Month: April 2017

Mr Food Broccoli Tomato Salad with Mayonnaise Dressing

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mr food salad with broccoli

Mr Food broccoli tomato salad is the last salad from my broccoli salad collection. I have showed you already several pretty good variations of this well established and absolutely amazing combination of ingredients. One of my favorites are the broccoli raisin salad again from Mr Food and the Pioneer Woman broccoli salad with bacon and carrots. Why? Because first of all I love dried fruit in salads (also the classic broccoli salad from Chef Julie Yoon is pretty good – with dried cranberries) and secondly I love broccoli, mixed with carrots. But of course it all depends on your personal taste, so you can just go the broccoli salads category and choose the best salad for your taste: there are some with roasted nuts, some with different types of cheese, etc.

Mr Food broccoli tomato salad is the very basic option of the Broccoli Bacon Cheese Salad

Although there are many variations of this salad, the very main ingredients are no more than five: broccoli, red onion, bacon, cheese, mayonnaise. Because tomatoes are very often included to this combination, we could say this particular broccoli salad shows the very basics. You could replace the sugar with honey to make the dressing a little bit healthier. But have in mind, that it has to be real honey…

One more thing: don’t try to replace the bacon with chicken pieces. Not that chicken doesn’t match broccoli and mayonnaise, but bacon and broccoli are proven to taste best of all other meat-broccoli combinations. If the bacon is grilled, smoked or baked to crispiness, then you got it!

Mr Food broccoli tomato salad is suitable for big celebrations, because it doesn’t appear to be a well known and “boring” salad. You could definitely surprise your guest with this explosion of tastes. Of course you could prepare it also on a lazy Sunday afternoon, when you want to spent some time with yourself or with your family – just to have something delicious on the table.

Do you need to see the original recipe of Mr Food broccoli tomato salad? Visit this page and get more information and cool tips from Mr Food. Here is the summary I made:

Note: The photo on this page is property of Mr Food.

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Classic broccoli salad recipe from Chef Julie Yoon

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recipe for classic broccoli salad
Hello, dear broccoli salad lovers!Thanks for stopping by to check what kind of salad I am showing you today. You guessed it: classic broccoli salad. What means actually a classic broccoli salad? Which are the ingredients and how do you prepare it?
I chose to show the version of classic broccoli salad from Julie and her husband’s website Chef Julie Yoon, because I find it very inspirational. Not just the salad, but also the whole process of doing it, the photos (and also the behind the scenes material), it is all very professional and inspiring as well.
Maybe you have noticed, if you are reading my other posts for salads, that I am making a collection of all variations of the very famous broccoli bacon cheese mayonnaise salad. It’s quite amazing to see how similar and at the same time how different those salad recipes are. There are variations in the dressing: some make it from mayonnaise and Greek yogurt, others mix mayonnaise with sour cream, some authors don’t even make a dressing, they just pour the mayonnaise on top of the broccoli and toss well. Some use honey, others – sugar, some prepare the dressing with apple vinegar, but I’ve seen it also with wine vinegar (like here in this classic broccoli salad).
The nuts, that they add to the salad, can variate too. You could actually mix any kind of nuts, it is better that you roast them and take off the skin.
What else comes to the broccoli bacon salad? Many times there are dried fruit: fried cranberries or raisins.
Red onion is always there, mixed with the broccoli and bacon. It isn’t necessary to add Cheddar cheese to the salad. You could add also feta or just skip the cheese, if you want to make a lighter version, not so rich in calories.
What you could add is more veggies: spinach, cherry tomatoes would do well. But that is not the case with this salad. So let’s get directly to the main question:

Which are the main ingredients of the classic broccoli salad from Chef Julie Yoon?

Julie keeps it simple, she keeps it classic. 🙂 The only vegetables she uses are the basic one: broccoli and red onion. And that is actually the real broccoli bacon salad.

What comes next? Crispy bacon pieces and dried cranberries. Until now we have veggies, meat, fruit and now come the nuts: she chooses cashews for her salad, but as I said you could experiment with your broccoli salad recipe and add any other type of nuts you want. Be creative!

Finally, the dressing for the classic broccoli salad: it is also the basics: mayonnaise, sugar (honey optional), wine vinegar, garlic powder and kosher salt. I forgot to tell you, that garlic powder is also a proven partner-ingredient to the broccoli bacon salad.

If you are interested to see the full version of the recipe: shown with amazing pictures and video, follow this link. Take a look at my quick summary of the classic broccoli salad when you just need the basic information.

Have fun in the kitchen and don’t forget to share your experience in the comment below!

Note: The pictures on this page are made and owned by Chef Julie Yoon.

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Avoca broccoli salad recipe from Bibliocook

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avoca broccoli salad recipe

It is time for some beautiful and delicious layers, what do you say? 🙂 Maybe the most good looking salads in the world are those with layers, because they achieve the effect of the rainbow. Each ingredient adds a color stripe to the plate and together all the ingredients form an explosion of “organised” colors. That is why they appear to look so stunning. One more cool thing about salads with layers is that you can see very easily the ingredients. When they are all mixed up, you get kind of confused about what is it there in the salad. So, layer salads really rock!

I am going to give you a very good example for such a salad. The recipe comes from a website, called Bibliocook, the author is Caroline. She shows something delicious, easy to make and simply amazing to us, the readers: avoca broccoli salad recipe. Did you get hungry?

The salad goes with an interesting dressing, but I would say, that even if you skip the dressing and simplify the salad recipe even more, still you will get an the end a pretty good broccoli salad. Why? Because the combination of these ingredients alone is proven to taste delicious. I am talking about spinach, avocado, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese… and roasted hazelnuts. Imagine those things in a big bowl. Isn’t it perfect?

The avoca broccoli salad recipe surprises me with:

  1. The way Caroline made the dressing. Usually when we make a dressing, we take a bowl, add the dressing ingredients there and stir. But here there is this really cool idea: just take a jar, fill it up with the ingredients and shake. I think you mix the flavors much better and it is very comfortable. Also if you don’t want to use the whole dressing, you just close the jar, put it in the fridge and use it later. Very clever.
  2. There is feta cheese and no Cheddar cheese in the salad. Everywhere I search for broccoli salads, I see the combination of broccoli and Cheddar cheese. Not that this a bad thing, but I really needed to get inspired with some other type of cheese. Feta matches more than perfectly the avocado, there just like a love couple. 🙂 And adding those roasted hazelnuts…I am out of words now…

Here is the original page of the avoca broccoli salad recipe, if you are interested to see the details. Take a look at the summary I just made, if you don’t want to go in details and just need the basic info.

Thanks again for letting me inspire you with my salad inspirations! See you soon. 🙂

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Souplantation broccoli salad recipe from Hunterette

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souplantation broccoli salad recipe

The best of the best combinations: if you don’t know it yet, take a look:

BROCCOLI-RED ONION-BACON-CHEDDAR CHEESE-RAISINS-MAYONNAISE

I have showed already lots of variations of this salad. Broccoli salad from Mr Food, Neelys broccoli salad, Souplantation broccoli salad from Cinnamon Spice & Everything nice, Pioneer Woman broccoli salad, Skinny broccoli salad from Womanista (or Skinny Mom) and many other. They all contain these or some of these ingredients. If you are a big fan of broccoli, like me, there is no way you haven’t tried at least two of the recipes. It would be just unrespectable to you as a broccoli lover. 🙂

While I was researching all kinds of broccoli salad, I came to a lady with a nickname Yumi (very promising!) and her recipe blog on Hunterette. I really liked her version of the famous broccoli bacon mayonnaise salad.

Which is the main cool thing about the Souplantation broccoli salad recipe from Yumi?

The very, very best part of her salad is the fact it is super simple and easy to make. Raw broccoli, cup of raisins, cup of cooked bacon, cup of cashews, cup of red onion and you are ready. No shredded cheese, no combinations of different types of cheese, no complicated dressing. You just add some sugar and vinegar to the mayonnaise and whisk everything together. You see, there is no need to read the recipe or watch a video. I have just explained you the whole process in two sentences. That is what I liked about the Souplantation broccoli salad recipe by Yumi.

You could of course upgrade the salad by adding more ingredients. It all depends on how much time you have, are you in the mood for cooking and preparing stuff, do you enjoy mixing foods and experimenting in the kitchen etc. I will just list the main ingredients you could add to this Souplantation broccoli salad recipe:

  1. You could add yogurt to the mayonnaise.
  2. You could whisk the mayonnaise with sour cream.
  3. You could add some Cheddar cheese to the broccoli salad.
  4. You could sprinkle baked or raw sunflower seeds on top.

Here is also the original page of the Souplantation broccoli salad.  Hope you liked the salad. I would love to read your comments. Bye bye for now, see you soon!

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Broccoli raisin salad from Mr Food: а healthier version

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Have you seen the last version of broccoli cheese salad that I showed you? It was Neelys broccoli salad with bacon and cheese. There I talked about how popular is the combination of broccoli, bacon, cheese, red onion and mayonnaise. And I explained that there are many variations of the salad.

