Summer is fading fast here in Toronto. There is an unmistakable chill in the air and some of the leaves are starting to change. Fall is right on our doorstep it seems. But the calendar insists that summer is still here. So regardless of the weather forecast, we’re going to keep the good time rolling with refreshing and light summer desserts like this Labneh Mousse with Melon Confetti Salad. These delicate little cups feature an airy labneh mousse flavored with honey and vanilla caviar and topped with a melon salad dressed with a mojito-inspired simple syrup. This dessert is elegant, effortless, and unabashedly summery, so let’s make it.
Potato salad can be a difficult dish to get excited about. It always plays second fiddle. Always a side, never a main. But if there was ever a rendition that deserved the spotlight, it’s this Sour Cream and Onion Potato Salad. This over-the-top crowd-pleaser features creamy baby Yukon gold potatoes tossed with thinly sliced scallions and celery dressed in a caramelized shallot and sour cream dressing. The salad is topped with quartered hard-boiled eggs, celery leaves, and of course, crushed sour cream and onion chips. They are crinkle-cut chips and yes, I do think that makes a difference. I don’t know about you, but I think this salad is far from a sidekick. So let’s make it!
Sesame noodles are well-trodden territory at this point. But that doesn’t make them any less compelling. Every summer they factor rather prominently into my diet. When the world is inhospitably humid they are my favorite thing to slurp on. But in order to make blog-worthy sesame noodles, I knew I had to make them different. Because the Internet needs another straightforward sesame noodle recipe like I need another hole in my head. Luckily, I’ve been riffing on sesame noodles for several summers now. And these Smashed Cucumber Sesame Noodles are the most recent and my current favorite incarnation. So without further ado, let me introduce you to my main noodle squeeze.
Okay, before we dive into this Hot Chicken Schnitzel Salad I want to say I have nothing but respect and love in my heart for both hot chicken and schnitzel. So while I understand this may come across as an unholy union to some, please remember my intention is never to offend, it’s to feed. But if you’re sitting there, like, huh? Let me introduce you to the two dishes that inspired this plate. But before I do that, let’s talk about what this plate is.