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!

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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!

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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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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!

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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!

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!

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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!

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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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Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad is the perfect meal on sweltering summer days. Tangy, light, and bursting with fresh herbal tones, this salad is loaded with summer veggies, creamy mozzarella, and ciabatta bread all tossed in a delicious balsamic vinaigrette.

This bread salad is a great appetizer, a beautiful fresh lunch dish or the perfect side dish next to practically any of your favorite grilling recipes!

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A Perfect Tuscan Bread Salad

I love the flavors in a good fresh Italian Salad. I often combine the same flavors with pasta to create a crowd pleasing Italian Pasta Salad for bbqs and potlucks or bread to enjoy the perfect Panzanella Salad!

What is Panzanella? Panzanella is a Tuscan bread salad, usually dressed with a balsamic and olive oil vinaigrette. Traditionally, it was made with cubes of stale bread.

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Panzanella Ingredients

  • Bread: I use a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread torn into pieces and oven dried. You can use leftover bread loaves or even homemade croutons, if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Veggies: Juicy ripe tomatoes (cherry or grape tomatoes are best), crisp cucumbers, plenty of fresh basil and oregano.
  • Bold Flavors: creamy mozzarella cheese, and red onions & olives.
  • Dressing: A simple mixture of balsamic and olive oil is all you need. You can use flavored oils, balsamic glaze, or even red wine vinegar.
  • Additional Options: Capers, sliced radishes or shredded romaine are great options.

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How to Make Panzanella

This panzanella salad recipe is super simple to prepare. I try to choose a variety of colors of tomatoes, you can get them at most supermarkets. Just follow these steps for this delightful summer salad:

  1. Tear ciabatta bread into bite sized pieces and toss with olive oil to coat, then bake until slightly dried.
  2. In a separate bowl or decanter, prepare the dressing by mixing balsamic vinegar with olive oil
  3. Place all the salad ingredients in a bowl and drizzle with dressing. Gently toss.

Try a Greek Version: For this variation, use crumbled feta cheese instead of mozzarella, add in bell peppers and use red wine vinegar instead of balsamic.

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What to Serve with Panzanella

Panzanella bread salad is perfect for picnics or dining al fresco. Try pairing it with sausage and peppers or serve it with any marinated and flame-roasted meat, such as grilled chicken breasts or beef kabobs.

Why stop there! There are so many delicious things to grill this summer. Try some zesty grilled pork chops or this juicy grilled honey mustard chicken!

Side Salads Perfect for Summer:

Panzanella Salad

A tangy and light classic bread salad bursting with fresh herbal flavors!

  • 6 cups ciabatta bread (torn into pieces)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb tomatoes
  • 1/4 red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs (basil, oregano and/or parsley)
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella (cocktail sized)
  • 1 cup cucumbers (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives (pitted)

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (or white balsamic vinegar)
  • salt & pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Place bread in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt & pepper.
  3. Bake until lightly browned and dried, 10-12 minutes. Cool.
  4. Whisk together 1/4 cup of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  5. Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl and drizzle with dressing.
  6. Gently toss and let sit 15 minutes tossing occasionally.
  7. Top with herbs and fresh pepper. Serve.

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All American Chef’s Salad

Chef’s Salad is made with just a few basic ingredients but looks different on menus nearly everywhere you go! Made with crisp lettuce, hearty toppings including eggs, ham and cheese this recipe is best topped with a homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing or Thousand Island Dressing!

This makes for a perfect lunch or a nice refreshing dinner on a warm night (and we always add in a side of Homemade Garlic Bread).

Chef Salad in a wooden bowl topped with boiled eggs, diced ham and cheese and sliced cucumbers and tomatoes.

Crisp, colorful, and filling, a good chef’s salad recipe is low in carbs while still guaranteeing the flavor! No need to feel deprived when you’re noshing on a great fresh crisp salad recipe. Whether you order out or make it yourself, this recipe takes the guesswork out of what a chef’s salad really is and what goes into it!

What is a Chef Salad?

As one of the great American salads, this salads ingredients are basically the same, a bed of lettuce, some type of cold meat (ham, turkey, chicken, tuna, or roast beef), hard-boiled eggs, cucumber, cheese, and tomatoes.  How you want to prepare and present it is up to you! Like America, be resourceful and use what you have! All you need to remember, is a true Chef Salad has lettuce, eggs, meat and cheese as the foundation!

How to Make a Chef Salad

This is the easy part! For a keto chef salad, use just the egg whites and save the yolks for another recipe.

  1. Lettuce: Clean and then tear Iceberg or Romaine lettuce. Cutting lettuce with a knife makes the cell walls of the leaves turn brown faster. Besides, why wash another knife when you can just tear the lettuce into perfect bite-sized pieces? Put the lettuce in a bowl or divide onto separate (preferably chilled) salad plates.
  2. Toppings: Top with the diced ham (or meat of your choice), the diced green onions, the sliced (or chopped) hard-boiled eggs, the tomatoes and one cup of sliced cucumber.
  3. Cheese: Add the cheddar or Swiss cheese. You could even try a blue cheese or honestly,  whatever you have on hand would work.
  4. Dressing: Serve with Thousand Island or Ranch Dressing.  Bleu Cheese Dressing is also a good alternative, but typically, a chef salad is not made with a vinaigrette.

