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Chicken Avocado Salad with Peanut Dressing. This is me doing a salad faceplant.

Chicken Avocado Salad with Peanut Dressing.

I know! I’m aware. Salad and faceplant are probably not two words that you associate – especially together – when you visit this blog. But it’s happening. Max’s current obsession is peanut butter toast. It means we are going through a ton of peanut butter and I usually make myself a slice of peanut butter banana toast while I’m at it, sprinkled with hemp hearts, because it is THEEE ultimate snack. So we obviously aren’t eating peanut butter toast today, but all that gibberish above has reignited my passion for peanut butter in a savory way.

I’ve made a thai dressing before WITH peanut butter, but it’s never been the star of the show. I wanted to keep the salad simple. WHOA. Tons of avocado because I have no idea how to make a salad without it. Some cucumbers for crunch, some lime juice and some crunchy peanuts. There are a few shredded carrots in the slaw mix, which is the only way I can do them. Let’s make it a verb. Also! Ingredients: peanut dressing. Italian Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad. Cucumber Salad with Ranch. For a refreshing and quick starter or side dish I recommend this Cucumber Salad with Ranch.

Cucumber Salad with Ranch

My memory can recall such events when I was a wee little tot. There are certain memories of me visiting both sets of grandparents for the summer weeks and getting to learn the ins and out to farm life. Spinach, Pear and Bacon Salad Recipe. Since baby spinach is available year-round at almost all supermarkets, and pears reach their peak in the cold months, this salty-yet-sweet salad makes a welcome addition to the winter dinner table.

Spinach, Pear and Bacon Salad Recipe

Go light on the seasoning, since the bacon adds ample saltiness to both the dressing and the tossed greens; a few grinds of fresh pepper should do it. Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad. I’m here to rescue you.

Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad.

From the vat of cheese dip and guac that you might have eaten last night during the game. With a colorful, crunchy, chopped salad that will totally make your Monday! If you need a little help loathing yourself less this morning, I’m your gal. Let’s get to it. This is SO my new favorite chicken recipe. For me, that vinaigrette is key. Wild Rice Chicken or Turkey Salad. This Wild Rice Chicken or Turkey Salad is unbelievably easy to create, and is an all-time people pleaser.

Wild Rice Chicken or Turkey Salad

It’s healthy-ish and absolutely delicious with great flavors. A couple months ago, we read about the closing down of our downtown Minneapolis Macy’s. Normally, it’s not actually news when a department store closes its doors. However, this particular location is the original flagship Dayton’s department store, founded in 1902. It feels something like a museum. For the past eight years that we’ve lived here, I’ve taken The Littles to that sunny 12th floor fittingly named Skyroom. Orange, Avocado and Almond Salad Recipe.

This zingy salad, a brilliant sidekick to roasted fish or pan-seared shrimp, is an homage to a bright and beautiful corner of the Spanish Mediterranean, where mango and avocado plantations are interspersed with the more traditional orange and almond groves.

Orange, Avocado and Almond Salad Recipe

Its bright color and vibrant citrus flavor are sure to brighten up any winter dinner. Rainbow Thai Salad with Peanut Tempeh. Balsamic Chicken Salad with Apples and White Cheddar. This post is sponsored by DeLallo.

Balsamic Chicken Salad with Apples and White Cheddar

No matter how many years into maintenance I get (eleven now), January is always hard. On the one hand, I’m fired up with inspiration to make all of these healthy changes. But on the other, I’m coming off of a few weeks of really indulgent eating. It’s just plain tough to transition from Christmas cookies to salads come January first—no matter how healthily we may eat on a regular basis. For me, getting back into the swing of healthy living in the New Year is a two-step process. First (and hardest), I simply have to break the habit of indulgence.

Chinese Chicken Salad (gluten-free) Chew Out Loud - Sweet. Savory. One Bite at a Time. Tomato, Fresh Fig and Blue Cheese Salad Recipe. Vegan BBQ 'Chicken' Chopped Salad. Big, beautiful entree salads are one of my favorite meals for summertime.

