Breakfast Nachos Recipe

Breakfast Nachos

This is a fun take on traditional nachos which normally use tortilla chips as a base. You can certainly use chips here with all the fun breakfast toppings, but other options are whole grain waffles, pancakes, or waffle fries. Personally, I like the indentations in waffles to catch all the toppings! Basically, anything that you would put in a breakfast burrito would be amazing on Breakfast Nachos!! See more of my suggestions at the bottom of the recipe. You do not have to follow my measurements for toppings and you can mix and match with the toppings you like. Remember, breakfast needs protein, so make sure you’re adding your preferred protein, either plant-based or animal-based or both. 

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Quinoa and Jicama Salad with Avocado Dressing Recipe

When I first moved to California over 30 years ago, I was introduced to the avocado and my love affair has continued.  I had never eaten an avocado before, nor had I tried guacamole. My then boyfriend (who is now Hubs) took me to a new fast casual restaurant called Baja Fresh and I ate a burrito with guacamole.  Holy deliciousness.  Now I buy avocados every week and smash them on toast, cube them into salads, turn them into pudding and brownies, mash them into guacamole, and blend them into dressings. I love their creaminess and healthy fats and fiber, and their versatility. I especially love this avocado dressing in this quinoa and jicama salad recipe I am sharing today.Continue reading

Tomato and Avocado Stacks with Ranch Dressing Recipe

How sad is it that I never had an avocado until I was in college?  Not even guacamole.  I mean, what kind of a life is that? Fast-forward I’m-not-going-to-tell-you-how-many-years later, I eat avocados almost every day.  I am crazy about the texture and flavor, and they go with everything.  Avocados are so amazing for your health — the fats are the best kind, so fresh and pure.  Recently, a few people have asked me to share my skincare regimen.  I am thinking about writing a post about it, but until then, avocados are an incredible beauty food!   Avocados can promote supple skin because they moisturize from the inside out. They are also rich in glutamine, a powerful antioxidant which can help with anti-aging.

Avocado Tomato Stacks with Ranch Dressing|Pamela Salzman

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Chopped grilled vegetable salad recipe

Photo by Sarah Elliott
Photo by Sarah Elliott

Sometimes, a little freshening up is in order.  I put this chopped grilled vegetable salad on my weekly dinner planner and when I pulled the image for it, I cringed a little.  The photo did not do it justice at all.  This salad is one of my absolute favorites and one that I posted almost 5 years ago.  In all fairness to me, I didn’t even know how to use a camera when I started this blog, and although I am still no photography expert, I think my images have improved since 2011.  So I thought I would pull this post from the archives and give it a facelift, especially on the eve of Memorial Day weekend when you might be inclined to make a fantastic, crowd-pleasing salad such as this one.

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Creamy Cabbage and Avocado Slaw Recipe (no mayo)

creamy cabbage and avocado slaw | pamela salzman

I had the most fantastic time in Dallas this past weekend!  I spent lovely quality time with my daughter, and I enjoyed getting to know her sorority sisters and their moms.  We had a very full weekend with lots of good food, karaoke (no comment!), yoga, and shopping for everything from mattresses to paleo snacks to new clothes for her to wear to her internship this summer.  Believe people when they tell you that kids grow up too fast!

finely shredded cabbage

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Grilled Pineapple Salad with Avocado and Mojito Dressing Recipe

grilled pineapple salad with "mojito dressing" | pamela salzman

I am not much of a drinker, at least anymore. 😉  If you’ve known me for a long time, you know that way back in the day, I used to enjoy a cocktail more often than not.  Nowadays, I have very limited tolerance for it and therefore I pretty much abstain except for a glass of wine once a month or so.  The headaches the next day just aren’t worth it to me.  My husband says that’s the price I pay for being so clean.  Ha!  But one of my favorite cocktails used to be a mojito, a Cuban drink with rum, mint, sugar and lime juice.  It’s super refreshing and light.  I had my first mojito in Cuba about 14 years ago and I became an instant fan.

grilled pineapple salad with "mojito dressing" | pamela salzman

I came up with this salad for a Cuban-inspired menu I taught last month and although it is not anything I ever saw when I was in Cuba, it reminds me of the tropical vibe there and the dressing in particular makes me think of a mojito since it contains mint, honey and lime juice. This recipe was probably the biggest hit last month.  That said, 99% of the people that come to my classes are women, and women love salads.  I always make so much extra of all my salads for classes because I know everyone loves to load up on them.  No matter if I doubled, tripled or quadrupled this salad, there were never any leftovers!

