Summer Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

I can’t believe how much I love this salad.  Let’s be real, salads usually don’t have the wow factor that something like cookies or pies have (at least not for me).  But there is something about this one that makes it stand out against most salads.  You can even ask my husband, who was a witness to me “mmm” after almost every bite. Perhaps the key to this salad’s awesomeness is that it’s loaded with bacon and Parmesan cheese.  I mean, hello, bacon plus cheese seems to equal heaven, even on a salad. 😉 Maybe it’s really all about the …

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Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Pasta Salad

This is my kind of meal. I cannot tell you how obsessed I am with this pasta salad.  Well, I can try.  😉  Let’s start with the ingredients.  This salad is basically a bowl full of some of my favorite things on earth.  Pasta, avocado, cheese, tomatoes, basil… this is seriously heaven for me.  I could not stuff my face fast enough when I ate it.  (Although it probably did not help that it took me longer to photograph than I expected so I was starving by the time I could eat it.) I love this salad not just for …

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Bean Salad

Happy Wednesday! I wracked my brain trying to figure out what side dish to bring to a family BBQ.  I wasn’t sure what everyone (or most people) would like.  Thankfully there is no shortage of options when my family gets together.  There’s enough food to feed an army, so even if no one wants what I made, it’s not the end of the world.  Is that a Greek thing to make absolutely sure there is way, way too much food available? Anyway, this bean salad is inspired by the cowboy caviar that I made a few years ago.  I skipped the celery and used less onions to make …

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Mediterranean Salad

This is my favorite salad (until I have a new favorite, of course 😉 ). I was craving Greek salad the other day.  Yes, craving a salad sounds weird, especially because I crave foods like bagels and pizza on a regular basis.  You better believe that I’m going to take advantage of this healthy craving while it lasts.  I love a traditional Greek salad made with tomatoes, cucumbers and feta cheese, but I wanted to kick it up a notch. I still kept this salad lettuce free, but I added a bunch of other colorful veggies like Kalamata olives, and pepperoncini …

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Tuna and Chickpea Salad

I’m ready for Spring. I usually eat lettuce and veggie salads for lunch, but I haven’t been in the mood for them lately.  Maybe my mind is still in Winter mode even if my soul is desperate for Spring.  Instead I’ve had hot meals like pork egg roll in a bowl, vegetarian chili with rice, and egg rice stir fry. All of the sudden, with a little more light in the evening I find myself switching back to cold salads because I’m craving Spring.  This salad is colorful and it reminds me that Spring is here even though it’s still cold here in CT and we …

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