Greek Salad with a Red Wine Vinaigrette

I love Greek Salads ever since I had my first one at Panera Bread. I liked the freshness of the vegetables, the crispness of the romaine and the tangy Kalamata olives and pepperoncini. But this is not the way Greeks make their salad according to Michael Psilakis in his cookbook “Live To Eat: Cooking the … Continue reading

Garlic Confit and Garlic Puree

My search for a typical Greek salad with an excellent vinaigrette led me to Michael Psilakis, “Live to Eat: Cooking the Mediterranean Way”. This excellent cookbook not only has a traditional and modern Greek Salad but includes a recipe for a very important ingredient in his Red Wine Vinaigrette . See Greek Salad with a … Continue reading

Fresh Fruit with a Citrus Dressing

Summer is my favorite time of the year to enjoy so many different fresh fruits. I’ve been enjoying Michigan strawberries and fruits such as melons and blueberries are also very sweet and perfect as a light dessert with maybe a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The citrus dressing is just heavenly and perfect with the … Continue reading

Radish and Cucumber Salad with Basil

This salad just says Spring. Cucumbers and radishes are a popular twosome that only requires some fresh herbs and a light dressing. I like to use English cukes and then vary the radishes when I can find them. I have discovered that it is better to grow your own radishes to get the many varieties … Continue reading

Arugula, Cheddar and Cherry Salad With A Light Dressing

A light and refreshing salad was served alongside pot pies we made during a 4 hour full participation baking class at Zingerman’s Bakehouse. It was perfect with the peppery arugula, Vermont cheddar, Granny Smith apples and dressed in a light cider vinegar/extra virgin olive oil dressing. They called it their “Fall On Me” Salad”! When … Continue reading

Za-atar Chicken Cutlets and Lemon-Parsley Salad

What a delightful and tasty salad  and one I enjoyed a few times. When I am trying new ingredients I often will cut a recipe in half, or even thirds, just in case I don’t like it. No problem with this recipe – the chicken was so flavorful with a  za’atar/Aleppo pepper/flour mixture rubbed on … Continue reading

Bang-bang Chicken Salad from Sichuan Province

How about starting the New Year with a chicken salad that has a “bang” to it. This chicken is a well-known Sichuan dish and the name means “chicken beaten with a wooden stick”. A theory is if you beat the poached chicken it will expose the fibers in the breast meat so they can absorb … Continue reading

Creamy Basil Dressing

Basil season is over here in Michigan and what better way to use this flavorful herb than in a vinaigrette. Saying goodbye to summer… Linking to Angie’s party and the two co-hosts Petra @ Food Eat Love and Vanitha @ Curry and Vanilla I served this salad with a Paradiso Reserve, Caramelized Onion and Prosciutto Pizza… … Continue reading

Limoncello Vinaigrette

I seem to be on a roll using Limoncello in recipes – I guess you can tell I just love it. This vinaigrette is a perfect combination of sweet (Limoncello), tart (lemon juice and zest) and fiery (red pepper flakes). This recipe from Genius Kitchen would also be delicious with seafood. I served this fresh … Continue reading