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My Favorite Summer Salads

My Favorite Summer Salads // shutterbean

I love salads but I love them even more when it’s SUMMER TIME! The fresh produce gets me!  I went through my archives, and today I’m sharing with you some of my summer salad favorites. Most of them would be great at a picnic or dinner party and you’ll even find some inspiration for lunches throughout the work week.  Enjoy!

GRILLED GREEK PANZANELLA

Bread that’s been grilled and turned into a salad. Need I say more??!

Vegan Taco Salad // shutterbean

VEGAN TACO SALAD

A great salad to take to work!

Spicy Corn Tomato Avocado Salad // shutterbean

SPICY CORN TOMATO AVOCADO SALAD

A salad that would be perfect served with a bag of tortilla chips. And sometimes tortilla chips can pass as dinner during the summertime. Am I right??

COUNTRY ITALIAN SALAD

A hearty Italian number. When you want a SUBSTANTIAL salad for dinner, chicken or tuna are welcome.

Nectarine Caprese Salad // shutterbean

NECTARINE CAPRESE SALAD

Summer bounty mixed with creamy burrata. What could go wrong?

FARRO SALAD

THE BEST SALAD to bring on a picnic.

CHICKEN TOSTADA SALAD

There’s a tostada under that mound of lettuce. Get in there! Have two while you’re at it.

VIETNAMESE NOODLE SALAD W/ GRILLED TOFU

A dish that makes you feel light…and exploits your grill!

Broccoli Kale Slaw // shutterbean

BROCCOLI KALE SLAW

When you’re in need of serious crunch! Another Trader Joe’s recreation of mine.

ORZO SALAD

This is what I like to call a BASE salad because you can put a scoop in your other salads for the rest of the week.

Great picnic salad too!

SUPER SPINACH SALAD

There’s so much to love about this one. That carrot ginger dressing is great! Also it’s another Trader Joe’s recreation!

ARUGULA SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES

If you have a surplus of strawberries, put them in a salad. They go well with arugula, goat cheese & pecans.

CHARRED CORN SALAD

Get your corn fix in with this charred corn salad. Another really good base salad for the week.

THAI WATERMELON SALAD

I could seriously drink this dressing. You’ll love how well it balances with the watermelon & spicy arugula.

SALT & VINEGAR POTATO SALAD

My favorite potato salad EVER.  If you’re not a fan of mayo, this one is for you.

It’s got a nice dose of Old Bay Seasoning. I can’t get enough of it.

TOMATO & WATERMELON SALAD

The dressing is incredible and you’re gonna love the goat cheese & cashew additions.

SHREDDED RAINBOW SALAD

Eat the rainbow! This “slaw” is full of crunch. It’s so pretty too!

SIMPLE GREEK SALAD

My GO-TO Summer dinner. Any excuse to eat a grilled pita is fine with me…

We usually add grilled chicken to ours!

THAI BEEF SALAD WITH HERBS

My husband loved this one probably because of the meat, mint & cilantro combination.

apple avocado arugula salad

AVOCADO APPLE & ARUGULA SALAD

Since apples aren’t a summer fruit, I make this one with nectarines or plums. Still incredible.

sushi roll edamame salad

SUSHI ROLL EDAMAME SALAD

When you want sushi but you also want a salad…

kale slaw

KALE SLAW WITH RED CABBAGE & CARROTS

Holy FIBER, Batman.

TOMATOES WITH CORIANDER VINAIGRETTE

Enhancing sliced tomatoes like nobody’s business.

MANGO APPLE SALAD W/ SUGARED LIME ZEST

I love offering guests a fruit option for dessert. This fruit salad/dessert definitely passes the test! The lime zest is incredible on mangoes and apples. If you don’t have apples, try pineapple.

Melon & Mint Salad

MELON & MINT SALAD

Light and refreshing. Best served cold. It’s a palette cleanser for sure which means it’s a great end to a wonderful meal. If you have any leftover it would be great in a cocktail…or how about make a spiked slushy??!

A Thanksgiving Brainstorm

THANKSGIVING ROUND UP // shutterbean

OK. Thanksgiving. Oof. It’s less than a week away. Are we ready?? I just wrote out my TO-DO list and thankfully it’s not as bad because I got older/wiser and decided to divvy up responsibilities. I’ve got turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, dinner roll & gravy duty this year. Oh and I’m gonna add a few appetizers as well.  The cleaning the house part is what I’m worried about most. But that’s a whole other post all together! If you’re looking for some fail-proof/no fuss recipes, I dug into my archives for you.

Thanksgiving, WE GOT YOU!

I love lists, Friday!

