Salads and Dressings

Asian Persuasion Summer Salads

Asian Persuasion Summer Salads

 These are two of our favorite salads that we make year-round. Both recipes have an Asian flair, with rice vinegar, soy sauce, chiles and green onions . Raisins are the ringer ingredient in Rosie’s slaw, adding a sweet balance to the red pepper flakes and vinegar. Rita’s […]

Fresh Corn Salad and Chowder- yumm

Fresh Corn Salad and Chowder- yumm

Summer isn’t quite summer unless there’s fresh sweet corn. Corn on the cob from the farmers market — yellow, white or bi-color — is so tasty. Yet sometimes that buttered cob can be a bit too routine, too predictable. So here are two delicious ways […]

Quinoa Arugula Summer Salad

Quinoa Arugula Summer Salad

    Move over potato and mac salads. Quinoa is stepping in. I shared this salad with my neighbors, and soon thereafter a call came in: “We want the recipe!” My orange bitters-laced dressing gives an appealing flavor twist to this refreshing and healthy salad. Cook the quinoa […]

Tomato-Peach-Mint Bruschetta

Tomato-Peach-Mint Bruschetta

At the time of this post, devastating fires just 75 miles from here make thinking about recipes seem so insignificant. Yet we still fuel body and soul as we continue on. End-of-summer golden tomatoes and peaches make this classic tomato-topped toast called Bruschetta. (Pronounced “broos […]

Hydroponic Herbs

Hydroponic Herbs

  Perhaps you’ve noticed Living Herbs in your local grocery store. They’ve become quite popular — as have hydroponic herbs. They are super handy to have especially during chilly months or if you’re not inclined to plant and grow your own herbs. My Mountain View CA farmers market has a […]

Sofrito Rice & Black Bean Salad

Sofrito Rice & Black Bean Salad

Dinner was quick and easy the other night with Rita’s Sofrito Rice turned into a salad.  Sofrito rice is flavorful so you just need to add vegetables and a vinaigrette. If using leftover refrigerated rice, briefly microwave to soften because the starch hardens a bit when it’s chilled.  Add the […]

Mango-Papaya Salad – Caribbean Trio #1

Mango-Papaya Salad – Caribbean Trio #1

Mango-Papaya Salad Makes 6 servings 2       Tbsp. Nakano seasoned rice vinegar – 0riginal 1        Tbsp. packed brown sugar Dash  each ground allspice &  ginger 1-2    mangos 1        papaya 1/2    cup sliced celery (1-2 stalks) 1       Tbsp. finely diced red onion 6       leaves Boston or bibb […]

Quinoa Steak Salad with Tomato-Avocado Salsa

Quinoa Steak Salad with Tomato-Avocado Salsa

Quinoa & Steak Salad with Tomato-Avocado Salsa Make 4 servings 1        cup uncooked quinoa 1/3     cup + 2 tablespoons Nakano seasoned rice vinegar 2        Tbsp. vegetable oil 1/2     tsp. salt 1/4     tsp. (or more) hot pepper sauce or 1 small jalapeno, seeded, deveined and […]

Thai Rice Salad with Three Herbs

Thai Rice Salad with Three Herbs

Thai Rice Salad with Three Herbs Serves 8    Prep time about 20 minutes if rice is prepared a day ahead. 4        cups cooked, chilled short-grain brown rice 1/2     cup Nakano seasoned rice vinegar 2        Tbsp. peanut oil or vegetable oil 1        Tbsp. soy sauce 1        Tbsp. […]

Kitchen Capers

Kitchen Capers

Spinach Pasta Salad with Caper-Dill Dressing Serves 6 – 8 12       oz. uncooked penne rigate or farfalle pasta * 1/4     cup fresh lemon juice * 1/4     cup olive oil 1         Tbsp. capers 1         Tbsp. caper liquid 1         clove garlic, crushed 1/2      tsp. each dried dill, […]