Editor's Note: Today Shira's third book, A Ripe Harvest of Figs comes out on Kindle (you can also pre-order it in paper back), so in honour of that we decided to put up another of her Shulamit safe recipes.

Gluten-free Tropical Summer Sides, such as Her Majesty might enjoy (Tomatoes on the vine are often abbreviated TOV, which, irrelevantly, means 'good' in Hebrew!)

Wheat-free Tabouleh Salad

  • Ingredients:
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 1 bunch curly parsley
  • 2 small tomatoes-on-the-vine
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 baby hothouse cucumber (or ½ cup conventional cucumber, cored)
  • 2 lemons
  • Olive oil, salt, and black pepper

Rinse quinoa to remove naturally-occurring bitter component. Add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until quinoa has soaked up all the water. Refrigerate so that warm quinoa doesn't cook the rest of the raw vegetables.

Discarding stems, chop parsley, tomatoes, and cucumber. Add red onion and, once it has cooled, the quinoa. Mix in the juice of both lemons, carefully retrieving all seeds. Add olive oil, black pepper, and salt to taste. Let sit in refrigeration in sealed container so the flavors can mingle.

Bright Colors, Bright Flavors

  • 1 Haas avocado, firm but will give way slightly when squeezed—if you can

sink your fingers into it and it feels like guacamole wearing a leather shoe, it's too far gone

  • 2 small tomatoes-on-the-vine
  • 1 mango, cv. Tommy Atkins, or 2 mangoes, the smaller yellow variety
  • 1 lime

Peel avocado and remove pit. Peel mango using carrot scraper and cut as much of the flesh away from the pit as possible. Remove stems from tomatoes.

Cut all fruit into bite-sized chunks and liberally coat with lime juice.


Shira Glassman is "a bisexual Jewish violinist passionately inspired by German and French opera and Agatha Christie novels. She and her agender same-sex spouse live in north central Florida, where the alligators are mostly harmless because they're too lazy to be bothered."


  • The Second Mango (2013, Prizm Books) Golden Crown Literary Society finalist for Young Adult
  • Climbing the Date Palm (2014, Prizm Books) - "The Artist and the Devil" (2014, Vitality's free minizine, online only)
  • A Harvest of Ripe Figs (2015, Prizm Books — due out 1/21/2015)
  • Tales from Outer Lands (included free with the Figs paperback, but available as a separate eBook 2/11/2015)

She says "It's worth noting that every single one of those works has at least one bisexual character, and that "The Artist and the Devil" directly confronts and punctures biphobic stereotypes where one of the two short stories in the Tales, "Aviva and the Aliens", stars a bisexual woman rescuing herself and keeping her girlfriend safe, too. I am currently working on book four of the Mangoverse series."