Tagged: summer

Balsamic Tomato Peach Salad

Balsamic Tomato Peach Salad

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This quick and easy balsamic tomato peach salad celebrates the best of summer at its peak. The salad marinates in a mixture of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Uneventful weekends have become the norm this

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Ingredients
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 peaches, pitted and diced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 scallions sliced
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
Quinoa Taco Salad

Quinoa Taco Salad

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Looking for a way to use crumbled tortilla chips at the bottom of the bag? Try a quinoa taco salad with corn, black beans, peppers and cilantro vinaigrette. There’s one thing that pretty much all

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Ingredients
  • For grilled corn
  • 2 ears corn, shucked
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • For quinoa
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
Grilled Nectarine Halloumi Couscous

Grilled Nectarine Halloumi Couscous

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Served warm or cold, this grilled nectarine halloumi couscous with olives and plenty of fresh herbs is a vegetarian main that’s tasty as leftovers, too. Making a salad can be exhausting. It’s always my fault.

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 4 nectarines, each pitted and sliced into 6-8 wedges
  • 4 ounces halloumi, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 cups mixed olives, pitted and roughly chopped
Nectarine Grape Salad

Nectarine Grape Salad

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Going all in on sweet and savory flavors, this nectarine grape salad has crumbled blue cheese, almonds and sunflower seeds on butter lettuce. Pretty much every night I trade a full 8 hours of sleep

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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 head butter lettuce, leaves separated
  • 2 nectarines, halved, pitted and sliced 1/4-inch-thick
  • 1 cup halved red grapes
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
Barbecue Tofu Veggie Skewers

Barbecue Tofu Veggie Skewers

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It’s my brother’s fault that my son is obsessed with barbecue sauce.  He was the first person to introduce it to my five-year-old, who is now a big fan of the stuff. On Sunday nights

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Ingredients
  • 1-14 ounce package extra form tofu
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/4-inch thick
Grilled Zucchini Summer Squash and Corn

Grilled Zucchini Summer Squash and Corn

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The warmth from the grilled zucchini, summer squash and corn gently wilts the arugula. Feta, fresh herbs and lemon juice finish this side. We need to have a serious talk about corn etiquette. And I

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Ingredients
  • 4 corn cobs, shucked
  • 2 medium zucchini, ends trimmed and sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 2 medium summer squash, ends trimmed and sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 ounces baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
Roasted Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

Roasted Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

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When you make roasted cherry tomato vinaigrette, you end up with both dressing and toppings for your salad. All you need are mixed greens and shaved Parmesan. My husband says that I hoard Ball jars.

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Ingredients
  • 2 pints, cherry tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Chopped parsley for serving
Watermelon Peach Salad

Watermelon Peach Salad

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With feta and jalapenos, this watermelon peach salad has a little bit of everything: salty, sweet and spicy. It’s fresh and perfect for the peak of summer. Nothing is worse than getting a fruit bowl

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Ingredients
  • For salad
  • 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 3 peaches, halved, pitted and sliced into 1/2-inch segments
  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
Caprese Bagel

Caprese Bagel

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With salads, lettuce is optional. Who says you need greens to call something as a salad? Definitely, not me. There are even times when I like to take elements from my favorite salads and turn

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Ingredients
  • For tomatoes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Stone Fruit Kale Barley Salad

Stone Fruit Kale Barley Salad

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With a simple mix of fruit, greens, pistachios and Dijon lemon vinaigrette, this stone fruit kale barley salad is a total celebration of all things summer. We’re nearing the end of July, and I have

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Ingredients
  • For salad
  • 1/2 cup barley
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bunch Lacinato kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
  • 2 cups pitted and roughly chopped stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped pistachios
Summer Vegetable Skillet Casserole

Summer Vegetable Skillet Casserole

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All hail the one-pot, one-pan, one-bowl and the rest of the one-something wonders. They deserve more respect and praise that are even possible to shower on them. The moments I really want to gush are

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced 1/8” thick
  • 1 medium yellow squash, sliced 1/8” thick
  • 3-4 Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced 1/8” thick
  • 5-6 medium tomatoes, sliced 1/4” thick
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta Pasta Salad

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It’s July 1st, and we still haven’t planted our container garden. At this point, we aren’t going to have any plants on our deck this year. Things have gotten so busy lately that the thought

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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds assorted heirloom tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces fusilli
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh basil