Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Shallots and Walnuts

A simple side dish made stellar, creamy goat cheese, sweet shallots and crunchy walnuts add a wonderful contrast to green beans that have been blanched and sautéed in a bit of butter. Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Shallots and Walnuts make a beautiful accompaniment to a variety of main dishes and can be served hot or at room temperature. How was everyone's Labor Day weekend?  Did you all enjoy the last few "unofficial" days of summer?  I had planned to spend the weekend at the beach with … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken Peach and Quinoa Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Healthy, fresh and simple, Grilled Chicken Peach and Quinoa Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette is loaded with summer flavors.  Sweet peaches pair perfectly with grilled chicken and are topped with a zippy raspberry vinaigrette that's super easy to make in the blender. I know I keep talking about "fall is coming" and school busses barreling down the road but the fact is...summer isn't over yet.  Who's happy to hear that?  Actually, we have about a month left of summer and, to me, this is the … [Read more...]

The Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad

This post is sponsored by Hebrew National. Light, refreshing and crisp, the Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salad is a lightened rendition of a family favorite.  Fresh cucumbers are tossed with a tangy dressing made with Greek yogurt and combined with peppery red onions.  Simple and satisfying. I never thought I was a picky eater as a child…but raising a picky eater has made me look back to my childhood and analyze the foods I loved while growing up.  The list was short….surprisingly short … [Read more...]

Spinach Blue Cheese and Chickpea Pasta Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

Disclaimer: This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Ronzoni, all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RonzoniSummer   Light and healthy, Spinach Blue Cheese and Chickpea Pasta Salad Stuffed Tomatoes are stunning and delectable.  A great dish to serve when hosting a lunch or playdate, kids will love it too! I've been eating all the things lately.  You know...ALL the things.  Pizza, hot dogs … [Read more...]

The Very Best Macaroni Salad

Summer would not be complete without the very best Macaroni Salad.  This version is light and creamy with a surprise ingredient that will just make your mouth say "wow".  Or say nothing at all, because it's full of food and your mom taught you better than to talk with you mouth full. I've been to barbecues without macaroni salad.  I know, gasp!  The horror!  Some people are getting all fancy these days making side dishes like Blueberry, Feta and Quinoa Salad or Soba Noodle Salad with … [Read more...]

Greek Cucumber Noodle Salad

Light and refreshing, cucumber noodles made using a spiralizer are tossed with fresh vegetables, kalamata olives and feta cheese to make a great summer salad.  Greek Cucumber Noodle Salad is a wonderful addition to any barbecue or picnic. This is the most wonderful time of the year.  When the weather is around 70 degrees and you still can wear jeans but have long ditched the winter coat.  That giant, puffy, cumbersome coat.  When you have to run an errand or two and can just slip on a … [Read more...]

Chopped Italian Pasta Salad

Loaded with veggies, pepperoni and fresh mozzarella, this Chopped Italian Pasta Salad belongs on your picnic table this spring and summer.  Simple to make and bursting with zesty flavor, a great side dish for any barbecue. Pasta salad is a wonderful thing.'s so simple to make that sometimes we overlook the obvious.  Like how I should have shared my favorite pasta salad recipe with all of you a long time ago.  But it's one of those things that's so simple to make I forgot … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash, Cranberry and Burrata Salad

Roasting butternut squash and cranberries together creates a sweet, tangy relish that's the perfect pairing for creamy burrata cheese.  Topped with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, this salad is a wonderful first course for entertaining or a main course salad. One of my favorite salads in the summer is the popular Caprese Salad, I love mine with burrata cheese.  If you haven't had burrata, you're totally missing out.  It's like Buffalo mozzarella on the outside with creamy ricotta inside. … [Read more...]

Chopped Broccoli Salad with Cherries and Feta

Crunchy broccoli chopped into bits and updated with dried cherries and feta.  If you love the old version, you will flip over this updated Chopped Broccoli Salad with Cherries and Feta.   Most of you, my favorite internet friends, are out of high school....and even college.  I know how old most of you are.  :-)  Does that make me a stalker?  It's a little weird to know that websites I visit collect that kind of information.  But it's helpful when coming up with ideas, recipes and stories … [Read more...]

Golden Beet and Whipped Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Mint Pesto

A beet salad that's as beautiful to look at as it is to eat.  Creamy goat cheese is whipped until light and fluffy and then stacked with a roasted golden beet.  The Walnut Mint Pesto is the perfect topper for this easy to make and easy to impress dish. Beet and Goat Cheese Salad is pretty much a summer staple.  It’s on every restaurant menu and, as simple as it is, many people don’t make it at home.  Which is surprising, given the number of friends I know that absolutely go bananas over … [Read more...]