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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 9, Friday

Baked, Sliced Tomatoes with Basil
Salmon Salad with Spanish Rice, Pimento Dressing

Cooking time:  35 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     This will be the last lettuce salad of the season.  You can either bake the salmon or cook it on the barbecue as we did.  Mon mari always chooses the barbecue....  Simple Baked Tomatoes make it an easy, summer dinner to end the week. We use about half of the dressing with this salad; the rest on Sunday.

Baked, Sliced Tomatoes with Basil

Total time: 15 minutes 
     These are meant to be warm, but not cooked... just enough to melt the cheese.

Baked, Sliced Tomatoes with Basil Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Salmon Salad with Spanish Rice, Pimento Dressing

Total time: 40 minutes 
   This is a layered salad, with tomato-infused brown rice, shredded, fresh zucchini and roasted or grilled salmon, finished with a red pepper dressing. If you use quick-cooking Brown Rice it all goes together fast.  Everything can be cooked ahead and assembled just before serving.

Salmon Salad with Spanish Rice, Pimento Dressing Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl (used 2X), medium bowl, small
saucepan, baking dish (es), baking sheet or
barbecue grill, blender, grater or food processor

Turn oven on, 400F (200C) or barbecue grill
Mince herbs for salmon
Mix oil, salt, herbs for salmon
Spread herb mixture on salmon, bake or grill
Chop onion - 2 tbs, refrigerate rest
Sauté onion for rice
Mince all garlic, divide
Chop tomato
Add garlic, rice to onions, sauté
Add tomato, stock to rice, cover, simmer
Prepare lettuce, spin, refrigerate until needed

Snip herbs
Slice tomatoes
Chop or tear Prosciutto
Shred cheese if needed
Lay tomatoes in baking dish
Top tomatoes /garlic, prosciutto, chili powder, cheese
Remove salmon, set aside (do not 'keep warm')
Make dressing
Shred zucchini
Add 2 tbs dressing to zucchini
Bake tomatoes
Uncover and fluff rice as soon as it's done
Assemble salad: lettuce, rice, zucchini, salmon
Remove tomatoes
Garnish salad - admire while having starter
Serve starter, relax and enjoy
Serve salad!