Tomato and Cucumber Salad

I like to make this dish when tomatoes and cucumbers are in season (they taste so much better). We have them in such bounty that I am constantly looking for ways to add them to my recipes. I decided to use lemon balsamic vinegar instead of regular balsamic this time around and I thought it…

Summer Lentil Salad (French Lentils, Cucumber, Tomato & Herbs)

All summer long I have been creating different types of summer salads–figuring out how many ways I can use zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, etc… This recipe is a variation of another lentil salad that I created. I changed it up by adding local, seasonal cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh herbs. Salads can be quite diverse and when adding…

White Bean Summer Salad

This is a variation of my Garden Bean Salad recipe. Ingredients 2 (15-ounce) cans white (navy or northern) beans, rinsed and drained 2 medium-size cucumbers, diced (remove seeds, if large and tough) 2 fresh tomatoes, diced ¼ cup chopped spring (baby) onions or scallions 2 tablespoons capers 5 tablespoons lemon balsamic vinegar (one of ME’s bulk…

Cajun Quinoa Salad with Seasonal Veggies

Another quinoa salad recipe! As the price of quinoa has gone down, I am again inspired to use this nutritious ingredient. At Mother Earth’s we have quite a wonderful selection of bulk spices. I tend to use the same seasonings over and over again, so I figured it was time to add some new spices to…

Lemon-Mint Quinoa Salad (Minty Quinoa Salad)

The Spring season inspires me to create dishes that feel “springy”.  Lemons are cleansing and refreshing; mint and cucumbers are cooling. Quinoa is a wonderful ingredient–and is on sale this month at Mother Earth’s, so I decided to use this as well.  I tested it out at work recently and the customers seemed to really enjoy it….

Avocado Salad with Tomatoes & Cucumbers

Avocados are so nutritious and versatile. To stretch the avocados, I add cucumbers and tomatoes to this recipe. This is another one of my season-inspired creations. Since we have tomatoes and cucumbers in such abundance, I find ways to add them to my dishes. This recipe tastes similar to guacamole, but it’s not mashed. Ingredients 4…