Crunchy Asian Salad


Countdown to Easter: 2 Days!

This is a great springtime salad to contribute to an Easter banquet



  • 1 large head of Napa cabbage
  • 1/2 head of cabbage
  • 1 package pre-chopped purple cabbage
  • 1 package pre-chopped carrots
  • 5 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 c. toasted sliced almonds
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • Soy Ginger dressing (Trader Joe’s) or other low-fat/low-sugar asian style dressing

Toss salad to spread dressing out thinly & evenly

Enjoy this crunchy salad & share with friends & family


You could also add chicken for some protein & make it a Chinese Chicken Salad

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Greek Yogurt Fruit Salad

Green Apple, Strawberry, Blackberry

Green Apple, Strawberry, Blackberry

Countdown to Easter: 4 Days!

A fruit salad is the perfect colorful springtime side dish to contribute to an Easter brunch.  There are endless possibilities of fruits & nuts you can use for a colorful fruit salad


  • Chobani Nonfat Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • Your favorite chopped fruit: Such as green apple, pear, fuji apple, banana, berries
  • Chopped Pecans (or walnuts/sliced almonds)
  • Optional: Dried Cranberries

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Pork Spring Rolls


This simple pork spring roll recipe is full of flavor and has the protein to fill you up and carry you through the day.

Ingredients:  Yields about 4 servings

  • 1 lb. pork loin cutlets
  • 1 head napa cabbage (about 3 c. shredded)
  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 4 large romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. asian fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt & ground pepper


  1. In a large pan coat with olive oil and add pork cutlets.  Season with a little sea salt & pepper.
  2. Cook on medium high until one side of the pork is browned.
  3. Flip, turn heat down to medium-low, and cook until no longer pink, yet still juicy. Set asideIMG_5767
  4. Whisk together fish sauce, lime juice, ginger, garlic & red pepper flakes in  a small bowl
  5. Shred napa cabbage and slice red bell pepper into thin slices      IMG_5769IMG_5770
  6. Slice the pork into thin slices                                                                     IMG_5771
  7. Toss the pork with 1 tablespoon of dressing mixture                IMG_5774
  8. Toss the cabbage and red bell pepper with the remainder of the dressing                            IMG_5773
  9. Lay the romaine lettuce leaves on a plate and fill with cabbage mixture and pork.  Eat open-faced


For my Vietnamese Spring Roll recipe, click HERE!



Healthy House Salad


Sometimes I just crave a typical house salad with ranch dressing.  I found this great new all-natural ranch dressing made with yogurt.  It has a small fraction of the amount of fat than traditional ranch dressing and tastes even better as it is not thick and artificial.  Bolthouse Farms has a whole line of these yogurt dressings found in the chilled section.


  • Romaine, Green Leaf, or Butter Lettuce
  • Diced vine-ripened or roma tomato
  • Shaved carrots
  • Diced avocado (about 1/4 an avocado)
  • Diced cucumber
  • Bolthouse Farms Ranch dressing made with yogurt
  • Cracked pepper

Enjoy this refreshing, basic salad without the guilt of a fatty ranch dressing!



Food Fotography

I have always loved the creativity of photography and experimenting with viewing the world through a different “lens.”  YES, I am that girl who makes everyone at the table wait to take a bite so I can take pictures of the dish.

I am taking a photography class this quarter in which we were required to purchase a DSLR camera.  I have yearned for a high quality camera like this since my photography classes in high school and am so happy with my purchase.

Here are some updated photos of previous recipes along with some “Sunday Funday” food taken with my new camera:

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Recipes & Links: 

Healthy Chicken & Black Bean Tostada

The Best Salad. 

Grasings: Carmel, CA

Cafe Rustica: Carmel, CA

I will do my best to take recipe pictures with my professional camera from now on.  Sometimes when I’m on my way out the door I’ll have to revert to the convenient iPhone camera… Otherwise, I believe you will enjoy the new & improved pictures for Carly’s Clean Cuisine!


Beet, Black bean & Avo Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette


  • Romain lettuce
  • Black beans
  • Beets (canned  but not pickled)
  • Avocado (no more than 1/2 of an avo)
  • Balsamic vinaigrette

Directions for homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients: (1 serving)

  • 4 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil (cold pressed)
  • 1/2 tsp. Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Thyme
  • Pepper to taste
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Option: a dash red pepper flakes for spiciness
  • Option: 1/2 tsp honey for sweetness
  1. In a mason jar or other sealable container add: 4 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil (cold pressed), a dash of sea salt, pepper to taste
  2. Tip: Always use 4 parts vinegar and 1 part olive oil.  It will go farther and with less fat.
  3. Shake & pour over lettuce
  4. Then add the toppings on the salad so that the dressing isn’t going where it’s not needed
  5. Do not refrigerate dressing.  Just make one serving, or use the rest the next day

Enjoy this simple & healthy dressing on any salad concoction you create!

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The Best Salad.

The Best Salad

Quick tip: Adding brown rice to your salad makes it more hearty, nutty & flavorful!



  • Spring mix lettuce
  • Shredded carrots
  • Sprouts or micro greens
  • Short grain brown rice (the short grain has a nuttier flavor & texture than long grain)
  • Lower sodium soy sauce
  • All natural guacamole (use less than 1/4 c. in one salad) or diced avocado
  • Feta cheese (no more that 1/8 c.)
  • Tahini dressing or a vinegar-based dressing of your choosing


Spring Mix for the Best Salad recipe

Quick tip:  Mix together the lettuce, carrots & micro greens with the dressing first.

Then top with the brown rice with soy sauce, guacamole & feta cheese.  This way, you are not adding dressing where it’s not necessary and will ultimately use less dressing.

Enjoy your dark, leafy greens in the most delicious way!

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Sweet Tart Spinach Salad

Healthy & fun veggie ideas for the new year


Dark leafy greens are the most nutritious form of veggies.  This salad turns the natural bitterness of spinach into a delightful sweet &tart mixture!


  • 2c. baby spinach or 1c. baby spinach mixed with 1c. spring mix salad
  • 1 large green apple
  • 1/4 c. walnuts
  • 1/4 c. dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp. Raspberry vinaigrette dressing or Panera’s poppyseed dressing (or another healthy dressing)

Look for natural or organic dressings without preservatives. Beware of dressings that say nonfat or sugar-free because these often have the most unnatural ingredients to make up for it.  Just choose a vinaigrette dressing and stick with 1-2 tablespoons.  Steer clear of ranch, thousand island, creamy caesar, etc.


  1. Dice the green apple & chop the walnuts
  2. Toss all the salad ingredients together


I’m always looking for new salad combinations to keep them interesting.  This one is my go-to sweet salad combo, enjoy!

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