Pesto Salmon

Bright green basil pesto is a natural fit with baked fish! This pesto salmon is an easy weeknight meal that also works to impress guests.

Pesto salmon

Ready for the perfect zingy sauce to add life to baked salmon? Try this pesto salmon! Bright green pesto goes hand in hand with tender baked fish to make a stunning dinner. Because really: what isn’t better with a little pesto on top? It’s mid-summer here and we’re making all the pesto with our overactive basil plant. The savory, garlicky sauce makes the flaky fish pop: you’ll already be taking your second bite before finishing the first. It’s easy enough for a weeknight, but impressive enough to serve to guests. This one went over very well in our house. Here’s what to know!

Use homemade pesto if you can…but purchased works

This pesto salmon is best with…you guessed it, homemade pesto! Now, we know it’s not always that you have access to loads of fresh basil. But the flavor of freshly made basil pesto is so good, you’ll want to make it if at all possible. Here are a few things to know:

  • Make a half recipe of our basil pesto. This way, you don’t need as much basil: just 1 cup of basil leaves.
  • You can use cashews or walnuts. Traditional pesto is made with pine nuts, but they can be expensive or hard to find. Using other nuts works too! Our favorite is cashew pesto, or try this walnut pesto.
  • Or, find the best quality purchased brand. Here’s the thing about storebought pesto: the quality varies widely. Some pestos taste flat and dull, some are overly salty. So experiment until you find one you love!

Tip for baked pesto salmon: brine it first!

Here’s a little trick we’ve used to great success. Brine your salmon before baking! What’s brining? Brining is letting your salmon sit in a brine solution before baking. This makes for perfectly moist salmon, and it helps the salmon come to room temperature which makes it cook more evenly. It also cuts down on the white stuff (see below). Even better: it doesn’t take any extra time! You can do it while the oven preheats. Here’s how to brine salmon:

  • Mix up a salt water solution. In a large dish, stir 4 cups of water with 3 tablespoons salt to make a salt water solution.
  • Place the fish in the water for 15 minutes. You can do this in the time it takes to preheat your oven: so there’s no time lost!

What’s the white stuff on cooked salmon?

What’s that gooey white stuff that sometimes appears on the surface of the fish after it’s cooked? Good news: it’s perfectly normal! The white stuff is coagulated protein that seeps to the surface while baking, called albumin. The amount of albumin varies greatly depending on the fish, so it’s not something you can control. (Read more here.) It’s safe to eat, but it does look less than appetizing on top of a beautiful fillet. Here are a few ways to reduce the albumin when you cook salmon:

  • Cook it at a lower temperature to cook it more gently (325 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Brine the salmon in a salt and water solution before baking
Pesto salmon

How to garnish pesto salmon

The presentation is the fun part, right? This pesto salmon looks just lovely on a plate. Here’s what to know about the presentation:

  • Add the pesto after baking. This keeps it beautifully moist and bright green.
  • Add chopped and toasted pine nuts as a garnish. These look lovely, and they have a unique flavor. Make sure to toast the pine nuts before using them: it accentuates the flavor in a way where you’ll taste the difference.
  • Lemon zest adds brightness. Zest helps brighten the flavors; you’ll already have a lemon onhand if you make homemade pesto. If using storebought pesto, it can be a nice way to revive the flavors.

Buying sustainable salmon

Want to buy the most sustainable fish you can? Here are a few pointers when you’re looking at salmon at the grocery store:

  • Look for wild-caught fish if possible. Wild-caught fish is more sustainable than farmed.
  • Find US caught (if you’re in the US). 90% of the seafood we eat in the US is imported. Imported seafood runs the risk of being overfished, caught under unfair labor practices, or farmed in environmentally harmful ways.
Pesto salmon

Sides to serve with pesto salmon

This pesto salmon makes an easy, healthy dinner recipe: great for weeknights in and when you’re entertaining guests! How to make it into a meal? Because you’ll have the oven occupied for the salmon, here are a few ideas for side dishes that are oven-free:

  • Easy Salads: Easy Arugula Salad, Spinach Apple Salad, Tomato Basil Salad
  • Fancier Salads: Fennel Orange Salad, Simple Citrus Salad, Broccolini Salad
  • Sauteed Veggies: Sauteed Zucchini, Sauteed Cabbage, Sauteed Rainbow Chard, Best Sauteed Mushrooms, Sauteed Kale
  • Legumes or grains: Easy Cannellini Beans, Pesto Quinoa, Farro with Mushrooms, Easy Farro

This pesto recipe is…

Gluten-free and pescatarian. For dairy free, use Vegan Pesto.



Bright green basil pesto is a natural fit with baked fish! This pesto salmon is an easy weeknight meal that also works to impress guests.



  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets or a large 1 1/2 pound fillet, wild caught if possible
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for brining
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons basil pesto (homemade preferable)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted and chopped pine nuts
  • A few grates of lemon zest, for garnish

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Brine the salmon: While the oven preheats, in a shallow dish stir together 4 cups room temperature water and 3 tablespoons kosher salt until it dissolves. Place the salmon in the water and wait for 15 minutes (this should be about the time it takes to preheat).
  3. Bake: Rub the bottom of a baking dish with olive oil. Pat each piece of salmon dry and place it on the pan. Sprinkle the salmon with 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt for each of the 4 fillets and fresh ground pepper. Cover pan with foil and bake the salmon for 10 minutes. Then remove the foil bake again for 3 to 6 minutes, depending on thickness, until just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit in the center). A 1-inch thick fillet should cook in about 15 minutes total.
  4. Serve: When the salmon is done, spoon the pesto over the salmon. Sprinkle it with chopped pine nuts and if desired, a bit of lemon zest. Serve immediately. (Leftovers can be stored refrigerated for 3 to 4 days.)

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Seafood

More recipes with pesto

Got lots of basil? Let’s make everything pesto! Here are some of our favorite meals starring this bright green sauce:

  • Pesto Spaghetti or Pesto Cavatappi The trick to getting the creamiest pesto pasta evenly covered in silky sauce! Make it with homemade or purchased basil pesto for a fast dinner.
  • Shrimp Pesto Pasta An impressively fast and easy dinner recipe! Cover the noodles in glistening green basil pesto for a meal that pleases everyone.
  • Pesto Cream Sauce This 5-minute pesto cream sauce is genius: just simmer pesto and cream until a thick sauce forms!
  • Easy Pesto Shrimp A dinnertime win! Savory basil pesto is a natural pairing with juicy shrimp; serve with pasta or rice for an easy dinner idea.
  • Pesto Aioli Full of incredible basil and Parmesan flavor! Use it for dipping fries or to slather on a burger or sandwich.

