Tag: salad

All Seasons, Condiments, Condiments/Sauces, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Summer, Vegetable, Winter

Proscuitto and Melon Spinach Salad

It was love at first site and first bite with this colorful and vibrant spinach salad that I first had at Pie for the People in Joshua Tree, CA. The sweet cantaloupe chunks and salty Italian dry-cured ham are nestled next to Guinness caramelized onions and raw red onions and served in a sweet vinaigrette.

This summer salad inspires you to slow down, pull up a chair to a table under a shady tree, pop open a crisp bottle of white wine and invite a handful of your favorite people to toast the blessing of your abundant life. Yes, truly..it does!

All Seasons, Asian, Chicken, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable, Winter

Goi Ga (Vietnamese Chicken and Cabbage Salad)

This fresh, crisp salad comes together quickly as the chicken is already cooked and tossed with raw vegetables in a tangy lime-based dressing. The classic Vietnamese chicken salad makes a filling lunch or light dinner, especially welcome during the warmer months of the year. This is a staple go-to recipe in my house.

All Seasons, American, Chicken, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetable, Winter

Chicken Chopped Salad

Serve with whole grain baguette and herbed goat cheese-

I found a great tutorial in a Better Homes and Garden magazine on making a great chopped salad. Mashing the garlic in salt and letting it sit while you prep the vegetables is the key to a creamy, tangy dressing that set the flavor for the salad. I had fun modifying a classic chopped green salad into a main dish version my family loves (and it’s a great way to sneak a lot of vegetables in too!).

American, Contains Nuts, Fall, Gluten free, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Sides, Vegetable, Vegetarian, Winter

Arugula, Roasted Grape, Goat Cheese and Walnut Salad with Vanilla Vinaigrette

This may be your go-to impress salad for family and friends in the cooler months. The fall-inspired, earthy salad was created as the 1st course in The Mystic Meals Under The Moon’s October Full Hunter Moon Dinner and Celebratory Moon Ritual event. One of my favorite vinaigrettes tempers the peppery arugula and highlights the sweetness of the grapes.

American, Bbq/Grilling, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Salads, Seafood, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer

Grilled Salmon Salad

Serve with watermelon slices, French bread-

This was a surprise hit, considering my family does not prefer salmon. My oldest declared that “this doesn’t even taste like salmon” as she went back for seconds. It is truly a keep-the-heat-out-of-the-kitchen recipe as the salmon is grilled and tossed with fresh, crisp ingredients. Cool watermelon slices and a loaf of good quality bread round out a new way to eat salmon in the summer.

All Seasons, American, Beef, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Salads, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Caesar Salad with Steak

Serve with sourdough bread

My youngest daughter loves Caesar salads and even went as far as wanting to make it herself; however, she brought a “box” version to me one day while in the produce aisle. I was not impressed with the laundry list of processed ingredients so I told her I would show her how to make a Caesar salad, especially since we usually have everything at home. We added a simple grilled sirloin steak and a loaf of sourdough bread for a complete meal. She had fun preparing the salad and declared “It tastes just like a Caesar salad!” Mission accomplished!

All Seasons, American, Chicken, Contains Nuts, Fall, Gluten free, Indian, Main, Paleo / Primal, Salads, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Apple Walnut Curried Chicken Salad

Serve in lettuce cup with seasonal fruit and whole grain rolls-

My transition between the gym and early school pick up usually finds me at Rolling Oats Market so I can heal my muscles with this protein-rich chicken salad. This curried version is one of my favorites from this local natural market. I’ve recreated it at home so that I can enjoy any time of the week. I have suggested scooping the salad into a large Bibb lettuce leaf but feel free to stuff it into pita bread or sandwiched between two slices of bread.

Chicken, Gluten free, Italian, Main, Paleo / Primal, Salads, Sugar Free, Summer

Tuscan Chicken and Tomato Salad

Serve with grilled garlic cheese bread-

This is the perfect tribute to summer’s plentiful tomatoes and fresh herbs. It is light eating during July and August’s sweltering days. I originally prepared this as a “stack” with the salad as a side, but it was so messy to eat that it ended up more as a salad. My family found that this final version is much easier to prepare and eat!

All, American, Chicken, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Main, Paleo / Primal, Salads, Sugar Free, Summer

Summers Cobb Salad

Serve with creamy cilantro and parsley dressing-

I developed this version of the Cobb Salad to include some of the season’s more popular offerings found in farmer’s markets and our backyards. My family voted for a creamy dressing so I pulled what was growing rampant in my herb garden to accent a homemade ranch dressing. The result was 5 stars, as witnessed by both my daughters going back for seconds!

I have arranged the ingredients on a large platter for each person to assemble individually their salad, plus it showcases the rainbow of colors of fresh ingredients found this time of year. It’s a beautiful presentation!