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By Gail Johnson You may be baking bread and craving comfort foods these past few weeks, but with spring upon us, now’s a good time to seek out healthy bowls abundant in veggies and greens. With hundreds of restaurants in the region offering takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup, here are a few hearty salads to seek out. Cardero’s Vancouver Kale and quinoa are nutritional powerhouses. In the Coal Harbour restaurant’s dish, grains and baby kale are jumbled with bright strawberries, creamy avocado, crunchy almonds, fresh goat’s cheese. Add grilled chicken for some extra protein. Chickpea Vancouver All things green rule at the popular plant-based restaurant. Treat yourself to the Cauliflower of Life Platter: Gluten free, it boasts roasted cauliflower drizzled with fresh parsley, mint, tomatoes, red onions, all drizzled with tahini and lemon-garlic sauce. COVID-19 bonus: spend $100 and get a free roll of toilet paper. Field & Social Vancouver…

By Burgoo Bistro, North Vancouver INGREDIENTS: Mixed greens (3 cups) Cucumber, diced (10 pieces) Strawberry, sliced (10 pieces) Red onion, sliced (2 tbsp) Sunflower seeds (2 tbsp) Cooked quinoa (2 tbsp) Fresh parsley (1 tbsp) Salmon: Wild sockeye salmon (4 – 2.5oz portions) Lemon Juice (1 tbsp) Olive oil (1 tbsp) Ground black pepper (1/2 tbsp) Salt (1/2 tbsp) Cookhouse Vinaigrette: Red onion, chopped (1/4 cup) Garlic cloves, chopped (1/4 cup) Liquid honey (1/4 cup) Dijon mustard (1/4 cup) Fresh parsley, chopped (1/4 cup) Balsamic vinegar (1 cup) Red wine vinegar (2 cups) Water (1/2 cup) Salt (2 tbsp) Black pepper (2 tbsp) Canola Oil (1-1/2 litres) DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 400° F. Toss salmon in lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper and salt. Lightly roast salmon until just cooked through, around 7 minutes, set aside to cool. In a blender, or using a hand blender, make vinaigrette by pureeing…

By Tourism Richmond While piping hot bowls of ramen and dumplings from the steamer are comforting in the wintry months, sometimes the palate starts to crave lighter fare as temperatures rise. Richmond’s dining landscape showcases a diversity of summery dishes from Asian countries with hot climates. From appetizers to desserts, restaurants throughout Richmond offer the opportunity for a refreshing, cooling eating experience, allowing you to embrace the summer heat. Salads and Chilled Starters Vietnamese salads epitomize a food culture that has perfected a confluence of flavours and textures. Green Lemongrass (8180 Westminster Highway) offers a beautiful green papaya salad that comes with crunchy julienned green papaya, pickled carrot, Thai basil, caramelized onion, crushed peanuts, and vinaigrette. Choose between shrimp, shredded chicken, shrimp and pork, and beef jerky for the protein. The newly opened and very stylish Com Vietnamese (#120-7688 Alderbridge Way) also features an excellent papaya salad with fresh papaya,…

By: Lan Do, Executive Chef and Owner of Bánh Mì Très Bon INGREDIENTS (6 portions) White or red Pomelo – (1 medium) (in the restaurant, they order their pomelo from Vietnam) Green Papaya, julienned (1/2 medium) Carrots, peeled and julienned or shredded  (2 jumbo), Basil leaves,chopped into fine strips (1 cup) Roasted peanuts, finely chopped (1/2 cup) Large or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, cut in half & boiled (1/2 pound) DRESSING White sugar (100 grams) Fish sauce (50ml) Garlic, minced (20 grams) Lime juice (40 grams, approximately 2 limes) Red chili peppers, minced (2) DIRECTIONS Peel pomelo and remove all the skins, break the pomelo flesh into small pieces. Toss pomelo, shredded green papaya, carrots, prawns and basil into bowl Make dressing: Add lime juice and fish sauce to sugar, whisk well until dissolved.  Add minced garlic and mince red chili peppers. Dress salad. Sprinkle chopped peanuts on top of salad.