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...]

Thai Chicken Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Thai Chicken Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing | The Suburban Soapbox

This crispy salad is bursting with flavor and is quick to pull together for a busy evening.  The peanut dressing gets a little kick from a must-have pantry item you will use again and again.  This is the perfect way to use up leftover chicken. The day before trash day is always a rude awakening.  I'm always dumbfounded by the amount of leftovers that I end up tossing into the trash.  My family hates leftovers.  They refuse to eat them unless it's unsauced pasta...you know...plain pasta.  … [Read more...]

Asian Style Zucchini Noodle Salad with Baked Tofu

Asian Style Zucchini Noodle Salad with Baked Tofu | The Suburban Soapbox

An incredibly, addictive salad made with zucchini "noodles", veggies, baked tofu and an Asian dressing.  This healthy dish will be requested by your family again and again. I have a new toy.  I don't know if I bought it because I like saying the name of it or because it can change the way I cook.  The Spiralizer.  And you Spiralize with it.  Intrigued yet?  You will be when I tell you that this cool contraption makes all your veggies curly and fun!  AND you will also love this blog that's … [Read more...]

Winter Citrus Salad

Winter Citrus Salad | The Suburban Soapbox

This brightly colored citrus salad is light and refreshing.  A perfect addition to any breakfast or brunch spread! Everyone knows how to make a fruit salad.  It's one of the easiest things to make in the world....aside from nut butter....or a sandwich.  So, I'm not going to tell you HOW to make a fruit salad, I'm just making a suggestion as to which salad you should make for your next brunch gathering.  Or for yourself.  You can really eat the whole thing in like one day.  And it's so … [Read more...]

Healthy Recipes to Start the Year Off Right

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We've talked about this before....how the New Year can help you reflect, reflect on all the garbage we had eaten during the holidays.  It can also reflect the muffin top in the bathroom mirror.  And it's hard to get back on track unless all the tools are right at your fingertips...I'm here to help. I've rounded up some of the Soapbox's healthy favorites so they're all in one place.  Easy for you to find and easy for you to make.  Some of the most pinned, most searched for and most shared … [Read more...]

Warm Asparagus Salad with Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette

Warm Asparagus Salad with Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette - The Suburban Soapbox

This salad was inspired by one I had recently at The Cheesecake Factory.  I honestly don't know how I managed to eat something healthy at that restaurant, the menu is like a novel and everything I've had there in the past has made me buy stretchy pants before leaving the mall.  I don't even know how healthy this salad really was because it had quite a bit of oil on it.  It IS on the Skinnylicious menu so it, at least by Cheesecake Factory terms, is "skinny". Surprisingly, it was bursting … [Read more...]