Recipes – This Mama Cooks! On a Diet™ https://www.thismamacooks.com Healthy recipes & lifestyle tips for busy moms & their families Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:35:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 https://cdn.thismamacooks.com/images/2016/05/cropped-very-large-TMC-badge-512-3-32x32.jpg Recipes – This Mama Cooks! On a Diet™ https://www.thismamacooks.com 32 32 This Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad is perfect for summer entertaining! https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/06/watermelon-cantaloupe-salad-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/06/watermelon-cantaloupe-salad-recipe.html#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:01:10 +0000 https://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=19069 Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad recipe

Looking for an easy watermelon salad recipe for a summer BBQ? Then you’ll have to try this delicious Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad from my frequent contributor, Holly Clegg!

Not only is this watermelon cantaloupe salad recipe a snap to put together. It’s also healthy, naturally gluten free, and vegetarian making it a win-win for summer entertaining!

You can find more of Holly Clegg’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at The Healthy Cooking Blog. Check out Holly’s trim & TERRIFIC™ cookbooks on Amazon, too!

This Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad recipe is ideal for summer entertaining. Click to get this naturally gluten free, diabetic friendly, and vegetarian fruit salad recipe.

Watermelon cantaloupe salad is ideal for summer!

This Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad recipe from my Eating Well Through Cancer cookbook is the perfect warm-weather salad! Cool crisp watermelon, refreshing cantaloupe, and fresh basil create an invigorating light salad that pairs perfectly with anything you are throwing on the BBQ grill.

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Cool crisp watermelon, refreshing cantaloupe, and fresh basil create an extraordinary and invigorating light salad. Just a sprinkling of feta and honey give spectacular sweet and salty flavors while remaining diabetic healthy! This easy watermelon salad is packed with immune-boosting Carotenoid antioxidants found in watermelon and cantaloupe.

Make this watermelon and cantaloupe salad recipe the night before to help the flavors meld together. It’s also the ideal solution of what to do with leftover watermelon!

Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad recipe

Make this easy watermelon salad

Get the kids cooking in the kitchen this summer! It’s a great way to keep them busy and out of the summer heat.

The kids help you make this Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad recipe by cutting up the watermelon and cantaloupe in small chunks or balls using child safe kitchen knives or melon ballers. And if they snack while they cook? No biggie as we all know how healthy fruit is!

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Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad recipe

Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups watermelon small chunks or balls
  • 1 cup cantaloupe small chunks or balls
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves or 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled

Directions

  1. In large bowl, combine watermelon and cantaloupe.
  2. In small bowl, mix together lemon juice, honey, mint and basil. Season to taste. Toss with watermelon mixture.
  3. Refrigerate until serving. Add feta before serving.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: 6 servings
  • Serving size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 60
  • Calories from Fat: 7 (11%)
  • Total Fat: 1g
  • Saturated fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 89mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 2mg

Dietary Exchanges: 1 fruit

Picture and recipe used with permission of author.

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This Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salad recipe is ideal for summer entertaining. Click to get this naturally gluten free, diabetic friendly, and vegetarian fruit salad recipe. This watermelon and cantaloupe salad made with mint and feta is easy to make and perfect for BBQs and summer picnics.

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Serve this Asian Watermelon Salad at your next cookout https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/06/asian-watermelon-salad-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/06/asian-watermelon-salad-recipe.html#respond Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:27:48 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=8777 Asian Watermelon Salad recipe

Do you love a good watermelon mint salad recipe, but don’t like the kind with feta? Well, you should make Asian Watermelon Salad instead!

Mint, cilantro and basil, plus sesame seed oil, tamari sauce, and citrus flavored rice vinegar gives this healthy watermelon salad recipe a unique Asian flavor.

Not only is it an easy watermelon salad recipe to make, but it makes a wonderful summer side dish for weeknight dinners or weekend BBQs.

This Thai inspired watermelon fruit salad recipe would go well with grilled teriyaki beef or chicken cooked up on the grill. Perfect for summer!

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This Mama’s tips for making Asian Watermelon Salad

You can assure all your gluten free family members and guests that this Asian Watermelon Fruit Salad is OK to eat because you’re using tamari sauce instead of soy sauce.

Also, make sure to double check that the fish sauce doesn’t have any wheat or soy sauce in it.

This mint watermelon salad recipe is also nut free since it uses pine nuts instead of peanuts. (Pine nuts are actually seeds and not nuts.) However, pine nuts are usually manufactured on the same machinery as regular nuts, so you may choose to rinse the pine nuts very well in warm water and then sauté them for a few minutes in a hot frying pan to remove any moisture. This will probably remove any allergens.

But when it doubt, leave the pine nuts out! Ask your allergic friends or family member for their comfort level in using pine nuts. Don’t assume. You can always serve the pine nuts on the side.

Asian Watermelon Salad recipe

Speaking of nut allergies, my daughter, who is allergic to nuts is also allergic to sesame seeds. If that’s the case at your house, instead of using toasted sesame seed oil, you can use a little more lemon flavored olive oil. I love lemon flavored olive oil for sautéing vegetables, cooking eggs, or making marinades. That little hint of lemon is so delicious!

Finally, if you can’t find citrus seasoned rice vinegar, a natural rice vinegar is OK to use instead.

Asian Watermelon Salad recipe

Asian Watermelon Salad

Inspired by this recipe from the Food Network Magazine

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon flavored olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium tamari sauce
  • 3 tablespoons citrus seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1/2 Thai pepper, seeded and minced or 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 5 cups seedless watermelon cut into 1” chunks
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts

Directions

  1. Whisk together sesame seed olive, olive oil, fish sauce, tamari sauce, vinegar, lime juice, red onion, garlic, ginger and jalapeno in a large bowl.
  2. Add the watermelon and toss to combine.
  3. Let sit 10 minutes.
  4. Add the cilantro, basil, mint and pint nuts to the watermelon salad.
  5. Toss to combine. Serve immediately.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: Makes 6 to 7 servings
  • Serving size: 3/4 cup

Originally published on August 29, 2013. Updated with new pictures and information.

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Easy Watermelon Tomato Basil Salad https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/06/easy-watermelon-tomato-basil-salad-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/06/easy-watermelon-tomato-basil-salad-recipe.html#comments Fri, 02 Jun 2017 11:27:13 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=12040 Easy Watermelon Tomato Basil Salad recipe

If you’re looking for the best watermelon salad recipe to bring to a summer cookout, you have to try Holly Clegg’s Easy Watermelon Tomato Basil Salad from her cookbook, trimandTERRIFIC Too Hot in the Kitchen.

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This healthy and delicious salad uses an amazing flavor combination for summer – watermelon, tomato and basil with a hint of balsamic vinegar.

I love how this recipe for tomato basil salad is naturally gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, and can be made in 20 minutes. Not only does it check all the boxes for your guests on special diets, but even the kids will love a salad made with watermelon and cherry tomatoes!

You can find more of Holly Clegg’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at The Healthy Cooking Blog. Check out Holly’s trim & TERRIFIC™ cookbooks on Amazon, too!

This Mama’s tips when making Watermelon Tomato Basil Salad

This is such an easy watermelon salad recipe to make that you can get the kids cooking in the kitchen this summer by helping you cut the cherry tomatoes and scooping the watermelon into balls using a melon baller.

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Make sure you buy cherry tomatoes and not grape tomatoes for this watermelon tomato salad recipe. Cherry tomatoes are much sweeter. (The extra cost is worth it.)

While you could probably use any type of vinegar in this easy watermelon tomato salad recipe, balsamic vinegar adds a unique and special flavor.

Save the watermelon rinds to make Best Watermelon Rind Pickles. Never had them? If you like sweet pickles or spicy pickles, you’ll adore them!

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How to pick the right watermelon

Summer and fresh juicy watermelon go hand and hand. Watermelon is usually available from early May to September but they are at their peak from mid-to late June. I love to use watermelon in many of my recipes as it adds a sweet touch, and though water accounts for over 90% of it's weight, it’s rich in potassium, and Vitamins A & C.

  • Your watermelon should feel heavy for its size; compare to similar melon.
  • Rind shouldn't have any soft spots, gashes and should be dull and barely yield to pressure.
  • A good melon has a symmetrical shape; no matter if round or oval.
  • Look on the bottom of the melon and you’ll find a discolored spot where the melon rested on the ground when it was growing. If this spot is light green, the melon is not yet ripe. If the spot is a yellowish-white color, the melon is probably ripe.
  • You can also test for ripeness by scratching the surface of a watermelon with your fingernail. A greenish-white color beneath the outermost layer of the rind indicates a ripe watermelon.
  • If you are watermelon thumper-a ripe melon will sound as if the fruit is hollow. You don’t want to hear a thud or a tone that is high in pitch.
Easy Watermelon Tomato Basil Salad recipe

Easy Watermelon Tomato Basil Salad

Ingredients

  • 4 cups scooped out watermelon balls or chunks
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine watermelon, onion, tomatoes and basil.
  2. Whisk together oil and vinegar in a small bowl.
  3. Pour over salad and toss. Season to taste with salt. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator and serve later that day.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: Makes 10 servings
  • Serving size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 46
  • Calories from Fat: 13 (29%)
  • Total Fat: 2g
  • Saturated fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 6mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat

Recipe and photograph used with permission.

Originally published on June 10, 2014. Updated with new pictures and information.

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Best Watermelon Rind Pickles https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/05/best-watermelon-rind-pickles-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/05/best-watermelon-rind-pickles-recipe.html#comments Thu, 25 May 2017 11:27:00 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=12630 Spicy Watermelon Rind Pickles recipe

If you've ever wondered what to do with leftover watermelon rind, why not make this easy watermelon pickle recipe?

I first tried watermelon pickles when we first moved to Georgia. We spent the day in Atlanta and ended up at Pitty Pat’s Porch, a touristy restaurant that served classic Southern fair like greens, black eyed peas, grits, and fried green tomatoes.

One thing that stood out were the watermelon rind pickles. I had no idea you could make pickles from watermelon rinds, something I’d normally throw out! I went back to the salad bar for several helpings, and vowed that I would make them some day.

Wondering what to do with leftover watermelon rinds? Make this Best Watermelon Rind Pickles recipe! Click to get this easy spicy watermelon pickles recipe.

Making a watermelon rind pickles recipe is a easy way to preserve summer, especially since this recipe is so easy since it’s not a traditional canning recipe. You’re just boiling the rinds to “pickle” them. No need for fancy equipment except for a few Mason jars to store the pickles in fridge.

Chop up the spicy watermelon pickles to make relish for burgers, hot dogs, and egg salad sandwiches. Or turn the best watermelon pickles you’ve ever tried into a chutney for grilled chicken and Crock Pot Ham with Gluten Free Beer and Chutney Glaze.

A warning when making the best watermelon rind pickles recipe

I’ve found that many watermelon pickles recipes, including those that feature spicy ingredients like peppers and ginger, include pink peppercorns (or rainbow medley peppercorns which may have pink peppercorns in the mix).

If you are allergic to nuts or have a nut allergic child, you should avoid pink peppercorns. Pink peppercorns are related to cashews and pistachios and can cause an anaphylactic reaction in those who are allergic to these nuts. You can read about this in a synopsis of the paper, A Rare Case of Food-induced Anaphylaxis to Pink Peppercorns, here.

Since my daughter has a nut allergy, I only used black peppercorns.

Best Watermelon Rind Pickles recipe

This Mama’s tips to make spicy watermelon pickles

When peeling watermelon, I found that it’s easiest to do it before cutting up the watermelon. In addition, you may find that your vegetable peeler won’t work depending on how it’s shaped, the length of the blade, and how big your watermelon is.

The swivel peeler I normally use for carrots didn’t work at all. Luckily, I this Y-shaped vegetable peeler I found in the back of a drawer worked great.

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Of all the watermelon rind pickles recipes out there, the National Watermelon Promotion Board’s method was the easiest to follow. I simplified it further, used less sugar, and cooled the watermelon rind pickles on the counter top before placing it refrigerator to prevent crystallization.

