Archives: Salad

Avocado, Spinach and Egg Tossed Salad

A new twist for Sunday brunch! Avocados, spinach, clementines, cherry tomatoes, gluten free toast and Asagio cheese – all topped off with a fried egg. Can’t find a farmer’s market this time of year? Check out the organic produce in READ MORE

Lon’s Summer Salad

Not too long ago I was at a beautiful summer San Diego wedding and found myself standing behind this very opinionated, and slightly inebriated, gentlemen in the buffet line. I heard this guy say, “Ewww. Who puts fruit in a READ MORE

Favorite Rice Vinegar, Olive Oil and Salt Salad Dressing

Three ingredients. My favorite salad dressing. Light, tangy and delicious. All I can say is, “you have try this!.”

Spinach and Berry Salad with Blue Cheese Balsamic Vinaigrette

A few of my favorite things!  This salad is full of texture and flavor, not to mention healthy stuff that’s good for you! Adjust the first four ingredients to get a consistency that you prefer. I love a good blue READ MORE

Domino Quinoa Salad – Black Quinoa with Garbanzo Beans and Balsamic Lime Dressing

This delicious black quinoa sat in a package on my counter for far too long before I could decide something “different” to do with it. Finally, I decided garbanzo beans would be a terrific, high-protein addition, as well as black READ MORE

Shrimp and Vegetable Stuffed Avocados

A year-round delicacy here in Southern California, Hass avocados never disappoint. In fact, the avocado happens to be one of those foods I could live off of; much akin to the Flavorosa Pluot and ultra dark chocolate in my book READ MORE

Mango, Lime and Cilantro Chutney

We made this to go with our Pork Chops with Chili Rub last Saturday night and it is one of the sides that I could eat every day. Absolutely delicious! It is made with fresh mango, limes and cilantro from READ MORE

Quinoa Pagoda Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Basil and Feta Cheese

At least in Southern California, it is quickly becoming the time of year to retire casserole hot dishes and welcome spring salads with fresh, organic ingredients.

Protein, Vital Nutrient and Natural Phytochemical Salad

Okay, it’s an egg and avocado salad tossed with cherub tomatoes, cucumbers and romaine lettuce; served with my favorite Blue Cheese Balsamic Vinaigrette. (Click on the link to READ about gluten free blue cheese!) But the real stars of the READ MORE

Red Cabbage and Apple Vinaigrette Salad


Nothing like a new diet to make you try different things. I definitely found the 14-Day Raw Cleanse more challenging than eating gluten free. Of course, I’ve been cooking gluten free for over seven years now, so I have a READ MORE

Blue Cheese Balsamic Vinaigrette – Gluten Free


I have been cooking up meals from The Fresh 20 gluten free meal plans and came across this absolutely delectable dressing.  It’s the Blue Cheese Balsamic Vinaigrette and is better than any store bought dressing I have tried. The best READ MORE

Spaghetti Caprese – Fast Food at Its Best


After being on the road for four days, all I wanted when I finally arrived to the comfort of my own home was something healthy…and fast!  So, I boiled up a pot of gluten free spaghetti (my all-time favorite Schar READ MORE

Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salad with Balsamic and Cilantro Dressing – Gluten Free


This is my new “go to” salad. It’s incredibly delicious, easy to make, and travels well.  I grilled the corn first because there is still a great selection of summer corn available, but if you’re in a hurry, you can READ MORE

Red Corn and Five Pepper Pico de Gallo

This is one of those salsa recipes that you’ll keep around so you have something incredibly delicious to take to your next BBQ or family gathering. It’s easy to make and packed full of flavor. Chop and mix together.  You READ MORE

Nature’s Candy – 4th of July Berry and Apple Salad!


Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men…or bloggers who bake.  Like many of my cooking/baking friends, I wanted to post an amazing recipe that was red, white and blue-themed for 4th of July.  What you see here is READ MORE

Picnic-Perfect Potato Salad – Gluten Free


So, I was perusing one of my favorite blogs ( when I came across an inspirational potato salad.  I gave it a try last night, and just had to share with you. I modified it slightly to accommodate what I READ MORE

Basil and Cilantro Vinaigrette with Heirloom Summer Solstice Tomatoes


As I lament the lack of pluots this season (Where have all the pluots gone?!), I went with my second favorite summer fruit, these wonderful summer tomatoes…just in time for summer solstice! But how to “dress” them. Quite frankly, they’re tasty READ MORE

Insalata Caprese


Naturally gluten free and with an international fan base, this is one of my favorite appetizers and also makes a great salad just on it’s own. It’s made with a wonderful Mozzarella Fresca cheese. It’s a soft, creamy (almost milky) READ MORE

Where the South Meets the West Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps


A great, easy-to-make, gluten free lunch option is the very versatile chicken salad. I took my favorite southern chicken salad recipe and put it in California-style lettuce wraps. There are many variations for chicken salad including the famed “Waldorf” chicken READ MORE

Arugula, Chickpea and Turkey Sausage Salad


This was a terrific salad that my friend made for me last weekend. It is made with arugula, chickpeas, butter leaf lettuce, avocados and gf turkey sausage. This salad serves 4-6 and took less than 30 minutes to make. Ingredients: READ MORE

Chicken Salad Sandwich


This is a great use for left-over roast or grilled chicken. I used the ends of my regular home-made gluten free bread loaf (Gluten Free Pantry “Favorite Sandwich Bread Mix”) for the buns in this picture, but you can use READ MORE

Quinoa Pesto and Cherry Tomato Pasta Salad


I bought a box of Quinoa (keen-wah) pasta because of it’s high fiber and protein content. I wanted to make something different with it, so I decided to try it with pesto and organic cherry tomatoes. I bought it at READ MORE

Rosemary Chicken and Avocado Salad


This is a wonderful salad made with grilled rosemary chicken, butter leaf lettuce, red peppers, avocados, and a bit of feta cheese. Ingredients: 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast 6 cups cut butter leaf lettuce 1 red diced red bell READ MORE

Organic Cherry Tomatoes – Great source of Lycopene!


So, what exactly IS lycopene? Lycopene is known as a powerful antioxidant and is part of a widely held belief that it helps prevent some forms of cancer, heart disease and other ailments. has excellent information on the topic READ MORE

Shanghai Bok Choy


I have walked by the “Bok Choy” in the supermarket many times and wondered what it was and how to cook it. As I am always interested in venturing into new fresh veggies, I just bought some and decided to READ MORE

Broccoli and Feta Salad


This is simply blanched broccoli, feta cheese and Drew’s All Natural Rosemary and Balsamic Dressing (gluten free, vegan, soy-free and sugar-free). Drew’s line of all natural dressing inspired many new salad ideas for me.

Fruit Bowl


Gracing my grandmother’s china this afternoon is a simple, flavorful selection of fresh fruit. It’s not just the pre-packaged treats that top my list of favorite things. Plain, fresh fruit ranks the highest among my choices for snacks and breakfast. READ MORE