Best Healthy and Easy Salad Recipes!

These salads are quick and easy, require minimal or no cooking, and are the perfect way to enjoy all the produce in season.

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 3/4 cup canned corn kernels, drained
  • 3/4 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup tortilla strips


  • Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat.
  • Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste. Add to skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces.
  • To assemble the salad, place romaine lettuce in a large bowl; top with chicken, tomato, corn, beans, onion and cheeses. Pour Ranch dressing and BBQ sauce on top of the salad and gently toss to combine.
  • Serve immediately, topped with tortilla strips.

Harvest Cobb Salad



  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1 pear, diced
  • 1/2 cup Fisher Nuts Pecan Halves
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds


  • To make the poppy seed dressing, whisk together mayonnaise, milk, sugar, apple cider vinegar and poppy seeds in a small bowl; set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
  • Place eggs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Cover eggs with a tight-fitting lid and remove from heat; set aside for 8-10 minutes. Drain well and let cool before peeling and dicing.
  • To assemble the salad, place romaine lettuce in a large bowl; top with arranged rows of bacon, eggs, apple, pear, pecans, cranberries and goat cheese.
  • Serve immediately with poppy seed dressing.




  • 12 ounces elbows pasta
  • 5 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 avocados, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, for garnish
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil




Joseph Joseph Flavouriser Meat Tenderizer

Joseph Joseph Flavouriser Meat Tenderizer.

This is a very interesting gadget 4-in ONE! I love it.

A single tool can be flattened meat, soften, squeeze juice to marinate for grinding spices and perfume it. Joseph Joseph has launched Flavouriser tosoften, flatten and flavored meats, a tool 4 in 1 ideal for small kitchens or with little storage space for kitchen accessories.

 Con un mismo utensilio se puede aplanar una carneablandarla, exprimir zumo para marinarla y moler especias para aromatizarla. Joseph Joseph ha lanzado Flavouriser, para ablandar, aplanar y aromatizar carnes, una herramienta 4 en 1 ideal para cocinas pequeñas o con poco espacio para guardar accesorios de cocina.

Crab & Avocado Smørrebrød with Chili Herb Dressing

This is amazingly delicious! I love Smørrebrød, the pairing of crab and avocado is great.

Something Clean Something Green

Summer has finally reached the UK! But in typical fashion it’ll be cold and raining in a blink of an eye! So before it goes, I wanted to create a recipe using crab, one of my favourite summer foods, and pay homage to smørrebrød – Danish open rye bread sandwiches. I’m shortly returning to Copenhagen, one of the best cities in the world for amazing food, and smørrebrød is something everyone who visits must try!

A lot of crab recipes I’ve come across in the past just use the white meat, ignoring the much more flavourful brown meat.  I think it’s great to use both, so I’ve done just that, and kept the whole thing fresh and summery with lots of herbs, avocado and lemon.

A dressed crab is one that’s been cooked, had all the bad parts removed, and the white meat picked out of the claws and added…

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Bay Scallops and Shrimp Scampi

I am a huge fan of shrimp and scallops! This is a must try recipe. 🙂


Bay Scallops and Shrimp Scampi with Rice Bay Scallops and Shrimp Scampi with Rice

Our daughter is not a huge fan of seafood (bless her heart) but the hubby and I really enjoy a good seafood dinner here and again. She was off spending the night at a friend’s house this past weekend, and gave us the perfect chance to make us a seafood meal that doesn’t consist of frozen fish sticks, which inexplicably she does like to eat. A seafood scampi basically calls for a lot of butter, garlic, and lemon juice. Seeing as we were in an indulgent frame of mind, we used all that, and then some. Hey, you only live once, and we do try to eat healthy but in my mind the scallops and shrimp balanced out the fact we used real butter. Yes, you have to use real butter for this. Your results may vary, if not. We tag-teamed on this…

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Fruit-Infused Water

I love this idea!!! Thank you Ted

Something Clean Something Green

Yes I know this is hardly a “recipe” as such, but I really wanted to share this one with you all, as it’s pretty cool nonetheless. I for one am very guilty of not drinking enough water, and staying well hydrated is something we should all aspire to! As a sucker for gin & tonics and Pimm’s, I’ve always liked having tasty additions to drinks, such as lemon, lime or grapefruit, or others like cucumber and herbs like rosemary and basil. So the idea spilled across from that to make regular tap water more appealing to drink!

I’ve seen water bottles you can buy with a ‘basket’ where you can add fruit to, but in my opinion these are expensive and not necessary at all! I’ve been washing and re-using glass jars that once had mayonnaise or chocolate milk, and I love how pretty the jars can look with fruit…

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Toast (5 ways) – What’s Gaby Cooking

Hi! Yall!

These are out of the typical everyday toast that you need to try. For these recipes as well as others, you can find them here:

First toast from left to right is a Burrata cheese Caprese toast (Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream), next, we have a Ricotta, Grapes, candied Walnuts and Honeycomb. Following the Ricotta, we have the Avocado, Olive Oil, Lemon zest, Lemon juice, Red Pepper flakes and some Salt and Pepper. Then comes the smashed Peas with Mint and Radishes. Finally, we have sliced Apples or Pears  with some salty Prosciutto and Arugula on top of a bed of Brie cheese.



OMG. This looks so yummy! I love spanikopita. For more amazing recipes like this one go to:


Spanikopita Spanikopita

My sister made this wonderful authentic Greek dish for the family one night when she was here visiting last week. It was so much fun being able to snap some photos while she explained every step of the recipe and demonstrated the “technique” of this dish. This recipe came from her boyfriend’s mother who hailed from Greece, Zora St. Martin (her Greek maiden name was Zaharias, she married a French Canadian). Zora died about two years ago at age 88, and had a successful catering business in Newport, NH. Before she passed on she wrote down the recipe for her son, which I have shared below. As a bonus, she also included the recipe for Tiropita, which is similar to Spanakopita but doesn’t have spinach.

Spanakopita and Tiropita Recipes Spanakopita and Tiropita Recipes

The first thing my sister said before making this was to correct my pronunciation of the dish. I’ve been saying…

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At times, we take our health for granted, not understanding that they are so many others struggling just to get by another day. We do not appreciate the privilege of been in good health. No one thinks twice on the idea of having (in this story) any problems with their kidneys.  The fact is, there are 26 million Americans with kidney disease and most do not know they have it.

In the US alone, they are 118,000 on a waiting list and more than 96,000 need a kidney. I cannot stress enough the importance of been an organ and tissue donor since this act of LOVE can give them a second chance at life.

Actually, if we just look around I am sure we can find more than one human soul in need of either some tissue such as (skin, bone, heart valves) or an organ (kidney, liver or heart). These donations can dramatically improve the quality of life for recipients, and even save lives.

Around the end of 2002, my daughter was diagnosed with a kidney condition called Membranous glomerulonephritis (MGN) (big words for someone with no medical background) a slowly progressive disease of the kidney affecting mostly patients usually Caucasians between the ages of 30 and 50 years; she was barely nineteen.

Our kidneys are the filters of our system, without their normal functioning our bodies become fragile and vulnerable to swelling (edema) fatigue, foamy urine, and excessive need to urinate at night, weight gain and poor appetite.

After 13 years not knowing from day to day what to expect she has become a candidate for a kidney transplant. Our journey has just begun; I say ours, because I have successfully become a partner in this new venture in my sweet daughter’s life.  God has truly answered our prayers, the agony and fear are finally over and I can proudly say, “I am a MATCH”. I will have the opportunity to give her “LIFE” a second time around.

Just when the Caterpillar thought, the world was over it became a butterfly…