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Tomato Peach Salad with Ricotta

Ingredients
3 tablespoons sliced almonds
4 ripe but firm yellow peaches
4 tomatoes, preferably a mix of large heirloom tomatoes
2 cups fresh basil leaves, plus small leaves, for garnish
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
6 tablespoons ricotta cheese

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the almonds out on a baking sheet and bake until light golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Cut an “x” in the bottoms of the peaches and tomatoes. Carefully add the peaches to the water and boil until the skins just start to peel back, about 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon. Repeat with the tomatoes, boiling for about 15 seconds. Set aside.

Add the basil to the boiling water and cook until just wilted and bright green, about 15 seconds. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a blender and puree until smooth. With the machine running, add the olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Peel and pit the peaches; peel the tomatoes. Cut both into 1/2-inch slices.

Spread the basil puree on a serving platter. Arrange the peaches and tomatoes on top. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and dollop the ricotta on top. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Top with the toasted almonds, garnish with whole basil leaves and serve.

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Black Bean-Mango Salad

Ingredients
2 medium mangoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
Dash salt

Directions
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 4 servings.

Editor’s Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Recipe found here: Black Bean-Mango Salad

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Dutch Spinach Salad

Ingredients
3 to 4 Bacon strips, diced
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
Water
4 cups torn spinach greens
1/2 small onion, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
hard-boiled large eggs, sliced

Directions
In a small frying pan, cook bacon until crisp. Do not drain. In a 1-cup measure, place egg, sugar, vinegar and enough water to measure 3/4 cup; pour over bacon and grease.

Cook and stir until dressing thickness. Season to taste. Pour hot dressing over greens and onion. Toss; garnish with egg slices. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Dutch Spinach Salad

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Ginger-Cashew Chicken Salad

Ingredients
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup molasses
1/3 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh gingerroot
2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
SALAD:
8 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 10 cups)
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup shredded red cabbage
2 medium carrots, shredded
3 green onions, thinly sliced
2 cups chow mein noodles
3/4 cup salted cashews, toasted
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

Directions
In a small bowl, whisk the first seven ingredients until blended. Pour 3/4 cup marinade into a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate at least 3 hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.

Preheat broiler. Drain chicken, discarding marinade in bag. Place chicken in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Broil 4-6 in. from heat 4-6 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°. Cut chicken into strips.

Place spinach on a serving platter. Arrange chicken, oranges, cabbage, carrots and green onions. Sprinkle with chow mein noodles, cashews and sesame seeds. Stir reserved molasses mixture; drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.

Editor’s Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Recipe found here: Ginger-Cashew Chicken Salad

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Tequila-Lime Fruit Salad

Ingredients
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup lime juice
3 tablespoons tequila or additional lime juice
2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
2 cups chopped peeled kiwifruit
2 cups seedless red grapes, halved

Directions
In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat; cool completely. Stir in lime juice and tequila.

In a large bowl, combine the fruit. Drizzle with syrup and toss gently to coat. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe found here: Tequila-Lime Fruit Salad

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Colorful Spiral Pasta Salad
Ingredients
1 package (12 ounces) tricolor spiral pasta
4 cups fresh broccoli florets
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 can (6 ounces) pitted ripe olives, drained
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 cups Italian salad dressing with roasted red pepper and Parmesan

Directions
In a Dutch oven, cook pasta according to package directions, adding the broccoli during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and rinse in cold water.

Transfer to a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, olives, salt and pepper. Drizzle with salad dressing; toss to coat. Chill until serving. Yield: 14 servings (3/4 cup each)

Recipe found here: Colorful Spiral Pasta Salad

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Juicy Watermelon Salad

Directions
8 cups cubed seedless watermelon (about 1 medium)
1 small red onion, cut into rings
1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts or slivered almonds, toasted
1 cup fresh arugula or baby spinach
1/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette
3 tablespoons canola oil
Watermelon slices, optional
1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese

Ingredients
In a large bowl, combine watermelon and onion; cover and refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes. Just before serving, add macadamia nuts and arugula to watermelon mixture. In a small bowl, whisk vinaigrette and oil; drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Serve over sliced watermelon, if desired. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 10 servings.

Editor’s Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally

Recipe found here: Juicy Watermelon Salad

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