Forget everything you think when you hear the words “taco” and “salad.” If the old taco salad is a greasy taco in the guise of a salad, this one is a saladin a taco. There are no deep-fried tortillas in this recipe. There aren’t even cooked ingredients. Because sometimes I want a taco without cooking. This taco salad is light, fresh, and cool. It will be a hit on hot summer days and nights, and can even be packed for the beach or picnic.
Inspired by my recent travels to Thailand, here is a recipe for the classic dish, larb, a sort of ground meat salad. I had versions made with pork, beef, and duck and one was better than the next. Here is a basic recipe for larb that I serve in lettuce as a makeshift lettuce wrap but feel free to make it more spicy, sour, sweet, or funky to fit your tastes.
When Alex and Joann told us about their oh-so-perfect summer lunch in Provence, we were green with envy and we were totally in love with the sound of that tapenade. So, we set out to make our own and we kept it simple with garlic, lemon, olives, and lots of olive oil and thyme. It's a dream paired with goat cheese on a crusty baguette but, deliciousness aside, we're still jealous of the girls' trip to Provence!
My friend Delilah has taught me a lot. She's taught me that a train cocktail is a must when taking the Amtrak surfliner for our weekend Baja California trips. She's taught me that is perfectly fine to steal your neighbors loquats if it's to make jam that you'll then give to said neighbor. And she's taught me about the magic that are these falafel.
I'm a creature of habit and when it comes to eating that means I eat anything put in front of me while traveling and then I eat SUPER clean when I'm home in Los Angeles. For at least 5 days after a big trip, I'll cut out all alcohol, caffeine, dairy, and refined sugars. It's not so much a cleanse...
Whoever first came up with the feta watermelon situation qualifies as a genius in our book because it's simple yet brilliant. And, while we don't know who that person is, we know they were on to something good. This recipe takes that watermelon salad combo and raises it a notch with the addition of mint, pistachios, and a pomegranate molasses-balsamic drizzle.
So, a lot of people think of Southern California and think all we eat are smoothies, juices, and salads. These days there's much more going on in SoCal when it comes to food but, it's true, we'll always go for a good smoothie. One of my favorite places to get a smoothie is at Backyard Bowls where everything is fresh and flavorful but never too sweet. I like the Tropical Ginger Smoothie so much that I decided to make my own version here!
I'm of the belief that there is little more comforting that a well-made deli sandwich. In an effort to make a healthy sandwich to take on the go, I dreamed up this farm fresh take on a classic deli sandwich: veggies whipped goat cheese, toasted multigrain bread, roasted sweet potatoes, and a drizzle of tahini for that extra bit of decadence.
As a full-on California girl, I'm partial to other things Californian: like Green Goddess dressing. It has been around since the 1920s but became all but obsolete. Every Spring, I bring it back but with a few tweaks: making it vegan by adding in avocado in place of mayonnaise and packing it with as many herbs as possible.
The minute the new season arrives, we head to the Hollywood Farmers Marketand stock up on seasonal produce like it's going out of style. Almost every Spring we make a different version of the same Spring salad with some combo of asparagus, sweet peas, and herbs—this year I'm pairing it with a sweet, tangy Poppy Seed dressing.
My last trip to the Middle East found me stuffing my face with loads of hummus, pita, and knafeh. By the time I got home, I needed to reset my diet but still wanted some of my favorite flavors of the region and the result was this Tahini Carrot soup.