Category Archives: Salad

Sweet Potato Black Bean Cilantro Salad

Sweet Potato Black Bean Cilantro Salad by Alison's AllspiceOne ingredient I always keep in my fridge for easy nutritious meals is sweet potato.  I like to dice them into small pieces and either roast in the oven, or fry in a skillet.  They can stand alone as a side, or be tossed into salads, soups, stews and bowls.  This sweet potato black bean cilantro salad is my favorite way to use sweet potatoes. Black beans add plenty of protein to help you stay full, and cilantro adds plenty of fresh, bright flavor!  Eat a large serving as a main dish, or a small serving as a side. Continue reading

Holiday Butternut Pecan Salad with Berry Vinaigrette

Holiday Butternut Pecan Salad with Berry Vinaigrette by Alison's AllspiceIn early September, I visited a small Italian cafe for lunch.  They had a pumpkin ravioli and butternut squash salad on special that I tried and loved!  The salad came topped with cold ravioli, and a mixed berry vinaigrette on the side.  I loved all the fall flavors, and the colors reminded me of the holidays.  This months recipe redux theme was to create “naturally-colored/naturally-dyed holiday fare.”  When I recreated this holiday butternut pecan salad with berry vinaigrette, I knew it was perfect for the redux! Continue reading

Quick Edamame Corn Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Quick Edamame Corn Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette by Alison's AllspiceDisclosure: “I received free samples of Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

Do you ever find yourself in need of a light meal or side dish for a gathering, and you need it in a hurry?  I make this quick edamame corn salad with apple cider vinaigrette regularly because it comes together so quickly.  It’s also really convenient because the ingredients are easy to keep on hand for those oh-shoot moments when you realize you forgot all about your sister’s cookout! Continue reading

Broccoli Salad with Creamy Lemon Caper Dressing

Broccoli Salad with Creamy Lemon Caper Dressing by Alison's AllspiceHappy 4th of July friends!  Today I am bringing you a cool, creamy and healthy salad to help you celebrate the holiday.  If you don’t already have a go-to simple salad recipe to bring to cookouts and gatherings, I highly recommend that you try this broccoli salad with creamy lemon caper dressing.  It is easy to put together with relatively few ingredients.   The creamy dressing is super indulgent, while the salad ingredients are healthy and wholesome! Continue reading

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

Balsamic Asparagus Barley Bowl

Balsamic Asparagus Barley Bowl for twoAbout a month a ago, I started my Asparagus Mini Series, where I highlighted recipes using asparagus.   Asparagus is my favorite spring-time vegetable that I only get when it is locally available.  Asparagus is sooooo much better when it is fresh!  This balsamic asparagus barley bowl recipe was developed shortly after I completed the mini series, but was still worthy of sharing before next spring! Continue reading