• Lemon Orzo Salad with Chicken or Chickpeas

    You can make this salad with chicken or keep it vegetarian by adding chickpeas.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 lb. orzo
    • Salt
    • 4 mini cucumbers, chopped
    • 2 c. grape tomatoes, sliced
    • 6 oz. feta
    • 1 bunch of parsley, chopped
    • 1/2 c. mint, chopped
    • Chopped cooked chicken or 1 can of chickpeas, drained
    • Mixed lettuce greens

    Dressing:

    • 2 lemons, zest and juice (about 1/3 c.)
    • 2/3 c. olive oil
    • 2 TBSP honey
    • 6 garlic cloves, minced
    • Salt and Pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    1. Bring a pot of water to boil, add salt and orzo and cook until al dente. Once it’s done, rinse it with cool water and let it drain thoroughly. Transfer to a large bowl.
    2. Meanwhile, prep all the salad ingredients.
    3. Add the dressing ingredients to a jar or small bowl, and whisk/shake until well combined.
    4. To the bowl with the orzo, add cucumbers through chicken/chickpeas.
    5. Toss the salad with the dressing. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.
    6. Serve salad over mixed lettuce greens.

    Lemon Orzo Salad with Chicken or Chickpeas:

  • Greek Orzo Salad

    This orzo salad is so flavorful and perfect for potlucks, picnics, etc. since there is no mayonnaise, and I actually prefer the salad at room temperature.

    Recipe from Midwest Foodie.

    Ingredients:

    Salad:

    • 16 oz. orzo pasta
    • 1 c. cucumbers, sliced
    • 1 c. sundried tomatoes, julienned
    • 1 c. Kalamata olives, halved
    • 1 14 oz. can of artichoke hearts
    • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained
    • 1/4 c. finely diced red onion
    • 1/4 c. parsley, chopped
    • 4-6 oz. feta, crumbled

    Dressing:

    • 2/3 c. olive oil
    • 1/3 c. balsamic vinegar
    • 1 lemon, zest and juice
    • 1 tsp. dried oregano
    • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
    • 1 TBSP Dijon mustard
    • Kosher salt
    • Pepper

    Directions:

    1. Cook pasta al dente according to package. Drain and then place in a large bowl and toss with some olive oil and salt and pepper. Place in fridge to cool.
    2. Meanwhile in a bowl, add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon zest and juice, oregano, garlic, mustard, and salt and pepper, and whisk until well combined.
    3. Remove pasta bowl from fridge, and add cucumber, sundried tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, chickpeas, red onion, parley, and feta. Add dressing, and toss to coat.

    Greek Orzo Salad:

  • Crazy Good Asian Dressing

    Recipe from Making Life Blissful

    Ingredients:

    • 3/4 c. sugar
    • 3/4 c. rice wine vinegar
    • 1 tsp. ginger, minced
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 3 TBSP soy sauce
    • 1 TBSP pepper
    • 1 tsp. sesame oil
    • 1 c. vegetable oil
    • 1 TBSP mayonnaise

    Directions:

    1. In a blender, add all ingredients and blend until well mixed.
    2. Transfer to jar and store in fridge for up to 3 weeks.

    Crazy Good Asian Dressing:

  • Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

    Ingredients:

    • 3/4 c. mayonnaise
    • 1 1/4 c. buttermilk
    • 3 tsp. garlic powder
    • 3 tsp. minced onion
    • 2 tsp. fresh parsley
    • 3 tsp. fresh chives
    • 3 tsp. fresh dill
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
    • 2 tsp. sugar

    Directions:

    1. In a mixing bowl add mayonnaise and buttermilk and whisk until smooth.
    2. Add all other ingredients and whisk until well combined.
    3. Transfer to a mason jar for storage.

    Buttermilk Ranch Dressing:

  • Italian Vinaigrette

    Seriously the best Italian Vinaigrette!