Vegan BBQ 'Chicken' Chopped Salad

And this Vegan BBQ 'Chicken' Chopped Salad is the perfect combination of healthy meets delicious. 30 Min Meals - Or Less! If you prep some of the ingredients (like the quinoa and sweet potato) ahead of time, you can have this salad on your table in under twenty minutes -- just about the time it takes to BBQ-bake the vegan protein and assemble your salads. Tomato and Hearts of Palm Salad. Yes, I’m a meat eater—minus my 8 month stint as a wanna-be vegetarian a few years back.

Tomato and Hearts of Palm Salad

But for me, weekend barbecues aren’t really about what side of red meat is going to be charred to perfection on the bar-B. Instead I like to get little (or big) tastes of lots of different dishes, and sides are my favorite—creamy, crunchy or tangy. A BBQ-side-dish-smorgasbord is more my style. Nearly every summer weekend in our neck of the woods are always BBQ worthy with my husband wanting meat, meat and more meat—ribs, sausage, steaks…he’s not one to discriminate. Cucumber Basil and Watermelon Salad with Love & Lemons. Since 2011, we’ve been head over heels for the blog Love & Lemons.

Cucumber Basil and Watermelon Salad with Love & Lemons

Run by Austin-based husband and wife duo Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Matthews, Love & Lemons is brimming with fresh, seasonal, healthy recipes, and bright, colorful photography. Their little nook of the food blogosphere is one of our favorite spots to spend some time. It’s where we turn for inspiration when we’ve been in an unhealthy eating rut, or feel the need to meet our mostly vegetarian ways. Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken. The best recipes are made from muscle memory. These are the recipes you’ve made time and time again, with so much repetition you really don’t even think about what you’re doing when you make it, you just do. These recipes aren’t really even recipes at all.

They’re just the wonderful result of what happens when you take the basics and then add a twist here and a switcheroo there, all depending on what’s fresh and seasonal and hanging out in the fridge. Warm Corn and Avocado Salad. Once I get started on the Cinco de Mayo train, I just can’t stop. I started with some Cheesy Scallion Stuffed Jalapeños the other day, then ended up making a batch of enchiladas and this insanely good (and simple) Warm Corn and Avocado Salad. This salad is the perfect light and fresh side dish for enchiladas, Cilantro Lime Chicken, or even as a topper for tacos. Chopped Salad with Spiced Chickpeas - Shutterbean. I am soooooooo close to finishing It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell. It’s a fantastic read; I’ve been savoring the last few pages.

I read a great deal on our trip to Vancouver. If you’re curious, here’s a quick synopsis from Amazon: Grapefruit + Avocado Bowls. Grapefruit + Avocado Bowls are fresh and healthy, with a delicious and addicting, easy walnut topping! Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! My boys spoiled me with homemade meals, sleeping in, and general sweetness this Valentine’s Day weekend, but Mother nature had different plans and gifted us with 4+ inches of snow! Sign In. Grilled Mexican Street Corn Salad. Food52. For those nights when you get home hungry, stressed, and impatient, Kendra Vaculin has quick, exciting meals to rescue you from that box of minute rice. Half Baked Harvest - Made with Love.

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And sometimes, you know, the right restaurants can do that. But unfortunately, for far too many times, I’ve sat on a taxi-ride home fed with the fury of underwhelming meals, overcharged bills, and all together more often than not, a complementary cocktail of clueless and laughable services. Steak Topped Carrot and Mango Salad with Chili Lime Dressing. Thai Steak Salad with Roasted Chili Mango Vinaigrette. Creamy Spinach Salad. Apple Pecan Feta Spinach Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette. Winter Green Salad with Orange Honey Mustard Vinaigrette. California Chicken, Veggie, Avocado and Rice Bowls. Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Lime Quinoa.

Charred Corn and Avocado Salad with Lime, Chili, and Tomato recipe on Food52.com. Confetti Cucumber Salsa Recipe. Bell Pepper Slaw Recipe : Food Network Kitchen. Roman Summer Salad Recipe : Giada De Laurentiis. Radish Salad with Mint and Pistachios Recipe. Mediterranean Chicken Salad Recipe. Melon Salad with Chili and Mint Recipe.

Warm Chicken Salad. Summer Corn and Tomato Salad recipe on Food52.com. Andy Ricker's Yam Khai Dao (Fried Egg Salad)