Fruity Spinach Salad & Happy News!

Fruity Spinach Salad & Happy News!


It’s been a buuuuuuusy week around the Kramer household. I’ve been putting in some major overtime trying to get this cookbook wrapped up. Sleeping has been replaced with early morning recipe testing and late night writing, my refrigerator is jam-packed with WAY too much food for a family of three and a half to deal with, and there are regularly just enough dirty dishes in my sink to keep me from filling my coffee pot with water so I can function throughout the day. :\

But, despite the busyness, I am loving life right now. The weather outside has been a blissful 90 degrees (yeah, I’m a heat junkie), and my garden is in full bloom even though I haven’t been able to tend to it this year. I guess it wanted to grow so badly that it just took care of itself. Pretty rad! We have kale, scallions, chamomile, rosemary, parsley, cilantro, mint, oregano, sage, berries, roses, and even purslane! So, it’s really a great time to be cooking up a storm. Ah, yes… life is good.

And, you guys… I have good news! Well, great news! I’ve been sitting on this exciting announcement for a while until it became “official”. And now it is. I’m super happy to say that my cookbook is getting published by Fair Winds Press… one of my all time favorite publishers of beautiful reads! So with that, comes an emphatic thank you to all of you. There’s no way in heck I would have ever had this opportunity if it wasn’t for you glorious readers out there, subscribing to my culinary rants, making my recipes, and keeping me motivated. You guys are the best.

The book’ll be hitting shelves Spring of 2012, and the [tentative] title is Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats. Keep an eye out for it! Unless of course you’re a regular follower of my blog, in which case I’ll be sure to remind you. :)

My testers have been hard at work too! Check out what a few of them have been up to:

The Vegan Chickpea

Forest Raven

Tiffany’s (of Bread Without Butter) flickr photostream Check out her blog too!

And, last but not least, Tofu’s Mobile Me Gallery

They’ve been busy helping me out, and I couldn’t be more appreciative of all their hard work.

With a schedule like I have these days, one thing that’s keeping me fueled up is salads. Yep… I’ve been thriving on simple, colorful, nutritious bowls of yum. They always include some of my garden bounty in ‘em, which makes me especially proud to be noshing them. They’re good for your mind and body, and they are super easy to prepare. Oh, and they require very little cleanup!

This recipe is one of my faves. It’s filling enough to count as a full meal, yet simple enough to whip up last minute before heading out the door for some summertime fun (if you happen to have some cooked brown rice on hand, which is a frequent occurrence in my refrigerator). Feel free to adjust all seasonings and ingredients to your taste! This is, after all, a salad… mix it up!



Fruity Spinach Salad

serves 4


Salad Mix:

  • 1 ripe peach, pit removed and diced
  • 1 ripe tomato, diced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh (and pitted) cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups cold cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups packed spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions (green onions)
  • 1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (or less if you’re using a really great brand)
  • 1 tbsp agave or gf brown rice syrup
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp sea salt, or to taste


Combine all ingredients for salad mix into a bowl and toss until well mixed.

Whisk all dressing ingredients together and pour over salad mix. Stir gently but thoroughly. Eat.


42 Responses to Fruity Spinach Salad & Happy News!

  1. [...] Fruity Spinach Salad: This salad offers a cornucopia of spinach, springy fruits, and brown rice with the unusual addition of fresh cherries, too. Pretty and nutritious all in one. [...]

  2. Lauren says:

    I made this salad last night, and it was perfect! Thanks for the great recipe.

  3. [...] to use up quinoa #2: Quinoa Tebbouleh, a tester from Allyson Kramer’s upcoming gluten free cookbook. This is a salad that I was kind of the fence about, there was just [...]

  4. Yuuuum, I am making this as soon as peach season hits! :) :)

  5. Tasha says:

    OMG Congratulations!!!!! I cannot wait!!!!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I just stumbled across your blog on foodgawker the other day and am finally getting around to making this yummy looking salad! I love that you have your own garden-that is definitely a dream of mine as well. Congrats on the new cookbook-that is so exciting!

  7. Sarah says:

    :) I’ll make sure to purchase a copy once it is released. My shelf totally needs some gluten free/vegan cookery books!!!

  8. Awesome news, Alyson! As well, this recipe looks great. Totally mix-and-match the fruit, greens and grain. I bet quinoa would work well, too. Yum!

  9. Gena says:

    Congrats, Alyson! I got to know Fair Winds a bit during my publishing days and think quite highly of them. Wish I could be a tester — pre-med life is alas too taxing.

    As for this recipe, it looks amazing.

    • allyson says:

      Gena, that is so awesome you had such a great experience with Fair Winds. I could tell from the very beginning that they were top notch folks to work with. I feel pretty darn lucky to have this opportunity. Thank you so much for your kind words and support… you’re a gem!

      (and oh my goodness… with your schedule, I can’t believe the thought of testing would even cross your mind! Such a sweetie. <3)

  10. Congrats on the cookbook! But spring of 2012?? We have to wait an entire year? That is just cruel!

    • allyson says:

      Kiersten, that is such a sweet thing to say! I’m glad you’ll be full of anticipation about the book — I will be too! :)

  11. Laurel says:

    Fantastic news. I am so proud of you.
    P.S. Where can I get a garden like that?

    • allyson says:

      Laurel… thank you, dear! And, hey… don’t get too jealous of my “miracle” garden–it’s still full of weeds. But that’s half the fun, right? I’m literally foraging in my own garden! <3

  12. Anne says:

    In college I got in the habit of eating salads because they were easily transported and required no cooking. I felt so good and had so much energy but my salads never looked as good as yours!

    • allyson says:

      Anne, I love how easily transportable salads are too… especially when I was in college! They are perfect little meals, ya know?

  13. Miriam says:

    Congrats on the cookbook. Your book sounds great. I’m getting into vegan cookbooks lately and a gluten free one will be a great addition.

  14. Tiffany says:

    That IS exciting news! Congratulations, Allyson! And thanks for the sweet mention. I’m loving the recipe testing. We’re certainly eating well at my house. :) Your book is going to be amazing!!

  15. Marly says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my name on the waiting list to be one of the first to get one. If you go on a book tour, please come to KC! By the way, this spinach salad looks yumm!!

  16. Congrats! I will definitely be keeping an eye out for it!

  17. Caitlin says:

    you’re an amazing woman and i am so proud to be a recipe tester for your amazing upcoming cookbook ;) and i need to make this salad.

    you’re not “kind of a bid deal”, you’re just a big deal ;)

  18. Amey says:

    Wow, that’s really awesome news!! Congratulations! I can’t wait to see your book, I bet it will be so beautiful!

  19. veganlisa says:

    That salad looks fantastic.

    Huge congratulations on the official book deal. I can’t wait to see this baby in print. I will have some photographs of tester recipes up this week. xo

  20. Morgan says:

    Congrats girl! great news!!!!

  21. That is so exciting!! Congratulationsssss!

  22. Kayleigh says:

    I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOUR COOK BOOK! Thank you for all of your hard work!

  23. CONGRATS! Can’t wait to get it!

  24. christy says:

    Yay girl! Congrats!! And that salad looks divine!