Hearty White Bean Caesar Salad Bowls

Nourish bowls are the best. Grab yourself a grain, a protein, some veggies, and sauce — and you’re set with a flavorful, filling, and balanced meal! This Caesar Salad Nourish Bowl is no exception. 
It’s fresh, vibrant, satisfying, meal-prep friend…

Hearty White Bean Caesar Salad Bowls

Nourish bowls are the best. Grab yourself a grain, a protein, some veggies, and sauce — and you’re set with a flavorful, filling, and balanced meal! This Caesar Salad Nourish Bowl is no exception. 

It’s fresh, vibrant, satisfying, meal-prep friendly, and super versatile (use up whatever root veggies you have on hand). Just 10 ingredients required for this delicious plant-based and gluten-free meal packed with protein, fiber, and minerals.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Herb Tahini Sauce

Imagine mildly spicy roasted cauliflower florets drizzled with a creamy lemon herb tahini sauce. This recipe will turn cauliflower into an elegant and delicious side dish to accompany any main course. If you love cauliflower, you will absolutely adore …

Imagine mildly spicy roasted cauliflower florets drizzled with a creamy lemon herb tahini sauce. This recipe will turn cauliflower into an elegant and delicious side dish to accompany any main course. If you love cauliflower, you will absolutely adore this flavorful and colorful recipe. If you are looking for more cauliflower recipes, try these cauliflower...

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Easy Vegan “Crab” Cakes (GF)

Friends, forget about real crab cakes. These vegan crab cakes taste just like the real thing!
Jackfruit does it once again, creating the perfect flaky, fish-like texture, and chickpeas add some protein. Not only is the texture spot on, but they’re als…

Easy Vegan “Crab” Cakes (GF)

Friends, forget about real crab cakes. These vegan crab cakes taste just like the real thing!

Jackfruit does it once again, creating the perfect flaky, fish-like texture, and chickpeas add some protein. Not only is the texture spot on, but they’re also mega flavorful and crispy thanks to bread crumbs and a quick pan fry. These are NOT to be missed! Just 1 bowl required. Let us show you how it’s done!

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What to Do With Crunchy, Sweet & Spicy Peppers

It’s the season of overflowing market bags, heavy CSA boxes, and gardens run amok. Alexandra Stafford of Alexandra Cooks is showing us how to store, prep, and make the most of the bounty, without wasting a scrap.
Today: How to store…

It's the season of overflowing market bags, heavy CSA boxes, and gardens run amok. Alexandra Stafford of Alexandra Cooks is showing us how to store, prep, and make the most of the bounty, without wasting a scrap.

Today: How to store, prep, and make the most of the season's pepper crop, whether you have just a handful or you picked so many you should be called Peter Piper. Start with Yotam Ottolenghi's marinated pepper salad.

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Homemade Fish Sticks

Did you know that it is easy to make fish sticks at home? YEP! And I promise they taste way better than frozen fish sticks you buy at the store. Plus, they are healthier because they are made with fresh and simple ingredients and they are baked and not…

Did you know that it is easy to make fish sticks at home? YEP! And I promise they taste way better than frozen fish sticks you buy at the store. Plus, they are healthier because they are made with fresh and simple ingredients and they are baked and not fried. The recipe is simple and…

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Tuna Melt

It’s funny some of the dos and don’ts that people have come up with around food. Things like that you shouldn’t wash button mushrooms, that you should drink red wine with cheese, and that you shouldn’t let soap anywhere near your cast iron skillet. Nope, nope, and nope. Not sure where these things get started, but people grab the ball and run with it without…

It’s funny some of the dos and don’ts that people have come up with around food. Things like that you shouldn’t wash button mushrooms, that you should drink red wine with cheese, and that you shouldn’t let soap anywhere near your cast iron skillet. Nope, nope, and nope. Not sure where these things get started, but people grab the ball and run with it without turning around to realize they are completely off the field.

Another thing you hear a lot is that fish doesn’t go with cheese. In addition to Moules au Roquefort (mussels with Roquefort) in France, Shrimp Saganaki (with feta) from Greece, and Machas a la parmesana (clams with Parmesan) from Chile, the Tuna Melt is a popular sandwich in the States. However, I do draw the line at les sushis restaurants and decline the bœuf fromage brochette that comes with yakitori assortment plates in France, and ask if they can swap it for a second roasted duck. I love melted cheese, and I like sushi. I’m not sure I want them in the same meal, but à chacun son goût…to each their own taste.

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Vegan Caesar Salad with BBQ Sweet Potato Croutons

Say hello to our new favorite salad.
It’s crunchy, fresh, incredibly easy to make, and boasts BIG zesty flavor from our 5-minute Caesar dressing. The recipe was born out of a simple need to put dinner on the table with minimal effort. We had a bunch o…

Vegan Caesar Salad with BBQ Sweet Potato Croutons

Say hello to our new favorite salad.

