Campbell’s Summer Sides

07 . 21 . 14

Zucchini Ribbons, Millet, and Pine Nuts with Herb Dressing

I had the opportunity to work with Campbell’s Canada this spring to develop seven whole grain summer side dishes using their chicken, vegetable, and beef broths (available in the US as Swanson). I usually say no-thanks to jobs like these, but this project in particular involved a level of collaboration and creativity that I think most “big box” brands would be apt to follow suit. It was SO refreshing to work with talented and inspiring women (all women! girl power!) who are less interested in the BUY BUY BUY message and focus on the LET’S ALL EAT WELL message. The goal was to pair the best of summer produce with broth-cooked grains that stood up to the protein stars of a backyard BBQ.

After several weeks of recipe development and pre-production, the Campbell’s team brought me up to headquarters in Toronto for a brief media stint a few days before the wedding. Toronto is a SUPER neat place, if you haven’t been, and there was something really empowering about spending my last single-lady days stomping around the city and dining solo at the high-tops of Momofuku (other favorite stops include: Oak + FortNadegeBar Isabel).  Although it was tough to leave town with family coming in for the wedding, working with Campbell’s has made it financially feasible for us to take an extended honeymoon in Bali (!!!) in a few weeks. Although I ALMOST compared rolling basil leaves for chiffonade as something NSFW at my cooking demo at St. Lawrence Market, I had loads of fun, met some amazing people, and had the chance to feed a few new faces and friends.

Thai Quinoa SaladShaved Fennel, Orange, Candied Pecans and Toasted Millet

Check out all seven recipes at cookwithcampbells.ca.

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Shaved Fennel, Orange, Candied Pecans and Toasted Millet

Zucchini Ribbons, Millet, and Pine Nuts with Herb Dressing

Roasted Spring Carrots over herbed Kamut

Fresh Apricot, Jalapeno, Mint Quinoa Salad

Roasted Vegetable and Pearl Barley Salad

Farro Caprese Salad

Thai Quinoa Salad

Roasted Vegetable and Pearl Barley SaladFarro Caprese Salad

** As you can guess, this post is sponsored by Campbell’s Canada. All opinions are my own. 

  • I love all of this so much. Yay for big brands bringing on inspiring people like you to help others eat well. These salads look positively delicious. And holla for an extended honeymoon! ENJOY!

  • So vibrant and beautiful salads! True celebration of summer bounty – loved it!

  • “I ALMOST described rolling basil leaves for chiffonade like rolling a joint” – I must admit, it’s a pretty good analogy, that’s hilarious!

  • everything looks so delicious!

  • What Mallory said — I lol’ed at that one too! Hurray for Campbell’s and Bali — you deserve it! Thank you for this endless beauty and wholesome inspiration, as always.

  • Sofia

    Beautiful Salads! I’m glad you enjoyed Toronto…wish I knew you were doing demos here…would’ve loved to come out :)

  • Lovely – and how amazing to be a part of a potentially far-reaching, eat well movement – every dish looks delicious. We…will also be in Bali in a couple weeks… Enjoy your trip!!

  • Love this, Kelsey! So lucky to get 7 recipes from you in one post! Happy to hear that Canada treated you well, mint joints and all ;) Have a happy honeymoon! Jodi x

  • Extremely well done, Kelsey!! Everything, so beautiful..so fresh.

  • Haha, there’s always a joke that Canadians (and, by extension, Torontonians) only feel validated when they’re mentioned in the American news. I realize you’re website isn’t the news, but I squealed nonetheless to see you mention my city! I hope you had a terrific time here. Also, these recipes look absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to cook some of them!

  • HAH. every time i chiffonade now, i’ll probably be thinking of you rolling a joint :)

  • I was at the health food store checking out grains today. Settled on trying freekah. Now, after seeing this post, I see I need to go back and get more grains! All of your recipes look delicious.

  • These all sound totally fabulous. Glad you got to experience Bar Isabel — incredible food, gorgeous space and dreamy staff :)

  • Love your transparency and these recipes look amazing. They are lucky to have you alongside them. Happy honeymoon!

  • I literally think about that every time I chiffonade basil. And I love the look of this collaboration, sounds like they were great to work with, and your recipes look delicious, as always.

  • Wow all these salad combos sound amazing! Hope you are enjoying you extended honeymoon!

  • Congrats on this amazing work opportunity, Kelsey! These salads look beyond delicious and I can’t wait to cook some for a grill party (or a single lady evening). Hope you’re having a wonderful honeymoon in Bali! I was there a couple of years ago and fell in love with that small island, its culture, people, and food. [Also, what a stunning bride & groom you were! Been stalking you on IG ;)]

  • Great job here! I love the videos with each recipe as well.

  • That farro caprese salad sounds crazy good! These all do! And seriously your photos are gorgeous. I’m not talking about the ones on the Campbell site. Yours have such feeling and vibrancy! Thank you for sharing with us and so nice to hear that an extended honeymoon is your reward :) Enjoy!

  • All seven are gorgeous – exactly the inspiration I need for cooking up all the veggies we’re bringing in from the garden. I especially love the apricot-jalapeno-mint idea. Yum!

  • Looks absolutely summer fresh. Pictures are excellent, specially the orange and candied pecans.

  • Matthew

    Holy cow this looks great! Very beautiful presentation

  • These are all truly delicious looking and inspiring grain salads! Just seeing them makes me want to be virtuous! :) Good on Campbell’s for seeking you out to share this with people!

  • This is just what I was looking for! I live in Madrid and it’s so hot for “hot foods”. I’m having a dinner party at my place and needed some cool/fresh salad ideas. These will be just the trick!

    Thanks so much, and love the wedding photos by the way. Congratulations!

  • Mmmnmm that zucchini ribbon is what calls out to me the most (even though it all looks good!). Might actually give that one a go tomorrow!

  • Maria Lopez

    Stunning and looks amazing..thank you for sharing these recipes..:) Do you use protection gloves when slicing or preparing these dishes? or you just do it with bare hands?

  • Wow! I love all of these. They look so fresh and delicious. Perfect for summer. Your photos are beautiful… very inspiring!

  • Some beautiful salads, really get me in the food for some summer food as it’s been so rainy recently. They make me feel healthier just looking at them!

  • These are SO gorgeous!

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