Summertime Fruit Salads Ideas + HM #237

Summertime fruit salads – mix greens and fruit! Find recipes and inspiration plus, linkup @ Home Matters. #fruitsalad #saladwithfruit #homemattersparty

Summertime Fruit Salads Ideas + HM #237

I hope your summer is starting out as beautifully as ours. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here in Southern California. Warm weather always brings on the hankering for barbecues and fruit! So this week, the gals of Home Matters are bringing you all sorts of yummy Summertime Fruit Salads!  Enjoy…

 

Millionaire Peach Salad from Christin @ Spicy Southern Kitchen 

 

Creamy Key Lime Fruit Salad from Malinda @ Countryside Cravings

 

Fresh Fruit Salad with Honey Poppy Seed Dressing from DanelleLet’s Dish Recipes

 

Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

Summertime Fruit Salads Ideas Blog Hop

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Books Upscale Tutorial – Create Custom Books from Angie @ Knick of Time

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RV Renovation on a Budget from Christina @ The DIY Mommy

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Meringue Berry Trifle – Summer Desserts from Jenn @ Clean & Scentsible

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Oatmeal Apricot Almond Coconut Cookies from Steve @ The Black Peppercorn

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Ma’s Picnic Pasta Salad from Tracey @ The Kitchen Is My Playground

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Cool Salads That Satisfy Your Hunger + HM 198

Turn off the oven and serve up these cool salads that satisfy! Plus link up at Home Matters with recipes, DIY, crafts, decor. #Salads #HomeMattersParty

Cool Salads That Satisfy Your Hunger + HM 198

Turn down the heat! The hotdays of the end of summer beckon for cold meals. So, kept those ovens off, and check out these delicious offering gathered be the gals of Home  Matters — Cold Salads That Satisfy! Yum…

 

25 Meal Sized Loaded Salads from Debbie @ One  Little Project

 

Rosemary Chicken Bacon and Avocado Salad from Jessica @ How Sweet Eats

Peach, Feta, and Pecan Salad from Geraldine @ Green Valley Kitchen

 

Arugula Salad with Tomato and Pignolias from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

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Best Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe from Stephanie @ Spaceships & Laser Beams

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes Recipe from Kelly @ Live.Love.Texas

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20+ Easy & Healthy Snacks for Teens from Megan @ Good Food & Family Fun

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Creative Seashell Crafts Ideas from Wendi @ H2O Bungalow

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DIY Decoupaged Crate from Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe

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Broccoli Salad Recipe Only 5 Ingredients

This shop, Broccoli Salad Recipe Only 5 Ingredients, has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #GrabSomeCheer #CollectiveBias

Busy holidays mean you need a quick, easy meal to satisfy your family — Red Baron Pizza, Broccoli Salad, and Coca-Cola! Get the recipe.

 

Broccoli Salad Recipe

5 Ingredients to a Tasty Dish

 

Oh, the holidays! I love them, but they sure can be hectic. It is nice to get a little help in feeding my family during this busy season. Red Baron Pizza paired with Coca-Cola and my super delicious Broccoli Salad. The broccoli salad has only 5 ingredients and is festive too with the green broccoli and dried cranberries. We love this salad all year long.

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Broccoli Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups – Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Cup – Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup – Feta Cheese Crumbles
  • 1/2 Cup – Candied Pecans
  • Poppyseed Dressing

Directions:

  1. Chop Broccoli Florets so they are bite-sized.
  2. Give the Candied Pecans a coarse chop.
  3. In a large bowl, add broccoli, pecans, Cranberries, and Feta Cheese.
  4. Mix lightly.
  5. Drizzle with Poppyseed Dressing and toss to coat the salad.
  6. It is ready to serve!

Printable Recipe – Broccoli  Salad

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Broccoli Salad Recipe Only 5 Ingredients
 
A fantastic salad that is healthy and delicious. The red and green coloring makes the salad festive for the holidays, but it is good all year round. This quick and easy recipe is perfect for busy nights or entertaining guests. Enjoy!
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Type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups - Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Cup - Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup - Feta Cheese Crumbles
  • 1/2 Cup - Candied Pecans
  • Poppyseed Dressing
Directions:
  1. Chop Broccoli Florets so they are bite-sized.
  2. Give the Candied Pecans a coarse chop.
  3. In a large bowl, add broccoli, pecans, Cranberries, and Feta Cheese.
  4. Mix lightly.
  5. Drizzle with Poppyseed Dressing and toss to coat the salad.
  6. It is ready to serve!
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I picked up my ingredients at Albertsons along with my Red Baron Pizzas and Coca-Cola (They have the adorable glass bottles for the holidays! Love them.). We also grabbed a bottle of Gold Peak® Tea for a non-carbonated drink option. Don’t let the hustle and bustle wear you down, put a yummy meal on the table in no time!