Now I want to bring to your attention one more version. It comes from Mr Food and surprises again with creativity. What is it this time?

Sure there are again our favorite broccoli florets, our even more favorite bacon slices, the crispy red onion and the already well known mayonnaise. But this time the focus is not on the dressing, the focus is on the veggie salad. Instead of making a dressing from mayonnaise and Greek yogurt, like it was here, or from mayonnaise and sour cream, like we saw in the Neelys broccoli salad recipe, here we don’t make a dressing. We just mix the vegetables with the mayonnaise and we add some vinegar, which gives a fresher flavor to the whole thing. There are two other interesting differences between the broccoli raisin salad from Mr Food and the other versions.

Which are the different things in the broccoli raisin salad from Mr Food?

The first one are the sunflower kernels. Sunflower kernels are a really good option, if you want to give fullness to your salad, but still keep it as healthy as possible. Sunflower kernels contain fat, so that way you could balance between the mayonnaise and those kernels. Put less mayonnaise and more sunflower kernels in your broccoli salad.

The second really interesting thing about the broccoli raisin salad from Mr Food is the process of preparing the salad. It is quite original, I think. Most of the times we cook the broccoli first, for about 30 seconds, shock them in ice and then add the rest of the ingredients. This time we leave them raw. I think this gives an extra freshness to the salad. The broccoli remain really crunchy and green, they look beautiful in the plate and don’t loose any of their vitamins and nutrition. Maybe this is the healthier version of broccoli bacon salad: with lots of raisins, less mayonnaise and more sunflower kernels.

Speaking about healthy, I think a handful of quinoa would match perfectly the salad structure and taste. What I would also do is replacing the vinegar with orange juice. Orange juice tastes amazing with bacon, you definitely have to try it. But you have to be careful not to make the broccoli salad too sweet. Don’t forget there are raisins there as well. Everything is balance, just be careful with the ingredient’s amount.

Take a look at the summary I made. Go here, if you want to see the full, original version of Mr Food broccoli raisin salad. And don’t forget to have fun! 🙂

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Neelys broccoli salad with bacon and cheese

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neelys broccoli salad with bacon

I think one of the most proved and established salad combinations is:

  • broccoli
  • bacon
  • red onion
  • mayonnaise

I have noticed it while I was searching for new broccoli salad ideas. Why is this combination so popular? Really…Why don’t they mix broccoli with chicken pieces for example? Why is the bacon? And why do they always add red and not for example green onion? And why the mayonnaise dressing? Why not soy sauce?

So many questions and one answer. Why? Because it tastes GREAT. 🙂 If you try this heavenly mix you will understand why it is red onion, why it is mayonnaise…I really advise you to stick with these ingredients in order to achieve exactly this explosion of flavors. The taste is so specific and unforgettable, it lasts in your mouth, not just the taste, but the whole experience. You want to eat an unforgettable salad? THIS is the salad.

I guess I already showed you some variations of broccoli bacon Cheddar cheese salad. Here is another similar recipe, but still not the same. Actually there are lots of differences in the variations. The point is to keep the basics (the main, very important ingredients, which I listed above) and then to play with the details. For example, here is Neelys broccoli salad with bacon and Cheddar cheese. Instead of yogurt they use sour cream in the dressing. They also add some celery seeds, which give the salad a delicate extra flavor.

You could add lots of things to Neelys broccoli salad. If you like it like that, take the recipe right away. See the summary I made or go directly to the original page, where you can see also a video. But if you want to challenge your creativity and make your very own and unique masterpiece, then you need to inspire yourself and add some ingredients that you consider as original and interesting. I am going to give you one idea, you could also think of creative salad ingredients:

Why don’t you add some shredded, baked sweet potato to the salad? After you whisk everything together, you just sprinkle some of the shredded red potato on top. It will look very pretty and will add a sweet flavor to the broccoli.

That was my idea. I have tried adding this to Neelys broccoli salad and the result was fantastic. So, have fun in the kitchen and write in the comment below, what happened, did you enjoy the process? 🙂

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Yummy broccoli cheese salad from Mr Food

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broccoli cheese salad from mr food

Mr Food always surprises me with genial ideas for salads. He just has this gift to inspire you within seconds. Maybe because of the videos he shows. Just in several minutes you get to know the particular salad so well, that you don’t need to read, print or remember the recipe.

Like this broccoli cheese salad for example. Mr Food explains everything in the video below. Which are the ingredients? You just see them in the bowl: fresh broccoli, red onion, black olives, cherry tomatoes, two kinds of cheese and dressing. You could also some bacon, but this is optional.

