Fall Quinoa and Kale Salad

  Take a look at this salad.  Tell me that doesn’t look beautiful and delicious.  But don’t actually tell me that, or type me that, or whatever … because you know it’s not true.  You know this baby looks fantastic.  What you may not know is the little trick I used to make it tasteContinue reading “Fall Quinoa and Kale Salad”

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Pecorino

  I’ve eaten this salad three days in a row.  Here’s why. Unique texture, delicious taste, and high levels of vitamins and nutrients.  You know I love versatility in dish, especially in a salad. I am, indeed, a salad girl.  It’s easy to be when cheese and bacon are involved, right?   Well, it’s justContinue reading “Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Pecorino”

Summer Salad Round-Up

The 4th of July is almost here!  Although according to my assessment of downtown Chicago, most people have celebrated “Independence Eve” by taking the 3rd off as well.  Bravo! In preparation for the festivities, I put together a list of my favorite go-to summer salad recipes.  These recipes are perfect for BBQ’s, picnics, and potlucksContinue reading “Summer Salad Round-Up”

Mexican Couscous Salad

  Here’s a simple one for ya.  No excuse for ya not to make this salad.  (I’m going to type “ya” in this post. Ya got it?) This salad is easy to prepare and even easier to gobble up.  Just combine the ingredients then toss and serve. I make this one constantly during the summerContinue reading “Mexican Couscous Salad”

Lentil Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Feta Cheese

Here’s a clever little twist I came up with.  I added a couple ingredients to this lovely lentil orzo salad recipe from my archives.  This time around, I topped it with sauteed shrimp and crumbled feta cheese.  Yeah, I hear ya … “Real clever, Emily.  Adding crumbled feta and sauteed shrimp to most anything willContinue reading “Lentil Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Feta Cheese”

Spring Greens with Grilled Chicken, Strawberries, Avocado, and Feta

  The classic example of seasonal fruit.  When strawberries are in season, I can not resist.  I say hello to these beauties during May and June when they’re plump, sweet, and juicy.  Then, I say goodbye until the following Spring.  Simply delicious this time of year.  Yup, I’m a strawberry snob and proud of it.Continue reading “Spring Greens with Grilled Chicken, Strawberries, Avocado, and Feta”

Chicken Salad with Grapes, Almonds, and Tarragon Dressing

  Chicken salad is so subjective.  Everyone thinks of something a little different when they hear those two words. Everyone has their favorite way to prepare it.  I wouldn’t dare claim this recipe as “the best” or “the greatest.”  I’ll be political here.  What I will tell you?  This is the way I like itContinue reading “Chicken Salad with Grapes, Almonds, and Tarragon Dressing”

Wedge Salad with Buttermilk Herb Ranch Dressing

  The classic wedge salad is making a comeback.  The revolution is happening in your kitchen.  Not a steakhouse. Believe it. A hunk of super crisp iceberg lettuce soaked in creamy homemade ranch dressing and topped with crispy bacon, scallions, tomatoes, crumbly blue cheese, and freshly cracked black pepper.  It may not be the healthiestContinue reading “Wedge Salad with Buttermilk Herb Ranch Dressing”

Homemade Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing

  Homemade salad dressing vs. store-bought salad dressing.  No comparison.  Homemade always wins. Every time.  C’mon…we all know it’s true. What do I normally do on a weeknight when it comes to salad dressing, you ask?  I simply squeeze a little fresh lemon juice onto some baby greens, toss with extra virgin olive oil, salt,Continue reading “Homemade Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing”

Mediterranean Farro Salad

  I like to pretend I’m Italian.  I like to pretend I’m living on a Tuscan farm.  On that farm, I’m growing my own fruit, picking my own vegetables, and sun bathing in my beautiful garden.  I like to pretend these things are reality…before I put on my winter coat, scarf, hat, and gloves and trudgeContinue reading “Mediterranean Farro Salad”