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Spring Kale Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Inspired by the beloved Cobb salad, this kale salad has everything spring has to offer.

Makes 8-10 servings

4 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced
2 bunches kale (Tuscan and/or curly)
½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
½ cup thinly sliced radishes
½ cup peas
½ cup sliced green onions
½ cup quality mayonnaise
⅓ cup sour cream
¼ cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves
¼ cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 anchovy fillet
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F.…

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Spinach and Feta Orzo Salad

This zesty, make-ahead spring salad is simple to prepare and bursting with flavor.

Makes 10-12 servings

1 pound orzo pasta
1 cup slivered almonds
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 ounces baby spinach, chopped
6 ounces (about 1½ cups) feta cheese, crumbled
1½ tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

Cook the orzo in a large pot of salted water (it should taste slightly like the sea) until tender but firm; about 8 minutes.…

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Roasted Beet and Fennel Salad

This beet salad uses winter citrus to create a transition into spring. Sweet roasted beets, fennel and orange come together with a savory and lightly sweet white-wine vinaigrette.

Makes 8 servings

8 medium-sized beets
1 shallot, peeled
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium-sized fennel bulb, sliced thinly
2 oranges, segmented
2 cups arugula

Preheat oven to 425°F.…

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Cucumber, Watermelon and Feta Salad

from A Summer Concert Picnic

This refreshing salad highlights the bounty of summer with a sweet-and-savory flair.

MAKES 4 TO 6 SERVING

4 cups cubed watermelon
1½ cups peeled, quartered and sliced cucumber
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons chopped basil
1 tablespoon chopped mint
½ teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

In a large bowl, toss to combine all ingredients.…

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Black Pepper-Balsamic Strawberries

Strawberries are spring’s candy. They’re perfect, bare in a bowl. For a change, add tawny, tangy balsamic vinegar and a touch of freshly ground pepper to complement their sweetness.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

2 pounds strawberries, halved
3 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons fresh ground black pepper

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until combined.…

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CHOPPED ROASTED BROCCOLI SALAD

Makes 4 servings

1 head broccoli, florets removed
2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for serving
Sea salt and pepper
4 ounces feta
2 green onions
Small handful mint
Small handful flat-leaf parsley
¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
¼ cup Zante currants
Red pepper flakes (if you like a little heat)
Red wine vinegar
Balsamic vinegar

Preheat the oven to 425°F.…

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Spring Salad

Makes 4 servings

3 slices prosciutto, such as San Daniele
1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
3 ounces spring salad mix
Handful of torn mint leaves
Sea salt and cracked pepper
Champagne Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
Parmesan, for serving

Tear the ham into small pieces, about 2 inches, and put them in a hot ungreased skillet over medium-high heat.…

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Orange Chicken Salad

Makes 4 servings

1-inch knob ginger, grated
3 cloves of garlic, minced
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup honey
Juice and zest of 2 oranges
1 pound chicken thighs
1 pound Brussels sprouts, sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt and pepper
4 blood oranges
Orange Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
4 handfuls arugula
Feta cheese crumbles

Make the marinade by combining the first 5 ingredients in a bowl and whisking until combined.…

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BEETS, FIVE WAYS

Beets can be so much more than part of the ubiquitous spinach-and-goat-cheese salad that they’ve become synonymous with in the last few years. Here’s what I like to make with them.


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BEET HUMMUS

Wrap a large beet in aluminum foil and roast it in a 400°F oven until cooked through.…

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Minty Grapefruit Salad

Makes 8 servings

Average cost for one recipe: $2.82

3 large or 4 small grapefruit
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons finely chopped mint

Cut away grapefruit peel and white part. Then cut each grapefruit segment from the membranes. Place grapefruit segments in a serving dish.…

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