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Simple Romaine Lettuce & Cucumber Salad With a Lemony Twist

I love eating fruits and veggies and I love eating salads. However, I am really not very fond of the store-bought salad dressings. There is something creepy about the unnatural colors and their superlong shelf-life.

When I grew up, my mom just used to make a very simple salad dressing from lemon juice, olive oil, some black pepper, and a bit of sugar. Give it a try, it is super simple to make and makes for a very delicious and refreshing salad.


Ingredients (Makes 1-2 servings)
½ Romaine lettuce, torn or cut into bite-sized pieces
½ English cucumber, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (or one frozen lemon juice cube, thawed, see recipe: )
1 teaspoon olive oil
1-1½ teaspoons organic raw sugar
less than 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1. Combine Romaine lettuce and cucumber slices in bowl.
2. I like to use a pyrex measuring cup, combine lemon juice, olive oil, pepper, and sugar. Mix well and pour over lettuce and cucumbers. Toss to coat and serve immediately.

Salad with a lemony twist--ENJOY!!!

Salad with a lemony twist–ENJOY!!!


Simply yummy carrot salad

So the big bag of organic carrots was on sale at Costco. You bought it…and now you are desperately trying to find ways to use the carrots.

After baking vegan carrot cake (see recipe under, eating lots of carrots with the lemony bean dip (see recipe under, and making curried carrot soup (see recipe under…you still have lots of carrots left…and upon checking in the fridge, there is an apple that needs to be used up as well.

So why not making this refreshing salad. The lemon juice gives it some kick. The oil allows the better absorption of the vitamin A and who doesn’t want to be able to see better in the dark 😉 Not to mention the salad is yummy.

about 3 cups of shredded carrots
1 shredded apple
a little bit of oil (like saffron oil)
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1. Mix the shredded carrots, shredded apple, oil, lemon juice, and sugar.
2. Enjoy.

Note: Stores well in air-tight contained in the refrigerator. Great healthy yummy snack.

Carrot-apple salad

Carrot-apple salad

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Cucumber salad with dill

So…every time I wanted to make cucumber salad I went online (checking both German as well as English recipe sites) to check for a recipe for cucumber salad with dill sauce…the way my grandma used to make it. Every single time I got frustrated as all the recipes contained a dairy product in the ingredients.
So I decided to create my own and here is what I came up with…completely dairy free.

Cucumber, thinly sliced

For the salad dressing
1 tablespoon olive oil (I used lemon olive oil)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon dried dill
juice of half a lemon

1. Thinly slice the cucumber.
2. Mix the ingredients for the salad dressing.
3. Add salad dressing to the cucumbers and mix it together.

Note: Keeps well in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.

Cucumber salad with dill

Cucumber salad with dill