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IDEA ALLEY: Gazpacho, salmon, pineapple dinner

by Kelly Brant | July 21, 2021 at 1:52 a.m.
(Illustration by Kelly Brant)

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

This week's trio of recipes would make an excellent summer supper served together.

Keep the kitchen cool and start things off with Debbie Hall-Hankins' Gazpacho.


  • 1 (10 ¾-ounce) can tomato soup
  • 1 ½ cups tomato juice
  • ½ to 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • ½ to 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped fresh tomato
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Italian dressing
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic or garlic powder, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients plus 1 ¼ cups water and mix well. Chill before serving.

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Fire up the grill for salmon and pineapple, both from Sally Goss.

Grilled Salmon

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ pound salmon filets

In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, garlic powder, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, vegetable oil and ¼ cup water and mix well. Place salmon in a shallow dish or zip-top plastic bag. Add marinade and marinate for 1 to 8 hours.

Prepare grill for medium-high heat.

Place salmon, skin side down, on grate and cook for 6 minutes. Turn and continue cooking 6 minutes more or until salmon reaches 145 degrees or your desired degree of doneness.

Grilled Pineapple

  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Peel and cut pineapple into ½-inch thick discs.

In a bowl, combine oil, sugar and ginger. Add sliced pineapple and toss well to coat. Let marinate at least 30 minutes to 24 hours.

Prepare grill for medium-high heat.

Remove pineapple from marinade and sprinkle with salt. Grill pineapple slices for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until sugar caramelizes.

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