Greek Salad with Herb Marinated Feta

Hi guys! I hope everyone is having a safe and happy end of Summer! Last week I shared my family’s new obsession, Greek Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce, and I’d like to introduce it’s best friend, Greek Salad with Herb Marinated Feta. This incredible salad has been on repeat almost weekly (sometimes twice in a week) ever since we went into quarantine 865 years ago, and knowing that it’s on the day’s menu immediately brightens our mood. Who knew that a salad could make anyone so happy? Yes, it’s perfect with the chicken skewers, but it’s also amazing with some orzo tossed in for a filling main dish salad, and it’s customizable with whatever fresh vegetables you have on hand.

I know, I know, it’s almost Fall, so why am I posting a refreshing Summer Salad? Because, despite the oppressively rude heat and humidity, I can’t let go of the Summer and the safety of everyone staying home a little while longer, and also this salad is so dang good that sometimes I don’t care about seasonality. (Read more…  )

Mexican Caesar Salad

Mexican Caesar Salad 2

When my kids were little and we were living in San Diego, one of our favorite places to eat was El Torito.  I know, I know, we’re in San Diego, home to the best Mexican food in the world, why would we go to a chain restaurant?  This Mexican Caesar Salad (and their sweet corn cakes, but I’m still breaking the code on those)!  Even my then 3 year old daughter could finish off almost an entire bowl of this fantastic salad by herself!  Well, when we moved to New Jersey, El Torito was no longer an option, so I had to break it down for myself.  What results is, if memory serves, an incredible rendition of the best salad I ever ate!  (Read more…)

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing is a classic.  There is even an actual Hidden Valley Ranch, where it was originally developed.  I’ve tried ranch dressing over the years.  It was fine, though kind of plastic tasting to me.  But Ranch Dressing was never something my Korean mom kept in the house.  As a matter of fact, I can’t remember my mom having very many American style condiments in our refrigerator.  We had soy sauce, and gochujang, and things soaking in solutions of soy sauce and gochujang.  I even remember fried Spam sandwiches on white bread with mayo that must have been stored somewhere.  But Ranch?  Nope.  So I never developed that All-American love of ranch dressing.  And neither did my kids.  Because I raised them like my mom raised me.  So, if I was going to serve Ranch Dressing, it wasn’t going to come out of, and taste like, a plastic bottle.  I was going to make it myself.  (Read more…)

Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Kale salad with maple vinaigrette

This is a delicious, easy to prepare salad.  A meal I can start the night before and throw together in minutes.  Just what I need after waking up at 1:30 am to go to work in the bakery.  If you’re just tuning in, I’m the morning baker at a fantastic little pastry shop on the Jersey Shore.  I’m the one who, while you’re dreaming your little dreams, is baking your croissants, scones, muffins, and dozens of other little goodies.  When you’re on your way to work, with a quick stop for a cup of coffee and a pastry (that I baked 😊), I’m on my way home to make lunch for my family.   My husband works an evening shift, so lunch is our family meal.  Sometimes I go big and make something elaborate, and other times I take it a little easy on myself.  Most of this recipe can be made ahead and assembled when you’re ready to eat.  (Read more…)

BLT Salad with Tomato Bacon Vinaigrette

I have a secret 🤫.  I don’t really like salad.  I mean, I like the idea of a salad.  Cold, crispy lettuce with all the requisite accoutrements (fancy talk for all the salad bits) is good for you, right?  As a Type 2 diabetic, fresh produce fills up at least half of my shopping cart every week, so vegetables and I are great friends!  I love them all.  (Except eggplant.  But that’s a story for another day.)  But there’s something in the texture of lettuce itself that just squeebs me out.  So, I make salads that are full of other bits.  Vegetables of varying textures and flavors, maybe a protein, and a good acidic dressing – those are the elements of my dream salads.  And this salad right here is definitely one of them.  My BLT Salad with Tomato Bacon Vinaigrette is a play on a traditional Italian Panzanella salad of tomatoes and bread, with a few playful additions of my own.  (Read more…)