Category Archives: Vegetables

Apple, Walnut, and Stilton Cheese Salad

If you’re craving a good salad, this is a great one for fall! The crisp, chopped fresh apples and lightly-toasted chopped walnuts give this Apple, Walnut, and Stilton Cheese Salad a delicious autumn taste. It’s tossed in a dressing of raspberry balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and walnut oil, but if you don’t have those ingredients, there are some substitutions noted in the recipe—you can even make it super easy and use your favorite raspberry vinaigrette from a bottle!

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Tomatoes Provençal

Have you ever been to Provence? I have never been to France  but if I have the chance to go, Provence will be one of the areas I want to visit! This region of southern France stretches from the Mediterranean to the hills of Haute Provence, and from the Rhone River valley to the Italian Alps. It was the site of the first Roman colony beyond Italy and today it’s known for fragrant lavender fields, beautiful beaches like Cannes, Saint-Tropez, and Nice, quaint small villages, and fine wines and food. The cuisine of this area includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, extra virgin olive oil, and nuts—basically the core of the healthy Mediterranean diet.

I learned these things about Provence when I did a review a few years ago of Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living, by François Millo and Viktorija Todorovska. This book introduces you to the geography, history, traditions, wines, and recipes of the region, one of which is Tomatoes Provençal. Since I love tomatoes, that is the recipe I chose to make from the book, and I’m reposting it now because it is a wonderful recipe for summer and a simple yet delicious way to use your garden tomatoes!

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Tomato Corn Salad

I came across this recipe in an old Taste of Home magazine, and having never eaten Tomato Corn Salad, I was curious to see how it tasted. I liked all the ingredients I saw listed in the recipe—in addition to the tomatoes and corn, there were red and green onions, some fresh cilantro and basil…all tossed with a light dressing of balsamic vinegar. There was also a little Dijon mustard in the original recipe, which I substituted with honey mustard, for just a touch of sweetness!

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Cucumber-Dill Hummus

Here’s another recipe you can use some of your garden cucumbers in! Or, if you’re like me, the cucumbers you buy at the Farmers’ Market! If you’ve never tried making hummus before, this would be a great time to try it out—you can whip it up in a blender or food processor—it’s very easy to make! This hummus has a mild cucumber and dill flavor. iIf you really like dill, you might want to add in a little more for a stronger dill flavor.

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Black Bean Avocado Salad

I love avocados and that’s one of the many tasty and healthy ingredients in this Black Bean Avocado Salad. I actually love all the ingredients in this easy-to-make salad…it’s really like a party for your taste buds! 🙂 In addition to avocado and black beans, there’s red bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, corn, and some jalapeño, to give it a little kick—and they all taste great together!

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