Salmon Avocado Salad

This Salmon Avocado Salad is made with my two favorite super foods – avocado and wild salmon. I could eat this every day!

This Salmon Avocado Salad is made with my two favorite super foods – avocado and wild salmon. I could eat this every day!
Salmon Avocado Salad

With the warmer weather, all I want to eat is salad these days. A big green salad with salmon, tomatoes and avocado is usually what I crave when I want to eat quick healthy, low carb meal. You can see more salad recipes from the archives.

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Bacon Grilled Cheese

Bacon Grilled Cheese! What kind of magic is this?! Combining bacon with cheddar and pepper jack cheeses takes a classic grilled cheese sandwich to the next level!

Perfect for lunch served alongside tomato soup or great for game day or movie night. Grilled cheese with bacon is a fancy, filling and flavorful take on a family favorite!

Two bacon grilled cheese sandwiches stacked and topped with extra bacon slices.

How to Make Bacon Grilled Cheese

Start with a bread thick enough to hold the melted cheese and heavy enough so it won’t fall apart. Grilled cheese with bacon (and tomato should you choose) needs a hearty bread. Sourdough is a great choice!

  1. Cook bacon slices until they are crisp. Remove the bacon and drain off all but about 1 tablespoon of bacon fat from the pan.
  2. Spread mayonnaise on the outside of two slices of sourdough bread (or bread of your choice).
  3. Layer the cheese and bacon (and optional tomato) over two slices of bread and top with remaining bread.
  4. Grill those slices of heaven up!

Overview of bacon grilled cheese sandwich ingredients on a cutting board.

To Make Bacon Grilled Cheese: Reheat the pan you cooked the bacon in on low heat and let the bacon grease become fully melted.

Gently place the bacon grilled cheese sandwich mayonnaise side out in the center of the pan and cook until golden. Flip and continue cooking until you see the cheese oozing from the sides.

a cross section of a bacon grilled cheese with melted cheese oozing out.

What to Serve with Grilled Cheese

Everything goes with a bacon grilled cheese sandwich!

Traditionally, it’s great with tomato soup (or any soup recipe you love)! On a warm day, we love to add in a tossed salad with a tangy vinaigrette. And nothing tastes better than washing it all down with an icy glass of Watermelon Lemonade!

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Bacon Grilled Cheese

A classic grilled cheese is taken to the next level by adding in our favorite, bacon!

  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 oz cheddar cheese
  • 2 oz pepper jack cheese
  1. Cook bacon in a pan until crisp. Remove from pan and drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in the pan.

  2. Spread mayonnaise over the outside of each slice of bread.
  3. Divide the cheese and bacon over 2 slices of bread and top with remaining bread.
  4. Preheat a small skillet over low heat.
  5. Grill sandwich until golden, about 4-5 minutes. Flip and grill the other side until golden.

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You can see the bacon and cheese oozing out from the middle of this grilled cheese sandwich

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Tasty Frito Taco Salad

Frito Taco Salad is quickly making a name for itself as a hearty, tasty, crunchy meal that’s easy to make and super fun to eat! Our go-to taco salad is paired with our fave corn chips for a delicious crunch!

Top with fresh veggies, sour cream and your choice of toppings like homemade salsa or the best guacamole

A fully prepared Frito taco salad topped with extra corn chips and shredded cheese.

Instead of making a batch of loaded nachos, load up on fresh veggies with this super easy salad recipe and get all the ooh’s and aah’s from family and friends!

Building a Frito Salad

Taco salad ingredients are the same as what you’d put in a regular ground beef taco, but served over a bed of lettuce instead of in a taco shell. Make individual salads or assemble and serve a Frito taco salad bar and let everyone build their own! Assemble the base and let people choose their favorite dressing and add-ins!

A prepared Frito Taco Salad with catalina dressing being poured on top.

How to Make Frito Taco Salad

You can make individual servings or like a Dorito Taco Salad, this is also a great dish to serve at a potluck or party! Just cook the meat mixture, assemble and serve!

  1. Brown beef until fully cooked and drain fat.
  2. Add taco seasoning (or homemade taco seasoning) and water and simmer until thickened.
  3. Top shredded lettuce with meat mixture and remaining ingredients.

You can toss with your desired dressing or serve dry and let guests choose their own dressing! Once dressed, add extra corn chips and dive in!

What Goes with Frito Taco Salad

This salad definitely stands on its own, but a citrusy side like orange wedges or a bright, flavorful lemonade drink are crowd-pleasers for sure!

Frito Taco Salad prepared in a white bowl before dressing is added. Garnished with slices jalapeños and sour cream.

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Frito Taco Salad

Impress your family with this hearty, tasty, crunchy Frito Taco Salad that’s easy to make and super fun to eat!

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning (or homemade)
  • 6 cups iceberg lettuce (chopped)
  • 1 cup tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cups Frito corn chips
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup Catalina dressing (or to taste)
  • toppings as desired (peppers, onions, jalapenos, sour cream)
  1. Brown beef over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  2. Add taco seasoning and 1/2 cup water. Simmer 5 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Place lettuce in a large bowl. Top with meat, tomatoes, cheese, 1 cup of Frito corn chips, salsa and desired toppings.
  4. Add dressing and toss well. Top with remaining corn chips. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information does not include desired toppings. 

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Taco Salad with Fritos served in a white bowl and garnished with sour cream, shredded cheddar and Fritos

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Black Bean Quinoa Salad (make ahead)

quinoa black bean salad in white bowl

Black Bean Quinoa Salad is an easy fresh salad that can be enjoyed as a meal or a side! Deliciously simple, full of fresh veggies and loaded with flavor, this is the perfect easy lunch or dinner.

We sometimes add in grilled chicken or even leftover taco meat if we have it (and top it with a dollop of sour cream and salsa).This is one of the best salads I've ever had! Black Bean Quinoa Salad features all of our favorite veggies in a zesty lime dressing!Cowboy Caviar as a Meal

I’ve been serving Cowboy Caviar at parties pretty much forever. It is one dish everyone raves about and it’s pretty healthy (if you don’t count the tortilla chips because it’s all about balance over here).

I know how well loved my Cowboy Caviar recipe is and I really wanted to find a way to turn it into a complete meal (because really, I just want to eat it with a spoon).

With just a few simple tweaks to the dressing and the addition of quinoa, this Black Bean Quinoa Salad was born!

Easy Quinoa Salad

The best part is that it’s SO easy to make!

A simple combination of fresh vegetables, black beans, corn and quinoa in a zesty lime dressing makes this the perfect weekday meal!

This quinoa was the first thing gone at our potluck! Black Bean Quinoa Salad features all of our favorite veggies in a zesty lime dressing!

Quinoa Is so Versatile!

If you’ve never made quinoa before, it’s easy to make (you can find out how to cook perfect quinoa here). It’s similar to rice but I find it cooks up a bit quicker.

It can be served warm or cold, served by itself or incorporated into a dish in place of rice.

Make Ahead: Black Bean Quinoa Salad is a complete meal in a single bowl and can be made ahead of time. It’ll keep for a few days making for the perfect lunch recipe! If making ahead of time, I prefer to leave the avocado out of the recipe and add some just before serving.

Quinoa salad is the perfect thing to take for lunches! Black Bean Quinoa Salad features all of our favorite veggies in a zesty lime dressing!

Amazing Health Benefits

Quinoa Salad is loaded with goodness!  think of this seed as a grain, it’s the perfect healthy carb to incorporate into our diets and is protein packed!

While I add my favorite Mexican inspired veggies, you can swap up this Black Bean Quinoa salad by adding in your favorites (or whatever you have in the fridge). If you happen to have leftover tacos & fixings or leftover fajita fillings, they all make great additions.  I’ve also subbed chickpeas for black beans in this easy salad since I love Chickpea Salad so much!

This quinoa salad recipe is created with a quick and easy homemade lime dressing.  You can most certainly use your favorite store bought dressing (red wine vinegar dressing is a good choice).

Everyone has asked me for a copy of this recipe! Loaded with fresh flavors, this Black Bean Quinoa Salad features all of our favorite veggies in a zesty lime dressing!

Tried and True Quinoa Salad Dressing

This quinoa salad dressing was tested countless times. A few tips to make sure it turns out delicious:

  • Do not use Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  The bitter flavor (which I normally welcome in most dishes), does not blend well in this recipe.
  • The dressing is intended to be light and fresh in this recipe, if you prefer a heavily dressed salad, you may like to add more dressing.
  • Use fresh lime juice.  A fresh lime costs about $0.50 and is worth its weight in gold flavor wise.  (Taste the two side by side and I promise you’ll never buy bottled lime juice again).
  • The salad will soak in the dressing as it sits so you may need to add more or less depending on time.
  • Cook your quinoa in broth (instead of water) for extra flavor.

I most often serve this black bean quinoa salad as lunch or a side however it makes a great meatless main. If you happen to have leftover taco meat or grilled chicken, they are perfect added to this recipe!

