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Fresh Corn Salad with Fresh Lemon Dressing

Before corn goes away… make this yummy salad.. so easy and so delicious!

  • 4 ears of corn, taken off the cob
  • 4 cups mixed greens

Transfer the corn and green onto a salad bowl. Keep aside.


  • 2 lemons, ends cut off, cut in half with the pits out
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Add all the ingredients into a blender (I used a vitamix) and blend till everything turns into a smooth sauce. Add more water or oil if needed. Check for seasonings.

Add half of the dressing to the corn and the greens, toss and add more if necessary. Serve immediately.

Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Tomato Salad

I am in a summer roll- this is an amazingly easy yet delicious, light recipe to make any evening or for company. I used one of my favorite ingredients- balsamic glaze. If you don’t have it in your pantry- it is a must. It is great for marinades, salad dressing, etc…. It has an amazing sweet and tart flavor…

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 to 3 cups mixed greens

Transfer the tomatoes, garlic, balsamic glaze, olive oil, salt and pepper to a salad bowl. Mix well and let sit in room temperature for an hour. Right before serving, add the greens and toss well.

  • 4 to 5 pieces chicken cutlets (chicken breasts pounded thin)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Mix the balsamic glaze, garlic, olive oil and salt in a small bowl. Transfer the chicken and the marinade to a zip lock bag and marinate for 2 hours in the refrigerator. Take out half an hour before grilling. Grill till done, careful not to over cook. Take off grill. Serve with tomato salad on top.


Vegetable Lasagna

This is a great way to get some veggies into your kids. They may not notice all the greens while they enjoy the yummy noodles, cheese and sauce. Eliminate the pancetta if you want to keep it vegetarian. If not then it is great way to infuse some great flavor without adding a lot of meat.

  • 9 to 12 lasagna noodles
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup pancetta, chopped (eliminate if making vegetarian)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 10 ounces Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 10 ounces Shiitaki mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups mixed greens (I used a combination of kale, green cabbage, red cabbage & Brussels sprouts), shredded
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup shredded Parmigiano Reggiano, divided
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3 cups fresh tomato sauce, preferable homemade

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil the lasagna noodles until they are soft and pliable, about 6 to 7 minutes. Remove the pasta and lay flat on a sheet tray to cool.

Add olive oil and pancetta to a large frying pan. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and continue to sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté on high heat for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the greens and cook for another 5 minutes until they are wilted. Check for seasonings and turn heat off and let cool.

In a small bowl, add the ricotta, garlic, parsley, salt, egg, and ½ cup of cheese. Mix well and keep aside.

In the bottom of a 8 by 8 baking dish, add a half cup of sauce. Spread evenly. Arrange three to four noodles to completely cover the sauce. Spread ½ of the ricotta mixture over the pasta. Add ½ of the mushroom mixture and spread evenly. Repeat with noodles, sauce, ricotta and mixture. Finally add the last batch of noodles and cover with sauce. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmigiano and all of mozzarella on top. Cover with foil. Place the lasagna on a baking sheet and bake in oven for an hour 15 minutes, removing the foil for the last 15 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before slicing.





Avocado Apple and Corn Salad

This salad will be perfect with yesterdays delicious cheese burgers! It is yummy with creamy avocado, crunchy apple and sweet corn!

  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 Pink Lady apple, diced
  • 1 ear of corn, grilled, off the cob
  • Juice of one large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups mixed greens with herbs

Transfer the avocado, apple and corn to a salad bowl. Add the lemon juice, oil, honey and salt. Mix well and let marinate for 2 to 3 hours in the refrigerator. Right before serving, add the mixed greens, mix well. Check for seasonings and serve.


Roasted Beet and Apple Salad

I found gorgeous yellow beets, roasted them and paired them with apples in a delicious, easy salad!

  • 4 small or 2 large beets (I found yellow ones but any color will do)

Place each beet on a square of aluminum foil, drizzle a bit of olive oil on each and wrap. Roast in a 400 degree oven for 40 to 50 minutes or till the beets are tender. Take out and let cool. Cut into quarters.

  • 1 large Honeycrisp apples, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 to 3 cups of mixed greens

Apple Cider Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Add all the ingredients to a air tight container and shake well and keep aside. Transfer the beets and apples to a salad bowl. Pour 2 tablespoons of dressing and mix well. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and let sit for 15 minutes. Add the mixed greens. Toss and add more dressing if needed. Serve.

Orange and Beet Salad

Orange and Beet Salad I finish this week off with another delicious and beautiful looking salad. I love using beets in salads, especially the roasted variety. There are times when I am simply too lazy to roast the beets.. or I just don’t have the time. I buy the already cooked variety from Trader Joes. They are delicious as well.. but nothing like roasting your own.

For this salad I roasted a few plump beets. I wrapped each one in aluminum foil and placed them in the oven. Remember to place them on a cookies sheet first to avoid any leakage. Beet juice can be impossible to get off surfaces. I then segmented some oranges- which has been my ingredient of choice ever since they have come in season. I have been putting them in everything I can.

I placed the colorful beets and oranges on some mixed greens and made a delicious salad with orange juice and balsamic vinegar.

The salad was so beautiful looking that I didn’t want to disturb it and eat it. Once I did, I realized how delicious it was…
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Pomegranate and Feta Salad

Pomegranate and Feta Salad Pomegranates are festive. They are my favorite fruit- a bit labor intensive to take the seeds out but so worth all the work. For some reason, I can’ get myself to buy the shelled ones in the stores- so I choose to put in the work.

I love the tangy taste but most of all I love the way the seeds look- like tiny jewels.

I decided to incorporate a salad made with pomegranate seeds dressed with a pomegranate vinaigrette. I had a huge bowl filled with pomegranate seeds and a chunk of feta in my fridge. I thought of feta cheese to cut the tang of the pomegranate seeds. For the vinaigrette, I took out my bottle of pomegranate glaze. I mixed in some white wine vinegar a bit of honey and of course some extra virgin olive oil. The flavors were incredible- tangy, sweet and savory.

Definitely a great salad for the big feast..
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