Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Spiced Nuts


One of my favorite things about summer is our weekly visits to the local Farmer’s Market and the daily trips to our own backyard garden. I love the fresh produce! This year my husband planted a whole bed of spinach and other fresh greens for the daily green smoothies he makes for us. It doesn’t get much greener and fresher than that! He also put in another bed of strawberries so we have fresh berries to eat and throw into the smoothies too. I love having all this fresh produce [Continue Reading…]

Lemon, Fruit and Spinach Salad

Lemon and Fruit Spinach Salad

Since I started the week out with a lemon recipe – pink lemonade cupcakes, I thought I would just keep up the lemon trend. You know what a fan of lemon I am. Today’s recipe is a  Lemon, Fruit and Spinach Salad that my daughter had at a friends.  She came home raving about it and brought the recipe with her!  I’ve trained her well. The weather is getting warmer here in Portland (although I’m enjoying the warm weather in Utah right now) and some days it feels like summer [Continue Reading…]

Spinach Salad

Spinach Salad

Do you have a signature dish? That one dish that when you are invited to a potluck or family dinner you are always asked to bring? Well, today’s salad recipe is my niece Emily’s signature dish.  At Thanksgiving when Emily asked me what I wanted her to make for dinner my reply, without heistation,  was – you’re spinach salad.  It wouldn’t be a Wilkes family gathering without Emily’s spinach salad. The main ingredients are pretty basic – spinach, romaine lettuce,  bacon, mushroom, swiss cheese and strawberries. The secret to this [Continue Reading…]

Spinach Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing and Sugared Nuts

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Today is one of those “I think everyone probably has it” recipes or at least some version of it.  There is probably a reason for that – because it is so good! I have been making this Spinach Strawberry Salad for years and  the recipe originally came from my friend Laurie.  She brought it to a potluck and I knew I had to have the recipe. I served it last Easter  and will be serving it again this year. I had it listed on my Easter menu a few years [Continue Reading…]

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Treat Ideas


If you need a fun treat idea for St. Patrick’s Day be sure and check out my Leprechaun Bark that I made last year. And for dinner you might want to try Pesto Chicken and Roasted Asparagus. And of course a nice Spinach Apple Salad would go perfectly too!  Add in some thin slices of green apple for extra green (apples missing in the photo). Hope your St. Paddy’s Day is a good one – best of luck to you!

Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad


I had two different events last week that I had to take a salad too.  I had planned to do two different salads but after I made today’s recipe for the first event and enjoyed it so much I decided I needed to make it for the second event too.  It was just too yummy. It was a big hit at both events and there are several people waiting on the recipe so I figured I better get it posted! The salad has some nice crunch from the peanuts and [Continue Reading…]

Spinach Apple Salad

spinach apple salad

In honor St. Patrick’s Day I am sharing my second favorite green food.  If you missed my favorite green food click here. My second favorite green food is spinach.  As a child I never could have imagined saying that, let alone eating spinach.  I need to clarify though – I love raw spinach.  That cooked stuff you can have – yuck! One of my childhood memories is of visiting my grandmother in California and her trying to get me to eat spinach.  She would bribe me telling me it would make [Continue Reading…]

A Crowd Pleaser – Spinach and Chicken Pasta Salad

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Today’s recipe is a definite crowd pleaser – I know that because I have fixed this salad for a total of about 600 people!!  Most recently, I fixed this salad for a luncheon I did for the American Mother’s State Convention this past Saturday.  I have also served it to a church group of 450 woman! Yes – that is 450 people all at one time.  Each time I fix it I have numerous requests for the recipe. Last week a sweet friend emailed me about a salad someone had brought [Continue Reading…]