The dressing for the broccoli cheese salad from Mr Food is really unique. Mayonnaise and yogurt, until here nothing extraordinary, right? But then come the honey and garlic powder. I have never tried honey with mayonnaise, I’ve just never come to such a crazy idea. Actually it is logical, that mayonnaise matches honey, because mayonnaise matches yogurt and yogurt matches honey. 🙂

The broccoli cheese salad from Mr Food is suitable for big tables and celebrations. Because of its original appearance and unique flavor combinations it is really good for those occasions, when you want to surprise your guests and make them feel really special for sitting around your table.

Go to the original page of this recipe, if you want to see all the details. I am showing you the summary of the broccoli cheese salad from Mr Food.

Here are couple of my ideas for this salad, I really hope you like them:

  • You could add some chopped baked potatoes to the salad.
  • You could add some mustard to the mayonnaise yogurt dressing.
  • You could whisk the salad with some baked sunflower seeds.

Have you tried this salad? Write down in the comments your experience, what to you think matches the salad and what not? Thank you! 🙂

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Souplantation broccoli salad from Cinnamon-Spice & Everything Nice

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 If you are willing to experiment with your favorite flavors and want to combine veggies with fruit, broccoli salad is the perfect thing to start with. Broccoli is that kind of vegetable that goes perfectly well will dried cranberries and with raisins. I have seen broccoli combined also with fresh grapes. That is also an interesting combination, but if you are new in this whole game, which I call “veggie-fruit salads”, then I recommend you begin with dried fruit and nuts.
Here are some other beautiful combinations that are proven to taste super yummy:
  • Shredded carrot and pomegranate
  • Shredded carrot and shredded apple
  • Shredded carrot and orange pieces
  • Green salad and pomegranate, apple, orange, pineapple, pear.

These are just a couple of examples for pretty good mixes of veggies and fruit. Definitely try some of those, you won’t regret, I promise! 🙂

But now let’s get back to this Souplantation broccoli salad, shown by Cinnamon-Spice & Everything Nice. The photograph is just so perfectly presented, that you can fall in love with the salad without even tasting it. I think the combination of bacon, baked nuts, fruit, crunchy broccoli and fatty mayonnaise dressing couldn’t be more amazing. Most of us prefer salads, which are something more than just veggies, tossed with oil. Am I right? Adding something special to the vegetables makes a big difference. Not just you don’t leave the table hungry, but you also enjoy a really beautiful table with all these colors in the salad. This Souplantation broccoli salad is another prove, that the richer the salad is, the better it looks and the more satisfying it is for the one who eats it.

Some quinoa wouldn’t hurt this salad, I think. In my opinion quinoa goes great with broccoli and red onion. The more interesting ingredients in the Souplantation broccoli salad, the better the end-result! So really, experiment in the kitchen! Cinnamon-Spice & Everything Nice did show an amazing salad recipe, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improvise. Try to do something different from the recipe. For example: Why not adding some red pepper instead of red onion? Or why don’t you add some grilled chicken instead of the bacon? There are so many ways you can upgrade this Souplantation broccoli salad. Just do it your way and have fun!

I made a quick summary of the recipe, so that you can see the very basics. Don’t forget to visit the original page, which I linked somewhere above in order to find more detailed information.

Note: The photo is property of Cinnamon-Spice & Everything Nice.

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Pioneer woman broccoli salad with bacon and carrots

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Here is something very fresh: an easy and delicious salad that is healthy as well. I am talking about Pioneer woman broccoli salad. Maybe you think it is not as healthy as I say because it contains bacon…And not just that. There is this yummy dressing, made of mayonnaise and yogurt. So, this broccoli salad isn’t skinny for sure, but healthy? In a way, yes. Although there are bacon pieces and mayonnaise dressing in it, it contains lots of veggies like broccoli, carrots, red onion and also raisins. The dressing is not just made of mayonnaise, there are yogurt and orange as well, so I think the whole Pioneer woman broccoli salad is balanced and not too fatty.

After all, there are two tablespoons of mayonnaise in the dressing, which covers 6 servings of salad. One tablespoon for 3 servings, that is 1/3 of a tablespoon for a serving. When you think of the salad that way you understand that is is actually more a diet meal than a rich in calories and filling dish.

It takes about 20 minutes to prepare the broccoli salad. If you keep cooked broccoli in your fridge, I would say you need no more than 15 minutes. Quick and simple recipe, I am loving it. Thank you, Pioneer Woman!

If you want to see the video of the broccoli bacon salad recipe, visit the original page. There is also the full version with the exact ingredient amount and all little details, which are also important for the final result. And if you are interested in the author of this amazing broccoli salad, take a look here.

