Recipe: Asparagus Salad with Sun Dried Tomato and a Lemony Vinaigrette

If, like many of us, you may have gained a pound or two over the holidays, then you came to the right place. For the month of January I’ll be posting ultra skinny recipes to get us on track, and those numbers on the scale in check.

Asparagus Salad

This asparagus salad with a sweet balsamic dressing is the perfect way to get back to your healthy eating lifestyle.

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Mediterranean Asparagus Salad with Baby Kale, Sun Dried Tomato, and Avocado

I’m sorry to see summer come to an end. Here in Seattle, we’ve had an amazing run of glorious sun. If you’re a Seattleite, you know summers like this are few and far between.

Mediterranean Asparagus Salad with Kale, Sun Dried Tomato, Avocado and Feta Cheese

Mediterranean Asparagus Salad with Kale, Sun Dried Tomato, Avocado and Feta Cheese

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Salmon and Red Chard Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese

Do people avoid cooking because recipes have too many ingredients and complicated instructions?

Salmon and Chard Salad

As my lovely sister-in-law and I were drooling over salad recipes this weekend, Vanessa made just that comment.

She said that many recipes required an amazing list of ingredients, most of which she would have to buy, and probably never use again.

What’s more, the instructions were endless. As a working mother of two young boys, she had no time, or energy, to tackle a cooking project.

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Recipe: Chopped Kale Salad with Apples, Cucumbers and Ham

I love date day with the girls.

Especially when the date includes Debbie, Sandi and good food like this kale salad with apples, cucumbers and ham.

Chopped Kale Salad with Apples, Cucumbers and Ham
The inspiration for this crunchy salad came from a local Asian food truck. I was so intrigued by the combination of ingredients that I had to attempt to recreate it myself, and who better to try it out on then Debbie and Sandi.

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Quinoa Salad with Beets and Garlic Scapes

Every Thursday morning I take great delight in opening the box of fruits and vegetables delivered by my local CSA.

Quinoa and Beet Salad with Garlic Scapes

Quinoa and Beet Salad with Garlic Scapes

Among the many advantages of ordering fruit and vegetables from a CSA if you don’t have a home garden, is the opportunity to try produce you wouldn’t pick otherwise. An example would be these garlic scapes.

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Panzanella Bread Salad with Garden Fresh Tomatoes and Cucumbers

Do you have summer fresh tomatoes yet? How about stale bread?

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Sounds like the beginning of a Panzanella bread salad, doesn’t it?

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Quinoa Fruit Salad with Cherries and Walnuts

Have you tried quinoa yet?

Quinoa Fruit Salad

Quinoa Fruit Salad

If you haven’t tried this nutty tasting seed (yes, it’s a seed not a grain), you’re missing out.

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Rustic Chicken Salad with Summer Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Mushrooms and Avocado

When it comes to summer salad recipes, I’ve decided this rustic chicken salad is my next picnic contribution.

Rustic Chicken Salad

Rustic Chicken Salad

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Simple and Versatile Mediterranean Salad

Aloha!

We’re back from Maui, and we had an incredible time. We shared inspiring sunsets with good friends, and ate more than enough delicious food. Thus the need for a light Mediterranean salad to get back on track after all that fun.

Maui Sunset

Maui Sunset

The highlight of my husband’s trip was snorkeling with the turtles. He caught this turtle swimming from a cave in the coral with his handy underwater camera.

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I enjoyed a tour through a family owned botanical garden. As you can see from the look on Mike’s face, he would rather have been with the turtles.

Suffice it to say, it was tough to return home. Flying into Seattle, the weather was a chilly 52 degrees – quite a change from Maui’s balmy 86.

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Asparagus Salad with Tomato and Goat Cheese

What’s it like to suffer from an allergy or sensitivity to foods like wheat, nuts, dairy, or eggs?

It definitely makes your days interesting. Learning to read labels and ask questions is paramount to successfully cooking at home or dining out.

Nasoya Nayonaise

Nasoya Nayonaise

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