Santa Fe Chicken Salad

Santa Fe Chicken Salad

Has this ever happened to you? You’re starving and heading to the kitchen but then someone says “Hey! Let’s go out and eat!”. By the time you get ready, drive to the diner where you’re eating, yada, yada, yada. . . it’s hours later and you’re so hungry you could eat your cloth napkin?

So when the food finally arrives it tastes like the most delicious thing in the entire world, like the best salad you ever ate in your life and there’s no other one anywhere that could ever compare? When really there’s probably thousands of similar salads available at any given time but you’re so ravenously hungry your taste buds can’t think rationally.

This is that salad. I can’t forget it. When I was craving one again I made it myself instead of tempting fate. … 

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Zesty Lime Chicken with Caprese Couscous

Chicken cutlets are marinated in a zesty lime vinaigrette and served with a caprese couscous in this quick and easy dinner recipe.

Did you know Kraft vinaigrette dressings can be used as marinades? It’s an easy, hands-off way to inject flavor into your meals. It also helps tenderize the chicken and make it juicy.

This recipe calls for Kraft Zesty Lime Vinaigrette Dressing but you can also use the Zesty Italian or the regular Italian flavor. The longer you marinate the chicken, the better! An hour is good but all day is better.

You can stick frozen chicken in it too, the night before or the morning of and let it defrost slowly in your refrigerator. Since the cutlets are thin that should be enough time to thaw them out…. 

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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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Whole Food’s California Quinoa Salad Recipe

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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