Trader Joe’s Salad

Trader Joes Salad

This Trader Joe’s Salad is amazing!  It has quickly become a favorite at our house. For more delicious recipes be sure and follow me on Instagram. I am lucky enough to live five minutes from a Trader Joe’s.  I know not everyone is as fortunate.  Today’s salad is called Trader Joe’s Salad for a reason,  all the ingredients can be bought at Trader Joes.  But before those of you who don’t live near a Trader Joe’s click off you can still make this salad.  I will provide you with substitutions [Continue Reading…]

Strawberry Watermelon Orzo Salad

Strawberry Watermelon Orzo Salad is both pretty & delicious. A wonderful combination of flavors and textures.

This Strawberry, Watermelon Orzo Salad is both pretty and delicious – the way food should be! Even if this salad didn’t taste yummy I would still want to make it because it is just so darn pretty.    Besides being pretty it is full of lots of great flavor and texture.  I have to make a confession though, I am not a watermelon lover.  I know I always get lots of gasps of disbelief when I confess it.  I have a family full of watermelon lovers though so I decided [Continue Reading…]

Celestial Salad

Celestial Salad

Over the holiday weekend, we did a lot of eating.  Not all of it was “clean” eating and after a weekend like that I find myself craving a nice, light, delicious salad.  One of our all time favorite salads is Celestial Salad.  We have made it for years and it is always on our Easter menu as well as making frequent appearances on our dinner table on other nights of the year.  As far as I’m concerned it is pretty heavenly. I originally shared this back in 2011 but since [Continue Reading…]

Orange Cranberry Pretzel Gelatin Salad

Orange Cranberry Pretzel Gelatin Salad

This Orange Cranberry Pretzel Gelatin Salad is sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving table. I love Thanksgiving. Today I am part of a fun thanksgiving blog hop.  I have joined up with a group of over 25  lovely bloggers to make your Thanksgiving menu planning a snap!  We’ve got an amazing line up of Thanksgiving recipes for your Thanksgiving menu. Be sure to check out my recipe then hop on over and visit my friends! Thanksgiving for us usually means a trip to Utah for a Wilkes Family Thanksgiving. [Continue Reading…]

Spicy Sesame Salad

Spicy Sesame Salad

Summer is winding down.   Cali, my teacher daughter has her first day of school today and Tessa heads back to BYU in Utah today for her senior year.  Jim and I are back to being empty nesters after having at least one child home the last five weeks.  I miss them already. Summer was all about salads at our house and many times a salad was the main attraction at dinner. I served today’s Spicy Sesame Salad as a side dish but you could easily dress it up for a main [Continue Reading…]

Cubby’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

CUbby's Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

Last week I shared with you one of my favorite salads I get at a Provo, Utah restaurant I visit on my frequent trips there to see my kids.  I fixed it for dinner several times in the last few weeks.  The last time I served it my daughter, Tessa, who is home for a little bit this summer informed me that although she liked the Tri Tip Steak Salad her favorite Cubby’s salad was the “chicken one.” So of course I had to oblige and fix her favorite salad [Continue Reading…]

Cubby’s Tri Tip Steak Salad

Cubby's Tri Trip Salad

Many of you know that I spend a lot of time in Provo, Utah.  Up until early this year all of my children lived in Provo.  But they are growing  up, moving up and out and graduating and this fall just the girls will be in Provo. One of my favorite things to do in Provo other than see my children is to check out the restaurant scene.  When mom comes to town that means one thing  – the kid’s get to eat out and mom pays!  Maybe one of [Continue Reading…]

Brussels Sprout Salad

Brussels Sprouts Salad

Brussels Sprout Salad is a fun and delicious way to eat your brussels sprouts. Dressed with a light citrus dressing. It always seem strange when I write or type the word brussels.  It seems like it shouldn’t have an s at the end but it really does – it is brussels.  I have kind of fallen in love with these cute little fellas.  I am even growing them in my garden this year and they have been so fun to watch.  If you have never seen a brussels sprout plant [Continue Reading…]

Willamette Valley Salad

Willamette Valley Salad

I am lucky enough to live in the Willamette Valley.  The Willamette Valley stretches from Portland in the North to Eugene in the South.  The fertile valley is also the home to Oregon’s state nut.  The hazelnut.  Did you know there was a state nut?  Does your state have one?  Well, Oregon has the hazelnut.  Today’s salad gets it’s name – Willamette Valley Salad because it uses delicious hazelnuts.  The hazelnut is the star of this salad so don’t leave it out! I love hazelnuts and if you haven’t tried [Continue Reading…]