It’s crunchy, fresh, incredibly easy to make, and boasts BIG zesty flavor from our 5-minute Caesar dressing. The recipe was born out of a simple need to put dinner on the table with minimal effort. We had a bunch of random ingredients that got thrown together, and it just totally worked. Hello, next-level vegan caesar salad!

The best part?

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Next Level Niçoise Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Caper Vinaigrette

This protein-packed twist on a classic Niçoise salad features flakes of albacore tuna, hard-boiled egg, cherry tomatoes and crispy chickpeas, drizzled with a tangy caper vinaigrette. Side dish no more… the best salads are the ones you can eat as a full meal, satisfying and filling all on their own. And this next-level Niçoise salad […]

This protein-packed twist on a classic Niçoise salad features flakes of albacore tuna, hard-boiled egg, cherry tomatoes and crispy chickpeas, drizzled with a tangy caper vinaigrette.

Side dish no more… the best salads are the ones you can eat as a full meal, satisfying and filling all on their own. And this next-level Niçoise salad certainly fits the bill!

Large shallow dish with butter lettuce and nicoise salad toppings, with a dish of crispy chickpeas and tomatoes and dressing in the background.

This recipe is a twist on a classic Niçoise salad (called as such because it hails from Nice, France). Niçoise salads traditionally have hardboiled eggs, tomatoes, olives and anchovies or tuna, often accompanied by cooked green beans or potatoes with a tangy vinaigrette dressing.

Here we’ve swapped the briny olives for capers which get whisked into a whine wine vinaigrette with olive oil and parsley. We also added crispy fried chickpeas for a textural contrast (dare I say they’re better than croutons?)

It’s a protein packed salad that serves as a meal in and of itself, with tender butter lettuce and cherry tomatoes, and flaked Chicken of the Sea® Wild Catch™ Albacore Tuna, hardboiled eggs, and crispy chickpeas for a triple-protein punch.

Closeup of Next Level Niçoise Salad, topped with red and yellow cherry tomatoes, flaked tuna, chopped hard-boiled egg and caper vinaigrette drizzled over top.

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Eggplant Caponata

Caponata is an Italian appetizer that’s bursting with flavor! Eggplant and Mediterranean vegetables make a tangy, garlicky spread that’s perfect over crusty bread. Here’s a new appetizer that we’re head over heels with: caponata! What’s caponata, you ask? This Sicilian specialty is an appetizer and a side dish, essentially a sweet and sour ratatouille with cooked eggplant, tomatoes and onion. It’s often spread on crusty bread as an appetizer or antipasti (as the Italians would say). It’s so full of tangy, garlicky flavor that once you’ve taken one bite, you’ll likely want to devour the entire serving dish. So hold onto your hats! Here’s how to make Italian caponata…and then how to serve it like the Italians do. What’s in caponata? Caponata is a classic Italian eggplant dish. And like any classic dish (like potato salad or coleslaw), there are endless variations on how to make it. Alex and I researched to make sure this version has all the classic elements: and we’ve customized a bit to our personal tastes! Here’s what’s in our version of caponata: Eggplant (and it doesn’t need to be drained! see below) Red pepper, red onion and celery Garlic Canned tomatoes Olive oil Balsamic vinegar […]

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Caponata is an Italian appetizer that’s bursting with flavor! Eggplant and Mediterranean vegetables make a tangy, garlicky spread that’s perfect over crusty bread.

Caponata

Here’s a new appetizer that we’re head over heels with: caponata! What’s caponata, you ask? This Sicilian specialty is an appetizer and a side dish, essentially a sweet and sour ratatouille with cooked eggplant, tomatoes and onion. It’s often spread on crusty bread as an appetizer or antipasti (as the Italians would say). It’s so full of tangy, garlicky flavor that once you’ve taken one bite, you’ll likely want to devour the entire serving dish. So hold onto your hats! Here’s how to make Italian caponata…and then how to serve it like the Italians do.

What’s in caponata?

Caponata is a classic Italian eggplant dish. And like any classic dish (like potato salad or coleslaw), there are endless variations on how to make it. Alex and I researched to make sure this version has all the classic elements: and we’ve customized a bit to our personal tastes! Here’s what’s in our version of caponata:

  • Eggplant (and it doesn’t need to be drained! see below)
  • Red pepper, red onion and celery
  • Garlic
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar and sugar to balance tangy and sweet
  • Capers to add briny, salty flavor
  • Fresh basil and pine nuts, to garnish
Caponata (Eggplant Dish)

Some other additions you’ll see in some versions: green olives to add even more briny flavor, and golden raisins to add more sweet. We nixed both in flavor of a straightforward, classic caponata: but you can certainly add them if you’d like! (I’d love to add the golden raisins, but Alex is less of a salty-sweet person than I am!)

No need to salt and drain the eggplant!

If you’ve cooked with eggplant before, you’ll know: many eggplant recipes call for letting it drain with salt on it for 1 hour to extract some of the bitterness from the eggplant. If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered: is this extra step really necessary?

We did some research, and guess what? It’s not really necessary in this day and age. Per Epicurious, salting eggplant used to be conventional practice with eggplants years ago because they were more bitter. Today’s eggplants are bred to be less bitter, so there’s no need to salt them. Look: we saved you an hour!

Eggplant caponata

Toasted pine nuts = icing on the cake!

Pine nuts are traditional for topping caponata. They’re an Italian nut that, believe it or not, does come from pine trees! Because it’s so time consuming to harvest and the trees grow only in certain regions, pine nuts can be pricey. But! They’re absolutely worth it for the nutty, uniquely Italian flavor they provide. If you can’t find them, you can omit entirely (or see these substitutes).

If you do use them, follow this advice: Toast the pine nuts before you use them! Toasting the nuts on the stove or in the oven brings out their flavor in a big way: almost like using salt to bring out the flavor in a recipe! They’re not nearly as good without toasting. You’ve been warned!

Eggplant caponata

Capers enhance the salty flavor

If you’ve never cooked with capers, now’s the time! What are they? Capers are a berry of the caper bush that’s native to the Mediterranean. They’re round and dark green gray, about the size of a peppercorn. You’ll find them in Italian and Mediterranean recipes. They bring a tangy, briny and salty flavor to any dish.

Capers are served pickled, so you’ll find them in jars near the olives at the grocery story. If you pick up a joar, also try them in our Salmon with Capers, Roasted Eggplant Pasta, and Paprika Goat Cheese Spread.

Ways to serve caponata: as an appetizer or side! (Or a meal.)

Once you’ve made up a batch of caponata, now’s the fun part. Eating it! There are lots of ways to eat caponata, but probably the most common is using it to top crusty bread. Since it’s Italian in heritage, it works well with Mediterranean-style meals. Here are a few ways that we’d serve it:

  • On crusty bread or baguette slices. If you’re the baking type, try our Homemade Baguette.
  • On crostini. You can also make crunchy Crostini, essentially crackers made out of baguette, which makes more of a showy presentation.
  • On a cheese board or appetizer spread. It’s nice for an antipasto spread because it’s a rare plant-based Italian appetizer option.
  • As a side to baked or grilled fish. It would make a great side to our Salmon with Capers.
  • As a side to pasta. Try alongside Cacio e Pepe, Easy Creamy Gnocchi, or Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo.
  • In grilled cheese. Throw some in the middle of a grilled cheese sandwich and you’ve got a heavenly treat.
  • As a meal. Alex and I have split a bottle of wine with baguette, caponata, and some cheese or seasoned white beans. Perfect appetizer dinner!
Eggplant caponata

This caponata recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Caponata

Eggplant Caponata


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 as an appetizer
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Caponata is an Italian appetizer bursting with flavor! Eggplant and Mediterranean vegetables make a tangy, garlicky spread that’s perfect over crusty bread. 


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds eggplant (2 medium)
  • 1 celery rib
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 14-ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Basil, for garnish
  • Toasted pine nuts, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut the eggplant into small cubes, about 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch. Dice the celery. Slice the red onion. Dice the red bell pepper. Mince the garlic.
  2. In a Dutch oven or large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the eggplant, celery, red pepper and red onion and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook 3 to 5 minutes until the eggplant and onions are browned and softened.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, sugar, red pepper flakes, capers, and salt. Cover and simmer on low for 10 minutes, stirring once, until very tender. Taste and add another pinch or two of salt. Serve warm, garnished with chopped basil and toasted pine nuts. Or, chill for up to 1 day and serve cold or at room temperature (the flavors taste even better after refrigerating). 

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Caponata, Caponata Recipe

More with eggplant!

Eggplant is an underrated vegetable, in our opinion! Here are some more great recipes for eating it:

  • Perfect Roasted Eggplant Here’s how to make the BEST roasted eggplant! Baking until it’s tender makes for unreal flavor.
  • Roasted Eggplant Pasta This eggplant pasta is flavor-packed with roasted eggplant & zesty marinara sauce! An impressive plant based dinner, it works for weeknights or parties.
  • Eggplant Sandwich with Tomato & Pesto This Mediterranean tomato and grilled eggplant sandwich with basil pesto is seriously flavorful. It was inspired by a trip to Italy!

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Everything Smoked Salmon Tart.

Spring is going to look mighty fine with this smoked salmon tart! Okay so this is my new favorite brunch idea, HELLO!!!  A few weeks ago my mom asked me what to serve for a little lunch party. After giving her a few suggestions, it really solidified a perfect lunch menu for me. A puff […]

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Spring is going to look mighty fine with this smoked salmon tart!

