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Chopped Thai Shrimp Salad with Garlic Lime Dressing

It's time for another version of Chopped Salad Deliciousness. And I am not mad that this version includes spicy jalapeño garlic shrimp, chopped carrots and edamame, roasted cashews, baby spinach, and the lightest, crispiest, most addicting little golden ... Read More →

The Best Simple Kale Salad featuring a lemon and olive oil dressing, homemade breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese. YUM!

Toasted Bread and Parmesan Kale Salad

I might have just crossed the line: Bread, Parmesan, and Salad all typed together in the same recipe title. So, uhmmm, yes - this IS the best day of 2015 so far, thanks for asking. It's almost hard for me to describe how much I love this salad AND I KNOW ... Read More →

Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles

Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles

2015, I love you already. This salad is the flavor bomb of my life. I am trying to really put into words how much my mouth loves this combination of fresh and unexpected flavors, crunchy-filling textures, and nutritious food power. But mostly all I can do ... Read More →

Winter Power Quinoa Salad

Winter Rainbow Quinoa Salad

I'm so thrilled that today's post is post is sponsored by my favorite fruit of all time -- those golden, juicy, and delicious Opal apples. Major virtual high five to Opal apples for being amazing to eat and extra-amazing to eat in salads like this one. You ... Read More →

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Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad

Busting out the brussels sprouts today! And the b-b-b-b-bacon. As if there were another way. So there's a holiday coming up and it starts with T and ends with hanksgiving. We food lovers know this holiday well because it's the perfect time for us to say ... Read More →

Rainbow Veggie Bowls with Jalapeño Ranch

Rainbow Veggie Bowls with Jalapeño Ranch

Prepare to have your mouth hugged by this creamy, tangy, spicy jalapeño ranch. In addition to guiding the wonder that is homemade jalapeño ranch straight into your arms today, I am also telling you how much you will enjoy pouring jalapeño ranch (❤) over a ... Read More →

Chopped Watermelon Chicken Salad - blue cheese, watermelon, almonds, spinach, chicken, and a balsamic reduction. Like summer on a plate! 300 calories. |

Balsamic Watermelon Chicken Salad

Watermelon on a salad like what is going on. I've had this idea written up on my nice little kitchen chalkboard for at least three weeks now. The name "Watermelon Chicken Salad" sat there happily on the board right next to all my other random ideas, most of ... Read More →

Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing - a rainbow of power veggies tossed with a simple made-from-scratch Thai dressing. 390 calories. |

Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing

This salad. I could just cry. Today is The Day of New Things for me, and an overwhelmingly yummy Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing is only appropriate to match the occasion. Remember when we talked about how I was going to leave my teaching job ... Read More →

Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad - my new favorite! takes 15 minutes to prep + full of flavor and crunch. |

Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad with Roasted Asparagus

Reporting live from vacay! And breaking news: as of our arrival yesterday, the beaches of North Carolina have re-invented my ideal vacation. Right now I'm gazing out the wrap-around bank of picture windows in this big ol' beach house, taking in the long ... Read More →

Spicy Peanut Chicken Soba Noodle Salad - colorful bell peppers with chewy soba noodles, shredded chicken, and a life changingly simple Spicy Peanut Sauce. Hot or cold, yumyumyum. 320 calories. |

Spicy Peanut Chicken Soba Noodle Salad

Remember when I used to have a dishwasher? I don't. Five months of washing dishes by hand means I've completely forgotten what life was like back when I had a appliance friend to help me out with my least favorite domestic chore of all the chores, ever. ... Read More →

Green Goddess Detox Salad - avocado, almonds, spinach, pea shoots, and healthy homemade Green Goddess dressing. Healthy + yummy. |

Green Goddess Detox Salad + Vacation Pictures

You know those times when you come back from a vacation? *droopy sad face* I think I might have mentioned it a bajillion times already but we just got back from a very warm, very sunny, very extra relaxing vacation to Arizona. I'm still grieving the loss of ... Read More →

Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Salad wth Miso Dressing - fresh, green, crunchy-delicious. |

Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing

One thing about this Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing: must. eat. now. One thing about me at a restaurant: I'm an obsessive pre-orderer. The beautiful thing about the fancy techno world of today is that menus are available online, ... Read More →

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Rainbow Chicken Salad with Almond Honey Mustard Dressing

One thing I love: this dressing, which I am still licking off my fingers as I type this. TMI? One thing I Do Not Like: when I have to stay home alone. Example --> when Bjork goes on work trips. He got invited to go to an affiliate conference with a ... Read More →

Moroccan Salad with Cilantro Orange Dressing - so many pretty and healthful ingredients and SO much flavor. |

