The avocado is known as a "pear" in Jamaica, and has also been called "poor man's butter." Those grown on the island have a smoother, lighter skin than Hass avocados, but the texture and the flesh are similar. There, avocados are most often served peeled and sliced with a morning meal or a sweet snack. From the book "Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).
Quinoa is a super food that contains powerful health benefits; it's packed with protein, vitamins, and fiber. When paired with fresh vegetables, toasted nuts, and savory seasonings, it becomes the perfect salad for lunch or dinner (or any time of the day, really).
So much better than the stuff you can get at the deli counter, these recipes, made with olives, mozzarella, salami, basil, and other flavors that transport us to Italy, prove homemade is best. Make one of these tasty and filling Italian pasta salads for your next picnic, tailgate, or casual dinner.
Chewy farro -- an Italian whole grain -- is tossed with mixed greens in this colorful salad. It's flavored by two kinds of grapes that have been baked in a low oven to concentrate their sweetness and release their juices. The Concord grapes aren't seedless, but they make a beautiful garnish.