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10 Crowd-Pleasing Salads to Kick Off Summer

It’s salad season! Picnics, barbecues, and al fresco meals are great opportunities to create something fresh and inviting.  We just returned from a weekend away at family camp where I was blessed to have someone else take care of all our family’s meals for a few days.  The food at camp was made well too.  Feta cheese even made an appearance in the pasta salad, which is quite a … Continue reading 10 Crowd-Pleasing Salads to Kick Off Summer

7 Recipes for Lentil Lovers

I fell in love with lentils long before I moved north to prairie lands covered with lentil fields.  My first memory of eating them was in my aunt’s red lentil soup.  I love a good lentil soup (and still make her recipe), but in the years to follow, I began to discover the versatility of these remarkable legumes and started to enjoy them beyond the soup bowl. Lentil … Continue reading 7 Recipes for Lentil Lovers

Tuna and White Bean Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

Tuna and White Bean Salad with Tahini and Avocado

For the month of January, I’ve been sharing a new salad recipe every weekend.  Honestly, I could not pick a favourite!  Each one is different, yet simple enough to pull together quickly from pantry ingredients (plus a bit of fresh produce).  Here are the other three, which are well worth trying if you haven’t yet: Pesto-Dressed Three Bean Salad Sesame Black Bean Salad Glass Noodle … Continue reading Tuna and White Bean Salad with Tahini and Avocado

Glass Noodle Salad with Cucumber and Sesame

Asian salads, with their tangy, light dressings and refreshing vegetables are nearly impossible for me to resist. I could eat one every day.  Here on Swirls and Spice I’ve shared several of my favourite salads, including Sesame Orange Napa Cabbage Salad and last week’s Sesame Black Bean Salad. This latest recipe is ultra light, thanks to the potato starch noodles which are filling but low in calories and carbohydrates. … Continue reading Glass Noodle Salad with Cucumber and Sesame

Sesame Black Bean Salad

Sesame Black Bean Salad

Sesame and ginger-infused dressing breathes new life into this black bean salad, taking it in a deliciously different direction. Dive into the flavours of Asia with a salad that can serve as both side dish and healthy lunch. The versatility of bean salads also means that they can be enjoyed in many ways–in pitas, on crostini, as well as plain on a plate.  I also … Continue reading Sesame Black Bean Salad

Pesto-Dressed Three Bean Salad| Swirls and Spice

Pesto-Dressed Three Bean Salad

Three Bean Salad is one of the easiest salads ever!  It comes together in just minutes.   All you need are cooked beans plus a few dressing ingredients swiftly mixed.  Voila!  Flavourful herbs and filling ingredients create a marvelous side dish or lighter lunch.  We enjoyed this salad right away, but the leftover portion was even better on the second day after the rich pesto flavours had … Continue reading Pesto-Dressed Three Bean Salad