Italian Green Salad


I was planning on making my cousin Stuffed Manicotti and my Mom’s Garlic Bread one night for dinner dreaming about what sort of gorgeous dessert I could serve us when she suggested we make a salad or some sort of vegetable dish with our dinner. Buzz kill! There went my thought of the perfect dessert…

Fresh Ahi Tuna Salad {w/avocado}


Have I ever told you about my problem with impulse spending? It’s grocery store specific. (Mostly…) I see something in the grocery store that looks good and/or is on sale and I want to buy it. I have no thought in mind as to what I’m going to do with said ingredient. I just see…

Basil Strawberry Spinach Salad


I’m desperately trying to eat more “greens” in my life on a daily basis and the easiest way to do that for me is to make a salad. My problem is that simple side salads bore me. Like what’s more boring than a salad with cucumbers, tomato and dressing? Hardly anything. So to tempt my…

Beet Blue Cheese Walnut Salad


I’m not overly fond of eating salad for dinner but do enjoy a nice starter salad, especially when out to eat at a fancy steak house. I’ve had a beet salad or two in my day at my local steakhouse, 555 East and thoroughly enjoyed the taste and the experience. After eyeing up some golden beets…

Roasted Asparagus, Blue Cheese and Soft Boiled Egg Salad


I bought two pounds of asparagus the other day with no real plans of what to do with it, which is really odd. I almost never buy perishable foods without a plan in mind. I also bought a huge tub of mixed greens to make salad so I thought I would try to find another…

Wedge Salad


In my opinion, iceberg lettuce gets a bad rap. I mean sure it’s supposed to be nearly nutritionally devoid, but yet it tastes so good. And it reminds me of my youth. As does romaine lettuce. So iceberg lettuce clearly has its place and one of those places is in a wedge salad. This recipe…

Spring Berry Salad


The idea of seasons is kind of laughable to me because I live in Southern California where probably about 90% of the time it’s some variation of 70s or 80s and sunny. It doesn’t seem overly often that there’s a cloud in the sky actually. For most of the rest of the Northern Hemisphere it…

Blueberry, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad


My aunt is in town for her first visit in about 8 or 9 years. She bought a giant tub of mixed greens when we were at Costco the other day, impressively, for $3.79. I happened to have two giant blocks of blue cheese in my fridge (also from Costco) and was on the look…

Factory Chopped Salad {copycat}


It’s been many years since I worked at the Cheesecake Factory but my love for their food remains. I can still picture the end of a night shift where another bartender and myself would perch in the paper room with a plateful of Factory Nachos and our favorite dessert to split, Fresh Strawberry Shortcake (extra…

Classic Cobb Salad


If ever there were a salad I could claim as my own, it would be the Cobb salad. And by “claim as my own” I mean it’s the only salad I continuously reach for. And by “continuously” I mean that I eat it a handful of times a year. at work when I forgot to…

Arugula, Avocado and Asparagus Salad


Mmmm. So I discovered that roasted asparagus tastes delicious in salad after I made a salad with asparagus, bacon and blue cheese and then I immediately wanted more of it. So I perused Pinterest to find other salad recipes that included roasted asparagus. I have to tell you, there aren’t a ton. People, listen up….

Roasted Asparagus Bacon Blue Cheese Arugula Salad


This week I purchased a package of spinach, a package of arugula and a package of romaine lettuce with really nothing in mind with what to do with any of them besides the arugula. I intended to and succeeded in recreating a salad my sister made over Christmas.  I’m not sure about you but I…

Caprese Spinach Salad


I have this thing with spinach. I typically only eat baby spinach because I can’t handle the size of regular spinach. And I don’t like the stem on either size. I will take a meticulously long time to de-stem spinach for a salad. I mean how many times have you been eating a spinach salad…

Arugula Salad {w/lemon vinaigrette}


I’m not very good at eating my greens. I’m sure I’ve said that many times. Part of my problem is I only like vegetables certain ways. For example, broccoli must be cooked and usually eaten with copious amounts of melted cheese. Same for kale and spinach. I also do not like raw brussels sprouts, cauliflower…

Warm Spinach Salad with {chicken} Sausage


I was doing a pared down version of a 10-day detox for the last three days, wherein I wasn’t eating dairy, caffeine, carbohydrates, fruit, sugar or (most) bad fat. That basically leaves low-fat proteins (in controlled quantities) and veggies. Every couple of weeks I subject myself to this detox–mainly when I’m not feeling well, which is how…

Israeli Couscous with Mango, Cucumber and Cilantro


My grandma sent me this recipe! She clipped it from some magazine that offers healthy choices. I’ve been eyeing this recipe up for a while and recently bought a mango and cucumber so I could try it. I found most of my ingredients at Trader Joe’s, including the Israeli couscous. I didn’t use quite the…

Spinach and Strawberry Salad {w/mango!}


I picked this salad recipe for my dad who does his best to eat healthy, (I must be the mail man’s daughter?) and because the other day I realized I have very few salad recipes on my blog (when a coworker asked me to recommend my favorite salad from my blog, which was met with…

Cherry Tomato Salad


To me this seems like the prefect summer salad or side dish – especially if you love tomatoes like I do. ingredients. 6 c. red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved if large Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Buttermilk-Basil Dressing directions Put the cherry tomatoes in a large serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper…