Summer Salad

Summer is creeping up on us in Florida. Our watermelon is perfect right about now! This is a summer salad that my sister Ali makes. It tastes light and refreshing just like summer…

By Alexandra Salvatore

I wanted to emulate one of my favorite appetizer salads I’ve been going crazy over. In Long Island we wait all winter for warm weather and summer fruits. This salad is on almost every menu on the East end of Long Island and all are done with their own twist.

It contains all of my favorite things – watermelon, feta cheese and a peppery, crunchy green like arugula. You can also use baby spinach for a less bitter green. You can also crumble the feta for a less intense salt/cheese flavor. I use the balsamic glaze pictured. I’ve actually used that glaze for many other things like a simple mozzarella and tomato salad. I would suggest having one in the house. You can get it at Costco or an Italian market. It doesn’t have a close expiration date which is great too. Enjoy this refreshing and savory salad. It would be a great thing to serve as an appetizer or even as a side salad with a fish entree. 🐠🍉🧀

Summer Salad

Ingredients

  • a bag of arugula or baby spinach
  • a seedless watermelon(about 4-6 pieces cut into thick triangles)
  • a block of imported feta(in water), cut into rectangular chunks(can crumble as well)
  • balsamic glaze
  • salt and pepper
  • (Optional) – chopped pistachios to sprinkle over the greens before the feta

Directions

  1. On a large platter lay out the chunks of watermelon.
  2. On top of the watermelon, place a handful or two of arugula or spinach.
  3. Then top it with the chunks of feta cheese.
  4. Drizzle with the balsamic glaze and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

If you enjoyed this recipe you’ll love:

Uncle Joe’s Simple Salad

Italian Salad(Pasta or no Pasta)

Shoepeg Corn Salad

Advertisements

Shoepeg Corn Salad

I got this recipe from my sister Ali.  She got it from one of her friends.  When they make it, they serve it as a dip along with Tostitos or some sort of corn chip.  This is also a great side dish for a summer gathering.   It’s sooo good and refreshing.  It’s hard to stop eating it once you start.  I had no idea what shoepeg corn was or where to find it until I made this!  FYI, it’s just a can of Green Giant corn that’s shaped like a shoepeg!  I found it at Publix…

sp2sp5sp7sp9

Shoepeg Corn salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cans of white shoepeg corn, drained
  • 1 can of reduced sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 red bell pepper diced small
  • 1 orange bell pepper diced small
  • 1/2 of a small red onion diced small
  • a bunch of cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 cup of safflower oil(it calls for vegetable oil but I don’t use vegetable oil due to the fact that it is not the healthiest option)
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of sugar(Yep, but it makes it soooo good.  You can use less if you prefer or none.  Still will be delicious!)
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Put the first 6 ingredients in a large serving bowl and stir gently until combined.
  2. Add the oil, vinegar and sugar.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Stir gently until combined.
  5. Serve with your favorite chip or as a side dish.

Enjoy!

I found some great summer essentials for your 1st BBQ of the season.  Of course you have to serve the shoepeg corn salad and maybe some Guac and chips!

***My posts contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.***

Don’t miss out on some of the best recipes for summer entertaining…
Appetizers:
Main Course:  
Side Dishes:  
Desert and drinks:

Uncle Joe’s Simple Salad

I love going to Long Island to visit family in the summer. And the food. I love the food. My sister Ali and brother-in-law Joe really embrace Long Island summers. Their house is in walking distance to the bay. They always have fresh fruit and vegetables growing in their garden and somehow there is always someone dropping off fresh fish and clams caught that day! Dinner usually includes fresh fish fillets and a simple salad.

Joe prepared this the other day with my nephew Joseph and this is a perfect example of my summers in Long Island. Uncle Joe’s Simple Salad takes a few minutes to prepare and will get you dreaming about simple summers…

BTW, Joe makes the best fresh cocktails. So stay tuned for drinks that will make the sun shine…

***My posts contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.***

Click here to shop some of my favorite items.

Click here to shop your favorite Pampered Chef Products.

Uncle Joe's Simple Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Ingredients

  • 2 grape vine tomatoes, diced
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 of an onion diced
  • handful of Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh lemon juice, squeezed from 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Place the tomatoes, peppers cucumbers, and onions in a medium bowl and toss gently.
  2. Add the parsley.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Toss gently one more time.

Enjoy!

If you like this recipe you will love…

Salsa Salsa

Shoepeg Corn Salad

Summer Salad

 

Game Day

If you ask me whose playing in the Superbowl, I promise you I will NOT know the answer. My husband says he stopped watching football once he started dating me. And that’s pretty accurate. No one in my family ever watched sports, so that is that. Lol. He can totally watch it, but my main focus will always be the food and the halftime show! But now that we have 2 boys, he has made a point to start watching it again. I’m ok with that, as long as there is some good food, not just a bowl of Doritos!

So if you are planning on watching the game and are having friends over, here are some of my favorite game day foods that will keep everyone happy, whether they watch the game or not… Feel free to pick and choose your favorites and throw in some classics like chicken wings and chili!

  • You have to start with chips and dip! People come hungry on game day and love to pick. These are two of my favorite dips that will start the day off in the right direction.

Guacamole and Salsa: This combo is always a hit and goes quick on days like this, so make double batches!

If you were asked to bring a dish to a friend’s house, this Shoepeg Corn Salad is amazing! Make ahead and bring a big bag of Tostitos. It will be the star of the game.

