Nateur cooking with Dara Kaye: Our co-creator of holi (locks) and hair (silk)

Nateur cooking with Dara Kaye: Our co-creator of holi (locks) and hair (silk)

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. It’s still possible to indulge in your favorite foods, while nourishing your body at the same time. Here we share clean versions of delicious recipes that will leave you feeling and looking incredible and not to mention, insanely satisfied. 

Name:  Dara Kaye Kaplan 

Instagram: @DaraKaye

Job description: Co-Owner of PR Agency, Wunderlich Kaplan Communications, Co-Founder of Crazy Filthy Rich , Co-creator of Agent Nateur holi (locks) and hair (silk) 

Favorite dish to serve at a dinner party: Homemade Potato Pancake Blinis with caviar. They are always a winner and never have one leftover.

Favorite skin food ingredient and why: Aloe to add to my water, great for hydration! You can buy the fresh plant down here in Miami or buy a bottle version. My favorite brand is Lily of the Desert (the preservative free version).

Must-have cookbook: Rao’s Cookbook: Over 100 Years of Italian Home Cooking 

Top three Instagram accounts for inspiration:  

@eyeswoon for food and recipes

@willsnotebook for my jewelry obsession

@threadsinteriors for home decor

Top three kitchen supplies you can’t live without: My Nama juicer, hot water electric kettle and my crepe pan (secret to thin, perfect French omelets).

Three things you always keep in your refrigerator: Organic pasture raised eggs, pickles and Gerolsteiner sparkling mineral water.

Favorite online shop for kitchen supplies and / or specialty food items: Food52 

Go-to quick, healthy meal: A French omelet with chives, a toasted gluten free everything bagel from Modern Bread and Bagel (you can order nationwide online), a fresh a green juice (kale, celery, lemon, ginger and parsley is my go-to) or my Miami Chic Salad.

Favorite healthy treat: Black Mission figs, persimmons, when in season and Hu Kitchen’s dark chocolate hazelnut butter bar.

Skincare mantra: Exfoliation and hydration above all else, and never letting a drop of sun on my face.

Eat this recipe for: A healthy lunch or side salad to a dinner that checks all the boxes and is incredibly simple to make. The surprising combination of ingredients is filling but light, salty, flavorful, and so satisfying that will have you coming back to this recipe over and over.

Recipe: My Miami Chic Salad


Serves 3-4

1 organic English cucumber

1 can of organic chickpeas (I found a brand that I LOVE called Jovial. They are grown in Italy, packed in glass and have no additives or preservatives)

1 can of baby artichokes (in water)

2 cups of Castelvetrano olives (in water, not in oil, be careful most salad bar olives are soaking in sunflower oil) 


⅓ cup of tahini (make sure it is organic with no added oils, sesame seeds should be the only ingredient, a great brand is Soom)

2 pinches of sea salt (truffle salt for an added dash of luxury or spicy salt for a kick, I love the Jennifer Fisher Spicy Salt Brand)

⅓ - ½ cup filtered water (usage depends on desired consistency)


Cut cucumbers into slices, then each slice into quarters (small bites of everything is key!)

Rinse and drain chickpeas, remember to salt, and flavor each ingredient individually.

Rinse and drain artichokes, chop into 1/4 if they are whole.  Drain again, pat dry.

Artichokes hold a lot of water. Season and put aside.

Pit olives if not pitted already, chop up.

Mix all into a bowl.

Prepare dressing. 

Pour and toss.  Voila.