Salad making for dummies

What you need for a good salad

  • 1. Pick a kind of lettuce as a base, I prefer organic. Romaine, watercress or mix different lettuces up.
  • 2. Pick 1, 2 or more vegetables that you add raw or grilled. Like cucumber, tomatoes, grilled mushrooms, red peppers, onions.
  • 3. Add a protein. If you go vegetarian you can choose nuts. If you eat meat you can add grilled organic chicken, beef, bacon or other options. And fish: tuna, salmon, grilled shrimp or scallops as a few examples. Avocado is a nice topping as it is filling
  • 4. Add extra toppings like dried fruits to make the salad get a sweet flavor (raisins, cranberries, grapes, strawberries or other fruits)
  • Add cheese to make it more hearty (goat cheese, blue cheese, parmesan, gouda or other cheeses)
  • Add finishing toppings. Seeds, sprouts or anything else you can think of too add.
  • 5. And last: add your dressing! *Simple salt, pepper and olive oil tastes great with good ingredients in a salad.
  • If you want to go to an asian twist: add soy sauce based sauces to the dressing.
  • If you want to go light, add yoghurt in the dressing.
  • When you want to go sweet & spicy, add a bit of spicy red pepper flakes in dressing with honey

Ingredients which taste great together and in combination are great:

  •  Goat cheese, cranberries & pistachios
  •  Romaine, parmesan, croutons
  • Tomatoes, cucumbers, salt, pepper
  • Goat cheese, roasted pumpkin, sunflower seeds
  • Walnuts & blue cheese.
  • Avocado is always great to add to every salad. Tomatoes and cucumbers almost always are good ingredients too!

Just add some lettuce and olive oil!

Try your own combinations of dressing, salad & ingredients to find your favorite salad!

Love, Lonneke

First published in 2012, updated in 2020. Picture by Abigal O'Neill


Food by Lonneke: Gazpacho

Gazpacho is easy to make, it is a great raw dish for when you need to cool off a bit.

Check out this video filmed in my kitchen in NYC where I show how I make an easy and delicious gazpacho!


Love, Lonneke

First Published in 2012, updated in 2019

Union Square Farmers Market NYC

NYC farmers market

I love to go to the local NYC farmers market. I have written stories about it many times in the past, but now I am writing an update!

Union Square Farmers Market

What I get at the local farmers market

  • Fresh local fish from fishermen based in Long Island who fish in the Atlantic Ocean like from Pura Vida fisheries. The scallops are always super flavorful and with a great texture when I prepare them.
  • Grass fed beef from small farms upstate that work on increasing the biodiversity of nature.
  • Local honey by Andrew's honey. He has beehives all over town and so you can even get Soho or Brooklyn honey!
  • Vegetables and fruits at different stands like Norwich Meadows farm
  • organic breads from different vendors, including this delicious Moroccon bread called msmen
  • homemade jams and cheese
  • lavender and flowers

All the farmers are super nice, and it is great to see who has been taking care of your produce, fish and meats. They can also give you tips on how to prepare the meat, fish or vegetables.

READ MORE: All the many (organic) farmers at Union Square Farmers Market.

One of the great farmers at the Union Square Farmers Market is Norwich Meadows Farm which I am going to spotlight. They have organic seasonal vegetables and sometimes fruits. I don't know why, but their Middle Eastern cucumbers, tomatoes and watermelons from Norwich Meadows Farm are out of this world! They are juicy, flavorful and on top of that they smell so nice. They even have wonderful artichokes. Proof again that there is no other way to grow vegetables but ORGANIC! You should browse their website for more information on their products. I went last week, and this time I got cute mini vegetables and watermelon. We got a good deal because they gave a discount as their truck apparently had broken down, and they could not bring the vegetables back upstate. I hope they fixed their truck!

farmers vegetables

Different vegetables at their stand at different times of the year:

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Vegetables in my Fridge

I make things like this Tomato-Cucumber-Basil salad with it:

Tomato Cucumber Basil salad

Thank you farmers for my fresh and delicious produce each week! Also check out this video of me visiting the farmers market that I shot for Modelinia a few years back.

Love, Lonneke

First published on August 20th 2011 , updated in 2019