Lately it has been such a struggle to figure out what to make the kids for dinner. I am always trying to come up with something new and different to please all three of my kids. I made this Easy Cobb Salad recipe last week, and it was quite the hit. I used chopped rotisserie chicken, but leftover grilled chicken, shrimp or steaks would also be a nice addition. Between my daughter’s dance practices three nights a week and my two boy’s basketball schedules, January and February has been nuts. This main dish salad is a great new recipe that all three of them agreed that they really liked. Prepare your own salad dressing using red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and olive oil or use ranch or blue cheese. Have a great week ahead!
We should all by making the most of melons before their peak season and summer are over. This super easy Melon-Arugula Salad makes a great starter salad or even main dish salad topped with grilled chicken or shrimp. My kids have really become arugula fans (which I love). If you’re introducing your kids to new vegetables and lettuces, add an ingredient in them that they really like. Melon-Arugula Salad is the perfect example. Use any of your favorite store-bought salad dressings or add balsamic vinegar and olive oil like I did above. Melon is the feature item for this week’s Summerfest by the Food Network, so check out these other creative melon recipes below.
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Watermelon-Mint Freeze
What’s Gaby Cooking: Melon and Prosciutto Salad
Cooking With Elise: Quinoa Crunch With Melons, Blueberries and Yogurt
Haute Apple Pie: Watermelon and Feta Salad
Cooking Channel: Five Things to Make With Watermelon
Healthy Eats: Melon Refreshers
Ingredients, Inc.: Melon-Arugula Salad
Daily*Dishin: Honeydew Melon Salad With Genoa Salami and Mozzarella Fresca
Made by Michelle: Cantaloupe Popsicles
Chez Us: Cantaloupe Lime Agua Fresca
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Mixed Melon Smoothie
Virtually Homemade: Melon-Mint Popsicles
Thursday Night Dinner: Cantaloupe With Figs, Basil and Kalamata Olives
Zaika Zabardast: Cantaloupe Soup With Cardamom Infused Cherry Syrup
Sweet Life Bake: Paletas de Melon
HGTV Gardens: Garden-to-Table: Melons
FN Dish: There’s More to Melon
I am a huge fennel fan so this recipe for Fennel-Apple Slaw is one of my new fall favorites. Fennel, which looks like a cross between an onion and a bunch of celery, has a slightly sweet anise (licorice) flavor. It has the perfect crunch to pair with shredded cabbage, and it makes a great addition to any salad or slaw recipe. I love it in this vegetarian combination with Greek yogurt, walnuts, dried cranberries and fresh dill. Fennel is also good for you, containing Vitamins A and C, fiber, folate, potassium and calcium.
This Watermelon-Tomato, Arugula Salad is a true taste of summer. This salad was inspired by a similar salad I had at George’s Restaurant in Alys Beach, Florida, one of my favorite places. The fresh combination of peppery arugula topped with sweet watermelon, mild yellow tomatoes and flavorful goat cheese mesh together perfectly. You don’t even need to use olive oil because it’s so healthy and low in fat. I drizzled mine with balsamic vinegar and fresh pepper, and that’s all I needed. Feel free to add grilled shrimp or grilled chicken to make this a main-dish salad as well. This is definitely my new favorite summer salad.
This is one of my favorite salads that I raced to the kitchen and developed after I saw a similar salad at a really cool and eclectic restaurant new to downtown Birmingham, AL called Urban Standard. The combination of walnuts, strawberries, blueberries and goat cheese with a vinaigrette made from pomegranate juice and flaxeed oil create the ultimate healthy salad. If you’re really short on time, omit the dressing and use your favorite bottled light balsamic or raspberry vinaigrette. And, if you want to make this a main-dish dinner salad, add 2 cups grilled or cooked chopped chicken or salmon.
By the way, I heard from six different people yesterday from California, two in Nashville, two in Birmingham, Atlanta and even New Jersey who were making my Rigatoni for dinner last night. Thanks for all the awesome support! Best, Alison
Prep: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
1/3 cup raspberry vinegar
2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
21/2 teaspoons flaxseed oil
4 cups fresh mixed greens
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 (4.4-ounce) package fresh blueberries
1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese (if you don’t like goat cheese, you can use feta)
1. Whisk together raspberry vinegar, pomegranate juice, honey, mint, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly add flaxseed oil, whisking to combine; set aside.
2. Combine mixed greens, strawberries, blueberries, walnuts and goat cheese in a large serving bowl. Add vinaigrette, tossing well.
Here is a healthy, simple salad recipe which has a few of my favorite ingredients: basil, mint, dried cranberries, almonds and Israeli couscous. Israeli couscous is a small, round semolina pasta which is very versatile, and kids love it. It works great in this combination served over romaine lettuce leaves drizzled with balsamic vinegar, fresh lemon juice and olive oil. Feel free to substitute dried cherries for the cranberries, pine nuts or walnuts for the almonds and any of your favorite lettuces or spinach for the romaine. Here’s to a healthy fresh start to the New Year!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
2 cups fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
11/2 cups Israeli couscous (or any small pasta)
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup dried cherries or cranberries
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1. Bring broth and 2 tablespoons lemon juice to a boil; pour over couscous; bring back to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes until still firm to the bite.
2. In a large bowl, toss the cooked couscous with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, garlic, zest and pepper; let cool.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil.
4. Toss romaine lettuce with fresh herbs, dried cherries, and almonds, tossing gently to combine. Top with couscous and drizzle with balsamic dressing.