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Chili Roasted Sweet Potato & Cranberry Salad

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This Chili Roasted Sweet Potato & Cranberry Salad recipe combines sweet, savory & tart ingredients to make the most flavorful vegetarian salad ever!

The first day of “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog is here, and I couldn’t be more excited!

This week’s lineup includes:

All of these recipes are twists on Thanksgiving classics passed down from generations of Bond ladies!

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Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes

From Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breasts to Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Stuffing, these are the Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes on the food blog WhitneyBond.com!

Next week will mark the third annual “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog. A week dedicated to delicious new twists on classic Thanksgiving recipes!

I’m so excited for what’s to come next week, with everything from Cajun Roasted Mashed Potatoes and Bundt Pan Stuffing, to Chili Roasted Sweet Potato and Cranberry Salad and Sparkling Pomegranate Pear Punch, but first I wanted to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes from the past 5 years of blogging!

I rounded up the Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes by page views, and with everything from turkey to gravy, and stuffing to sangria, you’ll be able to plan your entire Thanksgiving menu on just this page!

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Grilled Tomato & Kale Salad

Grilling tomatoes & kale puts a totally new twist on a traditional kale salad, it’s vegetarian, gluten free & perfect as a summer side dish or entree!

Grilled Tomato & Kale Salad Recipe

Since it’s summertime and all I want to do is grill everything, that’s exactly what I did this week! From Caribbean Jerk Meatballs to Korean BBQ Grilled Salmon (I seriously can’t stop eating this dish!) to this Grilled Tomato & Kale Salad recipe, it was a grilling kind of week at my house!

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Gluten Free Cooking with ALDI

Gluten Free Cooking With ALDI

Within just a few months of starting my food blog, my brother was diagnosed with celiac disease. Ever since then, I’ve made it my mission to create and share delicious gluten free recipes with the world!

When I partnered up with ALDI to share four tasty recipes from their Test Kitchen and Bon Appétit, I was so excited to see that they were all gluten free!  I couldn’t wait to try their liveGfree® gluten free baking and cupcake mixes, and sample their fresh meat and produce!

Now I know you’re all dying to hear what we’re cooking up today, so without further ado, here’s the ALDI Gluten Free Menu:

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Pesto Smashed Potato Salad

Pesto Smashed Potato Salad Recipe

Growing up, I was never a fan of potato salad, to be fair, I wasn’t a fan of a lot of foods, blasphemy, I know, the food blogger that was a picky eater growing up, say it ain’t so, oh, but it is!

A few years after moving to California for college, I started trying new foods and recipes, and realized what I had been missing all of these years, ahem, guacamole, the green stuff, freaking delicious, fish, sushi, yes, please, but one thing I can say I’ve never really taken a liking to is potato salad. I’m guessing my aversion to mayonnaise might have a little something to do with that!

So today I’m making a potato salad that’s colorful, flavorful, sans mayonnaise and filled with tons of green goodness!

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Mexican Tortellini Pasta Salad

Mexican Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe

BBQ’s, dinners on the patio, picnics on the beach, these are a few of the reasons I can’t stop smiling because it’s officially Summer and that means all of these things are happening on the regular!!!

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Pineapple Mango Kale Salad

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Vegan Pineapple Mango Kale Salad Recipe

April is Earth Month, so what better time to celebrate the almighty Earth that gives us the plants and trees, which grow the delicious food we eat every day!

To celebrate Earth Month, I’ve partnered up with Earthbound Farm to create an organic kale salad that is so delicious, and good for the planet!

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Chili Lime Rice & Shrimp Taco Salad

Chili Lime Shrimp & Rice Taco Salad Recipe

Last weekend my Dad snapchatted me a picture whipping up Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers and Mexican Rice, with the recipes from my blog pulled up in the background.

I know what you’re thinking, yes, my Dad is on Snapchat, and yes, my Mom is on Snapchat, and yes, they’re 60 years old! This is the direct influence of having a daughter that’s a social media enthusiast and professional food blogger. Every time my parents come to visit, I give them tutorials on the latest social media channel. They get on it and suddenly I’m getting snaps from food truck festivals, football games and road trips with geotags and Snapchat filters. The moral of this story is, my parents are not normal parents, they’re cool parents! (Mean Girls reference, anyone?!)

