Chopped Israeli Salad

Chopped Israeli Salad

Summer is young and I can already tell it's going to be a hot one. I'm all skirts and tank tops during the week, and headed to the mountains for cooler air on the weekend. You know that saying "cool as a cucumber?" I think I know why they say that: when it's blazing hot outside, cucumbers are the best thing for cooling you down. 

Actually all of the flavors in this salad will cool you down: heirloom cherry tomatoes, freshly squeezed lemon juice, parsley, and crunchy radishes. 

Chopped Israeli Salad

When I make this salad I like to dice everything up small so that each bite can have a little bit of everything: a bit of cool cucumber, sweet tomato, and herby parsley... you get the picture. Perfect for barbecues, picnics, and really just any lunch in the sun. 

Chopped Israeli Salad

Chopped Israeli Salad

Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free,    |   

Fresh, cooling — just the salad you need this summer.

Serves: 8   |    Total Time:



Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 pint of heirloom cherry tomatoes (regular cherry tomatoes will work as well)
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 5 radishes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Wash the vegetables and dice into 1-centimeter pieces. Toss in a large salad bowl. Mince parsley.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic, lemon juice. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Toss to combine again. Serve.

Coconut, Nut Butter & Honey "Granola" Bars

grain-free nut butter granola bars

Spending time in the car always sounds like such a drag to me--it's hot, you can't move, and long drives are exhausting. That's why our road trips always require three things: good snacks, plenty of water, and a podcast! 

I started this recipe intending for it to be eaten out at the crag (if you're not a rock climber, the "crag" is a place you go to climb), but the long drive to our climbing destination got the best of us: by the time we arrived at our campsite only one bar remained. This was a good sign: my grain-free granola bar experiments had finally paid off!  

grain-free nut butter granola bars

The desert sun is hot so I wanted to make a granola bar I could take camping, climbing, hiking, or pretty much anywhere else it's warm. One that was made using only whole ingredients, and one that wouldn't melt. I'm so happy to not just share this recipe with you, but to make it again and again! 

grain-free nut butter granola bars
grain-free nut butter granola bars

P.S., I also brought these to a party at one point while recipe testing, and they totally passed as dessert. So you can enjoy them without actually venturing out of your home, if you would like ;)

grain-free nut butter granola bars

Coconut, Nut Butter & Honey “Granola” Bars

Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free,    |   

Coconut subs in for regular oats in this grain-free bar recipe.

Serves: 8   |    Total Time:



Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups dried shredded coconut (also called desiccated coconut)
  • 1/3 cup nut butter (sun butter or almond butter are great! If you eat peanut butter that's delcious too.)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon cassava flour
  • Dash salt
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F, and fit a medium sized bread pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, toss the coconut, cassava flour and salt. Then, fold in the nut butter, melted coconut oil, honey, and egg until well combined. Press mixture in even layer in the pan fitted with parchment, and bake for 20-25 minutes—until the bars begin to brown and are slightly puffed. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  3. Once bars are cool to the touch, lift the parchment from the pan. Use a chef’s knife to cut into 8 slices.
  4. Melt the chocolate chips in a thick-bottomed sauce pan over very low heat until smooth. Stir frequently. Once most of the chips are melted, remove from heat. Continue to stir, until residual heat has completely melted the chocolate chips.
  5. Use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the bars. Allow to set.
  6. Store in an air-tight container.

Top Foraged Dish Recipes In 2016

foraged dish top recipes

We're celebrating today! Celebrating what? A birthday! Not mine, no--it's not actually a person's birthday. It's this blog's second birthday tomorrow! Last year, I had fun going back through all of the recipes from Foraged Dish's first year, and looked at what was most popular. Then I posted all of those recipes together for you all to see, here. So what about year two? Which oldie recipes have stayed on the top 10 list and which new ones have climbed the charts? Find out! 

1. Creamy Basil Tomato Chicken

Top recipe: creamy tomato basil chicken

By far my most popular recipe since the start of 2016, this dinner will have you wishing you had a bigger basil plant. Get the recipe here

2. Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Top recipe: rhubarb cake

Isn't it pretty? That's probably why this cake has been one of my most popular recipes since the beginning of time (ok, maybe not the beginning of time--but since it's been published). Recipe here

3. Raspberry Cashew Cheesecake Slices

Top recipe: raw raspberry cheesecake

Valentines day is long gone but I'm sure there are plenty of other excuses to make this raw cheesecake! Recipe.

4. Cauliflower Parsnip Soup

Top recipe: cauliflower soup

I could eat this soup for weeks on end. Cauliflower + Parsnips = creamy goodness. Caramelized onions + sautéd apples = YES, yes, yes! Get the recipe

5. Indian Carrot Pudding

Top recipe:  carrot pudding

This recipe is near and dear to my heart, but I was surprised to see you all love it too. Surprised, and so so glad! Get the recipe, here

6. Easy Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry

top recipe: sweet potato curry

I would say I have an unhealthy obsession with curries, but this curry is really quite healthy! Bring on the seconds. Find the recipe here

7. Paleo Shepards Pie

top recipe: shepards pie

Somedays you just want to curl up on the couch with some comfort food. Make this recipe when you do! 

8. Swedish Meatballs

top recipe: swedish meatballs

The all-time most popular recipe on this blog. You'll have to make it to understand! 

9. Flourless Chocolate Cake

top recipe: chocolate cake

You guys are after my heart, are you? If I had to pick one dessert to eat forever, it might just be chocolate. This cake makes chocolate the star, with no distractions. Make it, now

10. Vanilla Custards

top recipes: vanilla fruit custards

Another recipe that makes my heart smile. Custard tarts layered with fruit were a specialty of my dad. This particular version is sweetened with fruit and uses dairy-free milk! Get the recipe

What was your favorite recipe so far this year?