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Warm Fennel Salad with Pears and Candied Pumpkin Seeds – Recipe

Warm salads are a nice change of pace from the regular run of cool green salads, especially on a chilly evening. In this one, cooking the fennel makes the taste milder and sweeter, so even those folks who don't enjoy the anise flavor may like it.

I'm forever making variations of this candied pumpkin seed garnish. …

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Cucumber and Mango Salad with Sweet Chili Dressing – Recipe

We always have Thai sweet chili sauce around the house. It is more sweet and tangy than spicy, but with just enough kick to add some interest. Sure, you could make it yourself, but the beauty is in having it in your refrigerator for those moments when you need to turn some basic ingredients into dinner …

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Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette – The Simplest and Best Salad Dressing – Recipe

I’ve never understood why people buy salad dressing, when an infinitely more delicious, fresher, healthier homemade vinaigrette is only 30 seconds away.

I make variations of vinaigrette all the time, but today I want to share with you my absolute favorite, the one I return to at least once a week. I use lemon juice instead …

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Young Coconut Salad – Recipe

Young coconuts are very different from the mature brown-husked specimens you may be familiar with. The edible interior flesh is tender, thin and custard-like, with the purest coconut flavor imaginable. Seek them out at Asian markets or in health-food stores that cater to raw foodists. Keep young coconuts refrigerated until just before serving.

I’m not generally a …

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Real Tabbouleh – Recipe

Tabbouleh is one of those dishes that usually loses its identity when it crosses the oceans. In the Middle East, it is an herb salad with a little bit of bulghur wheat for texture. In the United States, it usually becomes a soggy bulghur salad with a sad speck of parsley for garnish. 

The star ingredients …

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Shaved Summer Squash Composed Salad – Recipe

What if you picked the very best things from the last of your garden, or the farmer's market, and just barely manipulated them?

This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy produce at its peak. I thinly shaved the summer squash, cucumber and Parmigiano-Reggiano with a vegetable peeler, quickly blanched the carrots so their texture …

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Compressed Cantaloupe and Cucumber Salad with Shiso Infused Sake – Two Modern Techniques You Can Easily Use in a Home Kitchen – Recipe

Dave Arnold from the French Culinary Institute recently invented a technique for infusing just about anything (herbs, vegetables, chocolate, …) into booze, water or oil, using nothing fancier than a cream whipper. It is a genius idea because it takes two minutes, requires no special culinary talent, and produces beautifully clear, fresh, brightly flavored results.

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