Easy Cannellini Beans

Make cannellini beans into a tasty side dish with this easy recipe! It’s packed with Mediterranean flavor and plant-based protein.

Cannellini Beans

Here’s an easy recipe that all cooks should know: 5 minute cannellini beans! It’s a lifesaver for weeknight cooking, or the perfect solution for adding plant-based protein to a meal. You’ll be amazed at the flavor you can coax out of one can of beans in just a few minutes. Throw it together in a skillet with a few spices and it tastes like it’s been simmering all day. Here’s how to make a can of beans into a legit delicious healthy side dish (or dinner).

Ingredients for these easy cannellini beans

The magic of this cannelini beans recipe comes from infusing flavor into a can of beans. Of course, you can cook your own on the stovetop. (Follow the instructions in White Beans on Toast.) But this recipe is designed to be a quick and simple fix for weeknights: where you barely have to think. Here’s what you need for this recipe:

  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • Olive oil
  • Herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning (see below)
  • Chives
  • Salt & pepper
Cannellini Beans

Two great seasoning blends (purchased or homemade)

There are two different seasoning blends that perfectly compliment the buttery, creamy flavor of cannellini beans. One is used in French cuisine, and one in Italian. Both are easy to find at most grocery stores.

  • Herbes de Provence: This blend is a group of herbs that grow in the Provence region in France, like savory, marjoram, rosemary, lavender, and thyme. It adds a herby flavor with a subtle floral nuance that’s incredibly unique. If you can’t find it, use Italian seasoning or try homemade herbes de Provence.
  • Italian Seasoning: Italian seasoning has a similar vibe but it’s made with common Italian herbs. It’s a blend of oregano, basil, thyme, sage and rosemary. It’s easy to find at grocery stores, but you can also make homemade Italian seasoning.
How to make Cannellini Beans

How to make 5-minute cannellini beans

There’s really no technique required to this cannellini beans recipe: it’s all about the flavorings! Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Drain and rinse the canned beans. This is standard for using canned beans in recipes.
  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet.
  • Add the beans and seasonings, and cook about 2 minutes until heated. Fresh chives add big fresh flavor to this recipe and a beautiful bright green color. If you don’t have them on hand, use a pinch of onion powder.

Take one taste and you’ll be amazed by the amount of flavor that can be coaxed out of a simple can of beans and 5 minutes. Take this concept and use it when you’re hangry and need a healthy, protein packed snack or side dish.

Ways to serve this cannellini beans recipe

Another thing we love about this cannellini beans recipe is that it’s incredibly versatile. It works as a side dish, hearty snack or even a healthy plant-based dinner. Here are a few ways to serve it:

  • Perfect with pasta. It’s hard to find a filling vegetarian or vegan side dish for pasta. This one goes perfectly with Baked Rigatoni Pasta, White Sauce Pasta, Roasted Cauliflower Pasta, Vegan Pasta Primavera, Roasted Eggplant Pasta, and Pasta with White Wine Sauce.
  • Great with seafood. It’s also great with fish or shellfish, like Salmon with Capers or Perfect Grilled Salmon, Pan Fried Cod, or Broiled Shrimp.
  • Make a fast bowl meal. This is what we do for quick weeknight dinners. Throw it in a bowl with other raw or cooked veggies, scrambled tofu, leftover rice or quinoa, etc.
Easy cannellini beans recipe

What are cannellini beans, anyway?

Cannellini beans are an Italian white bean that’s oval shaped, with a creamy texture and mild flavor. They’re one of the easiest white beans to find canned at the grocery, along with Great Northern beans. What’s the difference between cannellini and Great Northern beans? Cannellini are larger, with a creamier color; Great Northern are smaller and whiter.

Not sure how to say cannellini? Say Can-a-leen-ee.

Why to eat more beans

Beans are one of the best foods you can eat: especially if you eat a vegetarian or vegan diet! They’re full of plant-based protein, very shelf stable, and easy to make in delicious recipes. And…there are lots more reasons! Here’s why to eat more beans (per the bean cookbook Cool Beans that we reviewed here):

  • They’re the cheapest source of protein in the world. They’re the only food that’s both categorized as a protein and vegetable by the USDA.
  • They’ve may help you live longer: the list of health benefits if beans is long: they’re nutrient-dense, rich in cancer fighting antioxidants and hearty-healthy fiber. Guess the common element in Blue Zone diet countries where people live the longest in the world? They all eat 1 cup of beans per day.
  • They’re planet-friendly. Beans may be key to feeding the Earth’s growing population: they take less of a toll on the climate than animal proteins.
Cannellini Beans

This recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.


  • 15-ounce can cannellini beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence (or Italian seasoning)
  • 3 chives or 1 pinch onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. Drain and rinse the beans.
  2. Heat the olive oil over medium-low heat in a small skillet. Add the beans, Herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning, chives or onion powder, salt, and fresh ground pepper. Heat until just warm, about 2 minutes.Youcan read Full Here :

Egg Salad Sandwich


This really is the best egg salad sandwich! The basic recipe is creamy, savory, and full of fresh herbs for an insane amount of flavor.

Egg salad

Everyone needs solid basic recipes for kitchen standards. And here’s one we think will become part of your repertoire: the perfect Egg Salad Sandwich! It’s the best kind of basic. This is a sandwich you can sink your teeth into, that tastes like an elevated version of what you’re used to. It’s fresh and healthy, not the mayo-laden kind you can find at the store. Another secret? It’s stuffed with fresh herbs, to give you a beautiful pop of flavor. The moment we tried the first bite, looked at each other and said, “Wow!” You’re going to want to try this: stat.

Ingredients for the best egg salad sandwich

There are lots of spins on ye old egg salad sandwich. Your grandma probably has her own family favorite recipe! This one is new and improved, with a few little tricks to modernize it and infuse the freshest of flavors. Over here we tinkered with this recipe quite a while to get it just right. The ingredients for an egg salad sandwich are:

  • Eggs
  • Greek yogurt
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Green onion
  • Fresh dill or basil

Here’s a little more about why this combo works…

Egg salad

Yogurt + mayo makes it light and fresh!

Here’s a trick we use in traditionally mayo-based recipes from the 1950’s to lighten them up. Instead of straight mayo, we use mayo and Greek yogurt! Here’s why it works:

  • Mayo lends a savory richness, but using all mayo can feel too heavy.
  • Greek yogurt cuts back the calories and keeps it light and healthy, while adding a tangy flavor and a creaminess.

This winning combination is the secret behind our Ultimate Tuna Salad Sandwich! It also works great in creamy dressings: try our Homemade Ranch Dressing or Caesar Dressing.

Egg salad

Fresh herbs are key

The other trick to the best egg salad sandwich is using fresh herbs! If you know us, you know our mantra: Fresh herbs are the best way to infuse flavor into your cooking without adding calories. Herbs bring the best nuance and pop of flavor! Here’s a bit about what herbs go well in egg salad:

  • Dill: Use fresh dill for a classic flavor. Dill is often used in egg salad and it brings a delicate herby flavor.
  • Basil: This is our favorite unique variation! Basil egg salad has the best fresh flavor with the peppery pop of bright green basil.
  • Chives: Chives are another natural pair with egg salad. Because this recipe also uses green onion, they’re not as necessary: but they also bring great flavor if you have them on hand.
Hard boiled eggs

Master method: how to hard boil eggs

This egg salad sandwich requires a kitchen mastery skill: how to hard boil eggs! This is a skill that we didn’t learn until later in life. So we know not everyone knows how to do it like the back of their hand! Here’s the method we used:

  • Bring water to a boil: Cover the eggs with 1 inch water in a saucepan and bring the water to a boil.
  • Turn off and stand for 15 minutes. Right when it comes to a boil, turn off the water and let the eggs sit in the water for 15 minutes.
  • Remove to a bowl of ice water and cool. Then immediately transfer the eggs to a bath of ice water. Wait until they’re cool enough to peel.

You can make up a large batch of hard boiled eggs and store them for 1 week refrigerated. It’s best to keep the eggs still in their shell, which keeps them the freshest. We’d suggest boiling them in advance and then making the egg salad right before you make it, because…

Egg salad sandwich

How long can you store egg salad?

Here’s the thing: egg salad tastes best when it’s made fresh. But you can store it: egg salad lasts for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. The flavors can dull after refrigeration, so when you serve leftovers, let it come to room temperature and take a taste. Add a pinch of salt and another squeeze of Dijon mustard to taste to revive the flavors.

Make an egg salad sandwich into a healthy meal!

This egg salad sandwich is clutch for a fast and easy dinner recipe or a healthy lunch! Especially if you boil up the eggs in advance, this sandwich comes together in a snap. How to make this into a healthy meal in a rush? Here are some of our favorite non-recipe sides that take no time at all:

Egg salad sandwich

What can I use instead of bread for egg salad?

There are lots of options instead of bread for egg salad! If you eat a gluten free diet or are just looking to mix things up, here are some options:

  • Lettuce wrap: Serve it rolled up into butter lettuce leaves.
  • Stuff in an avocado: A ripe avocado makes for an out-of the box serving vessel.
  • Crackers: Gluten free crackers work well for serving: use your favorite brand or homemade almond crackers.

Variations on egg salad sandwich

There are lots of variations on egg salad! Here are some of our favorites, including a vegan variation:

  • Easy Chickpea Salad Sandwich A fan favorite! This chickpea salad sandwich is a plant based way to get your egg salad fix.
  • Tuna Salad with Egg Combine egg salad with tuna salad in this ultra-filling, protein packed creamy sandwich.
  • Curry Egg Salad Add 1 teaspoon curry powder for a flavorful variation.

This egg salad sandwich recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use the gluten-free serving options listed above.



This really is the best egg salad sandwich! The basic recipe is creamy, savory, and full of fresh herbs for an insane amount of flavor.



  • 8 eggs
  • 1 green onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (or basil)
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt*
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 slices of bread
  • For the toppings: lettuce, red onion, tomato, etc

  1. Hard boil the eggs, according to Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs or Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs.
  2. When the eggs are cooked and cooled, peel them and chop them roughly.
  3. Thinly slice the green onions. Chop the fresh dill or basil.
  4. In a bowl, stir together all ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. (Tastes best freshly made. You can also refrigerate for up to 3 to 5 days; after refrigerating taste and add a little salt and/or mustard to refresh the flavors.)
  5. If desired, toast the bread. Place the egg salad on the bread and top with lettuce, red onion, and any other toppings desired.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Egg salad sandwich

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Epic Fish Tacos

Here’s how to make the tastiest fish tacos around! Bake the fish with a dry rub of spices, then top it with tangy slaw and creamy sauce.

Fish tacos

Tacos are always a win over here, so might we introduce you to our new favorite? These baked fish tacos! We eat a mostly plant-based diet, with room for seafood occasionally (basically the Mediterranean diet). And my, are tacos the best treat! You’ll bake the white fish until it’s flaky with a dry rub of spices: no breading or frying necessary. Then top it with a quick and simple tangy slaw, and a creamy fish taco sauce. They’re delicious, easy to make and a total crowd pleaser that works for weeknights or dinner parties. Here’s what you need to know!

What fish to use for fish tacos

You can use any type of white fish for these healthy fish tacos! Here are some of the types of fish that are easiest to find and result in the best tacos:

  • Tilapia: has a great mild flavor and buttery texture
  • Cod: the flavor here is even milder! Cod is a very neutral-flavored fish and a great choice (it’s surprisingly tasty: also try grilled cod or pan fried cod)
  • Mahi mahi: if you can’t find the first two, mahi mahi also works: it has a richer, meatier flavor

Other great choices? Snapper, grouper or halibut. Above all, try to find wild caught fish if you can. It’s more sustainable and higher quality than farmed fish.

Fish taco seasoning

Ingredients in fish taco seasoning

What makes the flavor in these easy fish tacos? The dry rub for the fish taco seasoning! You can make up a big batch of this seasoning in advance and keep it around for taco time (it keeps for about 1 year). Or just mix up what you need day of, which is what we normally do.

Here’s the cool thing: you’ll use it as a dry rub on the fish. There’s no breading and no oil! Just pat the spices on and bake for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit! The spices form a beautiful crust that’s full of zesty flavor. Here’s what’s in fish taco seasoning:

  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder

Smoked paprika is a Spanish version of paprika that infuses a hint of smokiness into each bite. If you can’t find it, use sweet paprika. If you buy a jar, use it up with these Best Smoked Paprika Recipes.

Fish taco seasoning

How to make the quickest taco slaw: tips!

