MOZZARELLA WATERMELON TOMATO SALAD ~ BLOG 366.100

This recipe SCREAMS summer, but with the availability of watermelon year round these days we eat it ALL the time.

MOZZARELLA WATERMELON TOMATO SALAD

4 cups watermelon balls
2 cups grape or cherry tomato halves
1 1/2 cups Mozzarella balls
1 small shallot, diced
1/2 cup basil chiffonades
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Juice of 1 LARGE lemon
1 tablespoon sugar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Combine watermelon balls, tomato pieces, shallots and mozzarella balls in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, sea salt and black pepper.
  • Pour marinade over watermelon mixture.
  • Fold in basil chiffonades.
  • Chill 1 hour before serving.

HOT CHICKEN SALAD ~ BLOG 366.58

HOT CHICKEN SALAD
2 cups rotisserie chicken pieces
2 stalks celery, cleaned and thinly sliced
3/4 cup toasted almond pieces, divided 1/2 and 1/4 cups
1 can small water chestnuts, drained and chopped or sliced
2 mini red pepper, diced
3-4 green onions, thinly sliced
1/3 cup + 2-3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup Duke’s mayonnaise
4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
Paprika, to taste

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Spray a 2 quart baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl combine the chicken pieces, celery, green onions, red peppers, water chestnuts and Parmesan cheese.
  • In a smaller bowl whisk together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice and FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Fold cream cheese mixture into the chicken mixture.
  • Spoon mixture into prepare baking dish.
  • Bake covered 25 minutes.
  • Uncover, sprinkle with remaining almonds, Parmesan cheese and paprika. Bake 5 minutes more.
  • Serve hot.

CRANBERRY CHICKEN SALAD ~ BLOG 365.318

CRANBERRY CHICKEN SALAD

1/2 cup DUKE’S mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon paprika
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
3/4 cup cranberries
1/2 cup FINELY chopped celery
2-3 green onions, chopped
2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken pieces
thin sliced baby Swiss cheese

  • Whisk together the mayonnaise and paprika.
  • Fold in the celery, cranberries, green onions and chicken pieces.
  • Season to taste.
  • Refrigerate 1-2 hours before serving.
  • Serve on croissants with the Swiss cheese.

SOUTHWEST CHICKEN SALAD ~ BLOG 365.265

SOUTHWEST CHICKEN SALAD
1/3-1/2 cup FINELY chopped red onion
1/4 cup drained chopped green chiles
1/4 cup coleslaw dressing (bottled or homemade – you choose)
Juice of 1 lime
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 can Green Giant Mexicorn niblets, drained WELL
3 cups chopped greens (I like a mixture of iceberg and romaine)
2 small red and/or orange mini peppers, chopped
1 cup drained and rinsed black beans
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup French’s crispy onions

  • Whisk together the coleslaw dressing and lime juice.
  • Fold in the red onion and green chiles, shake well and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Grill chicken until cooked through. Let rest 5 minutes and then slice into desired size pieces.
  • Wash and drain lettuce.
  • In a large bowl toss together the lettuce greens, peppers, black beans, corn and cheese.
  • Arrange chicken pieces on top.
  • Drizzle with dressing and top with crispy onions.

STRAWBERRY CHICKEN SALAD ~ BLOG 365.213

This recipe has 2 choices for dressing depending on your mood 😀 One is creamy and the other more citrusy and tart.

STRAWBERRY CHICKEN SALAD
SALAD

2-3 cups rotisserie chicken pieces**
2 cups torn Napa cabbage
2-3 cups torn romaine lettuce
2 cups chopped and sliced strawberries
1 LARGE orange, peeled and chopped large

1 LARGE bunch green onions, sliced
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Place lettuce on a platter and top with the chicken pieces, strawberries, onions and orange pieces OR toss all together based on your preference.

YOGURT DRESSING
1/3 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons Duke’s mayonnaise
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon QUALITY honey
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Whisk together the yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Drizzle dressing over salad and serve immediately.

