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Salad Recipe Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend

Sweet Orange & Pineapple Salad

Volunteer to bring the salad to your gathering this Memorial Day Weekend!  It’s the dish where you can show off your creativity and your kitchen skills, and bring some much needed color between the grilled meats and potato chips.

Here are a few salad recipe ideas to get you thinking.  If one catches your eye, just use it as a starting point, and make it your own creation to share with your family and friends this holiday weekend.

Thai corn salad recipe

Sweet Orange & Pineapple Salad (pictured on top): Orange slices and pineapple chunks, along with veggies like carrot, cucumber, and red bell pepper, give this salad a summery color and a refreshing crunch.

Thai Corn Salad: Mix raw sweet corn kernels with diced cucumber & red onion, along with fresh herbs like Thai basil, cilantro, and mint. Then season with a mild flavored oil, lime juice, and sprinkles of our Thai Sriracha Sea Salt.

Fattoush - Middle Eastern Bread Salad

Fattoush (Middle Eastern Bread Salad): Save some space on the grill for flat bread. Then when nicely toasted, tear it into pieces and mix it with salad greens, and pour in a lovely, simple mix of garlic, lemon, sumac, and olive oil.

Strawberry-Spinach Salad with Japanese Seven Spice Vinaigrette

Strawberry-Spinach Salad with Japanese Seven Spice Vinaigrette: Always a party favorite, but make it extra special with this Asian style vinaigrette of soy sauce, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, honey, a high quality vegetable oil, and Japanese Seven Spice.

Zucchini Slaw with Asian Vinaigrette

Zucchini Slaw with Asian Vinaigrette: Using the same Asian vinaigrette, julienne a mix of veggies like zucchini, squash, and carrot to create this beautiful slaw. 

Garden Salad Coleslaw with Asian-style Dressing

Garden Salad Coleslaw with Asian-style Dressing:  A sweet, salty, vinegary, citrusy salad – topped with roasted black & toasted white sesame seeds – that wonderfully complements grilled meats.

mango slaw with coconut lime dressing

Mango Slaw with Creamy Coconut-Lime Dressing:  For health, for flavor, and for fun, add more color & spice to your gathering this holiday weekend!

Thai Shrimp & Veggie Stir-Fry

Thai Shrimp & Veggie Stir Fry by SeasonWithSpice.com

A quick tip for a tastier stir-fry: roughly chop up all the ingredients into similar bite sized pieces before cooking.

With smaller pieces, there’s more surface area for the seasoning and sauces to infuse the meat and veggies. And it assures that each bite offers you a little of everything with all the delicious contrasting flavors and textures.

Thai cooking is a great example of this with dishes like Thai basil chicken and Thai minced meat salad. You can experience the sweet, spicy, sour, umami elements in every spoonful.

Have fun creating your own variations like this easy Thai Shrimp & Veggie Stir-Fry.

Miso Avocado Egg Salad

Miso Avocado Egg Salad with Japanese Seven Spice by SeasonWithSpice.com

While thinking about what to make for dinner, do you ever open up your cupboard, stare at your spice rack, and suddenly feel like you don’t know where to start? I feel that way too sometimes, even though I run a spice shop. It’s hard to get those creative juices flowing when your stomach is already growling.

When that happens to me, I start simple. 1 + 1 kind of simple.  Choose a spice or blend, and match it with just one meat or veggie or carb.

Japanese Seven Spice + Avocados. Curry Powder + Chicken. Turmeric Powder + Eggs. Spicy Korean Chili Seasoning + Ramen.

With your basic pairing done, you build from there. Add a few veggies that you have in the fridge. Include rice, noodles, or your choice of a healthy grain. Maybe an Asian sauce. Make it as easy or elaborate as you like. Just start simple, and build. That’s the key to healthy eating, and it’s the most important tip I share with students in all my cooking classes.

Spicy Korean Chicken Stir-Fry with Asparagus

Korean Chicken Stir-Fry with Asparagus recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Fresh from the garden asparagus isn’t available here in Minnesota just yet, but maybe they are already at your local farmer’s market. If so, grab a few bundles and spice them up in your kitchen this week with my previous recipe for Grilled Asparagus with Spicy Korean Chili Dressing, or today’s recipe of Spicy Korean Chicken Stir-Fry with Asparagus.

Korean BBQ Blend stir-fry sauce by SeasonWithSpice.com

Our Korean BBQ Blend, mixed with soy sauce, rice wine, rice vinegar, and a touch of toasted sesame oil, creates a simple, savory, stir-fry sauce. Make it for different combinations of meats and veggies, and definitely for this Spicy Korean Chicken Stir-Fry with Asparagus.

Once the dish is cooked up, stir in a little honey to give the sauce a sweet, tangy, caramelized flavor.

Curried Chicken Salad with Mango

Curried Chicken Salad with Mango recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

One of the best blends to keep in your cupboard is a jar of good quality curry powder – one that looks fresh and has a rich, well balanced aroma and flavor. Choose a curry powder that when you smell it, the fragrance is enticing and at the same time doesn’t reveal its secrets. It’s not overwhelmed by cumin or fenugreek. It has you guessing about what wonderful spices make up the delectable blend. 

When you have that curry powder in your cupboard, you are ready to make so much more than a pot of curry. 

A versatile blend like our Sweet & Spicy Curry Powder can be used to make Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice, soups like Curried Coconut Carrot Soup, or salads like this Curried Chicken Salad with Mango.

Sweet & Spicy Curry Powder available at SeasonWithSpice.com

With summer ahead, and curries & soups behind us, get creative and use your jar of curry powder for lighter dishes like chicken salads.

Curry powder and chicken tenders make a wonderful pair. Coat the chicken well with the blend, add a little salt & sugar, and then pan fry or bake, or take it outside on the grill.

Quinoa Bibimbap (Korean Mixed Veggie Quinoa Bowl)

Quinoa Bibimbap (Korean Mixed Veggies Quinoa Bowl) recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

A Korean dish with a little of this, a little of that, and a little more. That’s Bibimbap 비빔밥 .

The catchy name means “Mixed rice”, but every time I say it aloud – bi-bim-bap – I think “this, that, and more”.  Because it’s a delicious bowl of so many textures, colors, and flavors. And it’s a fun way to use up all the extra veggies in your kitchen.

Quinoa Bibimbap - Korean Mixed Veggies Quinoa Bowl - recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Bibimbap – a now world famous Korean dish - is generally a bowl of steamed white rice topped with an assortment of vegetables like cucumber, zucchini, daikon, and mushrooms; as well as egg, meat or seafood. It’s also served with a sweet, spicy sauce on the side that you mix in right before eating. 

Today’s recipe – Quinoa Bibimbap – is a new twist to the traditional dish where I replace the rice with quinoa. The ancient grain makes a much lighter, fun alternative to rice in bibimbap, so it’s wonderful this time of year.

I also changed up the sauce, which is traditionally a richer, thicker sauce made from Korean chili paste (gochujang).  Since this Quinoa Bibimbap is a much lighter meal, I created a healthier sauce by incorporating our Spicy Korean Chili Seasoning with soy sauce, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and a drizzle of honey.

Thai Coconut Soup with Bok Choy & Mushrooms

Thai Coconut Soup with Bok Choy and Mushrooms - an anti-inflammatory soup recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Food is the foundation to our good health and well-being. Sometimes, I think that message isn’t clear when I hear so much about eating less, like food is the enemy. While eating less, especially unhealthy foods, is a very important message to keep in mind, what’s more important is eating right.

When we eat right, we can live better, stronger, happier lives.

It’s been wonderful hearing from many of you – through personal messages online and conversations in-store – about wanting to make healthier choices in your diet. You’ve requested more vegetarian recipes, as well as specifically asked for ideas on how to incorporate anti-inflammatory foods into your meals.

So with those suggestions fresh on my mind, I’m sharing this deliciously healthy recipe – Thai Coconut Soup with Bok Choy & Mushrooms.

Thai Coconut Soup with Bok Choy recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Spiced with freshly grated ginger, Thai BBQ Seasoning, and a bright touch of turmeric powder, this creamy Thai Coconut Soup is filled with warmth, flavor, and the anti-inflammatory properties of all those spices.