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Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Deliciously simple, full of fresh veggies all tossed in a zesty lime dressing, this is the perfect easy lunch or dinner.

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 2 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 ripe avocado (diced)
  • 1-15 oz can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1-12 oz can corn (drained)
  • 1 bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/4 cup green onion (diced)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 1/3 cup cilantro (chopped)

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions and allow to cool.
  2. Combine quinoa, tomatoes, avocado, black beans, corn, bell pepper, green onion, jalapeno and cilantro in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and mix well. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat. Add quinoa and combine.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Tangy Avocado Salad

Tomato Avocado Salad is the perfect way to enjoy the bountiful summer harvest of ripe and ready avocados and juicy tomatoes! This salad is made with red and yellow cherry tomatoes (any tomatoes will do), creamy, nutty-flavored avocados and a tangy dressing that marries all of the ingredients! It is right up there with all the best summer flavors like fresh summer fruit salad or a great pasta salad recipe!

Not only are avocados in season this time of year, but they are also a powerhouse of nutrients and if you follow a low-carb or keto diet, they are one of the healthiest fats you can include!

A white serving bowl full of avocado salad with tomatoes and onions.

How to Cut an Avocado for Salad

For this green avocado salad, you’ll need a few fresh and ripe avocados. You want ripe avocados that yield to gentle pressure but aren’t mushy.

  • Holding the avocado in the palm of one hand, take a paring knife and start at the top of the avocado and slice straight down until the knife reaches the pit. Rotate the fruit in your hand and let the knife follow the seed in a circle until two halves are created.
  • Using both hands, twist the two halves in opposite directions until they are separated. The pit will remain in one half of the avocado.
  • Using the same paring knife, firmly tap the blade into the pit and lift the pit out.
  • Using a spoon, from the largest end of each half, gently scoop out the flesh in one large piece and discard the skin.

Another method that I learned at a food photography class was to cut each avocado in halves or quarters and peel the skin off before cutting. Now you are ready create an amazing avocado salad recipe!

Avocado salad ingredients in a bowl before being mixed.

How to Keep Avocado from Going Brown in a Salad

Just like apples and bananas, an avocado will oxidize and turn brown when exposed to the air (unless you’re cutting and eating it within minutes like when making Avocado Toast). To keep your avocado salad pretty, here are a few tips!

  • Don’t cut the avocado ahead of time (other ingredients including dressing can be made ahead of time)
  • Prep the avocado last so it’s cut shortly before serving
  • Add something acidic to the avocado. This will keep the cells from being exposed to the air and preserve the color.
    • Acids: lemon juice, lime juice, or any kind of vinegar!

A close up of a bowl full of avocado salad with a scoop being served out of it.

How to Make Avocado Salad

This avocado tomato salad has just a handful of ingredients and, when served cold, can also be used as a dip for tortilla chips or topping for ground beef tacos or creamy chicken enchiladas!

  1. Cut tomatoes, onions and cilantro.
  2. Following the method above, cut and dice the avocados. Squeeze fresh lime juice over them to keep them from browning.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and salt & pepper to taste and mix very gently!

Chill in the refrigerator 5 – 10 minutes before serving. Dish yourself up a big serving for lunch or serve as a fresh summer side with some grilled BBQ chicken or some tasty Santa Fe chicken packets!

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Avocado Salad

This salad is filled with avocados, tomatoes, red onion and cilantro to create a fresh summer flavor!

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 lime
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1/2 cup red onion (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped, or parsley)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Cut tomatoes and onions. Set aside.

  2. Cut avocados in half, remove pits and dice. Squeeze fresh lime over avocados and gently toss to combine.

  3. Add remaining ingredients and gently stir.
  4. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.

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Avocado Salad tossed together in a large white bowl

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The Best Juicy Burgers!

Hamburgers are perfect for summer celebrations or lazy afternoons! The best way to make a classic burger is with just 4 simple ingredients and a a few great tips!

Simply grill and serve with a generous side of dill pickle pasta salad or our favorite potato salad.

A classic beef burger assembled with tomatoes, red onions, lettuce and sauce.

Meat for Hamburgers

A great hamburger recipe has very few ingredients so we always make sure to have the best quality possible!

I start with ground chuck. This is a recipe I want to make sure I have a little bit of fat so I use an  80/20 mix. There is enough fat in the burger to keep it juicy yet not so much that it’ll just have flare ups. The fat adds great flavor and a great texture to this recipe!

