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Salads

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 […]


Minted Blueberry Watermelon Salad

Minted Blueberry Watermelon Salad w Goat Cheese, Candied Almonds & Lavender Honey Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #redwhite&blue #patriotic #summer #salad #recipe

with blueberry goat cheese crumbles, sugar & spice almond slices and a honey lemon lavender white wine vinaigrette … Inspired by Moore or Less Cooking Blog I feel like the luckiest girl in the world today. I had 8 hours of vacation time that I was going to lose on the 30th of this month […]


Golden Raisin Gorgonzola Kale Salad

Golden Raisin Gorgonzola Kale Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #kale #salad #recipe

with toasted almonds & a maple dijon yogurt dressing Each week I make my yoga friends (and myself) a salad. This was last week’s salad. I usually put the salads in wide-mouthed quart mason jars (which can be enough for two, if they’re using the salad as a side, rather than a meal). My yoga friends eat […]


Irish Pub Salad

Irish Pub Salad with Creamy Tarragon Dijon Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #Irish #salad #StPatricksDay

Happy St. Patrick’s Day my foodie friends! In my search for new Irish recipes for St. Patrick’s day, I ran across a few posts about Irish salads. I have never been to Ireland, my trips there are only via the interwebs, so I was intrigued to discover that it is quite common to eat salad […]


Chicken Avocado Salad

Chicken Avocado Salad with Creamy Herb Avocado Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dinner #salad #recipe

with mushrooms, blue cheese (or feta), red onion, matchstick carrots, toasted almonds and a creamy herb avocado dressing My sister went to California last month … and she came home with some fresh avocados that she had picked from her friend’s tree. She gave me three of them. They were hard when she gave them […]


Apricot Grape Cauliflower Salad

Apricot Grape Cauliflower Salad with honey mustard yogurt dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #colorful #easy #cauliflower #salad #recipe

with honey mustard yogurt dressing A delightful little salad with a pleasant mixture of flavors and such vibrant colors. The first time I tasted this salad, I was surprised. Many months ago, one of my friends brought a marvelous cauliflower grape salad to a potluck and I was shocked at how good it tasted. I never, […]


Spicy Pineapple Mango Chicken Salad

Spicy Pineapple Mango Chicken Salad with Fiery Roasted Pineapple Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tropical #hot #chicken #salad #recipe

inspired by The Suburban Soapbox Who says salad has to be boring? Heat up your taste buds with this Caribbean-inspired salad featuring pineapple chicken, mango, pineapple, avocado, sweet onion, blue cheese crumbles, pinons and a fiery roasted pineapple vinaigrette. The gorgeous “props” for these photos were my birthday present from my boyfriend … that man has such good taste, […]


Fiery Roasted Pineapple Vinaigrette

Fiery Roasted Pineapple Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #hot #spicy #pineapple #vinaigrette #recipe

Adapted from The Suburban Soapbox This was one of those recipes that I was intrigued with from the moment I saw it … being a pepper-head and with a total love for pineapple, I could only imagine how good this would be. As usual, I couldn’t help but mess with the recipe … I wanted […]


Feta Walnut Spinach Salad

Feta Walnut Spinach Salad with Matchstick Carrots and Creamy Dijon Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #savory #winter #salad #recipe

A simple, savory salad with a pleasing blend of tastes, textures and colors. I used my rosemary garlic marinated feta with crunchy walnuts, matchstick carrots and topped it with a creamy Dijon dressing. This salad came about one day when I needed a quick salad and I grabbed what I had and tossed it together and it was […]


Frosted Cranberry Spinach Salad

Frosted Cranberry Spinach Salad with candied walnuts, goat cheese & cranberry raspberry vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cranberry #raspberry #holiday #salad #recipe

with candied walnuts, fresh raspberries, goat cheese and cranberry raspberry vinaigrette I have found the perfect salad to grace your holiday table. Frost the cranberries and tumble them on a bed of spinach with some raspberries, candied walnuts, creamy goat cheese and then drizzle with a lively cranberry raspberry vinaigrette. The frosted cranberries have been […]


