1/4 cup sliced pickled jalepenos
1/4 sour cream
2 tbsp cilantro chopped
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tesp paprika
1-2 tablespook milk
For dressing, in a small bowl combine the first six ingredients (through paprika). Stir in enough of the milk to reach desired consistency. Cover and chill until ready to serve..
2 tbsp red onion, divided
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
juice of 1/2 lime
1 seedless cucumber, diced
cooked chicken or shrimp
2/3 c grape tomatoes
1/2 cup red orange or yellow peppers chopped
1/4 pound diced bacon cooked (thick slice)
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 ⁄ oz. butterhead lettuce, leaves torn
⁄ cup chopped and toasted walnuts
1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and thinly sliced
⁄ small red onion, thinly sliced
1 (14-oz.) can hearts of palm, drained and thinly sliced on the bias
In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add in remaining ingredients and toss lightly to combine. Serve with grilled chicken or fish, if you like.
Grilled Watermelon, Avocado, and
Grilled Watermelon, Avocado, and Shrimp Salad
Grill everything in this fresh summer salad, then toss with lemon juice and cucumber for the ultimate
SERVES 6 30 MINUTES
1 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp
3 lb. watermelon, cut into 2-inch wedges
3 spring onions, trimmed, green parts thinly sliced, white parts left whole
2 avocados, peeled, pitted, and cut into ⁄ -inch wedges
5 tbsp. olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons, zested and juiced
⁄ cup basil leaves
⁄ cup mint leaves
1 English cucumber, cut into ⁄ -inch pieces
Light a grill; thread shrimp onto skewers. Brush shrimp, watermelon, white parts of spring onions,
and avocados with 3 tablespoons oil; grill, turning once, until charred, about 4 minutes for shrimp, 7-
8 minutes for watermelon, and 2-3 minutes for scallions and avocados. Season with salt and pepper
and transfer to a platter.
Remove watermelon rind and cut into 1-inch pieces; place in a large bowl. Remove shrimp from
skewers and add to bowl with watermelon; cut spring onions into 1-inch pieces and add to bowl. Add
spring onion greens, avocados, remaining oil, salt, pepper, lemon zest and juice, basil, mint, and
cucumber and toss carefully to combine; transfer to a serving platter.
2 1/2 pounds mixed tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
3/4 pound ciabatta or rustic sourdough bread, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes (about 6 cups bread cubes)
10 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 small shallot, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup packed basil leaves, roughly chopped
Place tomatoes in a colander set over a bowl and season with 2 teaspoons kosher salt. Toss to coat. Set aside at room temperature to drain, tossing occasionally, while you toast the bread. Drain for a minimum of 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F and adjust rack to center position. In a large bowl, toss bread cubes with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until crisp and firm but not browned, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
Remove colander with tomatoes from bowl with tomato juice. Place colander with tomatoes in the sink. Add shallot, garlic, mustard, and vinegar to the bowl with tomato juice. Whisking constantly, drizzle in the remaining 1/2 cup olive oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
Combine toasted bread, tomatoes, and dressing in a large bowl. Add basil leaves. Toss everything to coat and season with salt and pepper. Let rest for 30 minutes before serving, tossing occasionally until dressing is completely absorbed by bread.
4 handfuls of rocket
2 peaches, sliced*
100g double cream Brie cheese, sliced
handful dried cranberries or fresh pomegranate seeds
8 or so slices prosciutto, torn up
extra-virgin olive oil
cranberry pear balsamic vinegar
freshly ground pepper and sea salt
Arrange rocket on a platter and scatter prosciutto, peach sliced, brie and cranberries. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Beautiful!
* You can also use other stone fruit such as plums, apricots, nectarines or apples. Use your favorite flavored balsamic vinegar if you can’t find the cranberry pear and try, if you can, to choose a white balsamic vinegar (for esthetic purposes). I also did it with Halloumi cheese which is all I had and it worked great.