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Giada’s Brussels Sprouts-Leaf Salad

Not a fan of Brussels sprouts? You might change your mind when you try this light and refreshing salad from Giada De Laurentis. Tender Brussels sprout leaves are paired with peppery baby arugula, Pecorino Romano cheese and toasted almonds.  Drizzle it with the citrus flavored dressing and you’ve got a salad you’ll want to make over and over again.

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Grilled Veggie Salad

Grilled Veggies add great flavor to salads.  My favorite combination is grilled corn and asparagus topped with chopped avocado and sun-dried tomatoes.  Grilled Portobello mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant and red peppers are some other veggie choices you’ll want to try.  I like to top it with a Balsamic Vinaigrette.

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Chopped Summer Salad

Easy, light, and delicious describe  this Chopped Summer Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing. I sampled it when I was shopping at Whole Foods and I knew I wanted to make it for myself.   It goes together in minutes. I like to add avocado but you could add any other ingredients you really like.  It’s topped with homemade Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing that’s light and full of flavor.  This would be a perfect addition to any Spring or Summer get together.

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2 Ingredient Salad

Salads don’t come easier than this.  Two ingredients for the salad and two ingredients for the dressing. (except the salt and pepper!)  I love this for ease of preparation and the simple taste of great ingredients.  It’s guaranteed to lighten up your Easter meal and look great too.

This recipe is from my favorite Food Network Star, Ina Garten.  I have 4 or 5 of her cookbooks and love almost everything I make from them.  I  like reading reviews on Food Network to get other opinions before I try them myself.  Ina also makes a pizza and tops it with this salad like pizzas at California Pizza Kitchen.  I’ll post that recipe 4 you soon so you can try it too.

TIP:  I like to use baby Arugula because it’s more tender than regular Arugula. Trader Joes sells a pre-washed bag of baby Arugula called “Rocket”.   It’s my favorite brand unless you find fresh.

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Nordstrom Champagne Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

My daughter interned at Nordstrom for a summer and often ate at the Nordstrom Cafe for lunch.  They have great food in case you haven’t been. They also have  three cookbooks for sale in the store that are filled with great recipes.  One we’ve tried and love is the Champagne Vinaigrette. It’s light and delicious and makes the lettuce leaves look glossy.

In my next post, I’ll give you some ideas for suggestions for salad ingredients that work well with this dressing.

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Alotta White BBQ Sauce and A Few Grilled Shrimp

We had a warm beautiful blue sky day today and it made me want to get outside and grill something 4 dinner tonite.  I am in the mood for Grilled Shrimp. There is almost never a nite that I am not in the mood for shrimp.  I love it!  I like grilled shrimp with minimal seasoning.   I like them brushed with olive oil and  salt and pepper.  I  use  skewers so  they are easy to turn on the grill. Cook over high heat for 2 minutes per side.  What a quick and easy dinner entree!

4 Dinner Tonite, I am also going to have White BBQ Sauce as a dip for my shrimp , baked potato, and a salad. White BBQ Sauce is a Southern thing.  It originated in Decatur,AL.   Bob Gibson, of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama is credited with concocting white sauce in 1925.  It’s traditionally used as a dip for grilled chicken.  Since most grocery stores carry a gazillion different tomato-based sauces, many southerners have never tried it.  It is though as synonymous with Alabama as Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, the legendary football coach.

So here’s your chance, you southerners and wanna be southerners to try it.  I’d love to hear how you like it!

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