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6 Mediterranean-Inspired Recipes for Spring

By Whole Story Editors, March 13, 2018  |  More Posts by Whole Story Editors

Recipe: Chilled Barley Salad with Spicy Hummus Dressing

Whether you're making a casual meal or entertaining a crowd, the best spring recipes highlight fresh seasonal ingredients with ease. That's why we're hooked on CAVA dips and spreads. Cooking is as simple as grabbing your favorite spring ingredients — think asparagus, sugar snap peas, haricots verts and radishes — and pairing with a bold flavorful dip and spread like CAVA's Traditional or Spicy Hummus, tangy, creamy Crazy Feta or fiery Harissa spread. 
You can whip up Spicy Hummus Toast with Sliced Radishes and Sliced Cucumbers in a snap for a savory breakfast or lunch, set out a colorful and quick appetizer with CAVA's Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and fresh veggies; or you can spice up shrimp with a harissa marinade for a simple dinner go-to. More good news: CAVA's dip and spreads (like all foods in our stores) are made without artificial preservatives and are vegetarian — and most are vegan too. Read on for some of our favorite dishes with CAVA dips and spreads.
Chilled Barley Salad with Spicy Hummus Dressing
Swap out your usual pasta salad recipe for this spring-veggie-laden, barley-studded alternative. CAVA's Spicy Hummus lends a kick, while lemon zest and fresh parsley amp things up even more. This salad's a cinch to make ahead for potlucks and picnics.
Lemon and Dill Salmon Burgers with Avocado Tzatziki
Salmon, fresh dill, lemon juice, CAVA's Tzatziki and an avocado spread come together for a new take on burger night. Bonus: If it's still chilly where you are, no problem. These are pan-seared - no grill required.
Asparagus Tart with Crazy Feta and Tzatziki Drizzle
This recipe makes the most of one of spring's superstars — asparagus. With CAVA's creamy Crazy Feta baked in and a drizzle of refreshing tzatziki on top, this simple, delicately spicy tart is equally suited for a quick weeknight dinner or a Sunday brunch.
Crazy Feta Toast with Roasted Beets and Chives
The deep earthiness of roasted beets partners with the creamy tang of Crazy Feta dip. Add bite with fresh lemon zest and a sprinkle of chives, and voila! A dish that's as flavorful as it is beautiful.  
Rainbow Grain Bowl with Pan-Seared Halloumi and Turmeric-Tahini Dressing
This easy-to-make grain bowl pairs colorful seasonal picks like radishes and heirloom carrots with faro, millet, arugula and halloumi cheese. CAVA's light and creamy Eggplant & Roasted Red Pepper Dip and a turmeric-tahini dressing tie it all together.
Planning a party? Check out this hummus hack for Lox Bagel Hummus, which features smoked salmon, pickled onion, cucumber, a poached egg and fresh dill.

It Started With Three First-Generation Greeks

CAVA started in a chef's kitchen, with three first-generation Greeks who took their families' recipes and gave them a modern spin. After many years of hard work — and a Whole Foods Market Local Producer Loan — founders Ted Xenohristos, Ike Grigoropoulos and Dimitri Moshovitis continue to drive the company forward while keeping its culinary roots intact. 
CAVA produces its dips and spreads daily in small batches in Washington, DC, and Culver City, California though you can find them at select Whole Foods Market stores across the country. CAVA also has nearly 50 fast-casual restaurant locations across the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Southern California and beyond. 
Categories: Food & Recipes

5 Irish-inspired Recipes to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

By Ellen Miller, March 12, 2018  |  More Posts by Ellen Miller

Updated March 12, 2018

Photo: @AlexandraCooks

Whether you're of Irish decent or not, you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish American and Irish-inspired recipes. Looking for a new spin on the tried-and true? We can help with that. We're sharing fresh takes on St. Patrick's Day flavors from four food bloggers and one of our own favorites too. 

Tradition with a Twist

Classic Irish Soda Bread recipe is pretty spare — baking soda, flour, buttermilk and salt — and that’s it. Most of us here in the U.S. are probably more familiar with the Americanized version, which typically adds sugar, eggs, butter and raisins or caraway seeds. Alexandra Stafford, the writer behind the blog Alexandra's Kitchen, has developed a recipe that’s somewhere in the middle. She dresses up the original version — just a little — with an egg, a little bit of sugar and a couple of tablespoons of melted butter. The result? A warm, delicious (somewhat biscuit-y) Irish Soda Bread that’s not (too) sweet and is begging for a bit of butter. 


Photo: @theskinnyfork

If you’re all about easy set-it-and-forget-it dinners, check out Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage from Amanda Plott, the Austin-based home cook and blogger behind The Skinny Fork. According to Amanda, you can lighten up the dish by trimming the fat off your corned beef before tossing it into your slow-cooker — the water and steam heat will keep the meat perfectly moist. Try it with Wellshire Corned Beef Brisket, which is on sale for $6.99 per lb from 3/14 - 3/20/18* and made without synthetic nitrates or nitrites.


