Tangy Vegetable Salad with Feta

Tangy Vegetable Salad with Feta

In my book, a great salad should be bold. Take this one for example. A few simple add-ins and a tangy dressing elevate the vegetables way beyond the mundane salad bar-level. It is addicting in a sneaky way. Like potato chips (but way healthier), don't be surprised if you keep you coming back for more.  

At the moment, we have a heat wave - hopefully the last one of the summer. When I'm unwilling to turn on the oven and don't have time to grill, we have a big salad (and little else) for dinner. Whether it's a Salad Niçoise or a chopped salad like this one, I try to take advantage of fresh, locally grown vegetables. Even our local supermarket is now advertising which farms or areas their summer vegetables come from. Especially in the case of tomatoes and corn, the taste of good quality vegetables makes an immeasurable difference. 

The ingredients in this salad are not complex, but they play together beautifully. If you can't find small, thin skinned cucumbers (often called Persian cucumbers), you can substitute half of a long English one or a regular cucumber if you cut the cucumber open and scoop out the seeds. The Persian cucumbers have such small centers and such tiny seeds that taking them out really isn't necessary.

Tangy Vegetable Salad with Feta

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Watermelon - From Ancient Seeds to Modern Curry

Watermelon  - From Ancient Seeds to Modern Curry

What fruit can you add to stir-fry, drink as agua fresca or beer, and make into sashimi or curry? Watermelon. I know, it’s a bit of a surprise but stay with me. Of course, you can enjoy it in its natural state too, sliced and eaten “as is” or used as an ingredient in a simple summer salad.

I once assumed that watermelon was native to America or at least was most popular in the U.S. Boy, was I wrong! 

My new favorite way to use watermelon is in curry, a far cry from the all-American watermelon slices on the porch. Before I get to the curry recipes, here are a few facts that set me straight on where watermelon comes from and how it is enjoyed in cultures all over the globe.

Watermelon and Vegetable Curry 

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Weeknight Gazpacho

Weeknight Gazpacho

When a summer afternoon gets away from you and dinner is just around the corner, gazpacho saves the day. Simple preparation and just a few ingredients, make it an ideal last minute meal. This chilled soup is hearty enough for dinner in hot weather with just a salad or a baguette and cheese. 

Of course, I don't want to dissuade you from making it for an appetizer or lunch. In fact, if you're like my family, you may find yourself eating it once or twice a day for many days straight - as long as you can find summer tomatoes. 

Weeknight Gazpacho

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