One thing that’s essential for fish tacos: a slaw that’s actually fast to make. Many taco slaw recipes take longer than expected: they require lots of ingredients for the dressing or chopping lots of veggies. Not this one! We’ve pared it down to the essentials so that it takes only about 5 minutes to put together. Here are some tips:

  • Red cabbage, carrot, and green onion are all you need. This makes the quickest and easiest slaw: only a few veggies to slice.
  • Add lime and salt and you’re done! You don’t need to make a fancy dressing: tangy lime juice does the trick! Celery salt adds a nice nuance to the overall flavor. If you don’t have it, just use kosher salt!
  • Serve with a slotted spoon. This slaw picks up moisture as it sits. Serving it right away avoids this. If you let it sit for any amount of time, serve with a slotted spoon to avoid a watery taco.
Fish taco slaw

5 fish taco sauce ideas

Once you’ve made your baked fish and quick slaw, all you need is the sauce! There are lots of ideas of great sauces to use. Here are our favorite sauces for these quick fish tacos:

  1. Fish Taco Sauce This sauce makes fish tacos taste incredible! Lime, garlic and hot sauce are the ideal compliment for flaky fish.
  2. Cilantro Lime Crema You’ll want to bathe in this zesty cilantro lime crema! It’s made with sour cream, lime, cilantro and a few spices.
  3. Spicy Mayo Make the Mexican-style spin on this spicy mayo: it’s just 2 ingredients so you can whip it up in a flash. *Dairy free option
  4. Chipotle Sauce This easy sauce is zesty, smoky and creamy: perfect for tacos and burritos! *Dairy free option
  5. Shrimp Taco Sauce This one works on fish tacos too! It’s like a creamy ranch made with cilantro: quick and easy!
Fish taco sauce

Sides to serve with fish tacos!

Once you’ve made these epic fish tacos, you’ll need something to serve with them! For weeknight meals, we opt for fast and easy side dishes like canned refried beans. But for a dinner party, we’ll make more side dishes to complete the meal. Here are a few ideas of sides to go with tacos:

  • Refried Beans: Many canned refried beans have great flavor right out of the can (or stir in some salt, cumin and chili powder). Or, make these tasty Homemade Refried Beans.
  • Salad: This Easy Mexican Salad is full of Latin-style flavors, topped with cilantro lime dressing, and crispy tortilla strips. This Tomato Avocado Salad is another great option.
  • Guacamole: Chips and guac is the perfect side for tacos! Try this Simple Guacamole or your favorite storebought brand.

This fish tacos recipe is…

Gluten-free and pescatarian.


For the fish

  • 1 pound tilapia or cod* (wild caught preferable)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon each cumin and smoked paprika (or standard paprika)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, for seasoning

For the tacos

  • 3 cups shredded red cabbage (or a mix of red and green cabbage)
  • 1 shredded or grated carrot (optional)
  • 1 green onion
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon each celery salt and kosher salt (or all kosher salt)
  • Fish Taco Sauce (or Cilantro Lime Crema, Spicy Mayo, or Chipotle Sauce)
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Chopped cilantro, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Thaw the fish, if necessary.
  2. Make the fish: In a small bowl, mix together the dry rub: chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Pat the fish dry, then sprinkle it with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and pat it in. Add the seasoning and pat it to cover the fish. Place the fish on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, until tender. Then broil for 2 minutes until the top is lightly browned.
  3. Make the slaw: Meanwhile, thinly slice the cabbage. Shred or grate the carrot (we used a handheld julienne peeler). Thinly slice the green onion. Place the cabbage, carrots and green onion in a bowl. Stir in the lime juice, salt and celery salt. Serve immediately with a slotted spoon. The slaw picks up moisture as it sits; if you plan to let it sit, make sure to serve with the slotted spoon to strain out the moisture.
  4. Make the sauce: Make the Fish Taco Sauce.
  5. Warm the tortillas: If desired, char the tortillas by placing them on an open gas flame on medium for a few seconds per side, flipping with tongs, until they are slightly blackened and warm. Or warm them according to How to Warm Tortillas.
  6. Assemble the tacos by topping the tortillas with fish, slaw, and sauce. Top with chopped cilantro and a spritz of lime.


*If you’re serving 4 hungry eaters, you may want to increase the fish to 1.5 pounds and up the spice quantities accordingly. The slaw and sauce should work for 12 tacos. Or, make sure to serve with a filling side dish like refried beans (purchased or homemade)

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Perfect Seasoned Fries

These seasoned fries taste even better than a restaurant! Bake them until crispy with this magic seasoning blend and prepare to be amazed.

Seasoned fries

Did you know you can make the best fries of your life…homemade? Yes, we’re pretty confident that these seasoned fries will blow you away! Alex and I have been perfecting the art of homemade French fries for years. We’ve picked up some tips to to getting the very best fries possible in a home kitchen. Here’s the thing: they do take a bit of time! But if you have to work for your treat food, it makes it that much more special: right? These are baked in an oven until crispy and coated in the perfect seasoning blend. In fact, we think they’re the best seasoned fries you’ll have. Ready to become a French fries expert?

Ingredients for seasoned fries

First up: let’s talk French fry seasoning. We’ve tinkered with a whole lot of seasoning blends, and come up with this one. It brings out the best savory, salty flavor in your fries. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Smoked paprika: This is the Spanish version of paprika that’s made with smoked peppers. It infuses a hint of smokiness into each bite. (There are lots of smoked paprika recipes to use up a jar.)
  • Old Bay: Old Bay is a seasoning blend from the American East Coast: it’s often used to season seafood and potatoes. It brings a savory, irresistible flavor to each bit. Look for Old Bay in the spices aisle in the grocery or buy it online. You can also make homemade Old Bay seasoning.
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
Seasoned fries

How to cut seasoned fries: by hand

Once you’ve compiled your spices, you’ve got to cut the fries! You can cut seasoned fries two ways: by hand or with a French fry cutter. We make fries so often that we got a special cutter (below). But you can easily cut them by hand! Here’s our fast and easy method (or watch this video):

  • Slice off the ends of each potato, then slice off part of the side to make a base.
  • Place the potato half cut side down and cut off a 3/8-inch slice, then lay the slice on its side and cut it into several long 3/8-inch wide strips.
  • Repeat until all potatoes have been cut into fries!

Or, use a French fry cutter!

Here’s an option only if you think you’ll make fries a lot: a French fry cutter! Typically Alex and I don’t recommend one-use gadgets. But this one is so slick, we couldn’t resist. A French fry cutter cuts fries from a potato in 1 second! (Really.) It’s easy to use and pumps them out in a jiffy. The only downside: finding storage space for a one-use gadget. Here’s a link to the French fry cutter we use.