Find an Albertons near you — store locator.

Here are some other scrumptious salad ideas:

Arugula Salad with Tomato and Pignolia

Spinach, Strawberry & Pine Nuts Salad

Tomato & Grilled Bell Pepper Salad

Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad

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15 BLT Recipe Ideas – Re-imagine The Classic

Re-imagine the classic favorite with these 15 recipe twists on the Bacon Lettuce, and Tomato sandwich. Celebrate with BLT recipe ideas for every meal or party.

15 BLT Recipe Ideas

Re-imagine the Classic Favorite with These Tasty Twists

I have to admit, a good bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich is one of my all-time favorites. There is just something sublime about the melding of those savory and fresh ingredients. It is an easy sandwich that everyone knows how to make…or do they?

We have had a big laugh a couple of times within the last six weeks or so while dining at two different restaurants. I ordered the BLT sandwich, and both times my sandwich was served without tomato. What’s that? Bacon, lettuce, and TOAST??? Both waitresses were as shocked as we were, and the laughter just rolled.

Needless to say, BLTs have been on my radar, so I thought it would be fun to do a round-up of bacon, lettuce, and tomato inspired recipes. I’ve scoured the web and pulled together some amazing BLT recipe ideas that will make your mouth water. Plus, these varied twists on the classic can be served for breakfast, brunch, lunch, appetizers, dinner, you name it — they are delicious anytime, anywhere. And, take note, they all include tomato! LOL Enjoy the celebration…

BLT Recipe Ideas – Twist on the Classic

Fried Green Tomato BLT from Julie and Debbie @ Cooks With Cocktails

“This fried green tomato BLT is made with buttery toasted bread, smoky bacon, crisp lettuce, juicy fried green tomatoes, and a zesty balsamic garlic mayo.

 

BLT Bruschetta from Allyson @ Domestic Superhero

“everyone goes crazy over bacon, and this spin on traditional bruschetta is just so easy and tasty!”

 

BLT Pizza from Bev @ Bev Cooks

“And as if the crust wasn’t enough to do me in, I topped the whole dern thing with a BLT. Should we take a moment of silence?”

 

BLT Roll Ups from Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom

“This amazingly easy appetizer blends cream cheese, mayo, bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce in sliced wraps for a fresh take on the classic BLT!”

 

Grilled BLT Kabobs from Cade and Carrian @ Oh, Sweet Basil

“If you thought you loved a fat, juicy BLT sandwich you’re going to go nuts for these grilled BLT kabobs with a garlic aioli drizzle!”

 

BLT Pasta Salad from Brandie @ The Country Cook

“When I saw this recipe for BLT Macaroni Salad, I knew that I had to make it!”

 

BLT Bites Recipe from Ronique @ Stagetecture

“…try this twist on the traditional bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich with these BLT bites that combine bacon, tomatoes, and more yummy ingredients.”

 

Breakfast BLT from right here on Life With Lorelai

“I decided to just go for it and make a BLT on the Buttermilk Biscuits… they were AMAZING!”

 

BLT Summer Roll from Vicky @ Avocado Pesto

“The classic BLT reconstructed and offered in new form — BLT Summer Roll recipe with Avocado”

 

Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Liz @ Pocket Change Gourmet

“There once was a grilled cheese sandwich that longed to be exciting, to be full of flavor and added crunch. And then along came the Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich.”

 

BLT Cole Slaw from Michelle @ The Whole Smiths

“…the perfect dish to take to any summer gathering that EVERYBODY will love… a BLT Cole Slaw.”

 

BLT Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap from Trish @ Mom On Timeout

“This BLT Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap has all the makings to become your new go-to recipe!”

 

Rachel Hollis’ BLT Bites from Cathy @ She Paused For Thought

“This simple recipe can be customized to your personal preference. I prefer to use sourdough bread, freshly made aioli & Romaine lettuce. Turkey bacon or Veggie Bacon is also a good option if you don’t eat pork.”

