Sunflower Seed Spread

My dad used to grow sunflowers to watch the birds come and feed on the seeds. Sunflower seeds aren’t just good for the birds they are good for us too, providing significant amounts of Vitamin E, Magnesium and Selenium.  This spread is bursting with bright flavors and it’s really versatile too. The sun dried tomatoes and roasted red pepper give it a slightly sweet flavor that goes so well with the nutty taste of the sunflower seeds....

 

Crispy Taco Salad

I can remember the exact moment I had my first bite of taco salad.  I was 16 years old and was working part-time at Target.  It was employee appreciation day and there was a potluck going on.  I put a scoop of salad on my plate along with some other goodies and sat down to eat.  I tried one bite of that salad and lost interest in all the other things I had gotten.  I went back for seconds and I’m pretty sure I had thirds.  That began...

 

Cauliflower Egg Salad Sandwich Spread

I have always been a huge fan of egg salad sandwiches. This spread won’t make you exclaim “OMG, I can’t believe this isn’t really made out of eggs”, but it is reminiscent of egg salad. The dressing is creamy and tangy just like in an egg salad spread and the cauliflower rice makes a healthy and surprisingly good substitute for those high cholesterol eggs that would normally be used. It’s great on whole grain bread...

 

BLT & P Salad

It’s interesting sometimes how recipes are created. I suppose mostly out of necessity, what ingredients you have on hand and of course what pairs well together. This salad was brought together by Sarah asking for suggestions of what spices would go well in a recipe she was making. I first consulted The Flavor Bible but didn’t find any inspiration so I opened my spice cupboard and started taking out bottles and sniffing. Ok, I admit I...

 

Caesar Salad with Cheesy Garlic Restaurant Style Croutons

I used to love Caesar salads.  It’s been years now since I’ve had one.  A couple of weeks ago I got a craving for one and I just knew I had to recreate a healthy version for myself.  The key to an awesome Caesar salad is the dressing.  I’ve tasted a lot of Caesar dressings in my time and I gotta say - this is the best dressing EVER!  Instead of using the standard egg or parmesan cheese this recipe uses hemp seeds.  Hemp...

 

Tangy French Vinaigrette

Many, many years ago when I lived in Michigan there was a local grocery store called D&W that had a salad bar that I loved.  I would stop by every night and get a salad for my dinner.  The best part of the salad was the amazing tangy french dressing that they carried.  I loved that dressing so much I could literally drink it!  I asked many times for the name of the dressing or the company that made it but they never told me.  When my husband...

 

Roasted Grape Salad

Sometimes the simplest recipes have the most amazing results!  I had this salad years ago at a 5 star restaurant in Chicago.  I couldn’t believe such a basic salad would have so many flavors!  The sweetness of the roasted grapes and ripe pears paired so well with the peppery arugula and I wanted to lick my plate to get every last drop of the roasted shallot dressing!  You wouldn’t think such a simple salad could be so elegant but...

 

Sweet and Spicy Salad

I find dishes that have a contrast of taste and texture really interesting and delicious. I like to be surprised by the combination of un-traditional flavors and seasonings. This salad really has all that for me. I have seen chayote in the market on many occasions and I love to try new things but for some reason this fruit/vegetable scared me off so I never tried it. Not any more! Chayote is a part of the gourd family like melon, cucumber and squash....

 
Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage Stir Fry

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage Stir Fry

Tired of the same side dishes? Want something more creative than opening a package of frozen vegetables? This quick and simple stir fry of just a few ingredients will really brighten your plate. Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage Stir Fry pairs well with many different dishes but is very nutritious on it’s own. Kristy Ingredients: 1 large red onion 1 head red cabbage (about 6 cups shredded) 2 bunches bok choy (about 4 cups chopped) 3-4 tbsp neutral...

 
Thanksgiving Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Thanksgiving Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

This will be the first Thanksgiving where I don’t have my traditional after Thanksgiving Toasted Turkey Sandwich.  Of course, after whipping up this fantastic cranberry vinaigrette that sandwich is a distant memory.  I’m loving the sweet and sour of this dressing and could pretty much drink it up with a straw.  This might be my favorite use of Thanksgiving leftovers yet! ~Sarah Ingredients for Thanksgiving Salad: 1 package (5 ounces)...