Mango Blueberry Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

Mango Blueberry Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette - Andrea Meyers

In 2007 we bought two blueberry bushes, the low bush variety that produces small berries like our favorite wild blueberries from Maine. We almost lost them due to flooding both the first and second year, but somehow they managed to survive, though they haven’t produced berries yet. It takes a few years for blueberry bushes… 

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Spring Greens Salad with Asparagus, Snow Peas, Radishes, and Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Andrea Meyers - Spring Greens Salad with Asparagus, Snow Peas, Radishes, and Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Our spring garden is not as full as the summer garden, but each year we add a little more with the hope that eventually we will have a large cool weather garden space. This spring we planted snow peas, sugar snap peas, rhubarb, three kinds of radishes, two kinds of radicchio, butterhead and romaine lettuce,… 

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Creamy Grape Salad with Almonds

Andrea Meyers - Creamy Grape Salad with Almonds

One of my favorite childhood memories is creamy fruit salads made with various combinations of grapes, cherries, mandarin oranges, pineapple, or apples, sometimes with crunchy nuts mixed in. The creamy part also varied, often made with sour cream and cream cheese or whipped topping, but all were sweet and sometimes tasted more like dessert than… 

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Zucchini Soba Salad

Zucchini Soba Salad - Andrea Meyers

My introduction to soba noodles was actually on a plane flying from Tokyo to Honolulu, admittedly not the best place to get good food. The flight attendants came around with breakfast and asked if I wanted the Japanese or the American breakfast, and I chose the Japanese because I could see the noodles that someone… 

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Swabian Potato Salad (Schwäbischer Kartoffelsalat)

Andrea Meyers - Swabian Potato Salad

We had traditional Swabian potato salad (Schwäbischer kartoffelsalat), a salad which has yellow potatoes and a very simple oil and vinegar dressing, a few times while in Stuttgart. It is often used as a base for salad greens such as arugula or lettuces, and in fact it was served beneath the green salad at every… 

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Avocado and Champagne Vinaigrette

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Avocado and Champagne Vinaigrette Recipe - Andrea Meyers

We truly enjoy strawberry season, and every time I start cleaning another batch of berries the boys are at my elbow begging for some of the juicy red fruits. I have to watch Monkey Boy and Top Gun because they will sneak the berries off to a hidden corner and get the sticky juice all… 

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Cannellini Bean Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Cannellini Bean Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette - Andrea Meyers

Bean salads are an essential part of any recipe file and are great for summer picnic salads since they are often dressed with dairy-free vinaigrettes. I like to mix up my own vinaigrettes, usually tasting and estimating until I get a flavor I like. In his new book, Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft… 

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Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Mediterranean Orzo Salad - Andrea Meyers

Simplicity has been our theme this summer. I went back to work in June and realized that I wasn’t superwoman. Oh, I knew it way before then, but adding big deadlines to my juggling pile made me think less about what I wanted to do and more about what I could realistically do, and the… 

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Tabouleh (aka Tabbouleh, Tabouli)

Tabouleh (aka Tabbouleh, Tabouli) - Andrea Meyers

Early today I returned home from 10 glorious days of vacation to find our garden in full production mode. All the tomato plants have green tomatoes, teasing, making me wait until they ripen. I could pick some of the green peppers to encourage more flowering, and I probably will as I find it difficult to… 

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Cilantro Slaw

Cilantro Slaw - Andrea Meyers

We like to use herbs in our green salads for the extra splash of flavor, but we prefer to make the herbs a main part of the salad rather than just a garnish. Cilantro, parsley, and basils work very well as salad flavor boosters and they also provide antioxidants and essential vitamins. Fortunately our garden… 

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