Tagged "Appetizer"


Tomato & Peach Summer Salad

Posted by Rachel Dougherty on

This is a perfect summer salad and can be served with any meal, including brunch!

Ingredients:

4 ripe peaches, sliced
4 ripe tomatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled plus more for garnish
1/2 Cup red onion, chopped
1/4 Cup pecans, chopped
Handful fresh mint, chopped
Handful fresh basil, chopped
Blood orange olive oil
Salt to taste

Method:

In a large bowl, combine peach slices and tomatoes. Add feta, red onion, pecans, and drizzle with olive oil. Add mint and basil and gently toss to combine, season with salt to taste. To serve, portion out each plate and sprinkle with feta.

Serves 4

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Grilled Radicchio & Romaine Salad

Posted by Rachel Dougherty on


Grilling tonight? Why not add some radicchio and romaine to the fire. Grilled salads take the boredom out of ordinary salads. You'll love this savory and smoky side dish!

Ingredients:

1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, flavored or plain
1/4 Cup oregano balsamic vinegar
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 large heads of Radicchio, quartered lengthwise with some core still attached
1 medium head of romaine lettuce, quartered lengthwise with some core attached
1 Cup pecorino cheese, shaved
Salt and Pepper to taste

Method:

In a large bowl, whisk oil, balsamic, garlic, and red pepper. Add radicchio and romaine, toss to coat and let marinate for 15 minutes. Set your grill to a medium heat, drain marinade into a separate bowl and set aside. Place greens on a grilling pan or over foil as to not expose it to direct heat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill until edges are crisp and slightly charred, turning occasionally. Keep a close eye on them, turning as needed.

To Serve:

Remove from grill and separate from cores. Chop into smaller pieces if desired. Place in serving platter, drizzle with reserved marinade, sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately.

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Apricot and Ricotta Salad with Grapefruit Balsamic

Posted by Rachel Dougherty on

This salad combines the flavors of sweet, creamy, and peppery all in one. Using the combination of Grapefruit Balsamic and Lemon Olive Oil gives it a fresh ingot tangy flavor. 


Ingredients:

1/4 Cup ricotta salada
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
1 Tablespoon Grapefruit Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
4 teaspoons Lemon Olive Oil, plus a drizzle for ricotta mix
2 Tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds
3 Cups arugula or your favorite mixed greens
3 medium apricots, cut into quarters
Salted pepper to taste

Method:

Combine ricotta, a drizzle of olive oil, zest, and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl. In another bowl combine vinegar, mustard, and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk olive oil into Vinegar mix until combined. Place greens, apricots, and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl with about half of the prepared dressing. Toss gently and season to taste, add more dressing if needed. To serve, portion out salad mix and top with ricotta mixture.

Serves 4

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Last Minute Layered Hummus

Posted by Rachel Dougherty on

Try any of your favorite seasoning blends in this super simple appetizer!

Ingredients:

8oz Cream Cheese, softened
8oz your favorite kind of hummus
1/2 Cucumber, seeded and diced
Greek Seasoning
Tuscan Herb Olive Oil

Method:

Mix a few pinches of Greek Seasoning to softened cream cheese, mix thoroughly. Layer seasoned cream cheese, hummus, cucumber on a small serving plate. Sprinkle with more Seasoning and a drizzle of the olive oil. Serve with crackers, pita, or veggies!

Serves 4-6

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Classic Homemade Hummus

Posted by Rachel Dougherty on

 

 

This is a simple recipe that can be whipped up in a few minutes. Keep the ingredients in your pantry for perfect last minute appetizer.

Ingredients:

2 15oz cans Garbanzo Beans, drained
1/3 Cup Chipotle Olive Oil
1/3 Cup Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Roasted Sesame Oil
2 large cloves Garlic, peeled
1/2 Tablespoon Cumin, ground
1 teaspoon salt or to taste

Method:

Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Adjust seasonings if needed.

Variations:
-Try using Garlic, Lemon, Lime, or Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil instead of Chipotle.
-Try adding in a can of drained roasted red peppers for a fun color and flavor.

Serves 4-6

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