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Leafy Greek Salad with Marinated Almonds

Leafy Greek Salad with Marinated Almonds

This salad is one of those recipes that really fills the hunger void, tastes like you spent time on it but actually requires very little time or effort. And it represents the new (or at least current) me. My almost 7-month-old is everything you could ask for in a baby, except for the fact that she is taking an extended sleeping hiatus.

Leafy Greek Salad with Marinated Almonds

She is fine with it, not grumpy or eye-rubby (unlike myself who looks like a (suntanned) 175-year-dead zombie these days). But no matter how sleepy she is going down, every time I put her into her crib to sleep, day or night, she opens her eyes, smiles so big her face looks like it’s going to turn inside out and then she does the horizontal running man. It’s so cute, it makes me laugh every time, even though I’m crying (and very possibly sleeping) inside.

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Mediterranean Veggie Salad with Buckwheat (& Hummus!)

Buckwheat Fatoush with Hummus

There is this little Lebanese restaurant near me that serves the best, clean, colourful delicious food. Every time we go, I feel inspired and tingly, surrounded by all of the lemon, parsley and tomatoes.

Buckwheat Fatoush with Hummus

We tend to always order the same things to share, and one of those things is the fatoush salad. This is a simple Mediterranean salad, often with cucumber and tomatoes and the key ingredient is some kind of bread. Not little croutons, but perhaps day-old, big hunks of actual bread (or in this case pita) that absorb the excess salad dressing making the salad as satisfying as a big Italian sandwich.

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Fresh Tomato Gazpacho

Fresh Tomato Gazpacho

I get antsy during tomato season if I don’t have a satisfactory number of local tomatoes in my house at all times. It’s a short season and the alternative during the rest of the year is so sad in comparison that I feel tremendous pressure to make the very most of one of my favourite food seasons (and yet I feel close to no pressure for so many seemingly more important things…).

Fresh Tomato Gazpacho

So, short of the Spanish Tomatina Festival, tomatoes have been on, in, under and around everything that has been happening in the kitchen these days. Usually just salad like the Avocado Caprese or this one from last summer with avo croutons, but as you saw last week, there has also been pasta.

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Watermelon Salad With Cucumber and Coconut Yoghurt

Watermelon and Cucumber Salad with Coconut Yoghurt

I find it hard to make recipes using watermelon. It’s usually the first thing I cross off my shopping list when I realize I am buying too much to walk home with without having strangers asking me if I need help (so embarrassing). When I do manage to get one home, it’s delicious watermelon that needs no help beyond a sleepover in the fridge to make it pure, sweet, hydrating perfection. In other words, it gets eaten as is, and any thoughts of a recipe get put on hold, sometimes even until the following summer.

Watermelon and Cucumber Salad with Coconut YoghurtWatermelon and Cucumber Salad with Coconut Yoghurt

This summer has been a little bit different. Watermelon is very cooling and our bodies seem to know this instinctively, craving it when the weather gets warm. It’s hard to remember now, but the weather here was warm, even kind of hot at the beginning of the summer and the watermelon turnover was high. Over the last couple of weeks of sporadic rain, clouds and cool weather, I found we had a rare stockpile of watermelon (well, two).

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