Best Caesar Dressing

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Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Lemons
  • 2 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise (I like to use grapeseed vegonnaise)

Instructions:

1. Zest the lemons to get 1Tablespoon of lemon zest.  Then cut the lemons in half.

2. Peel and finely mince the garlic.

3. Place the garlic in a small bowl with the vinegar.

4. Using a citrus squeezer, squeeze three of the lemon halves and add to the garlic and vinegar mixture.

5. Add the lemon zest.

6. Whisk in mayonnaise until well combined.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

I love this light and lemony dressing.  It is delicious on a Caesar Salad made with either chicken or salmon.   This makes enough for four meal-sized salads. Slice the remaining 1/2 lemon into wedges and place on side of each plate.

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Caesar Salad with Salmon and Oven-Toasted Sourdough Croutons

Caesar Salad with Salmon and Oven-Toasted Sourdough Croutons

Ceasar Salad with Seared Salmon

Makes: 2 Servings

It is rare that my oldest daughter is home and we get to cook together.  Yesterday was one of those treats.  Together we whipped up a delicious Caesar Salad and turned it into a hearty entree by adding a flakey, pan seared salmon fillet and homemade croutons. The creamy dressing is light and tangy.  This is an easy dinner prepared in less than 30 minutes.   We enjoyed it out on the back patio.  The meal together was heaven on earth!

Ingredients

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Refreshing Tomato Cucumber and Onion Salad

tomato cucumber and onion salad

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

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

Zesty Lime Avocado and Shrimp Salad

Zesty Lime Avocado and Shrimp Salad

Zesty Lime Avocado and Shrimp Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 limes, juice of
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt, black pepper to taste
  • 1 lb jumbo cooked, peeled shrimp, chopped*
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 medium hass avocado, diced (about 5 oz)
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed, diced fine
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro

Directions:

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Nectarine and Tomato Salad

nectarine and tomato salad

Nectarine and Tomato Salad

2-3 nectarines sliced into wedges (select ones that are just a little bit firm, not too soft)

2-3 tomatoes sliced into wedges

4-5 fresh mint leaves chopped (I like to slice them with a scissors)

¼ cup  good EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

1/8 cup good balsamic vinegar (I like 41 Olive’s lemon-infused balsamic)

¼ cup pine nuts or chopped walnuts

Salt and Pepper

 

Arrange the nectarine and tomato slices in a circle on a round platter overlapping them slightly.

Drizzle with oil and vinegar followed by the nuts and mint.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

 

Note: you can also serve this salad on individual plates if you prefer.Nectarine and Tomato Salad

Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad

mango black bean quinoa salad

Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

Dressing:
In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, lime zest, lime juice and salt and pepper and set aside.

 

Salad:
In a large bowl, combine quinoa, black beans, bell pepper, green onions and cilantro (hold the mango for now).

Stir up dressing once more and drizzle over quinoa salad. Toss to distribute evenly.

Then add mango chucks and toss gently. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

Chill and serve.

Red White and Blue Salad

spinach saladWith summer around the corner, I look forward to colorful and delicious salads full of fresh berries. This is one of my favorites. It is not only full of flavor, but also nutritious and pretty too.

Serves: 8

Spinach Salad with Blueberries, Strawberries, Almonds and Feta

Ingredients

8 ounces fresh spinach
6 ounces fresh blueberries
3 ounces fresh raspberries
16 ounces fresh strawberries
1/4 -1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 – 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
your favorite raspberry, mango or champagne vinaigrette (or try my vinaigrette recipe* below)

Wash all fresh produce and slice the strawberries.  Dump all ingredients in a bowl.  Add dressing to your liking and toss lightly.  Yum Yum!

 

Favorite Raspberry Vinaigrette*

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