I might not be as cool as my parents, but I do post a lot of food (shocker, I know!) travel and general shenanigans on Snapchat, so feel free to add me, WhitneyMBond, and join the party!

Now that you know all about my parents sick Snapchat game, let’s get to cooking! 😉

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Israeli Couscous & Avocado Salad

Couscous Avocado Salad Recipe

With spring right around the corner, I’m so excited to share this yummy new salad recipe that’s full of bright, delicious flavors!

Israeli couscous provides a healthy, high fiber base to the salad, while vitamin packed pomegranate seeds add a sweet and tart burst on top!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Spinach Kale Salad

Spinach & kale are tossed with an avocado vinaigrette, roasted butternut squash, pistachios, dates & quinoa in this vegan & gluten free kale salad recipe.

Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad Recipe

If one of your goals in 2016 was to eat healthier, while still enjoying super flavorful food, then I have just the salad for you!

When it comes to healthy recipes, I love to get in the kitchen and create delicious new dishes that are healthy, while still full of flavor, and this salad is just that!

From the rosemary cinnamon roasted butternut squash to the avocado vinaigrette dressing, this is one kale salad that is anything but boring!

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Bacon Tomato Avocado Pasta Salad

Bacon Tomato Avocado Pasta Salad Recipe

Whether you’re grilling up Roasted Jalapeño Carne Asada Sliders, Bruschetta Turkey Burgers or Blackened Grilled Salmon, this Bacon Tomato Avocado Salad is the perfect side to complete a delicious summer BBQ!

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Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad

Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad Recipe

Ever since I created the Stacked Beet Salad on Little Leopard Book in March, I’ve had the idea to create another stacked dish of sorts with Eggplant Parmesan.

I ended up with a quick and easy eggplant parm of sorts that I paired with one of my favorite salads of all time, the caprese salad.

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Mexican Sweet Potato Salad

Mexican Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

When it comes to eating healthier, no one (especially me!) likes to compromise taste, that’s why I’m always trying to come up with healthy recipes that are still packed with flavor!

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Stacked Beet Salad

Stacked Ricotta Beet Salad Recipe

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of trying one of San Diego’s newest restaurants, Stella Public House.

From the food and drinks, to the hospitality and decor, I immediately fell in love with this place!

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Buffalo Chicken Salad Sliders

Buffalo Chicken Salad Sliders

Oh hey, have I mentioned football season is back? As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure that’s how I’ve started every post on LLB for the last 2 weeks 😉

Yes, I’m excited and yes, I love recipes that are perfect for game day, but these little sliders are really perfect for any day!

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Mexican Quinoa Salad

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Two of my favorite salads I’ve ever made are the Quinoa Caprese Salad and Greek Quinoa Salad,  so I decided to put the healthy and popular grain to use once again in this Mexican Quinoa Salad, that is gluten free and vegan, yet packed with protein!

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Gluten Free Basil Artichoke Panzanella Salad

Gluten Free Panzanella Salad

When it comes to salads I know that most people (including myself) immediately think, a base of greens (lettuce, spinach or kale) topped with various fruits, vegetables, dressings, cheese, etc.

Well, the panzanella salad says forget the greens, we’re going straight for the good stuff, bread and tomatoes!

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Roasted Tomato Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Roasted Blueberry Tomato Quinoa Salad

As a food blogger, whenever a holiday rolls around, you have one goal in mind, come up with something that’s festive, delicious, hasn’t already been done and for me, something that doesn’t involve just throwing food dye in everything to make it color coordinate to the holiday.

Last week I shared my recipe for Gluten Free Dessert Cups that are naturally red, white and blue, and perfect for the 4th of July, but I still kept the holiday in the back of my mind over the last week to see if any more brilliant ideas would hit me.

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Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Pesto Pasta Salad

Roasted Beet Pasta Salad Recipe

Let’s just take a minute to talk about how awesome pasta is. Spaghetti and meatballsstuffed shells, lasagna, manicotti, ravioli, macaroni and cheese, pasta salad, no matter what your favorite is, let’s be honest, they’re all delicious!

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Mexican Chicken Salad Tacos

Mexican Chicken Salad Tacos

Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone! I hope you’re having a great day celebrating with tacos, sombreros and maybe some margaritas 😉

I started my Cinco De Mayo bright and early grilling  corn on my balcony at 6 AM (check out my Twitter for that pic!) while preparing for my appearance on San Diego 6 News.

