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Posts tagged “Cucumber

Shrimp & Avocado Salad

Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Japanese Yum Yum Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #dinner #salad #recipe

with Japanese Yum Yum Sauce Fresh shrimp with creamy avocado along with several other crunchy, colorful veggies, drizzled with Japanese Yum Yum Sauce, topped with fresh cilantro and toasted pine nuts, served with a wedge of lemon for squeezing over top. This is one of those “toss together” kinda salads, because I was starving for something […]


Pork Banh Mi Lettuce Wraps

Pork Banh Mi Lettuce Wraps ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Vietnamese #Asian #pork #recipe

All the Asian deliciousness of a Vietnamese Pork Banh Mi sandwich with the sweetly sauced pork, pickled veggies, crunchy peanuts and fresh cilantro, but in a crunchy, healthy lettuce wrap instead of a bun. I totally love these lettuce wraps even more than the sandwich! And it was very nice to hear at the event I served […]


Shrimp & Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowl

Shrimp & Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowl ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #healthy #seafood #recipe

All the delicious flavors of sushi in an easy bowl! My friend Jon (who is Asian) calls this “bachelor sushi” … he tells me the way he makes sushi at home is just to throw it all in a bowl. Sometimes if he’s making sushi for a crowd, he just fills a cake pan with sushi ingredients. […]


Vietnamese Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches

Vietnamese Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Asian #Pork #Sandwich #recipe

Highly adapted from The Food Network I’ve been seeing Pork Banh Mi sandwiches all over the foodisphere lately … and wondering just what is so wonderful about these sandwiches? So when I found myself with a big ol’ hunk of pork and a big event coming up that I was doing the food for, I […]


Cucumber & Yellow Watermelon Salad

Minted Cucumber Watermelon Salad with Figgy Goat Cheese & Toasted Walnuts ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #watermelon #salad #recipe

with fresh mint, figgy goat cheese & toasted walnuts I have been wanting to make this salad for weeks I think … but waiting until the watermelon and the cucumber are both present in my house at the same time AND I have the time and inclination to make and eat salad. It happened one […]


Asian Quick Pickled Veggies

Asian Quick Pickled Veggies ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #Asian #refrigerator #pickles #recipe

Adapted from Canning and Cooking at Home Slightly sweet (and spicy if add a few hot peppers to the mix), these Asian-style refrigerator pickles are so simple to make! No need to can, just heat and stir together the vinegar, sugar, & salt and pour them over the veggies, then refrigerate. (You don’t even have […]


Easy Cucumber Heirloom Tomato Salad

Easy Cucumber Heirloom Tomato Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #heirloom #tomato #cucumber #salad

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. I’ve made this simple 4 or 5 ingredient salad countless times this summer … even before I had fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers, but it’s even better with the pretty multi-colored heirloom tomatoes and a crisp fresh from the garden cucumber. It takes but 5 minutes to make, so […]


Turmeric Roasted Eggplant & Chickpea Salad

Turmeric Roasted Eggplant & Chickpea Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #deconstructed #hummus #salad #eattherainbow

with a rainbow of colorful veggies, feta cheese, toasted pine nuts (pinons) & a cucumber tahini yogurt dressing. It’s like hummus, deconstructed, in salad form, with extra color, feta and a little crunch. Mom and Dad gave me a big beautiful eggplant from their garden the last time I saw them and despite all the […]


Smoked Salmon Avocado Sushi Roll

Smoked Salmon Avocado Sushi Roll ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #safe #homemade #sushi #recipe

A beautiful homemade sushi roll with smoked salmon, avocado, cucumber, wasabi sauce, Yum Yum sauce and sesame seeds. After I made my “South Dakota Sushi” (a.k.a, my Turkey & Cream Cheese sushi), my friend kept laughing at me … I couldn’t see him because he lives about a 4-hour drive from my house, but I could hear […]


Turkey & Cream Cheese Sushi

Turkey & Cream Cheese Sushi ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #sushi for #sushihaters #recipe

This is sushi for the sushi haters in the world … because contrary to popular belief, sushi does NOT mean raw fish. It means a rolled thing with rice or, according to Google: “a Japanese dish consisting of small balls or rolls of vinegar-flavored cold cooked rice served with a garnish of raw fish, vegetables, […]


Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad

Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #light #easy #summer #salad #recipe

with sweet onions, fresh oregano, parsley, dill, feta cheese and a light lemon herb vinaigrette We’ve made it to the dog days of summer already … the kind of scorching hot day where you don’t even want to go outside, ice water and air conditioning are the best things ever and you don’t feel like […]


Frozen Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

Frozen Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Mexican #cocktail #spicy #margarita #recipe

Green smoothie, meet cocktail. I’ve been dying to try cucumber jalapeno margaritas for a long time … or at least it seems like a long time. Perhaps it’s not really all that long. I mean what’s a couple years in the scheme of things? But they’ve intrigued me since the moment I heard of them. […]


