Mushroom & Israeli Couscous Salad


The restaurant Lemonade is pretty popular in Southern California and is sometimes our only option for a quick lunch while on the go. One of our favorite salads at Lemonade is the Mushroom & Israeli Couscous salad. So instead of paying money each time for it, we decided to try and recreate it. Check out the recipe below:

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Kitchen Sink Summer Salad

Schools back in session and the weather is still hot, so no need to spend hours in the kitchen whipping up meals – try this simple, quick and flavorful salad. It’s a great idea for weeknight side dishes or your Saturday barbecue. T.W.O. calls it the ‘kitchen sink’ because it contains such a variety of vegetables and ingredients that you have in your pantry or refrigerator. Enjoy! Continue reading “Kitchen Sink Summer Salad”

Grilled Avocado Salad

Holy Guacamole – We’re grilling avocados! In preparation for this Labor Day weekend, we took our avocados to the grill to add some additional flavor to our summer salad. It’s easy and simply delicious – find out below!  Have a great Labor Day weekend! Continue reading “Grilled Avocado Salad”

Corn and Couscous Salad with Grilled Halloumi Cheese

Salads don’t have to be boring…especially Summer Salads.  T.W.O. loves combining new ingredients to make a delicious, savory, light dish that can be enjoyed at gatherings.  In this post, we will be combining Israeli couscous, corn and Halloumi cheese to make a light, refreshing  healthy salad! Continue reading “Corn and Couscous Salad with Grilled Halloumi Cheese”

White Peach Caprese with Arugula

With the June gloom officially gone, Summer is in full swing! What better way to enjoy this weather than with a refreshing, light salad that will be a great side dish to your next barbecue. In this post, we will be featuring a White Peach Caprese Salad with Arugula. Enjoy! Continue reading “White Peach Caprese with Arugula”

Cherry & Goat Cheese Kale Salad with Pistachios


If you haven’t noticed, cherries are in season right now and most grocery stores have them on sale, so T.W.O. capitalized on this opportunity and bought bags and bags of the delicious red fruit! With all this supply, we tried to incorporate cherries into every meal.  Below is a simple, summer recipe that is easy and doesn’t require a lot of prep-work.  Add some grilled chicken or flat iron steak and you have yourself a main entrée!

Cherry & Goat Cheese Kale Salad with Pistachios

– 4 – 6 cups baby kale
– 2 cups cherries, pitted and halved
– 1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled
– 1/2 cup pistachios
– balsamic vinaigrette
– hearts of palm, sliced

1. In a bowl place baby kale, cherries, hearts of palm and pistachios. Mix well.
2. Toss salad with balsamic and sprinkle with goat cheese.
3. Plate and serve.

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Cauliflower Couscous Salad


It’s summer time and who wants to turn their stove on? We don’t! Well, at least T.W.O. tries to avoid it! We whipped up this “couscous” cauliflower recipe for a side dish one Friday evening. When cauliflower is put into a food processor, the consistency is very much that of the real couscous. It’s a great gluten-free alternative for couscous and still has extraordinary taste and texture! It is a must try!

Cauliflower Couscous Salad

– 1 head of cauliflower, cut into chuncks
– 1 red bell pepper, diced small
– 1 yellow bell pepper, diced small
– 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry
– 3 Tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
– 3 Tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
– 3 Tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped
– 2 garlic cloves, minced
– Spicy Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette (recipe below)

1. Place half of the cut cauliflower florets to the bowl of a food processor and process for a few seconds or until the cauliflower resembles couscous. Place into a bowl and repeat for the remaining cauliflower chunks.
2. To the processed cauliflower, add the remaining ingredients including the vinaigrette. Add as much vinaigrette as you wish. Season with pepper and salt. Toss and serve.

Spicy Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette Ingredients
– 1 cloves garlic
– Zest of 1 lemon
– 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
– 1 Tablespoon fresh dill
– 1 Tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley
– 1 Tablespoon fresh mint leaves
-2 teaspoons sugar
– 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
– salt
– pepper
– ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
– ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
– 3 Tablespoons olive oil

Add all ingredients up to and including the red pepper flakes into the bowl of a food processor and process to blend well. Add the olive oil slowly while processor is running. Blend well. Use immediately or keep covered in the fridge.


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Roasted Corn Salad with Grilled Shrimp

image In need of a healthy, fresh and scrumptious dinner? Sick of your salads? Well T.W.O. has a receipt for you. It is a corn salad that bursts of flavor – lemon, cilantro, avocado and peaches. The baja fresh of California!?!  We guarantee that if you like shrimp, you will  definitely like this recipe!

 Roasted Corn Salad with Grilled Shrimp

– Shrimp
– 2 cups Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki Marinade
– 3 ears of corn
– 1 avocado
– 2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
– 4 Persian cucumbers
– 2 yellow peaches
– 1 1/2 cups hearts of palm, sliced
– 2 Tablespoons olive oil
– ¼ cup lemon juice
– 5 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
– Salt
– Pepper

1. Marinate the shrimp in the Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki Marinade for at least two hours in the refrigerator.
2. About 20 minutes prior to cooking, remove the shrimp from the refrigerator to bring to room temp. Place shrimp on kebab sticks.
3. Preheat the bbq or cast iron skillet*
4. While the oven or bbq is getting hot, prep the corn. Rub 1 Tablespoon of olive oil on the corn. Season with salt and pepper and wrap with foil.
4. Chop the avocado, peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers, hearts of palm and cilantro.
5. Once the grill is ready, add the corn. Cook for about 20 minutes and then add your shrimp kebabs. The shrimp should only take about 6-8 minutes depending on your heat.
6. While the shrimp and corn are cooking, drizzle the lemon juice and remaining olive oil over the vegetables.
7. Remove the corn from the grill and let cool for 5 minutes. Slice the kernels off the core. Add to the vegetables and mix.
8. Plate the corn salad and top with the grilled shrimp.

*T.W.O. ran out of propaine while they were cooking this meal so we went to Plan B….cast iron skillet.  Same great taste as the bbq! 

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