Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Fun Giveaway Below!!

From Daryl aka Avery: There's nothing better to cool the palate on a hot day than a refreshing salad. 

Barbecue doesn't always mean using the grill. Being comfortable is important at a barbecue. Don't want to cook? Set out cold foods: cold chicken,  fruit salad, and side dishes you pick up at the deli. Set out chips and sliced cheeses.  Make rainbow fruit kebabs, or skewer brownies and strawberries and marshmallows for dessert.

For some other great tips, check out Pinterest for ideas. Just type in the word barbecue. Here are a few I found that are truly helpful!

  • One woman put condiments and burger toppings in antique mason jars and then she arranged them in an antique Coca Cola crate. 
  • Another put cupcake holders upside down over glasses to keep out the bugs.
  • Another set out a tub of sunscreen and bug spray.
  • Set out a stack of books (I didn't see this on Pinterest - I'm making it up) so your guests have something to read if they aren't in the mood to chat. 
  • Have bubbles for the kids.

no matter what, have fun!

Asparagus and chicken salad with Buttermilk Dressing
Ala Food Network Magazine May 2016

For the Dressing
¼ cup fresh parsley
¼ up fresh tarragon (I substituted basil)
juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
¼ cup buttermilk
¼ cup mayonnaise (I used Best Foods)
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon each: kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

For the Salad
¼ cup sliced almonds (I did not use; I’m allergic)
8-10 stalks thick asparagus, bottom half peeled and ends trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 heads Bibb lettuce (I used Boston), chopped
1 large bunch watercress, tough stems trimmed (I used Arugula)
6 radishes, thinly sliced
8 ounces skinless boneless smoked chicken, diced (I cooked chicken thighs and did not smoke)
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
Fresh ground pepper

*I added avocado, 1 full, chopped

Make the dressing: pulse the parsley, tarragon (or basil) lemon juice, and mustard in a food processor to make a coarse paste Add the buttermilk, mayonnaise and olive oil; pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Make the salad: prepare a large bowl of salted ice water.

If desired, toast the almonds in a small dry skillet over low heat, about 4 minutes; transfer to a plate and let cool.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook until just tender, 4 minutes. Drain and transfer to the ice water; let cool. Drain again and pat dry; transfer to a large salad bowl.

Add the lettuce, watercress (or arugula), radishes, chicken, goat cheese, parsley, and half of the almonds. Drizzle with about half of the dressing.  Toss.  Sprinkle with the remaining toasted almonds and serve with the remaining dressing.

*I added avocado when adding the chicken and goat cheese.


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Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
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  1. Great salad recipe! My favorite cold food at a barbecue is sugar-free strawberry jello with homemade whipped cream (please don't judge me, haha).

  2. What a wonderful recipe, sounds perfect for a hot summer day. So looking forward to your new book!

    1. Speed Bump (what a cute name) - Great to see you here! Thanks. ~ Daryl

  3. Thanks for this great recipe...I never thought of combining asparagus and chicken together for a cold salad! Looking forward to the release of "Grilling the Subject". My favourite cold dish at a BBQ is classic potato salad. grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

  4. This looks really good. I have been making lots of salads since the weather has gotten so unrelentingly hot here!

    1. AGC ~ salads do make it easier to handle the heat. I agree. ~ Daryl

  5. That salad looks good. My favorite cold food at a BBQ is cucumber salad. No mayo to worry about and it's light.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

    1. Sandy, I like my cucumber salad with shredded sweet onions. ~ Daryl

  6. Thanks for the recipe it sounds and looks so good,
    Penney penneyw( at)

  7. Loved the recipe. So many ways to adapt it. Thanks for the giveaway & I can't wait for the new book.

    1. Howard, that's the fun thing about salad. You don't have to put in everything that the recipe says - except maybe the dressing. :) ~ Daryl

  8. You are so right about needing cool foods at a barbecue. It was 105 yesterday and supposed to be 104 today. We noticed that we couldn't even smell anything cooking like we usually can. This is a yummy recipe - anything with asparagus is always good. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Sally, that's amazing. So hot your senses were on overload. Sigh. My sister said it's 113 in Virginia!! ~ Daryl

  9. Macaroni salad is my favorite, but I love asparagus!!!

    1. Sara, I've been known to put small bits of asparagus in my macaroni salad. I now use a gluten-free elbow macaroni from Bionaturae or Ronzoni and they seem to hold up really well! ~ Daryl

  10. I really love a good salad and cold watermelon.

    1. Yvonne, there's nothing like cold watermelon. I prefer seedless, of course. ~ Daryl PS Those little mini watermelons are packed with flavor!

  11. I really love a good salad and cold watermelon.

  12. I love a really good homemade potato salad.

    1. Sue, I'm with you. I prefer an oil and vinegar dressing. My husband always liked the mayo kind. So sometimes I'd prep for the salad and then split the batch in two so we were both happy. :) ~ Daryl

  13. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. My favorite cold salad is a pasta salad, with cherry tomatoes, pepper and basil. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Traveler, that sounds lovely. Cherry tomatoes are so festive. ~ Daryl

  14. I love this recipe, we just made one that was very similar but made with green beans. My favorite cold food at a BBQ is any food I eat. I have two little kids so all my food is cold. My husband says pasta salad.

    1. Brittany, LOL! That's so true about kids. Got to get their plates ready and by that time, everything is cold. ~ Daryl

  15. Delectable recipe. I so enjoy orzo salad in the summer. Perfect with cut up cukes, tomatoes and cold salmon. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Petite, orzo salad is fun! Sounds great with salmon. ~ Daryl