What I would maybe add to this salad is cauliflower. When it is grilled and combined with some grilled cheese, it makes the salad more crunchy and adds an interesting flavor. Corn would also fit very well to this veggie combination. These are my ideas for upgrading the salad. Tell me if you have tried it and have some other suggestion. Feel free to express your opinion in the comments below!

Now take a look at the recipe summary of Pioneer Woman broccoli salad and find your own inspiration!

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Skinny broccoli salad recipe from Womanista

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skinny broccoli salad recipe from skinny mom

If you liked Mr Food broccoli salad with bacon and Cheddar cheese, which I showed you some days ago, maybe you will also like this one. It is something similar, but with one very big difference: it is a diet thing! 😉 Much lighter that the first one, perfect for people who want to loose some weight.

Instead of rich, sweet mayonnaise sauce this skinny broccoli salad includes yogurt dressing, which is a much lighter version. No bacon here, just the Cheddar cheese. Also, in this version there are more veggies, so you can be sure you are eating a salad and not a main meal.

BUT although this skinny broccoli salad recipe is suitable for people eating healthy, I would’t say it is better than Mr Food broccoli salad. Both are very delicious and interesting as well. So, let’s get now in details about this beauty, which I am showing you right now.

As you may noticed, the recipe comes from Womanista (the ones Skinny Mom:)). What I really like about their recipes is that the nutrition information is based on professional calculations, made by Registered Dietitian. So you can be really sure, that is all correct. Also the photography is quite amazing. When you scroll down the recipe and take a look at the many photos included, you start to feel very hungry. 🙂

The pretty look is actually the next thing I loved about this skinny broccoli salad. So many colors are playing in the bowl, that you could motivate even a child, that hates broccoli, to have a bite. Very fresh combination, including red, green, white.

What I would maybe add to the salad is shredded carrot. I just want to see some orange between the reds and greens. Also and egg would fit quite nicely, but it will make it a little bit more heavy.

Actually I don’t come to any other ideas for upgrading this skinny broccoli salad. It is just too perfect to be changed in any way. Congratulations, Womanista! You showed us a pretty looking, simple and tasty salad!

Try it, if you like it. Go to the original skinny broccoli salad recipe, if you need to see more exact information about the ingredient’s amount and nutrition.

Note: The photos on this page are property of Womanista.

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Mr Food broccoli salad with cauliflower and bacon

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broccoli salad with cauliflower and cheese from mr food

Mr Food knows best. How to make an interesting and very, very, I mean VERY delicious broccoli salad? Here is the answer. Mr Food explains the whole process of preparing an unforgettable flavor explosion that will not jut fill you up, but also will satisfy your thirst for pretty looking food. But I think the power of this broccoli cauliflower salad really comes from the taste. Just imagine these things in a large bowl:

  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • red onion
  • Cheddar cheese
  • smoked bacon
  • sweet mayonnaise sauce

Now you know why Mr Food broccoli salad is so special. The mix of fresh crunchy veggies, Cheddar cheese and smoked bacon speaks for itself. But tossing this masterpiece in a delicious mayonnaise sauce with a sweet note and leaving it to absorb all the taste from that dressing, that is the very special part of the salad.

This broccoli cauliflower salad is one of those salads, when you “think” you are eating a salad, but actually you are eating a rich in calories and heavy main meal. So, if you are on a diet right now, please skip this article, don’t tease yourself with such a recipe! Go to any page, showing a light salad, like this cucumber summer squash salad for example. 🙂 After your diet is done, come back here and take a look how to make Mr Food broccoli salad with cauliflower and bacon. Patient, everything is patient, girl! 🙂

What I definitely loved about this recipe were the notes at the end. Reading that notes you can get a brand new idea for how to upgrade this salad even more. I am talking about the raisins. It is said there, that you could add some raisins for more sweetness. (There were also other suggestions, but I liked the idea with the raisins). Really, this broccoli salad is so creative and “flexible”, you could play with the ingredients and add different new flavors.

For example I would like to see how the broccoli cauliflower salad would taste, if I add some sweet corn to it. I think it will match with the mayonnaise dressing.

I am showing you below the video of Mr Food broccoli salad. When you watch it, you won’t even have to read the recipe. 🙂 He explains and most importantly, he shows the whole cooking process.

Try the broccoli cauliflower salad at home and share your experience in the comments below. Did you do something different? Did you like the salad? Feel free to express yourself!