Finally, when handling habanero peppers, be careful not to touch the seeds, and make sure wash the cutting board, knife and your hands thoroughly after handling the peppers!

Spicy Watermelon Rind Pickles recipe

Best Watermelon Rind Pickles

Method borrowed from the National Watermelon Promotion Board

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large pot over high heat, bring water and pickling salt to a boil. Add watermelon rind and boil for 5 minutes until tender.
  2. Strain in a colander. Keep watermelon rind pieces in the colander so any remaining salt water will drain off.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, rice vinegar, black peppercorns, cloves, pickling spice, sliced ginger, and habanero pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Simmer for 15 minutes, until slightly reduced.
  4. Place watermelon rinds in a large mason jar (or two smaller mason jars if that’s all you have). Pour liquid over rinds and let cool on counter top until liquid is at room temperature. (If you stick the hot pickles in the refrigerator, the sugar in the liquid may crystalize.)
  5. After the liquid has cooled, screw on the lids and refrigerate. Pickles can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: Makes about 4 cups
  • Serving size: As many pickles as you’d like to eat!

Originally posted on September 15, 2014. Updated with new pictures and information.

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Cool down with a glass of Iced Tea Sangria https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/05/iced-tea-sangria-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/05/iced-tea-sangria-recipe.html#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 11:27:37 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=14182 Iced Tea Sangria

It’s time for warm weather drinks like iced tea. So why not change up your iced tea habit and try something different – an iced tea sangria recipe?

Here in Georgia, people adore their sweet tea. They serve it so sweet that it makes your teeth ache just to drink it! Being a Northerner, I have to remember to order my iced tea unsweetened. Then I sweeten it with a no calorie sweetener like powdered stevia and monk fruit sweetener.

Since I’ve given up carbonated diet drinks, I now drink iced tea to stay cool. So, I wanted to come up with a festive party drink that didn’t involve alcohol.

I love fruity sangria and adore iced tea, so I combined the tea and fruit to come up with an iced tea sangria recipe that’s low in calories since the only calories are from fruit. Enjoy!

Are you looking for an easy, healthy iced tea drink? Or a party mocktail drink that's low calorie? Click to get this Iced Tea Sangria recipe. It's low calorie and is made with frozen, sliced fruit and no-calorie, natural sweetener.

Iced tea sangria recipe tips

To make all my iced tea drink recipes, I use a Takeya Flash Chill Tea Maker. It’s the best iced tea maker in my opinion. The  Takeya Flash Chill Tea Maker makes iced tea in about 10 minutes, including the time it takes to heat the water and steep the tea. If you drink a lot of iced tea and hate waiting around for it to cool down, I highly recommend checking the Takeya out!

I love using Lipton Gallon Sized Black Iced Tea Bags in my Takeya tea maker since I don’t have to bother unwrapping 10-12 tea bags. There’s just one giant tea bag to place in the tea maker.

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You can make this iced tea sangria recipe with your favorite flavors of tea. Black, green or herbal teas would all work well.

For this ice tea fruit recipe, feel free to use any kind of pre-sliced frozen fruit you like. Not only does using pre-sliced fruit make this recipe super easy and time saving, but since the fruit is frozen, it helps the iced tea sangria stay cool longer.

Finally, you can add more or less sweetener to this iced tea sangria recipe depending on your preference and the kind of fruit you’re adding to the drink. Or you can leave the pitcher of iced tea unsweetened and let everyone add sweetener packets to their own glass according to their personal taste. Both powdered stevia or monk fruit sweetener dissolve well in cold drinks.

Iced Tea Sangria

Serving suggestions for Iced Tea Sangria

To serve this ice tea fruit recipe, scoop out fruit into tall glasses using a long spoon or ladle. Then pour the iced tea over fruit and serve with a couple of colorful drinking straws.

Straws then can be used as “chopsticks” to pick out fruit when you’re done with your tea!

Iced Tea Sangria

Love iced tea drink recipes?

