Corn & Black Bean Salad

April 16, 2012

Corn & Black Bean Salad


This simple and colorful salad is packed full of flavor.  With the combination of sweet corn, tender black beans, cherry tomatoes and zesty cilantro in a vinaigrette dressing what could be better.



2 Cups Fresh or Frozen Corn

1/2 Cup Chopped Red Onion

2 Tablespoons Malt Vinegar

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

4 Cups Black Beans

1 Cup Halved Cherry Tomatoes

1/3 Cup Chopped Cilantro


In a medium size pot add water and bring to a boil.  Add the fresh corn and cook for 1 minute.  Remove from the heat and drain well.  Rinse in cold water and drain again.  If you are using frozen corn skip the cooking process.  Just thaw the corn out.  In a large size bowl whisk together the malt vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper to make the dressing.  Add the beans, corn, chopped onions and cherry tomato halves.  Toss just until all of the ingredients are incorporated.  Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.  Add the cilantro and toss again before serving.  Serves 4


Tuesday’s Chicken Salad

April 3, 2012

Tuesday’s Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad was first served by Town Meets in Wakefield, Rhode Island in 1863. The original owner, Liam Gray, mixed his leftover chicken with mayonnaise, tarragon and grapes. This became such a popular item that the meat market was converted to a delicatessen which still stands to this day. Everyone likes their Chicken Salad different ways with the main ingredient being chopped chicken. I like to use chicken breast. Other common ingredients include mayonnaise, hard boiled eggs, celery, peppers, peas and a variety of mustards. Here is my Tuesday version.


1 Large Cooked Chicken Breast

1 Chopped Jalapeño Pepper

½ Chopped Carrot

3 Chopped Scallions

½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt

½ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

¼ Cup Mayonnaise

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1 Tablespoon Chopped Parsley

Dice the chicken breast into bite size chunks and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the chopped jalapeño pepper, chopped carrots, chopped scallions, salt, pepper, mayonnaise, mustard and parsley. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve on bread of your choice (I like to use a crusty Italian bread) or serve over lettuce and tomato. Serves 4

Chopped Cobb Salad

February 7, 2012

Chopped Cobb Salad

There are various stories of how the Cobb Salad was invented. The most popular story is that it came about in the 1930s at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, where it became a signature dish. It is named for the restaurant’s owner, Robert Howard Cobb. Legend has it that Mr. Cobb had not eaten until near midnight, and so he mixed together leftovers found in the kitchen, along with some bacon cooked by the line cook, and tossed it with their French dressing.

The best way to serve this hearty salad is on a large luncheon plate, so that all of the ingredients can be seen. Serve any extra vinaigrette on the side.


For the Vinaigrette:

2 Tablespoons Red-Wine Vinegar

1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice

1 Teaspoon Sugar

Pinch of Dry Mustard

¼ Teaspoon Kosher Salt

¼ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

½ Teaspoon Finely Minced Garlic

¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For the Salad:

1 Head Diced Romaine Lettuce

3 Ripe Diced Plum Tomatoes

6 Diced Radishes

3 Diced Scallions

¼ Pound Diced Baked Ham

1 Cooked Diced Skinless/Boneless Chicken Breast

2 Diced Hard Boiled Eggs

4 Tablespoons Snipped Chives

¼ Teaspoon Kosher Salt

¼ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

12 Slices Cooked & Crumbled Bacon

1 Ripe Avocado Peeled, Pitted and Diced

4 Ounces Crumbled Roquefort Cheese

In a bowl, whisk together all of the vinaigrette ingredients except the olive oil. Whisking constantly, drizzle in the oil; continue whisking until the dressing is slightly thickened. Set aside.

For the salad, arrange the lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, scallions, ham, chicken, eggs, 2 tablespoons of the chives, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Just before serving, toss the salad with the reserved vinaigrette. Arrange the salad in a decorative serving bowl. Garnish with the avocado, bacon and Roquefort cheese. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 2 tablespoons of chives. Serves 4

Creamy Coleslaw

February 3, 2012

Creamy Coleslaw

Coleslaw goes with so many dishes. It sure seems that sitting in the fridge for a couple of days really brings out the flavor. I serve my Creamy Coleslaw with fish & chips, burgers, pork chops, steaks and just about anything that strikes me.


1 Head Shredded Green Cabbage

4 Shredded Carrots

¼ Cup Chopped Red Onion

1 Cup Mayonnaise

½ Teaspoon Celery Seed

½ Teaspoon Salt

4 Tablespoons Sugar

¼ Cup Rice Vinegar

¼ Cup Balsamic Vinegar

¼ Cup Malt Vinegar

Combine the shredded cabbage, onion and carrots in a large bowl. Whisk together the mayonnaise, celery seed, salt, sugar, rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar and malt vinegar. Add to the cabbage mixture. Mix well to combine and taste for seasoning. Add more salt or sugar if desired. Refrigerate for 3 hours before serving. Serves 8

Chicken Taco Salad

January 14, 2012

Chicken Taco Salad

In a hurry? Don’t know what to make for dinner? Trying to cut down on calories? This Chicken Taco Salad recipe is so good and easy to make. Even the Salsa Dressing is low fat. What more could a gal want?!