 

French Toast BLTs from Jaymee @ E Is For Eat

“It’s bacon. And french toast. What more do you need in a breakfast food?”

 

BLT Quesadillas from Nick @ Macheesmo

“…put a BLT twist on a simple Tex-Mex quesadilla.”

I hope you have enjoyed these tempting recipes that re-imagine the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

 

 

 

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Apples For Everything – It’s Apple Season!

The fall season is a great time for remembering those cherished moments with family and friends. I am sure some of those memories include apples in some way — apple picking, baking with apples, crafting, or even an aromatic body scrub or bubble bath.

I am lucky enough to be a part of the Apple Event for #SoFabSeasons along with many other fabulous bloggers. I’m so happy to be sharing all of the Apple themed posts today from many wonderful members of the Social Fabric community. There is something for everyone. I know you will enjoy!

 

DESSERT RECIPES

Home and Garden Cafe – Apple Pie Coconut Ice Cream

Joy’s Life – Apple Pie Dessert Pizza

Kitchen Concoctions – Toffee Apple Pie Cookies

The Bandit Lifestyle – Delicious Apple Fritters Perfect for Fall

Roasted Beanz – Easy Crustless Almond Raisin Apple Pie

Wondermom Wannabe – Clean Eating Apple Crisp with Caramel Sauce

Anti June Cleaver – Mini Dutch Apple Pear Pie to Get You Ready for Fall

Basic N Delicious – Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Mostly Homemade Mom – Caramel Apple Pie Fudge

Little Blog in the Country – Pressure Cooker Canned Apple Pie Filling

Diana Rambles – Apple Spice Dump Cake

The Tip Toe Fairy – Apple Plum Skillet Cobbler

Five Marigolds – Sweet and Savory Salted Caramel Apple Dip

Intelligent Domestications – Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake & Apple Cream Cheese Icing

Home Maid Simple – Easy Apple Crisp

More or Less Cooking – Best Apple Fritter Coffee Cake

My Big Fat Happy Life – Skinny Caramel Ice Cream

An Alli Event – Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting

Tobin’s Tastes – Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

Ginger Casa – Delicious Apple Cranberry Pecan Crumble

Sweet Sensations – Apple Cobbler with Oatmeal Muffin Crust

A Labor of Life – How to Make Delicious Apple Roses

Julie Is Coco and Cocoa – Fried Cinnamon and Sugar Apple Rings

Polka Dotted Blue Jay – Mini Carmel Apple Bites

Finding Sanity in Our Crazy Life – No Bake Oatmeal Apple Pecan Cookies

Being Tazim – Strawberry Apple Crumble Vegan and Dairy Free

Upstate Ramblings – Caramel Apple Cake

Lily the Wandering Gypsy – Fresh Apple Donuts with Bacon, Caramel Pecan Glaze

Rebecca Lately – Baked Apple Recipe

Simple Food 365 – Light and Fluffy Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Mama Plus One – Homemade Apple Cider Donuts

Bento Lunch (dot) net – Caramel Apple Pudding Parfaits

 

MORE APPLE RECIPES

Broken TeePee – Salmon and Rice Noodles on Apples, Carrots & Zucchini

Revel & Glitter – Autumn Cranberry Apple Pear Salad

Happy Go Lucky – Bacon Cheddar Apple Dip

Honest and Truly – Delicious and Easy Mini Apple Pancakes

Smiling Notes – Healthy Apple Pie Oat Pancakes

Creative Southern Home – Apple Bread

Beyond Mommying – Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese

Momcrieff – Apple Pancake Rings for Breakfast or Snack

Tiaras and Tantrums – Favorite Autumn Apple Snacks

Injenious Life – Gluten Free Applesauce Muffins

Everyday Party – Simple Caramel Apple Cider

A Paper Arrow – Apple Bread for the Fall

Happy and Blessed Home – Delicious Apple Recipes

Mom Saves Money – DIY Dehydrated Apple Rings

Gluesticks Blog – Baked Apple Chips

Life With Lorelai – Caramel Apple Crumbly Bread Recipe

Ava’s Alphabet – Baked Apple Pancake

Life with Lovebugs – Spiced Applesauce and Oatmeal Muffins

For the Love of Crust – Homemade Crockpot Apple Cider

Oat & Sesame – Maple Your Applesauce

Southern Mom Loves – Cheddar and Apple Goldfish Snack Mix Recipe

My Life Cookbook – Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Bread (Gluten Free)