    Ingredients:

    • 3/4 c. red wine vinegar
    • 1 c. of vegetable oil
    • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • 3/4 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
    • 1 TBSP dried parsley
    • 1 tsp. dried mustard
    • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
    • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
    • 2 tsp. sugar

    Directions:

    1. Combine ingredients in a large jar with tight lid. Shake well.
    2. If you want creamy Italian, add 1/2 c. mayonnaise.

    Italian Vinaigrette:

  • Gogi Bowls

    Vegetarian Korean salad that will make your taste buds explode!

    Note: if you can’t find the gochujang paste at your local Asian market, you can substitute Sriracha in lieu of the Spicy Gochujang Sauce.

    Salad Ingredients:

    Cucumber and Carrot Salad:

    • 1/4 c. rice vinegar
    • 3 TBSP honey
    • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
    • 1 tsp. sesame seeds
    • 1 c. thinly sliced cucumbers
    • 1 c. shredded carrots

    Spicy Gochujang Sauce:

    • 3 TBSP soy sauce
    • 1 TBSP sesame oil
    • 1 tsp. rice vinegar
    • 4 TBSP gochujang paste
    • 2 TBSP brown sugar
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 green onion, chopped (optional)
    • 2 tsp. sesame seeds (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Cook brown rice according to package.
    2. Prepare the Crispy Baked Tofu and then toss with Korean Marinade and Sauce.
    3. Cucumber and Carrot Salad: Combine all cucumber and carrot salad ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine. Chill until ready to use.
    4. Spicy Gochujang Sauce: Combine all Spicy Gochujang Sauce ingredients in a bowl.
    5. Fry eggs.
    6. In individual salad bowls: add mixed greens; then add a scoop of brown rice on the side of the greens; then add a scoop of the Cucumber and Carrot Salad onto the greens; then add the Crispy Baked Tofu; then drizzle salad and rice with some of the Cucumber and Carrot Salad sauce and some of the Korean Marinade Sauce; then top the dish with fried egg(s); and then drizzle the Spicy Gochujang Sauce on top.

    Gogi Bowls:

  • Taco Salad with Baja Lime Dressing

    Adapted from Half Baked Harvest.

    Salad Ingredients:

    • 2 TBSP olive oil
    • 1 lb. ground chicken
    • 2-3 tsp. chipotle chili powder
    • 1 TBSP smoked paprika
    • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1/2 c. water
    • 1/3 c. cilantro, chopped
    • 6 c. mixed leafy greens or Romaine lettuce
    • 1 c. grape tomatoes, halved
    • Roasted corn
    • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 avocado, sliced
    • 1 mango, diced
    • crushed tortilla chips or strips

    Baja Lime Dressing Ingredients:

    • 1 c. plain Greek yogurt
    • 1/4 – 1/2 c. mayo, optional
    • juice of 2 limes
    • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tsp. honey
    • 1 jalapeño, seeded if desired
    • 1 TBSP pickled jalapenos with juice, to taste
    • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro
    • Salt, to taste
    • 1 TBSP chopped fresh chives, optional

    Directions:

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground chicken and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the chipotle chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Add 1/2 cup of water and cook, stirring occasionally, until the water has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro.
    2. To make the dressing. Combine all ingredients except the chives in a blender and pulse or food processor until mostly smooth. Stir in the chives. Dressing will keep for 1 week in the fridge.
    3. In a large salad bowl, combine the greens, black beans, tomatoes, roasted corn, avocado, and mango. Top the salad with the taco meat and then drizzle with the dressing. Toss to combine and then top with tortilla chips. Enjoy! 

    Taco Salad with Baja Lime Dressing:

  • Caesar Salad Dressing

    This Caesar dressing is so easy to make and tastes so good. So much better than anything you can buy at the grocery store.

    Makes about 1 and 1/3 c.

