Sesame Tuna Salad with Sriracha-Leek Vinaigrette

It’s been a goal of mine for awhile to start making more dishes with tuna. I never ate much fish when I was younger, and by the time I began to love it, tuna was always on the back burner. Sure it’s usually in sushi (which I LOVE and need to try making myself), but I have just finally realized the beauty of a perfectly seared, medium rare tuna steak.

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Fennel & Pear Salad with Goji Berry Vinaigrette

Simplicity is key. But complexity is intriguing. I would say this salad incorporates both of these elements. And the result?…a beautiful winter salad that’s easy to make, yet leaves you wanting more with each bite.

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Kale Slaw with Cranberry Vinaigrette & Fried Goat Cheese

When I first started making cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, I became addicted to it. It’s such a simple process (I basically just make a cranberry jam), and it tastes good on everything around the holidays. It’s sweet but tart and has the deliciously deep taste of cranberry. So I’m always trying to incorporate it into other dishes instead of just eating it as a turkey condiment. And since I like to sweeten a lot of my vinaigrettes with honey, I thought why not use a little cranberry sauce instead.

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Roasted Beet Salad with Black Garlic & Orange Vinaigrette

What makes or breaks a salad for me is the dressing. It sets the overall tone of every bite. Toppings are important, too, but you may only get a couple bites of each throughout the course of enjoying your salad. The dressing coats every single bite, giving the lettuce its much needed flavor boost. That’s why when coming up with this salad recipe, I gave extra attention to the dressing, a black garlic & orange vinaigrette.

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Grilled Romaine with Bacon Vinaigrette

Salads are always a lot of fun to play around with and see what you create. Lettuce is the perfect vehicle to add absolutely whatever you want to it. I usually keep salads light, adding lots of fresh vegetables, herbs, and maybe some sort of protein. I took a slightly different approach when coming up with this salad, making it as indulgent as possible. And trust me, it was worth it.

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