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Recipes for Soups, Salads, & Appetizers

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Cocktail Franks in Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Cocktail franks in barbecue sauce are a party favorite, and there are plenty of variations. This recipe for cocktail franks in spicy tomato barbecue sauce can go straight from the slow cooker to the buffet [more…]

Seafood Chowder

Chowders are thick, chunky soups. Traditionally, all chowders included seafood — and this seafood chowder recipe holds true to the original chowders: Seafood is its main ingredient. In addition to clams [more…]

Spinach Mandarin Salad

This luscious spinach mandarin salad combines, well, baby spinach and sweet mandarin orange slices to create a colorful and delicious salad. A well-balanced dressing of balsamic vinegar and honey-mustard [more…]

Pressure Cooker Minestrone Soup

With this pressure cooker adaptation of minestrone soup, you’ll never have to resort to canned soups again! This version of minestrone soup cooks in only 10 minutes. [more…]

Spicy Indian Chickpea Stew

This spicy Indian chickpea stew mixes Indian spices with the chickpeas to create a wonderful entree. Make spicy Indian chickpea stew when you want something really flavorful, and serve it with basmati [more…]

Greek Egg-Lemon Chicken Soup

Egg-lemon chicken soup dates to the days of the ancient Greeks and is enjoyed around the Mediterranean. In traditional egg-lemon chicken soup, the egg adds body and silkiness, while the lemon adds a nice [more…]

Cucumber and Wakame Salad

This light, refreshing cucumber and wakame salad possesses just the right amount of thin, crunchy cucumber in proportion to delightfully chewy wakame seaweed, to tease your palate into wanting more. [more…]

New England Clam Chowder

New England clam chowder, the most famous of all chowders, originally comes from the Massachusetts coast. This New England clam chowder recipe includes instructions for both fresh and canned clams because [more…]

Russian Borscht

Borscht is a rich Eastern European soup that contains beets or cabbage. Other borscht ingredients may include potatoes, beans, meat, or sausage. According to old cooking folklore, a wooden spoon will stand [more…]

Crab Dip

This cold crab dip is quick and easy to prepare. Get out those gluten-free crackers and dive into this crabmeat dip at your next party! [more…]

Beef, Vegetable, and Barley Soup

Beef, vegetable, and barley soup is comforting on a blustery day. This healthy soup has protein from beef, and fiber from the barley and vegetables. Add more broth if the soup [more…]

Harvest Vegetable Soup

This simple vegetable soup has the flavor and aroma of newly picked vegetables and herbs. You add texture to this soup with a crunchy bread and Parmesan topping. It’s a tasty addition, so don’t skip it [more…]

Baba Ghanoush (Eggplant Dip)

The grill’s unique ability to impart rich, smoky flavor gives this Middle Eastern eggplant dip, baba ghanoush, its very special taste. Baba ghanoush makes a tasty appetizer, served with grilled pita bread [more…]

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Straight from Cajun country to your table, this chicken and sausage gumbo is fantastic. When preparing chicken and sausage gumbo, you may find making the roux a little tricky — just be sure not to burn [more…]

Fresh Salmon Chowder

This luxurious fresh salmon chowder has become a standard in the Pacific Northwest, where fresh salmon is abundant. Salmon chowder is best when freshly made, so try to avoid leftovers. [more…]

Lemon and Thyme Pork Stew

This stew of braised pork and vegetables with a hint of lemon makes for a delicious supper. Lemon and thyme pork stew needs only a tossed green salad and some crisp, crusty bread as accompaniments. [more…]

Bruschetta with Tomatoes

Bruschetta with tomatoes is a classic summertime favorite. However, good bruschetta with tomatoes depends on really ripe tomatoes. Give this recipe a try when it’s local tomato season; otherwise, you may [more…]

Hummus

Hummus is a smooth, creamy, and garlicky dip or spread that’s made primarily from garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas). Hummus is enjoyed throughout the Middle East and typically is served in a shallow [more…]

Spring Vegetable Rice Soup

After a long winter, this especially fresh-tasting vegetable rice soup puts you in the mood for spring. In this recipe for spring vegetable rice soup, you don’t have to use all the vegetables listed in [more…]

Garden Pasta Salad with Beets and Goat Cheese

Although beets’ red color tends to run, the beets add a wonderful sweetness to this pasta salad — so what if your pasta salad is a little red? You can use whatever kind of pasta you prefer, but this recipe [more…]

Miso Soup with Manila Clams

Miso soup with Manila clams is a big hit in Japan, and for good reason. The nutty flavor of miso finds a perfect partner in the sweet flavor of clams. If you can’t find Manila clams, choose another type [more…]

Cajun Stuffed Mushrooms

These gluten-free Cajun stuffed mushrooms are tangy and will tantalize the tip of your tongue. But if you want your Cajun stuffed mushrooms to be five-alarm, then use gluten-free hot sausage and add more [more…]

Tabbouleh (Bulghur Wheat Salad)

Tabbouleh is a salad that’s usually made with bulghur wheat, tomatoes, parsley, mint, onions, lemon juice, and olive oil. To make tabbouleh, you first have to soak the bulghur in boiling water until soft [more…]

Spicy Peanut Soup

Peanuts are the basis for this velvety soup that graced Colonial tables from Georgia to Virginia. Versions of this spicy peanut soup can also be found throughout West Africa. For a tasty twist, use canned [more…]

Caesar Salad

Caesar salad is an excellent first course for a dinner party. If you prefer to use the whole romaine lettuce leaves for your Caesar salad, buy 1 large or 2 medium heads for this recipe; if you use only [more…]

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