Cucumber and Tomato Balsamic Salad

Pretty tomato obsessed over here!

Cucumber and Tomato Balsamic Salad
1 large cucumber, sliced thinly
1 large tomato, diced  (or 2 small Roma tomatoes, a handful of baby heilooms, etc.)
3 tablespoons balsamic balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Combine sliced cucumber and  tomato  in a medium bowl. Add balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Sprinkle on roughly 1/2 teaspoon each salt and peeper and mix together well. ENJOY!

This Slaw, Ya’ll!!!!!!!

This slaw is EVERYTHING! I first had a version of this at Fresh Market’s deli counter.  I really have no idea how they make it, but this is my take on it.  I am eating the rest of this for breakfast…

Next I am going to attempt to conquer their broccoli salad!


Poppy Seed Slaw  

Mix all these ingredients well in a large bowl.

1 package of prepared slaw mix
1 handful of sliced almonds
1 handful of dried cranberries
1/2 container of poppy seed dressing

The longer it sits, the better it gets!

Spinach Salad with Chicken, Bacon, and Eggs

Hope you are having a terrific Tuesday! Here is a quick dinner I made for myself that is both healthy and indulgent. I added some of my oven roasted chicken (3/4 chopped breast), 2 boiled eggs, and 3 slices of chopped bacon on top of a generous serving of spinach. I topped with a few croutons and a tablespoon or so of dressing.



Just Another Summer Pasta Salad

Summer is not ending, but for some reason we still officially have to go back to school in a couple weeks. Why is it that in August, when Georgia is at its highest heat factor and level of humidity, we have to go back to school. Most schools in the north don’t go back until September. I would think that the school systems would want to save money on air condition. Can you imagine how much money they would save? But no, we have to go back in August. Boo!

Ok, so rant over for now. I was craving a nice summer pasta salad, so I threw this together for lunch. About 2 cups of pasta cooked (whatever you have on hand), a handful of grape tomatoes from my garden cut in half, one small can sliced black olives, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, a tablespoon of Italian seasoning, and a little onion and garlic powder. I also added some feta cheese. Delish! Plenty of leftovers for a few days!


Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

I love cold pasta salads! They are so many combinations of ingredients you can add.  Homemade pasta salad is easy, but there are a lot of great boxed mixes out there to have in your pantry for those nights when you need something fast to throw together. Publix had a BOGO deal on Suddenly Pasta Salads. They have lots of different flavors, but I stuck with Italian. I have tons of cherry tomatoes and basil in my garden, so I thought it we be perfect to add them in the pasta. Then I found a can of black olives, some pine nuts, and a hunk of mozzarella that I cut in to bite sized pieces. Perfection!


Running Buddies and Semi-Homemade Pasta Salad

Hey guys! So last night I had a craving for pasta salad. I had just left a very fulfilling and kinda weird Girls on The Run practice. It was our last practice before the big 5k this Saturday. A couple of girls and I led the pack. We had just circled the school almost 4 times (about 2 miles). We were on track to probably run another 2 laps before practice ended; another mile to almost complete a 5k. Then the fire alarm of the school sounded. We stopped and everyone was in a bit of a panic. What do we do? Everyone in the building had to evacuate. We were almost at the front, so I asked them to run the rest of the way with me. They were in and we ran our hearts out. It was awesome!

On the way home, I really wanted pasta. Then I thought about veggie pasta. But I was so hot, so maybe I wanted something cold? OHHHHH, pasta salad, just like in the summer!!! I thought of last July 4th when I made an awesome pasta salad that everyone loved and gobbled up… So I made this, except I added sun dried tomatoes and feta cheese. SO GOOD!!!!!!

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Mason Jar Salad

I know you have seen this somewhere. Maybe in a magazine or on Pinterest? I have tried it and succeeded.
Just saw that the average American spends $2,000 on eating out at lunch every year. Say what????? Here is a way that I am helping your health and wallet…
Random fridge ingredients that can be used in a salad…dressing on the bottom, heartier ingredients on the bottom and delicate ingredients on the top. Still trying to figure this out. I am doing a different combo each time depending on the ingredients. No mixing until lunchtime! Shake right in the container!
2 containers- Balsamic and Greek Dressing combined…feta, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, apple slices, pine nuts, mushrooms.