 

  • I like to serve pizza as an appetizer. I highly recommend you keep the toppings simple and use a pizza slicer to slice them into small, handheld slices. For some reason everything tastes better when it’s bite size.
  • Stuffed Bread is a great option for game day. It’s a hearty meal for big eaters.
  • And who doesn’t love a big platter of meatballs? I would make them small enough so that you can serve them with toothpicks and your friends can just pop them in their mouth!

If your’e crowd isn’t full after all this food, you may have a problem. But I think everyone should be full and happy.

I know most people want beer on Game Day, but if I was at a Super Bowl party after hours of drinking and eating I’d be looking for strong coffee and a sweet treat! Hello, Annie’s Crumb Cake… It’s simple, delicious and will feed your crowd.

Go Mets! JK, but not kidding…

***My posts contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.***

Click here to shop some of my favorite items.

Click here to shop your favorite Pampered Chef Products.

If you like this blog, you will also like:

Soup Season

Can’t Have a Party Without a Punch

“Crowd Pleasing” Rice Pudding

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pan Fried Artichoke Hearts

Artichoke hearts alone can make me a very happy person! It’s a known fact that they are the best part of the artichoke!! Coat them in breadcrumbs, fry ’em up and serve with a dipping sauce; I’m ready to party!

I always loved these as a kid and I love them as an adult. It is the perfect appetizer for any occasion. I think they are sort of fancy and have always thought of it as a Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve sort of appetizer.

***My posts contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.***

Click here to shop your favorite Pampered Chef Products.

If you are eyeing my mom’s bread dish like I was, I found some that are similar. Her platter is from years ago!

Large Banana Leaf Platter

Wood Leaf Serving Tray

Pan Fried Artichoke Hearts

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Drain artichokes and pat until completely dry.
  2. In a coating tray, crack the egg in one tray and whisk.
  3. Put the breadcrumbs in a separate tray.
  4. Toss each artichoke heart in the egg and then coat with breadcrumbs.
  5. Put them aside until all are done and you are ready to fry.
  6. In a large skillet put enough oil so that it is about 1 inch high. Heat on medium high heat.
  7. When oil is ready, put several artichoke hearts in the skillet and let them brown.  When they are browned on the one side, turn them over with tongs and let them brown on the other side.
  8. When you remove them, place them on a paper towel lined dish.
  9. When all the artichoke hearts are done put them on a serving platter and serve with a Simple Crushed Tomato Sauce for dipping.

Enjoy!


If you liked this, you will love…

Roasted Peppers with Garlic

Broccoli Rabe

 

Holy Guacamole

 

Guacamole

Avocados are amazing. In my house, we all love them. I can’t keep up with buying them.  They are expensive! I complain because I find my husband’s avocado pits all over in cups because he has been trying to grow an avocado tree for years. But I wish he’d grow one already. It would save us some money!

When my 10 year old gets home from school he usually asks for guacamole and chips.  That’s when I smash an avocado, drizzle with EVOO and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  But this recipe I bring out on special occasions. It’s really tastes amazing! I can’t let my family know I’m making it because they eat it up with a spoon before I even put it on the table.

TIPS:  Once you see your avocados getting too ripe, put them in the fridge.  It will keep them fresh for a long time! 

Once you make the guacamole keep the pits that you’ve taken out and put them in the bowl of guac to keep it fresh until ready to eat!  

Ingredients

  • 6 Haas Avocados
  • 2 limes
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 of an onion minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced(If you like it mild just use half)
  • 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro(Some people don’t like the taste of cilantro.  So you can skip it or use less)
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced

Directions

  1. Scoop out the insides of the avocados and place them in a medium bowl.
  2. Squeeze lime over avocados.  Toss to coat.
  3. Mash to make it smooth.
  4. Add salt, cumin and cayenne.  Mash again.
  5. Fold in the onion, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro and garlic.
  6. Put the avocado pits back in to keep it fresh until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

***My posts contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.***

Click here to shop your favorite Pampered Chef Products.

You can pair this guacamole with any other recipes below:

Salsa Salsa

Mita’s Slow Cooker Chicken

Chicken Tostadas

Carne Asada Tacos

 

Salsa Salsa

We all love salsa. It’s spicy, healthy and goes great with chips or on your tacos. I didn’t know how much I really loved salsa until I had this one!

One of my closest friends, Mita, is an amazing cook! She specializes in Indian and Mexican food, but can cook anything. We met when our boys were in preschool together. They moved to Texas, but I miss her so much and her food! I didn’t even know what sriracha was until I met her(I’m not kidding!)

This is her recipe. It is simple, delicious, and healthy. My whole family eats it all up. We have it with chips or alongside any of our favorite Mexican dishes. If you love this recipe, no worries, there will be more of Mita’s recipes to come…

mita
Mita and her boys

***My posts contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.***

Click here to shop your favorite Pampered Chef Products.

Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 can of diced tomatoes(or two smaller cans of Rotel diced tomatoes if you prefer it spicy)
  • 1/2 of a jalapeno seeded(or one whole if you prefer spicy)
  • 1/2 of a medium sized onion
  • 8 or 9 strands of cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. of white vinegar

 

 

Directions

 

It’s so simple.  My 10 year-old can make it!

  1. Add all ingredients except vinegar in blender
  2. Pour into container.
  3. Add vinegar and stir.

Optional:  Top with cilantro and green onions

Enjoy!