Spinach Blue Cheese and Chickpea Pasta Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

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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  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV   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

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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

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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

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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.  Really...it'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

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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

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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

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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...]

Cucumber Bruschetta with Tomato and Kalamata Olives

Cucumber Crostini with Tomato and Kalamata Olives | The Suburban Soapbox

This refreshing summer snack replaces the bread in traditional bruschetta with crispy, crunchy cucumbers.  Topped with a flavorful, tangy tomato, olive and caper mix....you won't be able to eat just one....or two.  Or three.  (I stopped at 5.) The winter took a toll on me.  I ate so.much.food. And sat around....a lot.  Before I knew it I had gained an extra 10 pounds.  I say extra because it was on top of some weight that I had already decided was extra.  So this was additional "extra" … [Read more...]

Easy Salads for Outdoor Entertaining

Blueberry Feta Quinoa Salad | The Suburban Soapbox

Picnics, barbecues and cookouts don't have to be gut busting.  Offer some healthy, light salads at your next gathering to give your guests options or to keep your own waistline in check.   When the weather gets hot, I lose my appetite.  I just don't have a hankering for heavy pasta dishes or a giant slab of grilled ribs. As tasty as they sound and as delicious as they are (I DO LOVE ribs!!!), when the temperatures creep into the 90's....I crave something light and refreshing.  Fruit … [Read more...]

Caribbean Cobb Salad with Fire-Roasted Pineapple Vinaigrette

Caribbean Cobb Salad with Fire-Roasted Vinaigrette | The Suburban Soapbox

All the flavors of the Caribbean in a satisfying and tasty salad. A little prep work early in the week makes this super easy to throw together on a busy weeknight and the spicy vinaigrette adds the perfect amount of heat. I'm not a big salad eater. I would much rather have a burger and fries than a big bowl of lettuce with a few sliced tomatoes and cucumbers. If I'm going to eat a salad....it has to be pretty epic. It has to be bursting with flavor and it, absolutely, has to have a ton of … [Read more...]