For the salad:

4 Cups Shredded Romaine Lettuce

2 Cups Chopped Roasted Chicken Breasts

1 Cup Chopped Tomatoes

1/3 Cup Chopped Red Onion

15 Ounces Drained & Rinsed Red Beans

1 Chopped Red Bell Pepper

½ Cup Halved Black Olives

½ Cup Grated White Cheddar Cheese

For the dressing:

2/3 Cup Light Sour Cream

2 Cups Salsa

1 Teaspoon Cumin

5 Teaspoons Fresh Lime Juice

¼ Teaspoon Kosher Salt

To prepare the salad: Roast the chicken breasts in advance (salt & pepper, roast for 45 minutes on 350°F). Let cool a bit before removing the skin and bones. You can use skinless & boneless chicken breasts, but honestly I think that they can be tasteless and dry. Chop the chicken breasts and set aside. Combine the lettuce and the remaining ingredients in a large bowl, including the chicken. Toss gently and serve with the salsa dressing. Serves 4

Salsa Dressing: Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and combine well. Pour into a bowl or a medium size pitcher and place into the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap, until ready to use.

Chinese Chicken Salad

January 12, 2012

Chinese Chicken Salad

This salad is super easy to make and you will love the fried wontons tucked away inside the salad!


3 Tablespoons Hoisin Sauce

2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter

2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

1 Teaspoon Hot Chili Paste

1 Teaspoon Grated Fresh Ginger

3 Tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar

1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil

1 Pound Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Halves

18 Shredded Wonton Wrappers

2 Cup Shredded Carrots

3 Cups Shredded Romaine Lettuce

6 Chopped Green Onions

¼ Cup Chopped Cilantro

Grill or broil the chicken until it is cooked. Cool, slice and set aside. For the dressing, whisk together, in a small bowl, the hoisin sauce, peanut butter, brown sugar, chili paste, ginger, vinegar and sesame oil. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the shredded wontons in a single layer and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool. In a large bowl combine the chicken, wontons, lettuce, carrots, green onions and cilantro. Toss with the dressing and serve. Serves 4

Camille’s Black Friday Pasta Salad

November 25, 2011

Camille’s Black Friday Pasta Salad

If you’re tired of cooking and want to lighten up a bit try making this Pasta Salad. It’s easy to make and is delicious. Happy shopping today!


1 Pound Corkscrew Pasta

12 Ounces Marinated Artichoke Hearts

8 Ounces Cubed Smoked Mozzarella

8 Ounces Cubed Pepperoni

3 Tablespoons Chopped Peperoncini

¼ Cup Chopped Fresh Basil Leaves

½ Cup Halved Cherry Tomatoes

¼ Cup Chopped Kalamata Olives


1 Clove Finely Chopped Garlic

2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar

¼ Cup Olive Oil

1/3 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/3 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water as directed on the package. Make sure that you don’t overcook the pasta as you always want it al dente. Drain well and cool. Drain and quarter the artichoke hearts. In a large bowl combine the pasta, artichoke hearts, mozzarella, pepperoni, tomatoes, peperoncini, olive and basil. Combine well. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss the dressing with the pasta mixture. Serve chilled or room temperature. Serves 4

Chopped Endive & Gorgonzola Salad

November 7, 2011

Chopped Endive & Gorgonzola Salad

I had a version of this salad in a Boston restaurant recently and thought that I would try and duplicate it. I made it tonight for dinner and it turned out perfect! It was actually better than what I had in the restaurant.


1 Small Red Onion

4 Heads Endive

¼ Pound Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese

¼ Cup Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Juice of 2 Lemons

Chop 1 small red onion and place into a medium bowl. Squeeze the lemons over the chopped onions and let sit for 45 minutes. Soaking the onions in lemon juice will take the edge off quite a bit. Chop 4 heads of endive and place into a serving bowl. Set aside. Add the lemon soaked onion and crumbled gorgonzola cheese. Pour over ¼ cup of the oil and vinegar dressing and toss. Serves 4


3 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon Aged Red Wine Vinegar

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt

To make the dressing, whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil and salt.

Yellow Squash Salad

October 3, 2011

Yellow Squash Salad

A friend gave me a tiny yellow squash from his garden and I didn’t quite know what to do with it. It was so tiny and so cute that I just wanted to look at it. I finally decided to make a little salad with it. This Yellow Squash Salad turned out great!


½ Red Onion Chopped

2 Small Diced Yellow Squash

2 Diced Curby Cucumbers

½ Cup Chopped Basil

1 Medium Chopped Tomato

6 Ounces White Beans

4 Ounces Chopped Feta Cheese

¼ Cup Oil & Vinegar Salad Dressing

¼ Teaspoon Salt

½ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

Chop the onion, yellow squash, cucumbers, tomato and place in a medium serving bowl. Pour ¼ cup salad dressing over the chopped vegetables and set aside. Add the salt, pepper, white beans and basil. Lightly toss. Just when you are ready to serve add the chopped feta cheese and lightly toss. Serve immediately. Serves 4

Green Bean Salad

September 5, 2011

Green Bean Salad

I love this salad!


1 Large Sliced Sweet Onion

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Pound Trimmed Green Beans

1 Teaspoon Snipped Fresh Rosemary

½ Teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Clove Minced Garlic

1 Cup Cooked Fresh Corn

1 ½ Cups Sliced In Half Cherry Tomatoes

2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice

In a medium sized skillet cook the onions in the hot olive oil over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Don’t overcook the onions. You want them just to begin to soften. Add the green beans, rosemary, garlic and salt. Cover and cook for 10 minutes more or until beans are crisp-tender. Remove from the heat and toss in corn, tomatoes and lime juice. Serve hot or cold. Serves 4

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