Friday, July 3, 2009

Vibrant ,Colorful Summery Foods

Summer is here ....a time to eat light .. a time to enjoy the bounty of the garden .. here are some great ,light , fun salads to make for entertaining or for dinner .They can be made ahead just don't put the dressing on until you are ready to serve ..... Enjoy !


4 cups frozen corn defrosted
1 large red pepper diced
1/2 cup scallion chopped
1/2 cup red onion diced
2 stalks celery diced
1 TBSP chopped flat leaf parsley
1 ~15 can black beans rinsed & drained

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 red wine vinegar
2 TBSP lime juice
1/2 cup olive oil
salt & pepper
dash hot sauce (optional )
~combine ingredients for dressing and toss with remaining ingredients


2 LBS String beans cleaned & cooked till tender

2 red peppers sliced thin
1 large onion sliced
1/2 cup olive oil
salt& pepper
2 TBSP chopped parsley

~cook peppers & onion in oil until soft and caramelized.. season with salt & pepper and toss with cooked green beans .. serve room temp

Italian Potato Salad

3 LBS potatoes cooked until just tender, drain
6 TBS olive oil
salt & Pepper
3 TBSP Italian flat leaf parsley
~combine all ingredients & serve room temp

Orange Salad with Feta & Honey Dressing

6 navel oranges peeled & sliced
1 red onion sliced very thin
3/4 cup Feta Crumbles
1/2 cup imported black olives


1 TBSP honey
1/2 cup olive oil
1 TBSP Red Vinegar
salt & pepper
~whisk & drizzle over oranges& red onion sprinkle with feta & olives

Fresh Fruit with Lemoncello & vodka

4 cups assorted berries
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup lemoncello
Sugar if needed

Combine & serve

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