cucumber chickpea mint salad with hearts of palm :: by radish*rose

cucumber chickpea mint salad with hearts of palm

Here is a super-easy and refreshing summer salad with chickpeas, cucumber, and mint, as well as crisp hearts of palm, complimented by a smoky tahini dressing. Don’t hearts of palm automatically make everything more elegant? Also, I happen to agree with Mark Bittman of the New York Times that smoked paprika improves almost every savory dish. It really brings out the natural smokiness of the tahini (which is kind of like peanut butter, but made with sesame seeds instead of peanuts). If you don’t have any smoked paprika, though, just leave it out. But seriously, go buy some for next time, try it in a variety of savory dishes while you’re at it, and thank me later. A few years ago you had to special order it, but now it’s fairly readily available in supermarkets. Continue reading

baked teriyaki fish with pickled vegetables :: by radish*rose

baked teriyaki fish with pickled vegetables

In my prior teriyaki adventures, which involved sauteeing, there always seemed to be a lot of splattering. Here, instead of using your stovetop, you bake the fish right in its marinade, which becomes a delightfully sticky teriyaki sauce. Problem solved! The lightly pickled vegetables make a lovely crunchy, sweet and salty accompaniment. Serve over steamed rice for a healthy Asian-inspired comfort food meal. Continue reading