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Bacon Tomato Avocado Pasta Salad

Crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes and creamy avocado dressing make THE BEST pasta salad recipe! This BLT Pasta Salad is quick and easy to prepare. It’s delicious served warm or cold and the perfect side dish for summer BBQ’s!

Serve it on the side of Grilled Tomato Basil Chicken Skewers, Buffalo Turkey Meatball Subs or Onion Fried Cheeseburgers! And don’t forget a glass of Grilled Strawberry Lemonade to go with it!

Pasta salad in bowl with bacon, tomatoes and parmesan cheese

I was never a big fan of potato or pasta salads growing up. Blasphemy, I know! I’m not a big fan of mayonnaise, which is the base for a lot of potato and pasta salad dressings.

I also found a lot of pasta salads to be boring. They were lacking in that delicious kick of flavor I was looking for!

But today, I’m here to introduce you to THE SECRET ingredient for making a creamy, flavorful pasta salad dressing without mayonnaise. Avocado! That’s right, the creamy avocado dressing in this salad packs a serious punch of flavor and the texture is deliciously creamy.

Bonus, it’s so much healthier than a mayonnaise based dressing! And you only 6 ingredients to make it, two of which are salt and pepper! Simply add all of the ingredients to a blender and boom, you’ve got one tasty pasta salad dressing!

I love replacing mayonnaise with avocado on a BLT sandwich. So I decided to make a BLT Pasta Salad with my homemade avocado dressing. Who can deny the combination of crispy bacon, creamy avocado and juicy tomatoes?! I know I sure can’t!

This recipe will be your new go-to summer and BBQ staple! My family loves this recipe. And every time I make it for a party or BBQ, it gets rave reviews from all my friends!

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Pesto Chicken Avocado Spinach Salad

Grilled pesto chicken, fresh avocado & cherry tomatoes top this healthy, easy, gluten free salad recipe. It’s delicious as an entree or side dish and it’s perfect for meal prep!

Sliced pesto chicken, sliced avocado and diced cherry tomatoes on top of spinach salad in bowl

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at California Avocados!

I love topping a delicious bowl of greens with flavorful grilled chicken. And obviously, I’m not the only one! These Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls are the most popular gluten free recipe on the blog.

When it comes to my favorite topping for any salad, bowl or basically any meal, it has to be avocados! Creamy, flavorful California Avocados are a staple in my pantry and a huge part of my diet. I love that you can add them to everything from smoothies to enchiladas.

This Lean & Green Superfood Smoothie is my go-to in the mornings! And I could eat these Creamy Avocado Corn Enchiladas every week!

For this salad, I added a whole sliced California avocado with quartered cherry tomatoes and grilled pesto chicken. I used homemade Basil Pesto for the pesto chicken, but store-bought works also!

This salad is bursting with flavor! It can be served with the chicken hot or cold, as an entree or side dish. You can easily toss the salad together while meal prepping and divide it up for lunches throughout the week.

No boring salads here! This salad will become your new favorite. And the great thing is, it’s quick and easy to make in just 29 minutes!

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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 fifth 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 Salted Caramel Pecan Baked Brie and Butternut Squash Gratin, to Roasted Turkey with Maple Apple Sauce and Apple Crumble, but first I wanted to share some of the most popular Thanksgiving recipes from the past 7 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 Romaine Chopped Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Grilled romaine topped with fresh, juicy tomatoes, black beans, grilled corn and peppers, creamy avocado, crispy tortillas and a delicious honey lime dressing creates the most flavorful chopped salad, that’s also vegetarian & gluten free!

Vegetarian Grilled Romaine Chopped Salad topped with Tomatoes, Corn, Black Beans and Avocado

If it’s wrong to put all of the things on a salad, then I don’t want to be right! I seriously can’t get enough of these seriously topped salads, like this Spinach Kale Salad topped with dates, quinoa, pistachios and roasted butternut squash, this Spinach Arugula Salad topped with strawberries, crispy goat cheese, avocados and almonds,  this Cobb Salad topped with Cajun Turkey, tomatoes, pepper jack cheese, onions and avocado, or this Israeli Couscous Salad topped with avocado, cilantro, pomegranate seeds and goat cheese.