 

ACTIVITIES

Tales of Mommyhood – Apple Picking Favorite Family Activity

Mama Luvs Books – Apple Picking in Rhode Island

Kori at Home – Apple Tot School Unit with FREE Printables

Jenny at Dapperhouse – DIY Apple Basket Sorting Game

To & Fro – Tips for Apple Picking with Your Family

 

CRAFTS

Little Mama Jama – Apple Stamping Sensory Activity for Preschoolers

Creative Ramblings – Fabulous Fall Wood Apple Sign

Woods of Bell Trees – Quilted Apple Pillow

For What It’s Worth – Apple Themed Party with DIY Apple Craft

The Kennedy Adventures – Paper Plate Apple Craft

Babs Projects – Apple Scented Potpourri Pouches

Great Contradictions – Apple Themed Candy Bar Wrapper Printables

 

BEAUTY

Momerish – Apple Pie Sugar Scrub Perfect for Fall Pampering

 

Can you believe all these incredible Apple themed posts? Bookmark this page so you can come back and try out all the recipes, crafts and activities with you and your family!

Check back next month when Social Fabric features posts with a pumpkin theme. You can always search the hashtag #SoFabSeasons to find more of what you’re looking for!

How do you plan to use apples this season?

 

 

 

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Spinach, Strawberry & Pine Nuts Salad Recipe

Spinach, Strawberry & Pine Nuts Salad is a recipe that I created to go with my Strawberry Jalapeño Glazed Chicken. It was absolutely delicious. It is dressed with a super easy vinaigrette that adds a pop of flavor that will tantalize your taste buds.

 

Spinach, Strawberry & Pine Nuts Salad

With Strawberry-Jalapeño Vinaigrette

 

This past weekend we had out-of-state family come for a visit, and that meant a large family gathering. Of course, great food is always a part of any get-together. I was in charge of cookies and a salad.

Luke, Rory, and I had really enjoyed this salad a couple weeks ago, when we had it with our Strawberry Jalapeño Glazed Chicken, so I thought I would share it with the fam. It makes a wonderful summer salad, and it was perfect for Luke’s vegetarian sister-in-law.

 

Spinach, Strawberry & Pine Nuts Salad

Here’s What You Need:

Fresh Spinach,  Strawberries, Pine Nuts, Parmesan Cheese, Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry-Jalapeño Fruit Spread, White Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil, Salt, and Pepper.

For the Salad:

In a small pan, heat Olive Oil over medium heat. Add Salt, Pepper, and Pine Nuts. Saute until Pine Nuts are toasted. Keep watch, as this does not take very long. Set aside to cool.

Remove  Strawberry leaves and/or stems. Chop into bite-sized pieces.

In a large bowl, combine Spinach, strawberries, pine nuts. Grate Parmesan Cheese over the top. Dress with Strawberry-Jalapeño Vinaigrette and toss.

For the Vinaigrette:

In a glass jar with a lid, add 1-part Strawberry-Jalapeño Fruit Spread and 1-part White Balsamic Vinegar. Place lid on jar and shake well. NOTE: For the 3 of us we used 1/4 cup fruit spread, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, and we had a little leftover vinaigrette).

 

 

 

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Spinach, Strawberry & Pine Nuts Salad with Strawberry-Jalapeño Vinaigrette
 
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An easy and delicious Summer Salad with fresh and lively flavors. Spinach, strawberries, pine nuts, and an amazing Strawberry-Jalapeño Vinaigrette.
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Type: Salad
Ingredients:
  • Fresh Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Pine Nuts
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Smucker's Fruit & Honey Strawberry-Jalapeño Fruit Spread
  • White Balsamic Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Directions:
  1. There are two sections.

    ]For the Salad:
  2. In a small pan, heat Olive Oil over medium heat.
  3. Add Salt, Pepper, and Pine Nuts.
  4. Saute until Pine Nuts are toasted. Keep watch, as this does not take very long.
  5. Set aside to cool.
  6. Remove Strawberry leaves and/or stems. Chop into bite-sized pieces.
  7. In a large bowl, combine Spinach, strawberries, pine nuts.
  8. Grate Parmesan Cheese over the top.
  9. Dress with Strawberry-Jalapeño Vinaigrette and toss.

