I had a terrific and by no means life-altering discovery this weekend — er, unless you’re me, and the concept of ‘having a life’ is an abstract one, at best — which was that my favorite dead-simple green bean and cherry tomato salad was even awesomer when made with (I hope you’re sitting down this, people) a mixture of green and yellow beans. Really!
And I know, why on earth would I bog you down with my most snooze-worthy discoveries? Because yesterday morning when I received a call asking if I’d like to be on Good Day New York today demonstrating some July 4th-worthy salads and sides, my first thought was, “ooh, I can make the prettiest green bean salad!” Followed, of course, by “wait, I have like three hours of free time today and no groceries a doctors appointment and zillion things to do and even more things to cook and I’m overdue for a haircut and my fingernails look like they’ve been through a paper shredder and not a single cute dress to wear and zomg I am not ready for my closeup!“, or you know, the usual neuroses. I said yes, of course. I am pretty sure that’s what you’re supposed to do when a morning show asks you to be a guest, not that my life has given me a lot of practice pondering such weighty conundrums.
Thus, if you’re coming here today because you saw Deb and her double-chins on Good Day New York this morning, welcome! Here’s what else I showed off today:
|Watermelon and Feta Salad with Chopped Vegetables||Not Your Mama’s Cole Slaw|
|Broccoli Slaw||Roseanne Cash’s Americana Potato Salad|
And here are ten additional recipes that I am certain will make you the hit of your July 4th bash, or heck, at least mine:
|Mediterranean Pepper Salad||Horseradish Potato Salad|
|Pesto Potato Salad with Green Beans||Black Bean Confetti Salad|
|Summer Panzanella||Grilled Shrimp Cocktail|
|Hoisin Barbecue Sauce||Gazpacho Salad|
|Blueberry Crumb Bars||Bourbon Peach Hand Pies|
And for those of you who didn’t get enough Smitten Kitchen video love last time, here’s this morning’s 150 seconds of fame (and lawsy, let’s hope I never make that face again):
Finally, stay tuned for the remainder of this week for more summery, bright foods — I just need to take a nap first, because as it turns out? Morning shows get started, like, really early in the morning. But when else do you get to watch Naughty By Nature sing Down With OPP before 9 a.m.? Obviously, totally worth it.
95 comments on slinging slaws + summer salads
Wow, I have hit the jackpot! I was asked to bring a couple of side dishes to a 4th of July bbq. You have just made my job so much easier. Well done on your TV appearance.
I LOVE green beans! I have to make this immediately! And you did great on the TV appearance. :)
Oh you did so great on TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So So Cute indeedy!
You’re beautiful! Me, pregnant, on the other hand? Not so much. There are approximately five preggo pictures of me in existence, and that’s only because I felt bad refusing my grandmother pictures of her first grandchild with child. But then, all of those pictures are better than the one of me after labor, stuffing my face with hospital grilled cheese and fries. (No wonder his dad left me…)
Oh, and hooray for beans and blueberry crumb bars. I made those last year, and ended up eating them for breakfast. Cause you know, there’s fruit in them…
I actually saw this and I was soo surprised! It made my morning. And I love all of the salads. They’re not boring, which is something that I love about salads- they don’t have boring ‘ol lettuce.
Naughty By Nature is still singing Down With OPP? Who Knew? I think you are fabulous! I’m so gonna make the blueberry crumb bars as soon as I can get my hands on some berries. Thank you for the wonderful reading and viewing!
I love the colors of these dishes!!!
Oh please! You’re cute as a button! And your salads don’t look half bad either. Can’t wait to try the mixed green bean salad,as I’ve never tried anything like that before. And you know when I say “Green bean salad” I really mean “bourbon peach hand pies”, right? Dang but those look good.
You were so totally sweet in the face of awkward blathering. And, you were very calm and charming. Excellently done!
Congratulations on the TV appearance! You looked and sounded great. I wouldn’t be surprised if Food Network came calling next! Happy 4th!
I love the blueberry crumb bars – I was just craving them the other day. You were wonderful on TV – next stop, Food Network!
You did great! Super cute!
The broccoli slaw is on my To Do List, I hope to get to it soon – it’s right up my alley!
Congrats on the TV coverage!
Hey there pretty lady! You look fantastic in your appearance as do all of those gorgeous salads! The season’s picked up great here and i’ve got 2 plants of cherry tomatoes growing in the yard, so here come the green beans and tomato salad! Have a wonderful time prepping up for the 4th of July. We had a great day celebrating Canada Day here up north ;)
Deb – Great job!! I am amazed by your ability to keep cool and focused with the newscasters jumping all over the place. You did a great job and you looked wonderful:) It’s very exciting to see all of these wonderful opportunities for you – you deserve them all! Have a great holiday!
