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Salads

Amaranth Mediterranean Salad with a Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Time: 30 minutes

Amaranth Mediterranean Salad with a Balsamic Vinaigrette

I love healthy salads and after discovering Amaranth and all of the great benefits this dish was created!  Being Italian and loving Mediterranean recipes made this dish a show stopper at our house!  

You can also use quinoa for this salad as well.

 

 

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad

I made this Asian Chicken Salad using leftover chicken breast and we enjoyed it so much I used this salad for a recipe when teaching my Cook Once – Meals all Week class at Glastonbury High School.

This is also a great Paleo recipe and Gluten Free! Enjoy

Baby Kale and Mixed Green salad with Shrimp

I love using baby spinach for the delicate salad. The perfect dish for a break in the middle of the day!

*CHEFS NOTE* A little shopping tip: when cooked frozen shrimp is on sale- make sure you grab a bag! They thaw out easy and quick and go great in a salad in a jiffy.

  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Calamari Salad

I thought it would be nice to include a seafood salad. When I was in Tuscany in 2009 this salad was on a few menus and delicious each time it was served to us! Give this calamari salad a try!

 

Chicken Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad

Chicken Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad

After you make this Chicken Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad you will not go back to the traditional way again…  I promise.

 I used a store bought rotisserie chicken and a healthy caesar dressing to make this in one pan and was ready in less then 30 minutes.

 

Chicken Panzanella Salad
  • Complexity: medium

Chicken Panzanella Salad

My Chicken Panzanella Salad is the perfect way to enjoy left overs! You won’t even miss the stale bread that is normally in a Panzanella salad. You can add all of your left over vegetables to make this a perfect paleo recipe to enjoy. I love making it with chicken but it would be great with left over steak or shrimp. Be creative to make this salad your own.

Chopped Beet and Goat Cheese Salad
  • Time: 1 hou and 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Chopped Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

If you don't want red fingers go ahead and put on those gloves!!

Chopped Kale and Vegetable Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Chopped Kale and Vegetable Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Perfect spring salad to enjoy.

You can either pick up a bunch of kale and chop or baby kale.  You pice!

Go to Shop Rite and check out their produce department. Local fruits and vegetables and organic selections.

Add other fresh or grilled vegetables you enjoy in the spring/summer

Cucumber Salad
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Cucumber Salad

Deviled Eggs 7 Layer Dip
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Deviled Eggs 7 Layer Dip

I always see deviled eggs at parties and everyone gets so happy as they are popping them into their mouths! I love to take an original receipe and make it look super pretty in a trifle dish! I promise this will be a hit if you bring this to your next party!

Easy Sauté Vegetable Salad with Tuna and Italian Dressing
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Easy Sauté Vegetable Salad with Tuna and Italian Dressing

I am really working on staying on track for 2016.  I joined a new gym down here in Florida and it's called Hard Exercise Works (HEW) and I really love it.  It's very similar to my CrossFit workouts and the energy is just amazing.  Another great think about my new gym is it's next to a Fresh Market which I just love and so many other healthy markets.

While walking through the market starting from the produce everything looks fresh, bright and I wanted one of everything.  I started with the fresh greens which was a combination of baby spinach, baby kale and mixed greens, then I saw the fresh mushrooms, asparagus and cherry tomatoes.  I walked over to the prepared section and their tuna looked perfect.  Of course, I was offered a sample and immedialty asked for 1 pound of tuna.  You can make your own but I felt great with the short cut!

You can sauté up any vegetables such as zucchini, red peppers or even eggplant would be a great addition.  I will be grabbing those next stop!  I did make my own dressing so easy and perfect.  I will be using the leftover dressing for a marinade during the week!

 

Gathering Chopped Salad
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Gathering Chopped Salad

This is a great salad for entertaining or if you are going to a gathering where you are asked to bring the salad. Everyone will love this salad and all the colors. Lay it out in a platter and top with fresh herb right before serving…

 

  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

German Potato Salad

This is based of a traditional german potato salad I had in Germany during a beer festival. I decided to use white sweet potatoes to try to keep it as close to a Paleo recipe as possible. I made my own mayonnaise and you can go to the recipe below. Enjoy

 

Grilled Beet,  Apple, and Spinach Salad With Strawberry Vinaigrette
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Grilled Beet, Apple, and Spinach Salad With Strawberry Vinaigrette

Add grilled chicken or salmon to make this salad a complete meal!

All of the ingredients were provided by Shop Rite.  They have an amazing produce department with local and organic fruit and vegetables.

 

Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad

Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad

I love summer vegetables and especially grilled then drizzle balsamic vinegar.  This makes a great salad for your next Paleo Picnic.

Cindy's Important Tip:  Be sure to take the time after you slice the eggplant and zucchini to salt and let sit.  I like to layer with paper towels and top with a pan for 20-25 minutes. This will drain the moisture from the vegetables and allow them to grill perfectly.  

 

  • Time: 1 Hour 30 MInutes
  • Complexity: easy

Italian Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Italian Spiced Egg Salad
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Italian Spiced Egg Salad

I always have fresh veggies in the house and wanted something different to snack on during the day.  You can make this chunky and top a salad or enjoy a good egg salad sandwich. I chopped mine really small and ate as a dip with my veggies.  Egg salad is good anyway or just grab a for and eat it out of the container.  

Enjoy xo Cindy

 

Italian Style Tomato Salad
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Italian Style Tomato Salad

A tomato salad was always my Nana's favorite. We would mostly have this for lunch. I remember her asking me "Do you want a tomato salad for lunch?" I miss her so much and treasure all of her memories.

 

Jícama chopped salad
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Jícama chopped salad

While at the grocery store I decided that making beef and broccoli sounded really yummy for dinner.  Normally it's served with rice but I decided to prepare a jicama chopped salad.

While in Mexico last year we would get jicama sticks on the table and they are so refreshing and they really do take on flavors.

This is a nice and hearty salad that can be topped with your favorite protein but I do hope you try it with my beef and broccoli dish.  Super delicious...

Cindy's Tip:  Cut all of the vegetables the same size.  I like them in mini cubes!

 

Kale, Artichoke and Pecorino Salad
  • Complexity: medium

Kale, Artichoke and Pecorino Salad

I created this Kale, Artichoke and Pecorino Salad the other day with ingredients I had in the house as a side dish for company. Everyone just loved this dish! Adding the Pecorino right before serving gave the salad and extra flavor that made this dish very yummy!! Give it a try! You can omit the cheese to keep it Paleo!

If you are looking for Graters or Zesters – Be sure to check out my friends at Kitchen IQ! Let them know Cindy sent you…

Lemon Zucchini Salad
  • Complexity: medium

Lemon Zucchini Salad

I love a salad with dinner and decided to make something a little different. I created this Lemon Zucchini with all ingredients I had handy in the house.

Especially with all of the zucchini coming out of my salad. I sauteed up 2 zucchini and set aside one for my breakfast the next day. This was so yummy that by the time the platter came to me it was almost gone! A good side of a yummy salad..

I love using my Kitchen IQ grater to prepare my Parmesan cheese! Enjoy

  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Mix Green Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios

There is something about this combination of this Mix Green Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios that makes it super yummy!

 

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