Black-Eyed Pea Salad

This no-cook Southern salad can be prepped ahead of time for a quick side dish or vegetarian entrée that is perfect for nights when you want to keep your kitchen cool.   Before I moved to the South, I don’t know that I’d ever seen a black-eyed pea.  When I first saw them in the grocery store, I honestly didn’t give them much consideration since … Continue reading Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Salad Days: 20 Salads and Dressings

Now that Spring has sprung and Summer is practically here in Atlanta, I am craving salads.  Salads are a great week night meal because lettuce salads require little to no cooking and pasta salads can be made ahead for another night.  I love that there are more types of salads that just lettuce or pasta.  Though, just changing the dressing for  basic lettuce salad can … Continue reading Salad Days: 20 Salads and Dressings

Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Shortly after we moved to Atlanta, I started working for the company where I currently work.  About once a month, we seemed to have a potluck for one reason or another.  There’d be a lot of the usual potluck fare: chicken from a local deli, pasta salads, chips and dips, veggie trays, fruit trays, etc.  I tried to change my contribution each month but most … Continue reading Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Classic Caesar Salad with Chicken

I’ve been trying to incorporate more salads into my dinner rotation since I’m not as opposed to them as I used to be.  They just need to be filling so we load them up with protein and carbs as well as lots of vegetables.  With grocery our grocery shopping done on Thursdays, I’ve designated Friday night as Salad Night while the veggies are still at … Continue reading Classic Caesar Salad with Chicken

Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Salad

I don’t think it’s any secret by now that I LOVE buffalo sauce.  I don’t like my food to be oh-my-gawd spicy because I enjoy being able to actually taste my food.  But I do love a little heat now and again.  And there’s just something awesome about taking hot sauce and mixing it with a little butter and garlic. Mmm-mmm-yummy! I “healthify” my buffalo … Continue reading Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Salad

Southwestern Salad with Pulled BBQ Chicken & Homemade Ranch Dressing

When my husband and I still lived in Minnesota, one of our favorite Date Night places was a Midwestern BBQ chain called Famous Dave’s.  For some reason, I decided to order a salad one night, which was not the norm for me.  It had barbecue sauce and ranch dressing with lots of yummy veggies and chopped chicken.  I’d never had the sauce and dressing combo … Continue reading Southwestern Salad with Pulled BBQ Chicken & Homemade Ranch Dressing

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing (Bacon Week #2)

After this past week of decadent bacon foods, I really felt like we needed some greens.  After all, a girl can’t live on bacon alone.  Sadly. 😉 Spinach salads with warm bacon dressing are definitely nothing new, especially here in the South.  In fact, the first one I ever had was at Copelands.  The dressing was tangy, salty and warm which means the spinach was … Continue reading Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing (Bacon Week #2)

Chicken & Vegetable Pasta Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing

Now that spring is here in the ATL, it makes me a little nostalgic for those hot summer weekday nights when I was growing up when we’d sit in the dim kitchen with the windows wide open and eating a dinner of cold tuna pasta salad, cold baked beans fresh from the can and Old Dutch ripple potato chips.  When I was growing up, this … Continue reading Chicken & Vegetable Pasta Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing