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Cucumber Salad

21 Jul

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I found Jessica Seinfeld’s web site

Go for it

She makes simple delicious dishes

My daughter told me about this and I had to try it.

I did add a couple of things because thats what I do.

Two big handfuls of herb spring mix

One handful arugula

One large sliced thin English cucumber

Two thin sliced scallions

One teaspoon capers with the brine

8 ounces mozzarella cheese

One sliced thin jalapeño pepper

12 large sliced basil leaves. Only use fresh.

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons lemon juice

Top with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Layer everything together

This is a very refreshing light salad

Thank you Jessica this was great now I can make a tomato salad all by itself.

 

 

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Pineapple Mango Salsa

20 Jul

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Salsas are the best.

They can make a simple meal just a little special.

1/2 sliced grilled pineapple or if you are in a pinch use one can of drained pineapple

about 2 to 3 cups

This is salsa nothing has to be exact measurements

One cut  and peeled mango

3 scallions

2 cloves garlic

15 cherry tomatoes

1/3 cup cilantro

1/4 cup parsley

1 tablespoon lemon juice, lime juice OR orange juice. Only use one.

One seeded jalapeño pepper. Be careful the jalapeños have been very hot so start with a half and add more if you want.

2 tablespoons fresh mint. If you use dry mint use 1/2 teaspoon but the fresh gives it a much better flavor

Salt to taste

Put the garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt in the food processor then add everything else and pulse to a chunky consistency.

I found out that if I rough chop everything it processes much  more evenly

I served this with pork cutlets but wouldn’t hesitate to serve it with fish or chips.

You can also add black beans after you process everything.

 

 

Lemon Cauliflower Rice

17 Jul

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This is a vegetable and salad all in one.

One large head of cauliflower

4 tablespoons oil plus two more tablespoons for the cauliflower

One extra large onion  cut into 1/2 inch pieces

3 cloves minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt maybe more depending on the size of the cauliflower

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

The zest of 1/2 lemon

the juice of 1/2 lemon

lemon slices for garnish

3 tablespoons fresh parsley, use only fresh. If you don’t have fresh leave it out.

8 caper berries with the brine

If you don’t have caper berries use 2 tablespoons capers

2 scallions for garnish

Clean and cut up the cauliflower and put it into the food processor

Pulse till the cauliflower is all crumbles like rice

DO NOT OVER PULSE

Better too big than mush because you want some texture.

In a large skilled add the oil, onions and garlic.

Cook slowly till the onions caramelize

Add the sugar

Add two more tablespoons oil and add the cauliflower and lemon zest

Raise the heat to medium high and stir fry the onions and cauliflower together

This only takes maybe five minutes before the cauliflower cooks.

Add the salt and pepper and taste to see if it needs more salt

Take off the heat and add the lemon juice, chopped parsley and capers.

Garnish with lemon slices, scallions and more parsley.

This can be served hot, warm or at cold.

I squeeze the lemon slices over my portion because I love lemon.

The combination of the sweet onions and lemon is delicious.

 

 

 

Berry Berry Good Salad

21 Jun

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This is a salad I ate at a very nice memorial service and I had to come home and make it.

I used what I had so it is a little different from the salad I ate at the service.

4 large handfuls of spring mix

One cup pea sprouts

One cup baby arugula

20 blackberries

40 blueberries

6 sliced strawberries

2 inchs of goat cheese, crumbled into 1/4 inch pieces

1/2 cup sweetened lemon dressing

15 candied pecans (optional)

Put the spring mix, pea spouts and arugula in a bowl

Add the berries, goat cheese and pecans

Drizzle with the lemon dressing

Thats it.

It is so refreshing.

You can add strawberries, raspberries or cherries.

You can also change up the pecans for walnuts or pistachios

Fast Tomato Mozzarella Salad

22 May

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My son brought me some delicious fresh Mozzarella cheese from the North End in Boston.

Fresh cheese is so much better than the rubbery supermarket version.

I had to eat it right away because it is so delicious.

1  pound fresh mozzarella cheese cut into cubes

One container of grape tomatoes

8 fresh basil leaves 1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

5 tablespoons good olive oil

1/2 cup chopped vidalia onion

Mix everything together

Get a good loaf of Italian bread and enjoy

By the way, my son also brought me bread.

High Protein Salad

10 May

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Easy and one of my favorites.

Three handfuls baby arrugula about 4 cups

One small thin sliced cucumber

1/4 sliced vidalia onion

1 cup cottage cheese

One piece of cooked salmon the size of the palm of your hand.

2 to 3 tablespoons french dressing

Layer everything and pour the salad dressing on top.

I posted this before but added the salmon this time. It was very good.

Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with Dill

5 Apr

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The first time I had this salad I lived in Brooklyn and the local deli sold it by the pound.

It was with the potato salad and cole slaw and one day I picked up the wrong container and came home with the cucumber salad.

It was love at first bite.

Since then I have experimented with all different recipes and finally settled on the simplest one.

One large English Cucumber sliced thin.

One medium thin sliced red onion

Three teaspoons dried dill or three tablespoons fresh chopped dill.

One tablespoon cider vinegar

4 ounces sour cream or plain yogurt

1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper

Mix the sour cream, salt, pepper, vinegar and dill together.

Add the cucumbers and onion and mix well

This tastes the best when you serve it within a few hours.

You can also use half yogurt and half sour cream.

I love sour cream so I go for the extra calories.

If you use a regular cucumber make sure you take all the seeds out or else you will have  a lot of extra water.

Delicious with salmon or chicken.