Saturday, August 30, 2014

Potato Salad with Pimiento-Stuffed Green Olives

Olive lovers will enjoy this healthy, mayonnaise-free potato salad.

I started with my grandmother's classic Potato Salad with Olive Oil and Parsley and added some sliced pimento-stuffed green olives that I had on hand. The result was delicious.

Use 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup of sliced olives, to taste - or even more, if you like.


1 pound medium-size red potatoes or other waxy potatoes, peeled
1/4 to 1/3 cup pimiento-stuffed green olives, sliced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (preferably Italian flat-leaf parsley)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Boil the potatoes, uncovered, in enough salted water to cover until tender (approx. 15-35 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes).

Rinse the cooked potatoes in cold water to stop the cooking process, and let sit until cool.

Once the potatoes have cooled, cut them into 1-inch cubes.

Gently toss the potato cubes with the olives, olive oil, parsley, salt, and pepper.

Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.

-- 3-4 servings

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hummus with Cumin

At a Philadelphia area restaurant recently, a friend and I enjoyed some hummus that was generously seasoned with cumin. This is my own version, which tastes very much like the restaurant's recipe.


1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained, reserving the chickpea liquid
1 clove garlic, crushed through a press or finely minced
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, to taste
1/4 teaspoon salt

Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor, including 2 tablespoons of the chickpea liquid. Puree until fairly smooth. If too thick, add more of the chickpea liquid, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Serve at room temperature or lightly chilled.

-- 8 appetizer servings

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Spinach Salad with Cannellini, Roasted Peppers, and Pine Nuts

This recipe was born when I had some leftover spinach, cannellini beans, and roasted peppers that I needed to use up. I combined them into a salad, and added some toasted pine nuts for crunch. The result was delicious, colorful, and healthy!

Serve it as a side dish, or add some crusty bread and maybe some soup for a light and satisfying lunch or dinner.


1 tablespoon pine nuts
6-8 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
2/3 cup cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup roasted red bell peppers, cut into julienne slices
3 to 6 tablespoons Lemon-Balsamic Vinaigrette (or your favorite prepared balsamic vinaigrette)

Toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet over low to medium-low heat for few minutes until lightly golden. Remove from heat and set aside.

Place the spinach in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette to the spinach, tossing well. Use only enough dressing to lightly coat all of the greens with the dressing.

Top the spinach with the cannellini, roasted peppers, and toasted pine nuts. Toss lightly, and serve.

-- 4 servings