Recipes for Soups, Salads, & Appetizers

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Chicken Noodle Soup

This recipe makes a classic chicken noodle soup, except for one change. Once upon a time, people made chicken noodle soup with the whole chicken, extracted the meat, and threw away the bones. This version [more…]

Creamy Pumpkin Spread

Slightly sweet with a rich pumpkin flavor, this spread is good served on toasted English muffins, bagels, or toasted French bread rounds. This pumpkin spread also works as a dip for apple and pear slices [more…]

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Not at all like its gloppy canned cream of mushroom counterpart, this cream of mushroom soup is light and velvety-textured, and it has plenty of mushroom flavor. [more…]

Speedy Beef Stew

Starting with cooked beef tips and cooked, diced potatoes, you can make a robust beef stew in less than 20 minutes. For this beef stew, look for the potatoes in your supermarket’s produce section. [more…]

Avocado with Broccoli and Carrot Slaw

Crisp, shredded broccoli and carrot are a great match for buttery avocado. This salad mixes all three vegetables into a tasty avocado, broccoli, and carrot combo. [more…]

Easy Mixed Green Salad

This salad recipe is versatile, so you can use whatever greens look the freshest (and whatever greens you happen to like). Try different chopped vegetables, too, depending on what’s in season or what you [more…]

Arugula, Radicchio, and Goat Cheese Salad

This arugula, radicchio, and goat cheese salad will make your mouth sing. The salad’s barely bitter radicchio and bittersweet arugula, combined with the goat cheese, really wake up your taste buds. [more…]

Mushroom Salad

You can make this mushroom salad in a snap. Try to use cremini mushrooms if you can, because their strong, woodsy flavor makes this salad special.

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Three-Bean Salad

This classic 1950s three-bean salad tastes much better when made with cooked dried beans and fresh green beans, rather than canned beans. Prepare the salad the day before because the beans need to marinate [more…]

Roast Beef and Watercress Hand Rolls

Pick up some sliced roast beef at your local deli for this hand roll, and if the sushi rice is done ahead, you’ll have your roast beef and watercress hand rolls ready in minutes. [more…]

Orange and Radish Salad

Serve this orange and radish salad with a simple entree to let the salad be the star. The colorful oranges and radishes are a feast for the eyes, as well as the palate. This salad tastes just as delicious [more…]

Poblano Quesadillas

A great quesadilla depends on just the right balance of soothing cheese and other, livelier flavors. In this poblano quesadillas recipe, roasted peppers, tart salsa, and more than one cheese keep things [more…]

Vichyssoise (Chilled Potato Soup)

Vichyssoise is a rich potato soup that is served chilled. Some restaurants serve vichyssoise in a bowl set over another bowl of crushed ice. Although you don’t have to be so elaborate, always serve your [more…]

Stuffed Oysters, Taranto-Style

Taranto-Style Stuffed Oysters is a delectable southern Italian dish that you can also make with littleneck or cherrystone clams. Oysters are tricky to work with — don’t attempt to open oysters yourself [more…]

How to Make Turkey Soup Out of Thanksgiving Leftovers

Most people have a mountain of leftover turkey the day after the big Thanksgiving meal. This soup is a creative and easy way to make use of those tasty leftovers, even if they are just scraps. [more…]

Christmas Eve Seafood Stew

An Italian Christmas Eve tradition involves a multi-course seafood dinner where you might enjoy a delicious seafood stew. This holiday dish is sure to impress. just round it off with some crusty bread [more…]

Easy Homemade Gravlax

If you find salmon on sale around Christmas time, gravlax makes a substantial appetizer to serve at your holiday gathering. Gravlax is an elegant addition to your appetizer repertoire. Raw salmon is cured [more…]

Hearty Lentil Soup

Oh, you wise lentil lover! This homey, fragrant lentil soup tastes wonderful on a chilly day; and it has valuable nutrition and fiber. You can make this lentil soup without the ham or bone — just replace [more…]

Dairy-Free Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Serve this hearty dairy-free soup with a chunk of crusty bread. Add a small dish of fresh fruit salad for a cool and refreshing accompaniment. For maximum creaminess, use plain soymilk or almond milk rather [more…]

Dairy-Free Confetti Cole Slaw

Cole slaw is a staple at any picnic or potluck dinner, although some are a tad on the boring side when they're made with dairy products. Why not add flair to your slaw and surprise everyone while keeping [more…]

Dairy-Free Cream of Tomato Soup

This homemade cream of tomato soup, made with soy or almond milk, will be an instant classic, especially when it’s paired with a grilled nondairy cheese sandwich and a crisp, tossed salad. [more…]

Dairy-Free Creamy Potato and Leek Soup

This nondairy soup is short on ingredients but long on taste. Leeks, which look like large green onions or scallions, give this soup a mildly sweet flavor that complements the potatoes. Pair this soup [more…]

Dairy-Free West African Peanut Soup

This delicious dairy-free African soup is traditionally served for celebrations and special occasions. It’s a great addition for a North American Thanksgiving or wintertime gathering. This nondairy soup [more…]

Dairy-Free Baba Ghanouj

Prepare this naturally dairy-free Middle Eastern eggplant dip and serve with toasted pita bread or crackers. Don’t limit this dairy-free delight to just a dip, it’s also thick enough to be used as a spread [more…]

Baked Dairy-Free Garlic Spread

If you like garlic this simple (two ingredients!) spread is a dairy-free delight. Smear the baked garlic on fresh French or Italian bread. Making this spread will make your house smell wonderful — although [more…]

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