Square blue plate filled with Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad

Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad

Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad is a fun, fresh side dish that’s perfect for end-of-summer! I love August, because our gardens, farmer’s markets – even grocery stores – are overflowing with fresh, scrumptious produce. Juicy, vibrant red tomatoes are everywhere you turn. Bins are overflowing with large and small squash, both dark green (zucchini)… Read more »

Oval blue bowl filled with Elegant Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

Elegant Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

Elegant Wild Rice Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette is the quintessential scrumptious, colorful, make ahead side dish! Earthy wild rice is combined with tangy artichoke hearts, colorful peas, crunchy bell pepper, piquant green onions and juicy cherry tomatoes. This luscious mixture is then topped off with a sharp Parmesan Vinaigrette and toasted almonds. This Elegant Wild… Read more »

White bowl filled with Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing. Dressing is on the side

Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing

Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing is the perfect side dish to serve at your next barbecue, or to take to a summer pot luck! A few years ago, Robert and I spent two weeks in Greece, and we both loved the food – especially the flavorful, colorful salads and the nutty, creamy hummus…. Read more »

glass bowl filled with Curried Pea Salad with Bacon and Cashews

Curried Pea Salad with Bacon and Cashews

Mom’s super scrumptious Curried Pea Salad with Bacon and Cashews can be prepared ahead with either fresh or frozen green peas – and is mayonnaise and gluten-free! It’s that time of year when I start to think about making creative side dish salads that pair well with grilled or BBQ dishes. One of my favorites… Read more »

Grilled peach halves and sliced Mozzarella cheese on top of baby arugula salad

Grilled Peach and Fresh Mozzarella Salad

Grilled Peach and Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Salad is a fresh and colorful side dish that’s perfect to serve on warm summer days! Peaches are starting to come into season. And, peaches grown right here in Colorado are the BEST – so juicy and flavorful. There’s a reason the Obama White House always ordered up peaches… Read more »

Shaved carrots, radishes, avocado, feta chees and lemon basil vinaigrette

Carrot, Radish and Sweet Pea Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

Spring is here – time for colorful, flavorful salads like this Carrot, Radish and Sweet Pea Salad that is paired with a delicious Lemon Basil Vinaigrette.   Ingredients coming into season in the Spring are some of my favorites – especially carrots, radishes and sweet peas. Colorful, crunchy, and flavorful, they add depth and texture… Read more »

chopped-salad-apples-feta-pecans-recipe

Chopped Salad with Apples, Pecans and Feta Cheese

Fall is in the air – time for apples! I’m always looking for new ways to use them, especially raw because I love the juicy crunch they provide to a dish. That’s why I came up with this quick and easy recipe for Chopped Salad with Apple, Pecans and Feta Cheese. I have to admit,… Read more »

Roasted buttrnut squash and mushroom spinach salad in a glass bowl

Roasted Butternut Squash and Mushroom Spinach Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash and Mushroom Spinach Salad is a delicious,  and healthy fall or winter dish. This delicious and healthy fall or winter salad comprised of roasted butternut squash and mushrooms atop baby spinach and flavored with goat cheese and candied walnuts is excellent served with soup, roast chicken or pork. If you have friends… Read more »

Green platter filled with Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon

Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon

I love these Tomatoes Stuffed with Artichoke Hearts, Onions and Bacon – they are so fresh and full of flavor, and so easy to prepare! My mom often served stuffed tomatoes as part of a dinner party menu. When prepared properly, stuffed tomatoes are not only delicious they are also pretty on the plate, adding… Read more »

parchment paper filled with Roasted Fresh Tomatoes

Roasting Fresh Tomatoes

Delicious tomatoes in the dead of winter? Why, yes – roasting fresh ones is the key. Do you love fresh tomatoes in your salads, but are frustrated by the lack of flavor and bland color of out-of-season (or store-bought) tomatoes? Well, look no further! I have found that roasting Italian (or Roma or plum) tomatoes… Read more »

Lee Clayton Roper

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I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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