Archive for the ‘Salad’ Category

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Bibb Lettuce Wedges with Avocado Dressing

Saturday, August 31st, 2013



Here it is Labor Day weekend and another summer winds to a close. Even here in sunny, hot Florida, a feeling comes into the air this weekend that we are transitioning into another season. A lightening of congestion in our tourist areas, a return to school for kids, a resumption of work routines for the adults—and the promise of sweater weather to come

This salad can be served year round, but I discovered it in the summer. Read more…

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Fresh Fruit with Lemon Yogurt

Friday, March 1st, 2013

In Florida, our February is punctuated by the arrival of beautiful strawberries in our markets. They are locally grown, luscious and economical. I’m always on the lookout for great ways to serve them. Ina Garten has a wonderful recipe in her book Back to Basics for Fruit Salad with Limoncello. She tosses fruit with sugar and Limoncello liqueur, lets it stand for a bit and then tops it with a lemon yogurt topping. That’s a great idea for brunch or dessert, but I wanted something without the liqueur for everyday breakfasts. My version cuts back on the sugar a bit and trades the Limoncello for lemon juice. Made either way, it is a fresh and delicious way with fruit.

If you would like more information about Ina Gartens book, click here: Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients.

Serves 4


1 cup Greek Yogurt (I use Fage)
¼ cup lemon curd
1 tablespoon honey
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cups of fresh fruit, cleaned and cut into bite-size pieces


In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, lemon curd, honey and vanilla extract. Put the fresh fruit in a serving bowl, sprinkle with the lemon juice and sugar and toss gently. Let rest on the counter for at least 20 minutes before serving. Serve the fruit with the yogurt topping.

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Chicken Caprese

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Caprese, “of Capri.” The salad that just about everybody loves. Vivid red, white and green ingredients (the colors of the Italian flag!) just taste like summer and are at their best at this time of year. Read more…

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Mediterranean Fried Couscous Salad

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Summer cooking is a special pleasure for cooks who like to keep it simple. Fresh tasting vegetables, lightly grilled meat or fish and a refreshing glass of iced tea with mint or a crisp light wine make a perfect summer lunch or dinner. Read more…

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Star Fruit Salad

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Several years ago, one of my neighbors invited us and several other neighbors over to their home for an authentic Indian dinner.  (Their family is American of Indian descent.)  Along with a lot of really delicious food, we were served this salad. Read more…

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Party Chopped Salad

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Here is a salad that everyone loves.  Chopped salads where you really take the time to chop the ingredients nicely are a joy to look at and a joy to eat.  Read more…

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