See, I was totally serious about all of the things on top of my salads! And this Grilled Romaine Salad is no exception to the rule, it’s actually the most topped salad of them all, piled high with juicy tomatoes, grilled corn, crispy tortilla strips, creamy goat cheese, fresh avocado, protein rich black beans and roasted bell peppers and jalapenos.

While I’ve served this salad as a side dish with Beef Barbacoa Tacos, Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers and Cheesy Avocado and Corn Enchiladas, this salad can definitely be a meal on it’s own!

Read the full recipe here!

Quinoa Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing

Quinoa Corn Salad is the perfect side dish for summer! Fresh grilled corn, nutty quinoa and juicy cherry tomatoes are tossed with a creamy avocado dressing for a vegetarian & gluten free salad full of flavor and nutrition!

Gluten Free Quinoa Corn Salad with Cherry Tomatoes

I am all about fresh grilled corn, I’ll eat it straight off the cob, turn it into Deconstructed Mexican Street Corn, make it into Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa or add it to this Fresh Corn Salad recipe. It’s one of my favorite summer staples and I seriously can’t get enough of it!

Read the full recipe here!

Whole30 Turkey Taco Salad

Taco seasoned ground turkey cooked with peppers, onions and tomatoes tops this gluten free, dairy free, Whole30 taco salad recipe, made in just 20 minutes!

Taco seasoned ground turkey cooked with peppers, onions and tomatoes, tops this gluten free, dairy free, Whole30 taco salad recipe, made in just 20 minutes!

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Jennie-O & their delicious ground turkey!

I’m midway through “Whole30 March” and I’m so excited to share a new recipe that’s not only perfect for the Whole30 diet, it’s also going to become a regular weekly menu favorite!

I’m all about the easy recipes made in 29 minutes or less! I also live in Southern California, so I’m all about that taco life. This recipe combines both a quick and easy recipe and my love of tacos!

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Brussels Sprout Salad with Dijon Dressing

Serve this brussels sprout salad warm or cold as the perfect fall side dish! It’s easy enough for weeknight dinners, but elegant enough for Thanksgiving dinner.

Serve this brussels sprout salad warm or cold as the perfect fall side dish! It's easy enough for weeknight dinners, but elegant enough for Thanksgiving dinner. This salad is tossed with a homemade dijon dressing, pomegranate seeds & pecans for a salad that's both colorful and flavorful!

It’s officially Thanksgiving Week on the blog! One of my favorite weeks of the year because I get to share several new recipes to add to your Thanksgiving feast, while reminiscing about some of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving week recipes!

I can’t believe that I’ve celebrated 7 years of Thanksgivings on the blog!

Throughout the years, I’ve posted dozens of recipes perfect for your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving celebration, but last year I rounded up my Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes into one blog post to make planning your Thanksgiving dinner super easy!

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Spicy Buffalo Macaroni Salad

This easy Spicy Macaroni Salad recipe gives a flavorful kick to a classic pasta salad with the addition of jalapenos, cayenne pepper & buffalo sauce!

Spicy macaroni salad with diced jalapenos, tomatoes and onions

This spicy macaroni salad recipe was originally posted on the blog in May 2012 when the Bond family threw a BBQ for Memorial Day Weekend.

The post has since been updated with shiny new photos and a fancy little video!

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Cajun Turkey Cobb Salad

This gluten free Cobb Salad recipe is colorful, flavorful & so easy to make! It’s topped with Cajun turkey, avocado, tomatoes & creamy Cajun ranch dressing!

This gluten free Cobb Salad recipe is colorful, flavorful & so easy to make! It's topped with Cajun turkey, avocado, tomatoes & creamy Cajun ranch dressing!

