Fresh Squeezed Lemon Vinaigrette

Often when the ingredients are fresh & vibrant, you can keep it simple. This Lemon Vinaigrette is lite & bright in flavor, and it’s easy to whisk together with it’s short ingredient list. It is the quintessential taste of a summer day. Dress mixed greens with the vinaigrette to make a simple, crisp green salad…

Alfresco Salad

So simple, so delicious. Sometimes we get swept away into thinking that we need to complicate things to make them great. Let’s give ourselves a break, keep things easy, and let Mother Nature’s flavors shine. Our job today is to just combine the ingredients to our preferred serving size and enjoy, preferably alfresco! Ingredients Mixed…

Greek Farro with Tzatziki Ranch

With Memorial Day around the corner, we will be entering into the start of the cold-grain salad season. Potato and pasta salads are key staples for summer BBQs. I am a huge fan of both, but sometimes it’s fun to serve something unexpected. This dish is made with Farro, which is an ancient whole grain,…

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato with Goat Cheese

Best compact meal ever. I created this dish by accident. What started as bbq chicken, a plain baked sweet potato, and a side salad, quickly turned into an over-stuffed, mouthwatering flavor explosion. The contrast of the sweetness in the potato, the spice of the bbq, the bite of the vinegar dressing and the creaminess of…

Summer Fig Salad

Sometimes just a simple salad with fresh ingredients makes the best meal. Add roasted chicken for a more substantial dish. Enjoy! Ingredients Mixed Baby Green and Kale Fresh Figs, quartered Shaved Parmesan Cheese Sliced Almonds Fresh Dill Champagne Vinaigrette In a large bowl, add the mixed greens, shaved parmesan, sliced almonds, and fresh dill. Add…

Gingered “Sushi” Salad

If you were to ask my friends where I eat the most during the week, it would be our local sushi restaurant. And if you were to ask our server there what I always order with my sushi, it would be a side of ginger dressing. I’m obsessed with it. No matter what roll we…

Caprese Quinoa Salad

The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, and families are gathering for summer weekends on the water. Embrace the fresh summer flavors with this healthy dish that can be made in advance. Playing with the classic flavors of a Caprese Salad – tomatoes, basil, & mozzarella,  this dish is enhanced with the…

Smoked Salmon Arugula Salad

I used to be intimidated to be in charge of making the salad. Seems silly, but it’s the truth. When I first started cooking, I often found my salads to be bland. Especially compared to my Mom’s salads (people talk about her salads). One night I was helping my Mom put dinner together, and I…

Summer Garden Chickpea Salad

Simple & healthy doesn’t mean boring & bland. This salad is easy to make, nutritious and loaded with flavor. To go with last weeks recipe, Lemon Dill Grilled Swordfish, this salad is the side dish Kelly and Jay whipped up to pair with their entrée. If you wanted to add more substance to the salad, mix with orzo…

Broccoli Crunch Salad

When it comes to power foods, Broccoli is one at the top of the list. Especially raw broccoli. It is high in vitamin C, dietary fiber, and is known to have anti-cancer benefits. And if broccoli were to ever have a fan club, my Mom would be the president. I’m not sure a day has…

Shaved Brussel Sprout Caesar

This is not your Grandma’s brussel sprout. This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite restaurants, Buccan. With their motto of “small plates, big flavor”, this dish sure packs a punch out of a vegetable most people would usually avoid. By baking the brussel sprout, the nutty flavors of this nutritious veggie emerge and…

Rosemary Infused Croutons

What do you do when you buy too much bread? You make croutons! The key is to use bread that is slightly stale, and make sure they’re well covered in oil, but not drenched. These particular croutons are unique though because they’re baked in extra virgin olive oil that has been infused with rosemary. The richness…