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Greek Quinoa Salad

This greek quinoa salad is filled with flavor, healthy ingredients and tons of protein without any meat, and it’s gluten free!

Gluten Free Greek Quinoa Salad

While I draw inspiration from many places when developing new recipes for the blog, one of my go-to stops is the “most popular” and “most pinned” recipes on WhitneyBond.com.

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Spiralized Jicama & Avocado Salad

Jicama Avocado Salad



When I first purchased my Spiralizer, I went to the grocery store, perusing the produce section for anything and everything I could potentially spiralizer. One of the items that I found was jicama. 

Jicama, also known as a “Mexican Yam” is a vegetable traditionally from Mexico and Central America.  It’s a slightly sweet, starchy vegetable that resembles the consistency of a pear or apple.  It’s high in dietary fiber and Vitamin C making it a healthy addition to your diet!

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Quinoa Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing

Quinoa Grilled Corn Salad

Although summer is prime corn season, we still have about another month to enjoy the delicious vegetable and this salad is the perfect way to do so!

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Healthy Cobb Salad

Healthy Cobb Salad

I figured if I was going to be on the news on Labor Day, I might as well make the segment fun and useful to those at home on the couch, possibly nursing the almighty hangover from the previous nights festivities!

That is why I decided to make “At Home Hangover Remedies” with my friends at San Diego 6 News! First up was the Tropical Hangover Juice, then came this delicious Healthy “Hangover” Cobb Salad!

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Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad

Roasted Green Bean Salad Recipe

I bet you all were wondering what other dish I created using that delicious Paleo Vegan Walnut Sage Pesto I made last week!

I apologize if it’s been keeping you up at night, but never fear, the new recipe is here and you can be guaranteed a good nights rest tonight 😉

Vegan Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad

This Paleo salad recipe is full of rich flavors and would be perfect served with any of our Paleo main dishes, such as Roasted Balsamic Pork Tenderloin, Lemon Herb Salmon or Herb Crusted Turkey Breast!

Roasted Green Bean Salad Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 lb green beans
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chiffonade)
  • 1/4 cup Walnut Sage Pesto (click link for recipe)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Begin by trimming the ends off the green beans, chopping them into 1 inch pieces and adding them to a large mixing bowl.

Chopped Fresh Green Beans

Add the tomatoes, bell peppers and garlic cloves to the bowl then drizzle with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and top with the black pepper.

Roasted Green Bean Tomato Salad Recipe

Toss together then place onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.

Roasted Green Beans and Tomatoes

Top with the fresh basil and place into the oven for 25-30 minutes.

While the vegetables are roasting, toast the walnuts in a small skillet over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.

Toasted Walnuts

Remove the vegetables from the oven.

Roasted Green Beans and Tomato Recipe

Add the roasted vegetables to a large mixing bowl.

My recommendation: grab the sides of the parchment paper or foil (like this ↓) and simply slide it into the bowl so you make sure to get all the roasted vegetables and the delicious balsamic juices into the bowl.

Roasted Green Beans and Tomato Salad Recipe

Next, add the pesto to the roasted vegetables.

Roasted Green Beans and Pesto Salad Recipe

Toss well. Place into a serving bowl and top with the toasted walnuts.

Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad Recipe

My intern Erin and I ate this for lunch last week, but it would also be a great side dish for dinners, BBQs or holidays!

Roasted Green Bean, Tomato Salad

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian (and vegan!)

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free.

Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: 2 (as meal) - 4 (as side dish)

Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 lb green beans
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Enzo Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chiffonade)
  • 1/4 cup Walnut Sage Pesto (click link for recipe)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Trim the ends off the green beans, chop into 1 inch pieces and add them to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the tomatoes, bell peppers and garlic cloves to the bowl then drizzle with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and top with the black pepper.
  4. Toss together then place onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
  5. Top with the fresh basil and place into the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  6. While the vegetables are roasting, toast the walnuts in a small skillet over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Remove the vegetables from the oven.
  8. Add the roasted vegetables to a large mixing bowl.
  9. Next, add the pesto to the roasted vegetables.
  10. Toss well. Place into a serving bowl and top with the toasted walnuts.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/07/22/roasted-green-bean-pesto-salad/

Italian Corn Salad

Italian Corn and Tomato Salad

This salad is my new favorite recipe!  I know I say that a lot, but seriously, this dish has so much flavor, it’s light, healthy and super easy to make!