Yes, I said CREAMY CAJUN RANCH DRESSING, and yes, it’s the greatest thing ever!

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Crispy Goat Cheese Avocado & Strawberry Salad

Crispy goat cheese, creamy avocado & juicy strawberries top spinach & arugula, tossed with avocado vinaigrette, for the perfect vegetarian Spring salad!

Crispy goat cheese, creamy avocado & juicy strawberries top spinach & arugula, tossed with avocado vinaigrette, for the perfect vegetarian Spring salad!

Oh Spring, how I love you! You provide warmer, longer days, and a new season of fresh produce to play with!

With the arrival of juicy strawberries and ripe avocados at my local farmers market, I couldn’t help but put them in a delicious new salad for Spring, that’s also perfect as an Easter side dish!

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Chili Roasted Sweet Potato & Cranberry Salad

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

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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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

Today’s post was sponsored by ALDI. Thanks for supporting all of the  WhitneyBond.com partners like 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

Boiled, then baked garlic, parsley smashed potatoes are tossed in basil pesto with arugula & green onions for a delicious twist on traditional 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

Cheese tortellini is tossed with black beans, bell peppers, tomatoes and corn in this vegetarian Mexican Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe!

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

Fresh pineapple and mango add a tropical flare to this delicious gluten free and vegan kale salad recipe tossed in a homemade avocado vinaigrette dressing!

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 created an organic kale salad that is so delicious, and good for the planet!

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Chili Lime Rice & Shrimp Taco Salad

Mexican rice & chili lime shrimp kick up the flavor in this restaurant style taco salad recipe, that’s so easy to make at home!

Chili Lime Shrimp & Rice Taco Salad Recipe

Last weekend my Dad snapchatted me a picture of himself making my 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 Snapchat filters. The moral of this story is, my parents are not normal parents, they’re cool parents! (Mean Girls reference, anyone?!)

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Israeli Couscous & Avocado Salad

Israeli couscous provides a healthy, high fiber base for this delicious, vegetarian salad filled with fresh veggies & creamy avocado cilantro dressing!

Couscous Avocado Salad Recipe

Today’s post is sponsored by Litehouse!

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!

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Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad

Crispy pan fried eggplant & prosciutto are added to a traditional caprese salad in this recipe that’s perfect as an appetizer, side dish or main dish.

Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad Recipe

Ever since I created the Stacked Beet Salad on the blog 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 parmesan that I paired with one of my favorite salads of all time, the caprese salad.

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Mexican Sweet Potato Salad

This vegan & gluten free Mexican Sweet Potato Salad recipe is filled with healthy & delicious ingredients like quinoa, avocado, black beans & peppers!

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 coming up with healthy recipes that are still packed with flavor!

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Stacked Beet Salad

This stacked beet salad is simple but elegant, a delicious gluten free and vegetarian appetizer or side dish for any meal.

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 (updated 2019: Stella has since closed).

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

A simple buffalo chicken salad is tossed together in 10 minutes, then placed on slider buns for the perfect game day appetizer, lunch or dinner!

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 the blog 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

Black beans, tomatoes, jalapeños & avocados are combined in this healthy, vegan & gluten free Mexican Quinoa Salad recipe!

Mexican Quinoa Salad

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

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Gluten Free Basil Artichoke Panzanella Salad

Gluten free whole wheat bread is tossed with fresh basil, cherry tomatoes and artichokes in this gluten free & vegetarian panzanella salad recipe.

Gluten Free Panzanella Salad

Today’s post is sponsored by All But Gluten.

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 and cheese.

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 tomatoes & blueberries add bright, delicious flavors to this gluten free & vegetarian summer quinoa salad recipe!

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 and hasn’t already been done. And for me, something that doesn’t just involve 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 beets, goat cheese and spinach pesto are tossed together in this deliciously easy vegetarian pasta salad recipe. The perfect side dish for a BBQ!

