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Spicy pantry staples are the secret to sensational salads

Cat Cora makes a bourbon mushroom and cherry topped spinach salad, spicy Caesar salad and a bright lemon meringue pie.
/ Source: TODAY

Chef, cookbook author and restaurateur Cat Cora is stopping by the TODAY kitchen to share a few of her favorite summery recipes. She shows us how to make a spiced up Caesar salad, boozy mushroom and cherry topped spinach salad and a sweet and tangy lemon meringue pie.

Spicy Caesar Salad

This salad offers the perfect combination of a beloved classic dish with an updated spicy twist. The dressing is also very versatile and can be used to dress grilled vegetables, simple boiled potatoes or even to just dip bread into.

This salad has so many big, flavorful ingredients — including my Grandma Alma's famous hot-sweet mustard that brings me right back to my childhood.

This is a beautiful and impressive dessert that is so classically Southern and delicious!

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