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Neelys broccoli salad recipe: with feta cheese

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neelys broccoli salad recipe with tomatoes feta cheese

One of the best combinations that you can make a salad from is broccoli and feta cheese. Not just that these two ingredients look beautiful together because of the contrast in the colors, but they also match perfectly as flavors. Actually any kind of cheese would be suitable for broccoli (you know how well blue cheese tastes with it!). Butter, cheese, cream and broccoli? Yes! 100% approved!

Enough with the classic salad combinations. Here is something not so popular as an idea: you could add arugula and cherry tomatoes to your broccoli feta cheese salad. If you think this is kind of weird, hold on. There is more. Bake the cherry tomatoes with the broccoli. That is a brave idea, right? I got it from the Neelys and from their very unique broccoli salad recipe. They bake the broccoli and the cherry tomatoes on very high degrees and for very short time and after that they toss with the fresh arugula and feta cheese. A salad that you could fall in love with!

One thing that came in my mind, when I first saw this salad recipe, was: Wouldn’t it be great, if I add some meat to it? Maybe some grilled chicken or little ham pieces…The answer is no. It wouldn’t be great. Feta cheese is a very filling food, if you combine it with meat, which is even more filling, that would be just too much for a salad. The idea of a salad after all is to eat something light and fresh before the main dish. Of course, if you want to replace the main dish with a salad, you could make the salad a little bit richer in calories. It is up to you.

My personal opinion about Neelys broccoli salad recipe is, that it is easy to prepare and very special at the same time. I will definitely put it on my list with salads, which are suitable for presenting to guests. 🙂

What I would maybe add to this pretty broccoli feta combination, is a handful of sunflower seeds, baked, not raw. They will just taste so good with the feta cheese and cherry tomatoes.

Don’t forget to visit the original page of Neelys broccoli salad recipe. My summary of the salad is just an orientation for you, but they don’t just show the detailed recipe with exact instructions, they also give you a video with the whole cooking process. That is why I adore the Neelys and their recipes!

Have fun in the kitchen and improvise. If you like the Neelys broccoli salad recipe, try it at home and write a comment below. Thanks!

Sweet potato and kale salad from Golubka Kitchen

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Not everybody is a fan of sweet potatoes, but the one who loves them really can’t get enough of them. Sweet potatoes just make you feel happy. They are light, fresh, they give you energy and just taste delicious!

Our cook today is Golubka Kitchen. This sweet potato and kale salad is their masterpiece and anyone can try it at home. You can see the many mixed colors, which make every table look shiny and welcoming. One surprise for me was the combination of sweet potatoes with almonds…I think it is a very creative idea, it doesn’t just boost the look of the salad, but it also makes it more filling, so you could eat it instead of lunch or dinner.

If you want take a look at the recipe summary that I made or just go to the original recipe and receive more detailed information.

Note: The photos on this page are property of Golubka Kitchen.

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Asparagus pasta salad from Running Go Real Food

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asparagus pasta salad

Asparagus is one of the modern vegetables. Have you noticed that it is everywhere around us: classy restaurants, advertisements, diets, elegant tables…Most of the times it is served as a salmon or steak garnish and it looks really beautiful…

Usually I am not a big fan of modern “superfoods”, I think they are as super as the other. Each type of food has its nutrition, vitamins etc. But this food: asparagus, is something so damn delicious! Especially when it is grilled.

This asparagus pasta salad recipe comes from the food blog Running Go Real Food. Deryn, the author, shows a different use of the asparagus. It is not combined with meat or fish as usual, but with pasta. And that’s not a usual pasta – Deryn makes a beautiful salad with asparagus and zucchini noodles, which are a healthier option for all of you who adore pasta products. The salad is gluten- and oil-free, there are just so many reasons to try it.

If you want to see the full version of the recipe and the stunning photo gallery of the salad, visit the page of Running Go Real Food. Here I am just showing you a summary: which are the basic ingredients, what do you need to do in general. The photos are property of Deryn and her amazing food blog. Good job, Deryn!

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Here are my ideas for experimenting with this delicious asparagus and pasta salad:

  • You could try to add chickpea instead of pea.
  • You could season with a lot of black pepper.
  • You could add tuna fish. I think it would taste great. (We are not talking about vegan menu, right? :))
  • You could add avocado. Avocado just fits everywhere…It is so good.

Right a comment if you have some other suggestions. The best part about salads is that you can experiment with the ingredients!

Categories: Best Salad

Salad with arugula and pesto from Sweet Potato Soul

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pesto and arugula salad

This salad is totally crazy! Trust me, in the good way. Jenne from the food blog Sweet Potato Soul shows that healthy doesn’t mean boring. Yes. Healthy can be tasty, healthy can be filling. Isn’t it a great new, that you can enjoy delicious food, don’t feel hungry at all and at the same time be super energetic, beautiful and thin?

