Cowboy caviar

Cowboy caviar (or Texas caviar) is a simple, healthy, colorful, and delicious appetizer, salad, side-dish, or dip. Using canned beans and corn is a quicker alternative to cooking dry beans. Spend less time in the kitchen but don’t forget to prepare in advance to allow the different flavors to blend together before serving.

 

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Cowboy caviar
The jalapeño can be replaced by a few pinches of chili powder.
Course Salads
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
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Course Salads
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
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Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a salad bowl, mix, cover, and let chill for about one hour in the fridge.

Vegetable Tian

This is not a ratatouille, it is a “tian!” I often have to correct my guests when they ask me if this is a ratatouille. 😉

Tian is a french recipe of baked vegetables made with alternating rows of sliced eggplant, tomato, onion and zucchini. A tian itself is an earthenware dish that goes from the oven to table. Everything baked in this dish is called tian.

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Vegetable Tian
To make the tian look more appealing, use vegetables with similar widths.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Peel and cut the onion into half moons. Peel and cut the garlic into 2-4 pieces.
  2. In a medium skillet heat 2-3 Tbsp of olive oil until hot, add onion and sauté until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400℉. Spread the cooked onion on the bottom of a baking dish.
  4. Cut zucchini and summer squash into 1/4 inch slices.
  5. Cut the eggplant into 1/4 inch slices.
  6. Core and cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  7. Arrange the zucchini, eggplant, squash and tomatoes in alternating rows. Continue until the baking dish is filled.
  8. Sprinkle the vegetables with salt, pepper, Herbs de Provence and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
  9. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and golden. If the vegetables are not ready, but the top is starting to burn, cover the tian with aluminum foil.

Tomato Rounds With Garlic & Cheese

It’s a super simple and fantastic 10 minutes appetizers, that I could eat a plateful. And when it comes to cheese, you are the boss. You can choose any hard/firm cheese that you like, as long as you’ll be able to grate it.

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Tomato Rounds With Garlic & Cheese
Please don't use store-bought shredded cheese, it will not taste the same trust me, it is not so hard to shred the cheese after all.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Wash and cut the tomatoes into circles and layer them on the plater. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Grate garlic, using microplane, sprinkle it on top of the tomatoes. Using the same microplane shred the cheese. Evenly layer on top of the tomatoes.
  3. Drizzle with some olive oil and garnish with fresh herbs.

Cucumber Tomato & Green Onion Salad

Looking for a “quick” salad  to make? This cucumber and tomato salad is not just fast and easy salad to make, it is also a great summer side dish that goes perfectly with fish, potato, rice, omelet or just by itself.

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Cucumber tomato & green onion salad
Adding any other vegetables to this salad is not prohibited! Use olive oil instead of sour cream if you don't like sour cream.
Course Salads
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Course Salads
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. In the bowl, combine the cucumber, tomatoes, garlic, green onion, salt and pepper. Add the sour cream and gently toss. Serve right away.

Fresh Vegetable Salsa

This traditional Mexican sauce can not only be served with corn chips and tortillas, but also with meat, fish or simply as a summer salad. Fresh Vegetable Salsa is great for a Mexican style party, as well as for spicy dish lovers.

 

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Fresh Vegetable Salsa
If you don't have jalapeños, you can use chili powder. Lime can be replaced with a lemon. The taste will be different, but still delicious.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes, then serve.

Greek salad

This Greek salad is one of my favorite things. No matter how much I make, it seems to always disappear.

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Greek salad
Course Salads
Prep Time 15 minutes
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Course Salads
Prep Time 15 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Cut the tomatoes in quarters.
  2. Slice the cucumbers in half long ways (remove seeds if desired) and cut 1/4 inch slices, starting at one end, so that you end up with bunch of half moon shapes or the letter "C".
  3. Remove the core and seeds from the bell pepper and cut into strips.
  4. Peel the onion and cut into perfectly thin slices.
  5. Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, bell pepper and olives in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper and dry oregano. Mix.
  6. Top it with sliced feta cheese. Squeeze the lemon on salad and drizzle with olive oil.
  7. If you like to serve your Greek Salad in individual cups, you can cut the vegetables into small cubes.

Delicious Tomato & Avocado Crostini

This Delicious Tomato & Avocado Crostini almost didn’t make it to the dinner table. I could eat them all day. Everyday.

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Delicious Tomato & Avocado Crostini
You can use french baguette or any brad that you like or have in your pantry.
Course Appetizers
Cook Time 5 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Cook Time 5 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Position a rack in the upper third of an oven and preheat the broiler.
  2. Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Broil turning the slices over once, until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Halve two avocados lengthwise and remove pit; scoop the flesh into a small bowl, add cream cheese, garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Gently mash with a fork until spreadable.
  6. Spread the avocado mixture on the crostini, dividing evenly.
  7. Top each crostini with avocado slices and cherry tomatoes slices. Garnish with fresh cilantro.
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