Health Ninja’s Tempeh & Grilled Peach Salad #SaladFest2013

Kudos to Ksenija of Health Ninja for coming up with this uber-awesome recipe that we can’t wait to try!  This amazing flavor combination makes for a super satisfying summer salad.

I  like this recipe especially since it is so versatile. I had variations of this dish for avataryem1lunch several times last week and brought another one to the office today. 

I use butternut squash instead of the peach if I crave a more savory salad. Or fresh berries, which are growing all over the neighborhood at the moment.

I also hand picked the blackberries which I used for the pesto.

Cilantro is my favorite herb, thus this pesto quickly became my favorite salad dressing. I also love to use it with grain-based salads like rice or quinoa bowls.

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Tempeh Grilled Peach Salad w/ Blackberry Cilantro Pesto
Servings: 1
Time: 10 minutes

  • 4-5 slices of tempeh
  • 1/2 peach, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Green salad leaves (arugula and spinach are recommended)
  • 1 tablespoon cashews
  • Dash of sea salt

Blackberry Cilantro Pesto

  • 1/4 cup blackberries
  • Handful of cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Dash of sea salt

Directions

Heat a pan with coconut oil. Place your tempeh and peach slices in the heated oil. Give them a quick stir to coat evenly. Put a lid on top and let them fry on medium heat, while turning from time to time.

Make the pesto by removing the cilantro stalks and combine all of the pesto ingredients in a blender. Mix for 30 seconds and use as it is, or add water to your liking to achieve a more dressing-like consistency. You could also use mortar and pestle to make this.

Mix the green leaves, cashews and sea salt in a bowl. You could also add some fresh cilantro leaves to enhance the flavor. Top them off with your fried peach and tempeh slices.

Pour the blackberry cilantro pesto on top and serve.

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Ksenija R, health blogger, recipe developer and marketing student from Germany, is the voice behind Health Ninja, a healthy living blog she started in July 2011. The blog is an outlet for her passion for healthy cooking, fitness and wellness. Her idea of healthy living is based on a common sense approach. She is a firm believer that connecting with your body’s signs and doing what feels right for it will lead to health and happiness.

Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest to stay connected

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Holli Thompson’s Quinoa & Bean Salad with Mango #SaladFest2013

Quinoa looks and tastes like a grain, but actually a seed that’s easy to make, readily holli_square_1500digestible, and high in protein. It’s a great option if you’re looking for plant-based protein sources.

With this combination of protein, fiber, and vegetables, this salad can be delicious lunch as well as a side dish.

This is my favorite recipe to bring to summer pot-lucks, and I love it for fall tail-gates too.

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Quinoa & Bean Salad with Mango
Servings: 6-8
Time: 10 minutes

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 15 ounces cooked black beans
  • 1 mango, peeled and cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, seed and diced
  • 1 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro (I have made this with and without, your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 2 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • Sea salt, to taste

Directions
Fold everything together in a large bowl.

Allow salad to sit in the refrigerator for a few hours, if you can, so the flavors meld together.

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Holli Thompson, CHHC, CNHP is the founder of Nutritional Style and www.hollithompson.com.  Holli appears on CBS, ABC and FX networks as a nutrition and food expert, and speaks to national organizations, including the American Heart Association and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Holli writes a weekly blog, and is featured in The Daily Love.  She’s been profiled in More Magazine, Well&GoodNYC, Camille Styles, and was USA Today’s choice for an Age-Proof Beauty.  She is co-author of the book “Optimism!” and is currently writing her own book to be published in early 2014.

Holli offers individual and group coaching by telephone or Skype. Connect in with her on Twitter, @nutrition, Facebook @Holli Thompson, Pinterest @Holli Thompson, or Instagram @HolliThompson 

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Save the Kales’ Chickpea Strawberry Summer Salad #SaladFest2013

by Jaime K, founder of Save the Kales!

This salad was born from one of those days when you’re almost out of groceries and picture-31need to eat lunch, resulting in a raid of the fridge and pantry. Isn’t that how the best meals are created?

I took a basic chickpea salad and added some in-season fruit for more bulk, and the combination of bright lemon, earthy chickpeas and sweet strawberries has made this salad a weekly staple in my home. And it’s a simple, everyone-friendly dish to take to summer picnics and BBQ’s.

Bean and fresh herb salads have become some of my favorite easy, inexpensive healthy recipes.

I don’t think you can go wrong with nearly any combination, and can turn them into warm dishes in cooler months. Take a peek at my Greens and Beans dish, with roasted collards and tomatoes and cannellini beans.

[Ed. Note: Watch Jaime cook this recipe on the TV show Steelstacks Live! right HERE.]

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Chickpea Strawberry Summer Salad
Servings: 6-8
Time: 5 minutes

  • 2 cans of chickpeas (or about 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • Extra virgin olive oil, enough to coat salad lightly
  • About 1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch scallions/green onions, chopped
  • 1.5 tablespoons dried mint
  • Juice of 2 medium lemons
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Directions

Add the chickpeas and strawberries to a mixing bowl. Coat lightly in olive oil. Add remaining ingredients and mix. DONE! EASY!

You can garnish with some whole strawberries or parsley sprigs to make it look extra beautiful.

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Jaime K is the host of Save the Kales!, a vegan cooking and lifestyle TV show airing in Eastern Pennsylvania (and coming soon to the West Coast). Her award-winning blog, Save the Kales!, inspires readers through self-reflection, creativity, vegan cooking, community activism, and an optimistic perspective. In addition, Jaime is a freelance writer and Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach living in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with her rescued animals, boyfriend, and ever-growing book collection.

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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}

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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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Official Kick-Off for #SaladFest2013

It’s summer, which to us, means 3 things:

  1. Non-stop music and food festivals
  2. Any excuse to get to the beach
  3. Light and delicious meals

To celebrate the sweltering heat we are bringing you…

#SaladFest2013: 21 days of Summer Salads that Satisfy

Each day for 3 weeks we will be posting a new salad recipe from someone in the Cooking Camp family.  Get to know them.  Get inspired.  And GET COOKING!

We also want to hear from YOU!  One lucky reader will have their favorite salad recipe featured on the blog!  Send us your best; it could be a green salad, fruit salad, chicken salad, bean salad….anything!  Just be creative.

And be sure to keep track of the fun with…

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 Here’s how to follow along AND enter your very own salad recipe

1. Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.

2. Submit your summer salad recipe using either of these options:

a) Post a recipe on your blog and Tweet or FB the link at us using the hashtag #SaladFest2013.  An example – after creating your own blog post you could tweet out, “Just posted my summer salad recipe for the @Cooking_Camp girls! I would love to be featured for #SaladFest2013!”

b) Don’t have a blog?  Email us your recipe and Tweet or FB using the hashtag #SaladFest2013 to let everyone know you’ve entered. For instance, ” I just emailed my famous chicken salad recipe to the @Cooking_Camp girls.  Retweet this to see it on their site #SaladFest2013″

3. The lucky tastemaker who makes the most noise about #SaladFest2013 will have their Summer Salad recipe featured on our site.  

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