A 90/10  mix can result in a dry hamburger. If it’s all you have on hand, add some finely chopped bacon or even a tablespoon or so of olive oil!

Ground chuck patties seasoned for making the best hamburgers

How to Make Hamburgers

If you have a great hamburger or cheeseburger recipe, you’ll be legendary at home and in the neighborhood for sure! This simple technique ensures burger success every single time, whether you use a grill or the stovetop!

  • MIX:
    • Mix beef, grated onion, and Worcestershire sauce together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • FORM PATTIES:
    • Shape into 4 patties, about ¾” thick.
    • Create an indent in the center of each one with your thumb, this will help keep the burger from bulging in the center.
    • Refrigerate at least 20 minutes before cooking.
  • GRILL OR PAN FRY: Follow the directions below to either grill or cook on the stove.

The FoodSafety.gov recommends cooking ground beef to a temperature of 160°F (test your patties with a meat thermometer). Let them rest a few minutes before serving with condiments, toppings and a toasted bun!

Hamburger patties grilled and ready to serve with pickles and tomatoes

How Long to Grill Burgers

If you are using a gas grill, the thickness of the burger and the temperature of the grill makes all the difference in how long to cook it. Make sure your grill is preheated to medium and cook the burgers about 4 to 5 minutes on each side.  Let them rest about 5 minutes before serving. Just because the outside looks cooked, doesn’t mean the inside is fully cooked.

How to tell if it’s cooked: The best method to tell if beef burgers are cooked all the way is to use a meat thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the patty and check for an internal temperature of 160°F (or just a few degrees before). Remember, meat continues to cook a little bit once it’s been removed from its heat source.

Close up of a juicy hamburger assembled with tomatoes, red onions, lettuce and sauce.

How to Cook a Burger on the Stove

Beef burgers are easy to cook on the stove!

  1. Using a cast iron or heavy skillet, form patties and place in the skillet over medium heat.
  2. Allow them to fry and form a crust on one side and then flip them and cook until they are cooked.
  3. Test for doneness with a meat thermometer and remove from pan.

What to Put on a Burger

The best burger recipe always has a selection of tasty toppings and condiments. Hamburger recipes are the ultimate ‘build-your-own’ meal because no two burgers have to be the same!

  • Standard Toppings: lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles
  • Extra Toppings: chili, eggs, sauteed mushrooms, guacamole or jalapeños. For an extra kick, try making this spicy jalapeño cheddar burger!
  • Condiments:  mustard, mayo, and relish, why not a squirt of sriracha or wasabi or even barbecue sauce!

Whatever is in the fridge or pantry can go on a burger! Also, a great bun only complements a great burger, so be sure to use quality buns or rolls and toast them alongside the burger for a little extra yum!

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Classic Hamburger Recipe

This classic hamburger is made with only 4 ingredients and can be grilled or cooked on the stove top!

  • 1 lb ground chuck (80/20)
  • 1 tablespoon onion (grated)
  • 2-3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 rolls
  1. Mix beef, onion and Worcestershire in a bowl just until combined.

  2. Gently shape into 4 patties, about 3/4″ thick. Using your thumb, create an indent in the centre of each burger.
  3. Refrigerate at least 20 minutes before cooking.

To Grill

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. Season the outside of the burgers with salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Cook burgers about 4-6 minutes per side or until they reach 160°F.

  4. Rest 5 minutes. Serve on toasted sesame seed rolls.

To Cook on the Stove Top

  1. Heat a cast-iron pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Season the outside of the burgers with salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan. Add the beef patties and cook 5-6 minutes per side or until they reach 160°F.

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Chickpea Salad

Chickpea Salad combines all of my favorite fresh vegetables in one delicious bite. Chickpeas are combined with juicy tomatoes, refreshing cucumbers and creamy avocados all tossed in an easy homemade lemon kissed dressing.

This easy salad recipe makes a perfect side dish for burgers or steaks or turn it into a complete meal by adding in grilled chicken breasts!

A wood bowl filled with chickpea salad with tomatoes, cucumbers and onions.

A Protein Packed Salad

How can you create a salad that packs a protein punch without adding meat?  One of the best ways is to include chickpeas! Chickpea Salad is such a delicious and nutritious way to enjoy fresh summer veggies and is perfect to make ahead and enjoy for lunch!

I love fresh summery salads filled with a huge variety of produce and this recipe contains so many wonderful, fresh ingredients! Refreshing cucumbers, juicy diced tomatoes, crisp bell peppers and smooth creamy avocados are the perfect complement to chickpeas! Not only is the combination of colors and textures beautiful, it is loaded with flavor for a totally irresistible meal ready in just minutes.

