Appetizer Recipes

Spicy Nut Snack


  • 2 tbsp. butter

  • 1 cup walnut halves

  • 1 cup almonds

  • 1 cup peanuts

  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tsp. thyme, chopped

  • 1 tsp. chili powder

  • ½ tsp. salt

  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Melt the butter in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the melted butter, thyme and mix in the nuts along with the Worcestershire sauce.

Spray the sheet pan and pour the nuts onto the pan, separating the pieces. Bake approximately 10-15 minutes until the nuts are golden brown.

Combine the seasonings and sprinkle over nuts mixing all together thoroughly. Let cool.

Serve with gherkin and olives, and enjoy!

Download the recipe here.

peach and cucumber salsa


  • 2 cups fresh peaches, peeled                      

    1 tbsp. fresh mint, chopped

  • 1 cup cucumbers, finely diced    

  • 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 3 tbsp. local honey                                           

  • ½ tsp. salt

  • 4 tbsp. red pepper, finely chopped            

  • ¼ tsp. fresh cracked pepper

  • 3 tbsp. red onion, finely chopped                  

  • Juice of 2 limes

  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 


On the stove, bring a pot of water to a boil. To peel the peaches, first cut an X on the bottom of the peach. Drop the peach into the boiling water for 30 seconds. To shock the peach, immediately put it into a separate bowl of ice water. Peel off the skin, remove the pit and dice the peach.

In a separate bowl, mix together the lime juice, honey, extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper. Whisk together until mixed. Then, add the onions, peppers, cucumbers, peaches, mint and cilantro.

Salsa should be mixed no more than 2 hours ahead of being served. It will last 24 hours but is best enjoyed when freshly made.

The salsa can be enjoyed over freshly grilled fish fillet, chicken breast, pork loin or with chips for dipping.

Download the recipe here.

Baked Tuscan Style Sweet Potato Fries


  • 2-3 medium sweet potatoes, washed with skin

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

  • ½ tsp. sea salt

  • ½ tsp. fresh cracked black pepper

  • ½ tsp. fresh chopped garlic

  • 1 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese

  • 1 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped


Wash the sweet potatoes with a brush to clean the skin. Then, cut lengthwise into long wedges and toss with the garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Place on a sheet pan with parchment paper. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the oven is preheated, bake the wedges for 15 minutes, turn with a spatula and place back in the oven for 5 to 10 more minutes, until they are lightly brown and tender.

Toss with the grated parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Enjoy!

Smoked Salmon, Cucumber, Watermelon & Dill Tea Sandwich

Serves 4 people


  • 4 oz. cream cheese

  • 4 oz. goat cheese

  • 2 tbsp. fresh dill, finely chopped

  • 1 seedless cucumber, sliced lengthwise

  • 4 slices of watermelon

  • ½ loaf whole wheat sandwich bread, 8 slices

  • ½ loaf white sandwich bread, 8 slices

  • 8 oz. smoked salmon

  • ½ red onion, minced - about ½ cup

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • salt and pepper to taste


Mix together the cream cheese, goat cheese and fresh dill. Add the lemon juice, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

Remove the crust from the sliced bread and gently flatten each slice of bread using a rolling pin. Take 4 slices of the flattened whole wheat bread and spread a quarter of the cheese mixture on each slice. Cover the slices with the sliced cucumber and top with the white bread.

Spread another quarter of the cream cheese mixture on the remaining slices of whole wheat bread. Divide the smoked salmon and onions evenly between the four sandwiches. Spread another quarter of the cream cheese mixture on the remaining white bread slices and place the cream cheese side down on top of the salmon side.

Cover the slices with the watermelon and spread the remaining cream cheese mixture across the slices and top with the remaining whole wheat bread. Slice each sandwich into 2 rectangles, plate them and enjoy!

Antipasto Skewers with Basil and Saba Drop

Serves 4 people


  • 8 pitted black olives

  • 8 pitted green olives

  • 8 cherry tomatoes

  • 8 slices of salami

  • 8 cooked cheese tortellini pieces

  • 16 leaves of basil

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • balsamic reduction/Saba

  • salt to taste

  • pepper to taste

  • 4 bamboo skewers


Fold the slices of salami and basil leaves into small triangles, and begin building onto the skewers. Decorate each skewer to your liking as you add the pieces of cheese, tomatoes, and olives. Each skewer should have two of each ingredient. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic reduction onto the antipasto skewers and sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. 

Fresh homemade salsa

Serves 10 people
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • large (3-4 lbs) tomatoes

  • ½ tsp. or red or white wine vinegar (substitute with cider or balsamic vinegar)

  • ½ small red onion, peeled

  • 2-3 small jalapeno peppers

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 tsp. coriander

  • large handful of cilantro

  • ½ lemon or lime, juiced

  • salt and pepper to taste


Chop tomatoes, onions, and jalapeno peppers. Add all ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until desired consistency. Serve in a bowl with chips and veggies, or top any Mexican dish.

