Pickled Beet and Chorizo Orzo Salad

It’s the time of year when cold salads abound, from the classic potato and pasta salads, staples of most summer barbecues, to the healthier whole grain salads such as quinoa tabouli and blue cheese farro.  An all-in-one salad that is cool, light, refreshing, and nourishing is a staple to my summer diet, and every year…

Pickled Sweet Corn Salad

Lightly pickled sweet corn in a honey dijon vinaigrette with small cubes of salty feta, sweet bell peppers, and freshly picked chives.  A simple summer salad, that would probably qualify more as a starchy side then an actual salad, but is still a lovely accompaniment to any summer meal.  A lighter alternative to the more…

Lila’s Fresh Cucumber Pickles

Growing up during the Great Depression my grandmother, Lila, was raised on thrifty, economical cooking.  The recipe below is one of those thrifty recipes that has survived being passed down through the decades due to its subtle, fresh flavors and easy preparation. This is not a recipe for traditional pickles, but a recipe for a…

Cucumber Tzatziki

My garden cucumbers are ready to be harvested.  A good thing, since I am hoping that most of them will outgrow the blight that is starting to spread onto some of the older leaves.  With Vermont’s short growing season I can usually get away with this.  The blight rarely has the opportunity to encompass the…

Shaved Asparagus with Caraway

A light asparagus salad dressed in a lime vinaigrette and studded with caraway seeds and shaved asiago.  The caraway seeds imparts an interesting twist to the brightness of the lime and the strong flavor of the asparagus. Ingredients: 1 lb shaved and blanched Asparagus the juice from 1 Lime 2 tbsp Olive Oil 1/2 tsp…

Potato Salad with Pickled Red Onions

It is the time of year when BBQ prevails, and most meals revolve around whatever meat gets thrown on the grill and a selection of the expected cold sides.  While I do like a mayonnaise based potato salad, by the time July comes around I have usually had my fill.  There is also something about…

Farro & Quinoa Salad

A Mediterranean inspired grain salad that stock full of juicy cherry tomatoes, tangy olives, and sharp blue cheese, and dressed in a light balsamic vinaigrette.  This farro and quinoa salad is reminiscent of a farro salad I noshed on one snowy, April day at the Audubon Cafe in Boston.  Homemade variants of that salad have…

Hummus Flatbreads

Hummus Flatbreads… because apparently it’s a thing. I took a stab at making one last night for dinner, and was surprisingly pleased by the results.  I grilled my flatbread on a hot grill, and then coated it with a thin layer of hummus followed by a salad of fresh greens, tomatoes, and grilled veggies.  This…