Seasoned fries with aioli
Fries are perfect with Pesto Aioli

Secret to the best seasoned fries: a 10-minute soak!

Here’s what you need to do to make the very best seasoned fries: soak them in cold water for 10 minutes. Now, some recipes call for soaking fries for up to 1 hour or more, or even boiling them first. But after lots of tests, we found you only need 10 minutes in cold water! Here’s why:

  • It makes the outside crispy and inside tender. There’s a notable difference when you soak before you bake.
  • You can soak while your oven preheats! Here’s the thing: you don’t lose any time because you can do it while the oven is preheating. Ideally you can cut, soak and season the fries before the oven is ready to go.

Bake them in the oven until perfectly crispy!

Here’s another nice thing about these seasoned fries: they’re baked, not fried! That makes them a healthy seasoned fries option (more on that, below). You’ll cook at high temperature (425 degrees) to get just the right golden exterior. There are only a few tricks to getting them perfectly crisp. Here’s what to know:

  • Space out the oven racks. Make sure your oven racks are evenly spaced for the most even cooking. You’ll also want to reverse the trays in the oven after you pull them out to flip.
  • Spread the fries in an even layer. Having air between each fry is very important to getting them crispy. If you overcrowd the tray, you’ll get soggy fries.
  • Bake 20 minutes, then flip and bake 10 minutes. Flip each fry individually to make sure it crisps up on both sides. This bake time is perfect for the 3/8-inch cut fry, but you may need to adjust based on how even you cut them and your specific oven.
Best seasoned fries

Are these healthy seasoned fries?

Well, we think so! These fries aren’t fried, so there’s less oil in the process. Here’s why we think these can be deemed a healthy version of seasoned fries:

  • You’ll just use potatoes, minimal olive oil and a bit of salt. These are all healthy, whole food ingredients. They’re basically roasted potatoes!
  • The serving size is moderate. The serving size is much less than a restaurant would serve, so that helps to keep the calories down.

Dipping sauces for seasoned fries

Once your fries are done: let’s get to the dipping! There are so many great sauces to use for dipping these tasty fries. Here are some great options:

  • Aioli. Creamy aioli is a rich and savory dipping sauce. Try Classic Aioli, Shortcut Aioli, Basil Aioli or Pesto Aioli.
  • Cilantro sauce. This vegan Creamy Cilantro Sauce is full of tangy flavor and totally plant-based.
  • Ketchup. Of course! We like using organic ketchup, which usually avoids fructose corn syrup.
Seasoned fries

This seasoned fries recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.


  • 2 large russet potatoes (1 1/2  to 1 3/4 pounds)*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning (purchased or homemade)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Evenly space the oven racks to ensure even cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, cut the potatoes into fries: (Watch this video or use a fry cutter.) Wash the potatoes, leaving the skins on. Slice off the ends of each potato, then slice off part of the side to make a base. Place the potato half cut side down and cut off a 3/8-inch slice, then lay the slice on its side and cut it into several long strips. Repeat until all potatoes have been cut into fries. The pieces can be uneven, but aim for as uniform of thickness as possible. See the video for full instructions!
  3. Soak in cold water (10 minutes): Place the cut fries into a medium bowl and rinse with cold water until water is clear. Then fill the bowl with cold water and allow to rest for 10 minutes (while the oven preheats). Then drain the potatoes and dry them thoroughly with a clean dish towel.
  4. Season the fries: Add the fries to a dry bowl and toss them with the olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, Old Bay, black pepper, and kosher salt. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the fries in straight lines on the paper, placing them as far apart as possible.
  5. Bake: Bake the fries for 20 minutes. Take them out of the oven and carefully flip each fry. Return to oven (reversing the pans on top and bottom racks). Bake additional 8 to 10 minutes until they are crisp and golden brown, watching carefully as the bake time depends on the fry thickness and your oven. (If the majority of the fries seem soft, continue to bake a few more minutes.)
  6. Taste and add a few more pinches salt if desired. Serve immediately for the best texture and flavor.


*This makes a good amount of fries, but much less than a restaurant portion (that’s as intended!). The largest quantity of fries that fits on two baking sheets is 2 pounds, you can increase to that much if desired (adjust seasonings accordingly)

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Jungle Bird

The Jungle Bird is a tropical rum cocktail with a twist! Bitter Campari offsets sweet pineapple juice to make a balanced, refreshing mixed drink.

Jungle bird

Love fruity drinks but want something more complex? Here’s the drink for you: the Jungle Bird! It’s one of the few rum cocktails to pair tropical flavors with an Italian bitter: Campari. You might know Campari from the ubiquitous Negroni: an ultra dry and bitter drink. But add it to a tropical drink and the effect is surprising. Campari perfectly balances the drink and gives the finish an intriguing complexity. In fact, it’s become a favorite around here…and that’s saying something, given our extensive library of cocktails. It hits all the right notes: sweet, tart, fruity, and bitter.

What’s a Jungle Bird cocktail?

The Jungle Bird is a tropical cocktail made with rum, pineapple juice, and Campari. The story goes that it was invented in 1978 at the Aviary bar of the Kuala Lumpur Hilton. The telltale sign it’s that it’s modern: it fuses the Italian bitter Campari with the tropical flavors. This drink recently surged in popularity, fueled by the Negroni craze. The drink is often garnished with pineapple leaves to mimic the feathers of a bird. The ingredients in a Jungle Bird cocktail are:

  • Dark rum
  • Pineapple juice
  • Campari
  • Lime juice
  • Simple syrup
Jungle bird cocktail

Dark rum vs light rum: what’s the difference?

The Jungle Bird uses dark rum: something altogether different than the light rum you’ve got for daiquiris and piña coladas. Here’s a breakdown of the differences:

  • Dark rum is aged longer than white rum. It has a dark color and a developed flavor with caramel notes.
  • Light rum or white rum is clear and has a smoother, sweeter flavor than dark rum.

Can you use light rum in a Jungle Bird? Sure. It won’t taste quite the same, but it’s similar. Of course if you’re a purist: go grab a bottle of dark rum!

All about Campari

Campari is an Italian bitter with a bright red color! It’s easy to find, most famously used in the Negroni and other classic cocktails like the Americano and Boulevardier.

What does Campari taste like? It’s tastes bitter, fruity, and spicy all at once. It’s infused with different herbs and fruits, part of a secret recipe. Fun fact: Campari was originally colored so brightly red due to a dye made of crushed insects! That’s no longer in the modern recipe, so it shouldn’t deter you from grabbing a bottle.


How to make a Jungle Bird

It’s quick and easy to make a Jungle Bird once you’ve got all the ingredients on hand! It’s a typical shaken cocktail that you’ll shake in a

  • Shake in a cocktail shaker. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake (Don’t have one? Use a mason jar!)
  • Strain into a glass and garnish. Strain the drink into a lowball glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge. If you happen to have the pineapple leaves on hand, they make a great garnish evocative of bird feathers.

More Campari cocktails

Love Campari? There are so many interesting drinks with this Italian liqueur to try outside of the Negroni. Here are some great Campari cocktails to test out:

  • Negroni Sbagliato A spin on the classic cocktail using sparkling wine instead of gin. It’s bitter, sweet, and bubbly all at once.
  • Old Pal Cocktail A three ingredient cocktail that’s sleek and sippable, balancing bitter and sweet with fiery whiskey.
  • Mezcal Negroni The way the smoke of mezcal balances the bitter Campari makes an even better drink.
  • Campari Spritz Bitter and bubbly, this cocktail mixes the popular aperativo with sparkling wine and soda water.
Jungle bird

When to serve a Jungle Bird

The Jungle Bird is a festive and fun cocktail, great for parties or a laid back evening! It’s great as a:

  • Summer drink
  • Signature drink
  • Cocktail hour drink
  • Party drink
  • Happy hour drink
  • Dinner party drink



  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) dark rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) pineapple juice
  • 3/4 to 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) Campari (to taste)
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) simple syrup or maple syrup
  • For the garnish: Pineapple wedge, pineapple leaves (optional)


    1. Add the dark rum, pineapple juice, Campari, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake vigorously until cold.
    2. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge, pineapple leaves, or fresh mint.

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Pesto Spaghetti

Here’s the trick to getting the creamiest pesto spaghetti evenly covered in silky sauce! Make it with homemade or purchased basil pesto for a fast dinner.

Spaghetti pesto

It’s late summer and our basil plant is massive. We’ve got pesto coming out of our ears over here. The best way to make this tasty sauce into a fast and easy dinner? Pesto spaghetti! It’s herby, Parmesan-y, garlicky and always a crowd pleaser. We’ll show you the trick to getting a silky sauce covering all your noodles: no more gummy, dry pesto here! Serve them as is, or top with veggies or shrimp for a fast and easy dinner. Here’s what you need to know to make the best spaghetti pesto around!

Another idea? Try our Easy Pesto Cream Sauce.

How to get the best pesto coverage: pasta water!

Here’s the thing. You can make spaghetti pesto by simply mixing pesto with spaghetti. Ever done this and ended up with dry, gummy pasta? It’s a problem. The nuts and the cheese in the thick pesto sauce cling to the noodles if you don’t give them a little help. Here’s what to do to make the pesto perfectly coat the noodles:

  • Add pasta water! This is a common Italian technique for cooking pasta. You’ll add cheese and then toss it with the pasta water to create a quick sauce. The starchy pasta water makes the perfect thick and creamy sauce. Same goes for pesto! Start with 1/2 cup pasta water, then add more as necessary until the noodles are slick.
  • Toss the noodles and pesto in a bowl: not the pasta pot. The pasta pot is still hot from cooking the pasta. So it can turn the basil brown and stick to the bottom of the pot. So toss the noodles and pesto together in a bowl: it works much better (we picked up that method here).
How to make spaghetti pesto

Spaghetti pesto is best with homemade pesto

It goes without saying that spaghetti pesto tastes the best with homemade pesto. The flavor here is beautifully fresh: and our pesto recipe has lemon for just the right zing! But we get it: basil isn’t always available. If you’re going storebought, go to the next section. But if you do have basil on hand, here are some things to know:

  • Make pesto with any nut you like. Pine nuts, the traditional nut in pesto, can be expensive and hard to find. So you can easily use cashews or walnuts! Here are our best pesto recipes using all three: Basil Pesto, Cashew Pesto, or Walnut Pesto.
  • You can make vegan pesto, too. Nix the Parmesan and you’ve got a dairy-free pesto! Try this Vegan Pesto that uses a secret ingredient.
  • There’s also a nut free option. This Basil Sauce has no nuts or cheese!It’s so oily on its own you don’t need to add pasta water, skip that step if using this one.
Basil pesto

Or, use best quality purchased pesto!

To make this spaghetti pesto an easy weeknight meal, just use storebought pesto! It’s easy to find, but there are a few things to know about purchased pesto:

  • The quality of brands varies greatly: so experiment! All brands vary quite a bit in flavor: some are light and fresh, others can taste stale or dull. Make sure to experiment to find one you like.
  • The salt quantity also varies, so adjust the added salt as needed. After tossing the pesto and spaghetti, add additional salt to taste. With homemade pesto we added 1/4 teaspoon salt, but we change it when we’re using a purchased pesto brand.
Spaghetti pesto

Variations on spaghetti pesto

Once you’ve made your pesto spaghetti, there are lots of tasty adders to make it an even tastier meal. Add other vegetables or proteins to customize your pasta: or different pasta shapes!. Here are a few ideas for how to switch it up:

  • Use different pasta — like bucatini or penne. Bucataini is like hollow spaghetti, and it’s our favorite type of pasta. Or use a short-cut shape like penne, cavatappi or bowties.
  • Sliced cherry tomatoes. Slice them up and they add a beautiful color.
  • Tomatoes & fresh mozzarella chunks. Makes anything better.
  • Raw thin sliced zucchini. It adds a nice crunch!
  • Roasted red peppers. Another easy addition.
  • Shrimp. Try it with Pesto Shrimp to make a full meal.
  • Scallops. Make a fancy meal by adding Pan Seared Scallops.
Spaghetti pesto

Make it a meal: what to serve with pesto pasta

What to serve with spaghetti pesto? This is an especially good question if you’re making this as a vegan or vegetarian dinner idea. It’s important to integrate a source of plant-based protein so that the meal is filling. Here are some options for what to serve as a side dish with pesto pasta:

  • White beans. Our top choice are these 5-minute Easy Cannellini Beans: they’re Mediterranean style and add a great kick of protein.
  • Legume-based salads: Or try Simple Chickpea Salad or Black Eyed Pea Salad, two legume-based salads.
  • Green salads: Make a salad that has nuts or cheese, like Easy Arugula Salad, Caprese Salad, Italian Salad, or Spinach Apple Salad.

This spaghetti pesto recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, use Vegan Pesto. For gluten-free, try gluten free or legume-based pasta.