Tomato Basil Corn Salad

Lets just say this salad will be tossed together a few more times before summer corn season is over!

Italian Corn Salad Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn (grilled)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • ¼ cup red onion (diced)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

Begin by removing the kernels from the ears of corn using a sharp knife. Place the corn in a large bowl with the tomatoes and red onion.

Italian Corn Salad Recipe

Next, whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and basil together in a small bowl.

Italian Corn Salad Dressing

Pour the dressing over the corn and toss.

Italian Corn Salad Recipe

Add the parmesan cheese, mix together and serve.

Italian Corn Salad with Basil Infused Olive Oil

This salad was perfect with Lemon Herb Salmon and Gluten Free Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread at Sunday’s Summer Dinner Party!

Corn Inspired Summer Dinner Menu

I look forward to preparing this salad for BBQ’s all summer long!

It’s easy to take to a party and can be enjoyed by everyone because it’s vegetarian and gluten free!

Italian Corn Salad

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Italian Corn Salad

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 4-6

Italian Corn Salad

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn (grilled)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • ¼ cup red onion (diced)
  • ¼ cup Enzo Basil Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Remove the kernels from the ears of corn using a sharp knife.
  2. Place the corn in a large bowl with the tomatoes and red onion.
  3. Whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and basil together in a small bowl.
  4. Pour the dressing over the corn and toss.
  5. Add the parmesan cheese, mix together and serve.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/07/09/italian-corn-salad/

Grilled Romaine Mexican Chopped Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Southwest Grilled Romaine and Corn Salad

With Cinco De Mayo right around the corner, I feel like all I’ve been thinking about in the kitchen is Mexican, Mexican and more Mexican!

Grilled Romaine Mexican Chopped Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

From Margaritas, to Chipotle Lime Chicken, it’s been a fiesta in my house every day for the last week!

Grilled Romaine, Corn and Black Bean Salad

My inspiration for this recipe came from my desire to create a grilled romaine salad and my current obsession with Mexican food!

The result was a seriously delicious salad with several ingredients that add varying layers of texture and flavor, from creamy to crunchy and salty to smokey!

Grilled Mexican Chopped Salad Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 ear corn
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 3 hearts of romaine lettuce
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1 avocado (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/2 cup corn tortilla strips

Honey Lime Salad Dressing Ingredients

Ingredients (Honey Lime Dressing)

  • 1 garlic clove (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Prepare the salad dressing by placing the garlic, jalapeño and cilantro in a blender or food processor.

How to Make Honey Lime Dressing

Next, add the olive oil, honey, dijon mustard and ground ginger.

Honey Lime Salad Dressing Recipe

Blend into a smooth consistency.

Homemade Honey Lime Salad Dressing

I’m not going to say that this is the best salad dressing ever, but, ok, maybe I am.

I actually took a flour tortilla and dipped it in the dressing just to prevent myself from eating it with a spoon!

Now before you eat up all the dressing before the salad is even prepared, place the dressing in the refrigerator to chill.

Next, heat a grill to medium and place the corn, red bell pepper and jalapeño on the grill.

Grilled Vegetables for Salad

Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, then rotate until all sides of the corn are lightly browned and the skin on the bell pepper and jalapeño begin to blacken, then remove them from the grill and add the romaine hearts.

Grilled Romaine Lettuce

Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side or until the lettuce begins to wilt.

Remove from the grill, chop the lettuce then add it to a large bowl.

Chopped Grilled Romaine Salad

Next, remove the grilled corn from the cob and place it on top of the salad.

Grilled Romaine and Corn Salad

Peel the red bell pepper and jalapeño, chop the peppers then add them to the salad with the black beans and tomatoes.

Black Bean Mexican Chopped Salad

Toss the salad, then top with the avocado, cilantro, goat cheese and tortilla strips.

Remove the salad dressing from the refrigerator and drizzle on top.

Chopped Mexican Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Toss well and serve.

Grilled Romaine Chopped Salad

This is now my new favorite salad!  Such a great combination of so many amazing things!