VINAIGRETTE DRESSING
1 tablespoon unseasoned rice wine vinegar
1/2 – 3/4 cup avocado oil
3 tablespoons FRESH lemon juice (2 medium lemons)
3 tablespoons FRESH orange juice (1 LARGE orange, mandarin orange juice from above or a combination of both)
1 tablespoon QUALITY honey
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 clove garlic, FINELY minced

  • Whisk together all ingredients until well-combined and emulsified.
  • Store in the refrigerator no longer than 3 days since it contains fresh garlic.

NOTES: During the summer it’s tasty to change up the rotisserie chicken pieces for grilled chicken breast pieces.

SPINACH FRUIT SALAD ~ BLOG 365.199

SPINACH FRUIT SALAD
3 cups hulled strawberries
3 cups spring mix salad
3 cups baby spinach
1 LARGE navel orange, peeled and chopped
1 can mandarin oranges, drained RESERVE JUICE
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1 cup snap peas, halved
1 small bunch green onions, sliced
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/2 pound bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
2-4 cups chopped rotisserie chicken (optional)

  • Combine all the ingredients and toss well.

DRESSING
3/4 cup hulled strawberries
Reserved mandarin orange juice
1 tablespoon QUALITY honey
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • Puree strawberries with other ingredients in small food processor or blender.
  • Pour over salad and toss well.

CRISPY GREENISH SALAD ~ BLOG 365.187

The original recipe called for leaving the peels on the cucumber and apple making this a monochromatically ALL green salad, but we found the peels too bitter. We also usually skip the lettuce and avocado if we’re not making this for a LARGE group because we have leftovers and the lettuce and avocado do NOT hold well.

CRISPY GREENISH SALAD
1 head butter lettuce (optional)
1 avocado (optional)
1 green apple, cored, peeled and chopped small
1 bunch green onions, sliced

Juice of 1 lemon
1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
2 green tomatoes, diced
2 cups frozen petite peas, thawed and drained WELL (see note)

  • Toss apple pieces in the lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • In a large bowl toss all the ingredients together including the lemon juice in the apples.

DRESSING
1/4 cup avocado oil
Juice of 1 LARGE lime
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • Whisk together and drizzle over salad.
  • Toss well and chill before serving.

NOTE: Many recipes say you can use the peas frozen, but we find they leave behind too much moisture.

CHOPPED BACON SALAD ~ BLOG 365.166

CHOPPED BACON SALAD

1 tablespoons avocado oil
1 pound QUALITY bacon 
6 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
5 tablespoon raw slivered almonds
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons QUALITY honey 
1 large shallot, THINLY sliced (see notes)
2 heads romaine, chopped
3 cups mixed chopped radicchio, frisée and trimmed fennel
1 tablespoon FRESH thyme leaves
1/4 cup FRESH chopped flat leaf Italian parsley

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • When hot, cook the bacon slices in batches in the hot oil, turning them regularly and adding more slices, one by one, as the first slices brown and shrink.
  • When crumbly crisp and browned to your desire, about 10 to 12 minutes, transfer bacon slices to a paper towel-lined plate. Drain, (reserving the drainings for the dressing) all BUT 1 tablespoons of fat from the pan. 

  • Add the garlic to the pan. Cook, stirring often until the edges of the garlic start to turn golden.
  • Add the almonds and continue cooking, 5-7 minutes, stirring, until both the garlic and almonds look golden and toasted.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to the paper towel-lined plate also. Do not discard the pan drippings. You will use them in the dressing.

  • In a large bowl, mix the red wine vinegar and honey with a whisk until dissolved then add the shallot, season with salt and pepper. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Pour in  5 tablespoons of the warm pan drippings from the skillet while straining it into the vinegar mixture.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper, whisk again.
  • Drizzle vinaigrette over bowl of greens and herbs, tossing well.
  • To serve, top the salad with the crispy garlic and almonds then crumble the bacon over it tossing it again as desired. 

