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...]

Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar Pasta Salad

Don’t forget to enter the Caitlin Wilson Textile giveaway for two pretty pillows!! Yesterday I shared with you some amazing Main Dish Salads – hope you didn’t miss them!  Be sure and check them out.  Today’s salad recipe was given to me by a friend that is a vegetarian.  This friend has since moved away and we’ve lost contact but I always loved attending potluck parties with her because she always brought such delicious things.  Caesar Pasta Salad is one of those things.  Don’t you just love a good potluck! [Continue Reading...]

BLT Salad

BLT Salad

It actually hit 80 degrees here in Portland last week. Although it is back to cooler and rainier days this week it totally put me in the mood for a good salad for dinner.   I love today’s salad recipe because it takes an all time favorite sandwich combo and turns it into a salad.  Makes it a little more diet friendly and not so carb heavy!  Since my husband is eating gluten free I can just leave the croutons out of his.  I took this to our empty nester family [Continue Reading...]

Tex-Mex Chicken Salad

Tex-Mex Chicken Salad

We’ve enjoyed a few sunny and warmer days here in the Northwest.  Now warmer for us is 60 degrees. I know that isn’t as warm as some places but I know it is warmer than others!  A little sunshine and warmer temperatures always puts me in the mood for a good salad for dinner. Today’s salad is a recipe I got from my sister in law.  It has been in my pile of recipes for years and I have hung on to because I know it is a good one [Continue Reading...]

Pomegranate Pork Tenderloin Salad

Pomegranate Pork Tenderloin Salad

We were teased with a beautiful 70 degree day in Portland yesterday. Of course it’s back to rainy and overcast today but it was enough to really get me in the mood for some outdoor cooking and firing up the grill! The nicer weather also puts me in the mood for a yummy salad. So today I’ve taken both of those cravings and combined them into one with a Pomegranate Pork Tenderloin Salad. One of our favorite things to cook on the grill is marinated pork tenderloin. The quickest and [Continue Reading...]

Ginger Sesame Chicken Salad

Ginger Sesame Chicken Salad

Do you love food/cooking magazines as much as I do?  I have  piles of recipes that I have ripped out of magazines just waiting to be made.  A small percentage of them ever actually get made but today I am sharing one of those recipes that I found in a magazine and actually made.  And you are going to be glad I made it! This is a delicious salad that can be served with or without chicken.  It has lots of yummy flavors in the marinade and dressing with – [Continue Reading...]

Crunchy Quinoa Salad

Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad

We have been on a bit of a quinoa kick at our house lately.  Quinoa is an ancient seed but has just recently become popular in the culinary world.  It is an amazing source of protein and so versatile.  It is a nice healthy alternative to pasta or white rice. Quinoa might not be the most photogenic food but adds a lovely texture to a dish and is so good for you. Quinoa is easy to prepare – it is cooked just like rice.  Two cups of water to one [Continue Reading...]

Broccoli Pasta Salad

Broccoli Pasta Salad

I served this salad at the tea party bridal shower I recently hosted.  It was a huge hit.  I first has this salad about a year ago at a neighborhood pot luck and asked for the recipe right away.  I never got around to making it.  I wanted to add a salad into our tea party menu and I remembered how much I loved the salad and so did my party guests.  That evening, after the shower, at our neighborhood party, the neighbor who had given me the recipe originally [Continue Reading...]