If you like to drink iced tea, then you must check out these best ice tea and iced tea cocktail recipes:

Easy Berry Quick Iced Tea Smoothie

Best Mint Julep with Ginger and Lemon

Iced Tea Sangria

Iced Tea Sangria

Ingredients

  • Your favorite tea (loose or in bags)
  • Hot water
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 pounds frozen fruit
  • 3/4 cup natural no calorie sweetener like powdered monk fruit or stevia

Directions

  1. Prepare approximately 8 cups of iced tea according to instructions if using the Takeya Flash Chill Tea Maker. (Or make iced tea whatever way you like.)
  2. Place frozen fruit and sweetener in a tall pitcher. Pour iced tea over fruit and sweetener. Stir to combine.
  3. To serve, scoop out fruit into tall glasses using a long spoon, Then pour the iced tea over fruit and serve with a couple of drinking straws.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 10 Minutes
Servings: 8 to 9 cups of iced tea
  • Serving size: 1 cup plus fruit

Originally published on July 10, 2015. Updated with new pictures and information.

Are you looking for an easy, healthy iced tea drink? Or a party mocktail drink that's low calorie? Click to get this Iced Tea Sangria recipe. It's low calorie and is made with frozen, sliced fruit and no-calorie, natural sweetener.
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Spice up your Memorial Day cookout with Wasabi Cole Slaw https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/05/wasabi-cole-slaw-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/05/wasabi-cole-slaw-recipe.html#comments Thu, 18 May 2017 11:27:00 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=12076 Wasabi Cole Slaw

This wasabi coleslaw recipe was inspired by a Avocado Coleslaw recipe from Mostly Food & Crafts as part of a blogger recipe challenge I participated in a few years ago.

I thought I'd take a basic coleslaw recipe you’d bring to picnics and cookouts and jazz it up a bit.

First, I took this simple coleslaw recipe and added some dill, which was nice, but just so-so. Then I thought, why not try some of the wasabi mayonnaise that was left over from making Wasabi Deviled Eggs?

A classic was born – Wasabi Cole Slaw!

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Why you should make this wasabi coleslaw recipe

Wasabi Cole Slaw was an instant hit with my daughter, Lucie, who loves all things wasabi. If you have kids who love spicy foods, they’re love this easy coleslaw recipe.

I also thought my Japanese coleslaw recipe would be a wonderful dish to serve with stir fry, sushi takeout, or anytime you’re cooking up anything Asian inspired.

Wasabi Cole Slaw would also be delicious on fish tacos. Seriously, you have to try it!

Wasabi Cole Slaw

This Mama’s tips for making Wasabi Cole Slaw

This coleslaw recipe is naturally gluten free. Just make sure that the wasabi mayonnaise brand you’re using is gluten free. (I used Trader Joe’s Wasabi Mayonnaise.)

The amount of wasabi mayonnaise used is totally up to you. I used a ratio of half olive oil mayo to half wasabi mayo. You may want to increase or decrease the wasabi mayo depending on your personal taste.

If you can’t find wasabi mayonnaise for this easy coleslaw recipe, take olive oil mayonnaise and add wasabi paste to it a quarter teaspoon at a time. It’s powerful stuff, so adjust for taste as you go.

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If you’re vegan, use vegan mayo and wasabi paste or wasabi powder. (I assume that the powdered stuff is vegan if the paste isn’t.) Again, use a little bit of wasabi at a time until you get the amount of heat that you like.

I also added a bit of lime juice to keep the avocado nice and green. Even so, you should eat Wasabi Cole Slaw right away. Leftovers will inevitably start to turn a bit gray. The slaw won’t spoil (it’ll taste fine), but it won’t be as pretty.

If you’re one of those people who think cilantro is awful, feel free to omit it from this wasabi slaw recipe. I totally understand.

Finally, I hand cut my cabbage since I wanted to use organic cabbage for this easy coleslaw recipe. Next time, I’ll use my food processor to get a finer cut of cabbage for the slaw.  To save time, you could use precut coleslaw mix from the grocery store. It probably has some shredded carrots and red cabbage in it, but I don’t see that being a problem.

