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Salads

Bacon Asparagus Sun-dried Tomato Salad

Bacon Asparagus Sun-dried Tomato Salad w/Bacon Ranch Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #bacon #salad #recipe

with Bacon Ranch Dressing Roasted asparagus with fresh greens, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, chopped sweet onions, bacon crumbles and topped with a homemade bacon ranch dressing … this salad is so satisfying! And, dare I say, one that could tempt any salad-hater into a territory they might be okay with. I think the bacon ranch dressing […]


Lemony Asparagus & Kale Quinoa

Lemony Asparagus & Kale Quinoa with Feta & Pecans ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #quinoa #asparagus #recipe

with toasted pecans and crumbled feta Sweet spring asparagus nicely contrasts with the light bitterness of kale and a nutty chewy quinoa. A bright and lively lemon olive oil dressing brings out the best of both veggies. It’s all topped with salty marinated feta cheese crumbles and crunchy toasted pecans. Serve it warm, as a side or […]


Shrimp & Avocado Salad

Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Japanese Yum Yum Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #dinner #salad #recipe

with Japanese Yum Yum Sauce Fresh shrimp with creamy avocado along with several other crunchy, colorful veggies, drizzled with Japanese Yum Yum Sauce, topped with fresh cilantro and toasted pine nuts, served with a wedge of lemon for squeezing over top. This is one of those “toss together” kinda salads, because I was starving for something […]


Blueberry Wild Violet Salad

Blueberry Wild Violet Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #purple #spring #salad #recipe

with goat cheese crumbles, sweet roasted almond slices (not pictured), dandelion petals (optional) and a lovely honey lemon ginger dressing I’m a purple lover. Everything purple appeals to me. It’s been like this since childhood. Since Donny Osmond and his silly purple socks. Who remembers that? I know … I’m a dork. But even if […]


Mexican Street Corn Salad w/Zucchini

Mexican Street Corn Salad w/Zucchini ~Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #Mexican #salad #recipe

Adapted from Jo Cooks and Caroline’s Cooking An easy, “no cook” version of the popular Mexican Street Corn salad. If you’ve not seen it all over the interwebs, I’ve seen many versions of it floating about, in different forms. I wanted to try it the instant I saw it so my eyes were tuned to watch […]


Rainbow Fruit & Spinach Salad

Rainbow Fruit & Spinach Salad w Honey Ginger Lime Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #recipe

with Honey Ginger Lime Dressing A rainbow of fruit (strawberries, mangoes, pineapple, red grapes and blueberries) served over a bed of spinach with crunchy toasted walnuts, creamy goat cheese and a honey ginger lime dressing. This salad came about because I suggested for my daughter’s birthday party that we make fruit kebabs. And she loved that […]


Shrimp & Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowl

Shrimp & Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowl ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #healthy #seafood #recipe

All the delicious flavors of sushi in an easy bowl! My friend Jon (who is Asian) calls this “bachelor sushi” … he tells me the way he makes sushi at home is just to throw it all in a bowl. Sometimes if he’s making sushi for a crowd, he just fills a cake pan with sushi ingredients. […]


Corned Beef & Cabbage Salad

Corned Beef & Cabbage Salad w Roasted Cauliflower and Creamy Dijon Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Irish #Salad #Recipe

with roasted cauliflower, blue potatoes, Kerrygold Dubliner cheese and a creamy horseradish dijon dressing Strips of lean corned beef on top of a bed of spinach with crispy cabbage, roasted cauliflower, creamy Irish cheese and juicy tomatoes, with a creamy horseradish dijon dressing for drizzling. My dad’s a big hunter … well, actually I have […]


Asian Orange Chicken Brussel Sprouts Salad

Asian Orange Chicken Brussel Sprouts Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #chinese #chicken #salad #recipe

with Chinese orange ginger dressing, toasted almonds and sesame seeds An Asian orange chicken salad with an unexpected twist … shredded Brussel Sprouts step in for the greens! Also, the Brussels sprouts (and cabbage) are cooked just a bit (to improve the flavors). The result was a nicely crisp tender salad with added crunch from the almonds […]


Top 16 Sumptuous Recipes of 2016

Top 16 Sumptuous Recipes from 2016 ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Bestof2016 #Recipes

Happy New Year,  my dear foodie friends! 2017 has begun … at the beginning of a new year, I always like to take a few moments to look back on the favorite recipes from the previous year. What recipes did people visit the most in 2016? Here’s a countdown of the 16 best loved recipes on my blog from […]


Cranberry Fig Salad

Cranberry Fig Salad with Pomegranate, Blue Cheese Crumbles, Toasted Pecans and Balsamic Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #salad #recipe

with wine-poached figs, crumbled blue cheese, pomegranates and toasted pecans I know, I know … it’s the holidays and most of the things I’m posting are … um … healthy. Yeah, I know that’s unusual in the food blogger realms lately. Everyone seems to be posting goodies galore … not me. I’m definitely not in […]


Autumn Butternut Cranberry Quinoa

Autumn Butternut Cranberry Quinoa with Shaved Brussels Sprouts ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #recipe

with shaved brussel sprouts, pomegranate seeds, toasted walnuts, pomegranate seeds and crumbled feta cheese All the tastes and colors of autumn in one beautiful, delicious dish. Sweet butternut squash, tart chewy dried cranberries, nutty quinoa, and vibrant brussel sprouts topped with toasted walnuts, juicy pomegranate seeds,  and creamy feta cheese crumbles — this dish has it […]


Cranberry Kale Quinoa Salad

Cranberry Kale Quinoa Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #salad #recipe

with pomegranate seeds, blue cheese crumbles, toasted pecans & bacon and (optional) a maple balsamic vinaigrette A perfect mix of tastes and textures in a bowl of beauty that’s a feast for the eyes … nutty quinoa with the sweet tart of the cranberries and pomegranate arils, crunchy pecans, creamy blue cheese and salty bacon. […]


Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #dressing #recipe

I made this dressing for a cranberry salad that I made recently … the salad was delicious (and I will blog it sometime soon), but the dressing was so fabulous, I decided it deserves its own post. It’s very simple to make … and the flavors are wonderful together. It goes really well on any […]


Chipotle Cowboy Caviar

Chipotle Cowboy Caviar ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cowboy #caviar #recipe

Recently we had our annual United Way fundraising drive at work. Our CEO came around and talked to us personally, at each team in the company, to challenge us to increase our donation this year by $2 per week. Being the analytical type of person that I am, I did the math. $2 per week […]


Cucumber & Yellow Watermelon Salad

Minted Cucumber Watermelon Salad with Figgy Goat Cheese & Toasted Walnuts ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #watermelon #salad #recipe

with fresh mint, figgy goat cheese & toasted walnuts I have been wanting to make this salad for weeks I think … but waiting until the watermelon and the cucumber are both present in my house at the same time AND I have the time and inclination to make and eat salad. It happened one […]


Easy Cucumber Heirloom Tomato Salad

Easy Cucumber Heirloom Tomato Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #heirloom #tomato #cucumber #salad

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. I’ve made this simple 4 or 5 ingredient salad countless times this summer … even before I had fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers, but it’s even better with the pretty multi-colored heirloom tomatoes and a crisp fresh from the garden cucumber. It takes but 5 minutes to make, so […]


Turmeric Roasted Eggplant & Chickpea Salad

Turmeric Roasted Eggplant & Chickpea Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #deconstructed #hummus #salad #eattherainbow

with a rainbow of colorful veggies, feta cheese, toasted pine nuts (pinons) & a cucumber tahini yogurt dressing. It’s like hummus, deconstructed, in salad form, with extra color, feta and a little crunch. Mom and Dad gave me a big beautiful eggplant from their garden the last time I saw them and despite all the […]


Modern Taco Salad w/Shredded Pork

Modern Taco Salad w/Shredded Pork, Black Beans, Corn & a Sriracha Ranch dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #taco #salad #copycat #recipe

with black beans, corn, fresh garden tomatoes and Sriracha Ranch Dressing We have a favorite restaurant that we frequent. We bring family and friends there because it’s a place where everyone can find something they love. This place is called The Diner and it’s always busy. The wait staff is friendly and competent and it’s always […]


Tropical Pineapple Mango Coleslaw

Tropical Pineapple Mango Coleslaw ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #fruity #slaw #recipe

My friend describes this salad like this: it is a slaw like no slaw you’ve ever had before. It’s tropical, fruity, crunchy, with hints of orange, pineapple, mango, mint and cilantro and crunchy, salty roasted macadamias on top. I have made it my lunch on several occasions by topping with shrimp and a drizzle of Sriracha. It goes […]


White Cheddar Green Pea Salad

White Cheddar Green Pea Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #potluck #salad #recipe

Adapted from The Kitchen is my Playground When I was a little girl growing up in the American midwest, there were potluck parties. Lots of them. And inevitably at a midwest potluck, there are these things people call “salads”, most of them laden with lots of mayonnaise and sometimes even crazy things like pineapple and […]


Cherry Almond Broccoli Salad

Cherry Almond Broccoli Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #summer #potluck #salad #recipe

A fast and easy potluck salad that is a total crowd pleaser! Crunchy almonds and fresh sweet cherries mix with broccoli, peas and sweet onion in a light yogurt/mayo dressing. We had a little rib fest at work last week. My company bought the ribs, 5 people volunteered to cook them (including me) and others were encouraged […]


Mango Pork Salad in a Jar

Mango Pork Salad in a Jar with blueberry goat cheese, toasted walnuts, cucumbers & a fiery grilled pineapple vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #portable #dinner #salad #recipe

with blueberry goat cheese, walnuts (or macadamias), cucumbers and a fiery grilled pineapple vinaigrette I made this salad a couple times … the first time for my yoga friends, in quart-size mason jars. This time I made the salads with mango and strawberries (because I happened to have strawberries that needed using and mangos have been […]


Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad

Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #light #easy #summer #salad #recipe

with sweet onions, fresh oregano, parsley, dill, feta cheese and a light lemon herb vinaigrette We’ve made it to the dog days of summer already … the kind of scorching hot day where you don’t even want to go outside, ice water and air conditioning are the best things ever and you don’t feel like […]

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