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Spring Salad with Oranges, Avocado, Radishes and Pumpkin Seed Brittle Recipe

spring salad with orange, avocado, radish and pumpkin seed brittle | pamela salzman

Yesterday my son asked me what my favorite foods were when I was a kid and I quickly responded, “Salad!  I remembered telling someone when I was in the second grade that I wouldn’t mind drinking a bottle of olive oil and vinegar.”  To which my son scoffed, “That’s impossible.  What 7-year-old likes salad that much?”  Honestly, I did.  I loved salad then and I love salad now.  I was always in charge of dressing the salad when I was young.  But we didn’t make anything fancy.  I just drizzled good olive oil and vinegar with some salt on our greens and that was that.

pepita brittle | pamela salzman

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Fennel Salad with Citrus, Avocado and Ricotta Salata Recipe

fennel salad with citrus, avocado and ricotta salata | pamela salzman

I’m doing a little menu planning right now for my annual Christmas trip to my parents’ house, where we’ll (mostly I’ll) be cooking 3 meals a day for at least a dozen or more people.  And this does require planning otherwise we will be schlepping to the market multiple times a day.  And why would I want to do that when I can be obsessing over a 1000 piece puzzle all day, ignoring everyone around me?  Exactly.

citrus dressing

I don’t often think of salads when I meal plan during the winter in New York, but since it’s about 65 degrees there right now, I’m rethinking that and this will be on the menu for one dinner.  This is my new favorite winter salad.  I specify winter salad because I don’t make the same salads in the winter as I do in the summer.  There are no local tomatoes or cucumbers right now, but there is fresh fennel and juicy citrus.

prepping fennel

I’ve been teaching this salad in my classes this month and everyone is loving it.  It’s light and refreshing and easy as pie to make.  I think this would be perfect with fish, poultry or pork.  Fennel is also an amazing digestive aid, which comes in very handy during the holidays.  Wink, wink.  As a child, I remember after a big pasta and meat dinner, my aunt would pass around a platter of raw fennel wedges and a bowl of clementines for dessert.  It was the perfect end to a rich meal, but I loved fennel because it subtly tastes like licorice.  So yummy.  It wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned not all people ate raw fennel from a blue and white Wedgewood platter after dinner!

blood oranges

The components of this lovely salad are thinly sliced fennel, segmented citrus (preferably blood oranges or grapefruit,) avocado and ricotta salata  + a citrus dressing.  Like I always say, feel free to make substitutions and get creative.  Other things you can add/sub:

  • radishes
  • frisee, butter lettuce or watercress
  • pomegranates
  • red onion or shallots

The image below is ricotta salata, which I love.  It’s a dried ricotta made from sheep’s milk cheese, with a firm, but creamy texture and a little salty.  Unfortunately, it’s not easy to find.  I buy it at my local Whole Foods, but there’s no other store in town that sells it.  So when WF is out of it, I’ll use shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, which is also delicious here.  But a good feta is also a nice sub.

ricotta salata

If you’ve taken my classes in the last year, you know how obsessed I am with my new food processor.  This is NOT a sponsored post for Breville even though I would be totally thrilled if they noticed me ;).  I just think the adjustable slicing disc is genius.  So I was able to go pretty thin with the fennel, but you can also do this with a mandoline or with a very sharp knife.  If you have the Breville Sous Chef, I set the slicing blade anywhere between 1/2 and 1.  Otherwise, just use the standard Cuisinart slicing disc.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, watch my YouTube video on how to use your food processor.  And while you’re at it, check out this post for how to segment citrus.

fennel salad with citrus, avocado and ricotta salata | pamela salzman

I think the presentation of this salad is a little tricky, though.  The best method is if you have a large platter on which you can spread the fennel ribbons in one layer and then tuck the grapefruit and avocado slices in randomly.  Don’t worry about it being perfect.  I apologized to a few of my groups this month that I couldn’t take the time to make this salad look more beautiful and I realized that was silly.  It looked good enough to eat and it was gobbled up in record time.  And that is good enough for me!

fennel salad with citrus, avocado and ricotta salata | pamela salzman

Fennel Salad with Citrus, Avocado and Ricotta Salata
Serves: 6
  • Dressing:
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallot, about ½ a small shallot
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 3 Tablespoons unrefined, cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large fennel bulbs, bottom trimmed, stalks discarded, fronds reserved
  • 6 blood oranges or 2 large grapefruits
  • 2 firm, but ripe avocados, halved and pitted and sliced crosswise
  • ⅓ pound ricotta salata, shaved (if unavailable, feta or Parmesan are nice alternatives) Do not slice with a food processor. Use a knife or vegetable peeler.
  • Maldon or flaky sea salt to taste
  1. In a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine dressing ingredients, shake until emulsified and set aside.
  2. Halve the fennel bulb and remove the core. As thinly as possible, slice the fennel lengthwise. Use a mandolin, extra-thin blade on your food processor, vegetable peeler or a knife. Place fennel in a large bowl.
  3. With a sharp knife, remove the peel and pith from the blood oranges and segment the slices. See my blogpost “How to Segment Citrus” for a visual.*
  4. Arrange the fennel across a big platter and toss with enough dressing to moisten lightly.
  5. Tuck the citrus segments and avocado slices into the fennel and scatter the cheese. Drizzle remaining dressing or only as much as is needed.
  6. Garnish with fennel fronds, if desired. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.