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How to Make a Chickpea Salad

Chickpeas are the same as garbanzo beans and can be used interchangeably in this recipe.

Avocado: Choose an avocado that is ripe (a little bit soft but not too soft). Once the seed is removed, cut the flesh into squares right in the skin and then use a spoon to easily scoop them out into a bowl.  Squeeze fresh lemon juice over it, this not only adds flavor to the salad, it keeps avocado from turning brown.  

Fresh Herbs: In this chickpea salad you’ll really want to use fresh parsley (dry parsley doesn’t have the same flavor for this salad). You can substitute cilantro or dill if you’d prefer.

Veggies: Chop your veggies into bite sized pieces and toss with the dressing. This will last days in the fridge making for a great lunch dish! If you’re making this ahead of time, you might list to leave the avocado out and add it just before serving!

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Chickpea Salad Dressing

For the dressing in this recipe, I combine all of the liquid ingredients in a mason jar and give it a shake.  You can use as much or as little as you’d like and the leftovers will keep at least 1 week to drizzle over tossed salad or even grilled veggies!

Olive Oil: There are many options for olive oil; extra virgin, virgin, pure/light, extra light.  Extra virgin is considered the least processed and most flavorful, while extra light is the most processed and has a much lighter flavor (and isn’t lighter in fat).  So your personal taste and nutritional desires will dictate which one you choose. Vegetable oil or avocado oil will also work in this recipe!

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Swap Out the Veggies

This recipe is so versatile, you can substitute your favorite vegetables; red pepper for green pepper, white or green onion for red onion. Adding feta cheese makes a nice variation, but since feta is quite salty itself start with less salt when you add the seasonings.      

Chickpea Salad is a complete meal that is low in fat, high in protein and incredibly delicious!  A super power salad that is so satisfying, and …fun!

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Chickpea Salad

This beautiful Chickpea Salad combines all of my favorite fresh vegetables in one delicious bite. Chickpeas are combined with juicy tomatoes, refreshing cucumbers and creamy avocados all tossed in an easy homemade lemon kissed dressing.

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  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 1 can chickpeas (drained (19 oz))
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes (sliced)
  • 2 cups diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup diced green bell pepper

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt & pepper
  1. Cut avocado into cubes and place in bowl. Squeeze the juice from 1/2 lemon over the avocado and gently stir to combine.
  2. Add remaining salad ingredients and gently toss to combine.
  3. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.

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This beautiful Chickpea Salad combines all of my favorite fresh vegetables in one delicious bite.  Juicy tomatoes, refreshing cucumbers, creamy avocados with chickpeas all tossed in an easy homemade lemon kissed dressing.  This is the perfect make ahead dish as this salad keeps for days!
This beautiful Chickpea Salad combines all of my favorite fresh vegetables in one delicious bite.  Juicy tomatoes, refreshing cucumbers, creamy avocados with chickpeas all tossed in an easy homemade lemon kissed dressing.  This is the perfect make ahead dish as this salad keeps for days!

Easy Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad is a favorite for a summer picnic, barbecue or even a potluck! Bright pesto, mozzarella cheese balls (AKA bocconcini), sun dried tomatoes and kalamata olives are the perfect combination! I love pasta salad recipes and this is definitely near the top of my list!

Colorful and flavorful, this basil pesto pasta salad will wow any crowd! Serve it as a side with grilled honey mustard chicken or on its own with a slice of homemade garlic bread!

Image of prepared pesto pasta salad in a glass bowl with tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and olives.

How to Make Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad combines our favorite Italian inspired ingredients in a creamy pesto dressing! Juicy ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and olives and zesty sundried tomatoes and the perfect combination.

  1. Pasta: Cook pasta al dente (‘to the bite’). Cool and set aside. Any medium pasta shape should work just fine!
  2. Dressing: Whisk together pesto, mayonnaise, and red wine vinegar in a small bowl.
  3. Mix: Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with dressing and season with basil, salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours before serving.

Pesto pasta salad prepared in a glass bowl with the basil and dressing on the side.

Add Protein for a Full Meal

I love an Italian Pasta Salad and we often add proteins to for a complete meal on a warm summer night. Grilled chicken breasts are the perfect addition to this recipe to make it a full meal! Shrimp is another great addition.

I prefer to use homemade pesto to make the easy dressing for this pasta salad but store bought will work too. Use any leftover pesto to marinate your meats before grilling.