Love seeing the clip on Fox. You are going big time now! Love it!
Love the colors of the green-yellow-bean tomato salad! And just wanted to say that you looked fabulous on the show!
Deb – what is wrong with the anchor? He said you are 8 months pregnant!! Don’t listen to him. You look fantastic!
You looked great and were far more interesting and entertaining than the hosts!!!!
I’ve already copied the blackbean confetti salad recipe as well as your pickled slaw a couple of weeks ago. The coin toss chose the pickled slaw and it was delicious and so CRISP. I’ll make the confetti salad this weekend. Thanks for putting them all up for us, Deb.
You did a great job on the show and didn’t miss a beat when the host offered that you were 8 mos pregnant. You roll well!
what a great collection of slaws and salads.. Potato salad is always asociated with summer, so we actually just made some Peruvian style called Causa with Peruvian yellow tomatoes, yellow chiles (aji amarilllo) and mince crab.
Congrats! So fun!
all the amazing colors of summer! i love making black bean confetti salad. you can put just about anything in there! i have to try your little peach pockets. they’re adorable.
Congrats. You looked totally cute and the salads are lovely.
You’re such a rockstar! Very awesome segment – I love that it was devoted to summer slaw and salads; some of my favorite things to make in the world. And that green bean salad looks so bright and vibrant with color and flavor. I am craving some time to put together sides for our weekend porch picnicking now.
Great job! You are absolutely adorable.
You are so frickin cool. Way to deliver with grace and charm even if the news anchor guy was, shall we say, lacking? Oh – and you’re beautiful so quit with the self deprecation alright?!
Thanks, people. You’re very sweet, going easy on my double-chins and stuff. :)
About the 8 months thing! It wasn’t, uh, actually the anchor’s error. It was mine. I apparently can’t count at 7 a.m. with no coffee in my system — shocking! They said beforehand “so you’re 6 months pregnant” and I said “almost 8!” because apparently in some tangled part of my brain 28 weeks = 8 months. I believe I was thinking “I’m going into my eighth month” but it didn’t make much sense when I said it. Or now, really.
Amazing job on the tv spot – how fun!! All the recipes look great too.
Stunning bright and summery salads…
love your TV spot.
Very lovely and colorful selection of recipes – thanks! And you looked perfect and did fantastic on your tv appearance. You were a natural and if you were at all nervous it didn’t show a bit!
You’re adorable. End of story. :)
From someone who pieced together a living out of TV hosting for some time but then went into hiding as soon as the second trimester hit, I applaud you. You couldn’t have wooed me in front of a camera with anything, not even a family-sized bag of Twizzlers, which was my main source of fuel.
Delicious dishes, and well done!
Deb, you look very well (should I say this?) for a six month pregnant. I am so glad to see that I was not the only one carrying all of the weight in my belly (people always used to ask me if I was about due when I was just 6 or 7 months pregnant). You are camera shy,so cute, but you did a good job. Congratulations.
You were great! I’d no idea you’re so far along in your pregnancy. I had a mental image of it being like 3 months. Seven months right? 28 weeks? I’ve no idea why everyone thinks it takes 9 months to birth a baby. It’s 40 weeks and I count that as 10 months. Right? Right. And you look beautiful. We all seem to see our flaws magnified. No one else does. Weird, huh. You have the sweetest heart shaped face. Perfect hair-cut — it suits you.
Great job Deb! You look radiant! Super summer recipes- you’re the best! Keep doing what you’re doing!
Was looking for some lite summer side dishes. Thanks so much! ps – Your photos really induce quite the appetite!
Congrats on your TV appearance! I would rather watch you than just about any of the cheftestants on the Next Food Network Star.
I have been on a SK recipe making frenzy this week! Tonight was the pepper salad, and in the last week I made the horseradish potato salad (twice – yum!), summer panzanella (absolutely awesome), and the blueberry bars (I don’t even want to talk about how many of these I have eaten). I made the broccoli slaw (and the cauliflower variation that you suggested) when you first published the recipe, and I loved it.
Thanks for the fantastic recipes!
Oh my gosh, everything looks so damn (pardon my vocab) good! The colours of summer will shine through in every single dish. I could eat this for a week .. maybe more!
You are awesome! These recipes are all making me drool and it was so much fun to see you in action on TV!
Great performance on the telly! And as always, great recipes!
I’m totally going to try the green bean and cherry tomato salad with green and yellow beans! It’s winter here in Sydney but you’re making me crave summer – Such a good collection of recipes – bright and gorgeous! Thanks Deb!
Wonderful job Deb! I am sure I will be cooking this soon soon soon.
