Garlic Croutons

Most salads aren’t complete until you top them with croutons. The crunchy bites of carbs are like sprinkles to a cupcake. Not necessary, but it definitely brings your salad up a notch. Making croutons is incredibly easy and once you make a batch, you won’t go back to the bagged variety. My kids even like…

Taco Salad

Sometimes, pulling a meal together at dinner time is chaotic. The kids are starving and cranky and loosing their minds. You are worn out, after a long day of chores and responsibilities. So, you think about ordering take out or delivery, but that’s typically expensive. Enter, taco salad. Taco salad can be customized to a…

Cherry & Arugula Salad

Salads are a perfect way to step up your veggie intake. They make a quick and nutritious lunch and can be prepared with a variety of ingredients. Cherry season is short and sweet and inspired this simple salad. I got Rainer and sweet cherries on sale this week. Adding fruit to leafy greens is an…

Red, White & Blue Salad

Tomorrow is July 4th and I have another patriotic themed dish to share. It’s even healthy! Who doesn’t need that after coming out of a long holiday weekend? I’ve been making this salad for the last few years and it never gets old. The flavors are fresh and satisfying. It makes a wonderful lunch to…

Chickpea Salad

I have quite the sweet tooth and appreciation for classic comfort foods like carbs and cheese. Unfortunately, my overindulgence ┬áhas me off track from my lifestyle of “moderation”. I don’t like to cut food groups out, but I definitely need a bit more balance in my life lately. If you go back in my archives,…

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken

Strawberry season is in full swing. The farmers markets have tables of berry baskets and you better take advantage. A fresh strawberry is divine and can be utilized in so many ways. I am trying to be mindful with my eating and this salad certainly fits the bill of being hearty and fresh. This is…

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Our local farmers market opened this past weekend and on Saturday mornings you can be sure to find me taking a leisurely stroll while checking out all the fresh produce. I am so happy that market season is back. With that being said, it’s also time to continue working on eating more wholesome seasonal foods….