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

This fresh and flavorful Mexican Chicken Salad recipe is perfect wrapped up in a tortilla for a new twist on tacos. It’s also a great chicken salad to serve at Summer BBQ’s!

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 while preparing for my appearance on San Diego 6 News.

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Greek Quinoa Salad

This greek quinoa salad is filled with tons of flavor, healthy ingredients and plant based protein! It’s vegetarian and 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

This Spiralized Jicama & Avocado Salad is a unique and healthy recipe that is gluten free & vegetarian. It’s great for lunch or served as a side dish!

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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Healthy Cobb Salad

This Healthy Cobb Salad Recipe swaps out cheese for creamy avocado and bacon with crispy baked apples, giving a slight sweetness to the famous 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!

Read the full recipe here!

Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad

This simple & delicious vegan, paleo Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad is bold in flavor and perfect for lunch or a side dish with dinner!

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 these Paleo main dishes, like Roasted Balsamic Pork Tenderloin, Lemon Herb Salmon or Herb Crusted Turkey Breast!

Roasted Green Bean Salad Ingredients

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 olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Walnut Sage Pesto (click link for recipe)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts

Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

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

Roasted Green Bean Salad Recipe
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Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad

This simple & delicious vegan, paleo Roasted Green Bean Pesto Salad is bold in flavor and perfect for lunch or a side dish with dinner!

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 313 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

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 chopped
  • 1/4 cup Walnut Sage Pesto click link for recipe
  • 1/3 cup walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  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.

Italian Corn Salad

Italian Corn Salad combines fresh tomatoes, basil, grilled corn and parmesan cheese in the perfect summer salad recipe that’s made in under 30 minutes!

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

Italian Corn Salad 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

Italian Corn Salad Instructions

Remove 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

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

Italian Corn and Tomato Salad
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Italian Corn Salad

Italian Corn Salad combines fresh tomatoes, basil, grilled corn and parmesan cheese in the perfect summer salad recipe that's made in under 30 minutes!

Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 196 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 4 ears 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 grated

Instructions

  1. Remove the kernels from the ears of grilled 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.

Strawberry Ricotta Salad

This Strawberry Ricotta Salad combines spinach, fresh fruit, pecans & ricotta cheese with homemade lemon vinaigrette for the perfect summer salad recipe!

Grilled Chicken Strawberry Summer Salad

This salad is the first of 3 new low-sodium recipes I’ll be adding to the blog 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 segment on San Diego 6 News tomorrow morning!

This will be my first live cooking segment 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 my 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

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 Ingredients

Lemon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Ingredients

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

Whisk the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, zest, and black pepper together. Add the olive oil while whisking well to combine.

Lemon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

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

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Strawberry Ricotta Salad

This Strawberry Ricotta Salad combines spinach, fresh fruit, pecans & ricotta cheese with homemade lemon vinaigrette for the perfect summer salad recipe!

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 salad
Calories 1447 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

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 olive oil

Instructions

  1. Whisk the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, zest, and black pepper together.

  2. 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.

Quinoa Caprese Salad

This flavorful, gluten free & vegetarian Caprese Salad recipe is given a boost of protein & health benefits with the addition of quinoa!

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

Quinoa Caprese Salad 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)

Quinoa Caprese Salad Instructions

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 Recipe
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Quinoa Caprese Salad

This flavorful, gluten free & vegetarian Caprese Salad recipe is given a boost of protein & health benefits with the addition of quinoa!

Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 29 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 588 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup red onion minced
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 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.

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.

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!

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

  • 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°F, 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 to live near a Trader Joes, just buy a couple of medium size squash and cube them yourself.

Place the butternut squash cubes 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

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? 🙂

Butternut Squash Mozzarella Salad
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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.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 543 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 12 oz butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese balls

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Place the butternut squash on a baking sheet then drizzle the olive oil over the top.
  3. 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. 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.