Butter Lettuce Cilantro Spicy Salad

Worst name for a salad, ever, but whatever. Here’s what I had for dinner last night:

  • Butter lettuce
  • 1 1/2 avocados, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced white onion
  • Fistful of cilantro (like, a big chunk)
  • 1 tsp Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic olive oil
  • Fresh ground salt/pepper

Toss everything in a bowl, and enjoy.

Sun Sugar Tomato Salad

One of the tomato plants I planted this year is a “Sun Sugar Cherry” plant (each year, I kind of just pick 5/6 different kinds and see what I end up with-however, this one will be planted every year). Little orange cherry tomatoes, that are, surprisingly sweet and flavorful. In fact, after I picked them last night I tried one, and then I had quite a few more (fun fact: several years ago, Sun Sugar was named by Sunset Magazine as the best tasting tomato in their trials for its sweetness and rich tomato flavor that includes just the right amount of tartness!). Probably the best cherry tomato I’ve ever had. I decided to throw together a salad with ingredients I had at home, and it turned out to be fabulous!

Sun Sugar Tomato Salad

  • Butter lettuce
  • Diced red onion
  • Chopped crimini mushrooms
  • Grilled garlic
  • Sun Sugar tomatoes
  • Chopped beets
  • Microgreens
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Tessemae’s Cracked Pepper dressing

Toss everything in the bowl, and top with a handful of microgreens, salt/pepper and some Tessemae’s (paleo friendly!) Cracked Pepper dressing.

Eat your colors!

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(Dried) Strawberry Balsamic Salad

I took a break from blogging over the last week and a half while I had family in town (now I have EVEN MORE ideas swirling around in my head to post about-lists everywhere), so I thought I’d get back into the swing with an easy summer salad recipe!

(Dried) Strawberry Balsamic Salad

  • Butter lettuce
  • Diced red onion
  • Cut grilled chicken
  • Dried strawberries
  • Kosher salt/pepp
  • Drizzle balsamic vinegar
  • Drizzle olive oil

Mix everything but the strawberries together in a bowl and toss. Top with dried strawberries.photo (2)

The advantage of this salad is three-fold:

  1. Drying fruit is quick and allows you to use fruit that you may not be able to eat in time if it ripens too quick.
  2. Topping a salad with dried fruit is a great substitute for croutons! Crunchy, but healthier 🙂
  3. If you want the fruit soft-it re-hydrates really well after being tossed in with the dressed salad.

Best. Fecking. Salad. Eva.

This is what I coined a new salad creation about a week and a half ago on my Facebook page (hey! did you know I have a Facebook page? Give it a like for tips, food, articles, inspiration, garden stuff, etc.: livinglikelinds).

It has started warming up, which brings for me, an urge to garden and make lots of salads-some staple salads, and some new salads. I think you’ll enjoy this cinnamon balsamic pear salad as much as I did!

Best. Fecking. Salad. Eva.

  • 3/4 bag butter lettuce
  • 2 Bosc pears, cut in chunks
  • 1/2 small diced red onion
  • 3-4 bacon strips, broken into bits
  • 1 TBSP (or drizzle) raw honey
  • Drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  • Sprinkle of kosher salt/pepp
  • Generous sprinkle of cinnamon

I threw all the dry ingredients (except for the bacon) into a large bowl, and drizzled with honey and balsamic vinegar, and tossed. This incorporated the cinnamon well (sidenote: Why have I not added cinnamon to salads before?). I topped with bacon bits. The light sweetness of the honey, toned down the balsamic, and the strong red onion paired well with the sweet Bosc pears. It’d be a great party or summer grilling salad!