Buttermilk Blue Cheese Coleslaw with Jalapeno and Cilantro

Coleslaw, for me, was never that exciting.  Sometimes goopy.   Sometimes bland.  Sometimes downright questionable on how long it's been sitting out  and therefore easily passed over.  I mean is that just me?  I don't think I can ever recall someone saying, "Oh good you brought coleslaw."  But I wanted to change that and give this simple side dish a chance in the limelight. So for this Labor Day, to go alongside my slow cooked ribs, I set out to make a coleslaw that has some real bold ... Continue Reading

Fried Green Tomato Caprese Stacks

Fried what? If you haven't lived in the south a fried green tomato may sound like crazy talk.  But trust me when I say they are strangely appealing and even down right delicious.  They are more acidic than regular tomatoes, even a little sour which is why it pairs so nicely in this dish with fresh, sweeter tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. So what is a fried green tomato?  It's actually traditionally  a tomato that didn't ripen at the end of the growing season and, instead of wasting it, some ... Continue Reading

Grilled Peach and Burrata Salad

Summer peaches.   Firm yet sweet and ripe.  They are the quintessential nostalgia of summer days gone by when the weather turns cooler and we are faced with peaches that - let's face it -are nowhere near as good.  Not sun kissed.  Not tender. They almost never seem to fully ripen.  Am I right?  So let's get down to a summer salad that sings the praises of the perfect summer peach while we still can. This salad is so simple and elegant and can be either an appetizer for four or a dinner ... Continue Reading

Rosemary Garlic Croutons

Back to the basics.  Sometimes we don't have time for a big fancy meal but it's the little touches in an everyday meal that can make a difference.  Case in point?  Homemade croutons.  They take fifteen minutes to make, you can store them use them for a week (or more), but they add something special to an everyday salad.  And...you are using up some bread that is going stale and was probably going to get tossed anyway.  Win/win. You can use any kind of leftover bread you have but favorite ... Continue Reading

Apple-Fennel Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Fall is in the air and that means lots of apples around here.  And fresh pressed apple cider is in every grocery store right about now.  A classic flavor combination is pork, apples and fennel and a favorite way to combine those flavors is to stuff them into pork chops or a pork loin.  But I thought it would be fun to experiment with the same flavors in a different way.  Why not a fall salad instead?  And instead of pork chops what if I used prosciutto as the pork?  That got me excited ... Continue Reading

Corn and Sweet Potato Salad

Corn and sweet potatoes are an irresistible combination. Plus it's summertime and you probably have corn coming out of your ears.  Okay....that was a terrible attempt at humor but hopefully this recipe for Corn and Sweet Potato Salad hits a better note with you.   I call it a salad but it's really a side dish or a hash.  There are many names for it but whichever you choose it's delicious and easy to make. Corn is probably on sale by the bucketful where you live as it is here in ... Continue Reading

Bacon Caprese Cups

Father's Day is coming up and in honor of all the bacon loving dads out there I wanted to create a menu that includes bacon and/or beer in every dish.  I'm starting out with these Bacon Caprese Cups and we'll see where it goes from there!  Caprese Salad is so delicious and simple.  It celebrates the beauty of a perfectly ripe, sun-kissed tomato with just a few simple ingredients like creamy mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, olive oil and salt.  While this version might make a purist cringe ... Continue Reading

Pine Nut Crusted Goat Cheese Salad with Cara Cara Orange Vinaigrette

Pine nut crusted goat cheese?  "I don't know...."  Is that what you are thinking?   Admit it.  Well I had my doubts too when I came up with the idea but trust me it just works.  The breadcrumb and toasted pine nut mixture is crunchy and has that distinct pine nut flavor to it that we all love in pesto.  It's just like sprinkling pine nuts on your salad only this time it's right on your cheese.  Paired with a bright, citrus vinaigrette this goat cheese salad makes a terrific starter, ... Continue Reading

Zucchini Noodle Salad

Recently my sister and I took our kids to Santa Cruz for a fun getaway and cousin time.  Along the way we stopped at a pizza place in Campbell, CA and had this delicious zucchini noodle salad.  It was packed with flavor and different veggies (roasted red peppers, olives, fresh and sundried tomatoes, artichokes) and had this spicy, tangy light dressing to it.  The best part was that my niece, who was all of 1 years old, was shoveling this salad into her mouth by the fistful.  She loved it!  ... Continue Reading

Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad

Persimmons and pomegranates are both in season right now and make a delicious addition to your fall table, whether entertaining for the holidays or just having a weeknight meal with family. To amp up the festive flavors I made a pomegranate vinaigrette to go with it using pomegranate vinegar and shallots and a couple of other ingredients.  But, if you don't have any on hand, just substitute regular balsamic vinegar instead. And this is one of those salads where I think ingredients really ... Continue Reading