Farmer's market fresh peach salsa


  • 3 medium/large ripe yellow peaches, pitted and diced

  • ¼ cup red pepper, diced

  • ¼ cup yellow pepper, diced

  • ½ cup red onion, diced

  • ½ cup vine ripened tomato, remove skin and seeds and finely dice

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, remove seeds, gills and finely dice (optional)

  • 2 tbsp. cilantro, roughly chopped

  • 1 tbsp. mint, roughly chopped

  • 1-2 limes, juice and zest

  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tbsp. chives, finely chopped

  • 2 tsp. honey (optional, can use sugar, Agave, maple syrup as alternatives)

  • ½ tsp. sea salt and a pinch of ground white pepper


Wash and dry all vegetables and fruit. Select peaches that are ripe, they should be soft but not mushy. Cut the peaches from the pits and be careful not to leave any seed behind, dice small. Next cut the peppers and remove any white gill part left behind, Julien and then dice into pieces. Cut the tomato the same way remove the outside flesh, and leave behind the core and seeds.  Chop the herbs small and fine dice the chives, combine ingredients into a medium sized mixing bowl and then add lime juice and zest, honey, salt, pepper and EVOO. 

This salsa is limitless, it works well with fish, chicken, pork, chips, cheeses and more. Enjoy!

Watermelon salsa

Yields two cups


  • 2 cups watermelon, seeded and coarsely chopped

  • 2 tbsp. onion, chopped

  • 3 tbsp. Anaheim chili, seeded and chopped

  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

  • ¼ tsp. garlic salt


In a serving bowl, mix together the watermelon, onion, and chili. Toss with balsamic vinegar and garlic salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. 

Basil pesto 


  • 4 cups packed fresh basil leaves

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • ½ cup pine nuts

  • 1 ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ cup freshly grated Romano cheese

  • Salt and pepper to taste


Wash and pat dry the basil. Add the basil, pine nuts, and garlic to the food processor. While pulsing, drizzle in olive oil. Once the oil has been incorporated, process until the mixture is smooth. Pour the basil mixture into a mixing bowl and stir in the cheeses.

Taste to check seasoning, then store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Grilled vegetables with balsamic vinaigrette


  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

  • ½ tsp. salt

  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper

  • 2 eggplants

  • 3 zucchinis

  • 2 green bell peppers

  • 1 large red onion

  • 2 large Portobello mushrooms


Mix olive oil, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Slice eggplants, zucchinis, bell peppers, mushrooms and onion. Toss in soy sauce marinade. Marinate for at least 1 hour. 

Grill vegetables on preheated grill brushing vegetables with marinade until done, approximately 15 minutes

Sweet potato fries


  • 2 sweet potatoes

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil, or as needed

  • 2 tbsp. minced fresh rosemary, or to taste

  • Sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Toss sweet potatoes, olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl until evenly coated. Arrange sweet potatoes on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

Pickled hot peppers

Recipe makes 10 cups


  • 1 ½ lbs. banana peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 1 lb. jalapeno peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • ¼ lb. Serrano peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 6 cups vinegar

  • 2 cups water

  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 onion, chopped


Place the banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, and Serrano peppers into a large pot. Add the vinegar, water, garlic, and onion. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Put peppers into sterile jars, and fill to the top with the liquid, leaving ¼ inch headspace. Tap jars on the counter to remove air bubbles. Place two piece lids on the jars.

Place jars in the rack of a large, canning pan, and fill with enough water to cover the jars completely. Bring to a boil, and boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Refrigerate jars after opening.

Cucumbers in yogurt with fresh dill

By Katherine Tallmadge, M.A., R.D.
Author, “Diet Simple 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations”


  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced (any seasonal cucumber will do)

  • 1 cup white wine vinegar

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tbsp. salt

  • 1 tbsp. sugar

  • 1 tbsp. fresh dill, chopped

  • ½ cup low fat or nonfat yogurt or Greek yogurt

  • 1 dash pepper


Mix water, vinegar and salt. Add cucumber slices and let sit for about an hour. Drain well. In clean bowl, mix together yogurt, dill, sugar and pepper. Mix cucumber slices in the yogurt mixture. Let sit in refrigerator for at least one hour to blend flavors. Will last several days in the refrigerator.

It’s especially delicious using locally grown, just picked cucumbers. It’s great served alongside smoked salmon, but also any spicy dish, such as an Indian Curry.

Baked Kale Chips 


  • 1 bunch of kale

  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil

  • Seasoning salt


Preheat oven to 350° degrees F. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper. Wash and clean kale. Remove stems and tear into bite size pieces. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.   

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the edges are brown, not burnt.