Wasabi Cole Slaw

Wasabi Cole Slaw

Inspired by this recipe from Mostly Food & Crafts

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head of cabbage, shredded
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 avocados, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup wasabi mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large serving bowl. Stir until ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  2. Refrigerate until time to serve.
Prep Time: 40 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes
Servings: Makes approximately 6 cups
  • Serving size: 3/4 cup

Originally published on June 16, 2014. Updated with new pictures and information.

Tired of basic coleslaw recipes? Try this Wasabi Cole Slaw recipe! Click to get this Asian coleslaw recipe that's ideal for cookouts, potlucks and bbq parties. It's gluten free and comes with a vegan option. You'll love how this easy coleslaw recipe with avocado and wasabi mayo for summer!
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You’ll be amazed that this Celery Root Coleslaw is allergy free! https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/05/celery-root-coleslaw-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/05/celery-root-coleslaw-recipe.html#comments Tue, 16 May 2017 11:27:25 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=8844 Celery Root Coleslaw

Now that cookout season is upon us, it’s time to make up a quick and healthy batch of Celery Root Coleslaw.

I know most people have never made a root vegetable coleslaw. But why not try it? It’s a nice change from the usual cabbage coleslaw everyone brings to parties. And so much better for you. Plus, it’s vegan, allergen free (except for soy) and healthier than the coleslaw you get at the store.

This Celery Root Coleslaw is gluten free, vegan, dairy free, and egg free. Click to get this easy to make healthy coleslaw recipe.

Celery root salad recipe inspiration

I originally came across this celery root recipe in Diabetes Forecast, a magazine put out the American Diabetes Association. It was a recipe for Celery Root Salad by my friend, Robyn Webb. I loved the ingredients and found the photograph so inspiring. However, going over the recipe, I found a few things I needed to change. First, I couldn’t eat it due to my food sensitivity to sour cream.

Second, a lot of people don’t like the taste of fennel/anise, so I’d have to disguise it or play it down somehow. (Fennel has a black licorice taste, which I love but many people hate. This is the scientific reason why.)

Since, I wanted more of a “bite” to the celery root salad recipe sauce and felt adding some rice vinegar and ground chipotle chile pepper instead of cayenne would do the trick. Then, I wanted to add more carrot for sweetness and color.

Celery Root Coleslaw

Making a celery root slaw recipe allergy free

In addition to all my recipe changes, I wanted to make this celery root slaw recipe as allergen friendly as possible – gluten free, egg free, dairy free, and so on. Obviously, celery root and carrots are fine, but it was the celery root salad recipe sauce that was the challenge.

To do this I used a vegan mayonnaise and Tofutti Sour Cream. In addition, I used gluten free rice vinegar like NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar.

Celery Root Coleslaw is naturally nut free, of course. However, this vegetarian and vegan slaw salad is not soy free. That was one allergen I couldn't avoid.

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This Mama’s tips for Celery Root Coleslaw

Celery root is rather tough to grate – too tough for a box grater. I recommend using a food processor to shred it. Using a good food processor for the fennel and carrots will make things much quicker and easier, too.

While Celery Root Coleslaw is a great on it’s own, I like serving it up in a brown rice tortilla wrap. But the best way to enjoy it is with grilled fish tacos with some avocados and salsa – delicious!

Celery Root Coleslaw

Celery Root Coleslaw

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups peeled and shredded celery root (celeriac)
  • 1 cup shredded fennel bulb
  • 5 large carrots peeled and shredded
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Tofutti sour cream
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon spicy mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free natural rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced green onions (white bulb ends only)
  • 1 teaspoon minced chives
  • whole chives for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large serving bowl, combine the shredded celery root , fennel, and carrots.
  2. Toss well, then add the lemon juice and toss again. While tossing, pick out any large pieces of vegetables that weren’t shredded by your food processor.
  3. In a small bowl, gently whisk together Tofutti sour cream, mayonnaise, spicy mustard, olive oil, rice vinegar, sea salt, black pepper, and ground chipotle chile pepper.
  4. Fold the minced green onions and chives into the Tofutti dressing.
  5. Add the coleslaw dressing to the celery root slaw salad and toss well. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes before serving. Garnish slaw salad with whole chives, if desired.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes
Servings: Serves 8
  • Serving size: 1/2 cup

Originally published on September 12, 2013. Updated with new pictures and information.

