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Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette {Zesty Mexican Salad Dressing}

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette is a zesty homemade Mexican dressing — perfect for marinades & salads — featuring lime juice, fresh cilantro, and a touch of honey! Cilantro…you either love it or you hate it. So today, I apologize in advance to the poor souls who genuinely think that cilantro tastes like soap. In fact, I will totally understand if y’all need to peace out and check back tomorrow. 😉 However, you lucky ones (like me) who can’t get enough of {Read More}

P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps SALAD

P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps Salad transforms the popular restaurant appetizer into a savory main dish salad, loaded with copycat ground chicken and more! Last week, my boys requested taco salad for dinner. Alas, I was out of taco seasoning — and out of cumin to make another batch (oh, the horror!) — so it was onto PLAN B. A quick scan of the fridge and pantry revealed that I may be low on my Tex-Mex seasonings, but I had {Read More}

Creamy Feta Dressing

Creamy Feta Dressing features Greek yogurt, crumbled feta cheese, and fresh dill, making it a delicious complement to salads, tomatoes, cucumbers, and more! So…this Creamy Feta Dressing? It’s quite possibly my family’s new favorite salad dressing. It’s thick and silky, made with a wholesome, protein-packed base of Greek yogurt and a generous amount of salty Feta cheese blended in. Those ingredients get flavored with fresh dill leaves, garlic and onion powder, and a splash of apple cider vinegar and Worcestershire {Read More}

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette (AKA, Easter Salad)

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Toasted Almonds & Lemon Honey Vinaigrette (AKA, Easter Salad) is a beautiful, delicious addition to any spring or summer meal! I’m of the opinion that every special holiday meal should include a gorgeous, festive, scrumptious salad loaded with seasonal ingredients. And y’all apparently agree, because my Holiday Honeycrisp Salad is one of the site’s most popular recipes from Christmas to New Year’s, and my Thanksgiving Salad gets lots of attention come November. So why shouldn’t {Read More}

Homemade French & Catalina Salad Dressing

Jazz up your favorite salad with a homemade, sweet-and-tangy dressing, in both French and Catalina varieties! I don’t know about y’all, but after indulging in some of my favorite dips and appetizers during the big game yesterday, I feel like I need to cleanse this week with a barrage of smoothies and salads — ha. I try to make my own homemade salad dressing whenever possible, but when I’m short on time and buy a bottle from the store, I {Read More}

Thanksgiving Salad ~ AKA, Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie Salad

This gorgeous Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette is loaded with vibrant colors and flavors and contrasting textures….the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday table! I’m a sucker for a loaded salad. The more contrasting flavors and textures, the better. And if it’s a pretty salad, to boot? Can’t be beat. This time last year, I concocted a festive red-and-green Holiday Honeycrisp Salad using some of my favorite salad ingredients. And, lo and behold, {Read More}

Classic Caesar Salad

Classic Caesar Salad features a flavorful (egg-free!) dressing, garlicky homemade croutons, and fresh shaved Parmesan atop crunchy hearts of romaine…the perfect side to just about any meal, or top with sliced chicken for a healthy, hearty entree! Waaaay back at the beginning of the summer, I made my family this homemade Caesar Salad for the first time…and they positively scarfed it down. So I made it again on Father’s Day. And on the 4th of July. And on regular ol’ {Read More}

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad is exploding with contrasting flavors and textures of crunchy Napa cabbage, juicy chicken, colorful peppers, sweet carrots, salty peanuts, & fresh cilantro, all finished off with an amazing Peanut Dressing! So how fabulous and gorgeous is this salad?! Let me assure you that it tastes even better than it looks. It’s a pseudo-copycat, inspired by the Thai Chicken Salad at Panera Bread, but I decided to swap out a few of the ingredients for additions that {Read More}

Holiday Honeycrisp Salad

This gorgeous Holiday Salad is full of flavor and texture, with fresh Honeycrisp apple slices, crunchy candied pecans, chewy dried cranberries, salty blue cheese, and a tangy-sweet apple cider vinaigrette! Well, friends…with Halloween behind us and November well under way, the holiday countdown is officially on! Since I’m one of those oddballs who prefers to give each holiday its due before rushing on to the next one, my thoughts are currently on Thanksgiving, thankyouverymuch. 😉 And this salad, y’all? It {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}

Lightened-Up Honey Mustard Dressing

This creamy Honey Mustard Dressing is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, lightened up with Greek yogurt…and not only is it delicious drizzled over a salad, but it also makes a yummy dipping sauce! I can’t wait to share this yummy Lightened-Up Honey Mustard Dressing recipe with y’all today! But first, my people-pleasing, Type A personality is compelling me to apologize for missing Monday’s regularly-scheduled blog post. You see, I got all of last week’s posts pre-scheduled in anticipation {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}

The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is all-natural, loaded with herbs, simple to make, and so good that you’ll never go back to store-bought again! I’m apparently in a salad mood lately, seeing as how I shared Carrot Apple Slaw earlier this week and today I’m bringing you this creamy, flavorful Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. I’ve coined it “the best” because…well, I honestly think it is, y’all. As in, I could drink it straight out of the jar, no lettuce required. As in, {Read More}

Homemade Italian Dressing

Zippy, zesty Homemade Italian Dressing is delicious on salads and makes an excellent marinade…plus it’s all-natural and easy to make! Have you jumped on the make-your-own-salad-dressing bandwagon yet? Because if you haven’t, there’s no time like the present. Fresh, homemade salad dressing is so much tastier than store-bought. It’s also way less expensive, not to mention free of any icky ingredients or additives. I have always loved Italian Dressing, both for its flavor and its versatility. Not only is it {Read More}

Red, White, & Blue Watermelon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette

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}

Creamy Vinaigrette ~ Classic Salad Dressing

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}

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

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}