One of my favorite anytime salads is this … baby arugula and pan-grilled grape salad with cashew cheese balls, toasted sliced almonds, and lemony-pepper grilled grape vinaigrette. Not only does it have one of the longest salad names ever, it’s seriously one of the tastiest ever. Luckily, so it won’t be so difficult to remember the name of this, I gave it a shortened-up nickname: “anytime arugula and grilled grape salad!” That better?!
In the summertime, I thoroughly enjoy a fresh and flavorful Italian-style pasta salad. I often eat it as an entrée rather than a side salad at lunchtime. And I don’t just enjoy eating pasta salad … I love making it. It provides an avenue in which to use leftover grilled, roasted, or raw veggie scraps—and the result is always slightly different to keep me (and everyone else) intrigued.
One of my favorite kitchen pastimes is to recreate comfort food into a new food experience. Ultimately, my goal is to make the dishes even tastier, healthier, and plant-ier (I think I made that word up?!) … and to elevate them so they’re a slight bit fancier. That’s what I did here. And don’t worry, it’s not complicated even though it might look like it. It’s my newest take on chili cheese fries. Yep, it’s still carb-rich … but at least it’s 100% “good” carbs!