Savoring the Seasons: Ribbon Summer Salad

This month's Clean Eating magazine had a section for summer side dishes with only three main ingredients, and a few pantry staples. The simplicity caught my attention.The sweet melon, savory zucchini, thin sliced ham blended with a light viniagrette really make this salad come together in a special way.  It is a unique, easy to … Continue reading Savoring the Seasons: Ribbon Summer Salad

Dirt to Table Experience: Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad

Did you know that the Moroccans brought carrot salad to Israel in the 1940's?   This dish became so popular that it is now a common dish served in Israel to celebrate the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. This salad is served to symbolize a sweet and fruitful year to come.A blend of oil, lemon juice, … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad

The Art of Salad: Fennel Slaw with Grapefruit, Cracked Pepper, and Pistachios

There are a million creative and innovative ways to prepare fennel.  It can be grilled, roasted, braised, sautéed, added to soups and stews, and still my favorite way is to use fennel in salads.   The crisp crunch of raw fennel with a very subtle anise flavor is beautiful and provides a worthy foundation for an … Continue reading The Art of Salad: Fennel Slaw with Grapefruit, Cracked Pepper, and Pistachios

Dirt to Table Experience: Cauliflower Salad

Food is for celebrating.......The Orthodox Jewish Community celebrates Sukkot, a Judaism version of Thanksgiving, celebrating life, community and the season's bounty, with a seven-day festival.During this celebration it is considered a good deed (Mitzvah) to open your home to guests.  One of the typical salads served, is this simple cauliflower salad.  A delicious briny mix of cauliflower, … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Cauliflower Salad

Dirt to Table Experience: Savoy, Lime And Cilantro Coleslaw

In North Florida cabbage grows abundantly in our mild winter growing season.   There is no possibility that it could survive the Florida heat and make it to the summer picnic table.  In the winter one of our main salads is coleslaw and in the summer, we turn our attention to other salads that reflect our … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Savoy, Lime And Cilantro Coleslaw

Sweet Corn and Black Bean Salad

Proof that a few simple fresh ingredients tossed together is all that it takes to makes something delicious....Sweet Corn and Black Bean SaladServes 6Recipe from Whole FoodsIngredients:2 cups fresh or frozen and thawed corn kernels1/2 cup finely chopped red onion2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil1 tablespoon lime juice1/4 teaspoon sea salt1/2 teaspoon … Continue reading Sweet Corn and Black Bean Salad

Dirt to Table Experience: Fresh Beet Salad

Okay, don't say "Ewww beets!" I know that beets are a love them or hate them vegetable.  I have a strong opinion about those who dislike beets, but have only experienced beets from a can or a jar.  You cannot officially say you don't like beets until you have done two things:You have eaten them … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Fresh Beet Salad

Watermelon and Cress Salad with Grilled Shrimp and Hearts of Palm

We had a most enjoyable weekend.  We played in the dirt (we have a family garden plot), did much needed yard work.   In the evening we drank cocktails with friends in our community garden patch, and enjoyed light summer meals.   If only we could do this more often....One of the meals that was … Continue reading Watermelon and Cress Salad with Grilled Shrimp and Hearts of Palm