Southwest Chopped Salad Recipe

Mexican Chopped Salad

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Grilled Southwest Salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 2 (as meal) - 4 (as side dish)

Grilled Southwest Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 ear corn
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 3 hearts of romaine lettuce
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1 avocado (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/2 cup corn tortilla strips
  • Honey Lime Dressing
  • 1 garlic clove (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup Enzo Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Instructions

  1. Prepare the salad dressing by placing the garlic, jalapeño and cilantro in a blender or food processor.
  2. Next, add the olive oil, honey, dijon mustard and ground ginger.
  3. Blend into a smooth consistency.
  4. Place the dressing in the refrigerator to chill.
  5. Heat a grill to medium and place the corn, red bell pepper and jalapeño on the grill.
  6. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, then rotate until all sides of the corn are lightly browned and the skin on the bell pepper and jalapeño begin to blacken, then remove them from the grill and add the romaine hearts.
  7. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side or until the lettuce begins to wilt.
  8. Remove from the grill, chop the lettuce then add it to a large bowl.
  9. Next, remove the grilled corn from the cob and place it on top of the salad.
  10. Peel the red bell pepper and jalapeño, chop the peppers then add them to the salad with the black beans and tomatoes.
  11. Toss the salad, then top with the avocado, cilantro, goat cheese and tortilla strips.
  12. Remove the salad dressing from the refrigerator and drizzle on top.
  13. Toss well and serve.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/05/02/grilled-romaine-mexican-chopped-salad/

Strawberry Ricotta Salad

Grilled Chicken Strawberry Summer Salad

This salad is the first of 3 new low-sodium recipes I’ll be adding to Little Leopard Book in the next 24 hours!

Grilled Chicken Spinach Strawberry Ricotta Salad

Why the surge of new low sodium dishes you ask? Because I’ve been asked to host a low sodium cooking demonstration and segment on San Diego 6 News tomorrow morning!

This will be the first live cooking demo for myself and Little Leopard Book and I could not be more excited!  If you’re in San Diego, tune in at 8:20 AM.  If you’re elsewhere in the world, look for a link to the video on our Facebook page tomorrow afternoon!

You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter for live updates leading up to the segment tomorrow morning!

Now on to this delicious salad recipe!

Strawberry Spinach Salad

In addition to being low sodium, the news station asked that the dishes I prepare be easy to make, consist of only a few ingredients and require no cooking. My mind immediately went to a fresh, summer salad!

Strawberry Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Most of the sodium in a salad comes from the cheese and the salad dressing. The first step in creating a salad low in sodium is making your own salad dressing. The dressing I created for this recipe contains only 5 mg of sodium per cup.  Compare that to a light Italian dressing purchased in the bottle which is 380 mg for 2 tablespoons and you’re saving some serious sodium intake!

Ricotta cheese, as well as mozzarella cheese are the lowest in sodium of all cheeses, so I sprinkled that on top to give the salad a little creaminess.  The entire salad contains only 140 mg of sodium, making it a delicious low sodium choice for a scrumptious lunch or fantastic side dish at summer BBQ’s!

Strawberry Ricotta Salad Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup strawberries (stems removed and sliced)
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese (crumbled)

Lemon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Ingredients

Lemon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Begin by whisking the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, zest, and black pepper together. Next, add the olive oil while whisking well to combine.

Lemon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Next, add the spinach to a large bowl, then add the strawberries, blueberries and pecans. Top with the crumbled ricotta cheese.

Spinach Strawberry Ricotta Salad

Serve with 1/4 cup of the salad dressing and reserve the rest.  This salad dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Spinach Strawberry Ricotta Salad

I decided to add a little protein with a sliced piece of Lemon Rosemary Basil Grilled Chicken.

Grilled Chicken Strawberry Ricotta Spinach Salad

Leave out the steak seasoning in my recipe for Lemon Grilled Chicken and one chicken breast only adds 70 mg of sodium to the salad, keeping it at approximately 200 mg of sodium total.

The recommended intake of sodium is around 2,000 mg per day, but can vary based on age, gender, height and weight.

Grilled Chicken Strawberry Ricotta Salad

Leave off the cheese and this recipe is also paleo!