Photo: Rocky Mountain Cooking

Heather Blake, a Colorado realtor by day and a food blogger by night, re-imagined the traditional Irish American dinner as a crisp Corned Beef and Cabbage Salad with sliced corned beef, shredded cabbage, cubed cheese and an apple cider vinegar dressing. Try it for a festive lunch. Bonus: Organic green cabbage is on sale for .99¢ lb. from 3/14 - 3/20/18*. 

Photo: @amysheree

Amy Sheree, the food stylist and photographer behind AmySheree.com came up with something to make for breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day — or even a handy solution for all those leftovers on the 18th. A poached egg and cubed sweet potato are all you need to turn last night’s dinner into Corned Beef Breakfast Hash.


Can’t imagine your St. Patrick’s Day without a glass of your favorite creamy stout? Get holiday ready with our sale on Guinness Irish Draught Stout — 4 packs of 12-fl.oz. cans are 20% off from 3/14 - 3/20/18*. Just be sure to save two cups for Chocolate Stout Cake with Fresh Figs, a spicy chocolate-y cake. Molly Siegler, our global culinary and hospitality associate coordinator, likes this rich dessert with a little whipped cream.

If you're planning on serving up traditional fare, check out our recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage. We've also got a classic recipe for Bangers and Mash, plus a sale on North Country Smokehouse Irish Banger Pork Sausages for $3.99 for 12 oz from 3/14 - 3/20/18*.

Looking for more savings this St. Patrick's Day? You're in luck. Save $4 per lb on creamy Kerrygold Kilaree Aged Cheddar also from 3/14 - 3/20/18*.

* Valid 3/14 - 3/20/18. While supplies last. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. U.S. only. No rain checks. Excludes grass fed, organic and cooked corned beef brisket. Guinness sale price not legally available in all stores.
Categories: Food & Recipes

Sweet and Saucy: Fruit Salsas for Spring Fish Dishes

By Alice K. Thompson, March 12, 2018  |  More Posts by Alice K. Thompson

RecipeHalibut Fillet with Citrus Salsa and Asparagus

Fresh, bright and just a little unexpected: Fruit salsas are a highly recommended addition to spring seafood meals. The natural sweetness and tang of fruit blends beautifully with fish, and its moisture adds succulence to simple cooking techniques like baking and pan-searing. Salsas are generally no-cook and easy to prepare ahead, making them convenient for both weeknight meals and entertaining. And even simple white fillets look festive and enticing when crowned with colorful fruit salsa.
Bonus: From 3/14 - 3/20/18, sustainably wild-caught fresh Pacific rockfish fillets are on sale for $6.99 lb., and Champagne mangoes are on sale — get 5 for $5.

Anatomy of Fruit Salsas

Making a salsa with fruit may seem exotic, but a few simple ingredients and a few minutes of chopping is all you need to put one together. Keep the following four elements in mind and improvisation is easy: 
Fruit base: Citrus, berries, melons, mangoes, pineapple, papaya, kiwi and starfruit are great spring choices. Dice them finely for a delicate salsa, or leave them in larger chucks for a more rustic one.
Acid boost: A touch of lime, lemon or vinegar ramps up the flavor. Use more or less depending on the natural acidity of your fruit.
Heat and punch: Chiles like jalapeño and serrano are salsa standards, though you can try removing the chile's seeds and pith to better control the heat level first. Or leave them out for a milder sauce. Minced onion, shallot or garlic will act as a foil to your fruit's sweetness to anchor your salsa firmly in the savory category.
Elegant herbs: A green note from cilantro, mint, chives, basil or other herbs gives salsas a freshness that's ideal for light spring meals. Add herbs as close to serving as possible for the most impact and to avoid any discoloration. 
Add salt to taste, and you'll have a fruit salsa to pair with just about any fish or shellfish. Read on for inspiration and easy recipes. 

6 Simple Fish-and-Salsa Recipes

  1. Halibut Fillet with Citrus Salsa and Asparagus is a terrific stovetop recipe that combines seasonal citrus with succulent halibut and spring asparagus. Chilean sea bass, striped bass or cod can be substituted for halibut.
  2. Strawberries are a spring favorite, and Baked Salmon with Spinach and Strawberry Salsa pairs them with jewel-like kiwifruit and adds mint for seasonal freshness. This recipe calls for no added salt, but a sprinkling of flaky sea salt on the fish and over the salsa would be a good addition for a little crunch. 
  3. Grilled Red Snapper with Strawberry and Avocado Salsa also features strawberries, but using blueberries in this recipe would be terrific as well. If outdoor grilling isn't an option, you can use an indoor grill pan to cook the snapper, or pan-sear it in a little oil. 
  4. This simple Baked Salmon with Warm Mango Salsa can be ready in 30 minutes, making it convenient for weeknight meals. Swordfish, tuna or other meaty fish would work well in place of salmon.
  5. Halibut with Watermelon Salsa calls for grilling the fish, but halibut's firm texture makes it easy to cook any number of ways, from pan-searing to baking. Feel free to swap in another favorite melon for the salsa, if you like.
  6. And finally, Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa makes a super-flavorful and light weeknight meal. You could also marinate chunks of cooked firm white fish such as cod or Chilean sea bass instead of shrimp for the ceviche-style filling.
* Valid 3/14 - 3/20/18. While supplies last. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. U.S. only. No rain checks. Excludes cooked rockfish and organic Champagne mangoes.
Categories: Seafood, Food & Recipes

Looking for More Than 3.14 Ways to Celebrate National Pi Day?