I LOVE LISTS FRIDAY

  1. Cats with unusual markings!  I like the cat within the cat.
  2. I’m guilty of staring at this Age Transformation for far too long
  3. Heather makes Brussels Sprouts look DANG GOOD!
  4. Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies that I want to jam in my face. YUM.
  5. Cutest little tap dancer!
  6. I’m in love with Black & Gold now.
  7. More Totoro Love! OMG these are sooooo cute.
  8. My husband can relate to this & this.
  9. I did it! I bought the sweater! Stay tuned for a photo.
  10. A whole lot of quips from Bill Cosby. Hilarity!
  11. I really want to make these cookies. They were my favorite growing up.
  12. This video made me teary and made me want to hug my mom.
  13. Twenty Something vs. Thirty Something party edition!
  14. These noodles look AMAZING.
  15. This dog will make you smile. Guaranteed.
  16. I haaaaaaaate being late. 

No Bites Around the Net this week (sad face!) which means you need to get cooking/baking!

Here are some suggestions:

PEAR CORNMEAL CAKE W/ ROSEMARY SYRUP

PUMPKIN PECAN ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

SPINACH TORTELLINI SOUP

STICKY CRANBERRY GINGERBREAD

PUMPKIN BOURBON MILKSHAKES

Drinks to Warm the Heart

Don’t you love a warm boozy drink? Not only do you have a way to warm your hands, but you get to warm your insides too.  Today I put together a little roundup of my favorite warm/boozy drinks. Cuz it’s Halloween and you might wanna bring a nice hot drink in your travel coffee mug while you’re trick-or-treating.

Parents looking out for parents.

Boozy Fruity Mulled Cider

Pasta Frittata w/ Taleggio & Mushrooms

Pasta Frittata with Taleggio & Mushrooms // shutterbean

When we were first dating, I made Casey a mushroom dish that gave him food poisoning. He got it, I didn’t—and we BOTH ATE IT. How does that work?  I have no idea what happened, but since then he has been very apprehensive about me making dishes that involve mushrooms. I can’t say I blame him.

Pasta Frittata with Taleggio & Mushrooms // shutterbean

I absolutely ADORE mushrooms and during colder months I can’t get enough! It’s been fourteen years (whoa!) since the mushroom incident and fortunately, Casey has learned to love mushrooms. I think white truffle oil paved the way. I can put it on anything and he will devour it. Go figure.

Pasta Frittata with Taleggio & Mushrooms // shutterbean

This pasta fritatta recipe comes from  Melt: The Art of Macaroni & Cheese. It’s a cookbook for mac & CHEESE lovers. If you’re looking for ways to impress guests with cheese knowledge while serving them up a unique take on macaroni & cheese, this is the book for you!  How could you go wrong with Taleggio, mushrooms, pasta & truffle oil?? I added a bit of arugula to the site to cut the richness…and  to trick myself into thinking I’m being healthy. It kinda worked!

Out & About: Stitch Fix

Out & About: Stitch Fix

A couple of weeks ago, Joy & I got a little tour of  a cool company called Stitch Fix in San Francisco. Do you know about Stitch Fix? I’m kind of obsessed with it. If you love packages in the mail that include CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES picked out by a stylist JUST FOR YOU, you’re in for a real treat.

BBQ Chicken Salad

BBQ Chicken Salad // shutterbean

Trader Joe’s has a really good BBQ Chicken Salad that I was obsessed with UNTIL I read the back of the container and saw how many grams of fat were in it. GAH-REAT.  And that was for HALF the salad. There was a good week where I had that salad almost every single day at work. I couldn’t stop myself.

BBQ Chicken Salad // shutterbean

I’ve been wanting to make my own/healthier version of this salad for some time now and here it is! Instead of the heavy mayo based Ranch dressing, I used creamy Greek yogurt and mixed it with fresh lime juice and Sweet & Spicy Tabasco Sauce.  It adds a tangy sweet kick to the salad. If you have trouble finding that particular flavor, you could always add in a little bit of honey and regular Tabasco to mimic the flavor.  I also took away the shredded cheese because there’s so many flavors going on there that it’s seemed unnecessary!  I did add some avocado in it’s place though…oh and lots of cilantro!

BBQ Chicken Salad // shutterbean

It’s the perfect weeknight salad! And if you’re thinking of packing it up for work throughout the week, just make a bigger batch of dressing and take it with you. Dress as you need it! Also, be sure to add the tortilla strips (or chips!) at the last minute. No one likes a soggy bite of tortilla in their salad. NO ONE.

My Everyday Life: Week 39

Here’s what this past week looked like:

Waiting for a soda date.

My Everyday Life: Week 39