New Year’s Hoppin’ John Salad

New Year's Hoppin' John Salad

It’s a Southern tradition to eat Hoppin’ John salad for New Year’s and it’s a tradition now for this blog. New Year’s Hoppin’ John Salad is a nice kick-start of healthy eating and for 2021, we just need all the luck we can get. So glad to say goodbye to 2020! This year I will be eating more low carb so expect some yummy low carb recipes. But fear not, bread lovers, cookie lovers, and lovers of all things bakery, I’ll still be making all that yummy stuff too. I’ll just be enjoying small tastes and feeding the rest to my carb-loving kiddos! I wish everyone a healthy, Happy New Year. Stay safe and eat healthy!

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Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette

Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette

I can’t remember the last time I purchased salad dressing. Once I started making my own, there was no going back. Years ago, when I was dealing with picky eating kids, I read the book French Kids Eat Everything. It was a game changer in my house and it was the first time I tried making simple salad dressings that ended up replacing giant store-bought bottles of ranch. Fast forward to today and I’m making every kind of dressing under the sun. This simple lemon garlic vinaigrette recipe is fabulous.

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Greek Summer Salad

Greek Summer Salad

This easy Greek summer salad is perfect if you have a garden overrun with fresh vegetables. Or, you’ve gotten a great CSA box or had a nice pick-up from the farmer’s market. Greek summer salad is easy and you can add or remove ingredients to your liking. I know it’s hard in these times to safely acquire food and sometimes you are not going to get all the things on your list. This salad is forgiving. Add or take out what works for you. The Greek salad dressing is tangy and easy to make.

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Macaroni Salad

Classic Macaroni Salad

This macaroni salad recipe is a great side dish for bar-b-ques and picnics.  Perfect for Labor Day!  What makes this macaroni salad a hit is the dressing.  The secret ingredient is pickle juice.  It adds a sweetness that balances the onion and vinegar.  I recommend making this recipe 4 to 24 hours in advance so the flavors marry.  This will allow time for the pasta to chill and soak up all the delicious dressing ingredients. Read more