Category Archives: salads

closeup of strawberry sugar snap salad

Strawberry Sugar Snap Salad

may 17, 2022

closeup of strawberry sugar snap salad

Spring salads lead to lighter eating for the upcoming summer season. It’s time to step away from heavy foods and crunch into bright, crispy seasonal fruits and vegetables. This Strawberry Sugar Snap Salad has plenty of color and crunch. Moreover, the heady Thai basil dressing and peanuts take this pretty salad in a more exotic direction. Continue reading

closeup of meyer lemon peppercorn vinaigrette

Meyer Lemon Peppercorn Vinaigrette

april 5, 2022

closeup of meyer lemon peppercorn vinaigrette

Meyer lemons are short in season, yet long in flavor. These thin skinned golden citrus fruits sport a floral aroma. They possess a lemony sweetness that is less astringent than the juice of regular lemons. Because their skin is so thin, one can eat the whole fruit sliced thinly in desserts and savory dishes. Continue reading

closeup of lime basil cantaloupe salad

Lime Basil Cantaloupe Salad

august 31, 2021

closeup of lime basil cantaloupe salad

Technically, this Lime Basil Cantaloupe Salad is a fruit salad. Both tomato and cucumber are also fruits, as is the lime in the vinaigrette. The salad is savory enough, however, that you can please those with palates avoiding sweets. Continue reading

bacon tomato potato salad

Bacon Tomato Potato Salad

july 6, 2021

bacon tomato potato salad

Normal kids ate sandwiches for lunch during summer vacation. This kid scrounged around for ingredients in the family kitchen. Then I moseyed out to the back garden for ripe tomato and  cooked up this Bacon Tomato Potato Salad. Continue reading

closeup basil caesar dressing

Basil Caesar Dressing

may 19, 2021

closeup basil caesar dressing

 

The first tender basil leaves taste like summer. Basil finds its way into many a spring and summer meal, like with Basil Buttermilk Soup and Coconut Basil Lemonade . This Basil Caesar Dressing is one way to stretch the basil enjoyment all season long. It keeps well in the fridge for several weeks and a little dollop goes a long way. Continue reading

asparagus burrata salad

Asparagus Burrata Salad

april 21, 2021

asparagus burrata salad

 

Cooking is my passion and my life. Even so, if you offered me a no-cook recipe, I am all in. Even in the dead of winter I’ve been known to eat homemade soup straight from the fridge, lazybones that I am when it comes to hunger versus effort. Today’s recipe for Asparagus Burrata Salad, with its base of bright and tart turmeric hummus, is for those days when you want fancy without the heat of the stove. Continue reading

smoked salmon apple salad

Smoked Salmon Apple Salad

october 7, 2020

smoked salmon apple salad

A little smoked salmon goes a long way. Especially if the salmon is high quality in-house smoked salmon from your local fishmonger, like the burnished slabs found at Tuckahoe Seafood here in Richmond. In this Smoked Salmon Apple Salad  the rich smoke taste is offset by the crisp of Virginia apple, earthy baby arugula and a sweet-tart lemon maple mustard vinaigrette. Continue reading

plated greek salad with orange

Greek Salad with Orange

february 20, 2020

plated greek salad with orange

 

Here is a confession of sorts, although I feel no guilt in admitting that I cannot wait until summer to enjoy the taste and texture of fresh tomatoes. They are enjoyed raw in salads and roasted with garlic and olive oil. Grape tomatoes, cocktail tomatoes, Campari tomatoes—whatever name they are given, they taste lovely to me.

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Apple, Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Apple, Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

september 11, 2019

Apple, Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

 

The morning air is cool, the light fades earlier in the evening and my favorite roadside stand is packed with crisp Asian pears and apples. I am ready to say goodbye to tomato and cucumber salads until next summer and more than ready to embrace the complexity of fall flavors and textures. Continue reading

feat oregano dressing with local produce

Feta Oregano Dressing

august 1, 2019

feat oregano dressing with local produce

When the heat index hit triple digits this summer, the idea of generating more heat in the house with actual cooking seemed foreign to me. All this lovely local produce needed to be enjoyed with a minimum of fuss and bother. Enter the chunky flavorful salad dressing with feta and herbs. Continue reading