The Best Recipes of Summer

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Soon, we will be spending hours in the kitchen cooking recipes for the months of holidays, but its not too late to still enjoy The Best Recipes of Summer!
Soon, we will be spending hours in the kitchen cooking recipes for the months of holidays, but its not too late to still enjoy The Best Recipes of Summer!

Summer is a funny time for me. I absolutely love the abundance of fresh produce. One of my most favorite activities in the world is strolling through the farmers market.  Just yesterday I must have spent over $200 just on produce! But, as much as I love those summer flavors, I usually want to be out playing in the sunshine rather than cooking.  Its sort of a catch 22.  My most favorite time to cook is the fall because the days start to get shorter and cooler, the kids are busy with school and soccer, and there’s nothing like a good holiday to motivate you in the kitchen. Well, your kids might be back in school already, but summer ain’t over yet, so take advantage of the abundance of glorious summer produce and make these recipes!

Soon, we will be spending hours in the kitchen cooking recipes for the months of holidays, but its not too late to still enjoy The Best Recipes of Summer!

Lemon Lime Layer Cake – A Dash of Sanity

Lemon Lime Layer Cake {A Dash of Sanity}

 

Boston Cream Pie Ice Box Cake – Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Boston Cream Pie Ice Box Cake - all the flavors of the infamous Boston Cream Pie in a quick and easy ice box cake. Great for those hot days when you don't want to turn on the oven, or when you just don't want to do all the work!

 

Summer Corn Chowder – Culinary Ginger

Summer Corn Chowder {Culinary Ginger}

 

Strawberry Cheesecake Dream Bars – 365 Days of Baking

Strawberry Cheesecake Dream Bars {365 Days of Baking}

 

Grilled Chicken Berry Salad – Big Bears Wife

Grilled Chicken Berry Salad {Big Bears Wife}

 

Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler – Let’s Dish

Old Fashion Peach Cobbler {Let's Dish}

 

Mini S’mores Brownie Bites – White Lights on Wednesday

Mini S'more Brownie Bites {White Lights on Wednesday}

 

Strawberry Pie Dessert – That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Strawberry Pie Dessert {That Skinny Chick Can Bake}

 

Mixed Berry Cheesecake Pizza – My Suburban Kitchen

Mixed Berry Cheesecake Pizza {My Suburban Kitchen}

 

Sausage & Potato Summer Vegetable Skillet – Wishes and Dishes

Sausage and Potato Summer Vegetable Skillet {Wishes & Dishes}

 

Blueberry Cobbler – Kleinworth & Co

Blueberry Cobbler {Kleinworth & Co}

 

Skinny Bruschetta Chicken – The Domestic Superhero

Skinny Bruschetta Chicken {The Domestic Superhero}

 

Carrot Cake – Mom on Timeout

Carrot Cake {Mom on Timeout}

 

Grilled Stuffed Peppers – Fake Ginger

Grilled Stuffed Peppers {Fake Ginger}

 

Southwestern Steak Salad with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing – Wine & Glue

Southwestern Steak Salad with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing {Wine & Glue}

 

Granny’s Monkey Bread – Self Proclaimed Foodie

Grandma's Monkey Bread {Self Proclaimed Foodie}

 

Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles – Love Bakes Good Cakes

Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles {Love Bakes Good Cakes}

 

Grilled Mango Curry Chicken Skewers – Cooking and Beer

Grilled Mango Curry Chicken Skewers {Cooking and Beer}

 

Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl – Yummy Healthy Easy

Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl {Yummy Healthy Easy}

 

Zucchini Noodle Greek Salad – Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Zucchini Noodle Greek Salad {Cupcakes & Kale Chips}

 

Mojito Poke Cake – Lemons for Lulu

Mojito Poke Cake {Lemons for Lulu}

Caprese Chicken – Dinner at the Zoo

Chicken Caprese {Dinner at the Zoo}

 

Angel Food Cupcakes with Strawberry Whipped Topping – The Love Nerds

Angel Food Cupcakes with Strawberry Whipped Topping {The Love Nerds}

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Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad

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Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries?

Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries? I can’t get enough summer produce. I only go to the farmer’s market once a week and I’m thinking I need to start making that trip twice a week. What’s been happening is that I buy so much amazing produce – including all the fruits and veggies I use in this salad like the greens, blueberries, asparagus, and sugar snap peas (all locally grown organically) – that we eat nothing but produce on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday when I arrive home from the market. By Wednesday all of  it is either gone or starting to turn, and come Thursday, Friday, and Saturday I’m digging through my pantry for dinner. Nope. I must start making bi-weekly trips to the farmer’s market!

Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries?

I through the salad above with the items I had in my refrigerator. I had bought a bundle of asparagus and blanched it in boiling water for just a minute and then transferred it to an ice water bath to stop the cooking. If you’ve never done this, its a quick and easy way to ever-so-slightly cook your asparagus and make it vibrant green. I’ve also been snacking on as many sugar snap peas as I can find, but they are also a great addition to salads. I always toss in some cheese and feta is a healthy choice that adds creaminess. Also, during the summer, I almost always incorporate fruit. But there was one thing missing – nuts. I love nuts in my salads because of the added crunch but also because they make me feel full longer.

Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries?

I recently partnered with Diamond of California and picked up these four Shake & Spoon containers (you can find them at Target). Those of you who know me know that I live in Portland, Oregon, but I’m a California girl at heart and I grew up eating these nuts. I love these little containers with their dual flip tip lid for shaking or spooning, especially for things like salads or oatmeal (and on top of ice cream sundaes, of course). They are premium quality, raw unsalted nuts – my favorite kind! Bonus – all 4 varieties Non-GMO Project Certified.

Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries? Now all the salad needed was an amazing dressing. Once you start making your own homemade dressings, you’ll never want to go back to store bought versions. This one, along with my strawberry basil vinaigrette, is filled with nothing but healthy wholesome ingredients that you can feel good about eating.

Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries? The vinaigrette might be a tad thicker than what you’re used to. If you prefer a thinner dressing, just add equal parts of white balsamic and olive oil to thin it out.

Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries? I can honestly say this was my most favorite salad so far this summer, but its only June which leaves a couple of months to go above and beyond!

Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries?

Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad
 
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Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries?
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Recipe type: side dish, salad
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
Vinaigrette:
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons high quality olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1-2 sprigs of parsley and/or basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
Summer salad:
  • greens
  • blanched asparagus
  • sugar snap peas
  • feta cheese
  • fresh blueberries
  • Diamond slivered almonds
Instructions
  1. To make vinaigrette, combine all ingredients in blender. Process until smooth.
  2. Makes enough for four small salads.
  3. To make salad, pile as much or as little of the salad ingredients listed above according to preference in a large bowl and top with vinaigrette.

Can you think of a better lunch than a delicious and healthy Blueberry Vinaigrette Summer Salad made with a homemade salad dressing from fresh blueberries?
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Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette

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This Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette made with fresh strawberries and basil is a fresh, easy, and healthy dressing to top your summer green salads.

This Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette made with fresh strawberries and basil is a fresh, easy, and healthy dressing to top your summer green salads.

I was so proud of my daughter. When I served up this salad for dinner, she asked, “does this have mozzarella in it?”  I love that she equated the flavors of balsamic and olive oil with the fresh basil and the acid from the strawberries with caprese salad. Smart girl! She made me proud!!!

Wanna hear a funny story? I hate shooting my recipes with a tripod. I prefer to toggle my focus points and use a fairly wide aperture, which means that I really need to be looking at what I’m photographing rather than shooting with a tripod and timer/remote. I also shoot with a very heavy camera and a macro lens, which means that not only is it very awkward to shoot using only one hand to hold the camera, but I have to get pretty far away from what I’m shooting just to get it in the frame. All of these reasons are why I’m especially proud of the the first photo in this post. Somehow I was able to hold the camera and stretch my arm out as far out as possible to pour the dressing and get the shot with the dressing in focus while it was composed properly. Nailed it! Know what else I nailed? (loaded question)  Get your mind out of the gutter. I nailed the salad dressing. It was DELICIOUS!!!

This Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette made with fresh strawberries and basil is a fresh, easy, and healthy dressing to top your summer green salads.I could probably eat strawberries and basil every single day of my life. I love both equally, and now that I know what they taste like together, I love them even more. Salad dressings are one of those things that are so easy to make, yet most of us continue to buy them pre-made from the grocery store either because we’re lazy or we just don’t know what to make. I’ll have you covered this summer. In my opinion, you’re doing your salad a serious disservice by not making a homemade dressing. Why bother chopping up so many fresh ingredients only to coat them with a store bought dressing full of stabilizers and other random things you would never put in a fresh dressing?

This Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette made with fresh strawberries and basil is a fresh, easy, and healthy dressing to top your summer green salads.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at the dressing bottle that has been sitting in the door of your refrigerator for the past six months. Yep, making a fresh dressing in a quantity that will last you one or two meals is the perfect way to go. Some of my other favorites include my citrus cumin vinaigrette, creamy blue cheese (or is it bleu cheese?) and my lemon herb vinaigrette. I’ll be making plenty more this summer as I try my best to balance out the salads with all of the naught cakes and cookies I make, so stay tuned!

This dressing was seriously so tangy and delicious. I loved the flavors and the ingredients blended so well that even after a week of sitting in the refrigerator, I didn’t even have to swirl it around. It was still perfectly mixed. If you’re wondering what kind of green salad I through together, it had both spinach and red butter lettuce along with shallots, herbed goat cheese, candied pecans, and of course – fresh strawberries. YUM!

This Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette made with fresh strawberries and basil is a fresh, easy, and healthy dressing to top your summer green salads.

Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette
 
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This Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette made with fresh strawberries and basil is a fresh, easy, and healthy dressing to top your summer green salads.
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Recipe type: dressing, vinaigrette, salad
Yields: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 1 cup strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 large handful fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon high quality olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender and process until smooth. Pour over green salad.
  2. Dressing makes enough for four large salads.

This Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette made with fresh strawberries and basil is a fresh, easy, and healthy dressing to top your summer green salads.
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10 Picnic Salads Perfect for Potlucks

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This time of year, we celebrate the outdoors with our friends and families. I’m sharing 10 Picnic Salads Perfect for Potlucks that everyone will love!

This time of year, we celebrate the outdoors with our friends and families. I'm sharing 10 Picnic Salads Perfect for Potlucks that everyone will love!

10 Picnic Salads Perfect for Potlucks – try saying that ten times fast! You guys, I can’t begin to tell you how giddy I am that summer is here!  Just a few more weeks of school and then we have an entire season of long hot days, the swimming pool, BBQs, camping adventures, fireworks – you name it!  Without fail, our summer calendar seems to fill up, and we’re not even that social!  I mean, during the winter months its almost like we go into hibernation. There’s something about summer that just makes us want to savor every single second of sunshine and fresh air. Perhaps its my body’s way of trying to absorb as much vitamin D as possible before the skies turn grey and dump non-stop rain for six months.  I’m a huge sucker for potlucks and I love to try all the different kinds of picnic salads that seem to appear. You can throw anything together to make an awesome picnic salad for a potluck – from fruit to pasta to potatoes to a green salad, these outdoor gatherings always have something for everyone!

Damn Good Fruit Salad | Self Proclaimed FoodieDamn Good Fruit Salad | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Chicken Caesar Salad | Foodness GraciousChicken Caesar Salad | Foodness Gracious

Creamy Taco Pasta Salad | Real HousemomsCreamy Taco Pasta Salad | Real Housemoms

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad | From Valerie's KitchenChicken Caesar Pasta Salad | From Valerie’s Kitchen

 Tex-Mex Taco Salad | Around My Family TableTex-Mex Taco Salad | Around My Family Table

