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
Combine all ingredients and toss, then sprinkle hot sauce for a little kick 🙂
Without olives (for my hubs):With olives (for me):
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!
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!
1/2 bag shredded cabbage
1/4 red onion
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!
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
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!
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)
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!