Archives for category: Salads


This was delicious and even great leftover the next day – I made a few changes as noted below:

–substituted walnuts for the pecans (just because I like them better)
–added some dried cranberries
–added some chopped red onion since I had some extra sitting around
–I roasted the sprouts instead

Next time I may try a balsamic vinagrette rather than the red wine vinaigrette or even just a balsamic syrup on the salad.




Made this tonight and it was amazing.  I had a feeling I would love it as it includes so many of my favorite ingredients.  I thought the cilantro might be weird in the salad but it was really good (if you like cilantro). I used a mixture of Boston lettuce, baby arugula and baby spinach.  We also added crumbled blue cheese.  Some of my other tweaks are noted below.

Dressing – I thought 1/3 cup of sugar seemed like an awful lot so I did a scant 1/3 cup.  Even still, the dressing was quite sweet so I will probably take it down to 1/4 a cup next time.  I didn’t use the minced onion (because I didn’t have any!) and I didn’t include the sesame seeds (seemed like an unnecessary addition that would compete with other flavors).  I also just used olive oil instead of a mix of vegetable and olive oils.

For the nuts, next time I think I will leave out the cinnamon.  While tasty, it just seemed somewhat of an odd flavor with all of the rest of the flavors in the salad.

Cucumber Dill Salad

I made this over the summer and it was great.  We grilled the salmon with a mustard-horseradish glaze (the recipe for which is escaping me now….)

Corn Salad

An all-time favorite from the Barefoot Contessa.  I usually double to make sure I have leftovers.  Great for barbecues as can (and should) be prepared ahead of time.


Pesto, Spinach and Peas

This is crazy easy and tasty.  Great for big crowds.