Easy Fruit Salad | Mommy Hates CookingEasy Fruit Salad | Mommy Hates Cooking

Spinach Berry Salad | Eazy Peazy MealzSpinach Berry Salad | Eazy Peazy Mealz

Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad | Love Bakes Good CakesCreamy Chipotle Pasta Salad | Love Bakes Good Cakes

Pasta Salad | Mandy's Recipe BoxPasta Salad | Mandy’s Recipe Box

Greek Salad Quinoa Bowls | Wine and Glue Greek Salad Quinoa Bowls | Wine and Glue

This time of year, we celebrate the outdoors with our friends and families. I am sharing 10 Picnic Salads Perfect for Potlucks that everyone will love!
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Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad

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If you’re looking for the perfect healthy winter side salad, this Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad with a homemade vinaigrette is full of flavor.

If you're looking for the perfect healthy winter side salad, this Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad with a homemade vinaigrette is full of flavor.

I love a good fresh salad, but I’ve never been very fond of store bought salad dressings. Even the healthiest looking ones often have ingredients listed on the back that I can’t pronounce, so I prefer to make my own. This salad started with the dressing – a light and refreshing pomegranate vinaigrette that was full of zing.

This Pomegranate Vinaigrette is a fresh and healthy way to dress your dark leafy green salads.

I had never even eaten a pomegranate until I was well into my 30s. In fact, I can think of dozens of foods (beets, jicama, dragon fruit, ox tail, green chile just to name a few) that I had never tried until I was well into adulthood but my kids can identify today. My kids know that every winter, our house will never be without foods like pomegranate and grapefruit. They are part of that very small winter collection of fruits that make our long, dark, grey, cold winter bearable until the long days and summer sun bring a bounty of Oregon berries and stone fruit to our home.

This salad makes the perfect light and refreshing side salad to any protein packed dinner. Or, if you prefer, you can easily transform this into a hearty entree salad with the addition of delicious goodies like goat cheese, sunflower seeds, avocado, and chicken like I did right after taking these photos. I absolutely love tart and juicy fruit to balance out the bitter greens. Its a food match made in heaven.

If you're looking for the perfect healthy winter side salad, this Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad with a homemade vinaigrette is full of flavor.

Be sure to check out how I remove the seeds from pomegranates here:

Pomegranate Orange Green Salad
 
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If you're looking for the perfect healthy winter side salad, this Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad with a homemade vinaigrette is full of flavor.
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Recipe type: salad, side dish
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • equal parts spinach and arugula
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 oranges (cara cara or blood orange recommended)
  • 1 pomegranate, arils removed
  • freshly ground pepper
  • pomegranate vinaigrette
  • *quantity and proportions of all ingredients can vary as desired
Instructions
  1. Add greens to large bowl. Top with shallots.
  2. To remove flesh from orange, slice skin from top and bottom of orange to fully expose the flesh. Then, while using a cutting board, slice away remaining skin and any white parts (known as the pericarp) to expose only the orange flesh. Then, using a sharp knife, cut the wedges out from each section and add to salad.
  3. Sprinkle salad with pomegranate seeds - as many as you desire.
  4. Then, toss with pomegranate vinaigrette and freshly ground pepper.
  5. Divide the salad among individual plates, distributing the orange sections evenly. Garnish with the reserved pomegranate seeds. Serve immediately.
If you're looking for the perfect healthy winter side salad, this Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad with a homemade vinaigrette is full of flavor.
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Pomegranate Vinaigrette

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This Pomegranate Vinaigrette is a fresh and healthy way to dress your dark leafy green salads.

This Pomegranate Vinaigrette is a fresh and healthy way to dress your dark leafy green salads.

Fun fact: I couldn’t properly spell the word vinaigrette until I started this food blog. Same goes for Worcestershire. Confession: I still have to look up Worcestershire… and I’ve never been able to properly pronounce it. Okay, onto this salad dressing. I have been buying case after case of delicious pomegranates at costco. They aren’t super cheap, but they are oh-so-good. I love to put pomegranate arils – did you know that’s what those fleshy seeds are called? – in everything from my oatmeal to muffins to cocktails.  I’ve been adding them to my salads for a nice juicy crunch as well, so I figured it was only time that I made a tasty vinaigrette to tie those flavors of the salad together.

