Antioxidant rich all RED salad with lemony dressing is a delicious lunch or dinner side.

Red Salad with Lemony Vinaigrette

Antioxidant rich RED salad with lemony dressing is delicious lunch!Are you using Yummly? Have you heard of it? It’s a new recipe collection site and it’s a great way to save recipes you find on the web, kind of like an online recipe box. What I especially love is that Yummly is just for recipes and it provides the nutrition information (i.e. calories, etc) for each recipe, as well as other data. You can get really organized by creating categories, or you can just “yum” recipes as you browse online.

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Now let’s talk about this delicious red salad. As you know, I love my salad. Salad is probably what I talk about the most here on the blog!

Antioxidant rich all RED salad with lemony dressing is a delicious lunch or dinner side.

I created this antioxidant-rich, super flavorful Red Salad for my Inspired Vegetarian column over at Healthy Aperture. Healthy Aperture is the first and only dietitian-curated gallery of food blogs. If you’re on the hunt for gorgeous food that is also healthy, check out Healthy Aperture. There are tons of healthy recipes you can add to your Yummly recipe box over there!

Antioxidant rich all RED salad with lemony dressing is a delicious lunch or dinner side.

In my post I go into great detail about why this salad is so good for you and what makes all the ingredients red, so head over there to read it. You will find the recipe there or by clicking here.

Asian Style Potato Salad -- mayo free and healthy!

Zesty Asian Style Potato Salad

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Asian Style Potato Salad using Soy Ginger Tessemae Salad Dressing

Salad dressing is a huge part of my life; it’s something I consume almost every day. Over the years I’ve become pretty good at whipping up a quick and tasty dressing at home, but I also like to have a few delicious store-bought brands on hand. This is not an easy task. Decent store-bought salad dressing is hard to find. What I look for is pretty simple. It’s what I recommend to my private clients, Nourish participants, and now to you: read the ingredient list and ask yourself, would I use these same ingredients at home? Sounds easy enough, right? Ha, not so fast.

The problem is that many so-called “natural” brands don’t even use olive oil, much less cold-pressed olive oil, which for me is a salad dressing must-have. Most of the larger, less expensive brands contain ingredients I would never use at home: corn starch and corn syrup, MSG, soybean oil, and artificial colors like red 40. It’s frustrating, to say the least. The good news is that there are quality salad dressings out there, you just have to find them.

When Tessemae’s asked me to review their salad dressing, I was intrigued and just a little pessimistic. Before saying yes, I did my due diligence. I went online and checked out the company and the ingredients. Much to my surprise I discovered that these folks are actually the real deal!

Tessemae Salad Dressing Starter Kit

Tessemae’s is a local Washington, DC area company. It was founded by the son of a health-conscious Annapolis mom named Tesse. Tesse used this very same salad dressing throughout their childhood in order to get her family to eat their vegetables. I just love this story. It’s great to support a family-run business that is passionate about offering a better choice for consumers.

So what did I make with Tessemae’s salad dressing? I had a bag of red potatoes that needed cooking so I decided to go with something different. This Asian style potato salad came out absolutely delicious (and took less than 10 minutes to make from start to finish).

Asian Style Potato Salad using Soy Ginger Tessemae Salad Dressing

Tessemae’s sent me a few bottles of dressing to test and I really liked them all, they taste very much like homemade. But what I love most is the ingredients…everything I would find in my own kitchen: quality olive oil, fresh lemon, real vinegar, herbs and spices — and no corn syrup!

soy ginger Tessemae salad dressing

For this potato salad I used the Ginger Soy dressing. I absolutely LOVE the lemon garlic dressing, too. I could have gone with either one!

Asian Style Potato Salad using Soy Ginger Tessemae Salad Dressing

I have to tell you how awesome this potato salad is! My husband ate the entire bowl standing at the kitchen sink. The soy ginger dressing is the perfect Asian flavor — super refreshing and a little unexpected.

Oh, and here’s a little tip: when storing the salad dressing in the fridge, it may turn cloudy. This is totally normal. To loosen it up, just place the bottle in a warm cup of water and let it sit while your chopping up your salad veggies (about 3 – 5 minutes). Once it’s loosened up a bit you’re set to shake it up and pour on your dish!

Zesty Asian Style Potato Salad

Zesty Asian Style Potato Salad


  • 2 cups small red potatoes, chopped
  • 2-3 Tbsp Tessemae's Soy Ginger Dressing
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup diced English cucumber
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 big handfuls microgreens or sprouts
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • Sea salt


  1. Boil potatoes in salted water until just tender. Let cool. Slice into bite-sized pieces. In a large bowl add the potatoes, cucumbers, scallions, cranberries, greens, and almonds. Toss gently with dressing. Season with salt, to taste. Serve cold!

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Asian Style Potato Salad

Easy to make and delicious to eat this rice salad is the perfect summertime meal! Light, refreshing and super versatile! #salad #cleaneating @danielleomar

Summer Rice Salad

Easy to make and delicious to eat this rice salad is the perfect summertime meal! Light, refreshing and super versatile! #salad #cleaneating @danielleomarMy husband looks forward to this salad every summer. It’s one of those dishes I don’t make any other time of the year and is kind of a guilty pleasure. It sounds like a bizarre combination…imitation lobster (or crab) meat and rice tossed with sour cream and grapes?? And yes, I realize that imitation crab meat is not the cleanest food on the planet, but this salad is one of those stand in front of the fridge with a fork and pile it into your mouth salads. At least it is at our house.

summer rice salad via @danielleomar

We first had a taste of this rice salad at a friend’s barbecue a few years ago. His wife was from Russia and she told us this was her version of a salad she grew up eating. To make it a bit healthier, she replaced what should have been mayonnaise with the sour cream and added the baby spinach. It was surprisingly delicious and we have been making our own version of it ever since!

Easy to make and delicious to eat, this rice salad is light, refreshing and super versatile! #salad #cleaneating @danielleomar

This summer rice salad satisfies a few of the characteristics I look for in a recipe:

It’s fresh and light, yet keeps me full: the veggies and fruit keep it refreshing and light; the rice and protein gives it staying power

It’s super easy to whip up: once you cook up the rice it’s assembly making at best; simply chop up the ingredients and throw them in a bowl!

It’s versatile: I used grapes for the fruit and imitation lobster for the protein, but you could use mandarin oranges and shrimp (or real crab meat!) for the protein

I hope you’ll try this simple and unique rice salad for your next barbecue or outdoor eating event!

Here’s how I made it:

Summer Rice Salad

Summer Rice Salad


  • 1 cup fresh grilled corn, chilled
  • 1 1/2 cups imitation lobster/crab meat or shrimp, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 2 big handfuls spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup grapes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (I used Cabot Sour Cream)
  • 1 cup cooked white rice (I used Basmati), chilled


  1. Cook the rice according to package instructions and let cool. In a large bowl, combine the rice, corn, imitation crab, sliced grapes and chopped spinach. Season with a pinch of salt. Stir in the sour cream and mix until well combined. Serve cold.

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