So glad things seem to be going well for you!! The pictures of your food are totally amazing!! I’m drooling all over my keyboard! Keep up the great work!! Enjoy these last few months of pregnancy…they go by fast. :-)
Perfect timing! I am on vacation next week and can make all these recipes… or at least try. Your site is awesome and very inspirational.
Wow! that’s for you – as awesome & peppy on camera as on your Blog! as always, the pictures leap off the webpage into the stomach!!
Tho I wish these guys spoke less & allowed you to do more of the doing & talking!
Here’s to a safe and easy delivery! :)
Great photo, and great salads for the summer :)
Ok, when are you starting your own cooking show, Deb?! You looked great up there – composed & calm… you’re a natural. All of the recipes look and sound incredibly yummy and perfect for this weekend’s celebration.
Wonderful job Deb! And to have all these dishes so together, when they called you what, the day before? I would have freaked, running around like a madman, and would have had sudden bouts of indecisiveness. You picked some wonderful dishes that I’m definitely going to have to try for this weekend! and you look great as well, by the way. Happy 4th!
Hi Deb! I thought you looked amazing and were really poised for that hour of the morning! Your food looked pretty great as well. Nice job!
You are so lovely!
And cook like the Gods!!
nice job deb!
and it’s great to have all of these salads on one page to scan through all summer as our gardens, and farmer’s markets are overflowing!
You are so cute, Deb! And you did an awesome job! It’s 10pm in China (where I’m living now) and I just wanna make a coleslaw and eat it right now =)!
How fun! I thought I had my Fourth of July menu finalized and then I started oohing and aahing over all these salad/slaw pics. What’s a girl to do?? I was gonna make a cole slaw out of my Nordstrom’s cookbook that has white cheddar cheese in it, but maybe I should make the Roseanne Cash or Horseradish potato salad too. Oh dear, you have created quite the problem with me this morning. I was trying to keep it simple. :)
Great job! Thanks for posting the video clip for us to see.
WOW – this segment looks great. Too bad I missed it live.
Wonderful job! You were positively glowing and the dishes sounded so much more exciting then the typical TV holiday recipe fare! Adding blue cheese is brilliant. I normally hate slaws but that could really change my mind.
Your green bean and tomato recipe has become one of my all-time summer favorites!! I have made it dozens of times and people always rave. I like to “marinate” the tomatoes for a few hours at room temp – really brings out the flavor. Sometimes I add cheese, like feta or cubed smoked mozzarella. I have even tossed the marinated tomatoes with pasta and fresh basil for a yummy summer pasta salad. PS I usually use shallots but in the pic above looks like you used red onion – nice idea for color!
Nice TV appearance. I just want to say two things, neither of which are about salads…
(1) I made your blueberry crumb bars last year, but with a mixture of blueberries and fresh apricots pitted and chopped roughly. O. M. G. Try it.
(2) Last night my husband and I finally opened a jar of the sugar snap peas I pickled per your suggestion like, THREE WEEKS AGO! (The trick is putting them way back in the depths of the fridge so you’re not reminded of them every time you open the thing.) Anyway, they were super-pickly and really spectacular!
Thanks, and happy 4th!
You did a stellar job on TV!!! And of course, your salads look amazing!
You are amazing, great job! I love your “voice” in your writing and now I love you just as much on TV.
I am so impressed with all of the recipes and with the tv appearance! Congratulations and you looked gorgeous!
Everything is just so colorful and gorgeous! Great job on your appearance!
you and your salads rock!
Nonsense – you look beautiful!! TV appearances can be nerve-racking and awkward but you pulled it off with such sass; you really did look very professional. I think the viewers will be very excited to try your recipes! I hope they ask you back for another cooking feature in the future!
Congrats on your appearance! You look fab!
I think I’ll have to crib your hand pies as one of the desserts while my inlaws are visiting. It’s either that or I am making pierogi one of these nights (if I can find the time).
You looked great on TV. I’ve made the blueberry crumb bars many times to rave reviews and plan to make them + one of the slaws for the 4th. I just can’t decide which one to make.
It looks so summery!
I had dinner recently at How To Cook A Wolf in Seattle and had the most wonderful salad. I dream of it still!
It was a baby carrot salad with potato and radish with a mint pesto dressing. It was lovely!
I just saw it-you did great!
well done :)
6am is early enough for me and I’m not even pregnant so I sympathise with the early start!
I was wishing the 2 of them would just shut up and let you get on with it….please post any more TV appearances for those of us not in the US.
You did great! My family will be on vacation next week, I’ll bring along some of these recipe ideas :)
Thanks for posting the clip! Loved it! Gosh, you are a natural in front of the camera. As for saying you were 8 months preggers, that’s what I call ‘baby brain’. That term comes in very handy for any future goofs!
