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Summer Squash Salad

Summer Squash Salad

I have been growing a lot of zucchini but bored of grilling them all the time! After recently visiting my favorite neighborhood restaurant - five leaves - I was inspired to make this simple salad with a new way to eat summer squash RAW!

What’s so great about this salad is that it’s fresh, simple, fast, and can be made in one bowl! Each bite needs a little feta and pistachio for that silky crunchy texture. Make this salad for lunch, or as a side with your grilled protein!

Total Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2-3 cup arugula

  • 1 green zucchini

  • 1 yellow summer squash

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 lemon, squeezed

  • salt & pepper

  • 1/4 cup marinated olives, chopped

  • chopped pistachio for garnish

  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Using a mandolin, slice green zucchini directly on top of the bed of arugula.

  2. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the sides of summer squash on top of the vegetables again.

  3. Drizzle olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice, and toss the vegetables together and season them with salt and pepper.

  4. Finish the salad with chopped olives, pistachio, and crumbled feta.

Picnic Za'atar Chicken Salad Slider

Picnic Za'atar Chicken Salad Slider

Chicken salad is one of the classic American dishes. It’s often made with mayonnaise and chopped celery. But, I wanted to add my Mediterranean twist to this by adding za’atar and swapping out mayo with Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt will make everything super creamy while adding a tangy note to the dish while za’atar brings extra savory herbaceous flavors, taking this salad to another level.

As the weather gets nice outside, I often go out for a picnic at the park, and I bring this to make a DIY chicken sandwich which everyone loves. Make this salad and put it in a container. Bring slider buns and a few condiments, like tomatoes, cucumbers, or arugula, to make easy, delicious chicken salad sliders!

Total Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken

  • 1 cup greek yogurt

  • 3 tbsp za’atar

  • 1/2 cup chopped dill pickle

  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber (small-diced)

  • 1/2 cup shredded almonds

  • slider buns, arugula, slices of tomato, and cucumber to serve

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine shredded rotisserie chicken, greek yogurt, za’atar, chopped cucumber and chopped pickle in a medium-sized bowl. Mix it until everything is well combined. Taste and season it with salt.

  2. Add shredded almonds to the mixture and mix everything again.

  3. Serve this chicken salad with slider buns with a few toppings.

Simple Spring Salad

 
 

Simple Spring Salad

Happy April! Is that spring that I smell? My favorite produce season is back from bundles of asparagus to crunchy snap peas. I put together this simple, fresh raw salad that is so easy to assemble, but breathtaking to look at.

Shaving asparagus is one of my favorite ways to enjoy this seasonal vegetable. Make sure to pick thick asparagus in order to make those asparagus ribbons. Just like you would peel carrots or potatoes, shave the thick asparagus from the asparagus top to bottom. Twist those asparagus ribbons for a gorgeous presentation as well. Feel free to add whatever spring vegetables that look fresh. Using fresh, spring vegetables is the key for this salad.

Serve it with a side of Za’atar crusted chicken and cucumber lemonade to have your first spring backyard dinner! Happy Spring!

Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4-6 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 head of Boston lettuce, washed

  • 1/2 cup snap peas, chopped

  • 3 asparagus stems

  • 1 bunch scallions

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

  • 3 tbsp goat cheese dressing

  • 1 tsp freshly cracked pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Keeping lettuce leaves whole; pull off from the stem and place on a plate.

  2. Start layering the salad by sprinkling the snap peas and scallions.

  3. Shave the asparagus stem with a peeler and decorate the lettuce with the asparagus ribbons.

  4. Top with walnuts and serve with a side of dressing

Goat Cheese Black Pepper Dressing

 
 

Goat Cheese Black Pepper Dressing

Do you guys love goat cheese? I’ve always loved it in every form — appetizers, dipping sauce, and even marinade. Since I like goat cheese so much, I sometimes sprinkle it in my salad, but when I do it, the crumbled cheese doesn’t get distributed evenly. I want to taste goat cheese in my every bite, you know?

So, I decided to turn it into a dressing to keep its tangy, creamy flavors while making it easier to toss around my salad. By doing so, every bite has a bit of that tangy, goat cheese flavors without being clumpy. This creamy dressing will be an instant flavor boost, making any boring salad into something incredible!

Total Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 1/2 quart

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 - 8oz goat cheese

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt

  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • 1 tbsp black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Charred Corn & Halloumi Salad

Charred Corn & Halloumi Salad

This is as seasonal as it gets! Tomatoes are at their pick right now. And, so are sweet and juicy corns. What a better time to throw all these seasonal vegetables together to make a delicious salad! I added a little Middle Eastern flair to the salad by adding grilled halloumi. Halloumi is the only cheese you can grill, and once you grill it, it changes its texture and flavors completely, which goes so well with the rest of the salad. Make this super simple, but a super flavorful salad for your next party!

Photos by Lauren Zaser

Serves: 3 - 4 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pints Campari tomato, clean and sliced in quarters

  • 8 oz halloumi cheese

  • 4 corn on the cobs

  • 1/4 cup mint

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Husk and grill the corn for 3 minutes on each side, a total of 8-9 minutes or until charred.

  2. When corn is cool, cut kernels from cobs into a bowl. Reserve.

  3. Slice the halloumi into 1-inch slices.

  4. In a large saute pan on high heat, sear the halloumi for 3 minutes on each side, or until golden.

  5. In a large bowl, combine the quartered tomatoes, grilled kernels, and seared halloumi. Toss with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt.

  6. Garnish with mint leaves.

  7. ENJOYY!!

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad!

Yes my favorite fruit is watermelon - it's juicy, delicious, and refreshing. My least favorite food is salad. So I decided to combine the best with the worst. A savory and sweet crunchy salad that tastes like the perfect summer day! Make it for your next BBQ, or gathering and watch everyone be like "OMG that is genius - who made that salad", all I ask that you share my website. Cheers! 

Serves: 4-6 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large watermelon, chilled

  • 2 cup cooked corn

  • 1 cup feta, crumbled

  • 1 cup mint, chopped

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • Salt, and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Slice the watermelon, into 1-2 inch slices.

  2. Remove the rind, and cube into 1 inch cubes.

  3. In a large bowl combine the watermelon, corn, feta, and mint. Toss until well combined.

  4. Add lime juice, salt, and lots of freshly cracked black pepper.

  5. Toss again, and you are ready for summer's best salad!

  6. ENJOYY!!