By John Stewart, March 12, 2018  |  More Posts by John Stewart
Life is full of cool coincidences. Like how pi and pie sound exactly the same, differ by just one letter and owe their existence to circles. So what better day than National Pi Day, March 14 to take $3.14 off any Large Bakery Pie*, any flavor? (FYI, our pies are as pure as, well, π: we never allow artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives in any of the foods we sell, and we only use cage-free eggs in our own kitchens and bakehouses.)
On the same day, while grabbing your pie(s), grab a cup of Allegro® coffee from our coffee bar and do good — for every cup you buy, Allegro will donate $1 to Whole Planet Foundation®, a Whole Foods Market foundation that funds poverty alleviation around the world through microcredit.

5 Ways to Get Your Pi(e) on

Start with the raw berry recipe — it's perfect with spring berries right now. Bookmark the others for your summer and fall baking pleasure.
Little known chia seed super power: they make pie fillings extra creamy. Keep it cool - this dairy-free beauty requires no baking.
Wrap crusts around sweet summer fruit like peaches, nectarines, strawberries or cherries, then dust with cookie crumbs. I'll take 3.14, please.
Hit all the right notes — rich, silky, smooth — in this yummy vegan version.
Use sweet blackberries, raspberries and blueberries at their summer juiciest for this pretty as a pie pie.
Bake fresh cherries to bubbly perfection and watch as your pie quickly disappears.
*Offer valid 3/14/18. Excludes half Bakery pies and pie slices. While supplies last. No rain checks. Valid at select Whole Foods Market 365 locations.
Categories: Food & Recipes, #foodholiday

How to Make Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, March 6, 2018  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

We took to Instagram to uncover quicker dinner secrets from some of our favorite feeds. They've each caught our attention for different reasons. For example, one makes the most of fiber-rich lentils while another is a take on a long-time favorite (fajitas!). Yet all can be made in about 30 minutes and are guaranteed to please. Check out who's in the kitchen and what's cooking tonight.
Vegan Lentil Avocado and Tomato Salad 
The sister duo behind May I have that recipe has developed a filling and flavorful salad that's easy to prepare. The lentils have a total cooking time of 30 minutes during which you can prep the rest of the ingredients. Looking to save even more time? Prep the lentils the day before. Save leftovers for lunch or a serve as a side the following evening. 
One-Pot Sweet and Spicy Mango Chicken
Cozy comfort food in less than 20 minutes — you bet. With warming spices like turmeric, paprika and chili powder plus mango and tomatoes, this deeply flavorful dish by The Dish on Healthy is what happens when coconut red curry meets sweet and sour chicken. You can easily adjust the level of spice as needed. Money-saving tip: Air-chilled organic whole chicken is on sale for $2.29 per lb from 3/7 - 3/13/18*.  
Sheet Pan Nachos
Nachos for dinner? Sure, just amp it up like this recipe from Last Ingredient. Time-savers like canned black beans and frozen corn make it easy, and sliced jalapeños gives it a spicy kick. While the recipe is vegetarian, it's easy to top with shredded cooked chicken or cooked ground beef. Bonus: 85% lean ground beef is on sale for $3.99 per lb from 3/7 - 3/13/18*. Round out the meal with a simple green salad, if desired. 
Get the recipe: Sheet Pan Nachos
Credit: Two Spoons
Gourmet Toast 4 Ways
Face these last few weeks (or months) of chilly evenings with four savory riffs on toast. France-based blogger Two Spoons has taken the breakfast staple and made it hardy enough for dinner thanks to a garlicky mushroom medley, pan-fried Brussels sprouts with tamari and lemon, oven-roasted tomatoes and creamy avocado. 
Get the recipe: Gourmet Toast 4 Ways
Credit: Blondelish
Easy Chicken Fajitas
This recipe brings together tender chicken, colorful bell peppers, avocado, red onion, jalapeño and a homemade fajita seasoning. UK-based blogger Blondelish not only shares her fajitas recipe, she dishes on top tips too. Note: Her fajita seasoning stores well, so next time you make this dish, you can save time on this step. 
*Valid 3/7 - 3/13/18. While supplies last. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. U.S. only. No rain checks. Excludes cooked chicken and grass-fed, organic and cooked ground beef.
Categories: Food & Recipes