    For the Vinaigrette:
  10. In a glass jar with a lid, add 1-part Strawberry-Jalapeño Fruit Spread and 1-part White Balsamic Vinegar.
  11. Place lid on jar and shake well.
    NOTE: For the 3 of us we used 1/4 cup fruit spread, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, and we had a little leftover vinaigrette).
Notes
Great served with Strawberry-Jalapeño Glazed Chicken
https://lifewithlorelai.com/2016/08/01/strawberry-jalapeno-glazed-chicken-recipe/
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This Spinach, Strawberry & Pine Nuts Salad is a healthy and tasty offering, full of great summer flavors. Don’t forget to try this with my Strawberry-Jalapeño Glazed Chicken. I know you will enjoy!

 

 

 

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Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad Recipe

Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad

A Refreshing PATRIOTIC Side Dish!

 

Labor Day is here. That means the end of summer, and the last of the big BBQs. So, get out your flags and bunting, and let’s make another Patriotic splash! I’m sharing with you today a recipe for a delicious and refreshing red, white, and blue salad that is wonderful anytime, but especially fun for those Star-Spangled holidays–Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad. It is super quick, super easy, and super tasty.

Here’s What You Need:

Watermelon, Blueberries, Feta Cheese, and Balsamic Vinegar. Can you believe it? There are only 4 ingredients.

The Directions:

Cut your watermelon into large rectangles, triangles, crescents, or whatever shape you’d like. Stars perhaps? Place the watermelon on a platter. Top with blueberries and Feta cheese. Drizzle with Balsamic vinegar. Easy peasy, right?

This watermelon salad will not only be a big hit for its fabulous flavor, but also for its fun and festive appearance.

Tip for Cutting Watermelon

If you are just wanting bite-sized chunks of watermelon for this salad or any other time, try this easy cutting tip.

  1. Cut your watermelon in half.
  1. Using a knife, cut along the outer edge of the red, along the rind.
  1. Now, take the knife and cut through the ripe fruit (but not through the rind), making strips or vertical lines.
  1. Then cut perpendicular lines, so it resembles a checker board.
  1. Scoop out the watermelon using a large spoon. Scoop horizontally to make chunks.

All the juices stay within the rind making for easy clean-up.

Here’s a Printable Recipe just for you… Enjoy!

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Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad
 
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A delicious and refreshing red, white, and blue salad that is wonderful anytime, but especially fun for those Star-Spangled holidays--Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad. It is super quick, super easy, and super tasty.
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Type: Salad
Ingredients:
  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Feta Cheese
  • Balsamic Vinegar
Directions:
  1. Cut your Watermelon into large rectangles, triangles, crescents, or whatever shape you'd like. Stars perhaps?
  2. Place the watermelon on a platter.
  3. Top with Blueberries and Feta Cheese.
  4. Drizzle with Balsamic Vinegar.
Notes
Tip for Cutting Watermelon:

If you are just wanting bite-sized chunks of watermelon for this salad or any other time, try this easy cutting tip.

1. Cut your watermelon in half.
2. Using a knife, cut along the outer edge of the red, along the rind.
3. Now, take the knife and cut through the ripe fruit (but not through the rind), making strips or vertical lines.
4. Then cut perpendicular lines, so it resembles a checker board.
5. Scoop out the watermelon using a large spoon. Scoop horizontally to make chunks.
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Tomato & Grilled Bell Pepper Salad

 

Tomato & Grilled Bell Pepper Salad

A Tasty Side Dish for Any Meal

 

Tomato and Grilled Bell Pepper Salad is a perfect side dish for a barbecue or any meal. It’s quick, easy, and tasty, tasty, tasty! Of course, this salad is best with fresh-from-your-garden produce, but it is delicious any time of year. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

This salad features very simple ingredients: Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, fresh Basil, Olive Oil, and Sea Salt.

Directions:

Chop the bell peppers into bite-sized chunks, and dress them with a little olive oil and sea salt to taste. Place the bell peppers on the grill. (This can be done on the stove top in a grill pan as well.) Chop the tomato, and chiffonade the basil.

When the bell peppers are grilled, combine with tomatoes in a bowl. Add the feta cheese and basil. Toss and serve.