Grilled Chicken Strawberry Blueberry Summer Salad

Grilled Chicken Strawberry Pecan Salad

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian without the chicken.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

♠ Paleo Option: Omit the ricotta cheese to make this recipe paleo.

Strawberry Ricotta Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 1 (as meal) 2 (as side or appetizer)

Strawberry Ricotta Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup strawberries (stems removed and sliced)
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese (crumbled)
  • Lemon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Enzo Meyer Lemon Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Begin by whisking the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, zest, and black pepper together.
  2. Next, add the olive oil while whisking well to combine.
  3. Add the spinach to a large bowl, then add the strawberries, blueberries and pecans.
  4. Top with the crumbled ricotta cheese.
  5. Serve with 1/4 cup of the salad dressing and reserve the rest.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/04/24/strawberry-ricotta-salad/

Quinoa Caprese Salad

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

On Sunday, I prepared a large Italian style family dinner for my roommates and friends! My roommates adorable girlfriend requested a light, pasta salad, I had already been thinking about making a caprese salad, so I combined the two in this Quinoa Caprese Salad!

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

I substituted quinoa for pasta to add protein to the dish, while still remaining vegetarian and making the dish gluten-free!

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

This salad is the perfect side dish with dinner, but is also filling enough to eat for lunch alone!

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • ½ cup red onion (fine dice)
  • ½ cup red bell pepper (fine dice)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella (cubes)

Begin by bringing the quinoa to a boil with 2 cups of water.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

In the mean time, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat, add the red onion and bell pepper.

Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté for an additional minute.  Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the remaining ½ cup olive oil, basil, parsley, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

Whisk well, then add the sautéd onion, bell pepper and garlic.

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

Add the tomatoes to the dressing.

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

Place the tomatoes in the refrigerator to marinate for 5-10 minutes.

Add the cooked quinoa and mozzarella the tomatoes.

Toss well and serve!

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

I can’t wait to serve this salad at summer BBQ’s, so light, refreshing and delicious!

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

Quinoa Caprese Salad Recipe

 

Quinoa Caprese Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 2-4

Quinoa Caprese Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ red onion (minced)
  • ¼ red bell pepper (minced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella (cubes)

Instructions

  1. Bring the quinoa to a boil with 2 cups of water.
  2. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat, add the red onion and bell pepper.
  4. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté for an additional minute.
  5. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  6. Add the parsley and basil to a small mixing bowl, add the remaining ½ cup olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  7. Whisk well, then add the sauteed onion, bell pepper and garlic.
  8. Add the tomatoes to the dressing.
  9. Place the tomatoes in the refrigerator to marinate for 5-10 minutes.
  10. Add the cooked quinoa and mozzarella to a large bowl.
  11. Add the tomatoes and vinaigrette dressing to the salad.
  12. Toss well and serve.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/04/02/quinoa-caprese-salad/

Chopped Challenge Thursday: Parsnips, Salmon, Peaches and Kale

chopped salad, smoked salmon, kale, roasted parsnips, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, couscous, peach vinaigretteThis weeks “mystery basket” combines some of my favorite foods; parsnips, the slightly sweeter cousin of the carrot, peaches, the sweet summer fruit with the fuzzy skin, kale, the super food packed with vitamins, and salmon, high in omega-3’s and nicknamed “the happy fish” for its depression fighting, mood elevating benefits!

Who wouldn’t want to eat a dish that provides an abundance of vitamins, makes you happy and is also delicious?

parsnips, smoked salmon, peaches, kale, chopped, food network, mystery basket, ingredientsI decided to re-create my favorite dish from the lunch menu at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, the Chopped Salad, served with smoked salmon, tomatoes, couscous and parmesan. To the salad I added dates, parsnips and kale.  I incorporated the kale and parsnips by roasting them to add an extra crunch to the salad! I then turned those beautiful orange peaches into a lovely vinaigrette dressing.

