Parsley Oil

My friend Peter Paniccia spoils me silly with fresh vegetables from his organic garden. When he brings me parsley, he doesn’t bring it in bunches – he brings it in bushels!!

Here is a wonderful recipe for parsley oil from Yottam Ottolenghi, which can be used as a dip, a sauce, a condiment and pretty much goes with anything. I put it in sandwiches, roast veggies with it, use it in salads, pastas and so on.

It keeps for a few weeks in the fridge but once you start eating it – don’t expect it to last quite that long.




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Zaalouk Salad (Eggplant) at La Maison Arabe

Zaalouk is a scrumptious cooked salad made with eggplants. It is one of my favorite salad dishes in Moroccan cuisine and I was thrilled when we learned how to make it at my cooking class at La Maison Arabe in Marrakech.

Zaalouk is most delicious when eaten with warm, crispy slices bread (Khubz). Zaalouk keeps for many days in the refrigerator, tasting better as time goes by. In fact it is recommended that you make this salad a day ahead.



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New Potatoes with Indian Style Spicy Sesame Dressing

Here is a spicy Indian take on potato salad. This wonderful recipe combines the earthiness of sesame with the pungent tastes of lime and mustard oil.


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Baraboa Mas huni ( Pumpkin) : A Recipe from Six Senses Laamu, Maldives

Mas huni is a Maldivian breakfast food. It is like a salad with simple seasonings of onions and shredded coconut and can be eaten with roshi.

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Bulgur and Lentil Salad with Parsley


I love the combination of bulgur and lentils! One of my favorite dishes is Mujadara (to be blogged as soon as my friend Rula gives me the recipe!)

In the meanwhile here is a really healthy and delicious salad recipe that I find myself making a lot of lately.


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Easy Pomelo Salad


Pomelo is one of our family’s favorite fruits.

It is a fabulous version of a large grapefruit that is very common in Thailand. It can be eaten in many ways but the most common ways are to eat it just as a fruit or make a salad with it.

I find that Pomelo is quite abundantly available in the fall season here in New York. I see it everywhere from the local Asian supermarkets to Costco.

This is a really simple salad I make with Pomelo.
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Sometimes I get vegetables that look like this in my CSA box.

Many times these vegetables just sit at the back of my fridge until I toss them into a soup stock. This past week I decided to brave a salad with this celery root and I ended up loving what I created.

This is a really simple, super healthy, nonfat salad. I love the tangy flavor that the lemon and vinegar add. Enjoy




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My sister in law Sonal has given me the cookbook of a lifetime!

The book is called Plenty  by Yotam Ottolenghi, a renowned chef and author who writes a weekly vegetarian column in London’s weekly  Guardian newspaper. Ottolenghi owns “haute couture” food shops in London, which are well known for innovative dishes, that are made using the best of ingredients.

This is a spectacular dish I recently made for a luncheon, which ended up being a favorite with adults and the kids alike.

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Quinoa is my new best friend!

This delicious grain is actually a seed that has been cultivated in South America for over 6000 years.

It is very high is protein and many other nutrients. It is a great replacement for rice and other high carbohydrate grains.

Here is a great recipe I tried from the December 2010 issue of Cooking Light Magazine.

I served it on our Thanksgiving table this year and it was a huge hit.

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Chiva-Som’s Yam Yai – Traditional Thai Salad

At Chiva-Som, which is a fabulous health and wellness spa in Thailand, they have perfected the art of Spa cuisine. Everyday at the lunch buffet, some version of Yam Yai which is a traditional Thai salad, was available.

There are many ways of changing up this salad by using different vegetables in it or different dressings. I have given the recipe for an alternative  dressing below though the fat-free fresh house dressing  they make at Chiva-Som is really outstanding.

I’ve also given a recipe for a papaya salad, if you choose to add fresh green grated papaya to the vegetables in this salad.


Serves 2


½ cup carrots shredded

½ cup turnip or daikon shredded

½ cucumber shredded

5 tablespoons of Chinese celery (finely chopped – optional)

1 spring onion

½ onion finely sliced

½ tomato de-seeded and sliced

2 tablespoons of chopped roasted almonds

Fat-free House Dressing:

4 garlic cloves

¾ of a red bell pepper

2 coriander roots

1 cup rice vinegar

½ cup honey

7-8 cloves of pickled garlic ( you can buy this at an Asian grocery or make it yourself)


  • To make the dressing, place all the ingredients for the dressing in a blender and blend until it is pureed.

  • Set this dressing aside –leftovers can be stored in the fridge for later use too.
  • In a salad bowl, combine all the chopped vegetables
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of dressing and gently toss to mix
  • Garnish with ground roasted almonds and serve.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:

Calories:                       91.8 kcal

Protein:                        2.8 g

Carbohydrate:            13.9g

Fat:                               3.1 g

Soya- Lime Dressing for the Yam Yai

1 tablespoon lime juice

2 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon Thai dressing

  • Mix above ingredients well and use as dressing on Yam Yai

Dressing for Papaya Salad

1 tablespoon lime juice

2 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon honey

Chopped chilies

  • Mix above ingredients well and use as dressing on Yam Yai with grated green papaya.