We ate a lot of salad this summer and this was one of our favorite dressings.  It’s light and fresh and super simple to make! I like making my own dressings as I know what’s in it, no chemicals and simple fresh ingredients that most of the time I have on hand! This dressing will brighten any salad!

INGREDIENTS

2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup garlic infused olive oil
Juice of one lemon

DIRECTIONS

Whisk all of the ingredients together. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve. Just before serving, give it a shake!

Enjoy!

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img_7980Yesterday I started telling you about this fabulous new book from Taste of Home and how it’s about bringing the family back to the dinner table.  Not only ideas about talking with your family or of taking away distraction, it is one of the most user friendly cook books I have. The book is broken down in to the obvious categories but it also has “at a glance icons”so you know exactly what to expect when making the recipe. Let me explain a little more. My recipe yesterday was not only in the CHICKEN AND TURKEY category it was also a fast fix meaning this recipe can be made in thirty minutes or less.
There is also a 5 ingredient icon, a slow cooker icon as well as an eat smart icon which is one of the recipes I am sharing with you today. The eat smart is exactly that, something a little healthier! This is an apple, maple, pecan salad in the NO FUSS SALAD category. We loved this salad and it screams New England with the apples in the salad and the maple syrup in the dressing. There is really so much I love about this book. Before I get to the recipe, I was to let you know this book also includes easy meal plans! I just love this feature! I also think if you have kids and teens interested in cooking this is the perfect book for them to start cooking and learning about recipes! I love this book so much I will be purchasing one for a family member!  Now, on to the recipe. Stay tuned tomorrow for another great recipe and more information about the Taste of Home 100 Family Meals!

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APPLE, MAPLE & PECAN SALAD

INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoon Dijon             mustard
1/2 teaspoon coursely        ground pepper
4 cups shredded                        cabbage
3 large Granny Smith apples,  julienned
1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted

DIRECTIONS
Whisk the first five ingredients until blended. Combine the cabbage, apples and Gorgonzola, toss with dressing to coat. Let stand 30 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with pecans.

NOTE – To toast pecans bake in a shallow pan on 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring pecans occasionally.

PER SERVING – 3/4 cup equals 169 cal., 13g fat (2g sat. Fat),
4mg chol., 84mg sodium., 14g carb (9 sugars, 3G fiber) 2g pro.
Diabetic exchanges 1 starch, 2 1/2 fat.

Enjoy!

 

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This dish was a little bit of a surprise.  I thought it would be good and a great way to use up some broccoli,  but I did not expect to like it as much as I did! This dish can also be made ahead and is still very tasty a few hours later! It makes enough for two large portions, so feel free to double it! This is a great and healthy side dish!

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
1 1/2 cup chopped fresh broccoli
1/2 cup salted cashews, chopped
2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoon honey
Sprinkle of cinnamon

DIRECTIONS
Add the strawberries, broccoli and cashews into a medium size bowl, set aside.  In a small bowl whisk the yogurt, balsamic vinegar, honey and cinnamon together. Add the dressing to the broccoli mix and stir well. Serve or store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

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This dish can be found at www.thediva-dish.com

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Since the new year started,  we have been eating a lot of salads. Every kind of salad imaginable, some good, some ok but this one is FAN-FRICKIN-TASTIC! No joke this is delicious with lots of flavor and simple to put together for a weeknight dinner and special enough to serve for guests. We had a small amount leftover the next day and Mr. MCYM made a wrap with it and said it was terrific that way too! Both he and Robby asked for this salad again the next week Hmmmmm…boys asking for salad?  Yup! It’s a keeper!

INGREDIENTS
1 pound of shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 Tablespoons taco seasoning (I used low sodium)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
6 cups mixed lettuce (I like to mix romaine and spinach)
1 yellow pepper (or any color)
1/2 cup red onion diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

DRESSING INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup sour cream
Juice and zest from one lime
3 Tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons taco seasoning

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DIRECTIONS
FOR THE DRESSING – In a small bowl combine sour cream, lime juice, lime zest, oil, honey and taco seasoning. Combine well. Keep in fridge until ready to serve.
Place shrimp in a Ziploc bag and add taco seasoning, shake to coat the shrimp. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add shrimp making sure the shrimp are in a single layer. Cook shrimp for three minutes on one side, flip the shrimp and cook another three minutes on the second side making sure the shrimp are cooked through. Remove shrimp from pan and build your salad adding the lettuce, pepper, onion,tomato and cheeses to a bowl.
Add the shrimp to the top and drizzle with dressing.

Enjoy!

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I really enjoy a nice crisp salad especially in the fall with an apple thrown in! I served this salad as a side dish at Thanksgiving. It really brought such a nice, fresh, crisp dish to the table. Sometimes the holiday meals are so rich and heavy this was a nice change of pace. It also makes you feel a little better about that piece of pie you’re going to eat a little later!! I did not measure any of the salad ingredients.  I just tossed it all in to my taste, so feel free to do the same!

INGREDIENTS
Romaine hearts, chopped
Baby spinach leaves
1 Granny Smith apple, diced
Candied pecan pieces (I found them by the salad dressings in the grocery store)
Goat cheese, crumbled
Pomegranate perils

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APPLE CIDER DRESSING
2 Tablespoons honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup good quality olive oil
Salt
Pepper

DIRECTIONS
For the dressing, simply mix everything together shaking well to incorporate all of the ingredients.

For the salad, mix the amount of greens you want in a bowl and add the diced apple, pecans, goat cheese and pomegranate. I let everyone add their own amount of dressing.

Enjoy!

 

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