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Tangy Cucumber Salad with Dill

Tangy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill ~ thinly-sliced cucumbers in a simple, sweet-and-sour dressing make for a refreshing summer side | FiveHeartHome.com

Crisp, thinly-sliced cucumbers are marinated in a simple dressing of white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, and fresh dill for a refreshing, sweet-and-sour salad that makes a perfect summer side dish! I realize that I’ve been bombarding y’all lately with quite a few recipes featuring garden-fresh summer produce…and I can’t promise that I’m quite done yet. Case in point: today I’m sharing the BEST Tangy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill! For years I’ve been on a mission to find the {Read More}



Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad with Avocado

Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad with Avocado, Kalamata Olives, Feta, and Fresh Dill | FiveHeartHome.com

Juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and creamy avocado combine in a pasta salad that showcases the best of summer produce, with Kalamata olives, crumbled Feta, and fresh dill adding extra flavor and color. Today I bring you a pasta salad that I’ve revamped from one of Five Heart Home’s most popular (and very first) recipes ever! To date, Tomato Cucumber Salad with Olives & Feta has been viewed and pinned about 100,000 times each (thanks, y’all!). So if that recipe appeals {Read More}



Red, White, & Blue Watermelon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette

Red, White, and Blue Watermelon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette ~ a fruity summertime salad to celebrate the Fourth of July | FiveHeartHome.com

A summertime salad of mixed greens, juicy watermelon, plump blueberries, creamy feta, and toasted almonds in a sweet and tangy watermelon vinaigrette is a side dish worthy of barbecues, picnics, and Fourth of July parties! For a variety of reasons, Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. First off, it falls during summer, which — despite the oftentimes ridiculous Texas heat — is my favorite season of the year. Secondly, it’s a holiday that you can {Read More}



Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, & Fresh Corn

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Fresh Corn ~ a perfect summer side dish or light supper! | FiveHeartHome.com

This delicious tortellini pasta salad — studded with bright, juicy tomatoes, fresh sweet corn, and ribbons of basil — is sure to become your favorite summer side dish or light supper! Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! I’m popping in on Saturday with a quick post because, in case you’re still looking for a summer side dish to enjoy this weekend, I didn’t want you to miss the best tortellini salad EVER! This fresh, delectable pasta salad starts with frozen (or {Read More}



Creamy Vinaigrette ~ Classic Salad Dressing

Creamy Vinaigrette ~ a delicious, classic salad dressing to complement mixed greens, sliced tomatoes, pasta salad, and more! | FiveHeartHome.com

This zesty salad dressing is a tasty spin on Classic Creamy Vinaigrette that only takes a few minutes to prepare, making it the perfect complement to mixed greens, sliced tomatoes, or pasta salad. Well, we’ve officially reached the time of year that I just can’t get enough salad. With all of the fresh produce that will be available from now on through the summer months, I’m revisiting some of my favorite salads and dressings. And as easy as it is {Read More}



Spring Salad with Mixed Berries, Candied Almonds, & Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

Spring Salad with Mixed Berries, Candied Almonds, and Honey Citrus Vinaigrette ~ a beautiful, delicious salad with vibrant flavors and varied textures | FiveHeartHome.com

The flavors of spring mingle in this beautiful and tantalizing mixed greens salad, studded with plump blueberries, juicy raspberries, crunchy candied almonds, and a sweet, poppy seed-infused Honey Citrus Vinaigrette. Happy first day of spring, y’all! It’s amazing how a little extra effort can take a salad from blah to amazing. From run of the mill to something special. From bribe-your-kids-to-eat-it to make-them-beg-for-more. That, my friends, is the story of this salad. You start with your typical ol’ greens, but {Read More}



Slow Cooker Corn & Potato Chowder with Ham

Slow Cooker Corn and Potato Chowder with Ham | FiveHeartHome.com

Let your slow cooker do the work for you with this creamy, comforting chowder, loaded with sweet corn, hearty potatoes, and flavorful ham. Winter is about to wear me out, y’all. One day (today), it’s 30°. By the weekend, it’s supposed to get up to 80°. Every time we get a taste of spring it freezes again, and every time we resolve ourselves to more winter weather, warm temperatures and sunny skies tease us, if only for a few days. {Read More}



Slow Cooker Balsamic & Herb Beef Stew with Cornbread Waffles

Slow Cooker Balsamic & Herb Beef Stew with Cornbread Waffles | FiveHeartHome.com

Flavorful beef stew, loaded with vegetables, seasoned with herbs and balsamic vinegar, and served over cornbread waffles, makes for a fun and effortless slow cooker meal! Do you ever get stuck in a rut when it comes to dinner menu planning? I have to admit that I do. Making those tried and true recipes is often just easier than trying something new. There’s little thought required in cooking an old standby, since I practically have it memorized, and there’s no {Read More}



Slow Cooker German Lentil Soup with Sausage

Slow Cooker German Lentil Soup with Sausage | {Five Heart Home}

Lentils, sausage, carrots, and a flavorful broth simmer the day away in this hearty, comforting, slow cooker soup. A few days ago on Facebook, I asked for reader input about what type of recipes you’d like to see on Five Heart Home in the upcoming months. While I got a variety of answers, there was one overwhelming consensus…crock pot fare! And you know what? That’s just fabulous because, as a busy mom of three, I love and rely on my {Read More}



Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon ~ For Luck on New Year’s Day!