In order to make a salad filling and tasty you have to make it rich. Include many different types of ingredients: greens, potatoes, pumpkins, nuts, fruit, beans…the list goes on. If you make yourself a simple carrot salad with nothing but carrots, of course you will feel hungry and miserable. 🙂 But if you take a little bit more time in the kitchen and prepare yourself a rich, interesting salad, full of nutrition and vitamin, full of color and taste, there is now way you don’t start to do it every day!

Try this amazing salad with arugula and pesto (and many other cool things). See the full recipe here if you want to prepare it precisely.

Note: The photos are property of Sweet Potato Soul.

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Here are couple of ideas for experimenting with the salad:

  • Add some baked walnuts.
  • Add some cherry tomatoes.
  • Add some shredded green apple.
  • Use spinach instead of arugula.

These are my ideas. Which are yours? Write on the comments below. 🙂

Categories: Best Salad

Pasta salad with chickpea and pesto from The Full Helping

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DIY pesto…there is nothing tastier than that. You say you can’t do it? You don’t have a blender? Ok, go ahead and buy one. Honestly, homemade pesto is so much better than these ones in the shop. You will see the difference by yourself.

Speaking about pesto we come of course to pasta. These things go hand in hand together, they are just the most perfect combination for “flavor lovers”. No matter the type of pasta and the type of pesto. They are just well established, they match, that’s it. 🙂

Pasta salad with pesto and chickpea maybe sounds a little strange at the first moment. But don’t you dare to believe your first impression! The recipe comes from the really cool food blog, called The Full Helping. I think Gena made it, she is the one “guilty” for all that beautiful, tasty dishes. It is a gorgeous salad, suitable for people that adore pasta and still don’t want to overeat with it.

I made a summary of the salad to show you the main ingredients and the basic steps to do it. But for further information visit the original recipe page.

Try this salad at home an write a comment! Did you like it? Do you have any ideas or suggestions? You think it would taste better with black beans? I don’t know, I haven’t tried…

Note: The wonderful photos on this page are property of The Full Helping.

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Second note: For this pasta salad with chickpea and pesto I think it is really important to use lemon juice. Don’t experiment with vinegar, you will mess up the wonderful salad. What you could experiment with is, in my opinion, the type of pasta. When you use vermicelli for example, you will achieve a very elegant and classy look. Also the thinner the pasta is, the stronger the taste of the pesto will be. There are many options. Just find your best combination. And don’t forget to enjoy!

Should I say: Well done, The Full Helping! Great job, amazing photos and easy recipe.

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Strawberry chicken salad from PaleOMG

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strawberry chicken salad

Sometimes we want to make a quick, super easy salad that takes no more than 10 minutes and no more than 3 ingredients. That actually happens most of the time…Going home after work, having plenty of duties with the family..We have to cook, play with the kids..I mean, who has the time and creativity to make a complicated and super special salad?? Chop a cabbage and two carrots and you are done! Eat!

But there are some cases when we need to prepare something really interesting. We are expecting guests, we celebrate, we want to surprise a person we love or we just have a couple of more minutes and for some reason we feel inspired…

For that kind of moments of inspiration you need exactly a salad like this, which I am going to present to you now. This is not just a strawberry chicken salad. It is actually a strawberry tomatillo chicken fajita salad. Sounds interesting and hard to accomplish? Don’t be afraid, it is really not that hard to prepare it. 🙂

The salad and the photos as well come from the food blog PaleOMG, which is a blog not just for food, but for all kinds of lifestyle themes. I recommend you take a look at it. There the author explains very detailed how much of each ingredient you need and gives you little advises. If you find this salad interesting and want to try it out, visit the origin recipe page.

Here is the summary I made:

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These ideas came to me in order to experiment with the ingredients and achieve a different, but still very nice taste:

  • You could add pomegranate instead of strawberries.
  • You could do the same salad, but not with chicken: instead of chicken you could use grilled salmon.
  • You could add some spinach. Strawberries go great with spinach.

Do you have any other ideas? Right them on the comments. Feel free to express yourself.

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Tortellini pesto chicken salad from Betty Crocker

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pesto tortellini chicken salad

There are some salads that are simply B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L. Really. So rich in colors, textures, flavors. Like this tortellini pesto chicken salad for example. Maybe I see it as the prettiest salad on earth right now, because it is about 12 o’clock and I am filling so damn hungry…But just look at it! It has everything your body needs: pasta, meat, fresh vegetables, filling, juicy, tasty sauce from mayonnaise, pesto and buttermilk…These are the best salads, they don’t leave you hungry after you eat them.

I saw this recipe on Betty Crocker – a very cool website, full of kitchen masterpieces. It is suitable, if you are having guests or just want to surprise you family on lunch. You put it in the middle of the table, everybody stares at it with an open mouth and THEN you mix it. Don’t stir before showing it to your people! 🙂 Why have you done all these seven layers? Somebody has to see this beauty, right?

This tortellini pesto chicken salad is a perfect idea for combining beautiful colors in your plate. Try to eat like this – mixing green with red, yellow, orange etc. The many colors in your meal are an indicator for healthy, fresh meal. More colors, better meal!

Here you can see the original, full recipe of the salad. I made a quick summary with the basic steps.

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Betty Crocker shows the best version of a tortellini pesto chicken salad. Honestly I don’t have many ideas about upgrading the salad. It seems perfect to me. The sauce is amazing. The salad is rich. Maybe I could give one idea:

Instead of peas you could add chickpeas. But the salad would lose its “rainbow” look that way. So with peas it is actually better. 🙂 Well done, Betty Crocker! You have made the best salad ever!

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Mango walnut salad from Green Kitchen Stories

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mango walnut salad

Since I love Green Kitchen Stories I want to inspire you with one of their salad recipes. Do you think mango and walnut go well together? Absolutely yes! Basically most of the fruit are very tasty when they are combined with nuts. But it is not enough to just mix a banana with some peanuts for example. You should always try to give the salad some uniqueness, I call it a spirit. In this case Green Kitchen Stories have put their whole imagination and creativity. The mango walnut salad they present is a sweet combination of fresh colors and an explosion of flavors. The most interesting thing about this salad is the walnut dressing, I think. I have never come to the idea of making a walnut dressing, it is very original.

The beautiful photo of the salad is taken by Green Kitchen Stories. If you want to see the whole recipe, just go to their page.

Have fun in the kitchen and experiment! I am sure you will make a salad masterpiece!

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Asian chicken salad from Recipe Girl

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amazing asian chicken salad

It is easy to cook. What is the golden rule? Just cook simple. Combine ingredients that you love to eat and there will be no reason for hesitation – your recipe is going to work!

That is why I simply adore the recipe, which I am going to show you now. It is really easy, quick and the end-result is…yummy. Lori Lange from Recipe Girl has made an amazing Asian chicken salad. Just take a look at the ingredients and you will see: there is no risk to make a mistake here. The ingredients themselves are super delicious. Where to start from? Chicken breasts? Who doesn’t like to eat them… (Except all vegetarian and vegan people, but they would’t come to this page anyway :)) Continuing with some fresh, tasty vegetables and going to the special part of the recipe – peanuts! Ok…now I feel really hungry!

Maybe you think that is all what this Asian chicken salad is about: chicken, peanuts and vegetables. But hold on till I come to the dressing. Lori Lange has created a super tasty dressing from honey, peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice and cayenne pepper. I wouldn’t recommend this dressing if you are on a diet. It is definitely not a diet thing, especially when it comes with a heavy chicken salad with peanuts. But if you are NEVER on a diet like me, go ahead and try it out! Just eat it instead of lunch and go jogging after that. 🙂

I made a summary of the original recipe from Recipe Girl. Below I give you some ideas about ingredients that would match this salad very well.

Enjoy and have fun with this pretty Asian chicken salad!

Note: The photos on this page are property of Recipe Girl.

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There are many ideas for “playing” with this recipe. Here I share with you a couple of them:

  • For green veggies you could use spinach and peas (or maybe broccoli).
  • Instead of carrots you could add some sweet potatoes.
  • You could replace the peanuts with Brazil nuts. I think it will taste great.

What are your suggestions? Write in the comment below!

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Minty black bean salad from My new roots

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black bean salad with mint

This minty black bean salad is not what you think. It is much more interesting and much, much bigger than you think! My new roots surprised me with an idea for lunch salad for a really big crowd…I am talking about 20 to 30 people. When you take a look at the recipe you will see that it is far easier to prepare such a giant salad than you maybe think. Don’t be afraid to feed a lot of friends…You just need a bigger bowl and bigger portions of ingredients, that’s all. And with this minty black bean salad you will definitely blow their minds away! It is a crazy salad…In the good way. 🙂

I am showing you here a summary of the recipe: the main ingredients and very basic instructions. Take a look at the original recipe, if you want to cook it perfectly.

Note: The beautiful photos are property of My new roots.

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