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Salads don’t need to be boring! Impress your taste buds with these amazingly colorful, easy and fun recipes. These tasty salads are packed with veggies and protein, and are great for meal prep or bringing to your next family gathering! Try my Easy Mediterranean Pasta Salad, Greek Salad, or our family’s favorite Caesar salad dressing. You’ll never want to buy store bought dressing again!

Arugula Beet Feta Salad with Candied Pecans

Bowl of salad with pecans beets and arugula

Beets are way underrated – if you have never cooked with this delicious and versatile superfood, today is the day to start.  Beneath that tough exterior and that gorgeous deep purple hue, beetroots are a very nutritious root vegetable. They are rich sources of potassium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It doesn’t get the credit it deserves! The latest addition to my salad recipes is this stunning beet salad with feta, arugula, and candied pecans. I would describe it as fresh, nutty, sweet, and salty. There’s also a balsamic vinaigrette that brings out all the best flavors of this...

Delicious Steak Salad With Yogurt Dressing

Close up of Steak salad with vegetables, cheese and creamy dressing

Here’s the thing about barbecues: they’re fun and delicious, but can sometimes get pretty unhealthy. All that meat, burger and hot dog buns, potato dishes, beer… not exactly the most heart-friendly!  But Cassandra, I have salad on the side at my barbecue parties! 😉 Sure, but are you really filling up on boring salad greens when the grill’s going? My tip to make that salad more interesting? Make it an appetizing Delicious Steak Salad With Yogurt Dressing!  This steak salad features scrumptiously marinated, thinly sliced steak atop a bed of fresh vegetables complete with cheese...

Summer Berry Salad With Candied Almonds & Goat Cheese

Close up view of a berry salad on a platter

Call me obsessed, but anytime I get to add berries to a dish, I’ll do it. I mean, what’s not to love? They’re juicy, bite-sized and rich in antioxidants! Plus, they bring back all of those happy childhood memories of snacking on blackberries by the pool with my family. This summer berry salad is loaded with blueberries, blackberries, arugula, cucumbers, avocados, goat cheese and sugared almonds. Sweet, refreshing and just a hint of balsamic vinegar to top it off! It is the perfect side dish to go with a seafood or red meat dish.  Recipe Ingredients Let me preface this by saying that...

Easy Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Pasta salad with cherry tomatoes

Growing up, I was surrounded by loads of Mediterranean food influences. I had a family full of amazing cooks and I was always served the best dishes from scratch, and now that I’m older, I realize that I was incredibly lucky to have had someone cook for me.  In Mediterranean cooking, we use a lot of flavorful plant-based foods like legumes, grains, and herbs. But, we also love our sauces and dressings.  People tend to think of Mediterranean food like Italian, but it actually is a melting pot of European, Middle Eastern, Asian, and African cuisines. This Mediterranean pasta salad...

Simple Shirazi Salad

I’m so excited to share another Persian recipe with you guys because whenever there’s food involved, it’s always a good idea to go back to your heritage, am I right?  With that said, I love trying new things and tasting food from different cuisines. What is your favorite dish from your culture or heritage? Let me know by commenting on this blog post – I’d love to know!  Shirazi salad or Salad-e Shirazi is a vibrant, colorful salad that is commonly served in any Iranian household, including my own. It is known for this really uniform look since everything is cut to about the same...

Peach Arugula Salad With Honey Balsamic Dressing

a salad with blueberries served on a bowl

Summer is here!!! Aside from the fact that I can finally stash away those bulky jackets, the warmer weather and sunnier days are welcomed by more time at the cabin, playing outside with Pete followed by ice cream! Guess who loves getting out of the house more than I do? Woof, woof! Summer also means an array of ripe and juicy fruits just waiting to be picked and brought home. The first thing I’m getting my hands on is fresh peaches. These plump and fuzzy fruits are great eaten as-is, but they’re even better in a crispy peach cobbler and a boozy red sangria.  One other peach...

Healthy Strawberry Summer Salad

strawberry and spinach salad with red onion, avocado and basil leaves

Every summer, my husband and I host barbecue parties for our family and friends. Because I like having variation, that means needing to think of different sides and fixings for each party.  One of my must-haves is a salad – it’s healthy, refreshing and helps to balance the “heaviness” of all the grilled meats. But you’ll never see a boring salad at my party! I love serving steak salads (like this delicious steak salad with yogurt dressing), but when I need to fix something quick and easy, this strawberry summer salad is a great option. You really can’t go wrong with this salad. It’s...

Easy Quinoa Salad Bowl With Avocado Cilantro Dressing

Quinoa salad with avocado cilantro dressing

Today, I’m sharing with you one of my favorite make-ahead recipes: a veggie-loaded quinoa salad bowl with (the yummiest!) avocado dressing.  If it’s going to be a busy day, you bet I’m gonna be digging into this – one thing I’m vowing to do this year is to never let myself get hangry. In under 20 minutes, I can put together an insanely delicious and seriously healthy meal in one bowl, ready to go. And the avocado cilantro dressing is the cherry on top.  Some of my readers have asked if this is a raw vegetable salad, and actually, while that might be nice, I should clarify that...

Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki mixture

Okay, before I proceed to rave about this Greek godsend, let’s say this together: Tzatziki is pronounced sat-see-kee.  Not tuh-za tuh-zi-kee, nope. Sat-see-kee. I had to learn that the hard way. Oh, if you could just see the waiters trying to stifle a smile for all the times I proudly requested “more of that delicious tuh-za tuh-zi-kee for my kabobs”.  It wasn’t until I was on the phone later that night, telling a friend how darn good it was, when she laughed, “You know it’s pronounced sat-see-kee, right?” LOL.  I never made that mistake again.  Anyway, if you’ve never...

Best Greek Salad Recipe

Greek salad made with tomatoes, onion, cucumber and pitted kalamata olives

Do you know the feeling of watching movies and wishing you were right there in the scene? Or is it just me?  I especially love movies that feature a group of old friends enjoying a long summer lunch in the backyard and sipping on a fruity watermelon cocktail. The backdrop is filled with orange trees and olive trees, and even though lunch is over, it’s nice to just lounge about and graze on cheese.  Whenever I’m making this Greek salad, I try to picture myself in a movie like that. I’ll have a nice, slow lunch and then take a dip in the pool when I'm done. Okay, snap out of it,...

Easy Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Close up of chicken salad served in a bowl

There are tons of grilled chicken salad recipes where chicken takes the stage as the main protein source. You can mix and match vegetables, fruits, nuts and dressings to go with the grilled chicken breast meat.  This Mediterranean chicken salad is healthy and inviting. Picture lots of olives, cheeses, vibrant vegetables and tart, citrusy vinaigrettes. Yum! I like this recipe because it’s so easy to put together, with so many variations at your disposal. Say hello to your next appetizer!  Is This Recipe Really Healthy? I believe in living a moderate lifestyle and eating balanced...

Easy Caesar Salad Dressing

Caesar salads are one of those classic side dishes on the menu that’s hard to go wrong with. It’s got crisp romaine lettuce, crunchy croutons, and cheese. There are also added protein options, such as grilled chicken breasts, cajun shrimp, salami, and bacon.   The thing that makes a Caesar salad spectacular, I believe, is the dressing that ties it all together. It is rich with flavors from anchovies, garlic mayonnaise, cheese, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce, all blended together.  I decided to take a stab at making homemade Caesar salad dressing, and can you believe it...

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