Moroccan Salad with Cilantro Orange Dressing

For the last hour I've been listening to One Direction. Excuse me, JAMMING to One Direction. Why am I susceptible to the music of tween girls? EEEEE. I have a crush on all pop music ever. Cause it would be totally normal that my adult ears would ... Read More →

Chopped Brussels Sprout Salad - always requested by my family at holiday meals! |

Chopped Brussels Sprouts Salad with Creamy Shallot Dressing

So this is the part where you ask me if I'm just repeating recipes on you. And then I answer: ummm, lemme think. Yes. Okay, no, not really, but I still have the taste of this pomegranate wild rice salad in my mouth and dreams of the bacon and brussels ... Read More →

Pomegranate, Kale, and Wild Rice Salad with Walnuts and Feta - a perfect way to freshen up the table this Thanksgiving! |

Pomegranate, Kale, and Wild Rice Salad with Walnuts and Feta

Oh my good gravy. I mean, no gravy. Just pretty Thanksgiving salad. I mean, salad that tastes like gravy. I mean, no, wait, ummm... Can't. Think. ... Read More →

Brussels Sprouts Salad

Chopped Brussels Sprout Salad with Chicken and Walnuts

We're house hunting and I need help. But first, I'll tell you about this salad. House lovers, scroll down. This salad = yumyumyum. I have always loved thinly sliced Brussels sprouts in salads (I slice mine on a mandoline - works like a veggie cutting ... Read More →

Chicken Blueberry Poppyseed Salad

Chicken and Nectarine Poppy Seed Salad

I'm going salad crazy. Oh, wait, I said that already yesterday. A chicken and nectarine poppy seed salad is basically this: sweet juicy nectarines, bursts of blueberry, delicate baby spinach, lightly spiced grilled chicken, nutty chopped almonds, and ... Read More →

Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

I’m going salad crazy. After living in the Philippines for a year, where it’s easy to forget about things like fresh spinach and arugula, where salads are usually the culprit for any and all stomach sickness, and where the Chopped Thai Chicken Salad ... Read More →

Avocado Salad

Avocado Cucumber Grapefruit Salad

Oh my. This is fresh and pretty. How can a salad with soft pinks and light greens and the most cooling, refreshing flavors not make you feel like the most beautiful thing alive? Apparently avocados, cucumbers, grapefruit (or gorgeously pink pomelo for us ... Read More →

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Chopped Thai Chicken Salad

A salad. Say what? Yes, a salad. This is like the 2nd salad I've made in the last year. The Philippines is out to get me in the salad department. Conventional wisdom says: it's hot, make a salad. But reality says, where are the bags of pre-washed baby ... Read More →

An Edible Mosaic

An Edible Mosaic Cookbook Giveaway

Raise your hand if you love Middle Eastern cookbooks! What's that? You don't have any Middle Eastern cookbooks? I didn't either, actually, until I got my hands on a copy of An Edible Mosaic - a cookbook written by Faith Gorsky from An Edible Mosaic blog ... Read More →

Chicken Salad

Honey Chicken Salad with Grapes and Feta

WHY have I waited this long to make a chicken salad in the Philippines? Sometimes I’m really late to the game. And sometimes is like, all the time. This salad is my life right now. The textures, the flavors, and the perfect amount of light, sweet honey ... Read More →

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad with Sesame Chili Vinaigrette

That one time I put Sesame Chili Vinaigrette on every food I ate ever? Best thing ever. But can I tell you what's actually consuming my mind right now? It's that I hate bad lunches. Today I ate this horrible tasting, horribly colored, overpriced boxed ... Read More →

Stuffed Tomatoes

Roasted Corn and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes

I love tomatoes. Stuffed with roasted corn, basil, and cheese?  I ate all 6 of them. So I was really sad to find out that the tomatoes that I've been buying in the grocery store are not fairly harvested.  In fact, tomato fields in the US have been called ... Read More →

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Asian Chicken Salad

One of my strengths as a teacher is the impromptu game. And since you asked, one such game that I often pull out of my back pocket is called Password. Here are the rules: you get one word clues that will help you guess the "password". I think I might ... Read More →

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Bacon and Brussel Sprout Salad

I'm sneaking bites of brussel sprout salad from the fridge every 3 minutes. I think that means I'm a grown up now. Brussel sprouts in and of themselves are kind of fun, but really, how fun are shaved brussel sprouts? This salad is full of fun things. Like ... Read More →

Honey Walnut Salad

Honey Walnut Power Salad

Almonds and a Diet Coke. That was my sad lunch today. As someone who feels that lunch is one of the highlights of the day (sandwiched between chocolate snacks and bedtime), having a bad lunch is more than just a little depressing. To all you out there ... Read More →

Tex-Mex Taco Salad

Tex-Mex Taco Salad

Remember when I made this dip? Remember how I had to buy Velveeta cheese for it? Remember how there's still a block of Velveeta bigger than my head sitting in the fridge? Well not anymore it's not. ... Read More →

