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Beet Fennel & Mint Slaw


Summer finally arrived in Vancouver and it has taken me forever to finally sit down and do a quick blog. I have taken pictures of plenty of my food, but have not gotten around to posting them yet. This recipe is perfect for summer and thought I’d quickly share it with you. My sister Trinity gave it to me and I changed it up just a little. It’s always a hit when she makes it for her friends so i thought I give it a try. The interesting combo of fennel, beets, mint, rasins and the miso dressing come togther really nicely. It’s light, fresh and healthy to a fault. Definitely give this one a try!

Beet Fennel & Mint Slaw

7 tablespoons rice vinegar
5 tablespoons white miso paste (I used the light brown kind)
4 teaspoons honey or agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup raisins
3 golden or red beets, peeled and grated
1 fennel bulb, fronds and bulb thinly sliced (so the entire thing, thin as you can get it)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2/3 cup mint leaves, sliced

In a smaller bowl, whisk together vinegar, miso, honey and pepper. Set aside.

Soak raisins in boiling water for 5 minutes then drain. In a large bowl add beets, fennel, green onions and mint. Toss in dressing to coat. Simple as that. Trin recommends tossing in dressing an hour before you eat it.



Filed under Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Perfect Parmesan Croutons

Nothing quite says success as when when your guest recognizes the little things. Salad was finally served. “These are real croutons… And real bacon bits!” yes – yes they are! I thought I was the only one who would notice this type of thing but apparently not, so again, the little things are always worth it. Bump up that salad with an easy personal touch.

Perfect Parmesan Croutons


1/2 loaf ciabatta bread (stale bread of any kind will work)
2 cloves garlic – finely grated
1 teaspoon dry basil
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/4+  cup olive oil
freshly ground pepper and salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cut bread into 1/2 inch cubes. I like to use a chewy yeasty type of bread like ciabatta.

Toss the bread cubes in a bowl with olive oil. Be sure everything is coated evenly.

Add in grated garlic, basil, cheese and pepper and mix again. Spread bread evenly on a baking tray.

Sprinkle a little bit of salt over the bread and place in a hot oven and bake until crisp and golden for 10 to 15 minutes.

These will go great in any salad or in your favorite bowl of hot soup.

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