Here’s the trick to getting the creamiest pesto spaghetti evenly covered in silky sauce! Make it with homemade or purchased basil pesto for a fast dinner.


  • 12 ounces spaghetti or bucatini pasta
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup basil pesto*
  • 1/2 cup pasta water, plus more as needed
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 large handful fresh basil leaves, to garnish (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese, to garnish (optional)


  1. Start a pot of well salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta until it is just al dente (start tasting a few minutes before the package recommends: you want it to be tender but still a little firm on the inside; usually around 7 to 8 minutes). Just before draining, reserve 1 cup pasta water! Then drain the pasta.
  2. Place the pasta in a bowl (not the pasta pot). Stir together the pasta, pesto, and 1/2 cup pasta water, tossing with tongs until the pesto is well distributed and the pasta water forms a creamy sauce. Add more pasta water if desired. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and taste. If the flavor doesn’t pop, add a few more pinches until it does (the salt content in purchased pesto brands varies, as well as the amount of salt you used in the pasta water). Serve immediately.
  3. Store any leftovers refrigerated: note that pesto can get gummy when reheated, so it’s best to eat leftovers cold or room temp.


*This spaghetti pesto tastes best with homemade pesto! If fresh basil is not available, use your best quality store brand. Brands vary widely especially in salt content, so adjust salt to taste. For vegan, use Vegan Pesto.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Pesto spaghetti, spaghetti pesto pasta

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Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

These lemon blueberry pancakes are light and fluffy, with just the right citrus zing and sweet bursts of berries! Serve with blueberry compote.

Lemon blueberry pancakes

Here’s a breakfast that’s the best way to make Saturday morning even more special: lemon blueberry pancakes! These are quite the treat: tender and fluffy, with just the right citrus zing! Each bite has a sweet pop of purple blueberry. Top it off with tangy sweet blueberry compote and it’s all you can do not to scream Wow! on your first bite (we did). This recipe was inspired by a haul of blueberries we picked in Michigan, and it’s every bit as good as it looks. You can also use frozen berries if you don’t have a fresh stash. Here’s what to do!

Ingredients for the best lemon blueberry pancakes

This lemon blueberry pancakes recipe is based on our fluffy Greek yogurt pancakes. Because who needs buttermilk! We always have Greek yogurt in the refrigerator, so prefer using that to buttermilk. Greek yogurt pancakes get just as tangy and creamy! There’s enough lemon to peak through with a tangy citrus zing. Here’s what you’ll need for these pancakes:

  • All purpose flour: you can also use half and half all purpose and whole wheat flour: you may need a splash of extra milk
  • Baking powder, sugar and salt
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Greek yogurt
  • Lemon juice and zest
  • Neutral oil like grapeseed, organic canola oil, or organic vegetable oil
  • Blueberries: fresh or frozen
Lemon blueberry pancakes

How to add berries to pancakes: the secret!

Here’s the biggest mistake people make with blueberry pancakes: they add the blueberries to the pancake batter. What’s wrong with that? Well, there’s a better way to add berries to pancakes. How should you add berries to pancakes?

  • Pour the batter onto the griddle, then place the blueberries on top of each pancake. Why?
  • This makes for even blueberry distribution! Place the berries in the batter itself and it makes lumpy pancakes and uneven distribution. You’ll thank us later.
Blueberry compote

Use fresh or frozen berries: you don’t even need to thaw

Got loads of fresh blueberries for these lemon blueberry pancakes? Perfect! Fresh berries are our favorite for adding to blueberry pancakes. But guess what? Frozen are just as good!

Here’s a question: do you need to thaw frozen blueberries for pancakes? Good news: no! There’s no need to thaw frozen berries because they defrost as part of the cooking process. Defrosting blueberries can be a messy business, and once they’re thawed they can make purple streaks in baked goods and pancakes. So just pop them in frozen: it works like a charm!

Variations on lemon blueberry pancakes

Want a vegan variation on these lemon blueberry pancakes recipe? Here’s what to do to make it plant-based:

  • Substitute almond milk for the milk AND Greek yogurt. Use 1 cup almond milk total, then add a few more splashes to get to a pourable consistency.
  • Use a flax egg for the egg. A flax egg is simply flax seed plus water, combined to form a gel that’s used in vegan baking. It acts as a binder just like a real egg.

Or, go to Vegan Blueberry Pancakes and add 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 2 teaspoons lemon zest.

How to make lemon blueberry pancakes

Topping ideas for lemon blueberry pancakes

These lemon blueberry pancakes are stunners! Of all of our pancake recipes, they’re one of our favorites because they’re so unique and fresh. Step them up by topping them with even more incredible flavors. Here are some of our favorite topping ideas:

  • Maple syrup: The easiest basic topping is maple syrup: and it’s oh so good.
  • Compote (highly recommended!): This Blueberry Compote we made to go especially with these pancakes! It’s lightly sweetened with maple syrup and full of berry flavor.
  • Sauce: Or try this Blueberry Sauce: it’s even sweeter and thicker!
  • Nut butter: Nut butter is great for pancakes because it makes a filling breakfast by adding a hit of plant-based protein. Try Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, Peanut Butter
  • Toasted nuts: These add a great crunch! Try Toasted Almonds, Toasted Pecans or Toasted Walnuts.
  • Whipped cream: If you like a decadent pancake, top with Homemade Whipped Cream.
  • Sweetened Greek yogurt: For a healthier spin, mix a little maple syrup with Greek yogurt for a creamy topping.
Lemon blueberry pancakes

This lemon blueberry pancakes recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, see the notes in the section above. For a gluten free pancake, go to Gluten Free Pancakes.


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup full fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil (vegetable or grapeseed)
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • For serving: Blueberry Compote or maple syrup


    1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
    2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, then whisk in the milk, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest, and neutral oil.
    3. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. If the batter is too thick, stir in another splash of milk (the consistency of each yogurt brand varies).
    4. Lightly butter a skillet and wipe off extra grease with a paper towel. Heat the skillet to medium low heat. Pour the batter into small circles, then place blueberries into the top of each pancake. Cook the pancakes until the bubbles pop on the top and the bottoms are golden. Then flip them and cook until done. Repeat with the remaining batter.
    5. Serve immediately with blueberry compote or maple syrup.

