One look at this salad, and I’m thinking about summer, in all of its glory. Warm weather, cool, crisp veggies fresh from the farmer’s market, lazy days, get togethers and BBQs with friends and family…this salad encompasses it all.
I’ve been making this salad for a few summers now, and every time I do, I get just as excited about it as the first time I’ve made it. Maybe even more so, because I know how good it really is now!
I start by whisking together a speedy quick dressing of olive oil, some red wine and white wine vinegar, a dash of Dijon, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Read more...(654 words, 7 images, estimated 2:37 mins reading time)
I’ve discussed my love of wheat berries, and how healthy they are for you before, so I won’t bore you with the nitty gritty on that. (If you want to check out the nitty gritty, check out my Autumn Wheat Berry Salad recipe.)
Earlier this week, I shared a recipe with you for some homemade Vietnamese Summer Rolls. This is the salad I served alongside them. Even if you’re not making Summer Rolls for dinner any time soon, this salad is light and fresh, and perfect for warm summer days.
I start by prepping my cucumbers. It’s a simple salad, but the cucumbers needs some time to hang out with some salt, so that some of their excess moisture pulls away. I peeled and sliced up 1 1/2 lbs. of cucumbers and tossed them with some kosher salt. Then, they hung out in a colander in the sink to drain for about an hour. Read more...(481 words, 6 images, estimated 1:55 mins reading time)
I have a few friends (I won’t name names) who have poked fun at my love of kale. Well, Friends, get ready to poke some more.
I don’t know why, but when other really green things have scared away my children, one in particular, kale hasn’t. It started when I baked up my first batch of Kale Chips. Both kids could eat an entire batch in the blink of an eye. So, I started adding kale to soups and salads, and even smoothies, in an attempt to get more “good” into my kids. Nine times out of ten, it works! Kale is really, really nutritious. I won’t bore you with the nutritional nitty gritty, but if you’d like to know more, check out there article here. (Not only will you learn something about nutrition, you’ll learn about “massaging your kale”, which I’ve never done, and I find hilariously funny for some reason.) Read more...(675 words, 7 images, estimated 2:42 mins reading time)
I love all things Buffalo Chicken related. Wings, dips, pastas…they all work for me! The problem is, the different varieties I’ve seen are usually packed with calories and fat, so diving into them is a splurge. I’m trying to lighten things up around here now that spring has sprung (We think.), and I was really excited when I came across this Buffalo Chicken Salad recipe from Ellie Krieger. I’ve made quite a few of her recipes, all healthy, and each and every one has been delicious. I figured I’d give this one a try too! Read more...(759 words, 8 images, estimated 3:02 mins reading time)
Happy Almost 4th of July!! The fireworks are being prepped, flags are flying high, and people around the country are getting things ready for one of the biggest cookout days of the year. In honor of the Great American Cookout, I figured I’d post a recipe for one of my favorite cookout accompaniments. Read more...(703 words, 7 images, estimated 2:49 mins reading time)
This salad may go down in history as the prettiest salad I’ve ever made. Even better? It was delicious. If you’re heading to a 4th of July party and have been asked to bring a dish, this is the perfect thing! The ingredients all need to hang out in the bowl and marinate for a while before diving in, so you can put it together at home, hang out with your friends for a bit and then, just have the salad whenever you want. Read more...(833 words, 8 images, estimated 3:20 mins reading time)
It’s already hot here…and it’s only June 1. In all honesty, I’m really scared of August.
When summer hits and it’s crazy hot, I just don’t feel like eating anything heavy. I need crisp and cool. Salads are perfect, but my family would probably be pretty frustrated if I just served up salad for dinner every night of the week. I’ve found that there are a few salads I can bring to the table that the whole family enjoys, though, and this is one of them. Read more...(1164 words, 9 images, estimated 4:39 mins reading time)
Happy Friday! The weekend is almost upon us again, and assuming the weather is as nice as it has been, that means we’ll most likely be grilling up something before Monday rolls around. I figured that you might do the same, so here’s a quick and easy side to have with whatever you might grill up this weekend. We had it alongside the BLT Turkey Burgers I wrote about last week, but it would certainly go well with just about anything else, too. Read more...(398 words, 6 images, estimated 1:36 mins reading time)
Another Spring Break has come and gone. It’s so hard for me to believe that we’re just weeks away from finishing up the school year down here, but that’s what Spring Break means for students in Georgia! This year for Spring Break, I took the girls up to the Gatlinburg, TN area for just a few days. It was a great little getaway filled with all sorts of that silly-family-fun-touristy stuff that the kids (and I) love. We spent a fair amount of time at Ripley’s attractions, loved the aquarium, toured the Titanic museum, braved the Forbidden Caverns, and hung out at the hotel pool. It was a nice little trip. Read more...(950 words, 9 images, estimated 3:48 mins reading time)