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Marinated Tomatoes

Ripe, juicy tomatoes soak up olive oil, red wine vinegar, onion, garlic, & fresh herbs in Marinated Tomatoes, a zesty summer salad or a versatile side dish! ‘Tis the season for homegrown tomatoes! Thanks to my father-in-law’s bountiful garden, by this time every summer, we’re positively swimming in big, juicy, deep red specimens of tomato perfection. We eat ’em sliced, with salt and pepper. On bread with good mayo for a tomato sandwich. Caprese-style…drizzled with balsamic, layered with fresh mozzarella, {Read More}

Summer Lentil Salad + Lentils.org Farm-to-Table Trip

Summer Lentil Salad features protein-packed lentils, roasted corn, juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil for a healthy, vibrant main dish or versatile side! I was invited to participate in the #LetsLentil #LoveALentil campaign, sponsored by Lentils.org. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. Growing up with a native German mother, my exposure to lentils as a child was pretty much limited to Linsen mit Spätzle (Swabian lentil soup with homemade noodles) which, incidentally, I loved. That {Read More}

Greek 7-Layer Dip

Greek 7-Layer Dip is a Mediterranean spin on the beloved, classic recipe, with layers of hummus, dill-infused Greek yogurt, tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, red onion, and feta cheese! 7-Layer Dip is one of those quintessential party recipes that’s easy to make, familiar to most people, and guaranteed to be a hit. But since most of us already have a recipe or twelve for the classic, Mexican-inspired version of 7-Layer Dip, I decided to swap out Mediterranean ingredients for a new {Read More}

Fiesta Pasta Salad

Fiesta Pasta Salad is loaded with corn, black beans, tomatoes, jalapeño, cilantro, and a fresh lime vinaigrette for a zesty, flavorful, summer side dish! So who else is counting down the days until summer vacation??? We’ve hit that point in May where this mama’s head is about to explode. In addition to the usual chaos that accompanies the last few weeks of school, I’m trying to squeeze in all of my last-minute appointments before I have three kiddos home for {Read More}

Caprese French Bread Pizza

Bursting-with-flavor Caprese French Bread Pizza is brushed with garlic-infused olive oil, layered with fresh mozzarella and thinly-sliced tomatoes, and baked until bubbly before getting finished off with ribbons of basil and a balsamic reduction! Happy August, y’all! How is school already right around the corner? Eeek! I intended to share this recipe earlier in the week but — speaking of that impending school start date — we decided to squeeze in one last summer hurrah with a quick trip to {Read More}

Corn, Tomato, & Avocado Salad

Corn, Tomato, & Avocado Salad is an explosion of Tex-Mex flavors and summertime textures, with fresh roasted corn, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, minced jalapeño, crumbled cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro in a zippy lime vinaigrette! There’s something just magical about fresh corn on the cob. I have to admit, though, that I used to mostly avoid it because it was such a sticky, frustrating mess to husk. That all changed a couple of years ago when I discovered the easiest, {Read More}

Caprese Chicken Salad

Caprese Chicken Salad combines two summertime favorites, featuring juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil tossed with diced chicken in a homemade, Greek yogurt-based balsamic dressing. Happy Friday, y’all…hope the week has treated you well! We’ve been enjoying July while doing our best to survive Texas’ current heat wave…which feels akin to opening a hot oven or, you know, skipping across the surface of the sun. But enough chit-chat about the weather. I’m way excited to share today’s recipe with {Read More}

Greek Chicken Pasta Salad

Marinated chicken, juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese are tossed with pasta and a tangy dressing in this colorful, flavorful Greek Chicken Pasta Salad, perfect for summer barbecues & get-togethers! It’s the last week of school, y’all…eeek! How did that happen??? And it’s going to be a busy week at that, with end-of-year festivities galore. But fortunately, I’ve already got dinner covered with a big bowl of pasta salad in the fridge. Yippee! So if you’re {Read More}

Holiday Cheese Wreath

Make an easy and festive Holiday Cheese Wreath party appetizer by arranging cubes of cheese in a ring, accenting with cherry tomatoes and a garland of rosemary, and finishing off with a bell pepper bow! Well, we’ve made it mid-way through December and the holiday celebrations are in full swing, whether that means classroom parties at school or adults-only evening soirees. Whatever type of shin-dig you’re throwing or attending, I think a Christmas Wreath ‘o Cheese should undoubtedly be a {Read More}

Tomato Cucumber Poppyseed Salad

Tomato Cucumber Salad is tossed with a creamy, sweet-and-tangy Poppyseed Dressing in this fresh, healthy, summertime side dish recipe! I wonder if anyone has picked up on the fact that about this time every summer, I inevitably post a recipe that combines tomatoes and cucumbers in some form or fashion? And while I absolutely adore this particular combo, I have to admit that the phenomenon has less to do with my ‘mater-cuke affinity and more to do with the fact {Read More}

Caprese Orzo Salad

Caprese Orzo Salad is a vibrant summer pasta salad featuring juicy tomatoes, creamy balls of mozzarella, and ribbons of fresh basil, all topped off with a flavorful balsamic vinaigrette! I live in the south, and if you’ve ever seen Steel Magnolias, you already know that homegrown tomatoes are a religion down here. I don’t have my own garden, but lucky for me, my green thumb of a father-in-law does. And thanks to his benevolence, we are the lucky recipients of {Read More}

Ultimate Taco Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

This Ultimate Taco Salad is an explosion of contrasting flavors and textures, from spicy taco meat & velvety black beans to acidic tomatoes & crisp fresh corn, all topped with crunchy tortilla chips and a creamy, cilantro-flecked Avocado Ranch Dressing. I’m almost embarrassed to admit how often we eat taco salad around these parts. My kids love anything taco, and I love taking advantage of the fact that taco salad appeases their craving while squeezing in plenty of protein and {Read More}

Breakfast Enchiladas

If you like breakfast tacos, you’ll love Breakfast Enchiladas, stuffed with sausage, eggs, and cheese and topped with homemade red enchilada sauce, more cheese, and all of your favorite enchilada garnishes! Well, folks…last week I promised a yummy recipe to use up the Homemade Enchilada Sauce that I recently shared, and today I’m delivering in a big way. Say hello to savory, scrumptious Breakfast Enchiladas! You may already be familiar with their cousin, Breakfast Tacos. And while there are certainly {Read More}

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole is a cozy, comfort food classic with melty layers of chicken, tortillas, and cheese. And this from-scratch version features a simple homemade sauce in place of condensed soup! I think it’s probably time to confess that I’ve been holding out on y’all. It’s true. After all, it’s taken me 1 year, 3 months, and 29 days of blogging to share with you one of my all-time favorite recipes. But today the wait is over…I present to {Read More}

Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad with Avocado

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}

Fresh Summer Corn Dip

This cool and creamy Fresh Summer Corn Dip — featuring roasted sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, and vibrant ribbons of basil — is the perfect appetizer to kick off barbecues, potlucks, and picnics all summer long! So what do you do when you have an excessive amount of leftover roasted corn, grape tomatoes, and fresh basil from what was possibly the most amazing tortellini pasta salad known to mankind? Well, you could make another batch of said pasta salad, and it {Read More}

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, & Fresh Corn

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}

Corn, Black Bean, & Tomato Salad

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

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}