Napa Cabbage Slaws

Last week I was reading through one of my old Cooks Illustrated magazines and came across a recipe for coleslaws using napa cabbage.  It thought that sounded fun, so when I was at the grocery store I picked up some napa cabbage.  Then, I had some left over grated ginger from another dinner earlier this…

Lily’s Kale Salad

I have to give credit to Lily Darais for introducing me to this salad too.  One night I invited her family to join us at our place for dinner.  She offered to bring a salad.  And I have to be honest, when she came over my house with all the ingredients to make her salad…

Caprese Salad

This is another one of my favorite things to do with garden fresh tomatoes.  I honestly made this for dinner tonight and served a little bread and chicken sausage on the side.  Not sure Derek thought it was a full meal, but I could totally eat caprese alone as a full meal.  I don’t really…

Nicoise Salad

I was introduced to the Nicoise Salad by my friend Lily.  Lily invites us over for dinner so much more frequently than we invite her.  I loved everything Lily cooks.  It’s always delicious and very vegetable heavy.  On summer day she invited us over for Nicoise Salad and Derek (who generally turns his nose up…

Israeli Couscous Salad

There was a Relief Society backyard dinner tonight and the menu was salads pot luck style.  I signed up to bring something, but wanted to make sure that it wasn’t going to be replicated by everyone else.  I had seen this salad with pearl couscous in one of my Cooks Illustrated Magazines and tucked it…

Pancit Salad

Derek served his mission in the Philippines.  When we were dating and early in our marriage he took me to Filipino restaurants on occasion.  I always felt the food was just ok.  After a few years and the excitement of the mission had worn off a bit, Derek began to agree with me.  One of…

Heavenly Pasta Salad

 For a very short time, I dated a guy right before I left for college back home in Minden, Nevada.  His name was Josh Dadabo and he was a nice guy, but the best thing that came out of that relationship was this recipe for pasta salad.  His Mom made this for us one day,…

Greek Salad

 My Mom’s husband (my step Dad) George is ethnically Greek.  And when I say Greek…a bunch of the family goes to Greek school, they speak Greek, they yell “Opa” when glass breaks… the whole works.  They make all kinds of amazing food (pita, baklava, and much much more), but the one thing that I love…

Chinese Chicken Salad

  This recipe comes from my Mom’s relief society ward recipe book in Wilmette, Illinois.  I always get a chuckle out of the title; they titled it “Not Just Jell-O”.   Ha!  I find this salad makes for a great main dish in the summer time served with some bread and fruit on the side.  My…

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

 One of the greatest friends I obtained when Derek and I first moved back to Utah after our grad school hiatus in Oregon, is Bonnie Bennion.  I love this girl so much!  One night, I invited her to join Derek and I for dinner and she offered to bring a salad.  She asked me if…

Gram’s Coleslaw

To be honest, I’m not a fan of coleslaw.  I feel like it’s often soggy, usually too sweet, has way too much mayonnaise which is gross, and mostly I’d rather have a garden salad or any other vegetable on the side rather than coleslaw.  But, my Grams makes the best Coleslaw, and it’s easy!  My…