Baby Summer Squash Salad with Crispy Shallots

INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced large shallots (3 large)1/4 cup vegetable oil1 1/2 lbs. mixed 4” baby zucchini, 2” sunburst and pattypan squash1 1/2 tsp kosher salt1/2 tsp lime zest3 to 4 tbsp. zest and juice, divided1 tbsp. packed light brown sugar1 tbsp. Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce1 garlic clove, minced1/4 tsp minced fresh […]

Cantaloupe Salad with Fresh Herbs, Feta and Pepitas

INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup red onion, finely sliced1 medium cantaloupe (3-3.25lb) rind and seeds removed1/2 jalapeño chile, very finely dicedzest from 1 small lime Dressing:1/4 cup olive oil2 tbsps. Champagne or red wine vinegar2 tbsps. lime juice, more to taste1 tsp honey1 tsp ground coriander1/2 tsp ground cumin1/2 tsp ground allspice1/2 tsp salt1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper1/2 –1 tsp Aleppo chile flakes (optional) Garnish:1/4 […]

Cantaloupe Salad with Fresh Herbs, Feta and Pepitas

INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup red onion, finely sliced1 medium cantaloupe (3-3.25lb) rind and seeds removed1/2 jalapeño chile, very finely dicedzest from 1 small lime Dressing:1/4 cup olive oil2 tbsps. Champagne or red wine vinegar2 tbsps. lime juice, more to taste1 tsp honey1 tsp ground coriander1/2 tsp ground cumin1/2 tsp ground allspice1/2 tsp salt1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper1/2 –1 tsp Aleppo chile flakes (optional) Garnish:1/4 […]

BLT Fingerling Potato Salad

INGREDIENTS 3 pounds fingerling or small yellow potatoes1 teaspoon kosher salt6 slices bacon, cooked crispy and chopped½ red onion, small diced½ cup minced parsley1 cup packed fresh mint leaves1 cup cherry tomatoes, halvedkosher salt to taste¼ cup grainy mustard½ cup olive oil½ cup red wine vinegar  DIRECTIONS Add the potatoes to a medium pot and […]

Roasted Asparagus with Tomato Salad

INGREDIENTS 1 Bunch asparagus (about 20 stalks)1 tbsp olive oilPinch of saltFor the heirloom tomatoes2 cups assorted baby heirloom tomatoes, halved1 tbsp shallot, minced3 tbsps olive oil1 tbsp red wine vinegar1 tsp Dijon mustard1/4 tsp coarse saltPinch of pepperFresh basil, tornShaved Parmesan INSTRUCTIONS: Pre-heat oven to 425F. Snap the woody stalks off the bottoms of […]

July Is Filled With Food Celebrations

July is the first full month of summer and is abundant with food-centric celebrations.  We will celebrate National blueberry, grilling, and picnic month along with Independence Day on the 4th. These food and foody activities seem to be more consumer oriented so, how do foodservice operators take advantage of the dog days? It’s hot outside!  […]

TOMATO MINT OLIVE BRUSCHETTA

INGREDIENTS 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved½ cup kalamata olives, halved2 green onions, finely sliced on a bias½ cup packed fresh mint leaves, very finely sliced2 tablespoons olive oilKosher salt12 slices of baguette2 tablespoons fruity green olive oil1 garlic clove INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the crostini slices on a sheet pan and […]

RAINBOW RADISH SALAD

INGREDIENTS 1 lb. mixed radishes, trimmedKosher salt1 lemon, halved3 oz. Parmesan, divided½ cup basil leaves, torn if large2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzlingFlaky sea saltFreshly ground black pepper DIRECTIONS: Thinly slice half of radishes on a mandolin and place in a large bowl. Leave remaining radishes whole if small, or slice in […]

LEMON BARS WITH OLIVE OIL AND SEA SALT

INGREDIENTS FOR THE CRUST: 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour¼ cup granulated sugar3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, plus more for sprinkling1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest¼ teaspoon fine sea salt10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes FOR THE CURD:4 to 6 lemons1 ½ cups sugar2 large eggs plus 3 yolks1 ½ teaspoons cornstarchPinch of fine sea salt4 tablespoons butter¼ cup fruity extra-virgin olive oilConfectioners’ sugarFlaky sea salt, for sprinkling […]

Blueberry, Pineapple, Mint Mojito

INGREDIENTS: BlueberriesPineappleMintRum DIRECTIONS: To two highball glasses, add fresh pineapple chunks, fresh blueberries, mint syrup and mint leaves. Muddle until pineapple chunks, blueberries and mint are broken down. Add in crushed ice, lime juice, rum and top with club soda. Garnish with skewers of blueberries and sprigs of fresh mint. Drink. Repeat. Serves: 2 Credits: […]