Here are some nice light recipes that take advantage of the fresh ingredients of summer. They’re all good but the raspberry white chocolate blondies are out of this world!Salad Niçoise 2 pounds fresh tuna, cut into steaks 1 cup kalamata olives2 hard-boiled eggs, cut into quarters1 large cucumber, cut into chunks½ pound fresh green beans, steamed1 pound baby red or white potatoes, cut in half and boiled until soft1 ripe avocado, chopped (optional)1 large head romaine, cut into small pieces Coat a medium-sized saucepan with cooking spray and sprinkle tuna with garlic. Sauté over medium heat. Add a splash of soy sauce while cooking. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side, depending if you like the center red, pink, or fully cooked. Cook and cut into pieces. Refrigerate. When ready to serve, mix together all salad ingredients and toss with ½ to ¾ cup dressing. Dressing:1 cup olive oil2/3 cup apple cider vinegar2 teaspoons oregano2 teaspoons sugar1 teaspoon pepper Mix all ingredients together and shake well.
Tomatoes with Mozzarella and Basil6 hot-house tomatoes, sliced1 (8 ounce) package of mozzarella, cut into squares that will fit on top of the tomatoes1 bunch basil, leaves separated1 teaspoon kosher salt¼ cup olive oilOn a large platter, arrange tomatoes in a single layer. Top withmozzarella, then a basil leave. Sprinkle salt over all and thendrizzle with olive oil. Serve at room temperature.Raspberry White Chocolate Blondies
2 cups flour1 teaspoon baking powder½ teaspoon salt¼ teaspoon baking soda2 cups (packed) golden brown sugar¾ cup unsalted butter, margarine2 large eggs2 teaspoon vanilla extract1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or macadamia nuts1-½ pints basket fresh raspberries1 cup white chocolate chipsPreheat oven to 350. Line a 9x9 inch baking pan with aluminum foil,extending foil over sides by 2 inches. Butter and flour foil. Whisk 2cups flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in medium bowl toblend. Using electric mixer, beat brown sugar and butter in large bowluntil light and fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, then vanilla. Addflour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in chopped pecans. Spread batter evenly in pan. Sprinkle raspberries over top.Bake until top is golden and tester inserted into center comes outclean or with moist crumbs, about 50 minutes. Cut into small squaresand serve room temperature. Can be dipped half way in melted chocolate (melt 2 cups chocolate chipswith 1 T Crisco). Dip half way in chocolate and refrigerate to allowchocolate to harden.'This article was provided by www.gourmetkoshercooking.com'