Creamy Baked Corn

Creamy Baked Corn

This Creamy Baked Corn is tagged as "Vegetarian" and "Salad", which makes me a complete liar. Don't tell Santa. Vegetarian? Possibly. Salad? Oh my word. Not even close. And I mean that in the most delicious way possible. ... Read More →

Spicy-Sweet Squash Bowl

Spicy-Sweet Squash Bowl

There is about to be a party in your mouth. Toasted pecans, fresh spinach, cool cilantro, brown sugar, curry, cinnamon, and white bean hummus.  What in the world are you supposed to call all that amazingness? Spicy-Sweet Quinoa Squash Bowl, according to ... Read More →

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Harvest Salad with Maple Dressing

How do you eat all your favorite fall foods in just one healthy and awesomely easy meal? Answer: Make a sweetpotato-kielbasa-apple-onion-bacon-and-everything-fall-delicious salad.  And call it a Harvest Salad. That's the kinda harvest I'm talking about. ... Read More →

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Spicy Peanut Chicken Salad

Did you know that red Thai chili peppers at the farmer's market are only sold by the hundreds? Not kidding. And yes, I'm still talking about the farmer's market. So what do you do when you only need one? Just one little itty bitty red Thai chili? ... Read More →

Mango Chicken Salad

Mango Chicken Salad

P90X. Have you heard of it? No? Come to this house and you will hear about it. Possibly every other sentence this week has started with “P90X…” And now’s the part where I smirk and tell you that it’s not actually me that’s doing the P90X exercise ... Read More →


Creamy Cilantro Dressing

There’s power in a good salad. The problem is, most salads are not delicious. Come on. You know you were thinking the same thing. I try to like to eat salads because they make for a fast, filling meal- when done right, I can use up all my fresh farmer’s ... Read More →

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5-Minute Green Curry Salad

There’s a battle going on over here. It’s hot out. I want to bake and I don’t want to bake. And I want to bake. Wahh. Then again, do I really want to turn on the oven when we live in a cute little house with no air conditioning?  ... Read More →


Greek Salad with Paprika Croutons

Fattoush? Yes, Fattoush. Sort of. Could I call this Minnesotan Fattoush, since I did not make it with a pita and enjoyed it with bottled dressing? ... Read More →

Avocado Blue Cheese Dressing

Avocado Blue Cheese Dressing

Ahhhvocado. The vegetable (fruit?) that makes everything better. Even buttercream frosting, or so this lady says. That frosting is at the top of my list of things to try, and after yesterday’s experiment with radishes, I’m feeling especially gutsy. ... Read More →

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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Sometimes I have good ideas. Like this Roasted Sweet Potato Salad. I’m going to say it’s my best idea all week! A fresh, sweet, and mildly spicy potato salad that’s also vegan?! Yes, please! Runner up for best idea of the week would be evacuating my ... Read More →

Spicy Corn Salad Dip

Spicy Corn Salad

Hello, friends. Welcome to the land of church picnics, school potlucks, and camping food. The land where everything has mayonnaise, salads have crushed Fritos in them, and the only vegetable on the table is corn. And nobody thinks twice about it. ... Read More →

Smoky Paprika Croutons Recipe

Smoky Paprika Croutons

It started as soup. Potato Leek Soup with bacon and homemade croutons, to be more specific. But what it really became was Smoky Paprika Croutons with Potato Leek Soup. I decided I would double the soup recipe, since it only made 4 servings and there are a ... Read More →

Rosemary, Goat Cheese, and Wild Rice

Rosemary Goat Cheese Wild Rice

I almost called this easy dinner a salad, but to avoid the image of either a leafy, light, and unfilling meal, or a creamy mayonnaise-based dish at a picnic… I guess I’d rather not call it a salad. That being said, this is super healthy! (Remember - it’s ... Read More →

Smoked Almond and Goat Cheese Salad

Smoked Almond and Goat Cheese Salad

1 year: Stuffed my face with cake. 5 years: Indulged in greasy pizza and glittery prizes at Chuck E. Cheese. 10 years: Opened my best present yet: a set of Pogs (not to be confused with Pugs). 15 years: Celebrated with a murder mystery party. Don’t ... Read More →

Avocado Bacon Orzo

Avocado Bacon Orzo

When I said let the avocado obsession continue, I really meant it. I’m realizing that I will probably eat at least $20.00 worth of avocados this week. And I’m frighteningly comfortable with that. Besides discovering that warm avocados are delicious, ... Read More →

Shrimp and Feta Orzo

Shrimp and Feta Orzo

“You never know what you can do until you try.” At least, according to my poster at school. (Inspirational teacher moment) This quote has proven true in many areas of life, including, but not limited to, school. For example, I never thought I could make ... Read More →