Some of the most delicious meals are colorful and fillings salads + easy homemade dressing!

Chicken White Bean Salad

I was preparing dinner for one, so I wanted to make something fast, inexpensive, and delicious. A lovely olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing fancies up this simple salad, made of pantry staples – canned chicken breast and canned cannelloni beans. This salad is fresh and light on a bed […]


Parmesan Chicken with Caesar-Roasted Romaine

When I first learned I was allergic to dairy, I actually mourned the loss of homemade Caesar salad from my life because it was one of my favorite “fancy” salads to make at home. This recipe brings me joy, not only because it’s fast and easy, or because it’s a […]


Black Rice Salad with Mango and Peanuts

Black Rice is nutty with a soft texture. It’s known as “Forbidden Rice” or “longevity rice;” I read that an ancient legend claimed that it was eaten exclusively by the emperors of China to increase health and ensure a long life. The fresh mango and orange offer sweet and bright […]


Citrus Avocado Salad

This fresh, light salad includes a simple balsamic vinaigrette, naval orange slices, and ripe avocado. It couldn’t be easier to whip together! We recently enjoyed with spicy Mexican Chorizo and Sweet Potatoes.  


Alaska Turkey Burger Salad

Alaska Burgers are typically made with ground beef, but since we prefer turkey, we decided to adjust the recipe to fit our preferences. To keep the recipe sugar-free, we used Coconut Aminos instead of traditional Worcestershire sauce. It adds a sweet and salty flavor that we really enjoy. We first […]


Salmon Hash with Tarragon Snap Peas

This fish and potato hash has become an instant family favorite! Both of our boys asked for seconds. We made good use of a pound of bright and sweet fresh snap peas we received in our local farm basket through a super-simple “blanch and season” preparation. The combination of crisp […]


Paleo Cobb Salad

The perfect mash-up of flavors on a dinner plate! Warm roasted chicken breast, crisp paleo bacon, freshly hard-boiled eggs, cool avocado slices, Violife “Just Like Feta” vegan feta, and homemade balsamic vinaigrette over a bed of red romaine lettuce. We promise it’s worth three minutes to experiment with making your […]


Turkey Trot Meatballs on Arugula Salad

This recipe from the cookbook Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. was so good, we barely adapted it. We did innovate a bit by layering the meatballs on top of a crisp and simple Arugula Salad, and serving them with Sweet Potato Chickpea Cakes (from the same cookbook). We highly […]


Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Adapted from Ina Garten’s “Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics”. The original recipe was based on an apple cider vinaigrette. We didn’t have any apple cider in our fridge, but we did have fresh organic orange juice. We kept this salad vegan with our fave “Follow Your Heart” vegan Parmesan.