The final result of “Chopped Challenge Thursday” Week Six: Smoked Salmon Roasted Kale and Parsnip Chopped Salad with Peach Basil Vinaigrette.

couscous, smoked salmon, parsnips, kale, romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, honey, tomatoes, peaches, basilIngredients – Chopped Salad

  • 1 cup kale
  • 1/2 lb (2 medium) parsnips
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup couscous
  • 9 oz romaine lettuce
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup dates
  • 4 oz smoked salmon
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Basil peach vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 peach (peeled, pitted and chopped)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp honey

Begin by chopping the kale (warning: there’s going to be a lot of chopping in this salad, hence the name!) Remove the thick “stem ribs” and discard.

kale, chopped salad, roasting kale, recipeNext, chop the parsnips and place on a rimmed baking sheet with the chopped kale. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Place in a 400° oven for 15 minutes.

In the mean time, make the peach basil vinaigrette.  Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor.

peach basil vinaigrette, homemade salad dressing, vinaigrette, recipe, peaches, red wine vinegar, olive oil, honey, garlicBlend until all of the ingredients are combined well and the vinaigrette has a smooth consistency.

peach basil vinaigrette, homemade salad dressing, vinaigrette, recipe, peaches, red wine vinegar, olive oil, honey, garlicPlace in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the rest of the salad.

In a small saucepan bring 3/4 cup of water to boil on the stove. Add the couscous to the boiling water, stir, cover, remove from the heat and let stand 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, did you know that Couscous was elected as the third favorite dish of French people in 2011?  Neither did I, but now I do and so do you, thanks for the super important 411 on the popularity of couscous Wikipedia!

Next, get that knife back out and chop the romaine lettuce, tomatoes, dates and smoked salmon. Add to a large mixing bowl.

chopped salad, smoked salmon, kale, roasted parsnips, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, couscous, peach vinaigrette, parmesan cheese

Just ignore those pumpkin seeds floating around in there.  After trying the salad I decided they weren’t necessary and removed them from the dish.  Now if you are a crazy pumpkin seed fan, go right ahead and throw them back in there!

Next, fluff the couscous with a fork and add it to the mix.

By this time the kale and parsnips should be roasted and ready to top the salad. The kale shrinks down to a miniature version of its former self, but don’t worry, it’s supposed to do that!

Toss everything together in the large mixing bowl, then transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle with the peach vinaigrette dressing.

chopped salad, smoked salmon, kale, roasted parsnips, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, couscous, peach vinaigretteIsn’t she a beauty?

chopped salad, smoked salmon, kale, roasted parsnips, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, couscous, peach vinaigrette

Check out those lovely layers of deliciousness!

chopped salad, smoked salmon, kale, roasted parsnips, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, couscous, basil peach vinaigretteUse the serving spoons to place this delicious salad into serving bowls.

chopped salad, smoked salmon, kale, roasted parsnips, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, couscous, peach vinaigrette, Chopped challengeServe as a side salad for 4-6 people or split in half and share an entrée sized portion with a friend 🙂

chopped salad, smoked salmon, kale, roasted parsnips, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, couscous, peach vinaigretteI chose the first option and shared this delicious salad with friends and roommates at Tuesday nights “family dinner” alongside grilled cheeseburgers and fresh fruit.

chopped salad, smoked salmon, kale, roasted parsnips, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, couscous, peach vinaigrette, Chopped challenge

What are you waiting for?  Grab a fork and dig in!

chopped salad, smoked salmon, kale, roasted parsnips, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, couscous, peach vinaigrette

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♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the smoked salmon to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute brown rice couscous or another gluten-free variety of the grain to make this recipe gluten-free.

Watermelon Tomato Salad

What says summer more than fresh watermelon?  We’ve hit the peak of summer and this little salad is the perfect side for a BBQ or a fresh and healthy lunch!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cubed (or balled) watermelon
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes (sliced in half)
  • 5 oz feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Start by slicing open a watermelon and cutting out cubes or use a watermelon baller (if you ball like that, haha) as my Dad so perfectly displays! He’s such a baller 😉

Place into a large bowl, then begin slicing the grape tomatoes in half and add to the watermelon.

Next, add the feta cheese, mint and onion.  Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Before serving drizzle with the olive oil and vinegar and toss well.

This dish was a huge hit at my family BBQ last month, along with its friends the pulled pork, skillet potatoes, jicama slaw and smoked brisket!

… yeah, that’s a lot of food!  I ♥ BBQ’s!

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Butternut Squash and Mozzarella Salad

This roasted butternut squash and mozzarella salad is drizzled in a balsamic vinegar reduction for a sweet, delicious, gluten free and vegetarian salad made in under 45 minutes!

