Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

A colorful Italian-inspired pasta salad dressed in a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette.

It’s perfect for potlucks or picnics or just stowing away in your refrigerator for those snacky, hungry moments when it’s too hot to cook and you want something good to eat fast.

I use rotini pasta so the lovely dressing can stick to all the nooks and crannies.

Also in the mix are salty bites of salami, creamy mozzarella cubes, nutty chickpeas, meaty black olives, briny capers, fresh tomatoes and red onions with crunchy little pine nuts and a smattering of Parmesan cheese to bring it all together. … 

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Tex-Mex Chopped Salad

Tex-Mex Chopped Salad

A Tex-mex inspired salad full of fresh vegetables, beans, cheddar cheese, tortilla chips and spicy pumpkin seeds with a bright and zesty honey lime dressing.

Everything is chopped to bits so you can get a little taste of every ingredient in each bite. I love that.

There’s fresh tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers (or zucchini), corn, red onions, sharp cheddar cheese and iceberg or romaine lettuce. I know some people have a vendetta against iceberg but I happen to like it, especially in the summer when I crave the cool, crispness of it. … 

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Tropical Carrot Salad

Tropical Carrot Salad

A cool, crunchy and refreshing salad bursting with some of the best summer flavors!

Shredded carrots, pineapples, coconut, macadamia nuts and cranberries all dressed up in a tangy honey lime dressing.

Ever look in your refrigerator only to spy a lonely bunch of carrots destined to go to waste and little else? You probably shut the door, empty handed, thinking there was nothing good to eat because, if we’re honest, carrots don’t get a whole lot of love.

That’s the place I was coming from,… 

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Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad with Apples & Bacon

Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad

A hearty salad that will fill you up and won’t leave you feeling hungry! With pecan crusted chicken breasts, diced apples, dried cranberries and crumbled bacon over a bed of romaine lettuce all gussied up with the easiest honey mustard dressing in the world. The salad of my dreams.

Let’s talk honey mustard. Have you figured out I’m completely crazy for it by how many times it shows up in my recipes?! It’s my go-to dressing and dipping sauce and one of the simplest things to make using your favorite Dijon mustard and honey. That’s it. Two ingredients. Mix equal parts together to start, with a little drizzle of water to thin it out, and there’s your life-changing dressing. 

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California Quinoa Salad (Whole Foods Copycat)

California Quinoa Salad (Whole Foods Copycat)

California quinoa salad is mildly Thai-inspired with edamame, fresh mango, coconut flakes, raisins, bell pepper, red onion, fresh cilantro and almonds, lightly dressed in fresh lime juice and balsamic vinegar.

Hello, Whole Foods knock-off! I think I love you.

This is pasta salad’s cousin, the healthier version of picnic food that doesn’t have any oil or mayo in it yet still manages to taste like a million bucks thanks to the hodgepodge of fresh, bright flavors…. 

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Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad

Lemon Chicken Salad

A Greek inspired pasta salad with bright and sunny flavors! Lemon-marinated chicken is tossed with pasta, feta cheese, tomatoes, zucchini or cucumber, red onion and almonds in a tangy lemon dressing.

The lemon dressing also serves as a marinade. A small amount of it is removed and poured over the chicken before grilling or baking. It’s made of fresh-squeezed lemon juice and zest, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, Dijon mustard, thyme and oregano. So good, you could almost drink it. It helps tenderize the chicken and keep it juicy.

I don’t know if I ever shared my secret for juicy chicken every, single time without fail…. 

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Bacon, Apple & Cheddar Broccoli Slaw

Bacon Apple Cheddar Broccoli Slaw

This cool, crunchy broccoli slaw gets a ton of flavor from juicy apples, sharp cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and red onion dressed in a tangy honey mustard. It’s ridiculously easy to throw together and makes a great side for anything you can imagine from burgers to chicken.

If you’ve never seen broccoli slaw before in your market it’s usually hiding next to the bagged coleslaw and lettuces. It’s made of shredded broccoli stalks, carrots and sometimes red cabbage. If you can’t find broccoli slaw you can use cole slaw instead.

For the dressing I use a good quality honey Dijon mustard right from the jar with a little bit of mayonnaise. When you first mix it together there might not seem to be enough dressing but after it sits for an hour in the refrigerator it loosens up. Some of the juice from the apples mingle with it and the broccoli releases some water. The vegetables soften a little too and the flavors meld. If you prefer it crunchy you can eat it right away.

To make it vegetarian skip the bacon and add a big handful or two of nuts like sliced almonds. You can add them anyways, if you like, along with a handful of cranberries or raisins.

Cheddar Apple Broccoli Slaw

Bacon, Apple & Cheddar Broccoli Slaw

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Bacon, Apple & Cheddar Broccoli Slaw

This cool, crunchy broccoli slaw gets a ton of flavor from juicy apples, sharp cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and red onion dressed in a tangy honey mustard. It's ridiculously easy to throw together and makes a great side for anything you can imagine from burgers to chicken.


12 ounces broccoli slaw
2 of your favorite apples, peeled and shredded [I like Gala]
1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup honey Dijon mustard (not dipping sauce)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
salt and pepper, to taste
*4 - 5 slices crispy cooked bacon, crumbled


  1. In a large mixing bowl toss the slaw, apples, cheese and red onion together.
  2. Add the honey mustard, mayonnaise, a few dashes of salt and pepper and toss again. Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate at least 1/2 hour or longer - until ready to serve.
  3. Just before serving mix in the bacon, taste and season again with salt and pepper if needed.


*To make it vegetarian skip the bacon and add a handful or two of nuts like sliced almonds.

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Mom’s Ranch Potato Salad

Mom's Ranch Potato Salad

My Mom’s old-fashioned potato salad gets a new twist by simply adding ranch salad dressing into the mix. The potatoes are the stars alongside hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, vinegar, dill weed, green olives, red onions and my Mom’s secret ingredient: Worcestershire sauce.

This disappears faster than you can imagine at picnics and potlucks and has people asking for the recipe. … 

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