A serving of pesto pasta salad in a white bowl, garnished with basil.

Leftover Pasta Salad

This pasta salad will last for 4-5 days in the fridge. If you know you’ll be storing this for a few days, don’t half the cherry/grape tomatoes, keep them whole.

Can Pasta Salad be Frozen? Pasta salad is best eaten fresh. Fresh veggies and pasta can often become mushy when frozen and defrosted.

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Pesto Pasta Salad

This refreshing pasta salad is the perfect combination of mozzarella, tomatoes and olives!

  • 8 oz tortiglioni or rotini pasta (cooked and cooled)
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/2 cup small mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives (pitted)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  1. Mix pesto, mayonnaise and red wine vinegar in a small bowl.
  2. Combine pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella and olives in a large bowl. Toss with dressing and season with salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
  4. Chop fresh basil and sprinkle on top just before serving

 

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Chickpea Salad with Cucumbers and Tomatoes

This healthy, summer Chickpea Salad with cucumbers and tomatoes is great for lunch or as a side dish with anything you’re grilling!

This healthy, summer Chickpea Salad with cucumbers and tomatoes is great for lunch or as a side dish with anything you're grilling!
Chickpea Salad

I’m always craving chickpeas, it’s my favorite legume and I just can’t get enough! I toss them in any salad I eat for added protein. Some chickpea salad recipes on rotation in my house, this Greek Chickpea Salad which is great for meal prep, this easy Chickpea Egg Salad and this Chickpea Tuna Salad.

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Cobb Salad with a fun twist!

Cobb Salad is a full meal-deal in itself. Fresh lettuce and vegetables tossed with chicken, bacon, cheese and a tangy vinaigrette make this dish an easy favorite!

Like most salad recipes, this is great served with garlic bread!

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Cobb Salad Ingredients

So, what is a cobb salad? Named after the owner of the famous Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, Robert Howard Cobb claimed this full entrée salad as the restaurant’s signature dish and it has endured ever since.

An easy trick I use to remember what goes into a cobb salad is by using the acronym EAT COBB. Eggs, Avocado, Tomato, Chicken, Onion, Bacon, Blue Cheese!

Chicken cobb salad features a roasted or grilled chicken breast as well, for an additional protein boost. You can serve the chicken either hot or cold. Blue Cheese is one of those items that not everyone likes (I love it) so it can be swapped out for feta or cheddar!

For an extra crunch, top your cobb salad with sunflower seeds, sliced almonds, or even some homemade croutons!

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How to Make Cobb Salad

A healthy cobb salad recipe starts with the freshest of ingredients.  While it’s not traditional, feel free to add other veggies like corn, sliced cucumbers, or even black olives!

To Make a Cobb Salad: 

  1. Season chicken breasts with salt & pepper (and your favorite chicken seasonings).
  2. Wash and chop 8 cups of romaine lettuce.
  3. Peel, chop, and slice the remaining ingredients.
  4. Top the lettuce with everything and place avocado slices on top. Sprinkle on the blue cheese crumbles.

Drizzle this delicious salad with the dressing of your choice and serve immediately!

An overview of a cobb salad in a wooden bowl, with all ingredients lined up in rows on top the bed of lettuce.

What Dressing Goes with Cobb Salad

Traditionally, a cobb salad dressing is a bright and tangy vinaigrette. A basic red wine or balsamic vinaigrette complements the rich flavors of the bacon and blue cheese.

Make your own basic vinaigrette:  Whisk together 1/4 cup of cider vinegar with 1/2 cup of oil (or sub in your own favorite vinegar; balsamic, red wine, apple cider, or sherry). Add a bit of dijon or honey (or both) as an emulsifier to keep the dressing from separating.

Stir in whatever seasonings you like to make your own signature dressing to go with your custom salad!

An overhead shot of an individual serving of cobb salad with a dressing cruet and full salad off to the side.

More Favorite Salads

Cobb Salad

A fresh favorite salad any time of year with chicken, bacon, cheese and boiled eggs!

  • 8 cups romaine lettuce (washed and chopped)
  • 4 hard boiled eggs (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 avocado (pitted)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup sliced red onion
  • 6 slices bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • 4 oz blue cheese

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar (or your favorite vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small jar with a lid. Shake well to combine and refrigerate.

  2. Place lettuce in the bottom of a large salad bowl. Top with remaining ingredients.
  3. Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.

If you’d prefer hot chicken breasts in this recipe you will need 3 chicken breasts seasoned and baked or grilled.

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