Strawberry Basil CousCous Salad

This is such a wonderful salad – perfect for summer picnics.

1 c couscous, prepared and cooled

1/3 c lemon juice

3 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

2 c diced strawbeeries

1/2 c chopped basil

1/2 c feta, crumbled

Whisk together olive oil and lemon juice in a small bowl. Toss couscous with strawberries, basil and feta and drizzle olive oil mixture over the top. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Serves 8. 3 WW points.

Spicy Shrimp Salad

This is a quick and tasty salad! I used langoustines since that’s what I had on hand, shrimp works great too!

1 tbsp+ Olive oil

1 lb cleaned, peeled and cooked shrimp or langoustines

Salt and peoper

1 c breadcrumbs

1 tsp old bay seasoning

1/2 c mayo

2 tbsp milk

1 tbsp hot sauce

20 oz lettuce greens

Capers to garnish

Combine mayo, milk and hot sauce and set aside.

Heat olive oil over medium low heat, add breadcrumbs and old bay. Cook, stirring until nicely toasted.

Toss lettuce with 1/3 – 1/2 the dressing in a bowl and divide amount 4 plates. Top with breadcrumbs, shrimp and capers. Serve with extra sauce.

Serves 4.

Grilled Peppers and Burrata

This is a perfect accompaniment to what ever you are grilling! Quick, easy and oh so tasty!

4 medium bell peppers, quartered

4 oz Burrata or mozzarella

3 tbsp minced herbs – basil, sage, chives, tarragon

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Balsamic glaze

Toss peppers in oil. Cook on the grill over medium high heat until nicely chard on both sides – about 4 min per side.

In a bowl, season with salt and pepper and toss with herbs and cheese. Drizzle with balsamic.

Serves 4.

Buttermilk Caesar Dressing

Another winner from Eating Well! The served it on salmon. I just mixed up a batch for quick lunches. I would add anchovy paste next time.

1/2 c buttermilk

1/4 c greek yogurt

1/4 c parmesan cheese, grated

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp dijon

1 clove garlic

I’m a blender or small food processor combine all ingredients and pulse till combined.

Lemon Chive Langoustine Orzo Salad

This was inspired by Eating Well. I had some langoustines so used them instead of shrimp. I added asparagus and swapped out dill for lots of fresh chives that came in my CSA. It is a delightful salad, great for picnics and tastes better the next day.

8 oz orzo or small pasta

1 lb langoustines, shrimp or bay shrimp cooked

4 c snap peas, cut into bite size pieces

1 lb asparagus, steamed and cut into small pieces

1/4 c olive oil

1/4 c minced chives

1 tbsp dijon

Zest and juice of one large lemon

Salt and pepper

Cook orzo according to package.

Combine oil, lemon juice, mustard,chives and salt and pepper in a large boil and whisk to combine. Add veggies and shrimp, toss to combine. Drain orzo and stir to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 6.

Bay Shrimp and Avocado Salad

This is a quick and easy salad for a busy weekend! The creamy avocado and citrusy shrimp are perfect together.

8 oz Bay shrimp
Juice and zest of 1 like
Zest of 1 orange
4 tbsp chives, snipped
1 avocado, sliced thin
Salt
Olive oil

Toss shrimp with zest, juice, chives and a pinch of salt. 

Spread Avocado across plate, top with shrimp and drizzle with a little olive oil.

Serves 2.

Waldorf Chicken Salad

This salad is so wonderful, creamy, crunchy, and oh so delicious! It comes together quickly too!

  • 2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 stalk Celery, Thinly Sliced
  • 1 whole Apple, Chopped
  • 3/4 cups Dried Cranberries
  • 3/4 c roasted nuts
  • 3/4 c Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c Sour Cream
  •  Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 Lemon, Juiced
Preheat oven to 425ºF. Place chicken on a baking sheet and season generously with salt and pepper. Bake in preheated oven for about 23–25 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF. Allow to cool completely and slice into bite-sized pieces.

Place chicken, celery, apple, cranberries, nuts, mayonnaise, and sour cream in a large bowl. Mix until well combined. Taste and add salt, pepper, and lemon juice if needed. 

Serve immediately. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Zuk Spirals with Garlic Tahini Dressing

This dish is perfect for summer! I love the angle hair setting on my spiral cutter! Another winner from Patricia Wells!

  • 1 lb zuks, spiral cut
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c Garlic Tahini Dressing
  • Espelette pepper or Aleppo

Garlic Tahini

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c tahini
  • 1/4 c whole milk yogurt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Combine in a blender. And chill if not using right away.

Toss zuks with salt and place in colander to drain for 15 minutes. Then gentle squeeze out any excess water. Place in a bowl and toss with 1/4 c tahini dressing and sprinkle with Espelette or Aleppo pepper.

Serves 4.

Green Goddess “Tuna” Salad Sandwich

This vegan lunch is so yummy!! If your not vegan just use tuna in place of the hearts of Palm.

  • 1/4 c basil leaves
  • 1/4 c parsley leaves
  • 1/4 c tarragon leaves
  • 1/4 c mayo
  • 1/4 c sour cream or vegan sour cream
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can hearts of Palm or tuna
  • Celery stalk
  • Shallot
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lettuce
  • 4 slices whole grain bread, toasted

Purée basil, parsley, tarragon, mayo, sour cream, lemon zest, juice, and 2 tbsp oil in a blender until smooth.

In a food processor chop hearts of palm, celery, shallot in garlic until chopped finely. Toss with dressing until coated.

Top toasted bread with lettuce and heart of palm mixture.

Serves 2.