NOTES:

  • I often will crisp additional shallots for the top of the salad.
  • I also add a handful of halved grape tomatoes and/or chopped hard salami when I have it on hand.

CHICKEN WALDORF SALAD ~ BLOG 365.152

CHICKEN WALDORF SALAD
1/3 cup walnut pieces
2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
1 LARGE lemon, juiced
1 bunch green onions, sliced
2 stalks celery, diced
3/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
2-3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
6-8 cups torn romaine lettuce
4 hard boiled eggs, sliced optional

  • Coat the apple pieces in the lemon juice.
  • Whisk together the yogurt, apple cider vinegar, poppy seeds, FRESH ground salt and pepper together.
  • Toss together the lettuce, onions, celery, chicken, apples and walnuts.
  • Drizzle with dressing and toss together.
  • Serve immediately.

COPY CAT KFC COLESLAW ~ BLOG 365.35

Hubby and I both agree on one thing. No matter how many coleslaw recipes I try, KFC is still on of the ALL time best. BUT, we don’t have a nearby KFC that’s any good at all so this copy cat recipe will have to do.

COPY CAT KFC COLESLAW
DRESSING

1/2 cup FULL fat buttermilk (or half WHOLE milk and half buttermilk)
1/2 cup Duke’s mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper (1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper)
1/3 cup sugar
Juice of 1 LARGE lemon

  • Whisk ALL together and set aside.

SLAW
8 cups FINELY chopped cabbage (see note)
2 cups FINELY chopped carrots (see note)
3 tablespoons grated onions

  • Toss cabbage, carrots and onions together in a LARGE bowl.
  • Pour dressing over, tossing to coat well.
  • Refrigerate covered 2-4 hours before serving. Best next day.

NOTE: If you have the time GRATE the cabbage and carrots on the large side of the grater to get the perfect size.

GREEN BEAN RADISH SALAD

This makes a PERFECT side dish and is also perfect for any BBQ, picnic, church social or potluck.

GREEN BEAN RADISH SALAD

2 pounds green beans, trimmed to 1 1/2 inch lengths
1 + 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (optional)
1 teaspoon grated zest juice of 1 LARGE lemon
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar

1 LARGE garlic clove, minced
8 regular radishes, thinly sliced (or 1 LARGE watermelon radish, halved & sliced)
1/4 cup avocado oil
3 tablespoons FRESH minced dill or thyme
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Bring 4 quarts of water and 1 tablespoon of salt to a boil.
  • Add ice and COLD water halfway to a LARGE mixing bowl.
  • Add green beans to boiling water, cooking 5-6 minutes to tender crisp.
  • Drain immediately and place beans in water bath to cool.
  • Drain completely and spin dry or use a towel to dry.
  • Whisk together the lemon juice, lemon zest, mustard and shallot until well blended.
  • SLOWLY whisk in oil until incorporated.
  • Toss radishes, green beans and dill or thyme together with vinaigrette.
  • Chill 2 hours before serving.
  • Toss with almonds and season to taste with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper just before serving.

PEACH HONEY MUSTARD PORK CHOPS

PEACH HONEY GLAZED PORK CHOPS
2 tablespoons honey or honey mustard (optional)
2 tablespoons peach preserves
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
4-6 THICK boneless pork chops
2 peaches pitted and diced
6 SMALL yellow plums, pitted and diced

1 cup of your favorite salsa

  • Prepare the BBQ grill for medium heat.
  • Combine honey or honey mustard and peach preserves in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In another bowl combine the peaches, plums and salsa. Set aside. I like to make this several hours ahead and chill it so the flavors can meld together.
  • Generously season each pork chop with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Grill chops 4-6 minutes per side until cooked through.
  • Brush chops with glaze and let rest.
  • Serve with the salsa.

NOTE: I can’t use the honey mustard due to a SEVERE allergy that could kill me, but I’m told the honey mustard adds another layer of flavor that’s super yummy.