Caesar Salad Recipe with Shrimp & Quinoa

This shrimp Caesar salad recipe begins like any other Caesar salad with Romaine lettuce and Parmesan . Shrimp, quinoa take it to a whole new level.

A Caesar salad recipe that's kicked up with shrimp and quinoa! The only thing I find more disgusting than a cooked, eaten chicken carcass is a lobster carcass.  Not that I've eaten a whole lobster or anything. My husband and I got engaged in Sanibel Island, Florida.  We went out to celebrate at a local restaurant known for its lobster.  I had every intention of consuming my own until I caught a glimpse of the tables around me. … Continue reading →

BLT Tortellini Salad

BLT tortellini salad comes together so easily! It’s made with a simple Greek yogurt dressing and has lots of fresh tomatoes!

This post has been sponored by SocialStars #WalmartProduce.   I’m honored to be partnered to bring you these tasty recipes! This tortellini salad is tossed with a Greek yogurt dressing, bacon, lettuce and tomato!  Perfect BBQ food! There is nothing quite like a homegrown tomato is there?  I remember plucking juicy beef steak tomatoes right from my mom’s garden when I was a kid.  I’d bite right into them like they were apples.  I’d sprinkle a … Continue reading →

Antipasto Salad with Feta Vinaigrette

A simple antipasto salad with two kinds of olives, roasted red peppers, artichokes and a tangy feta vinaigrette

This antipasto salad is perfect for those warm summer nights when it's too hot to cook!   This vibrant salad has lots of olives, bell peppers, artichokes and topped with a tangy feta vinaigrette! There’s a book called The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  I’ve never read it, I’m not really sure what it’s about, but I sort of have a story about a traveling dress.  It all started about 50 years ago.  My mom had just given birth to my sister … Continue reading →

Steak Salad with Avocado Dressing

Pan seared steak rests on a spinach salad loaded with goodness! A simple avocado dressing finishes it all off!

A simply seasoned steak is cooked to taste, then placed atop a spinach salad that is piled high with quinoa, corn, black beans and radishes.   A creamy avocado dressing tops it all off! Writing my baby shower post from yesterday  got me thinking about when my own kids were born.  I have been reminiscing about what it was like to go from zero kids to one, then two, then three and how my parenting has changed along the way. Frankly, I’m … Continue reading →


Tabbouleh bulgur salad

Simple and fresh Middle Eastern Salad, made with bulgur, tomatoes, parsley and a light lemon dressing! It’s the beginning of January.  Time for those sobering resolutions.  Like many other optimists making resolutions, my big three are:  to eat better, be more organized and exercise more.   However, I have a list of smaller resolutions too.  Resolutions that are a little off the beaten path so to speak.  Below are just a few ways in which I … Continue reading →

Quinoa with Roasted Peppers

Quinoa with Roasted Peppers

Looking for a flavorful quinoa recipe?   Look no further! This quinoa salad combines mini sweet roasted peppers soaked in olive oil and garlic and topped with crumbled feta cheese. This quinoa salad reminds me of some of the food I ate as kid.  My family never ate fast food growing up.  When your parents come from the “old country”, fast food just isn’t part of their vocabulary.  Everything we ate was homemade and every meal was … Continue reading →

Vanilla Vinaigrette over Mixed Greens and Pomegranates

Vanilla Vinaigrette and Mixed Greens.

        So here it is, the second installment of Iron Chef Mom.  The ingredient this week is vanilla.  Sure, I could have shared any baked good, since vanilla extract is in just about everything.  But I wanted to challenge myself to use vanilla in a different way.  Amazingly, salad was my first thought.  I don't really eat salads that often.  But ever since I watched Nacho Libre over Christmas, I've been … Continue reading →