Irish Pub Salad

Irish Pub Salad with Creamy Tarragon Dijon Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #Irish #salad #StPatricksDay

Happy St. Patrick’s Day my foodie friends! In my search for new Irish recipes for St. Patrick’s day, I ran across a few posts about Irish salads. I have never been to Ireland, my trips there are only via the interwebs, so I was intrigued to discover that it is quite common to eat salad […]


Greek Rice Salad

Greek Rice Salad Recipe ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Mediterranean #Rice #Salad #Healthy #Glutenfree

Adapted from Healthy Recipes This is a recipe someone shared on my facebook page … and I was intrigued. One night when my daughter was cooking up some rice for another dish, I said to her “let’s make a double batch … I have a recipe I want to try” … and we did. I […]


Absolutely Fabulous Greek Salad

Absolutely Fabulous Greek Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #delightful #Greek #salad #recipe

featuring this Absolutely Fabulous Greek/House Salad Dressing from All Recipes I had a craving for a good Greek salad, but wanted to make it at home, so that I wouldn’t have to worry about what to do with the olives. I’m not a big fan of olives, but I always feel guilty if there’s nobody […]


Watermelon Cucumber Salad w/Balsamic Roasted Figs

Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Balsamic Roasted Figs, Goat Cheese & Pecans ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #watermelon #fig #salad #recipe

with goat cheese, toasted pecans and a Rosemary Thyme Sweet Hot Pepper Vinaigrette If a salad could be orgasmic, this would definitely be the one. The marriage of flavors, textures and colors in this salad are totally incredible together. It’s got crunch from the cucumbers, sweet juiciness and a softer crunch from the watermelon, creaminess […]


Basil Chive Cucumber & Corn Salad

Basil Chive Cucumber & Corn Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cucumber #corn #basil #salad #recipe

just very slightly adapted from my friend Ann at The Fountain Avenue Kitchen Fresh summer corn with crunchy cucumbers, basil and chives … what more could you need to make a great salad? Not much, really. Just a couple tablespoons full of light mayonnaise and you’re done. When I was pondering what to do with […]


Tabbouleh with Cilantro and Feta

Tabbouleh with Cilantro & Feta ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #mediterranean #bulgur #salad #recipe

Adapted from Ina Garten’s tabouleh recipe If you’ve never had Tabbouleh, it’s a middle Eastern salad made with cracked wheat (bulgur), tomato, cucumber, parsley, lemon and mint. It does NOT typically have cilantro or feta, but I happened to have a bunch of cilantro (and no parsley) and feta on hand so I made it […]


Cucumber Watermelon Feta Rubik’s Salad

Cucumber Watermelon Feta Rubik's Cube Salad with Maple Ginger Champagne Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #watermelon #RubiksCube #puzzle #salad

with a Maple Ginger Champagne Vinaigrette My life is not orderly. It is altogether messy and frantic, panicked and worrisome at times, yet also peaceful and quiet. I find peace in the quiet beauty of our forest and flowers, laughter and ease with my friends at the yoga studio, comfort in the routine, scents and […]


Creamy Cucumber Avocado Pasta Sauce

Creamy Cucumber Avocado Pasta Sauce ~ super simple sauce that tastes like summer! from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

Adapted from The Simple Veganista A fresh, quick, no-cook lemony sauce for pasta that tastes like summer. So welcome in the midst of the cold, gray winter when my spirits and the outdoor temperatures are low and I start to wonder what summer looks like. I swear, every year, I trudge on through life, but […]


40 Healthier Holiday Appetizers

40 Healthier Holiday Appetizers (and why they're better for you)

… and why they’re good for you! It’s almost Christmas and everywhere I look lately, there is sugar! It’s taken over the Internet, my workplace, my kitchen, my gifts (yes, I confess, I’m giving away lots of sugar this year). For a while I fell victim to the sugar-devil, reveling in baking and melting chocolate, […]


Half Moon Sesame Thai Cucumber Salad

Half Moon Sesame Thai Cucumber Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cucumber #salad

A tasty light cucumber salad that takes advantage of garden fresh produce, fresh herbs and some exotic flavors from Thailand and the Orient. This week has been a rough week for me on a lot of levels. I won’t trouble you with the details, but suffice it to say there is some teenage angst, young […]


Tomato Asiago Garden Salad

Tomato Asiago Garden Salad w Fresh Herb Cucumber Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #recipe

with Chive Flowers and a Fresh Herb Cucumber Asiago Dressing The last time I was at my parents’ place, we were having fish for dinner (using my dad’s newest awesome way to make baked fish) and we needed a quick salad to go with it.  I had just a few minutes to get this together […]


Garden Medley Salad with Feta & Pecans

Garden Medley Salad with Feta & Pecans ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #recipe

and a Sweet Hot Pepper Balsamic Vinaigrette Salads are one of those things that just make me happy, inside and out, especially when they are full of color, contrasting textures and flavors and lots of crunch. This one was so good the first time I made it for a lunch at work, I had to […]

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