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Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Poppy Seed Dressing: apples, grapes, pomegranate tossed in a super flavorful honey-lime dressing with poppy seeds! This salad is so pretty - it will make a great appetizer, side dish, or a dish you could bring as party food to a family gathering! It's a great salad to make in the […] Read More

Butternut Squash & Spinach Salad with Pecans, Cranberries, Pomegranate with Poppy Seed Honey-Lime Dressing - a great choice for Thanksgiving or any other winter holiday menu!   This is a perfect Autumn or Winter salad , since it uses lots of seasonal ingredients that are available this time of the year.  Healthy, gluten free, packed with […] Read More

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing - this is really one of the best chicken salads you'll ever taste!  The homemade, easy-to-make poppy seed dressing makes this salad quite special. Give yourself and your family a treat - scroll down to the recipe and make this salad! Not only is this salad great […] Read More

Radish Avocado Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Green Onions + easy homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette with Garlic.  Healthy, Mediterranean Style Recipe, full of fiber and nutrients. This is a great recipe to use radish.  Radish is so good for you, and this healthy, edible root vegetable should not be ignored!   It should be on your grocery shopping […] Read More

Tomato Basil Avocado Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Dressing - you'll love this refreshing, healthy, Mediterranean style salad. Made with fresh ingredients, it's perfect for the Summer! One of my favorite salad dressings ever is just a simple dressing with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey. It goes really well with these salad ingredients: This salad […] Read More

Broccoli Pecan Cranberry Salad with Bacon

Broccoli Salad with Pecans, Cranberries, Raisins, and Bacon - healthy, DELICIOUS, gluten free salad, packed with fiber! One of my most favorite salads! If you love nuts and dried fruit - this is a great recipe for you! I like to rehydrate dried cranberries and raisins in boiled water so that they are plumper and […] Read More

Broccoli Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Broccoli Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - this delicious salad is loaded with veggies (broccoli, cherry tomatoes, sweet peas), sharp Cheddar cheese, pasta shells, and bacon! With so many veggies in this salad, you get both healthy food and comfort food all in one! The salad can easily be made gluten free by using gluten free […] Read More

Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette - healthy, delicious, easy-to-make salad! Perfect for the Thanksgiving menu, this is one looking holiday salad.  With lots of good for you ingredients, this recipe is packed with fiber, and it's gluten free! While this salad is especially great for the holidays, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, it has […] Read More

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries - this easy Thanksgiving side dish is not only delicious and bursting with Fall and Holiday flavors (cinnamon, maple syrup), it's also healthy, gluten free, vegetarian, and packed with fiber! I love the combination of ingredients here!  Even if you don't like Brussels sprouts, you'll love […] Read More

Pasta Salad with Bacon, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella

Pasta Salad with Bacon, Garlic Roasted Tomatoes and Mozzarella - delicious and healthy recipe! Perfect for Summer cookouts, picnics! What makes this salad so special is that you're roasting cherry tomatoes with garlic, olive oil, and oregano, and them add them, including all the delicious drippings from the pan, to the rest of the ingredients. […] Read More

Disclaimer: I received compensation from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) to make this recipe and promote it.  All opinions are my own. Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes and Mozzarella - healthy, light, vegetarian side dish! Perfect for Summer cookouts, picnics! Gluten free friendly recipe (if you use gluten free brown rice pasta)! I made this […] Read More

Chicken Caesar Salad with Cannellini Beans and Avocado

Chicken Caesar Salad with Cannellini Beans and Avocado – healthy, gluten free salad. The salad is rich in natural fats, fiber, protein, and makes a great lunch or dinner! Cannellini beans (or any white beans) + avocado + Caesar dressing make this salad so very creamy - you'll love it! The addition of grilled chicken […] Read More

Crunchy Asian Salad with Chicken and Sesame Peanut Dressing

Crunchy Asian Salad with Chicken and homemade Sesame Peanut Dressing - gluten free, healthy recipe, full of fiber and nutrients! Lots of vegetables: spinach, cucumbers, red bell pepper, carrots, sugar snap peas – all tossed in a delicious, homemade peanut dressing, and topped with grilled chicken, toasted peanuts and sesame seeds. The salad dressing is […] Read More

Caesar salad with cannellini beans and avocado

Caesar Salad with Cannellini Beans and Avocado - healthy, vegetarian salad. Creamy, rich Cannellini Beans are a great, gluten-free alternative to bread croutons! I love white beans in salads - and they are a great addition to the Romaine lettuce salad with classic Caesar dressing. So good! Everybody raved about this recipe, even the kids! […] Read More

This Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with Pecans, Avocados (and Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing) is so good, you might as well double the recipe when you're making it! The recipe is filled with so much flavor, that I'm having a hard time finding the right words to describe it but I will try. :) Let's […] Read More

Quinoa Salad with Bacon and Roasted Butternut Squash, Carmelized Onions, Feta Cheese

Healthy Quinoa Salad with Bacon, Roasted Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onions and Feta cheese, with French Vinaigrette salad dressing (I used Brianna's French Vinaigrette salad dressing). You can also top the salad with pine nuts (optional but delicious!) This salad is so healthy and it's gluten free! For this salad, you will need to roast peeled […] Read More

Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pine Nuts, and Feta

Healthy Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pine Nuts, Caramelized Onions and Feta cheese, with French Vinaigrette salad dressing (I used Brianna's French Vinaigrette salad dressing - it's excellent! and it's gluten free!). This delicious salad is perfect for the Fall, and it's a great way to use butternut squash a little bit differently than […] Read More

Spinach salad with strawberries and toasted almonds

It's hard to say good bye to the Summer, and I still have some strawberries left in the refrigerator. Couldn't think of any better way to use them than to throw them into this simple spinach salad with strawberries and toasted almonds. Spinach and strawberries pair perfectly with a sweet balsamic vinegar dressing, made with […] Read More

Greek Tortellini Salad: Tomatoes, Avocados, Cucumbers

Greek tortellini salad with tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, feta cheese - in homemade Greek salad dressing. It's a delicious and healthy salad that uses fresh ingredients, lots of vegetables, and the dressing is made completely from scratch! While this salad is great served right after it's made, it also gets better if you let it marinate […] Read More

Strawberry, quinoa, spinach & cashew salad

Strawberry, quinoa, spinach, & cashew salad

Strawberry, quinoa, spinach and cashew salad with a homemade honey-mustard balsamic vinegar dressing. It's a delicious Summer salad, made with healthy, clean, whole food ingredients! This salad is vegetarian, gluten free, grain free, and dairy free! If you remove quinoa, it becomes paleo-friendly, too - a perfect lunch, dinner or snack for devoted cross-fitters. :) […] Read More

Strawberry spinach salad with bacon

Strawberry spinach salad with bacon

Simple and delicious salad that has a perfect combination of savory and sweet: strawberry spinach salad with bacon, feta cheese, and toasted almonds in a simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Spinach and strawberries pair perfectly with a sweet balsamic vinegar dressing, made with only 3 ingredients: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar. I like to […] Read More

Healthy quinoa with vegetables

Quinoa with vegetables

Healthy quinoa with vegetables: spinach, mushrooms, green onions, red bell pepper, and fresh peach (which adds a nice touch of freshness and sweetness!). This recipe is actually a variation of a quinoa dish I made (and really liked) several days ago. This recipe works well as a side dish or as an easy quinoa salad. […] Read More

Broccoli salad with strawberries, mango, and bacon

Broccoli salad with strawberries, blueberries, mango, apples, and bacon - with a homemade mayonnaise and sour cream based salad dressing. Deliciousness! Lots of healthy ingredients! This salad is crunchy, sweet and savory at the same time! Love the colors and the freshness of the ingredients. It's great for picnics, potlucks, and cook-outs! An added bonus […] Read More

Strawberry spinach salad

Strawberry spinach salad

Introducing my new favorite summer salad: Strawberry Spinach Salad, with Blueberries, Mango, Avocado, and Cashew nuts, with a Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing. This salad has become a new favorite in my family, and we make it all the time. This salad is colorful and refreshing like summer itself, and the dressing is super delicious! I […] Read More

Greek Tortellini Salad with Avocados, Cucumbers, Feta cheese

I love cucumbers. They are wonderful, tasty vegetables that work so well in salads, usually doing a great job playing a "supporting" role. Well, I happened to have lots of cucumbers in my fridge that were going a little soft, so I needed to come up with a recipe where cucumber would be one of […] Read More

Pineapple mango salsa

Pineapple mango salsa

I am very excited to see the first fresh mangoes of the season - so, naturally, I made some fresh pineapple mango salsa - one of my favorite ways to eat mangoes! Pineapple mango salsa is not just a salsa, it's a salad, a side dish, an appetizer. While it's great as-is, as a light […] Read More

