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.

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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.
 

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Sarah Kagan’s Kohlrabi, Carrot & Apple Slaw #SaladFest2013

You know those times when you just want to sit down and eat the whole bowl img_58662of something. It’s that bottomless pit syndrome, that little nagging in your jaw that begs you ‘up down up down’… a case of the ‘noshes’ as I like to call it.

It also comes as no surprise that the desire to eat forever usually strikes when something sweet [dark chocolate, chips, popcorn, and swedish fish to name a few] hits your lips. And while those little red fishes taste oh so good going down, they don’t usually leave you feeling great at the bottom of the bag.

This slaw is my new go-to eat-the-whole-bowl food. You most likely already have all the ingredients in your fridge, and it comes together in minutes leaving you with little time to be distracted by other things [like the bag of Snap Pea chips you bought yesterday].

The kohlrabi satisfies the need for something to crunch on, and the apples and raisins add a natural sweetness. Not a drop of oil in site, this quick slaw is perfect for cravings, hot summer days, lazy afternoons, and any time in between.

sarah kagan slaw

Kohlrabi + Carrot + Apple Slaw
Servings: 4 [unless I’m there.. in which case maybe 1.5]
Time: 15 minutes

  • 3 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 apple, cored and grated
  • ½ kohlrabi, skin removed and sliced thinly
  • ¼ c. raisins
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 t. honey [add more or less depending on the sweetness of your apple]

Directions

Grate the carrots and apple.

Slice the kohlrabi into thin matchsticks, and then cut into little pieces.

Add a handful of raisins. Add lemon juice + drizzle with honey.

Toss well to combine.

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Sarah moved to Brooklyn last fall and currently serves as the Director of Wellness Food Education for Butter Beans Kitchen, where she teaches tiny tots the joys of getting messy in the kitchen. You can follow Sarah’s kitchen chronicles on her blog, www.beyondthebatter.org, or spend some one on one time with the girl behind the batter at a private cooking class or party. From pancakes to tier cakes, Sarah loves all things food related, and she loves sharing her passion with others.

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Cooking Camp’s Fresh Herb Salad #SaladFest2013

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For our inaugural #SaladFest2013 recipe we wanted to keep it simple, fresh and full of flavor so we’re giving you our Fresh Summer Herb Salad.  Anything but the same boring old salad, this soon-to-be summer staple screams, “get me to the beach!” with its mix of aromatic herbs, sweet citrus-y dressing (that’s totally oil-free!) and creamy avocado-goodness.

Build it out anyway you see fit by adding on more fresh veggies or a lean protein.

To us, this salad is like the perfect pair of denim cut-offs:  A summer staple that never goes out of style. {tweet that}

fresh summer herb salad

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Fresh Summer Herb Salad
Servings: 3-4
Time: 10 minutes

  • 1 small head red leaf lettuce (or any salad green of your choice), cleaned and chopped
  • Handful of dandelion greens, chopped
  • ½ small head of radicchio, chopped or sliced
  • ½ bunch of radishes, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup mixed fresh herbs such as parsley, mint, basil, cilantro or dill, roughly chopped
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Splash of tamari
  • Freshly ground black pepper 

Optional add-ins

  • 1 teaspoon seaweed flakes (such as dulse or kelp seaweed flakes)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax meal

Directions

Throw all your greens (or in this case greens and reds!) in a bowl with the radishes and herbs.  Add in avocado, nutritional yeast, lemon, tamari and salt then toss very well to combine.  It’s important to thoroughly mix the nutritional yeast with the wet ingredients in order to bring out it’s creamy, cheesy flavor.

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Hi!  We’re Robyn + Quinn and we’re the founders of healthycookingcamp.com.  Our mission is to take you from totally confused to total connoissuer in your kitchen.  Follow our adventures in food and fun on Twitter and YouTube.

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