Mediterranean Tomato Salad

Tomato Salad

We have all heard how great a Mediterranean diet is for the human body.

All those olives and olive oils make for a very healthy heart plus a healthy body.

This diet is also very conducive to vegetarians. I know I will never starve to death if I were vacationing in Greece.

A vacation in France, on the other hand, would force me to eat bread all the time.

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Potato Salad

Vegan Potato Salad, Potato Salad

Two things I would like to share on today’s blog:

1) Food blogging is a good excuse to go shopping

2) In supermarkets, vegetables are always screaming at me to buy them.  The funny thing is that I actually feel bad when I don’t pick them!

The other day, I was walking around in the supermarket looking for inspiration.  I wanted to find something unique that will go with vegan mayo.

And I came up with a potato salad!

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Vegan Mayonnaise

Vegan Mayo Vegan Mayonnaise

Every time I see a vegan or vegetarian version of coleslaw, it is always made with yogurt.  I don’t see anything wrong with it.  In fact, some of those coleslaw dishes are very delicious.

Having said that tiny disclosure, I always prefer eating coleslaw with mayo.  There is a timeless tradition of using eggs in mayonnaisse and that makes it hard for vegetarians or vegans to consume it.

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Blueberry Vinaigrette

Blueberry Vinaigrette


I will be the first to tell you that I don’t like Blueberries!

I love every fruit made by nature or man, but, blueberries just make me run for the hills.

The old adage about “facing your fears” or in my case, “facing my aversion” came to mind.  After all, I created this blog so that I could get outside my comfort zone, didn’t I?

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Beet Lemonade

Beet Lemonade

This week, I am featuring a red, white and blue themed Lemonades in honor of 4th of July celebration. The first recipe in this theme has the reddest of all red color!

It is safe to say that I am officially addicted to beets! I don’t know why I find myself consuming every thing beet.

My previous recipes are a testament to my obsession with beets:

Beet Chili

Beet Tart

Beet Hummus

Beet Salad

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Vegetarian 4th of July

A Vegetarian 4th of July

A Vegetarian 4th of July

Vegetarians are patriotic, just like their omnivorous counterparts.  However, they dread the July 4th holiday because of the emphasis on barbeques.

Stating the obvious, most of us cannot eat the many staples of this holiday feast.

The sight or smells of a grilled Hamburger or even a hot dog is enough to make a vegetarian run for the hills!

So, I rounded up 5 simple and delicious recipes that you can feed your vegetarian guests.

There was a 4th of July barbeque I attended a few years ago that made me very  the “Sour Lemon” type of guest!

Read the details of this lemony incident along with my 5 recipe recommendations here on the Vintage Zest‘s site.

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

My Writing Process Blog Tour

 My Writing Process Blog Tour

Today’s blog post is not a recipe.  I am actually participating in a blog tour that shines a spotlight on other food bloggers.  Often, I feel like I am blogging in a vacuum. It feels like I am throwing out recipes and writing gems to absolutely no one in cyberspace.

Then, out of the blue, I am approached to be part of a blog tour by 2 very different and elite bloggers. It is very humbling and inspiring to be a part of these blog tours.  My invitation came from the delightful smart Culinary Ginger and deliciously genius Yummily Yours. These two bloggers are leaps and bounds above many food bloggers I know. With sheer hard work, they have created a name for themselves from nothing.

Today, they both are household names in many homes. Read about them after the blog tour questions.

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11 Mouth-Watering Summer Salads


Let’s face it! Summer is the only time to enjoy salads.  It is the best time to experiment with various ingredients and dressings.

Every summer, I begin by collecting my favorite salads from around the web.

If you are one of those visitors who comes to my blog often, you know that I don’t like the very traditional lettuce and tomato salad.  In this day of Arugula, Kale, Spinach and Mesculin greens, it astonishes me to see lettuce anywhere in a salad!

Lettuce, as a salad base, shows lack of imagination on the maker’s part!

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