Harvest Spinach Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

posted by Andrea | 02/25/2020 | 11 comments
harvest spinach salad

I’m a big fan of “loaded salad” with lots and lots of ingredients besides just lettuce, cheese, croutons, and a slice of cucumber… and this Harvest Spinach Salad is most definitely a LOADED SALAD!

It feels like I’m enjoying a gourmet lunch at home, especially with the addition of homemade honey mustard dressing (which takes me less than 1 minute to whip up!)

Homemade Croutons

posted by Andrea | 07/23/2019 | 7 comments

Homemade croutons are one of those things that SOUNDS really intimidating… until you actually make them and realize they are SOOOOOOO ridiculously simple to make.

If you’re looking for a way to use up stale bread, homemade croutons are a really yummy option!

Delicious (Make-Ahead) Layered Lettuce Salad

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2019 | 30 comments

Today I’m sharing the revamped (and healthified) recipe for our family’s Favorite Make-Ahead Layered Lettuce Salad (yes, our kids will actually eat small amounts of this salad!)

Not only can this salad be made ahead and enjoyed for days (without getting soggy), it can also be made from pretty much any salad-type ingredients you have in the house — oh, and it tastes amazing too!

Loaded Kale Salad… One We Actually Want to Eat!

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2019 | 30 comments

For a long time, Dave and I could NOT get excited about eating kale — no matter how I cooked or prepared it. Then about a year ago, I finally figured out a way to eat AND enjoy kale… all thanks to this delicious “Loaded Kale Salad” (as I call it!)

If you want to like kale but haven’t found a favorite recipe, give this delicious salad a try!

Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2019 | 22 comments

Yes… the main ingredient of this tasty salad is shredded Brussels Sprouts! Don’t click away just yet though…

Even if you think you hate Brussels Sprouts, I have a feeling you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the flavor, crunch, and tang of this delicious “salad”!

My Favorite Greek and Italian Raw Veggie Salads (no lettuce)

posted by Andrea | 01/3/2019 | 25 comments

Today I’m sharing TWO of my favorite raw veggie salads. They are both SO flavorful, and an easy way to enjoy raw veggies without a lot of work or extra ingredients.

If you’re a salad-lover, I have a feeling you’ll like these salads too — even if it is a little strange to have a “salad” with no lettuce!

Grilled Corn, Tomato, Avocado Salad

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2018 | 12 comments

This recipe for grilled corn, tomato, avocado salad is SO versatile — you can serve it as a condiment for tacos, as a dip for chips, as a side dish for almost any type of Mexican meal, as a salad topping, or even as a stand-alone main-dish (yes, I have eaten a big bowl of this for lunch many times!)

Oh, and it’s extremely simple to make, uses fairly basic ingredients, includes TONS of seasonal veggies, and can easily be made well in advance — win, win, win, win!

Easy Italian Chopped Salad

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2018 | 5 comments

Dave is not a picky eater, but when it comes to salads, he definitely prefers one with a fair amount of meat and cheese to go along with the vegetables… so this hearty Italian Chopped Salad is a win-win for both of us.

It’s also extremely quick and easy to put together, and can be assembled several hours (or even a day) in advance without sacrificing freshness!

Caprese Pasta Salad – Summer In A Bowl!

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2018 | 10 comments

With summer tomato season right around the corner, I thought it was high-time I share one of my favorite SUPER simple pasta salad recipes that is perfect this time of year — when fresh tomatoes and basil are readily available.

It tastes and smells like summer in a bowl and is a fabulous side dish to almost any meat!

Fiesta Chicken Salad

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2017 | 16 comments

I know the summer is quickly winding down, but with fresh produce still readily available… there’s still time to enjoy those delicious farm-fresh veggies (and yummy grilled chicken) in this fantastic Fiesta Chicken Salad! 

It’s one of those salads that has more “stuff” than lettuce — so it’s a real crowd-pleaser with TONS of color, flavor, and texture!

Easy Make-it-Your-Way Chicken Salad

posted by Andrea | 05/24/2017 | 21 comments

One of my most favorite lunch options is chicken salad. It’s just so delicious — and it can easily be made with various ingredients I have on-hand.

Today, along with sharing my own personal favorite recipe for chicken salad, I’m also sharing some basic guidelines for making chicken salad — which will hopefully enable you to find your own “perfect” recipe!

Apple, Bacon, Pecan Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

posted by Andrea | 04/5/2017 | 16 comments

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite salad recipes — it has just the right combination of crunchy and chewy and savory and sweet.

If you love “non traditional” salads, you’ll want to give this recipe a try. It works for almost any occasion, any holiday, and any season of the year!

Easy Broccoli Bacon Salad

posted by Andrea | 03/3/2016 | 26 comments

I recently found a really great deal on broccoli at Costco… and since it’s my kid’s favorite vegetable, we’ve been buying and eating A LOT of broccoli lately.

And with spring just around the corner, I thought it might be fitting to share a super simple broccoli salad recipe that I’ve been making for years.

Yummy Broccoli Slaw (such an easy side dish!)

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2013 | 7 comments

I’ve never been a huge fan of coleslaw — however, when it comes to Broccoli Slaw, I’ll almost always go back up for 2nds or even 3rds. I love this easy side dish!

Broccoli Slaw is versatile enough to work with backyard BBQ’s, a simple sandwich buffet, or even a big holiday ham dinner — and today, I’m sharing my super simple recipe for this yummy side dish!

Hot Fruit Salad (in the Slow Cooker)

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2013 | 25 comments

Fruit salad… in a slow cooker? Yes, you read that right — and it is one of my all-time favorite fruit salad recipes!

It’s so simple and uses mostly non-perishable canned fruits, so you can always keep the ingredients on hand for a last-minute side dish.

Caramel Apple Salad

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2012 | 11 comments

If you’re in the mood for caramel apples but don’t necessarily feel like going through all the work and making a sticky mess out of your kitchen; take 10 minutes to make this delicious, light, fluffy Caramel Apple Salad instead.

It’s so good, you could even use it as a dessert!

30 Delicious Backyard BBQ Side Dishes

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2011 | 11 comments

BBQ’s are one of my favorite things about spring and summer. I absolutely LOVE eating outside {even with the bugs} and now that we have our farmhouse, I can see us hosting many, many BBQ’s over the next several years! Now, obviously the main part of hosting a BBQ is the meat; but what about everything else? In my opinion, it’s usually the side dished that can make or break your party. So if you’re struggling to come up with […]

Mango Salsa Chicken and Avocado Salad

posted by Andrea | 04/29/2011 | 7 comments

Remember my recent post about frugal, family friendly meals — and how much Dave and I love Mexican recipes? Well, today I’m happy to share another simple, delicious, family-friendly Mexican meal — from the kitchen of Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo, my friends over at Fit Marriage. Watch their video recipe below You may have to click here if you’re reading this via email or feed reader. And you can click here if you still can’t view the video. Doesn’t that look […]