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by Sarah Steimer

Spaghetti squash and avocado salad with chicken

I love a new recipe for spaghetti squash. I’d hate to relegate this awesome winter squash to just getting a bottle of marinara sauce dumped on it. Instead, this guy got a mean, green upgrade.

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by Sarah Steimer

Salmon burgers with quick pickles and sriracha mayo

I honestly think pickles will make any dish better, and this was no exception to that made-up rule. Burgers in the summer are the best, so why not switch it up with a little seafood? Pick a Saturday or Sunday, get all your ingredients fresh and make these in the afternoon with a nice beer.

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by Sarah Steimer

Chickpea salad with coriander and cumin

This salad has simple ingredients that end with a big result. The chickpeas and seasonings are so earthy, but the salad on top really cools things off and brightens the entire dish.

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by Sarah Steimer

Mediterranean chickpea salad

This is based off a side salad Bill and I often order at one of our favorite burger joints, The Bad Apple. I mostly guessed blindly, but it turned out quite well.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Cucumber-rice salad with tahini dressing, dill and mint

Grain-based salads are my favorite. Exhibit A: This red rice salad with cucumber, cilantro and mint is one of my go-tos. Exhibit B: This barley salad with spring vegetables makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Now I’ve found a new rice salad worthy of joining the recipe rotation. Tahini gives the dressing a nutty creaminess that I love, and cucumbers and herbs brighten things up. Enjoy!

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by Caitlin Saniga

Shaved fennel, cucumber and celery with shallots and dill

This salad packs in lots of crisp flavors and crunchy textures — and I’m in awe of its aesthetics. To me, dill is one of the most beautiful herbs, and here, it acts as the crown jewel to an array of gorgeous green and purple vegetables. And don’t worry — it tastes as lovely as it looks!

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by Sarah Steimer

Rice wrappers are the best. They make for an incredible base for a simple, almost no-cook, quick meal. But fair warning, they do take a little practice to get perfect (and I do not have a perfect roll just yet).

Rice wrappers are the best. They make for an incredible base for a simple, almost no-cook, quick meal. But fair warning, they do take a little practice to get perfect (and I do not have a perfect roll just yet).

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by Sarah Steimer

I love grilling in the summer, and it doesn't all have to be meat. These chickpea patties were substantial without being too filling, and they weren't crumbly like many other veggie patties, so they stayed together on the grill nicely.

I love grilling in the summer, and it doesn’t all have to be meat. These chickpea patties were substantial without being too filling. Plus they weren’t crumbly like many other veggie patties, so they stayed together on the grill nicely.


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by Sarah Steimer

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I made this salad for lunch one day and it hit the spot. Tahini, which is sesame seed paste, has a very nutty taste that incorporates itself especially well on the chicken. Another little hint — I tried putting a few drops of sriracha on my leftovers the next day and it would out of this world.


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by Sarah Steimer

Bill has been getting Sweet Fire Pickles from Stover’s Farm at our farmer’s market, and they served as the inspiration for this recipe. In fact, I even washed out one of their jars and reused it for my version. Oh – and if you’re wondering what the red is, those are just mature banana peppers (that’s right, not all are yellow).

NOTE: For any of these peppers, de-seed them entirely or at least some, depending on your heat tolerance.

  • 3 medium-sized banana peppers, sliced a little thinner than a 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/4 sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced a little thinner than 1/2-inch thick, then quarter these pieces
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt OR canning salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

    My dad likes to make “refrigerator pickles” for his hot dogs in the summer. It’s a simple combination of cucumbers, onions, water, sugar, vinegar and dill (I’m probably forgetting something). This is like the amped up version of that, and I went with a chicken brat instead of a hot dog.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the vinegars, salt, sugar and turmeric until everything has dissolved. Add the vegetables to the liquids and mix thoroughly. Transfer the vegetables to a 16-ounce jar first and cover with the liquid, making sure everything is submerged. If necessary, add water to cover the vegetables.

Refrigerate for about three hours before using. These pickles can be kept in the fridge for about two weeks.

* Lickety Split is our August guide that features recipes for quick pickles, or pickles you can make in minutes and store in the fridge. See all of our Lickety Split pickle recipes here.

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