I never became a big fan of Kale until I had a chopped kale salad in Dallas. It was so good, I went home and created my own version with a dressing flavored with sesame oil. The key to making this salad perfect is to really chop up that kale!
One of my favorite Disney movie characters is Remy, the rat who aspired to become a chef in the movie Ratatouille. That film brought recognition to the dish ratatouille, other than France where it originates. It’s simply a stew made from vegetables and seasonings. It is delicious on its own, but can also be tossed into soups, cooked with eggs, and stuffed into sandwiches. This is an easy recipe that can be varied according to what vegetables you have on hand. When you make it, give a little salute to Remy!
If I’ve made a favorite recipe among my peers this year it would be this salad! I had a similar version in a high-end restaurant in Tel Aviv, and I could not wait to make my own version. The spice mixture za’atar is a middle eastern spice that is not easy to find, so you can substitute with dried oregano and sesame seeds. I prefer to use ricotta and yogurt from my farmers market because it tastes so fresh. I use metal rings to assemble this salad for parties, and the layering is so much easier and a beautiful presentation.
My first trip to Australia was during their summer, and I had brunch in breezy little cafe near the beach. I ate corn fritters stacked with salad, creamy cheese, and a fried egg. I could not get that taste out of my mind, and had to make it myself when I got home.
Carpaccio is a term for very thin slices of raw beef or fish, but this is a vegetarian option that is packed with so many bursts of flavors and textures. Serve it with fresh bread so you can just scoop up the carpaccio and eat it like a dip.
I can’t decide if I like the salad dressing the best, or the croutons in the salad. I have to make a double batch of the croutons because they’re such a good snack, and I can’t save enough to go in the salad. If you’ve got those summer ripe peaches, this is the perfect place to put them! Head Country Apple Habanero Bar-B-Q Sauce is in the dressing, while Head Country Sweet and Spicy Seasoning is on the croutons. Need I say more? This is the salad of your summer!