Light dinner or impressive lunch, this simple salad is one of my favorites.  I usually roast the chicken breasts myself but if time is short, pick up already roasted breasts from your favorite market.

Source: Chicken with Tarragon-Caper Sauce with Mixed Greens recipe |


I love this dressing!  Try it on salad or as a dip.  The last time I made it, I left out the anchovy paste.  I have to say that the dressing was missing a bit of flavor without it so I will go back to adding that ingredient next time.


Get the recipe for Bibb Salad with Basil Green Goddess Dressing via @FoodNetwork:

Source: Bibb Salad with Basil Green Goddess Dressing Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

Here is fresh summer salad that makes a beautiful presentation.  I hadn’t made it in years but it was just the right side dish for a barbeque at the beach!  Not to worry if you can’t find “heirloom” tomatoes.  Any ripe tomatoes of different colors and sizes will work.  Serve it on a large platter with the grilled bread on the side.  Oh, summer tomatoes!

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese Recipe at


Quick Quinoa Salad

April 17, 2013

I have been looking for a new quinoa recipe and found this one in the Orange County Register.  It’s quick, healthy and makes a great side dish.

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

2 cups water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped

2 celery stalks, washed and finely chopped

1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped

1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • Bring quinoa, water and salt to a boil in a 2 qt. or larger pot.
  • Stir in cranberries, turn heat to low, cover pot and simmer for 15 min. or until water is absorbed.
  • Chop vegetables and nuts, and set them in a large bowl.
  • When quinoa is cooked, transfer to bowl and toss to combine.
  • Add balsamic vinegar and toss again.  Salt to taste.
  • Serve warm or chilled and don’t hesitate to add extra ingredients.  Also, you can make substitutions like almonds for pecans.

Easter is quickly hoppin’ down the bunny trail which means time to pull out your best deviled egg and potato salad recipes!   Highlighted by dill and dijon, serve this potato salad along side your favorite honey-baked ham.  Happy Easter!

Dilled-Artichoke Potato Salad Recipe.


This salad is always a crowd pleaser and I’ve given out the recipe countless times!  After mixing in the dressing, sprinkle the salad with the nuts and cheese as the directions state.  If you mix in the cheese at the end it tends to get mushy.  Make this salad for a  summer barbeque or a Thanksgiving turkey.  Either way you can’t go wrong!

Mixed Greens with Pecans, Goat Cheese, and Dried Cranberries Recipe at


Eric requested a roasted romaine recipe and this one really hits the mark.  It’s easy and delicious with a chicken breast that is moist and highlighted by the panko parmesan crust.  I recommend serving this with the Baked Parsnip Fries with Rosemary.


Parmesan Chicken with Caesar Roasted Romaine Recipe at