Watermelon salad with pan-roasted shishito peppers and feta

Sweet, cool watermelon and salty feta is a winning combination… but add roasted shishito peppers (a Japanese heirloom pepper) to the mix, and you’ve got a positively addictive salad. Plus, the colorful salad is drizzled with a tangy lime vinaigrette that keeps all the flavors in check. It’s then garnished with tender, aromatic fennel fronds.

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Classic coleslaw with black mustard seeds and Greek yogurt dressing
Here’s a coleslaw that’s made with the classic ingredients: cabbage, carrots and scallions. But the addition of the black mustard seeds and the super-light Greek yogurt dressing make it a keeper. A perfect side for all your favorite summer foods… like sandwiches and burgers!

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Barley and basil pesto salad with sugar snap peas and heirloom cherry tomatoes

Basil pesto is always a favorite when served with pasta, but I find the iconic sauce to be incredibly versatile. Indeed, why stop at pasta?

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Summer chopped salad with cilantro-lime vinaigrette and crispy chickpea croutons

With the blistering heat of summer days, eating light becomes a necessity… and one-stop salads are the answer! Today’s chopped salad is a perfect example of the kind of meal I love to serve during the summer months – flavor-packed, refreshing and easy to digest, yet hearty enough to leave you entirely satisfied.

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Caprese with Sun Gold cherry tomatoes and mint chiffonade

During the summer months, I serve Insalata Caprese (the classic Italian salad made with mozzarella, tomato and basil) on a weekly basis… and sometimes even more frequently! It is my husband Marc’s and my favorite lunch, hands down – especially when the heirloom tomatoes from our garden are finally ready to harvest.

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