Pomegranate Whiskey Sour | Self Proclaimed Foodie

The secret to a delicious vinaigrette is a high quality olive oil. I recently got hooked on The Olive Table olive oil and will have a hard time using anything else. You can tell this from my half used, fingerprint covered bottle below. If you’ve ever smelled and tasted a really high quality olive oil, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

This Pomegranate Vinaigrette is a fresh and healthy way to dress your dark leafy green salads.

As you whisk your dressing together, it should mix well without the oil wanting to separate. If you find that you just can’t get the oil and the remaining ingredients to mix into solution, continue to add more pomegranate juice to increase the acidity. Toss your favorite green salad in this light and healthy dressing and you’ll be quite pleased with the result!

This Pomegranate Vinaigrette is a fresh and healthy way to dress your dark leafy green salads.

Be sure to check out how I remove the seeds from pomegranates here:

Pomegranate Vinaigrette
 
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This Pomegranate Vinaigrette is a fresh and healthy way to dress your dark leafy green salads.
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Recipe type: dressing
Yields: 1/2 cup
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/3 cup high quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine or white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Press pomegranate seeds thru a fine wire mesh sieve until you have 2 tablespoons of juice. Be prepared to get some splattered on your hand.
  2. Add the olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper to the pomegranate juice. Whisk until blended. Makes 1/2 cup. Add to your favorite salad.

 

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Leftover Turkey Salad

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After the holiday, transform your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into this Leftover Turkey Salad made with the yummy fall flavors of fresh apple and pecans.

After the holiday, transform your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into this Leftover Turkey Salad made with the yummy fall flavors of fresh apple and pecans.

After the holiday, transform your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into this Leftover Turkey Salad made with the yummy fall flavors of fresh apple and pecans.

In a little over a week from now, you’re gonna have leftover turkey. Its almost a given. When I host any meal, I always produce more than enough food for everyone. I would rather have leftovers than run out of food while my table is full of a bunch of hungry people. Thanksgiving leftovers are usually my favorite! Not only do I like to recreate that wonderful Thanksgiving meal over and over again, but I love to make other delicious meals like turkey and wild rice soup as well as this turkey salad.

After the holiday, transform your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into this Leftover Turkey Salad made with the yummy fall flavors of fresh apple and pecans.

I added a few ingredients that are perfect for a fall recipe including fresh apple and pecans. You can definitely moisten everything up with mayo, but I prefer to use greek yogurt (or even a combo of yogurt and mayo) because its healthier but also gives it a nice zip. The apple with the celery give the turkey salad a fantastic crunch. You can totally enjoy this stuff in a sandwich but I prefer to have it with crackers for a perfect little lunch. Enjoy!

After the holiday, transform your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into this Leftover Turkey Salad made with the yummy fall flavors of fresh apple and pecans.

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After the holiday, transform your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into this Leftover Turkey Salad made with the yummy fall flavors of fresh apple and pecans.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cooked turkey, chopped
  • 3 green onions, with the whites and start of the greens sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 sprigs parsley, stems removed, diced
  • 1 small apple, chopped (skin on, honey crisp recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 cup greek yogurt or mayonnaise (or a combination of both)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except the yogurt/mayonnaise in large bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Add yogurt and/or mayonnaise and mix well.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

 

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Candied Hazelnut Kale Apple Bacon Salad

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This delicious Candied Hazelnut Kale Apple Bacon Salad is bursting with flavor and the perfect addition to any dinner, including Thanksgiving.
This delicious Candied Hazelnut Kale Apple Bacon Salad is bursting with flavor and the perfect addition to any dinner, including Thanksgiving.

I can honestly tell you that this is the most delicious salad I’ve had in a very long time. It has everything which equals an explosion of flavors and textures that you will love. You’ll taste bitter and sweet, crunchy and juicy, salty and spicy, chewy and soft. It even keeps well overnight. I tossed the kale and apple in the dressing and stored the leftovers in the refrigerator. I polished off what was left yesterday after a full day in the refrigerator and it tasted just as good, if not better, than the night I made it!

