Shaved yellow beets & fennel salad

I love trying new kinds of salads, but shaved fennel and yellow beets are my all time favorite and with a mandolin it takes less than 15 minutes to create.

With this salad, I start with fennel and beets, but this salad is also great if you add other shaved root vegetables and some cucumber as well. Some additions I’ve tried include: cucumber, carrots, red beets, candy cane beets, radishes, kohlrabi, celery. They’re all great!

The thing that makes this salad is, (as usual) the dressing. I usually encourage substitutions, but this dijon vinaigrette is a MUST have.

If you like our shaved fennel and yellow beet salad, you should also try our: Tabouli Recipe.

As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  You know what you like!

Shaved yellow beets & fennel salad
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With this salad, I start with fennel and beets, but this salad is also great if you add other shaved root vegetables and some cucumber as well. Some additions I've tried include: cucumber, carrots, red beets, candy cane beets, radishes, kohlrabi, celery. They're all great! The thing that makes this salad is, (as usual) the dressing. I usually encourage substitutions, but this dijon vinaigrette is a MUST have.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Shaved yellow beets & fennel salad
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With this salad, I start with fennel and beets, but this salad is also great if you add other shaved root vegetables and some cucumber as well. Some additions I've tried include: cucumber, carrots, red beets, candy cane beets, radishes, kohlrabi, celery. They're all great! The thing that makes this salad is, (as usual) the dressing. I usually encourage substitutions, but this dijon vinaigrette is a MUST have.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Ingredients
Salad
Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing
Servings: people
Instructions
Salad
  1. After washing the beets thoroughly, use a mandolin (or sharp knife) to shave thin and add to a bowl. No need to shave the beets - leave the skin on.
  2. Cut the tops off the fennel and shave thin using a mandolin (or sharp knife) If the outer layer of fennel is tough and dry - remove and discard first.
  3. Chop parsley & pick fennel leaves and add to salad.
  4. Season with salt & pepper
Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing
  1. To a mason jar or sealable container - Add all ingredients.
  2. Season heavily with kosher salt & pepper. Seal & shake.
  3. Taste to ensure that the dressing is not too tart or too oily. Adjust as needed.
Recipe Notes

Be sure to season at every step and taste as you go!

This dressing can be made in a large batch and kept in the fridge (virtually forever). Then you can enjoy it on this and other salads.

I also love this dressing on roasted veggies as well!

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Ponzu Sauce

Ponzu sauce is a tangy, salty sauce that is great with items like spring rolls, sushi or poke.

With only a few ingredients, this sauce can be made in large batches and kept in the fridge for (ever?) months. The soy sauce & citrus preserves the aromatics and you never really need to worry about it going bad.

*Transformation tip: add some to fried rice for extra flavor!

As with all Connected Chef recipes, let your kitchen and instincts guide you as you cook. The ingredient amount below are used as a starting off point; taste as you go and reseason as needed!

Ponzu Sauce

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Ponzu sauce is a tangy, salty sauce that is great with items like spring rolls, sushi or poke.

With only a few ingredients, this sauce can be made in large batches and kept in the fridge for (ever?) months. The soy sauce & citrus preserves the aromatics and you never really need to worry about it going bad.

Prep Time
10 minutes

Prep Time
10 minutes

Ponzu Sauce

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Ponzu sauce is a tangy, salty sauce that is great with items like spring rolls, sushi or poke.

With only a few ingredients, this sauce can be made in large batches and kept in the fridge for (ever?) months. The soy sauce & citrus preserves the aromatics and you never really need to worry about it going bad.

Prep Time
10 minutes

Prep Time
10 minutes

Ingredients


Servings:

Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients in an air tight container & shake

Recipe Notes

Remember: taste as you go and look for balanced flavors.

When tasting you should get an even amount of ginger & garlic. The honey should balance the saltiness of the soy & the citrus should be in the forefront, but not overwhelming.

If your sauce is too salty, balance with more honey and citrus juice. If it's too citrusy, add a bit more soy and drop of honey.

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Mediterranean Summer Tabouli

Tabouli is a great snack to pack for picnics or bring for your next pot luck. It’s super simple and quick to make.

Typically Tabouli is made with bulgar wheat, but this version utilizes QUINOA to make it gluten free and protein packed.

As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  You know what you like!

