old takeout container is fine.)

Soak in lemon juice, and olive oil for a little bit while you chop the mozzarella.
Then add the cheese, balsamic vinegar and shake. Place the salad on a plate and top it with shredded basil.
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Faran Krentcil is a writer and creative consultant in New York City. You can visit her at farankrentcil.tumblr.com, or in Equestria with her friends, the My Little Ponies.
 

Robyn Youkilis’s Detox Quinoa Salad #SaladFest2013

This spring I was lucky enough to host a detox workshop for a group of ladies in RobynYoukilis_HeadshotSanta Monica, California.  I had been playing with a new mint/daikon radish/carrot combination in my own salad bowls and knew I had to share!

So, I present to you without further ado, my creation – The World’s Most Craveable Salad!

Not only is it super satisfying and insanely delicious, it’s a detox salad too! 

Daikon radishes have numerous health benefits like aiding in weight loss and cancer prevention, as well as being an anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial food.  It’s also great for digestion, as well as bone, skin, and respiratory health.  Micro greens also come packed with vital nutrients that add a punch to this salad (check out more info on the benefits of sprouts in my Your Bella Life article).  And let’s not forget how powerful cayenne pepper is with its incredible ability to lower cholesterol, aid in circulation, and help regulate blood pressure.

I hope you love this salad as much as I do.  For a lighter version try swapping out the quinoa for mesclun greens or baby kale.

robyn youkilis most cravable salad

Detox Quinoa Salad
Servings: 2-4
Time: 25 minutes

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 daikon radish, grated
  • 2-4 carrots, grated
  • ½ -1 cup micro greens
  • 1/2 bunch mint leaves, roughly chopped or torn (the best part!)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Handful of raw sunflower seeds
  • Juice of 1 lemon, preferably Meyer
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions

Combine all ingredients and serve!

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Robyn Youkilis, a board certified Health Coach and Healthy Cooking Expert and founder of Your Healthiest You and co-founder of the cooking show, {Healthy} Cooking Camp, was coined by Pure Wow as “the busy ladies health coach”, supporting busy guys and gals on their journey to becoming the healthiest that they can be.

You can find out more about Robyn’s boutique style one-on-one coaching, international speaking services and programs as well as awesome recipes at www.yourhealthiestyou.com.

 

Video: A Peek Inside the HCC Pantry

You’ve been inside our kitchen, but for the first time ever we are taking you behind the cabinet doors and into the HCC pantry.

Come inside and see what we always have on hand, how we keep things organized, what we keep inside that shoe box!