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Best Cities to Practice Acupuncture

The best cities to practice acupuncture in the United States are those cities where there are more jobs than others in this field, and where the general attitude towards the healing arts is more positive. These cities also tend to have better employment rates in general and more amenities that make them great places to live. If you don’t live in one of the best cities to practice acupuncture you don’t necessarily need to move; there are opportunities to advance in this career all over the country and around the world, so you can make a niche for yourself anywhere. But if you’re already thinking about moving to start your career, any of these U.S. cities would probably be your best bet:

Los Angeles: The healing arts and oriental medicine are very popular in LA, so it’s a great place to start your career. There are also many schools here where you can train to become an acupuncturist.

Miami: With a large population of seniors, many of whom are newly retired baby boomers who may look at oriental medicine in a much more positive light than previous generations, you have a large base of potential clientele in this sunny Southern city.

New York: This is a center for all types of medicine and industry, so even though the population is massive and competition is high, this is an excellent place to be for a career in acupuncture.

Portland: You will have no problems finding clients in this environmentally friendly and forward thinking city.

San Diego: This is another hub for healing arts in Southern California, where therapeutic arts and healing medicine have a place to stay.

San Francisco: The City by the Bay is very hospitable to practitioners of acupuncture and the healing arts. There are a number of schools here, and it’s a great place to start your career if you can find a base of clientele.

Santa Fe: New Mexico attracts many people who are interested in alternative medicine, and the cost of living is still fairly low in cities like Santa Fe compared to other locations listed here.

Seattle: This is another hub for healing arts on the West Coast.

Easy Burrata Recipe


This burrata recipe is the best way to serve this rich and creamy cheese! Pair it with summer fruit or tomatoes, olive oil and sea salt.


Ready for one of the best taste treats on the planet? Burrata cheese. Burrata is a revelation: gooey, fresh mozzarella that’s hiding a secret: an even gooier, creamier interior. Once you taste this, you’ll be forever a burrata aficionado. Even better: you barely need to make a recipe to eat it. Here’s the best way to serve burrata: with fresh summer fruits or tomatoes, herbs, olive oil, and sea salt. The Italians are all about the perfection of simplicity: so it’s only fitting that they’re the ones behind this rockstar cheese.

What is burrata?

Burrata is an Italian fresh mozzarella cheese with a surprise inside: the center is filled with cream! The creamy interior also contains cheese shreds, called straciatella. When you cut into the ball, the creamy cheese comes spilling out: perfect for topping crackers or crostini.

The word burrata comes from the Italian word burro, which means butter: referring to the buttery texture and richness of this treat. Not surprisingly, burrata is higher in fat content than normal mozzarella and most other cheeses. This cheese originated in Southern Italy; now it’s served all over the country and world.

Burrata cheese

Where to buy burrata cheese

These days, you can find burrata in many grocery stores in the US! Look in the specialty cheeses section, next to the fresh mozzarella. It’s sold in a container with liquid, usually either one or two balls packaged together. You can sometimes find specialty cheeses at a farmers market or specialty grocery: we’re lucky enough to live near a creamery that makes burrata.

How to serve burrata: the easy way!

Alex and I first discovered burrata years ago on a trip to Italy, where we ate it with juicy tomatoes and basil. We were over the moon about this new treat we had discovered. Today, burrata has become much more popular in the US, and we’re thrilled that it’s easy to find. The best way we’ve found to serve the beautiful cheese on a plate with ripe summer fruits and herbs. Here are a few things to know about this burrata recipe:

  • It’s quick and easy! It just takes a few minutes to arrange on a plate.
  • Eat with a knife and fork, or you can use crostini to sop up the cheesy cream.
  • Make one large plate to share, or individual plates for each person. It’s easiest to tear off pieces of the burrata for each person if you’re making individual plates.
  • It’s very customizable. You can use lots of different ingredients. Keep reading!
Burrata recipe

Ingredients for this burrata recipe

The nice thing about working with burrata is that it’s laid back and easy. Because this fancy cheese is so good in itself, you barely need to dress it up. Here’s all you need to do for this burrata recipe:

  • Burrata: Place one ball on a plate. If you’d like, you can also tear off pieces of a second ball to add visual appeal (see the photo).
  • Fruit or tomatoes: Surround it with ripe summer fruit like peaches, tomatoes, melon (watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew), strawberries, or blackberries.
  • Herbs: Add fresh summer herbs! Basil is our favorite (reminiscent of a Caprese salad), but oregano and thyme are also lovely.
  • Olive oil: Drizzle with a high quality extra virgin olive oil, which ties it all together.
  • Sea salt (we like Maldon): Top with chunky sea salt, which adds a nice crunch and pop of flavor. We like using Maldon, an English type of sea salt with a clean, pure flavor (it’s pretty easy to find at grocery stores).

Add your own flair to this recipe by adding whatever you like to the platter! It makes an absolutely stunning easy appetizer, first course, or salad side dish to go with a summer meal.


Other items to pair

You can eat burrata with a knife and fork, or you can scoop it up with a bread item. Here are a few ideas for other things to serve with this recipe:

More burrata recipes

There are lots of other ways to serve burrata cheese: you can even add it to pasta! But our favorite way is to serve it pure and simple. Here are two more of our burrata recipes to try:

  • Perfect Burrata Salad Serve it simply with baby arugula and tomatoes. Perfection!
  • Burrata Caprese Salad Burrata meets Caprese salad! This one uses peaches, heirloom tomatoes, and a unique topping of crushed peanuts.
Burrata recipe



This burrata recipe is the best way to serve this rich and creamy cheese! Pair it with summer fruit or tomatoes, olive oil and sea salt.



  • 1 to 2 4-ounce balls burrata cheese
  • Summer fruit: heirloom tomatoes, ripe peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew, berries, etc (we used 2 peaches and 1 handful cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves and thyme sprigs
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Chunky sea salt

  1. Place 1 ball burrata on the plate.
  2. Surround it with the summer fruit (sliced tomatoes or peaches, or berries).
  3. Top with torn basil leaves and other herbs. If desired, add torn pieces of another ball of burrata to add texture and visual appeal.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with chunky sea salt. Serve immediately.

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Burrata, Burrata Cheese, Burrata Recipe

More easy appetizer recipes

The best entertaining appetizers are effortless so you can focus on the main dish! Here are a few recipes that we always turn to:

  • Peanut Butter Dip This healthy peanut butter dip is just 4 ingredients and tastes like frosting! Perfect for dipping apples, pretzels or fruit.
  • Simple Guacamole Creamy, savory and perfectly balanced, you’ll hear a chorus of “Wow’s” every time you serve it.
  • Easy Stuffed Dates Goat cheese stuffed and quick to make, and the sweet and savory combo keeps everyone coming back for more.

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