Here’s a Printable Version of this Recipe:

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Tomato & Grilled Bell Pepper Salad
 
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Type: Salad
Ingredients:
  • Tomato (multiple colors if you like)
  • Bell Pepper (multiple colors if you like)
  • Feta Cheese
  • Fresh Basil
  • Olive Oil
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • **NOTE** - Adjust amount of tomato and bell pepper for the number of people you are serving.
Directions:
  1. Core and cut the Bell Peppers into bite-sized chunks
  2. Drizzle with a little Olive Oil
  3. Sprinkle with Coarse Sea Salt (to taste)
  4. Put the Bell Peppers on the Grill, or in a grill an on the stove top
  5. While the peppers are cooking: Chop the Tomatoes
  6. Chiffonade (or chop) the Basil
  7. When the peppers are grilled, combine with tomatoes in a bowl
  8. Top with Feta Cheese Basil
  9. Toss the Salad
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What are some of your favorite fresh salad side dishes?

 

 

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Arugula Salad with Tomato and Pignolias

Arugula Salad

with Tomato and Pignolias

 

This salad is so simple yet super delicious and healthy for you. It can be ready to eat in ten minutes or less. How great is that?

Here’s how you do it…

You’ll need Wild Arugula, Grape Tomatoes, a regular garden-sized Tomato, and raw Pignolias (Pine Nuts). I used a Lemon Boy tomato from our yard, which added a nice yellow color to the salad. If you can’t find Grape Tomatoes, any type of mini tomato will work just fine.

 

Toast the Pignolias in a skillet with Olive Oil, Coarse Sea Salt, and freshly ground Pepper. Cut the Grape tomatoes in half diagonally, and chop the garden tomato. Place the Arugula in a bowl, then the tomatoes, top with the toasted pignolias, and toss.

 

We served this as a side salad with burgers, hot off the grill, and one of our favorite grilled side dishes, Sour Cream, Cilantro, Parsley Potatoes.

 

 

 

Here’s a Printable recipe, just for you…

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Arugula Salad With Tomato & Pignolias
 
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Wild Arugula Salad with Grape Tomatoes, Lemon Boy Tomatoes, and toasted Pignolias (Pine Nuts)
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Ingredients:
  • I Bag - Wild Arugula
  • Grape Tomatoes (or any mini tomato)
  • Lemon Boy Tomatoes (or any other type of garden tomato)
  • Raw Pignolias (Pine Nuts)
  • Olive Oil
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
Directions:
  1. Put a skillet on to get hot with a little Olive Oil
  2. Toast Pignolias with Salt and Pepper to taste
  3. Wash Arugula
  4. Slice Grape Tomatoes in half diagonally
  5. Chopped Lemon Boy Tomato
  6. Place cleaned Arugula in a Bowl
  7. Put in both types of Tomatoes
  8. Top with Toasted Pignolias
  9. Toss
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You’ve all heard your mother say to Eat Your Greens, but this Arugula Salad makes it a very tasty proposition! I hope you will enjoy.

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End-of-Summer Recipes

As Summer Comes To An End…

End-of-Summer Recipes!

With the scent of newly sharpened pencils floating on the breeze, we know that the last days of summer are upon us. Even though the weather may still be warm and wonderful, the kids are either already back in school or headed there soon. So, I thought it would be nice to share a few Pinterest Pins for End-of-Summer Recipes.

I hope you enjoy!


Lavender Lemonade … How refreshing! What an incredibly nice way to cool down and relax. This PIN is from Centsational Girl, check out the Recipe Here.
UPDATE: If you’re having trouble with Centsational Girl’s network, try Kelly at Eat Yourself Skinny. She has this lovely Recipe too! (Centsational Girl’s recipe used 3/4 cup sugar and no agave or honey. Can be made with frozen lemonade.)


End-of-Summer Cobb Salad … What a great idea to add fresh fruit to a Cobb Salad. I love it! Check out This Recipe PINNED from PaleOMG.


The Best Ever End-of-Summer Berry Cobbler … Yum-O! Serve with the melty lusciousness of vanilla ice cream, and you are in heaven. Find this PIN from Willow Bird Baking and the Recipe Here.


21 Great End-of-Summer Recipes … This fun compilation of culinary goodness even includes a super cool Salt-Dough Starfish! This PIN came from Tatertots & Jello. Peruse the 21 Recipes Here.

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What about a favorite Summer Recipe?

 

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