This delicious Candied Hazelnut Kale Apple Bacon Salad is bursting with flavor and the perfect addition to any dinner, including Thanksgiving.

In addition to the bacon, the oh-so-wonderful bacon, I made a batch of candied hazelnuts. I needed to create a whole separate post dedicated to these hazelnuts because they were so tasty.

This delicious Candied Hazelnut Kale Apple Bacon Salad is bursting with flavor and the perfect addition to any dinner, including Thanksgiving.

I picked up this gorgeous dark green kale and these juicy tart granny smith apples at the farmers market this past weekend. Aren’t they just beautiful?

This delicious Candied Hazelnut Kale Apple Bacon Salad is bursting with flavor and the perfect addition to any dinner, including Thanksgiving.

I wanted to cut matchsticks for the apples because those long skinny pieces are easy to stab with a fork and they really absorb the dressing.

This delicious Candied Hazelnut Kale Apple Bacon Salad is bursting with flavor and the perfect addition to any dinner, including Thanksgiving.

Don’t you think a salad like this would impress anyone at the dinner table?

This delicious Candied Hazelnut Kale Apple Bacon Salad is bursting with flavor and the perfect addition to any dinner, including Thanksgiving.

This was definitely one of those recipes that I loved and will make over and over again in the future.

This delicious Candied Hazelnut Kale Apple Bacon Salad is bursting with flavor and the perfect addition to any dinner, including Thanksgiving.

Who loves to watch bacon cook? I do! I do! I made the VIDEO below just for you. Click play and try to imagine the glorious smell!

 

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Candied Hazelnut Kale Apple Bacon Salad
 
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This delicious Candied Hazelnut Kale Apple Bacon Salad is bursting with flavor and the perfect addition to any dinner, including Thanksgiving.
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Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 16 ounces thickly sliced bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cooked bacon fat
  • 1/4 cup white wine (or white balsamic) vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons caper brine (from a jar of capers)
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cut into matchsticks
  • One 8-ounce bunch kale—stems discarded, leaves finely shredded
  • 3 tablespoons snipped chives
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Place hazelnuts in an oven safe dish and roast for 20 minutes. Transfer to a towel and rub away as many skins as you can. In a bowl, cover the hazelnuts with water. Transfer to a sieve and shake out the water. In another bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, cayenne, cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the hazelnuts and toss. Transfer to a sieve to shake off the excess coating. Arrange the hazelnuts on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the sugar is lightly caramelized and the hazelnuts are golden.
  3. Cut the bacon into small pieces and cook until crisp in a skillet. Transfer to paper towel lined plate to drain and discard all but the last remaining tablespoon of bacon grease. Whisk the vinegar, olive oil, caper brine, and maple syrup into the bottom of the bacon skillet and set dressing aside.
  4. In a large bowl, toss apples, kale, and chives with salad dressing. Mound the salad on plates and top with candied hazelnuts and bacon pieces.

This delicious Candied Hazelnut Kale Apple Bacon Salad is bursting with flavor and the perfect addition to any dinner, including Thanksgiving.
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Homemade Ceasar Dressing

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My family loves Ceasar Salad, and making my own Homemade Ceasar Dressing from scratch with anchovy paste, egg yolk, lemon and olive oil was incredibly easy!

My family loves Ceasar Salad, and making my own Homemade Ceasar Dressing from scratch with anchovy paste, egg yolk, lemon and olive oil was incredibly easy!

My family loves Ceasar Salad, and making my own Homemade Ceasar Dressing from scratch with anchovy paste, egg yolk, lemon and olive oil was incredibly easy! 

