Spicy Chicken Salad

Salad season is in full swing. Really, when is it not? 🙂 Still, with the dry, warm weather, I am craving salads like no other! Last night we threw together a spicy chicken salad from veggies we had on hand, and pre-grilled spicy chicken.

Spicy Chicken Salad

  • 1 bag butter lettuce (it’s one of my fave lettuces ever)
  • 2 cups halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 diced white onion
  • 3 avocados, diced
  • Pepperoncinis (how every many you prefer)
  • Spicy grilled chicken, cut into pieces
  • Black olives (added to my salad only, hubs says NO to olives)
  • Cholula or hot sauce of choice
  • Kosher salt/pepp

Combine all ingredients and toss, then sprinkle hot sauce for a little kick 🙂

Without olives (for my hubs):DSC_0928With olives (for me):DSC_0933

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!

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Cabbage Salad

I’ve been working late, and have had meetings after work-so by the time I get home I throw together whatever random concoction I can from what I have on hand (this is why I try to ensure at the start of every week, I have on-hand, things that I can use or be creative with, that are easy and quick). I got home last night around 7 and was craving a salad so much, but no lettuce. I did have shredded cabbage though, so I thought, well, let’s make a cabbage salad!

Cabbage Salad

  • 1/2 bag shredded cabbage
  • 1 apple
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/4 red onion
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt/pepp

I poured the cabbage in the bowl, cut 2 avocados (they add the best creaminess to salads, and a healthy fat!), diced 1 apple, and loosely chopped the red onion. Then I drizzled olive oil and sprinkled with kosher salt and pepper. It was fabulous! I love cabbage. I also love spicy red onion with sweet red apple.

Lessons learned here: things you wouldn’t normally throw together can actually be really tasty, thrown together 🙂 Yay for random simplicity!Cabbage SaladCabbage Salad 2

Poached Egg…salad?

I’ve done a lot with eggs, but I’ve never topped a salad with one! The inspiration came from a newer restaurant here in San Diego, 100 Wines, from the Cohn Family Restaurant Group (one of our favorites), view the amazing menu here: 100 Wines Menu. They’re very accommodating with gluten-free, grain-free, etc. and willingly substitute breads/pita for crisp vegetables, or will remove ingredients you can’t eat, etc.

I met a girlfriend for dinner there and I enjoyed the Mixed Greens salad: poached egg, crispy pork belly, ciabatta crouton, piquillo, peppers, ginger apple dressing-sans the ciabatta crouton of course 🙂 It was fabulous! I can’t believe how awesome the yolk was mixed in with the salad. I told Seth about it, and he made this one night recently!

Burger Egg Salad

  • Burger patties, of your choice
  • Bacon
  • Over-easy or poached egg
  • Salad, of your choice

You can use any burger patties you choose, seasoned however you want, and same goes for the salad and it’s ingredients-be creative. Make the salad, top with burger, bacon and poached eggs. Mix altogether-the key is a little runny yolk, it flavors the salad so well!DSC_0226DSC_0229

Bacon Apple Salad

I was really busy last Saturday and by the time I finally got home from hiking, errands, etc…I was starving. I wanted something fulfilling, meaty, but easy. I looked around, and ended up with an awesome new salad.

Bacon Apple Salad

  • Organic baby butter lettuce
  • 1 larger sized organic apple (I used Gala)
  • White onion
  • Walnuts
  • Cooked uncured bacon (I used TJ’s)
  • Raw organic sharp cheddar (Organic Valley, as the cows are pastured)
  • Kosher Salt/Pepper (to taste)
  • Drizzle olive oil

I cut the apple pieces into cubes, diced the white onion, hand crushed the walnuts (awesome replacement for croutons), cooked and loosely chopped the bacon. I tossed all ingredients in a bowl, and drizzled just a little olive oil on the salad for moisture. Last, I topped it with fresh shredded raw organic sharp cheddar.

So. Good. I might have a new fave salad, that is easy, and has a great balance of vegetable, fruit and fat!