Congratulations on the appearance! And lol about the 8 months mix-up. I do things like that all the time when I’m affected by placenta brain. ;) You’re not alone!!
So many salads!!!!!
Have you tried kholrabi????? Do try it.
You looked lovely on the TV appearance! Glowing even. :-p Six months, eight months, it’s all relative.
The blueberry crumb bars? Exactly what I was looking for to round out my Fourth of July potluck contributions.
Oh my gosh, I am so far behind! I’ve made the horseradish potato salad (excellent), the cherry clafoutis and chocolate yogurt snack cakes and was going to make cherry brown butter bars today. And the quick zucchini saute for dinner. Must now get blueberries and broccoli. Deb, you look wonderful and so comfortable on TV! I would have been a blithering fool.
lovely lovely lovely. i’ve never been let down by one of your recipes before. and you’re kind of my go-to, so i’ve made a lot. thanks!
ps. i’m down with opp
Congratulations! All of these recipes looks so summery and delicious, I can’t decide which one(s) to try first!
You were cuuuuuuute and I’d rather watch you than those newspeeps anytime :p salads look gorgeous.
Thanks for the awesome salad round-up. I love everything I’ve tried from your blog :D
great job; even with the dorky TV people….maybe I should not have said that. I got so many of your recipes to still try out. How could you come up with more that I need to make!! Fortunately I’m in Canada and our holiday was yesterday, so I don’t have to go into panic mode to make something by Sat. Will do the salads leisurely over the rest of the summer. Though I may have to make the broccoli slaw soon…like tonight.
I just HAD to try the green bean salad tonight, when I saw it at 430 this morning. You certainly do make a nice perk me up, when I can’t sleep! *Laughs* The tomatoes are marinating on my counter as I wait for my spinach quiche to cool. (Another SK fave, I make it at least once a month!)
Thanks for once again saving dinner. Lately it’s been a challenge to come up with something tempting. I’ve found the cure is the ‘surprise me’ button if you don’t have a new recipe posted.
And the TV segment was well done! You looked wonderful, so ignore all the little inner nigglings about all the imperfections only you can convince yourself of. None were apparent to the rest of us. Just a well put together, fun cooking gal!
Cool salads and handpie-I want one now, great pictures and great appearance….how early and you’re up? Is there a law that GoodDay hosts are gooberish? I just thought here in Texas. Hmm. Have a wonderful 4th. And yes you will lose brain cells from now on but you will get what I call Mommymagic as a replacement.
You did a really great job on TV. You didn’t seem nervous in the least and made the sides all seem easy and fun. KUDOS!
Awwwww you are so cute!!!! Great job on the show.
awww….look at your bebe! so sweet! loved the cole slaw recipe…cole slaw is SO the ugly step-child of salads but i love them!
Deb, i have lost a dear recipe for slaw i got fifteen years ago from a great deli/restaurant in a florida panhandle beach town, and haven’t been able to find it online either. ingredients included orzo, cabbage, and pine nuts. they served it with fish sandwiches and it was fab. any ideas?
Great job on the AM show, even with the silly hosts! Love you blog (thank you PW) and you are often the source of my dinner inspiration.
Deb, you are officially my hero. I am doing a CSA (community supported agriculture) thing and I get a BIG box of produce every week. And right now I am just AWASH in all the things you posted here. So for the Independence day picnic I was invited to, I brought your cole slaw and your green bean and cherry tomato salad -and both were a hit! So you not only helped me use up some of the mounds of fresh produce I have, with new creative inspiration, but helped me wow the family at the picnic with my culinary prowess. And for that Deb, I adore you. Plus, you were adorable on the show. But those newscasters will never appreciate you as much as us, your blog fans, do. Thanks so much!
I made the broccoli slaw and blueberry crumb bars for my 4th of July BBQ, and everyone was raving about them. The broccoli slaw in particular was very much loved, and it’s unusual to have people singing praises about broccoli! Thanks for the fantastic recipes.
You looked great on t.v.! I tried your broccoli slaw recently and it was so
delicious. I didn’t have dried cranberries on hand, so substituted dried cherries.
I will be trying your green (and yellow) bean and cherry tomato salad as soon as the produce is ready in my garden. I can’t wait!
“I LOVE tongs!” Sorry, that cracked me up. It was lovely to actually see who inspires me to steal so many recipes.
Wow! How fun for you! You did a terrific job!
I love your first salad with the beans and tomatoes! It’s just so fresh and lovely.
Your photos are beautiful and recipes are a cosmos of surprises and delights! I enjoy following your creations :) Thank you for all your inspiration and co-creative spirit.