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Thumb_5269_Cold Cucumber, Garlic And Almond Soup

Thumb_5269_Cold Cucumber, Garlic And Almond Soup

Who knew a soup could be so refreshing?  Drinking this soup on a hot summer day feels like a cool breeze running down your throat. 

Thumb_4513_Cucumber Salad With Dill

Thumb_4513_Cucumber Salad With Dill

The crunch of cucumber with a bite of vinegar and dill compliments any rich main dish - especially for a summer grill-out. We like it alongside our Yogurt-Mint Lamb Kebabs - but check out "goes with" for other suggestions.

Thumb_5779_Fennel And Orange Salad With Pecorino

Thumb_5779_Fennel And Orange Salad With Pecorino

Oranges make this salad juicy and sweet, and the pecorino brings salty bite, creating a  balanced, summery dish. Be sure to trim any tough, fibrous edges off the fennel bulb. 

Thumb_6587_Chickpea And Parsley Salad

Thumb_6587_Chickpea And Parsley Salad

Flavored bean salads are a simple, satisfying side dish on a weeknight, or as part of a big Mediterranean spread. Try this dish with different herbs, spices and citrus juices.

Thumb_7634_Asian Slaw With Peanuts

Thumb_7634_Asian Slaw With Peanuts

Doesn't this recipe sound good? It is. If you'd like some ideas about what to eat with it, click on the "goes with..." tab to the left. For the lowdown on ingredients, techniques and tools, click on "related tips."

Thumb_18115_Cucumber, Carrot And Radish Salad With Creamy Avocado Dressing

Thumb_18115_Cucumber, Carrot And Radish Salad With Creamy Avocado Dressing

This is a simple to prepare, but complex-tasting salad.  The avocado and crème fraîche go so splendidly together, you'll be pouring this dressing over all your favorite salads.

Thumb_14324_Escarole And Raisin Salad

Thumb_14324_Escarole And Raisin Salad

This is a simple side salad: just chop, toss, and serve.  The raisins provide a nice sweet contrast to the escarole and vinaigrette. We like golden raisins, but certainly you could use black ones or even dried currants. 

Thumb_16351_Potato-Leek Soup With Chives

Thumb_16351_Potato-Leek Soup With Chives

This classic potato-leek soup with chives is known as vichyssoise. It can be served either warm or chilled; we prefer it slightly warm. If the 1/2 cup of heavy cream is too heavy, try mixing 1/4 cup of cream with 1/4 cup of milk.

Thumb_5209_Bibb Lettuce And Avocado Salad

Thumb_5209_Bibb Lettuce And Avocado Salad

This salad has a lot going on for having so few ingredients. The buttery lettuce and creamy avocado play off of each other while the nasal heat of the mustard and tart vinegar keep them honest. Let the shallot marinate in the vinegar for at least 10 minutes to take off its edge.

Thumb_7430_White Gazpacho With Mint And Apple

Thumb_7430_White Gazpacho With Mint And Apple

This cooling cucumber soup is flavored with nutty almonds, a tart apple and aromatic mint. It's a perfect light lunch on a hot summer day. The raw garlic will definitely be noticed, so if you'd rather not have a strong garlic flavor, use only one clove.

Thumb_6597_Fennel And Bell Pepper Slaw With Basil

Thumb_6597_Fennel And Bell Pepper Slaw With Basil

If you're craving something crunchy and light, then this is the dish for you.  The fennel and cabbage are perfectly crisp, and sharply (in other words, well) dressed with bright herbs and vinegar.

Thumb_10842_Avocado Lemon Vinaigrette

Thumb_10842_Avocado Lemon Vinaigrette

The avocado is rich and creamy when blended up for this dressing.  Try on a simple greens salad or draped over grilled meats as a sauce.


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