August 24, 2014

Summer Food Makeovers

Discover delicious, lighter versions of your favorite summer foods, from burgers and sliders to grilled chicken and ice cream sundaes
by Sara Bonisteel

summer food makeover

A h, summer! It's the time of year to lie idle by the pool sipping on a refreshing iced tea. But poolside usually means swimsuit, and thoughts of swimsuits set the mind racing with visions of the seasonal food favorites you'll have to skip. Or do you?

We've found 11 favorite summer foods and scale-friendly recipe makeovers for each. Our lighter versions cut the calories and the fat while remaining big on flavor. Browse through our summer food slideshow for "splurge day" and "any day" recipes to satisfy your summer hunger.

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August 16, 2014

Warm Winter Farro Salad

When I first got married I used to ask my husband if he wanted salad with dinner, the answer was usually "no." After a few years I wised up and started serving him salad without asking first. But often he didn't eat much of it, despite my raving "Have some salad hong kong business school! It's delicious!" Lately I've hit upon a solution. I serve salad as a main dish, or pile everything onto it so it's an integral part of the meal. Main dish salads, if only someone had told me 12 years ago!

During the Winter or whenever it's cold outside salads, either side salads or main dish salads are not top of mind, but they should be. Just as Summer is the perfect time for cold soup, Winter is the ideal season to try a warm salad. I like to start with a cooked grain like farro or quinoa then use seasonal fruits or vegetables and add some heartier elements too, in this case feta cheese and almonds.

I have to admit, this salad sounds a bit like a parody, it's filled with trendy ingredients and super foods, all that's missing is a little chocolate and kale! I love the sunny colors and hearty crunch to this salad, it's kind of the antithesis of a tossed green salad all floppy and wilted. It's bright and cheerful and yet very hearty. I like combination of citrus, pomegranate, almonds and feta with a touch of ginger but feel free to change up the ingredients in the salad or use a different dressing or spice if you prefer vintage tube.

Warm Winter Farro Salad
Serves 4


1 cup pearled farro
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1 cup diced feta, about 6 ounces
1 cup toasted sliced almonds
2 tangerines peeled and segments cut in half
3/4 cup sliced celery about 2-3 stalks
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Salt and freshly ground pepper


Bring a pot of water to boil and add the farro, cook for 10- 15 minutes or until al dente (or cook according to package instructions). In a bowl combine the feta, almonds, tangerines (remove any seeds) and celery. Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil and ginger in a bow networkl.

When the farro is cooked, drain it and toss it in a bowl with the other ingredients and dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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