Couscous Salad with Cucumber and Tomatoes

My favorite summer salad! Be sure to use Israeli or pearled couscous — it’s the bigger and tastier version of the conventional kind.  Cool and refreshing! INGREDIENTS ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 cup Israeli couscous (pearled couscous) 6 to 8 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, to taste (I usually split the lemon juice with white wine vinegar — 3 tablespoons […]

Parsley, Lemon and Cannellini Bean Salad

Bright, fresh, tangy and satisfying.  This is another rockstar recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi’s new book  Plenty More.    His recipes are easy to make and have surprising flavors that make my mouth so happy.  I hate canned beans, so I always make mine from scratch–plan ahead (four hours in a crockpot).  The second recipe below for […]

Black Japonica Rice Salad

This is one of my favorite potluck dishes.  I’m always asked for the recipe.  Trisha 2 c. Black Japonica rice 3 ¼ cups water 2 c. whole corn ¾ c. rice vinegar 3/8 c. canola oil ¼ c. soy sauce (more or less to taste) 1 c. roasted cashew pieces ½ c. toasted sesame seeds […]

Orzo with Everything

My favorite summer salad! When going to a “get together” my favorite thing to bring is Orzo with Everything! Simple to make, I love the different textures it provides! It’s surprising to take a bite into the pasta and crunch a pine nut! Yummy!     1 1/2 cups orzo (rice-shaped pasta; about 10 ounces) […]

Asian Noodle Salad

Salad 1 lb. linguine 1/8 c. sesame oil 1 – 2 ½ lb already roasted chicken, skinned, boned, shredded. 1 bunch green onions, sliced thinly 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped 1 c. snow peas, lightly steamed, then refreshed in cool water (or thaw a box of frozen snow peas – – easier!) 1-2 jalapeno chilies […]

Mediterranean Rice Salad

Makes 6 to 8 servings Ingredients 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 cups long-grain rice 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, minced 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes 2 cups chopped spinach leaves 1 red bell […]

Fresh Corn, Orzo, and Smoked Chicken Salad with Pine Nuts

Mom’s favorite salad!   Serves 6 to 8 3/4  t. red pepper flakes ½ c. seasoned rice vinegar 2 T. light corn syrup 2 bay leaves 3 T. lime juice ¼ lbs dry orzo pasta 2 T. olive oil ¾ lbs. julienned smoked chicken (or you can use a supermarket already roasted chicken . . […]