A Floral Peach & Chicken Salad

A Floral Peach & Chicken Salad with Tequila Honey Lime Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #edible #flower #peach #chicken #salad #recipe

with fresh mint, cilantro, pine nuts, goat cheese and a Tequila Honey Lime Vinaigrette I made this salad a month or so ago, when there were sooo many edible flowers in my yard. I didn’t have time to post it then, though, so I saved the photos for later. It was such a lovely salad! […]


Minted Cantaloupe Chicken Salad

Minted Cantaloupe Chicken Salad with Minted Yogurt Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #summer #melon #salad #recipe

My dad gave me one of his first few prized cantaloupes from his garden. Dad absolutely loves cantaloupe and always plants an abundance of them in his garden. We await them eagerly every year. They are sooo sweet and juicy and wonderful. When you put a piece in your mouth, it practically melts on your […]


Greek Rice Salad

Greek Rice Salad Recipe ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Mediterranean #Rice #Salad #Healthy #Glutenfree

Adapted from Healthy Recipes This is a recipe someone shared on my facebook page … and I was intrigued. One night when my daughter was cooking up some rice for another dish, I said to her “let’s make a double batch … I have a recipe I want to try” … and we did. I […]


Apricot Almond Chicken Salad

Apricot Almond Chicken Salad with Goat Cheese, Vidalia Onion and a Honey Chipotle Apricot Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dinner #salad #recipe

with Goat Cheese, Sweet Vidalia Onions and a Honey Chipotle Apricot Vinaigrette With all the apricots my dad gave me from his tree, I HAD to make a salad. And he gave me a jar of apricot puree that he’d made too … that was just begging to become a dressing. I didn’t realize just how […]


Watermelon Mint & Feta Salad

Watermelon, Mint & Feta Salad with Chicken, Bee Balm & a Honey Lime Margarita Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #refreshing #summer #salad #recipe

with Chicken, Bee Balm & a Honey Lime Margarita Vinaigrette I like to garden, but most of my property is forest, so there isn’t much light for gardening. I have a little pond on the edge of the forest with a waterfall. Years ago I planted a bee balm next to the pond. I heard […]


BBQ Pulled Pork Cobb Salad

BBQ Pulled Pork Cobb Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #barbecue #pork #dinner #salad #recipe

Here’s a pretty striped salad with a BBQ twist … it’s got all the fixins from a classic BBQ: the pulled pork, the baked beans, and the corn, along with greens, cheese, tomato, sweet red pepper and avocado. It’s a fun and healthy way to enjoy leftover pulled pork. And I have a few dressing options for your: Smoky […]


Vietnamese Pulled Pork Salad

Vietnamese Pulled Pork Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #cabbage #pork #salad #recipe

Adapted from Peachy Palate I had a bit of BBQ pulled pork that I made for my young adult kids that was left after they were done enjoying their sandwiches. Once they’re done, they’re done. There’s no eating the leftovers, so I stashed the leftover pulled pork in a freezer-safe container in the freezer until I had […]


The Mothership Tomato Salad

The Mothership Tomato Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Tomato #Salad #Recipe from #jamieoliver

Adapted from Jamie Oliver’s The Mothership Tomato Salad I have been saving this beauty of a recipe for you for ages, it seems. Last October, yes, it was October, that I made this salad. Everyone was in pumpkin/back to school/Halloween mode … and me, I was trying to make the best use of the last beautiful […]


Peach Pecan Pulled Pork Salad

Peach Pecan Pulled Pork Salad with Smoky Chipotle BBQ Ranch Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad for #dinner #recipe

A while ago, I made some pulled pork for my kids in the crockpot, so they’d have something a little outside of their normal routine to eat. I’ve been wanting to make a salad with it ever since I made it. I had visions of a BBQ Cobb salad when I walked into the kitchen, […]


Smoky Chipotle BBQ Ranch Dressing

Smoky Chipotle BBQ Ranch Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #homemade #salad #dressing #recipe

A mix of two favorites! Ranch dressing joins barbecue sauce to make a smoky, flavor-filled taste sensation. Made light with nonfat Greek yogurt so it’s healthy enough to serve or enjoy anytime. Recently I visited Pennsylvania for a work trip. There is this AMAZING barbecue place that we to go when we’re there because it’s right next […]

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