Looking for something to do with your extra peaches this summer? I love making this perfect peach salad for just about any occasion. It's juicy, sweet, and incorporates many complimentary flavors. It can be the perfect side to a meal or snack at the beach!
No, I'm not here to fool you into cooking something that you're going to hate. I was trying to find something to do with my swiss chard one day and thought "maybe I'd actually like eating this if it tasted sweet."
110% recommend experimenting with this side dish. Pairs well with grilled chicken. Also make sure you wash and cook the swiss chard properly to prevent grittiness :)
Who has an obsession with massaged kale? Definitely NOT me ;)
Eating kale massaged is better than eating no kale at all, right? Check out my spring vegetable massaged kale salad with lemon honey vinaigrette.
~10 cups Curly Kale
2 large Beets
2 cups Fiddlehead Ferns (or ½ bunch Asparagus)
¼ cup Sliced Almonds
¼ cup Feta Cheese
¼ cup Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette
¼ cup Lemon Juice
Lemon Honey Vinaigrette
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 cup White Balsamic Vinegar
1/3 cup Lemon Juice
1 tbsp Fresh Lemon Zest
2 tbsp Honey
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
Just whisk together and drizzle on salad!
I should start by saying I was born hating cauliflower until April 4th, 2018 when I tried this incredible roasted cauliflower salad recipe from budgetbytes. It works perfectly as a side but can also be enjoyed as an entree with extra chickpeas.
It seems that when everyone is brainstorming ways to ‘eat healthy’ they immediately add salads onto their daily diet menu. Honestly, I can’t blame you! Salads are such an easy way to consciously work vegetables into your diet. But are you one of those people who wants to eat salad but is tortured to do so? Or the only way you can eat it is by dousing it in dressing? Oh girl, do I have some tips for you.
Although I’m a firm supporter of the ‘ditch the diet’ mentality, salads are also a staple in my diet. They’re easy, reliable, and if I perchance don’t have vegetables at any other meal that day, at least I know I fit in some! But how do I bare to eat a salad a day? Because I make sure they are FREAKING DELICIOUS; and other easy tricks that you’ll find below!
1. Prep ahead for an easy “Throw and Go” lunch
Once you know what you like in your salad, try your best to chop or cook said food ahead of time. If you’re making chicken for dinner, bake a few more cutlets to have for salad for the week. If you’re chopping onions to go with your morning eggs, why not chop an entire onion so you can have some in the fridge that you can literally just throw into your salad when you’re ready?
As much as I love that a lot of meal-preppers literally prep all of their meals for the week-this is kind of taxing for me. If you find it taxing too, try to take about 30 minutes a week to cut all your veggies so that way when you’re ready to prep your lunch you can just throw it together the night before.
2. Balance your nutrients
The base of your salad should ideally be lettuce and various vegetables but the key to not feeling like you’re starving after a salad is to top it with carbs, protein, and fat. If you’ve finished your salad and you’re still hungry, you’re probably not consuming enough macronutrients.
Although these options are all great foods to add to a salad to fill you up, remember proper portions are an important way to maintain a balanced diet. Follow these portion recommendations to know how much you should actually be adding.
3. Keep your fridge stocked with the basics
Start making the staples to your salad part of your weekly shopping list. There are a few things that are typically always in my salad: lettuce, craisins, and feta cheese. With these 3 things, I know I’ll love any salad I throw together. They’re always stocked in my house, reassuring me that anything else I have I can just throw right in and enjoy.
4. Learn what goes together, and make sure you like it!
What do I mean what goes together? Learn what foods (especially vegetables) that compliment one another. For example, I’m in love with cilantro and lime (and tacos ;] ). So you better believe that I sometimes rely on a good taco salad with different beans, avocado, arugula, cilantro, lime, tomatoes, and maybe a little blue cheese or feta. It’s one of those salad combos I look forward to after a long morning.
5. Make it easy to keep consistent, yet equally as easy to switch-up
This is a simple tip that I don’t know how to phrase any other way. It’s pretty stressful to come up with a different salad every day- how exhausting! Find a salad combo you enjoy having multiple days in a row-or can be easily switched up by simply swapping the protein in it- or anything else that’s simple. I typically eat a similar salad everyday with small changes depending on what’s in my fridge.
Keep it consistent during the week for ease but don’t be afraid to try something totally new! A cobb style is great this week, but why not a southwest salad next week?
6. Add fresh herbs and other powerful flavors
A few chopped basil leaves can take a summer salad of tomatoes and cucumbers a long way! A little garlic and lemon juice can equally make raw kale actually enjoyable to eat. Don’t afraid to experiencer with herbs and spices to give your salad a little kick.
