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Squeeze Out the Last Bit of Summer With This Black Bean Salad

Black Bean, Corn, Red Pepper, and Avocado Salad

Even though there’s a good three weeks before the official start of fall, summer’s been winding down for a while now, and for most people, this weekend marks the end of the summer grilling season. If you’re hosting or attending one last cookout this weekend and looking for an extra side dish, have I got a salad for you. Continue reading

Does Your Dinner Need a New Kick? Try This Sweet and Spicy Salad

Mango Avocado Salad

Earlier this summer, one of the Bon Appetit men* I follow on Twitter tweeted that one of his favorite summer dishes was mango seasoned with a bit of lime juice and a sprinkle of cayenne. I happened to have mango in the fridge that day, so I instantly tried it.

Whoever it was, he didn’t steer me wrong—those three basic ingredients made for a simple but amazing snack or light dessert. The tart acid from the lime juice offset the sweet mango and actually seemed to thicken the mango’s own juice to make a nice little sauce. I’m not exactly sure what science was involved in that, but there was probably some kind of interaction between the acid in the lime and the pectin in the mango. The heat from the cayenne rounded everything out, taking it from basic sliced fruit to a complex, sophisticated dish. Continue reading

Try This Salad at Your End-of-Summer Barbecues

Cucumber-Red Onion Salad

Summer’s winding down, so I’m sorry that I am just bringing out this recipe on the blog now. I’ve been making this cucumber salad all summer for the past two years because I think it’s an ideal side dish to smoky grilled meats or tangy barbecue chicken. It kind of reminds me of refrigerator pickles—the cucumbers and onions are fresh and crisp, but then the sweet-and-sour dressing kicks in and wakes up everything on your plate.

I make up a batch of dressing (you can even double it if you want) at the beginning of summer and then periodically as needed. It keeps for quite a while in the back of the fridge. If you always have cucumbers and red onions on hand, you can whip up this salad in no time for impromptu barbecues or lazy summer dinners. Continue reading

The Problem With Beets

Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese, and Pecan Salad

I don’t know what to do with beets. It’s not that I don’t know how to cook them – they’re easy enough to roast – but rather that I don’t know what to do with them after that.

After making roasted beet, goat cheese, and pecan salad on two very recent occasions, I tried to come up with ideas for something new.

“Really, what do people make with beets?” my husband asked.

To which I responded, “Borscht?” Continue reading