    From: Once Upon a Chef

    Ingredients:

    • 2 small garlic cloves, minced or pressed
    • 1 tsp. anchovy paste
    • 2 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon
    • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
    • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 c. mayonnaise
    • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

    Directions:

    1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
    2. Add the mayonnaise, Parmesan, salt and pepper and whisk until well combined.
    3. Taste and adjust to your liking. The dressing will keep well in the fridge for about a week.

    Caesar Salad Dressing:

  • BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad with Avocado Ranch

    This salad is so good for summer dinners!

    Serve with some homemade biscuits.

    Recipe adapted from the Half Baked Harvest Cookbook.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts
    • 1/3 c. BBQ sauce, store-bought or homemade
    • 2 c. fresh grilled or frozen thawed corn
    • 1 TBSP olive oil
    • 1/2 c. cilantro, chopped
    • 1 dash Chili powder
    • Salt and black pepper
    • 3 heads romaine lettuce, shredded
    • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 2 avocados, sliced
    • 3 or 4 hard-boiled eggs sliced (optional)
    • Tortilla chip strips (optional)
    • Extra BBQ sauce (optional)

    Avocado Ranch

    • 1 c. buttermilk
    • 1 avocado
    • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro
    • 1 TBSP chopped fresh chives
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • Salt and black pepper

    Directions:

    1. Heat a grill, grill pan, or skillet over medium-high heat. May also cook chicken in the oven at 450 degrees. 
    2. In a medium bowl, toss the chicken with the barbecue sauce to coat. Grill for about 5 minutes per side, until lightly charred and cooked through.
    3. In a medium bowl, stir together the corn kernels, olive oil, cilantro, and a dash of chili powder. Season with salt and pepper.
    4. In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, black beans, and tomatoes. Top with the corn mixture, and sliced avocado. Finish the salad with the chicken, a drizzle of the avocado ranch (recipe below), and hard-boiled eggs and tortilla chip strips, if desired. Serve with the remaining ranch alongside plus extra BBQ sauce.
    5. Avocado Ranch: In a blender or food processor, combine the buttermilk, avocado, cilantro, chives, and lime juice and puree until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. (The avocado ranch can be made up to 1 day in advance.)

    BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad with Avocado Ranch:

  • Ramen Broccoli Salad

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    This salad is so good, and a great side for a hot day.  Both Ethan and Ellie were skeptical at first, but then they tried it.  Ethan had 3 servings, and Ellie had 2 servings.  That never happens!  We had it just a few days ago and it’s already been requested for this week’s menu.  Definitely a hit!

    This is a great dish for a potluck or picnic because there’s no mayo to worry about.

    Version 1 Ingredients (Omit Seasoning Pack):

    • 1 12 oz. package of broccoli slaw mix (in produce section with packaged sugar snap peas, etc.)
    • 1 package of chicken or Oriental flavor Ramen Noodles, broken into small pieces
    • 1/4 c. grape seed oil (can use vegetable or canola oil)
    • Splash of sesame oil
    • 1/4 c. seasoned rice wine vinegar
    • 1/4 c. honey
    • 3 tsp. soy sauce
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 green onion, sliced (green only)

    Version 2 Ingredients (With Seasoning Pack):

    • 1 12 oz. package of broccoli slaw mix (in produce section with packaged sugar snap peas, etc.)
    • 1 package of chicken or Oriental flavor Ramen Noodles, broken into small pieces
    • Ramen seasoning package
    • 1/4 c. grape seed oil (can use vegetable or canola oil)
    • Splash of sesame oil
    • 1/4 c. seasoned rice wine vinegar
    • 1/4 c. white sugar
    • 1 green onion, sliced (green only)

    Directions:

    1. In a mixing bowl, mix together broccoli slaw and broken Ramen noodles.
    2. In a separate bowl, whisk together Ramen seasoning package, grape seed oil, sesame oil, vinegar, and sugar.
    3. Toss dressing mixture with the broccoli slaw until well coated.
    4. Top with sliced green onion and serve chilled.

    Ramen Broccoli Salad:

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