New Year’s Avocado Bean Salad

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Ingredients:
2 avocados (sliced)
1 (10 oz.) can of chick peas (drained and rinsed)
1 (10 oz.) can of corn (drained)
1 (10 oz.) can of red kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
1 cup of cherry tomatoes
1 green bell pepper (sliced)
1 red bell pepper (sliced)
1 tbsp. fresh parsley (chopped)
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
Directions:
1. In a large bowl add all ingredients, except olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.
2. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
3. After an hour, add olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix well and serve.

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Hummus Topped With Cherry Tomatoes and Feta

Ingredients:

1 (8 oz. can) chick peas (drained)

1 clove of garlic (chopped)

1 lemon (juiced)

2 tsp. tahini

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 qt. cherry tomatoes (cut in half)

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

3 basil leaves (chopped)

sea salt

*extra olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, put chick peas, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Mix until smooth.
  2. In a bowl, add cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and basil. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and drizzle a little olive oil on top. Mix well.
  3. On a plate put some hummus. Put tomato and feta mixture on top. (see photo)

 

Grilled Lime Shrimp Salad

Ingredients:
1 lb. medium shrimp (cleaned and tail left on)
1 lb. mixed greens
1 cup orange slices (cut into bite size pieces)
1 cup cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
2 avocados (sliced)
1 tsp. sea salt
2 limes (juiced)
1 tbsp. olive oil
4 tbsp. chopped cilantro
Directions:
1. In a Ziploc bag, put raw shrimp, lime juice, olive oil, cilantro and sea salt. *Let marinate overnight if possible.
2. Grill shrimp for 5-6 minutes. (Turn over half way.)
3. In a large bowl, put mixed greens. On top put orange slices, cherry tomatoes and avocados. Place shrimp on top.
*Serve with a vinaigrette dressing. *A honey vinaigrette is a good choice.

Italian Salad

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Ingredients:
1 lb. mixed greens (rinsed and drained well)
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 cup of red roasted peppers (cut in thin slices)
1 cup fresh mozzarella (grated)
1/2 cup black olives (sliced)
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup artichoke hearts
Directions:
1. On a large platter, place mixed greens. Put all ingredients on top. (See photo.)
2. Serve with a simple Italian dressing. Mix well and serve.

Artichoke Salad

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Ingredients:

2 cans artichoke hearts (drained) cut in half

1 can of hearts of palm (drained) cut in half

1 small red onion (sliced)

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 cup fresh snap peas

1/2 cup of small pitted black olives (drained) (optional)

2 tbs. olive oil

2 tbs. red wine vinegar

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients. Mix well. Refrigerate for an hour and serve.

It’s simple and delicious. Some people like black olives in it and some don’t. It all depends on your taste.

Salmon Burger Salad

Ingredients:
1 lb. mixed greens (rinsed and drained well)
1 lb. ground salmon (made into 4 small burgers)
1/4 sweet onion (minced)
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
4 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
olive oil
1 cup of cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup black olives sliced
Directions:
1. In a large bowl, mix ground salmon, bread crumbs, onion, lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper. Form into burgers.
2. In a large skillet, put 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Cook salmon burgers for about 8-10 minutes. (about 4 minutes on each side) Let drain on paper towel.
3. In a large bowl put mixed greens, cherry tomatoes and black olives. (You can sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top.)
*You can cut up salmon burgers and add on top or you can serve whole burgers on individual salads. (Serves 4)
Serve with a dressing of your choice. A “citrus” dressing goes well with it.

Veal With Tomatoes and Mushrooms

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Ingredients:
8 slices of veal cutlets
2 cups of mushrooms (sliced)
1 cup cherry tomatoes (sliced)
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (chopped)
5 pieces of basil (ripped into pieces)
2 cloves of garlic (sliced)
sea salt
olive oil
3 tbsp. butter
Directions
1. In a large skillet put butter. Once melted, add veal cutlets. Season with a pinch of sea salt on each piece. Cook on both sides for about 3-4 minutes each. Remove and set to the side.
2. In the same skillet, add olive oil and garlic. Brown for a minute. Add mushrooms, tomatoes and sundried tomatoes. Cook for abut 10 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt.
3. When tomatoes are tender, return cutlets to the pan. Raise the heat high for 3 minutes.
Serve on a platter with basil on top.