Chicken Spinach Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing

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How about a salad this Saturday? Why not?It's healthy, good for you and OMG so freaking delicious. I gobbled this salad so fast, I forgot to breathe in between bites. But first of all let me just tell you how happy I am that the weather is finally warming up for a few days! Life is great, isn't it? I'm so ready for spring I can't even begin to tell you. There's something about warmer weather that just makes me want to eat awesome salads so that's what inspired me to make this fabulous … [Read more...]

Greek Chicken Red Quinoa Salad

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Red Quinoa is becoming increasingly popular lately but I don't normally cook with it for one reason. My husband hates it! So I've been scratching my head here trying to figure out how to get him to eat his quinoa, because let's face it we all know that quinoa is highly rich in nutrients. But no matter how healthy quinoa and how good it may be for you, I just couldn't convince him to eat it. Until now! He loves Greek salads, he'll buy them or make them any chance he gets, so I thought to … [Read more...]

Classic Greek Salad

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That's one delicious salad there! Greek salad is by far my favorite salad ever. This salad was extra special though. This salad was made with love by my dear husband. The only pleasure I take from being sick is having my husband cater to me. But it's true, I love it, my husband makes me teas, and lunch and dinner and it just feels wonderful. But all kidding aside this is one great salad. This is our recipe for Greek salad that we make over and over again. The only thing we change with it is … [Read more...]

Thai Chicken Salad

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Pretty much all summer long we have been having BBQ for dinner, not that there's anything wrong with that, but I'm a bit tired of BBQ. Never thought I'd say that, but I just did! So for a big change, it's salad night. Yes, a salad, and a most nutritious and super delicious salad at that. So don't cringe! Work with me here, there's chicken in this salad, so it's not all veggies. OK, so maybe I lied, I did BBQ the chicken, but you can use roasted chicken, or any leftover chicken you might … [Read more...]

Summer Fruit Salad with Lemon Dressing

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A great refreshing fruit salad is all you need on a hot summer day. You don't need a recipe for a fruit salad. Most of the times you just throw a bunch of fruits in there and call it a day. But this fruit salad is a bit special. I love this lemon dressing, it's like a very strong lemonade poured over my favorite fruits. For the lemon dressing, I used the zest from a lemon, the juice from a lemon, some sugar and water, boiled it all together until it thickens up a bit and let it cool. Then you … [Read more...]

Mixed Fruit with Lemon-Basil Dressing

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Summer is almost here. Although May and June are the rainy months here in Calgary, I still love it. We still get plenty of sunshine and most of all I love the warm weather, after a long 9 month winter. Yep, you heard me right, our winters are almost 9 months here. So with summer just around the corner, I thought it would be perfect to feature this beautiful, healthy and delicious mixed fruit salad. Now don't get turned off by the dressing. There is olive oil in this dressing, which you … [Read more...]

Fattoush Salad with Chicken

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A few years ago, I used to work at a bank in Troy, MI and there used to be a Lebanese restaurant, not sure if it's still around, but it was called La Shish. That's where I had my first Fattoush Salad. It was amazing, delicious, probably the best salad I ever had in my life. Well since then we moved to Calgary, and I haven't been to a Lebanese restaurant since. Not sure how or what happened, but I got a craving for one of those beautiful and scrumptious Fattoush Salads. I remember at the … [Read more...]

Mini Caprese Salad Bites

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Caprese Salad or Insalata Caprese is a very simple salad from Italy consisting of fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil and olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. I think the beauty of this salad is its simplicity and the fact that it consists of the Italian flag colors. Different versions of it include using balsamic vinegar and that's what I chose to do with mine today. I love this salad, and we make it almost every night of the week because of how simple it is. We use fresh … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Brussels Sprouts Salad

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Ah, brussels sprouts. How many people can actually say the love brussels sprouts? Well I'm not one of them. But I'm stubborn that way. When there's a vegetable that I don't like I try and make something with it, until I like it. And that's what I did with brussels sprouts. Of course the addition of bacon to this salad immediately makes it out of this world, but there are a couple more things in here that I absolutely love. I added white cheddar cheese and pecans of course. I have to admit … [Read more...]

American Macaroni Salad with Bacon

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You all know my dear beagle that I love with all my heart. Here's a picture of her in case you don't know what she looks like. As you can see she's getting up there in age, she's 8 years old right now. A senior dog you might say. For the most part, she is the best dog in the world. I mean look at that innocent face. You look at that face and you think that dog could do no wrong. But that dog, that darling beagle always has one thing on her mind. Her tummy. So to make a long story … [Read more...]

Cabbage Bacon Salad with Buttermilk Vinaigrette

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In my last posted recipe I've established that bacon is a vegetable. :) So having said that today's recipe also classifies as a vegetarian dish. It's a cabbage salad with a super delicious buttermilk vinaigrette that just has some bacon in it. Without bacon, it just wouldn't be the same. Bacon makes the world go round. I put bacon on my bacon! OMG ... BACON! Got bacon? Keep calm and eat bacon. Bacon is meat candy. MMM ... BACON! Peace, love, bacon! Press button, … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

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If you've never cooked with couscous before, don't get turned off by it. Couscous is just small beads of pasta made from semolina. It's very popular in countries like Turkey, Greece, Spain, France, and lots of Arabic countries. Traditionally, it is served with meat and vegetable stew. It cooks very quickly, so it's perfect for a hectic night when you want a quick and healthy dinner. If you cook couscous properly it's very light and fluffy. Luckily, in most western supermarkets, couscous is … [Read more...]