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In a pinch to make a quick dinner? Serve an easy arugula salad over chicken cutlets. You can make the cutlets or buy them in the store. Top with baby arugula mixed with chopped fresh mozzarella, sliced roasted red peppers, cubed tomato, torn basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Toss with salt, pepper and herbs de provence. Super simple. Super delicious.
Lobster was on sale for half price at the supermarket….$4.99 / lb — A Steal! Here’s my recipe for what turned out to be delicious lobster rolls. Serves 2. ENJOY!
2 – 1 1/2 lb. lobsters
2 tbsps mayo
1 tbsp dijon mustard
2 ribs celery chopped small
1/4 cup cucumber, seeds removed, chopped small
1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, chopped
sprinkle of dried dill (or fresh if you have)
squeeze of lemon
splash of red wine vinegar
salt / pepper
hot dog rolls
For the lobsters: Bring 2 inches of salted water to a boil in a large pot. Add the 2 lobsters, cover and lower heat to a simmer. Cook for about 20 – 22 minutes. Let cool. Crack and remove meat. Cut into chunks.
Mix together the mayo, mustard, lemon, tarragon, dill, vinegar and salt / pepper. Add in lobster, celery and cucumber. Mix to combine.
Melt butter in a pan. Toast up hot dog rolls on the inside and outside. Spoon lobster salad into toasted rolls. Serve with a simple salad and kettle cooked chips.
I was in the mood for some good bread for dinner. I decided to make a salad with a twist. I stopped by Balthazar Bakery and picked up a baguette – cheap and delicious!
Toss cubed bread with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 425 until golden brown.
Cube up 2 baby eggplants toss with olive oil, salt, pepper and herbs de provence. Bake at 425 until tender.
In the meantime, cube 2 vine ripe tomatoes and put in a bowl. In a separate small bowl, whisk together red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Slowly stream in olive oil as you whisk until a nice dressing is formed.
Toss the tomatoes, eggplant and bread with the dressing. Let sit for about 15 minutes. Before you serve toss with chopped basil and small cubes of fontina cheese. Eat alone as a great vegetarian dinner, or serve with lemon and mustard baked chicken (that’s what I did). Make a simple marinade of lemon juice, dijon mustard, fresh thyme, salt and pepper. Bake off the chicken until it’s cooked through. Just delicious!
Here’s a great tip for saving some money when cooking at home…buy what’s in season! This is a simple way to guarantee the freshness of your ingredients and keep a few extra dollars in your pocket.
Peaches this week at Fairway (my favorite market) are 99 cents / pound! Not only do they make a delicious snack, but you can do so many things with them. Eat them up before they are no longer in season. Here are a few suggestions:
- Slice in half, brush with olive oil and cook on grill pan (cut side down until tender). Serve them sliced on top of a salad – Check out last night’s recipe, and substitute these for the apples. Or you can drizzle with honey and top with greek yogurt for a tasty and healthy dessert.
- Cube and mix with orange juice, olive oil, jalapeno and cilantro. Use as a topping for simply grilled fish or chicken.
- Make a Peach BBQ sauce to brush over chicken. Saute 1 chopped peach and 1/4 white onion diced in 2 tbsp of melted butter. Once tender add 1 cup of water, 2 tbsp cider vinegar, dash of salt and pepper, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 tbsp orange juice, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp dijon mustard. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Want something light to eat during those hot summer days? How about a delicious Summer Salad. The beauty of this recipe, like many of mine, is that it’s just a concept – you can mix it up with whatever ingredients you like. Substitute goat cheese for feta cheese, or pears for apples. You could easily add grilled chicken or shrimp to this salad…or even the left-overs from yesterday’s recipe for Herb Roasted Chicken!
Here’s a tip…make your own dressing! I never keep bottled dressing in the fridge. Homemade dressing is not only easy, but much healthier then the bottled kind. I’d rather save my calories for a snack!
1 diced Fuji apple
1 handful of dried cranberries
1/2 cup of walnuts (toast lightly in a dry pan to bring out the flavor)
1/3 cup of crumbled feta cheese
Mix together above ingredients and drizzle dressing over the top. Toss and serve immediately.
For the dressing: Whisk together 1 tsp dijon mustard, 1 tsp honey, 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper. Slowly add in, while whisking, about 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil. Yummy!