Simple Vacation Meals

Solve the empty-cabinets challenge with our smart list of 15 ingredients that quickly transform into five great dinners.

15 Ingedients

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Simple Menu

Try our easy five-day menu that feeds four people and requires just 15 ingredients. They include everyday staples, farm stand finds, and items available in even the smallest island supermarket.

Shopping List
8 plum tomatoes
5 red onions
1 bunch fresh parsley
3 lemons
12 cups mixed baby greens
1 (8-ounce) jar refrigerated mild chunky tomato salsa
4 ounces feta cheese
1 (6- to 8-ounce) jar pitted kalamata olives
1 (16-ounce) bottle extra virgin olive oil
1 small jar coarse-grained Dijon mustard
1 (16-ounce) box penne or rigatoni pasta
1 (20-ounce) sourdough baguette
1½ pounds lean ground beef
3 pounds frozen skin-on salmon fillets
4 (6-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast halves

Pan-Seared Salmon

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Day 1: Pan-Seared Salmon with Kalamata Olives and Salsa Cruda

Put a Mediterranean twist on a classic coastal staple. Tangy Kalamata olives, plum tomatoes, and fresh chopped parsley will amp up the salmon’s flavor.

Feta-Stuffed Burgers

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Day 2: Feta-Stuffed Burgers with Grilled Onion on Sourdough

Crusty sourdough bread, feta cheese, and coarse-grained Dijon mustard take an all-American burger to sophisticated heights. Ready in just 30 minutes, this quick recipe comes in handy when you want to impress.

Crispy Chicken

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Day 3: Crispy Chicken with Lemon, Parsley, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Twenty minutes is all it takes to whip up this tasty and satisfying chicken dish. Extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice give it an flavorful kick.

Grilled Salmon Salad

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Day 4: Grilled Salmon Salad with Salsa Dressing

Add some zest to a healthy salmon salad with a Mexican-inspired chunky tomato salsa dressing.

Pasta with Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes, Parsley, and Olives

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Day 5: Pasta with Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes, Parsley, and Olives

This appetizing pasta dish is the perfect way to round out your week. Flavorful feta cheese, fresh olives, and seasoned tomatoes take ordinary penne pasta to the next level.

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