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Category: Summer Salads

Pollo Tonnato, a Hamptons Italian Dish straight from Ireland.

Pollo Tonnato, a Hamptons Italian Dish straight from Ireland.

This week, I got an email from my cousin Simon who lives in Britain but who once lived with my family in Montreal while he attended McGill University.  I’d just seen Simon and his wonderful wife Martha on my recent trip to England.  But we’ve […]

Watermelon Blueberry and Radish Salad with Laura Chenel’s Goat Cheese Medallions

Watermelon Blueberry and Radish Salad with Laura Chenel’s Goat Cheese Medallions

Salad lovers are in sheer heaven now and will be through the rest of the summer.  The ingredients for perfect salads are everywhere. And the earliest part of the season yields the tenderest of greens. Arugula has its bite but it’s far from bitter which […]

Coconut Shrimp Salad

Coconut Shrimp Salad

Too often, I get into trouble with a recipe that’s just too much food for two people.  Try as I may, cutting back on volume isn’t always the easiest task.   Things that say they are for four people are relatively simple to divide in half.  […]

Salad Days. 3 Ways to Salute Summer this Weekend: Grilled Watermelon with Feta, Balsamic and Mint, Tomato, Peach and Burrata Salad, Ina Garten’s Italian Seafood Salad

        I don’t know how we got to the last week of August so quickly. But it’s been a wonderful summer here and every chance we’ve gotten, we’ve enjoyed great salads all made, with few exceptions, with ingredients found within five miles of our house.  […]

The Daily Meal has just published my latest article and recipe….Enjoy this trip to the South of France!

Salade Niçoise is Not What You Might Think It Is Get your facts straight regarding salade niçoise, direct from the source Aug 9, 2016 | 10:01 am By Monte Mathews Staff Writer We have the scoop on how a Salade Niçoise should really be made. […]

Anna Pump’s Asian-Flavored Beef, Pepper and Spinach Salad

         The Hamptons are chock-a-block full of famous chefs.  There are those who work here–or at least own restaurants here—like Jean-Georges Vongerichten who just arrived this year at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton.  There are those who make this place their summer home like Bobby […]

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

        Last summer, we served a version of Watermelon and Tomato salad so often, we were convinced everyone we knew had tasted it.  And this year, we’ve seen so many recipes for it, that we’re sure our readers have been inundated with variations on the dish.  […]

Chop Chop Salad with Gingered Shrimp and with thanks to Daniel Boulud

The man himself, Daniel Boulud Who doesn’t love Daniel Boulud?  His restaurants are on everyone’s New York Top 10 list from Daniel to DBGB on the Bowery, of all places.  I have a particular soft spot for his Bar Boulud, across from Lincoln Center and […]

Potato Salad with Garlic Scapes, Snap Peas and Scallions

Garlic Scapes make their appearance once a year. There are cooks who wait all year to work with Garlic Scapes, the flower bud of the garlic plant.  The bud is removed about this time every year to encourage the underground bulb to thicken up.  They […]

Grilled Sirloin Steak Salad with Seasonal Vegetables and Asian flavors

         My dear friend, Cate, who bears more than a passing resemblance to the other Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, came to lunch over the weekend.  Cate, of course, asked that I not go to any trouble.  So I really didn’t. Still I wanted to give her […]

Summer Favorites: Summer Panzanella Salad 2 Ways and Crispy Smashed Roasted Potatoes from Fine Cooking

Top to Bottom:  Panzanella Salad, Crispy Smashed Roasted Potatoes Panzanella Salad with Tuna          Sometimes I am astonished at what’s not on Chewing the Fat.  Just when I start to worry that I’ll never find a recipe that I haven’t already tried, I discover amazing […]

Strawberry Spinach Salad

  Did you know May is National Strawberry month?  Neither did I. But a couple of weeks ago, I was left with a clamshell half-filled with beautiful Driscoll strawberries that I didn’t want to see going to waste. Driscoll is not a species of strawberry. It’s a […]

Heirloom Tomatoes with Creamy Corn Buttermilk Basil Dressing

         My friend Edward told me he’d recently had dinner in Manhattan and was served an unforgettable heirloom tomato salad.  Atop a stack of perfectly ripe tomatoes, a corn and cream dressing made the tomatoes even more irresistible.  Since both corn and tomatoes are still […]