Avocado and Tomato Salad

1 medium (12 oz) English cucumber, cut into quarters through the length then sliced 16 oz. grape tomatoes* 1/2 small red onion,** sliced into small pieces 2 medium avocados (firm but ripe), sliced into bite size pieces Dressing: 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice*** 1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar 3 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin… Continue reading Avocado and Tomato Salad

Kale Salad With Peaches and Cornbread Croutons

FOR THE CRISPY CORNBREAD CRUMBS: 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/4 teaspoon onion powder Kosher salt (Diamond Crystal) and black pepper 4 to 5 ounces store-bought or homemade cornbread, torn into small pieces (about 2 cups) FOR THE DRESSING: 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced 4 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil… Continue reading Kale Salad With Peaches and Cornbread Croutons

Savory French Toast With Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

Eggs Bread Basil Cherry tomatoes Whisk the eggs as you usually would, but omit the sugar and cinnamon, hitting it instead with black pepper, chopped basil and a dash of hot sauce. Slide some slices of old bread in there to soak, then fry the toasts up in butter just as you would at breakfast.… Continue reading Savory French Toast With Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

Springtime Seared Black Cod with Meyer Lemon Risotto and Gremolata

2 tablespoons butter or oil 1 cup white onion, finely diced 2 cups aborio rice 1 cup white wine 4– 5 cups hot water or stock 1 1/2 teaspoon salt ( less if using stock) 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 2 meyer lemons, juice and zest —— Gremolata: 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley 1 meyer lemon-… Continue reading Springtime Seared Black Cod with Meyer Lemon Risotto and Gremolata

Halibut with Corn, Leek, Sage and Polenta

2 medium leeks Tablespoon butter ( or oil) 4 ounces chopped pancetta (optional) 2 ears corn, shucked, kernels cut off the cob 1/4 teaspoon salt fresh cracked pepper 1/8 cup chopped fresh sage Quick creamy polenta: 4 Cups water 1 C cornmeal 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 teaspoon granulated garlic 1 Tablespoon Butter 4 Tablespoons… Continue reading Halibut with Corn, Leek, Sage and Polenta

Sheet Pan Miso Salmon with Peas and Beans (with Variations)

Miso Salmon Marinade: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil 1/4 cup Mirin (or sub 1 1/2 tablespoons honey and 2 1/2 tablespoons water) 2 tablespoons miso paste 1 tablespoon brown sugar, honey or maple 2 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely minced or use ginger paste. 3 garlic cloves, finely minced optional: 1/8 teaspoon… Continue reading Sheet Pan Miso Salmon with Peas and Beans (with Variations)

Kachumber Salad with Cucumber, Onion & Tomatoes

3 Cucumber, peeled and chopped 1 Onion, finely chopped 1 Green Chilli, finely chopped 2 Tomatoes, chopped 1 Carrot (Gajjar), peeled and chopped 1/4 cup Fresh Pomegranate Fruit Kernels Salt, to taste Black pepper powder, black pepper powder (as required) 1 teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera), (roasted) 1-1/2 teaspoon Lemon juice Coriander (Dhania) Leaves, few sprigs,… Continue reading Kachumber Salad with Cucumber, Onion & Tomatoes

Maharashtrian Cucumber Salad (Khamang Kakdi)

2 Cucumber, peeled and chopped 1/2 cup Fresh coconut, grated Coriander (Dhania) Leaves, as required, chopped 3 tablespoons Roasted Peanuts (Moongphali), skin removed 3 tablespoons Curd (Dahi / Yogurt) Salt, to taste For tempering: 1/4 teaspoon Oil, as required 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu) 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing) 1 Green Chilli, finely chopped 1… Continue reading Maharashtrian Cucumber Salad (Khamang Kakdi)

Maharashtrian Cucumber Salad (Kakdi Chi Koshimbir)

1 Cucumber, peeled and cubed 2 tablespoons Coriander (Dhania) Leaves, finely chopped 1 Green Chilli, finely chopped 2 tablespoons Fresh coconut, grated 2 tablespoons Roasted Peanuts (Moongphali), roughly crushed in a mortar and pestle 1/2 teaspoon Sugar 2 teaspoons Lemon juice Salt, to taste Ingredients for the tempering: 1 teaspoon Ghee 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds… Continue reading Maharashtrian Cucumber Salad (Kakdi Chi Koshimbir)

Cucumber Kosambari (Hesaru Bele Southekayi Kosambari)

2 Cucumbers, finely chopped 1/2 cup Yellow Moong Dal (Split), soaked for 4 hours 1 Lemon, juiced 1/4 cup Fresh coconut, grated Coriander (Dhania) Leaves, handful, finely chopped Salt, to taste For tempering 1 teaspoon Coconut Oil 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu) 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing) 2 Green Chillies, finely chopped 1 sprig Curry… Continue reading Cucumber Kosambari (Hesaru Bele Southekayi Kosambari)

