Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, Salad

Bringing BBQ Salads Back

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I’m coming out of a hiatus! With my full-time job wrapped up and my fun-employment commencing, i.e. taking care of business for the month for August before my nursing program begins, I’m finally writing these joyful introductions for my blog posts — like this one for a BBQ Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing. After a trip home to Maine and a stop at Stonewall Kitchen in Portland, I picked up their Honey Sriracha Barbecue Sauce in anticipation of making a BBQ chicken salad. The BBQ sauce is packed with heat and subtly sweet. The dressing was inspired by a local Mexican restaurant and was the perfect combo of light and fresh to complement the BBQ flavor. Say hello to your new favorite summer salad.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Salad, Side, Vegan, Vegetarian

Celebrate Summer with a Summer Quinoa Salad

IMG_2522.JPGSummer’s officially here! Sadly, my apartment lacks a grill, but I was inspired by a recipe in Cooking Light for a charred Brussels sprouts, radish and apple salad. Why not char some pineapples and peppers to give the feeling of grilled summer kabobs? It’s fresh, easy and simple — my kind of style. I went to Martha’s Vineyard to do a home visit for work since we visit participants in their homes for healthy aging and longevity research. As we killed time for our ferry back to Boston, we feasted on our lunches. How picturesque — eating Charred Bell Pepper & Pineapple Quinoa Salad by the water. Happy meatless Monday!

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Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Mexican, Salad

Let’s Get Chopping: Chopped Mexican Salad

Chopped Mexican Salad with an Avocado Cilantro Dressing

I went to Border Cafe in Cambridge with my coworkers for some good food, chips and guac and cheap margs. I got a the Route 66 Chop Salad there that I’ve been dying to make a copycat. Thus, I give you my Chopped Mexican Salad with an Avocado Cilantro Dressing.  I enjoyed the charred flavor from the grilled chicken paired with the fresh cilantro and tart but rich avocado-based dressing. You’d never know this Avocado Cilantro Dressing didn’t have Greek yogurt, sour cream or something rich and decadent added to it. Nope, just some avocado to do the trick. It doesn’t need anything else to be delicious. I lightened up my salad and omitted the cheese and any crisply fried tortilla chips. I will be bold and say I think any salad is better chopped. It’s less messy to eat. Plus, there’s something fun about it being chopped. Don’t sure what I mean? Try your next salad chopped.

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Dairy-Free, Drinks, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Refreshingly Easy Ginger Basil Spritzers

Ginger Basil Spritzers

Happy Thirsty Thursday! Sip on a beyond refreshing drink invented specifically for hot weather. The spiciness from the ginger pairs with the freshness from the basil and citrus notes from the prosecco and limes. (This would be equally delicious with sparkling water in replace of prosecco.) I like bubbly drinks, so trying this spritzer from Cooking Light was a no brainer. If you can’t beat the heat, then at least try to enjoy it while sipping on a Ginger Basil Spritzer. It has to be five o’clock somewhere, right?

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