Broccoli salad with bacon, raisins, and cheddar cheese

Broccoli salad with bacon, raisins, and cheddar cheese is a great way to eat lots of broccoli! This salad has a perfect combination of everything: sweet and savory flavors, crunchy veggies and soft cheese, saltiness and smokiness from bacon, freshness and fiber from the vegetables! If you like bacon, you'll love this refreshing salad - […] Read More

Sweet potato fry and BLT salad

Sweet potato fry and BLT salad

Who knew that such simple ingredients as spinach, tomatoes, bacon, and eggs when combined and served with a mayonnaise-based dressing could create such a delicious salad? If you haven't yet tried a BLT salad, hurry up and make it, especially if you have some extra vegetables that you need to use, such as spinach and […] Read More

Asian chicken salad recipe with ginger sesame dressing

Asian chicken salad with homemade ginger sesame dressing is a great, easy-to-throw-together salad for one of those days when you have too much spinach, some leftover chicken, and too many other odd veggies at your disposal. Combining all these ingredients together with a flavorful, sweet and sour Asian dressing turns this salad into a restaurant-quality […] Read More

Chicken taco salad

Chicken taco salad recipe

I love chicken salads, and one of my most favorite ones is a chicken taco salad with lots of vegetables, crushed tortilla chips, creamy Ranch dressing (or a healthier, Greek yogurt based dressing), served with sour cream and salsa on the side! This salad has everything: protein, carbs, veggies, fiber - it's a complete dinner […] Read More

Asian noodle salad with peanut dressing

Cold Asian noodle salad recipe (with peanut dressing!)

Light, refreshing, crunchy and easy-to-make salad (or dinner), anyone? When I first found this cold Asian noodle salad recipe (with homemade peanut sauce salad dressing, of all things!), it was love at first sight. After I've finally made it and have been eating it for 3 days in a row now, I am head over […] Read More

Arugula salad with walnuts, golden raisins, and Gorgonzola cheese

Arugula salad with walnuts, golden raisins, and Gorgonzola cheese I love baby arugula leaves - they are so good and flavorful in fresh salads! I also love spinach. Spinach and arugula definitely top the list of my favorite salad greens! They are easily interchangeable in recipes: in this salad, you can easily substitute spinach leaves […] Read More

Potato salad with tuna

Potato salad with tuna - Olivier Salad

This recipe is a very yummy twist on a regular potato salad. In addition to regular potato salad ingredients (potatoes, eggs, mayonnaise) this recipe uses some nice extras: fresh peas (well, frozen, but thawed and cooked), fresh cucumber, a little bit of pickles, cooked carrots, corn, and a touch of dill! The addition of these, […] Read More

Spinach salad with pomegranate seeds, pears, and prosciutto

While I think pear and prosciutto go together so well as an appetizer that you don't really need to add anything else, in this recipe I did add pomegranate seeds and spinach to create an actual salad. This salad could be served before dinner; it could be one of the appetizers on your table; or […] Read More

Chopped salad with fruit, pomegranates, nuts, and Gorgonzola cheese

I love pomegranate seeds and eat them pretty much as is, as a mid-day snack, but I also started looking for good recipes that call for actual pomegranate seeds. I just found and tested this one from Epicurious.com, and it is a keeper! Everybody who tried this salad so far has been in awe. And […] Read More

Arugula salad with caramelized onions, walnuts, pears, and Gorgonzola cheese

I haven't posted a single Thanksgiving-related recipe this season, and what am I posting the night before the Thanksgiving Day? Not a recipe for stuffing, pie, pumpkin soup or potato gratin. No. I am posting a mere salad recipe. A Thanksgiving salad recipe. Who eats salads on Thanksgiving, you might ask? Truth be told, I've […] Read More

Arugula salad with beets and Gorgonzola cheese

Arugula salad with beets and gorgonzola cheese, pecans

This is a truly incredible salad combining quite a variety of flavors on one plate: beets, oranges, pecans, Gorgonzola cheese, arugula.  Give it a try! It's not at all dominated by beets: all ingredients are well-balanced.  I like to put quite a lot of beets in there, but you can get away with as few […] Read More

spinach-salad-beets

Small amounts of beets go great with green salads.    In fact, seems like almost all fine dining restaurants these days have a green salad with beets on the menu. This salad combines different flavors which play off one another: tart and sweet, earthy and peppery, fresh and cooked. Spinach and beet salad with goat cheese, […] Read More