Easy stuffed fresh mozzarella caprese from anitalianinmykitchen.com


1 large and 1 medium fresh mozzarella (I used 2 medium and had a lot of caprese left over)**
12 cherry tomatoes or 2 or 3 medium to large ripe but firm tomatoes (seeded and chopped)
1/4 small onion chopped
1 celery stalk chopped
3/4 teaspoon oregano (3/4 gram)
1/4 teaspoon salt (1.35 grams)
4-5 fresh basil leaves chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil (54 grams)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (14 grams)

Place the fresh mozzarella in a sieve over a bowl for approximately 20 minutes. Carefully hollow out the mozzarella, chop the excess mozzarella.

In a medium bowl combine, chopped excess mozzarella, chopped tomatoes, onion and celery, oregano,salt, chopped basil, 3 tablespoons olive oil and balsamic vinegar, toss gently together.

Fill the hollowed out fresh mozzarella with the caprese mixture, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and serve the extra caprese mixture on the side. Enjoy!


Tender Green Salad With Strawberries, Cucumber, Pistachio and Basil, Ellie Krieger

This spring salad is as simple as it is delightful. The ingredient that drives it is the season’s very best strawberries — plump with juice, deeply ruby-colored and with a perfume that greets you from across the room. Thin slices of English cucumber offer a cool, crisp contrast, and basil leaves provide a soft, fragrant accent. It is dressed with a honey-white wine vinaigrette.


  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 head butter, Boston or bibb lettuce, leaves torn (about 5 cups, lightly packed)
  • 6 large or 12 small hulled strawberries, quartered if large, halved if small
  • 1/4 English (seedless) cucumber, cut into thin half-moons
  • 2 tablespoons shelled, unsalted pistachios, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 4 large or 8 medium fresh basil leaves, torn

Whisk together the oil, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper in a medium bowl to form a dressing.

Place the lettuce in a large bowl. Drizzle in about half of the dressing, and toss to coat.

Divide the dressed lettuce among individual salad plates. Arrange the strawberries and cucumber slices on top, then drizzle with the remaining dressing.

Top each portion with 1/2 tablespoon of pistachios and some basil. 4 servings


Soba Noodle Salad from washingtonpost.com


The chef prefers using regular soy sauce instead of low-sodium (for better flavor).

The dressing can be refrigerated a few days in advance.

For the dressing
2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon plain rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon chili oil
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
One 2-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and grated (1 tablespoon)
2 tablespoons water

For the salad
6 to 8 ounces buckwheat soba noodles
1 or 2 heads romaine lettuce hearts, torn into bite-size pieces
1 cup shelled, frozen/defrosted edamame
6 to 8 scallions (trimmed), white and light-green parts cut thin on the diagonal
20 grape tomatoes, each cut in half
White sesame seeds, for garnish
Nori (roasted seaweed), cut into very thin matchsticks, for garnish

For the dressing: Whisk together the sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, chili oil, peanut butter, ginger and water in a medium bowl, to form a shiny, emulsified blend.

For the salad: Bring a pot of unsalted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the soba noodles (to taste) and stir; cook according to the package directions, then drain, rinse until cool and drain again.

Divide the lettuce (to taste) among individual plates. Top each portion with an equal amount of the cooled noodles, then scatter each one with some of the edamame, scallions and grape tomatoes.

Just before serving, spoon a generous amount of the dressing over each salad, then top each with a good pinch of the sesame seeds and the nori. Serve right away.  4 servings

Stolichny Chicken (use substitute) Salad adapted from Olga & Pavel Syutkin’s CCCP Cook Book


  • medium-sized potatoes
  • carrot
  • eggs
  • medium-sized onion
  • dill pickles
  • 200-250 grams cooked dark-meat chicken–use substitute
  • 300 grams tinned green peas
  • Vinegar-based hot sauce like tobasco
  1. Rinse the potatoes and carrots, but don’t peel them. Place them in a saucepan, cover with water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 40 to 60 minutes until tender. Remove vegetables from the stock and allow to cool.
  2. Place the eggs into the salted boiling water and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes; transfer to a bowl of cold water to cool, then peel off shells.
  3. Peel the potatoes, carrot, and onion, and cut into small uniform cubes, along with the eggs, pickles, and chicken. Combine in a bowl with the green peas. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Season with mayonnaise , stir, and let stand to allow the flavors to combine. Mix in hot sauce to taste before serving, with crackers and more pickles.  Serves 8-10

