Category Archives: Side Dish

Cilantro Lime Southwest Black Bean Salad

Cilantro Lime Southwest Black Bean Salad by Alison's AllspiceA simple salad is always a go-to meal at my house.  Quality ingredients is always the key because quality can turn simple into outstanding!  I make a lot of lunch salads that never make it onto the blog because I don’t take time to take pictures before work in the mornings.  I made this cilantro lime southwest black bean salad for a grill out this past weekend, and it was a hit!   Continue reading

Honey Dijon Summer Garden Potato Salad

Honey Dijon Summer Garden Potato Salad by Alison's AllspiceOne of the best parts about summer is all the picnics and backyard barbecues!  A gathering of friends, family and good food is hard to beat.  If you’re looking for a simple and delicious recipe to share, look no further.  This honey dijon summer garden potato salad is gluten free, paleo and easily vegan.  It will work for just about any crowd! Continue reading

Lentil Salad with Asparagus and Radish

Lentil Salad with Asparagus and Radish by Alison's Allspice
I really love asparagus.  I think it is the seasonality of it, the fact that it grows for a short time and then it’s gone for the season.  Growing up, I ate farm fresh picked asparagus and now I refuse to buy it from the store; it just doesn’t taste the same.  I love asparagus so much that I created an Asparagus Mini-Series last year that I am challenging myself to continue!  Today I am sharing Lentil salad with Asparagus and Radish for the first Asparagus Mini-Series of 2017! Continue reading

Simple Mediterranean Kale Salad with Golden Balsamic Vinaigrette

Simple Mediterranean Kale Salad By Alison's AllspiceIf you have followed the blog for very long, you might know by now that I eat soups during the winter, and salads during the summer.  I don’t post as many of my salad recipes because I tend to make them quickly when I don’t have time for anything else, including a photo session.  This spring and summer, I am hoping to change that, bringing you lots more fresh salads!  Today I am sharing my simple Mediterranean kale salad. Continue reading

Red Cabbage Feta and Candied Almond Slaw

Red cabbage feta and candied almond slawYes, that is right.  We are making slaw with cheese and nuts today.  This red cabbage feta and candied almond slaw is almost more like a salad.  It has a sharp and savory vinaigrette like a salad, but the red cabbage really eats more like a slaw.  Whether you think it should be called a slaw or a salad is up to you.  Once you try this recipe, you will be hooked!  Continue reading

Beer Battered String Bean Fries

Beer Battered String Bean FriesLast week I was poking around on my pinterest account finding and sharing ideas for recipes.  I came across a recipe for crunchy green bean fries that were coated in panko bread crumbs.  In the past, I have tried something similar with asparagus, and it’s not so easy.  Panko does not stick well to skinny vegetables, but it sticks very well to your fingers!  When I picked up my CSA this week and saw that I had string beans to use, I just knew I had to try and make a fantastic fries recipe!  The seasoning is just right on these beer battered string bean fries! Continue reading

Smoked Jalapenos in Carolina Mop Sauce

Smoked Jalapenos in Carolina Mop SauceIf you have been a reader for very long, you have probably picked up on the fact that I love to eat smoked foods.  Which is sort-of different for someone that doesn’t eat meat (besides fish anyway).  I put this smoked tofu recipe into lots of dishes.  I love smoked trout, and use it in everything from salads, dip, sushi, and savory pancakes.  Well, here is another food I like to put on the smoker.  Smoked Jalapenos in Carolina Mop Sauce will blow your socks off! Continue reading

Garlic Lemon Roasted Broccoli

Garlic Lemon Roasted Broccoli

In my quest to eat healthy foods, I have realized how important a healthy and delicious vegetable side dish can be.  Side salads were once a favorite of mine, with a quick homemade vinaigrette.  However, most lettuces don’t have the nutrition and fiber content that we look for in vegetables.  Chopped salads with lots of veggies are time consuming for a simple side.  This garlic lemon roasted broccoli dish is simple, delicious, and healthy! Continue reading

Quick Frijoles Negros (Black Beans)

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I am an obsessive meal planner.  For most people, meal planning is a chore, something you don’t like to do.  For me, it’s the opposite.  Dreaming up recipes to use up ingredients, and finding recipes that overlap in ingredients is like a scavenger hunt.  I look forward to my weekly meal planning time. Continue reading

Dijon Thyme Roasted Cabbage

Dijon Thyme Roasted Cabbage
Cabbage is still in season, and going on sale in preparation for St. Patricks Day.  Cabbage is enjoyed in America over St. Patties day because it was inexpensive for Irish immigrants to purchase.  Because it doesn’t cost much, it is a staple in my kitchen all winter long. Cabbage lasts for a long time in the fridge, it is versatile, and so healthy! This Dijon thyme roasted cabbage is an easy side to put together for quick dinners. Continue reading