This everything smoked salmon tart is perfect for brunch! Puff pastry sprinkled with everything seasoning, slathered in cream cheese and topped with salmon.

Okay so this is my new favorite brunch idea, HELLO!!! 

everything puff pastry

A few weeks ago my mom asked me what to serve for a little lunch party. After giving her a few suggestions, it really solidified a perfect lunch menu for me. A puff pastry tart is just too good to pass up. Because it’s easy but fancy. And super versatile.

You can serve it with a soup. 

You can serve it with a salad.

Or you could serve it with both! 

cream cheese puff pastry

It’s so light but in a way, feels like pizza. I mean, we all know I love a good puff pastry pizza. Because I’ve even made a breakfast version of one before too. 

It’s easily customizable too. 

Which is what I really love about this one and why you should make it in the first place. What would you put on a smoked salmon bagel? Put it on here! What would you leave off? Don’t add it. Make it yours, throw whatever you’d like on top, add something equally as delicious. 

This everything smoked salmon tart is perfect for brunch! Puff pastry sprinkled with everything seasoning, slathered in cream cheese and topped with salmon.

The puff pastry has a perfect everything border. It’s the best! I first started making my own everything seasoning when testing recipes for Seriously Delish. It’s easy to make and you can store it in your pantry. I love that you can make a huge batch of it and have it for everyday use. 

Likewise, you could just buy the jarred version too – whichever works for you. 

This everything smoked salmon tart is perfect for brunch! Puff pastry sprinkled with everything seasoning, slathered in cream cheese and topped with salmon.

After the pastry is baked, you slather the whole dang thing with cream cheese. WHIPPED cream cheese. This is important! You gotta use the whipped version. First, the pastry is so flakey and delicate that it’s difficult to spread anything on top. Second, the whipped cream cheese is lightly and fluffier and makes the spreading part easier. 

Not to mention, you want it to look pretty. But don’t worry about removing some of the flakey bits. You’re going to cover the cream cheese up anyway!

This everything smoked salmon tart is perfect for brunch! Puff pastry sprinkled with everything seasoning, slathered in cream cheese and topped with salmon.

Then!

We finally top it with smoked salmon.

A sprinkling of pickled onions, or if you’re in a pinch, very thinly sliced red onion.

Some dill or other delicious herbs you love.

Capers! You know I love that briney punch. 

Maybe one more pinch of everything seasoning.

And definitely a big squeeze of fresh lemon.

This everything smoked salmon tart is perfect for brunch! Puff pastry sprinkled with everything seasoning, slathered in cream cheese and topped with salmon.

THIS IS SO GOOD.

So lovely for a brunch or a lunch or just a snack on the weekend. It’s easy and delish and different enough from your regular old bagel.

It’s crispy and crunchy and everything I love so much.

This everything smoked salmon tart is perfect for brunch! Puff pastry sprinkled with everything seasoning, slathered in cream cheese and topped with salmon.

Everything Smoked Salmon Tart

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Everything Smoked Salmon Tart

This everything smoked salmon tart is perfect for brunch! Puff pastry sprinkled with everything seasoning, slathered in cream cheese and topped with salmon.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed if frozen
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons everything seasoning (recipe below)
  • 1 large egg + 1 teaspoon water, lightly beaten for egg wash
  • 2/3 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 3 to 4 ounces smoked salmon
  • quick pickled onions, for garnish
  • fresh dill, for sprinkling
  • capers, for garnish
  • thinly sliced lemon

my everything seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (I also added in black sesame here!)
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon flaked sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  • Place a sheet of puff pastry on the baking sheet. Poke holes all over the puff pastry with a fork. Brush the entire thing with the egg wash. Sprinkle the edges of the sheet with the everything seasoning.
  • Bake the puff pastry for 20 to 25 minutes, until it’s golden brown and puffy, If it’s puffed up a lot in the center, you can poke it with a fork to deflate it a bit.
  • Let the pastry cool slightly. Gently spread the cream cheese over the tart. This will be tricky because it will lift a few flakey bits from the top of the pastry, but that’s okay! That’s why it is important to use whipped cream cheese - it is light and fluffy and not as heavy as the non-whipped cream cheese.
  • Layer the smoked salmon on top of the cream cheese. Sprinkle on the pickled onions, fresh dill, capers and another pinch of everything seasoning. Add on a squeeze of fresh lemon. Slice and serve!

my everything seasoning

  • Stir everything together until combined. This makes extra so store it sealed in your pantry!

This everything smoked salmon tart is perfect for brunch! Puff pastry sprinkled with everything seasoning, slathered in cream cheese and topped with salmon.

It’s everything! Literally.

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