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Sicilian Seafood Salad
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Sicilian Seafood Salad

One of my favorite experiences in all of my travels is visiting the local seafood markets, and Sicily has it’s share. This salad combines some of my favorite seafood (of course I add Maine lobster and scallops to the salad when I am at home) with celery, olives, arugula and red onions and is tossed with a refreshing Lemon-Caper Dressing. Go ahead and splurge.

Caprese Salad
Gardening, Salad

Caprese Salad

Every August I find myself with more tomatoes than I know what to do with. I gift some to friends and family and then head to my kitchen where I use some in more traditional dishes like this Caprese salad, while others I confit for the winter months ahead when I’ll have time to ponder my garden for next year. Maybe I wont plant so many tomato plants!

Grilled Romaine Salad
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Grilled Romaine Salad

Romaine is an ideal lettuce for the grill with it’s dense structure and hearty texture. The charred flavor from the grill on the romaine and red onions adds another dimension to what would normally be a rather boring salad.

Seafood Panzanella Salad
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Seafood Panzanella Salad

With tomatoes ripening in my garden and leftover pieces of my sourdough bread accumulating in the freezer, it’s time to whip up a Panzanella Salad. I often elevate the salad to another level with the addition of cooked seafood. You can grill, poach, steam or sauté the seafood, just be careful to not overcook it. The other option is to buy seafood that is already cooked for you like crabmeat and shrimp to simplify this recipe.

Fruit Salad Dressing
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Fruit Salad Dressing

This is a good basic foundation recipe for fruit based dressings. My friend Carol gave me the inspiration for this recipe and introduced me to using papaya seeds in dressings. Experiment with other fruit combinations if you don’t see your favorite fruit here. These dressings will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator.