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Recipe of the Week: Bean Salad

image4If you need a last minute dish for your latest outdoor dinner this weekend, look no further than this Mediterranean inspired bean salad. I substituted white beans for butter beans and used less red onion, but the bright flavors were still spot-on. It’s a perfect complement to a meat entree or as an entree all on its own. The beans provide protein and (along with the veggies) filling fiber.

What are some of your favorite summer dishes? 

Recipe of the Week: Strawberry Cake

img_0340We took an impromptu trip to pick strawberries and they didn’t disappoint. Neither did this fabulous strawberry cake recipe. I think it would work well with all of the other berries coming into season now too.
strawberry cake 1

strawberry cake 2

Recipe of the Week: Summer Bruschetta

summer bruschettaWhether you’re going out or staying in this Labor Day, these summer bruschetta will help make the vibrant tastes of summer last a little bit longer.

Corn and Peach Bruschetta

Corn (2 ears cooked)

White Peaches (1-2 chopped)

Cilantro (1 Tbs chopped)

Salt, Pepper and Cayenne Pepper

Lemon Juice

Olive Oil

Ricotta Cheese

Toasted baguette or your favorite bread

Mix corn, peaches and cilantro and season to taste with the salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and lemon juice. Use a small amount of olive oil to help hold everything together, place a generous amount on top of toasted baguette and top with ricotta cheese.

 

Traditional Tomato Bruschetta

Plum, cherry or heirloom tomatoes (or all 3!)

Basil

Minced Garlic (1 tsp)

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Toasted baguette or your favorite bread

Mix the tomatoes with your preferred amount of basil, the garlic and a touch of olive oil. Season to taste, spoon on top of toasted baguette and let the rich tomato and basil flavors shine through in the simplicity of the mix.

Recipe of the Week: Mediterranean Shrimp Salad

Shrimp Salad This simple salad is perfect for a weeknight dinner! if you have more time, grilling the shrimp and peppers will add depth of flavor and give it that extra hint of summer.

Mediterranean Shrimp Salad (serves 2)

Ingredients:

1/2 lb Shrimp
Baby Spinach
Tomatoes
1/2 Bell Pepper
1/8 cup Red Onion
Feta Cheese

Simple Lemon Vinaigrette – I omitted the lemon zest and used whole grain mustard as I had it on hand

1. Mix all salad ingredients except for shrimp in proportion to your taste

2. Grill the shrimp or season with salt and pepper and cook in olive oil for ~ 2 minutes per side until they are pink and opaque

3. Top the salad with shrimp and lemon vinaigrette

Pair with hummus or tzatziki and toasted pita and a cold glass of white or rose wine for a lovely summer dinner!

Recipe of the Week: Black Bean and Corn Salad with Chipotle-Honey Dressing

Corn salad ingredientsThis perfect end-of-summer salad highlights plenty of summer favorites! It is packed with fiber, iron and vitamin C and pairs well with fish, chicken, burgers or anything you want to grill on these last weekends of summer.

The recipe is from Once Upon a Chef, and the only change I made was to the dressing. Instead of using canned chipotle peppers I used one teaspoon of smoked chipotle powder. It gave the salad a bit of heat, but even the non-spicy food lovers at the table enjoyed it. The salad keeps well, covered and refrigerated, for 1-2 days and was delicious as a salad with some added spinach and tomatoes the next day. Don’t worry that the recipe makes too much, because it will not go to waste!