7. Choose a variety of greens
I hear that a lot of people struggle with eating dark greens- which is too bad since they are much more nutrient dense than lighter leaves. In that case, try to vary the green in your salad. A handful of spinach added to your iceberg can make you salad a little healthier, while also adding flavor. Lettuce like arugula or mustard greens can add some spice to your salad, which can be very exciting paired with other flavors.
If you need some salad ideas, feel free to check out some examples I have here including a free download of some salads that I really like. Let me know if you like this download because I'll add several more recipes to it if you do!
Looking for a winter salad to spice up your holiday parties? Friends, this is actually it. Yes, I'm starting to realize that on all my recipe posts, I ask you if you're looking for a particular recipe and respond by saying that this it the recipe that you're looking for, but it's only because IT ACTUALLY IS!
A few weeks ago, I had to attend a friendsgiving sick as a dog-after working day 5 of my 6 day workweek. I was exhausted and had little time to actually cook something. In an effort to save time and energy, I made what I thought was going to be the post unpopular dish of the night- a massaged kale salad. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would be such a hit. (Mostly because what guy doesn't like joking about massaging kale)
ANYHOO, I love this salad for the summer because it's hardy, healthy, and one of the very few ways I can get kale in my mouth. If I hadn't admitted this before, I actually hate kale. It's so hard for me to eat, and as much as other people swear by it, I'm sure it's hard for other people to eat too! Hence why everyone seems to hide it in their smoothies. SO, if you want to give kale another try, I strongly encourage trying this rather ambiguous recipe. (Because who actually follows recipes anyways? ;) )
In a massaged kale salad, the lettuce usually ends up reducing in size. For good measure, I usually fill up a stock pot of kale to wash it in it is sometimes ends up being enough. Once you chop and massage kale, you'll understand what I mean!
Prep 12-24 hrs in advance
As troubling as it is to have a garden in Connecticut still in full bloom at the end of October, I am so impressed by these gorgeous radishes. They are so beautiful and have an incredible crispy bite. For this salad, I paired them with a mix of garden greens (swiss chard, arugula, and a tad of mustard greens), feta, pumpkin seeds, red cabbage, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Although not pictured, I did add some grilled chicken for protein. Between the mustard greens, arugula, and radishes, it was by far a spicy salad!
Radishes are a root vegetable from the brassicacaea family that can have a strong peppery taste. They come in a variety of colors, making them an excellent garnish to dishes. I became especially fond of radishes in middle school, after my dad taught me how to tourne them into a flower. I would make him buy a bag of radishes for me weekly and sit in the kitchen practicing my knife skills. Fortunately for me, I was able to master a tourne AND a bird of paradise by the end of the summer. However, my family had to endure a long summer of radishes since I hated the taste.
Now that I’m older and more acquainted with cooking, I love adding radishes to meals. When raw, they can be a bit strong for my taste, but acid cuts the peppery taste and compliments it well. In salads, adding vinegar or lemon juice is a must. I also add it in other dishes that contain lots of lime juice, such as pho.
Respect the radish my friends!
Trying to find a light lunch to enjoy with friends? This peach prosciutto salad is it.Peaches are best enjoyed in the summer, when they are ripe and delicious as ever. The slight saltiness of the pistachios, prosciutto, and feta bring out the sweet taste of peaches even more. This particular salad recipe is very light, however grilled chicken can be cut up and added on top to add calories.
This particular salad is also part of my tapas menu, which I’m going to start putting together for my blog. When I really want to indulge in savory foods (and maybe some wine), personally I think having a little bit of everything is the best approach. With extra added toppings, this salad is great as a meal. But as I’ve written it below, this salad is perfect as part of a tapas table. (currently dreaming about the figs, nut and cheese platter as we speak.) It also pairs very well with a white zin.
Ingredients (for 1 plate):
How do I add #thatcertaintouch to this salad? As you can see, I paired sweet with salty. What a combo! If you really want to enjoy a salad, my best advice is to:
For my local Connecticut friends, there are plenty of local places you can pick peaches! Right now is the perfect time. Here are some farms where you can buy, or pick your own peaches:
Lyman Orchards Farm, Middlefield, CT (Pick Your Own)
Silvermans Farm, Easton, CT (Pick Your Own)
Beardsley Cider Mill & Orchard, Shelton, CT
Is your stomach rumbling by lunch time? Do you wish instead of grabbing something quick and heavy you were able to find something light and filling? Are you also bored by salads but wish they were more enjoyable to eat.
Look no further! I’ve put together a short list of my go-to filling salads. I guarantee they will keep you full, keep you focused, and keep you satisfied! Just click the link to download this free PDF file.
Don’t forget to comment and let me know what YOU want out of a salad!
Need to switch up your salad game and looking for something a little bit more exciting? This salad will delight your palate and satisfy your cravings. The best part about the salad is that you can pack this as a refreshing lunch, or enjoy this for dinner with a glass of white wine.