I fully believe one kitchen skill everyone should have is a salad they know how to make without hesitation. Ideally it’s versatile enough that it can go with all sorts of foods and served for all sorts of occasions...like the little black dress of salads!
I wish I knew about this salad so long ago. It's inspired by a salad I found at M Cafe de Chaya that's a bit fancier – with tempeh bacon, beets, and a vegan "Ranch" dressing. But, after spending way more than I should ever be spending on salads, I decided to make my own version.
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!
Sometimes we like to mix it up and go high-low around here, like, say a pinkies-out cocktail party with artisanal cocktails with one of our favorite snacks, popcorn. But then we dress up our popcorn a bit, not too much, like say with sweet-salty kettle flavors and tropical toasted coconut so it's...
Look, sickness happens. And it always seems even more so around the holidays. Some swear by garlic toast, others by gargling salt water, but we're obsessed with electrolyte waters. This recipe is one of the simplest electrolyte waters made with coconut, citrus, and maple syrup.