Cucumber, Red Radish, Tomatoes & Onion Salad

2 Tomatoes, diced 1 Cucumber, peeled and diced 1 Red Radish, diced 1 Onion, thinly sliced 2 Green Chillies, finely chopped Salt and Pepper, to taste Lemon juice, from one lemon 1 sprig Coriander (Dhania) Leaves, finely chopped In a large mixing bowl, add all the vegetables- cucumber, radish, tomatoes, onions, and add salt, pepper,… Continue reading Cucumber, Red Radish, Tomatoes & Onion Salad

Cucumber Tomato Corn Peanut Salad With Lemon

1 Cucumber, chopped 1 Tomato, chopped 1 Onion, chopped 1/2 cup Sweet corn, boiled 1 Green Chilli, chopped 2 tablespoons Roasted Peanuts (Moongphali) 1 Lemon juice Salt, to taste 2 sprig Coriander (Dhania) Leaves, chopped In a mixing bowl combine, cucumber, tomato, onion, corn, green chili, peanuts. Squeeze in the lemon juice, sprinkle salt and… Continue reading Cucumber Tomato Corn Peanut Salad With Lemon

Carrot Cucumber Tomato Salad with Lemon and Coriander

2 cups Carrots (Gajjar) , grated 1 Cucumber, peeled and chopped 1 cup Tomatoes, chopped 1/2 cup Coriander (Dhania) Leaves, chopped 1 teaspoon Lemon juice, freshly squeezed Salt, to taste To make the Carrot Tomato Cucumber Salad, all you have to do is to get all the ingredients ready. Once you have the vegetables grated… Continue reading Carrot Cucumber Tomato Salad with Lemon and Coriander

Blackberry Arugula Salad with Basil and Goat Cheese

5 ounces baby arugula (or spinach) 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion 1–2 cups fresh blackberries 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese 1/4–1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds (or sub maple pecans) 1/4 cup basil leaves- torn ( purple basil is pretty here!) optional: 1 tablespoon fresh chive or onion blossoms Balsamic Vinaigrette: 3 tablespoons olive oil… Continue reading Blackberry Arugula Salad with Basil and Goat Cheese

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Basil, Black Rice and Goat Cheese

4 cups cooked black rice (or sub wild rice, quinoa, farro) 1 pound strawberries, stemmed and quartered 4 scallions- sliced 1/4 cup basil ribbons 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley 3 ounces arugula ( two big handfuls) optional: 1/4- 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese, 1/4 cup toasted nuts (slivered almonds, pecans, or maple pecans) Dressing: 1/4… Continue reading Strawberry Arugula Salad with Basil, Black Rice and Goat Cheese

Kale Salad with Fresh Cherries, Black Rice, Haloumi, and Mint

1 C Forbidden black rice, dry 2 -3 Cups pitted fresh cherries 2 Cups Kale packed 1/4 C red onion -small dice 1 C diced halloumi cheese (optional) or sub-mini mozzerella balls 1/2 Cup chopped fresh italian parsley 1/2 cup chopped fresh Mint 2 T red wine vinegar 3 T olive oil 1/2 tsp salt,… Continue reading Kale Salad with Fresh Cherries, Black Rice, Haloumi, and Mint

Hearts of Palm Ceviche

1/4 cup red onion, sliced thin juice from 1–2 limes (start with one, more to taste) 1/2 teaspoon salt 14 ounce can hearts of palms, drained, rinsed 1 cup cucumber, sliced 1 cup tomatoes, diced 1/2 a jalapeno, finely diced 1/4–1/2 cup cilantro, chopped 1/2 teaspoon coriander 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 avocado (optional) Serve… Continue reading Hearts of Palm Ceviche

Antipasto Salad

2 cups green beans or yellow wax beans, blanched (see notes) 14 ounce can white beans (rinsed and drained), or 1 can albacore tuna, drained, or sub chickpeas or other beans. 14-ounce can artichoke hearts in water, drained 6-ounce can black olives, 1-1 1/2 cups ( or 1 cup kalamata olives) 1 cup celery, chopped… Continue reading Antipasto Salad

Souvlaki Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Tomatoes

1 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin Souvlaki Marinade: 3 Tbsp lemon juice preferably freshly squeezed 3 Tbsp olive oil or cooking oil 3 cloves garlic smashed 2-3 tsp dried oregano leaves less if powdered oregano, more if fresh 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp salt Freshly ground pepper Tzatziki: 1/2 cup English cucumber grated and squeezed to… Continue reading Souvlaki Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Tomatoes