For the dressing
1. Make the dressing. Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender or small food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Dressing will keep refrigerated in a covered container up to 5 days.
2. Make the salad. Put the arugula in a large salad bowl or a large serving platter. Top with the remaining salad ingredients and drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the dressing. Toss together gently. Serve with additional dressing on the side.
Preparation1. Combine all the ingredients (except garnish) in a blender and process until smooth
2. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
3. Chill for at least 2 hours.
4. Serve with your choice of garnish.
Whether you have a bounty of berries from the market or some that are beginning to soften, making a fruit sauce, also called coulis (pronounced koo-LEE), is an ideal way to use them up. It's also a great way to freeze and then enjoy the fresh flavored sauce in the off season months.
Serrano pepper takes the world's freshest sauce from simple to spicy with one ingredient.
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds summer squash (yellow, green or a mix), about 3 large squash per pound
16 ounces fresh ricotta
3 tablespoons good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
10 large leaves fresh basil, rinsed, patted dry and chiffonaded
4 large ripe summer squash, trimmed and sliced into 1 1/2-inch rounds
1. In a large bowl, combine ricotta, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper and basil. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
2. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. When it shimmers, add the squash without overcrowding the pan and cook in batches, flipping after about 3 minutes, until both sides are golden brown and squash is just cooked through. Don't overcook or you'll end up with soggy sandwiches.
3. Remove from pan and transfer to a plate covered with a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Allow to cool to at least room temperature. You shouldn't feel any heat or see steam rising from them. If they are too warm, the ricotta stuffing will melt.
4. Make your "oreos" by placing the ricotta mixture on top of one squash round and topping with another squash rouund.
5. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
This recipe is adapted from a Bobby Flay original.
2 cups tightly packed fresh arugula
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (about ½ lemon)
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
⅓ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
½ cup good extra virgin olive oil
handful of walnuts, pine nuts or almonds (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste
Peppery sautéed arugula is dressed in a delicate buttery sauce with lemon, garlic and sherry vinegar. Pair this quick and easy side dish with roasted chicken or fish. Adapted from Eating Well.
1 large onion, sliced
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
1 Tablespoon olive or grapeseed oil
6 medium to large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
6 cups vegetable broth
2 cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
1 cup kale
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
*This soup is great as prepared or with additions such as ham, chicken or sausage.
3 cups milk
2 to 2½ cups fresh corn kernels
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium potatoes, cooked and cubed
I teaspoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon chili paste or Tabasco sauce
1 cup light cream, room temperature
Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
¼ cup crumbled bacon
¼ cup shredded basil
¼ cup shredded dill
¼ cup chervil
¼ cup marjoram
1 pound dried capellini
½ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
¼ cup chicken broth
2 teaspoon fresh chopped basil
¼ teaspoon sea salt, plus additional for finishing
⅛ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus additional for finishing
1 cup baby arugula
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
8 to 10 large colorful heirloom carrots (about 1½ pounds), scrubbed
3 small to medium parsnips, scrubbed
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
2 star anise pods
¼ cup lemon juice, plus more as needed
1 teaspoon white sugar, plus more as needed
½ cup lightly packed fresh Italian parsley, shredded
1 cup whipping cream
1 whole vanilla bean
½ cup Mascarpone
1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar
8 Seckel pears, halved and cored
2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons sweet butter, diced
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
½ cup dry red wine
16 small sprigs of fresh thyme, divided
⅓ cup olive oil
¼ cup kosher salt
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon sugar
1 bay leaf
1 head cauliflower, leaves removed
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