Summer Tortellini salad

Labor day is here and everyone is looking for a great end of summer salad to take to the barbecue.  Here is your recipe as this pasta salad does not have mayonnaise.  It is made instead with a vinaigrette which is just perfect for taking to your picnic or friend’s dinner. To make this recipe,…

shrimp pasta salad

Here is a perfect summer lunch recipe.  Actually, this recipe can be made one day in advance and used for a lunch, tea party sandwiches, summer snacks, or a light summer dinner.  Choose an attractive lettuce leaf to serve with the salad, such as bibb, Boston, mache or a red romaine.  The recipe was adapted…

Melon and cucumber salad

For Memorial Day weekend, we enjoyed this cool and refreshing salad made from honeydew melon and cucumbers.  I was inspired to make the recipe, which I found in Better Homes and Garden magazine, because of the interesting flavor profile and mix of fresh ingredients. This is an easy salad to pull together.  The main ingredients…

Spring Cara Cara and tangerine salad

A spring citrus salad can be so refreshing.  The pastel color of the fruit helps to make the salad presentation bright, light and fresh.  I chose to use Cara Cara navel oranges for my Easter salad this year.  I found them at Whole Foods this past weekend, and their sweet taste is delightful. This variety…

Asian inspired coleslaw salad

Here is a delicious salad for ladies who lunch, with an Asian inspired salad dressing. Actually, this coleslaw could be used for a great pot-luck salad, for the weekend football party, or even as a great burger topping.  The salad dressing, make with Asian chili sauce gives the slaw a great flavor profile. I purchased…

cherry vinaigrette on homegrown lettuce leaves

  it was time to cut some lettuce leaves from my deck garden.  the single lettuce leaves were tender and delicious.  having grown to three to four inches in length, i simply cut them and washed and dried in a salad spinner.  the lettuce flavor is so mild and sweet, also being a great source…

cucumber salad

Jamie Deen has a good food cookbook featuring recipes using great ingredients–from the land, the sea, and the farm. one recipe caught my eye for cucumber salad.  i just had to make it.  i know this is one of those recipes that i seem to always see at other homes, but i have never made…

tomato feta Christmas salad

Some of the most basic recipes seem to often be my family’s favorites.  This recipe is perfect for Christmas as it uses red and green ingredients. Of course, this salad can be used year-round, but I seem to gravitate to red and green foods to highlight my holiday table each year.  I use my own…

pasta salad with homemade herbal dressing

i just can’t give up the idea that summer is over.  so, i made another summer salad just to finish out the season.  this pasta salad is a great one to serve at summer picnics or with all the favorite summertime grilled entrees.  i was able to use my homegrown green pepper and red onions,…

french potato salad with wine

straight from the Nantucket beach picnic cookbook comes this delicious potato salad made with white wine and herbs from my garden.  the salad is fresh and delicate.  the white wine gives the salad a very distinct taste, like no other potato salad around.  since the salad does not use mayonnaise, it will keep at temperature…