I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve bought anchovy paste with the intent of making homemade ceasar salad dressing, only to not do it. I’m not sure if I was intimidated by the fact that I was about to squeeze fish out of a tube and then eat it or what, but this process of planning and not executed actually spanned the course of several years. I finally made my dressing and was quite pleased with the results.My family loves Ceasar Salad, and making my own Homemade Ceasar Dressing from scratch with anchovy paste, egg yolk, lemon and olive oil was incredibly easy! 

I was going to name my dressing “classic” ceasar salad dressing, but the real version should include whole anchovies, which I didn’t have. I almost added salt to the dressing before I tasted it. That would have been a huge mistake because that anchovy paste is incredibly salty on its own. The lemon juice is necessary to balance it out.My family loves Ceasar Salad, and making my own Homemade Ceasar Dressing from scratch with anchovy paste, egg yolk, lemon and olive oil was incredibly easy! 

So don’t be intimidated to make your own homemade ceasar dressing. Its basically your average salad dressing which consists of an acid (lemon), fat (olive oil), and emulsifier (dijon mustard). That is the exact formula I used for my lemon herb vinaigrette. Oh. That’s not the part that intimidates you? Is it the raw egg yolk? That is exactly how I make my classic eggs benedict and I have never gotten the slightest bit sick. I use very high quality eggs, of course. Oh. Its the anchovies. Can’t help you there. You can’t have ceasar salad without the fish. Anyhoo, the dressing was super easy to make and I enjoyed using fresh romaine, shaved cheese, and crushed up parmesan crisps for my croutons much more than opening up a kit and mixing it all together. We served this up for dinner with some homemade pizza and the whole family loved it!My family loves Ceasar Salad, and making my own Homemade Ceasar Dressing from scratch with anchovy paste, egg yolk, lemon and olive oil was incredibly easy!

Homemade Ceasar Dressing
 
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My family loves Ceasar Salad, and making my own Homemade Ceasar Dressing from scratch with anchovy paste, egg yolk, lemon and olive oil was incredibly easy!
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Recipe type: dressing, side dish
Yields: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons anchovy paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons (about 2 small lemons) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except for the oil in blender and blend on low for about 10 seconds.
  2. Combine the two oils in a measuring cup and with the blender running on low speed, slowly pour in a very thin steady stream of oil until it is all combined. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. Thin with additional lemon juice, if desired. Makes enough for two family sized salads.

 

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Simple Summer Salad

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A delicious Simple Summer Salad with fresh greens, goat cheese, berries, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette is the perfect side dish for lunch or dinner.

A delicious Simple Summer Salad with fresh greens, goat cheese, berries, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette is the perfect side dish for lunch or dinner. 

I know, I know. Its August. I see people posting photos of their kids going back to school already. I’m sure people have soccer practice, homework, and packed lunches on their minds. Well, my kids don’t go back to school for another few weeks and the evenings haven’t cooled off enough to make me think of fall, so I still have summer on my mind. This little salad is quite possibly my favorite go-to salad. First of all, I pretty much love goat cheese and/or berry anything. They make all things better. But I also love homemade dressings. Sure, bottled dressings are easy, but they almost always have some ingredient I’m not fond of or I just get tired of it before the bottle is gone and my refrigerator door gets loaded up with dressings of season’s past. No. I much prefer to whip up a fresh homemade vinaigrette and make the right amount to be consumed within a week or so, even though they last much longer than that. This simple summer salad is just that – simple, and perfect for summer. Enjoy the last few weeks we have left before the leaves start to change color and the holidays consume us by enjoying the bounty summer has to offer!A delicious Simple Summer Salad with fresh greens, goat cheese, berries, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette is the perfect side dish for lunch or dinner.

Simple Summer Salad
 
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A delicious Simple Summer Salad with fresh greens, goat cheese, berries, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette is the perfect side dish for lunch or dinner.
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Recipe type: salad, side dish
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup balsamic dressing
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • salt & pepper, as desired
Salad:
  • 10 ounces leafy green salad mix of your choice
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup berries (I used strawberries and blueberries)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard. Slowly pour in oil while whisking rapidly until it is combined.
  2. In large bowl, toss greens with dressing. Top with berries and goat cheese.

 

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