Watermelon Wedge Salad with Falafel Spiced Chickpeas

Watermelon Wedge Salad with Falafel Spiced Chickpeas
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I have a weakness for American salads. And when I say weakness, I don’t necessarily mean I find them hopelessly delicious, although I do feel that way about some of them. No, what I find appealing about salads from the United States is how varied and out-and-out creative they are. Who else would plunk miniature marshmallows in the middle of lime Jello and call it a salad? Who?! And ambrosia salad? How wild is that? While today’s Watermelon Wedge Salad doesn’t pay tribute to the more outlandish dishes claiming to be salads. Today’s recipe gets its format from a particularly beloved slice of Americana, or perhaps I should say wedge.

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Sticky Chicken Thighs with Rice Noodle Salad

Sticky Chicken Thighs with Rice Noodle Salad
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If you read this blog you know I love a good leisurely cook. I’m sure some would rather call them “cumbersome” or “needlessly complicated” but I stand by the word leisurely. My recipes tend to celebrate the act of cooking, making a meal out of, well, making a meal. But when the summer hits that all goes out the window. If the sun is shining you will not find me assembling agnolotti. What you will find me doing is tossing protein in a hastily prepared marinade before abandoning it in my fridge. And from there the protein is grilled and served alongside a salad I cobbled together from things in my crisper and, hopefully, a glass of cold beer. It’s a whole different vibe. And today’s Sticky Chicken Thighs with Rice Noodle Salad fits very comfortably into that vibe.

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Crispy Hot Honey Halloumi w Radish Snap Pea Salad

Crispy Hot Honey Halloumi with Radish Snap Pea Salad
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I’m ringing in June with this Crispy Hot Honey Halloumi with Radish Snap Pea Salad. And it’s quite fitting because this is pretty much late spring on a plate. Peak season radishes and sugar snap peas perched on top of a bed of tzatziki paired with crisp oven-fried halloumi doused in hot honey. This plate has everything I love, a tangy creamy base, sweet and salty flavors, crisp vegetables, and a solid crunch. It also plays nicely with a cold glass of white or rose. What more could a patio party ask for?

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Prosciutto and Brie Panzanella with Cornichons

Prosciutto and Brie Panzanella with Cornichon
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Spring has finally arrived in earnest. And in true Ontarian fashion, we’ve skipped spring and have gone straight to summer. Well, not quite. I’m sure we’ll take a quick dip back into depressing temperatures before summer truly arrives. But for the time being, my fellow Torontonians and I are enjoying plus 20°C weather as only sun-starved Canadians can. Pouring ourselves onto packed patios in deeply seasonally-confused outfits. As for me, this surprisingly hospitable weather has inspired some intense salad cravings. I know, not what you’ve come to expect from me. To be fair, I’m craving salads like today’s Prosciutto and Brie Panzanella, so I’m not completely off-brand here.

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