kidney bean and corn salad

Corn and Kidney Bean Salad

This salad was supposed to be made with black beans, but I made a little mistake.  When I was preparing the salad, I inadvertently grabbed and opened a can of kidney beans instead of black beans.  With that one error, this salad changed from what I had imagined to something deliciously different.  I used the techniques from my faux homemade salsa recipe to give the illusion that this dish was more complicated to prepare, but there’s a minimum of chopping required for the recipe.  The entire dish can be assembled in about 10 minutes. Many variations of this salad are […]

Crab Louie Salad

Crab Louie

Summer is synonymous with salads in my house. During the hottest times of the year, it’s not uncommon for us to have large salads for dinner topped with meat cooked outside on our grill. Sometimes, it can be a challenge to create salads different enough that my family doesn’t become bored with the menu. We try to follow the guidelines for building a healthy salad. It’s amazing how easy it is to make an unhealthy salad if you don’t follow some simple rules.   I believe that if you’re making a salad, you should make the effort to make it […]

Grilled Chicken Salad wiht Watermelon

Grilled Chicken Salad With Watermelon?

It all started with a bunch of inexpensive watermelons.  Watermelons are the perfect summer food.  They come in their own package.  They’re loaded with juice which helps to quench your thirst.  They’re low in calories, and you only need a knife to cut them up so you can eat them.   More civilized folks might want to consider using a bowl and a fork, but we’re pretty much barbarians when it comes to watermelon. So, one day, while holding a 10 inch chef’s knife and staring at the dwindling pile of watermelons in my kitchen, I thought of the summer […]

Lemony Celery Salad

Lemony Celery Salad

This salad made me think of a silly riddle that I read many years ago. It was one of three or four riddles that were in a little book inside a box of Cracker Jack’s.   For some reason, I still remember it.  Here’s the riddle. Question:  How did the farmer pay his bills? Answer:  With his Celery (Salary) I heard that groan, but it’s OK.  The riddle is pretty bad, isn’t it? My mother claimed that I referred to Celery as Celery/Salary for weeks after.  I don’t think I  fully understood the riddle when I read it which is probably […]