Balsamic Vinegar Mozzarella Squash Salad

Today’s lunch was inspired by a lovely salad I had at the fabulous La Piazza Ristorante Italiano at The Grove.

Butternut Squash Mozzarella Salad

The salad is sweet, salty and Italian, so pretty much a combination of all of my favorite things!

Butternut Squash and Mozzarella Salad Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 12 oz butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnut pieces
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese balls

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees, then prepare the butternut squash.

I am fortunate enough to live within walking distance to Trader Joes (which is pretty apparent in all of my ingredient shots!) so I purchased pre-cut ready-to-go butternut squash cubes.  If you aren’t so fortunate (holler to my Oklahoma peeps!) just buy a couple of medium size squash and cube them yourself. Place them on a baking sheet (I like to line with foil bc I HATE to do dishes and it prevents them from sticking to the baking sheet so easier clean up!)

Drizzle the olive oil over the top.

Roasted Butternut Squash

Next, sprinkle with salt, pepper and cinnamon.

Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

Then on to my favorite part… BROWN SUGAR!  I feel that everything in life would be better if it had a little brown sugar involved!

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butternut Squash

Now the squash is ready to go in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Toss them about half way through.

While the squash is roasting prepare the balsamic reduction for drizzling over all of this yummy salad! Heat a skillet over medium-high heat then add 1 cup of balsamic vinegar to the skillet, followed by 2 crushed garlic cloves. Bring it to a boil then lower the temperature and allow it to reduce by half.

Next, toast the walnuts.

Once again, I bought already chopped walnut pieces from Trader Joes, but if you have whole walnuts just give them a nice chop and you’re ready to go!

Throw these on some foil on a baking sheet and in to the oven for 3-4 minutes, these little babies toast up quick in the 400 degree oven!

Once the squash and walnuts are out of the oven and the balsamic is reduced it’s time to put it all together. Use tongs to move the squash on to a plate in a nice little pile, then top each pile of squash with 4-5 mozzarella balls, next sprinkle a few toasted walnuts on top, then it’s time for that yummy, syrup-y, balsamic reduction goodness to get drizzled all on top!  Your plate should end up looking something like this ↓

But are those two plates I see?!??!

Yes those are two plates of deliciousness you see!  So if you are thinking back to yesterdays blog and thought “didn’t she say she experimented with cooking at lunch because she was only cooking for herself” why yes, yes I did say that so now I guess I’m a liar, but all in good reason!!

Time to introduce my best friend Erin, she’s the kind of girl who will drink a case of bud light with you and enjoy an enormous burrito all while wearing 5-inch heels and approximately 68 pieces of jewelry, needless to say she is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  Well I had the fortune of feeding her lunch today after she arrived home early from a work trip and had the day off! Watch as she intently stares at her food, raising her fork in anticipation of that first magical bite:

And here she goes… time to dig in!

Mmm delicious!  Definitely recommend this dish for a great appetizer or lunch salad, or I was thinking I might skewer a ball of mozzarella between two pieces of the roasted butternut squash and drizzle with the balsamic reduction for cocktail parties! Who wants to come to my next cocktail party now, huh? Yeah I know you do 🙂

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Butternut Squash and Mozzarella Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Butternut Squash and Mozzarella Salad

Ingredients

  • 12 oz butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnut pieces
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese balls

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees, then prepare the butternut squash.
  2. Place the butternut squash on a baking sheet then drizzle the olive oil over the top.
  3. Next, sprinkle with salt, pepper, cinnamon and brown sugar.
  4. Place the squash in the oven for 25-30 minutes, toss half way through cooking.
  5. While the squash is roasting prepare the balsamic reduction.
  6. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat then add 1 cup of balsamic vinegar to the skillet, followed by 2 crushed garlic cloves.
  7. Bring to a boil then lower the temperature and allow it to reduce by half.
  8. Next, toast the walnuts by placing them on a baking sheet and in to the oven for 3-4 minutes.
  9. Use tongs to move the squash on to a plate, then top the squash with 4-5 mozzarella balls, next sprinkle a few toasted walnuts on top, then drizzle with the balsamic reduction.
http://whitneybond.com/2011/08/25/whats-for-lunch-butternut-squash-and-mozzarella-salad/