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon ~ eat on New Year's Day for a lucky and prosperous year! | {Five Heart Home}

Black-eyed peas soak up the flavors of garlic, bacon, and thyme in this savory soup that is said to bring luck and prosperity when eaten on New Year’s Day…but is so tasty that you’ll want to make it all year long! January 1st is right around the corner, and in these parts, that means two things: New Year’s resolutions and black-eyed peas! In the south (and perhaps beyond? Please enlighten me!), eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day supposedly brings {Read More}



Parmesan Potato & Cauliflower Soup

Parmesan Potato and Cauliflower Soup | {Five Heart Home}

This silky, creamy potato soup has a couple of secrets…cauliflower for extra vitamins and Parmesan for extra flavor! Do you ever find yourself staring into the refrigerator 20 minutes before dinner time just waiting for inspiration to hit? Well, that’s how this soup was born. Except I was actually staring into the pantry when, lo and behold, I spied a bag of potatoes. My first thought was baked potatoes? Sometimes those make an easy throw-together dinner, topped with whatever leftovers {Read More}



Mixed Greens Salad with Mandarins, Toasted Almonds, & Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette

Mixed Greens Salad with Mandarins, Toasted Almonds, Avocado, and Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette | {Five Heart Home}

This Asian-inspired vinaigrette — bursting with flavors of ginger, garlic, sesame, soy sauce, rice vinegar, & honey — is the perfect accompaniment to mixed greens topped with sweet orange segments, crunchy almonds, and creamy avocado chunks. I realize that it’s fall and that we’re in the throes of comfort food/casserole/crock pot season here, but sometimes I still get a hankering for a good salad. Regardless of season, this salad is one of my favorites. Or I could also say that {Read More}



Slow Cooker Chicken & White Bean Chili

Slow Cooker / Crock Pot Chicken and White Bean Chili ~ garnish with cilantro, tortilla chips, cheese, avocado chunks, salsa, etc. | {Five Heart Home}

After bubbling away in the crock pot all day, comforting white chili — studded with tender chicken, white beans, and tangy green chiles — is topped with your favorite garnishes: fresh cilantro, crunchy tortilla chips, gooey cheese…the possibilities are endless! This week, central Texas had our first taste of legitimate autumn temperatures this season: we dipped into the 50s overnight and actually stayed there all day! Granted, it was back up in the 70s by the following day, but the {Read More}



Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup ~ your crock pot does all the work for this warm and comforting soup, made hearty (but not heavy) by the addition of diced ham, potatoes, and carrots | {Five Heart Home}

We’ve been pretending around here. Pretending that it actually feels like fall. But we’re not pretending that a busy fall schedule has descended upon us — noooo, that’s reality, folks — so I’ve been relying on my slow cooker, now more than ever. And what’s easier to whip up in the crock pot than a warm, comforting, perfect-for-fall (or perfect when you’re pining for fall) soup? I particularly love throwing dried beans — or in this case, split peas — {Read More}



Corn, Black Bean, & Tomato Salad

Corn, Black Bean & Tomato Salad ~ this version of "Texas Caviar" is delicious as a side salad or as a dip with chips | {Five Heart Home}

Sometimes a salad is more than just a salad. When I’m serving enchiladas or other Tex-Mex fare, I make this salad. When I’m throwing a party and need a hearty dip to go with tortilla chips, I make this salad. When I want a flavor-infused topping for otherwise-blah chicken or fish, I make this salad. When the garden is overrun with tomatoes and cilantro but I’m all salsa-ed out (who am I kidding? I could never get tired of salsa), {Read More}



Tomato Cucumber Salad with Olives and Feta

Tomato Cucumber Salad with Olives and Feta | {Five Heart Home}

Whether you’re searching for a recipe to utilize the spoils of an overabundant garden or you’re simply craving a refreshing summer side dish, this salad should fit the bill nicely either way. My father-in-law has quite the green thumb and consequently, each summer we are the lucky recipients of a plethora of zucchini, squash, eggplant, cucumbers, green beans, and — my favorite — tomatoes.  I’m not using the word plethora lightly.  This is a fraction of the veggies that my {Read More}



Sonoma Chicken Salad

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I love chicken salad.  LOVE.  And of all the chicken salads I’ve ever tried, the nutty, fruit-enhanced, honey-kissed Sonoma version is my favorite. This recipe actually resulted from my attempt at recreating the oh-so-tasty Sonoma chicken salad from Costco.  I found a similar recipe from Whole Foods and made a few changes to suit my family’s taste, which basically involved omitting the celery (crunching into raw celery has always given me chills, and not in a good way) and the poppy {Read More}



Strawberry Spinach Salad with Feta Cheese, Toasted Pecans, & Blush Wine Vinaigrette

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It’s hard to believe that June has already arrived!  Though spring doesn’t technically wrap up until later in the month, in my mind, it’s already summer in every way that matters…school is letting out, vacation is upon us, and here in Texas, temperatures are already cruising into the mid-90s.  I don’t know about you, but my palate changes with the seasons.  Summertime has me gravitating towards recipes that are on the lighter side, quick and easy to prepare, and raring {Read More}