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soba noodles with peanut dressing

Soba Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

A simple dressing of olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice with just a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes works best in this quinoa salad, both complementing quinoa's flavors while not oversaturating its delicate texture. // alexandracooks.com

Quinoa with Walnuts, Radishes & Spring Onions

What to do with those Radishes …

The Best Croutons and How Best to Eat Them

Just when you think you have nothing to serve for dinner, toasted breadcrumbs along with a few pantry items — garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and anchovies — come to the rescue, working together to produce an unbelievably tasty dinner. This is pantry cooking at its finest — quick, easy, delicious. // alexandracooks.com

Pasta with Crispy Bread Crumbs, Anchovies, and Garlic

This pomegranate salad recipe comes from the book Turquoise by Greg and Lucy Malouf, which my aunt introduced to the family last winter when she served this stunning salad at a dinner party. The myriad textures and sweet-salty-hot dressing make this salad irresistible. // alexandracooks.com

Green Olive, Walnut & Pomegranate Salad; Thanksgiving Day Recap

It's dishes such as this that make me understand (almost) how people can be vegetarian. In In this slow-cooked kale, kale is blanched first, roughly chopped and then sautéed over low heat for thirty minutes in olive oil with onions, garlic, rosemary and chile de árbol. It's almost black and slightly crispy when finished. It is sweet and addictive. // alexandracooks.com

Suzanne Goin’s Slow-Cooked Kale ( & Stuffing)

Grilled Chicken Caesar Kale Salad & Piadines, sort of

This farro salad, a combination of roasted corn, fresh-squeezed lime juice, cilantro, minced chili peppers and diced peppers and onions, has become a weekly staple. If you strategize by chopping the vegetables and herbs while the corn is roasting and the farro is simmering, this salad can come together in just about 20 minutes. It yields a lot, thanks to all of the add-ins, and tastes better with each passing day. // alexandracooks.com

Julia Child Notecards + Farro Salad with Roasted Corn, Red peppers & Red Onions

If you're in the market for a mandoline, I highly recommend the Benriner, but I would sleep better knowing you purchased a pair of kevlar gloves along with it. And if you have room for another gadget, the Benriner turning slicer does in fact have a place in the kitchen -- for certain vegetables it is a much safer and better tool to use than a mandoline, and if you're at all frightened by the idea of using a mandoline, the turning slicer might be the way to go. // alexandracooks.com

Benriner Mandoline & Turning Slicer, Kevlar Gloves

Addictive Kale Caesar Salad with Brioche Croutons

Could anything be more satisfying than this simple lunch this time of year? Homemade ricotta, Olin-Fox Farms CSA tomatoes, and grilled bread. Yum Yum Yum! // alexandracooks.com

Lunch: Tomatoes, Ricotta, Grilled Bread

Who knew making blue cheese dressing from scratch was so easy? Quickly blitz buttermilk, sour cream, sherry vinegar and crumbly aged blue cheese in the blender and ta-da you'll have delectable homemade blue cheese dressing before your eyes. // alexandracooks.com

Classic Blue Cheese Dressing (or Dip!)

A simple way to spruce up a salad — add sauteed corn. // alexandracooks.com

Sautéed Corn + an End of Summer Salad

Beet salad on a plate.

Salt-Roasted (or Steam-Roasted) Beets with Goat Cheese & Toasted Walnuts

In Honor of Top Chef: Padma’s Salad with Rancho Gordo Beans & Bäco Flatbreads

Alice Waters’s Baked Goat Cheese Salad

At Zuni, these eggs fried in breadcrumbs appear on the Sunday lunch menu accompanied by house-made sausage or bacon, but Zuni's chef-owner Judy Rodgers likes these crunchy eggs for dinner with a salad of bitter greens. I couldn't agree more. // alexandracooks.com

Zuni Cafe’s Fried Eggs In Bread Crumbs

Prosciutto, Endive & Shaved Manchego Salad with Tarragon-Shallot Vinaigrette

Honey buttermilk rolls.

Honey-Buttermilk Dinner Rolls, Poached Pears & Aunt Vicki’s Salad Dressing

While not the simplest recipe to whip up — this recipe calls for blanching first, then deep-frying — these candied pecans are the crunchiest and most delicious I've ever tasted. // alexandracooks.com

The Best Candied Pecans, Delicious on Salad

Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella

Melon & Cucumber Salad

summer squash salad

Raw Summer Squash Salad with Lemon, Pecorino, and Herbs