Autumn crunch pasta salad from chelseasmessyapron.com

  • 5 ounces fresh spinach (half a 10 ounce bag)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups dry small pasta
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 1 large Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • Optional: Feta cheese
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2-4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon each: paprika, onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the dressing. In a food processor or blender (I used my small Twister jar on the Blendtec) combine the oil (the vegetable oil yields a richer and in my opinion better taste, but the olive oil is healthier and still tastes great), apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, sugar, (adjust — more or less to personal preference, we like a less sweet dressing and use about 2 tablespoons) paprika, and onion powder. Pulse or blend for about 10 seconds. Stir in the poppyseeds.
  3. Drain the pasta once it’s cooked through and immediately toss a few tablespoons of the dressing with the pasta. This helps the pasta soak in the dressing and the flavor.
  4. Chill the dressed pasta in the fridge.
  5. Meanwhile, combine the (washed and de-stemmed) spinach with the chopped celery in a large bowl. Add in the cranberries and a can of drained mandarine oranges.
  6. If desired peel the apple (We like to leave on the peel!) and then slice into thin slices. Toss with lemon juice and then add to the salad.
  7. Pour dressing over the salad and toss. Add in the completely cooled pasta and toss with the rest of the salad.
  8. If you want to toast the pecans, place them in a single layer in a dry saucepan (don’t add anything) over medium heat. Stir constantly until the nuts are barely fragrant — just a couple of minutes. Watch carefully as the nuts are VERY easily scorched/burned.
  9. Alternatively, you can candy the pecans if desired. Check the link in the last paragraph of the blog text for how to candy pecans.
  10. Top the salad with the pecans and feta cheese.
  11. Enjoy immediately.  Serves: 6-8 as a side
This salad (like most) aren’t very great leftover. If you aren’t eating this immediately, keep the ingredients separate from the dressing and only toss with the dressing right before eating. Top with pecans and feta after dressing the salad.

Smacked Cucumber Salad from Chinatown Kitchen: From Noodles to Nuoc Cham.


  • 1 large cucumber, preferably organic (unwaxed)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons plain rice vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons palm sugar (jaggery) or packed light brown sugar (see headnote)
  • 2 teaspoons chili oil
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce (see headnote)

Lay the cucumber on a cutting board. Smack it lightly with a cleaver or a rolling pin, breaking it into chunks. Chop coarsely and transfer to a colander, sprinkling it with the salt. Let stand for 30 minutes, then rinse and pat dry with paper towels.

Combine the vinegar, garlic, palm or brown sugar, chili oil, toasted sesame oil and light soy sauce in a bowl. Add the cucumber to the mixture and let stand to soak up the flavors for 10 minutes before serving.   2 servings




Charred Tomato Vinaigrette from the bittenword.com

6a00e55015ee52883301b7c7c0f901970b-650wi1/2 pound tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chopped parsley, cilantro or basil
Kosher salt

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan to medium-high. In a medium bowl, toss the tomatoes with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Grill, turning, until blistered and lightly charred, 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool slightly.

In a food processor, combine the grilled tomatoes with the vinegar, lemon juice and mustard and pulse to blend. With the machine on, slowly drizzle in the remaining 1/2 cup of olive oil. Transfer the vinaigrette to a medium bowl, stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper.

Total Time: 20 minutes
Makes 1 1/4 cups


Celery and Parmesan Salad from real simple

4 stcelery-parmesan-salad_300alks celery, thinly sliced, plus 1/4 cup celery leaves
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
 kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 ounce Parmesan, shaved

Toss the celery, celery leave, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Gently toss in the Parmesan. Serve cold or at room temperature.


Green Beans, Roasted Pepper and Potato Salad


  • 8 ounces new potatoes of any color, or small fingerling potatoes
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 2 cups green beans, filet beans, wax beans or a mix
  • 1 anchovy fillet
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 roasted red or yellow bell peppers, seeded, reserving any juice from roasting (see NOTE)

Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan; cover with cold water by 2 inches. Add the vinegar and salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until the potatoes are just tender, about 20 minutes, then transfer them to a colander to drain.

Meanwhile, fill a mixing bowl with ice cubes and water. Bring a separate pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add a pinch of salt, then the green beans. Cook/blanch for a minute or two, just until the beans become bright green. Drain and immediately transfer to the ice-water bath to cool. Drain and pat dry.

Place the anchovy in a small bowl and mash it with the back of a fork. Add the citrus juices and zest, shallot, chopped parsley and oil; whisk to form an emulsified dressing.

Cut the still-warm potatoes into quarters and place in a serving bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat.

Cut the roasted peppers into thin strips, about the same size as the green beans. Toss the green beans and peppers together, including any juice from the roasted peppers, then add to the potato mixture and toss to combine. Taste, and add salt as needed.

Serve at room temperature.  Serves 6

NOTE: Roast bell peppers whole on an aluminum-foil-lined baking sheet at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour. When cool enough to handle, discard the skin and seeds.

Adapted from “Root to Leaf,” by Steven Satterfield

Smoked Corn and Black Bean Salad

  • 3 or 4 eaFD-smokesignalsJuly150181435429156rs smoked corn 
  • 1/3 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup seeded, diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup seeded, diced red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced, seeded and stemmed serrano pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 16 ounces cooked or canned, no-salt-added black beans (if using canned, drain, rinse and dry on paper towels)
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more as needed
  • 3 or 4 grindings of black pepper, or more as needed

Scrape enough kernels from the ears to yield 3 cups. Transfer to a large bowl; discard the cobs or reserve for making broth (see related recipe). Add the onion, bell and serrano peppers, garlic, black beans, cilantro, oil, lime juice, salt and pepper (to taste); toss gently to incorporate.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (and up to 5 days). Taste, and adjust the seasoning as needed; serve chilled or at room temperature.