Easy and refreshing, this quick salad recipe is great for summer. I love to mix up the tomatoes for a unique twist. It takes just 5 minutes to prepare and is big on tangy flavor. Include it at your next BBQ!
Tomato Cucumber and Onion Salad
Approximately 1 pound of tomatoes (I like small heirloom tomatoes, combined with grape and cherry tomatoes, quartered or halved lengthwise depending on the size)
1/4 red onion (or sweet Maui Onion) peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced
1 Kirby cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
A generous drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, about 2 tablespoons
1 splashes red wine vinegar
1 splash of apple cider vinegar
Coarse salt and black pepper
Dress the tomatoes, onions, and cucumber with olive oil, vinegars, salt, and pepper.
Let stand to allow onions to mellow and flavors to blend, about 20 minutes. Re-toss and serve salad with crusty bread for mopping up juices and oil.
Summer BBQs would not be complete without this these tantalizing shrimp hot off the grill. The platter empties almost as fast as I can make them. Often I will double or even triple this recipe to satisfy my family’s craving. I use fresh sprigs of rosemary right from the garden and just picked Meyer lemons straight from the tree in our back yard.
Lemon Grilled Shrimp
48 large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on (approx. 1 lb)
3 T extra virgin olive oil
3 T fresh lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, finely minced with ½ tsp. coarse (kosher) salt
1 T finely minced fresh rosemary
Finely ground fresh pepper to taste
Sesame-Orange Chicken Skewers 6 servings
1 – 1 1/2 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup orange juice
2 T. drained mandarin orange segments
3 green onions, sliced (including about 1/2 the green part)
1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped (or ½ tsp. garlic salt if you don’t have fresh)
You can use any combination of vegetables below to whip up a super easy, tasty, healthy, and colorful side dish for any meal.
2 zucchinis, sliced lengthwise into 1/4-1/2 inch slices
2 peppers (red and green), seeds removed and sliced lengthwise into 1-2 inch wide slices
1 large onion sliced into ¾ -1 inch rounds
1 large portabella mushroom sliced ½ inch thick
In a measuring cup, add approx. ¼ cup olive oil and 2-3 cloves of finely minced garlic. Mix and set aside.
Place sliced veggies in a shallow pan (8X8) and drizzle with oil mixture. Gently toss. (You can also brush vegetables with a pasty brush generously dipped in oil and garlic mixture if you’d like).
Place on a medium grill and cook until slightly charred and softened.
Remove from heat and place on platter and serve. Yummy!
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Fish Tacos inspired by Alton Brown
Total Time: 38 min. Prep: 15 min. Inactive: 15 min. Cook: 8 min.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
3 cloves garlic
1 cup packed cilantro leaves
2 limes, zested
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup tequila
1 pound tilapia fillets
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 mini “street taco size” corn tortillas (or regular size work too)
Crema (recipe follows) or sour cream (if short of time)
Shredded Monterey jack cheese
Shredded red cabbage
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon buttermilk
1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt