Ladies who lunch…and whom I’d like to lunch with.

May 18th, 2010 · Lisa · Recipes, Savory · Comments

May’d me Smile on May 18 – Meeting a brand new friend for lunch.

When you’re little, finding someone who also likes “pink” is enough to solidify an amazing friendship – resulting in slumber parties, lipsync sessions and hours on the phone. As an adult I’ve been lucky to maintain some of those old friendships, formed over playing My Little Ponies, but creating those special connections is a little more elusive in my everyday life. However, I recently worked on a project that brought together an interesting group of people – including one woman who was vegetarian, a runner, a knitter and a lover of board games! Be still my heart…a kindred spirit. We quickly made lunch plans and chatted away our hour over fresh rolls and mango salad.

As grateful as I am for all of the friends I get to physically spend time with, my life is also enriched by the virtual friendships I have established over the years. The internet is a wonderful place to find other people who share your common interests. All of those things you thought made you unique have been “googled” by thousands of other people. Blogs allow us a look into each others lives, we share people’s highs and lows and find out what they ate along the way. 

Today, I wanted to share three great salads created by three fantastic food bloggers who I would love to share a meal with. I believe making someone else’s recipe brings a little piece of that person into your enjoyment of the dish. So many people experience the memories they hold of mothers and grandmothers when they prepare that person’s favourite meal. The women who’s recipes I’m sharing tonight all promote health and wellness through whole plant foods and a balanced approach to life. I hope one day we’ll share a table and chat all about the virtues of greens and good friends.

First up, I enjoyed Ricki’s Bittersweet salad (a recipe that has evolved from restaurant chefs and her friend Caroline Dupont). Dandelion greens provide a bitter base but the tahini dressing adds a richness and the slices of apple provide a hit of sweetness in each bite. Ricki’s blog Diet, Desserts and Dogs is an incredible resource for healthy, delicious vegan recipes.

When I started reading Christy’s blog, The Blissful Chef I was struck by our common appreciation of glorious greens. Her Kale salad with sweet mustard dressing recipe has intrigued me from my very first visit. When I finally made it at home I discovered, it is phenomenal. The fact that I loved a kale salad won’t surprise anyone but Christy’s combination of miso, lemon juice, mustard, brown rice syrup and nutritional yeast is a perfect dressing to massage into  these lovely leaves. The addition of avocado, tomato and fennel makes this salad a satisfying meal. Christy teaches cooking class in LA and her site is full of insightful tips about nurturing our own wellbeing through diet and lifestyle choices. I learn something new with each visit.
Gena of Choosing Raw is an incredible writer who’s posts exude warmth and honesty. I love the recipes that she shares because they always celebrate simple flavours and highlight how delicious it tastes to nourish your body. I prepared Gena’s Divine Salad recipe, a tasty combination of her favourite ingredients : kale, sauerkraut, dulse, carrots, red cabbage and of course, avocado. Her blog is a beautiful testament to the passion she has for helping others find wellness.
Since my meals were not actually shared with these sweet ladies – I treated myself to a decadent raw date and nut truffle. The perfect end to a lovely lunch.

I appreciate how lucky I am  that women from New York, LA and the GTA have all brought such deliciousness into my life without even knowing it. The internet is an amazing tool that can help us to find and learn from people who can inspire us to try new things and reach for new goals. And…if you know that I’m coming for lunch I would suggest whipping up one of these salads. I’m easily impressed by a bowl full of massaged greens. Some people delight in the decadence of massaged Kobe beef…I’d much prefer you spend five minutes rubbing your hands through a big bowl of leaves. 

So, are there blogs or websites you read for culinary inspiration? I plan to share a number of the ones that inspire me over the next few weeks. There are so many amazing people out there sharing their passions for living compassionate, delicious lives. 

Are there blogs or websites you enjoy for the trials and tribulations shared by the author?

If you could share lunch with anyone tomorrow who would you choose? What would you make?


  1. Posted May 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Oh my gosh, I'm going to cry! Thank you for this kind tribute. I'm so happy you liked the salad!

  2. Posted May 18, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    This post is so sweet (in addition to delicious!). What a great way to tie so many wonderful people, foods, and ideas together in one post! There should be more virtual lunches 🙂

  3. Posted May 18, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Lisa, I'm so touched and honored to be mentioned in this post–and with two of my own favorites from the world of food blogs. Thank you so much for this lovely post and your thoughtful, upbeat and insightful writing! 😀 (And of course I'm thrilled you liked the salad–a favorite around here. Now I've got 2 more to try–yay!)

  4. Posted May 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    the divine salad looks yummy… and the presentation if beautiful. i never fan out my avocado slices.

  5. Posted May 19, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Wow Lisa, I'm so honored to be included in this post with these other lovely ladies! I appreciate your kind words about my blog and message and I'm glad that I get to share it with you! Your kale salad is so beautiful! <3 <3

  6. Posted May 19, 2010 at 8:05 am

    What a wonderful post, Lisa!

  7. Posted May 19, 2010 at 9:28 am

    3 amazing dishes from 3 amazing ladies!!!! 🙂

  8. Posted May 20, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    YUM!!! Everything looks amazing! Love Gena's recipes too!
    Pure2raw twins

  9. Posted May 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Gena, the salad is fantastic but you still have a long list of recipes I need to try. Thank you for all of your amazing posts.

    a-k, just wait, I'm hoping to virtually share some time with you too.

    Ricki-You helped me find a new love of Dandelion greens and that's what friends are for.

    nutellacube – I'm glad you liked my fancy avocado touch.

    TheBlissfulChef-your salad has become a real favourite.

    Thanks Mihl!

    Lauren, vegan food bloggers are simply wonderful.

    Twins-I hope to give some of your recipes a try very soon.

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