Day 26: Pho Cabbage Salad

I love soups in the summer despite the heat and humidity. I always could go for a bowl of pho or ramen. So I decided to make a salad with a “thin” broth.

Day 24: Ramen Cabbage Salad

Another long work day. For a quick salad meal, I opted to my favorite dish. Ramen. Instead of making it as a soup, I decided to stir fry it over lots of cabbage.

Day 23: Swiss Chard Salad Pizza

Today was my first day as a freelancer again! It was a long work day that by the time I came home, it was getting late. What better way for a quick dinner than a Boboli pizza with salad and no cheese.

Day 22: Lemongrass Curry Swiss Chard

It’s a new week of salad and I wanted to start fresh. After finally figuring out that swiss chard is not a veggie I can eat raw, I decided to cook it up and serve it with a light curry sauce.

Day 21: Swiss Chard Wrap

Friday nights, I allow myself to indulge from my home cooking by eating out. Astoria has been growing its restaurant listings so I tend to stick around home base where I found this amazing Italian restaurant called Vesta.

Day 20: Hoisin Shrimp Salad

Well, it’s another Friday in the office. This dish, due to the daikon, had quite a smell so I took it out to eat in the bleeding sun, burning onto the gray concrete. Where is a shade when you need one during lunch? Oh, right behind that cheesy Melt shop.

Day 19: Pork & Bean Salad

This salad should have been taco salad but I didn’t have all the ingredients to make it so I opted for a similar taste and texture.

Day 18: Jasmine Spring Green

June 18 was our first CSA pick-up EVER. It was rather exciting seeing all these buckets of fresh vegetables. Everyone had a selection of veggies to pick out. And I stood there thinking, I must be way over my head thinking I can cook all this vegetable for an entire week.

Day 17: Mango Shrimp Noodle Salad

After a great first day at SmashingConf at The Times Center is hot, sweaty NYC, I wanted to come back to a nice cool salad that didn’t require too much heat. This salad is a nice cold dish and can be prepared in advance. Only the noodles and shrimp is needed to be cooked. And…

Day 16: Roasted Asparagus Mango Quinoa

Back to meatless Mondays! As it is half week due to a design conference, which requires me to make salads that are commute-able, I opted for less fancy and just kept to the basic.

Day 15 Scallop Grapefruit Avocado Salad

It’s the 3rd week of salad. There was a grapefruit on the table for about 2 weeks now. I didn’t want it to go spoil so I decided to make a very simple salad with one of my favorite seafood, scallop.

Day 14 Dumpling Cabbage Salad

The weekend started with a bright beautiful clear morning. It was the perfect day for a walk to the farmer’s market where I got some more vegetables. I’m finding that as I’ve gone through all these salads, I’m buying and eating more vegetables. It’s a great feeling when I go to bed and I don’t…

Day 13 Pesto Zucchini Salad

Genoa is known for many things and pesto is one of them. I’ve never found a place stateside that has made the same pesto sauce, creamy, light green, fresh basil taste. It always feels like old basil, dark and gloomy. In Genoa, they use baby basil. That’s the key. Never use old basil to make…

Day 12 Mushroom Mustard Salad

Many moons ago, for Memorial Day, my friends and I used to take a trip up to Bear Mountain to have a barbecue. We’d pack up food, drinks, and our dogs and take the hour long trek up away from the busy city life.

Day 11 Banh Mi Salad

I lament often to my friend that banh mi used to cost $1 and came with a free drink back when I was growing up in Lowell. Now it’s a couple dollars more but in New York City, it’s like $8 or more! Unless you’re in Chinatown but that’s still almost $5. Ah, those days…

Day 9 Kale Tahini Salad

It’s back to Meatless Monday and I was really craving Caesar salad. However, since Caesar salad does have anchovy as a base, I had to find another similar dressing that was thick and creamy. I had loved the tahini dressing for the falafel salad and wanted to reuse it.

Day 8 Meatball Salad

A new week of salad! The green market in Socrates Sculpture Park, Astoria returned this weekend for the summer. I went early in the morning on Saturday to see what fresh veggies I could snag. Of course, I think it would have been if I an idea of what recipes I would like to try…

Day 7 Savory Crepe Salad

Technically, this recipe is called Vietnamese crepe salad but I didn’t use all the traditional vegetables because I wanted to see what other vegetables and/or fruit would be good with this dish.