For some more ideas on how to utilize Quinoa – check out this Marinaded Veggie Recipe.

Tabouli
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Enjoy this simple, finely chopped salad with tons of parsley. Serve with lettuce wraps or crackers for a snack or as a side dish to some grilled meats. To achieve the right tabouli texture, you will need to chop the vegetables as finely as possible. (Be sure to use firm tomatoes!)
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
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Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Tabouli
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Enjoy this simple, finely chopped salad with tons of parsley. Serve with lettuce wraps or crackers for a snack or as a side dish to some grilled meats. To achieve the right tabouli texture, you will need to chop the vegetables as finely as possible. (Be sure to use firm tomatoes!)
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Boil quinoa in salted water until tender. Strain well & let cool
  2. Finely chop mint, parsley and scallion. Use the whole scallion (greens and white)
  3. Very small dice cucumbers and tomato
  4. Mix all ingredients with lime juice & olive oil. Season well with salt & pepper
  5. Serve with lettuce wraps or crackers for a snack or as a side dish to some grilled meats.
Recipe Notes

Pro Tips:

  1. Be sure not to use too much Quinoa when you mix up the salad.  The idea is to have a little quinoa with the salad, not a little salad with your quinoa.
  2. If you are making ahead and have the time - strain your tomatoes to separate eliminate the seeds and juice. This will keep your tabouli dry and not too wet as it sits.

 

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Balsamic Marinated Summer Veggies

There are many vegetables at the market that grow in abundance in the Summer.

Squash, Zucchini, Peppers, Eggplant – These veggies are cheap. Unfortunately, many people don’t like them or don’t know how to make them SUPER yummy so that they enjoy them.

My secret – This is the ONLY way I will eat these particular veggies.

As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  You know what you like!

Balsamic Marinated Summer Veggies
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This simple & fast marinated veggie recipe can be made ahead of time and eaten all week. You can also use the let over marinade as a dressing! Add some cooked Quinoa, Cous cous or Rice for a full lunch.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Balsamic Marinated Summer Veggies
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This simple & fast marinated veggie recipe can be made ahead of time and eaten all week. You can also use the let over marinade as a dressing! Add some cooked Quinoa, Cous cous or Rice for a full lunch.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Balsamic Marinade (aka. dressing)
Veggies
Servings: people
Instructions
Marinade
  1. Add all ingredients to a jar and season with salt & pepper. Shake it up.
Roasted Veggies
  1. Load all the cut veggies in a bowl and pour the marinade over the top. (Peppers - simply cut off the sides for large pieces)
  2. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Place all veggies on a baking sheet. Be sure to not crowd the pan and do not let them overlap. (This will ensure that they will brown and not steam)
  4. Place in a 450 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes until they are tender. No need to flip or move the veggies.
  5. Enjoy with a salad or as a side dish. Finish with some of the left over marinade as a dressing!
Recipe Notes

The veggies for this recipe are also really great if grilled! -- Just be sure to cut the pieces lengthwise so they don't fall through the grill.

Add these veggies to some cooked quinoa, cous cous or brown rice for a delicious Summer salad.

Marinade will last weeks in your fridge!

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Red Wine Vinaigrette

This red wine vinaigrette dressing is super simple, yet surprisingly delicious! I recommend making 3 big jars so you can always have it some on hand in the fridge. It’s a great vinaigrette for vegetables, salads, sandwiches – you name it!

Like most of my recipes, I really recommend you start with the base here and then play around. Once you’ve got the 1:3 ratio of red wine vinegar to olive oil, you can toss in some herbs, add some lemon, whatever you’ve got!

This is a great vinaigrette to serve on a plate of roasted veggies with something hearty on the side, like Roasted Chicken

Red Wine Vinaigrette
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This is the most simple, yet surprisingly delicious vinaigrette dressing. You will want to make 3 big jars and just leave it in your fridge to have on hand.
Red Wine Vinaigrette
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This is the most simple, yet surprisingly delicious vinaigrette dressing. You will want to make 3 big jars and just leave it in your fridge to have on hand.
Instructions
  1. Starting with a 1:3 ratio of vinegar : oil, combine all ingredients in a mason jar & shake.
  2. If you like your dressing a bit more acidic, add a bit more vinegar.
  3. To take away the acid bite a bit, add a touch of water.
  4. The longer the dressing sits in the fridge, the better it gets!
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