Tomato and Cucumber Salad

I like to make this dish when tomatoes and cucumbers are in season (they taste so much better). We have them in such bounty that I am constantly looking for ways to add them to my recipes. I decided to use lemon balsamic vinegar instead of regular balsamic this time around and I thought it…

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Salad

This recipe is a great alternative to pasta with marinara when tomatoes are in season. It is so fresh and easy to prepare. The tomato salad can also be eaten with quinoa, millet or your favorite bread. Ingredients: 1 (12-16 oz.) package regular or gluten-free pasta (rotini, fusili, elbows, small shells, etc.) Tomato Salad* 4…

Tomato & Corn Salad

How many variations of tomato salad can I create? Well, here’s the thing: when I see the bounty of the summer season, I try to use our seasonal produce in as many ways as I can. Delicious corn grows in our northeast region and we have a local grower right down the road. Tomatoes are wonderful when they’re…

Black Bean and Corn Salad

This is another recipe inspired by our local, corn-growing season. Using fresh, local, organic seasonal corn is best. We have delicious corn in our northeast region and I love it! This is a great potluck, picnic, or barbecue dish. Ingredients 2-15 oz. cans black beans—rinsed and drained 2 cups blanched/cooked corn kernels 1 medium-size sweet bell…

Summer Lentil Salad (French Lentils, Cucumber, Tomato & Herbs)

All summer long I have been creating different types of summer salads–figuring out how many ways I can use zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, etc… This recipe is a variation of another lentil salad that I created. I changed it up by adding local, seasonal cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh herbs. Salads can be quite diverse and when adding…

White Bean Summer Salad

This is a variation of my Garden Bean Salad recipe. Ingredients 2 (15-ounce) cans white (navy or northern) beans, rinsed and drained 2 medium-size cucumbers, diced (remove seeds, if large and tough) 2 fresh tomatoes, diced ¼ cup chopped spring (baby) onions or scallions 2 tablespoons capers 5 tablespoons lemon balsamic vinegar (one of ME’s bulk…