Grilled Salmon and Peach Summer Salad

The Fresh Market had some really nice salmon yesterday and perfectly ripe peaches arrived this week in my CSA so I decided to combine the two in a lovely summer salad.  The peaches are lightly grilled to bring out their sweetness and everything is tossed in a cilantro lime vinaigrette like this one from Epicurious.  You can make this ahead of time and store in the … Continue reading Grilled Salmon and Peach Summer Salad

Super Simple (Light on the Mayo) Chicken Salad

I’m not a big fan of mayo so I’m always skeptical of chicken salad and the like but this version (inspired by the ever popular Foster’s Market Tarragon Chicken Salad) is delicious and perfectly light on the mayo. It has grapes and apples for sweetness, pecans and celery for crunch and a creamy chive dressing to top everything off.  It will keep well for several days, so … Continue reading Super Simple (Light on the Mayo) Chicken Salad

Fresh Tomato and Corn Salad

This recipe is adapted from Papa Spuds, a cool local company that has been my go-to this Spring and Summer for fresh produce, meats and baked good (the oatmeal raisin cookies are insane.) Fresh Tomato and Corn Salad is everything I like about summer dining.  There’s no need to turn on the oven and you can’t beat fresh sweet corn just out of the fields and herbs from … Continue reading Fresh Tomato and Corn Salad

Thai Chicken Salad (Larb Gai)

We love lettuce wraps around here so this week I wanted to make something that was similarly salty/sweet/spicy and loaded with vegetables. My recipe for Thai Chicken Salad is inspired by this traditional Larb Gai recipe, a classic dish in Thai cooking. With just a few steps you can put this together and serve it warm or cold (I vote warm) with rice and/or cabbage leaves.  I prefer … Continue reading Thai Chicken Salad (Larb Gai)

Spinach, Asparagus and Walnut Spring Salad

This week, at one of my favorite lunch places, Parker and Otis, I overheard someone saying that one of their resolutions for 2015 was to replace the phrase “I’ve been so busy” with “my life is full at the moment.”  I like this sentiment so I’m going to borrow it from the wise stranger and instead of telling you how busy things have been with an … Continue reading Spinach, Asparagus and Walnut Spring Salad

Super Bowls

If you’re looking for a healthier twist on the traditional Super Bowl feast you might want to check out this idea of a “Super Bowl” from Vintage Mixer. In lieu of chicken wings and pizza,  spread your table with ‘super foods’ like quinoa and sweet potatoes and everyone can make their own super bowl, topped with a generous amount of creamy avocado jalapeño lime dressing.  We ate these while … Continue reading Super Bowls

Thirty Recipes for the Fourth of July!

Thank you for following along with my Thirty for the Fourth of July project! I’ve had fun experimenting with traditional cookout dishes and hope I’ve shared some recipes you want to make for your friends and family this Independence Day. My favorites from the last month are Baked Smores Bars, Spicy Baked Beans, Spicy Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Mango Guacamole, Spicy Buffalo Potato Salad and Buffalo Chicken Burgers. Here is the round-up, in … Continue reading Thirty Recipes for the Fourth of July!

Refreshing Lime and Mint Fruit Salad

Some friends invited us to a cookout yesterday which was the perfect opportunity to bring one of my favorite fruit salads, a bright combination of berries, watermelon, lime juice and fresh mint.  I like this one because it is pretty easy to put together, the only hands-on time required is to cut the strawberries and watermelonl.  The combination of mint and lime is so refreshing in the heat, … Continue reading Refreshing Lime and Mint Fruit Salad

Purple NC BBQ Style Coleslaw

When I went to the grocery to get my ingredients to make a BBQ slaw, they only had purple cabbages I decided to give it a try.  It was good but I think I’d recommend using 1/2 a head of green cabbage and 1/2 a head of purple if you can find it.  This recipe follows the traditional North Carolina coleslaw recipe that uses cider vinegar, and … Continue reading Purple NC BBQ Style Coleslaw

Pasta Salad with Peas and Broccoli Pesto

This pasta salad side dish with fresh herb pesto is a great alternative to a creamy pasta salad.  It is a lovely green color,  studded with green peas and nutritionally packs a bunch with a full head of broccoli.This recipe is number twenty-two in my countdown of thirty recipes perfect to make for your cookout this July 4th. You can find all of the previous recipes here. What to … Continue reading Pasta Salad with Peas and Broccoli Pesto