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A season of salads: summer chopped salad

April 11, 2016

As part two in my “season of salads” series, I’m sharing a yummy salad from my sweet sister-in-law, Madison.

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Madison is the kind of sister-in-law you dream of getting! She’s as thoughtful and kind as she is fun. My husband jokes that the main reason I agreed to marrying him was because it meant I would inherit Madison as a sister-in-law. Ha! While that isn’t *entirely* true, gaining Madison as a sister was a pretty sweet deal, too! πŸ˜‰ And truth be told, I really don’t know what I would do without her!

This non-traditional salad is one Madison and my brother-in-law whip up often, as a side with their dinners. She shared the recipe with me a few months ago, and I finally picked up the ingredients to try it last week — and I’m so glad I did! It’s colorful, crisp and tangy… The perfect combination for a summery salad! And with no lettuce or traditional dressing, it feels extra light and fresh!







2 cucumbers, seeded and chopped (I didn’t follow directions well and only got one cucumber — but it still turned out well!)
1 avocado, diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
cherry tomatoes, halved
1 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
juice of 1 lime (if your lime isn’t very juicy, you could use two)
salt and pepper to taste
(dash of olive oil is optional)

Chop up all of your veggies, dress with lime juice, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. If you like a bit more dressing onΒ your salads, you could add a little EVOO — but that’s entirely optional. Makes four small servings.


Do me a favor and try this one soon. You’ll be so glad you did!

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A Season of Salads: Mandarin orange and blueberry salad with poppy seed dressing

March 3, 2016

We eat lots of salads, butΒ I’m always looking for inspiration to spruce up the salad scene at our house! And I don’t know about y’all, but the warmer the temperatures get, the more I crave a light, fresh, and colorful salad. Today’s post is the first in a mini-series where I’ll share some of my favorite salads, from some of my favorite people!

Today’s salad is a recipe from one of my closest friends, Alyssa. Alyssa and I met our freshman year of college, and I’m telling you– friends as thoughtful and caring as she are few and far between!

Photo by Amanda Watson Photography

Photo by Amanda Watson Photography

This salad is one Alyssa’sΒ mom has made for years, and it’s one of Alyssa’s go-tos for potlucks. With the perfect combination of salty and sweet, I can only imagine how quickly this one goes!





– spinach
– cashew nuts
– mandarin oranges
– blueberries
– dried cranberries

poppy seed dressing:
– 3/4 cup sugar*
– 1 teaspoon dry mustard
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
– 1 1/2 tablespoons minced onion
– 1 cup olive oil
– 1 1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds

To make the dressing, combine first four ingredients, gradually adding onions. Slowly add remaining ingredients. Dress and toss over salad, and serve immediately. Dressing may be made ahead of time and will dress several salads.

Do me a favor, and try this one! It will satisfy so many cravings all at once!

Any other salad lovers out there with go-to recipes?! I’d love to hear!

*This dressing is pretty sweet, so I’m sure you could reduce the amount of sugar the recipe calls for if you wanted!