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You’ll love this easy recipe for Asian Chicken Salad https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/05/easy-recipe-asian-chicken-salad.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/05/easy-recipe-asian-chicken-salad.html#comments Sun, 14 May 2017 11:27:00 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=14391 Easy Asian Chicken Salad

Before I was on a gluten free diet, I loved ordering chopped Chinese chicken salad at my favorite restaurants. There was nothing better than the combination of tender chicken, tangy orange and ginger dressing, and the crunchy salad, vegetables and fried wontons!

However, Asian chicken salad recipes are a big no-no if you’re gluten free. First, no fried wontons since they’re made of wheat. The orange and ginger dressing usually contains soy sauce, which also has wheat in it. And sometimes the chicken is breaded – forget about it!

The solution was to make a healthy Asian chicken salad at home. But how could I do that without grilling chicken breasts, especially on those nights when I was too busy – or it was too hot – to cook?

You'll love this easy recipe for Asian Chicken Salad on those nights it's too hot to cook. Click to get this healthy Chinese chicken salad with Asian chicken salad dressing recipe. It's gluten free!

How to make a gluten free Asian Chicken Salad

My desire not to cook up chicken breasts for a  healthy Asian chicken salad led me to the freezer section where I found Perdue Simply Smart Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders. They’re fully cooked, so all you have to do to defrost them is to heat them for a little over a minute in your microwave. Even my daughter, who’s not gluten free, thinks they’re yummy. (You can find where they’re sold here.)

I’ve combined the gluten free chicken breast tenders with a quick and easy chopped Chinese chicken salad and a gluten free Asian chicken salad dressing in the recipe below. The combination makes a delicious and easy weeknight dinner.

You can also use the Asian Chicken Salad Dressing as a dipping sauce if you think your kids won’t like this easy recipe for Easy Asian Chicken Salad. They can have the chicken tenders with some mandarin oranges on the side instead!

Easy Asian Chicken Salad

This Mama’s tips for making Asian chicken salad dressing

You can find white miso online, at Asian markets, and at your favorite health food store. I’ve even seen it sold in the Asian section of my grocery store, so it’s not as unusual an ingredient as you think.

To keep this easy Asian chicken salad recipe gluten free, you must use a gluten free soy sauce or a tamari sauce. I prefer using tamari sauce since many of the gluten free soy sauces I see sold in stores are made with sketchy fillers and dyes.

Easy Asian Chicken Salad

Easy Asian Chicken Salad

Ingredients

For Asian Chicken Salad Dressing

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white miso
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • 2 tablespoons tamari sauce or gluten free soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

Easy Asian Chicken Salad

  • 1 bag Perdue Simply Smart Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders
  • 3 stalks romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 1 (15 ounce) can mandarin oranges (no sugar added), drained
  • 1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts

Directions

For Asian Chicken Salad Dressing

  1. Combine ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil stirring occasionally.
  2. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Use back of spoon to break up miso and ginger.
  3. Strain sauce through a fine mesh sieve to remove any solids. Let cool in refrigerator.

Easy Asian Chicken Salad

  1. Heat Perdue Simply Smart Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders according to directions on bag.
  2. Combine lettuce, snow peas, red pepper, mandarin oranges, water chestnuts and pine nuts in a large bowl and toss.
  3. Serve salad in bowls with 3-4 chicken breast tenders. Serve Asian Chicken Salad Dressing on the side.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: Serves 4. Makes 1 1/2 cups of dressing.
  • Serving size: 1/4 of recipe

Originally published on Sep 14, 2015. Updated with new pictures and information.

Try this easy recipe for Asian Chicken Salad when you don't feel turning on the stove or grill. Click to get this gluten free, healthy Chinese chicken salad with Asian chicken salad dressing recipe. Can be made in less than 30 minutes.
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