Close up of Chef's salad ingredients in a wooden bowl. What to Serve with Chef Salad

Since a chef salad is a full entrée in and of itself, a simple side of homemade croutons or a crusty piece of bread with butter really rounds out the flavors and textures. A good quality of mixed olives or marinated vegetables served on the side makes for an even more colorful look! You can always top it with either an oven Oven Baked Chicken Breast or Grilled Chicken Breast to add a little bit of extra protein!

Brew up some homemade iced tea or strawberry lemonade or pop open a bottle of a bright Pinot Grigio! Then sit back and enjoy!

Must Try Summer Salads!

Chefs Salad

This Chefs Salad is a classic all american dish with lettuce, meat, eggs and cheese as the foundation.

  • 8 cups lettuce (iceberg or romaine)
  • 4 oz diced ham
  • 4 oz diced cheddar cheese (or swiss)
  • 3 green onions (sliced)
  • 4 boiled eggs
  • 2 tomatoes (sliced or wedged)
  • 1 cup cucumber
  1. Wash and dry the lettuce.  Tear into bite size pieces and place in a large bowl (or divide over 4 individual serving plates).

  2. Top with remaining ingredients.

  3. Serve with Thousand Island or Ranch dressing.

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Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs is a family favorite that never goes out of style. Tender beef and pork meatballs are simmered in an easy homemade tomato sauce and served with spaghetti. Like most pasta recipes, this easy favorite is perfect topped with a sprinkle of parsley and some parmesan cheese. 

Serve this easy Italian favorite with a loaf of homemade garlic bread and a tossed salad or caesar salad.

A plate of spaghetti and meatballs topped with parsley and parmesan cheese

How to Make Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs is delicious and needs time to cook but the prep time is pretty fast, most of the time is spent simmering. Usually, I make the sauce first, and while that’s simmering, I move on to the meatballs.

The secret to the full-bodied flavor in this sauce is that you let it slow simmer for a minimum of an hour, and cook the meatballs right in the sauce after a quick brown! This method allows the flavors to deepen and develop, and the sauce to thicken too. An added bonus is that the smell of traditional Italian spaghetti and meatballs will fill your kitchen with its heavenly fragrance!

Ingredients for spaghetti sauce to make spaghetti and meatballs in a large dutch oven

Tomato Sauce for Spaghetti:

Similar to my favorite Marinara Sauce, this tomato sauce is a very easy to make and the flavor is only made better by the addition of meatballs! I use whole Italian tomatoes (San Marzano are best for flavor).

  1. Dice and prep all your ingredients for the sauce!
  2. In a large pot, sauté your onions and garlic until softened and fragrant! Your kitchen should begin to smell heavenly!!
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, cover, and simmer on low for an hour, stirring occasionally.

That’s really all there is to it! After the sauce has simmered for about an hour your ready to move onto the meatballs!

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Meatballs for Spaghetti and Meatballs:

I use both ground beef and ground pork, plus a generous amount of shredded parmesan cheese and Italian herbs in my homemade spaghetti and meatballs (and the fresh parsley in the recipe makes a big difference, please don’t skip it). The hearty flavor is amazing.

I often bake big pans of my favorite meatball recipe in the oven and freeze them for easy meals like this one. If you’ve got homemade frozen meatballs, use those in place in this recipe (just give them time to simmer to flavor the sauce). Store bought meatballs work in a pinch but the flavor and texture truly cannot compare to homemade.

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Form into meatballs and give them a quick brown in a frying pan
  3. Place them right into the simmering sauce, cover and continue simmering on low for half an hour.
  4. Uncover and allow the sauce to boil down and thicken to your desired consistency.

What to Serve With Spaghetti and Meatballs

When it comes to what goes best with spaghetti and meatballs, I always fall back on the traditional sides, and everybody always enjoys it! Serve it with Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks, warm garlic bread or biscuits. Add in a fresh green tossed salad or caesar salad!

A pot of homemade spaghetti and meatballs ready to serve

How to Freeze Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti sauces freezes perfectly! Just let it cool, then ladle into freezer safe containers, leaving about an inch of headroom for expansion. Meatballs are great to make ahead and freeze as well. They’ll keep for up to four months, so go ahead double up the recipe. Defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat over medium low heat on the stove top.

Keep the pasta separate and freeze only the sauce.  While the sauce it heating, boil up some fresh spaghetti for an easy meal ready to go!

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Spaghetti and Meatballs

Juicy seasoned beef and pork meatballs in an easy homemade tomato sauce.

  • 1 lb spaghetti

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 28 oz whole Italian tomatoes (canned)
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Meatballs

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup onion (finely diced)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt & black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (for frying)
  1. Cook onion in olive oil over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  2. Reduce heat to low, add remaining sauce ingredients with 1 cup of water. Simmer covered 60 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine all meatball ingredients (except olive oil) and form 18 meatballs. 

  4. In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat and add meatballs. Brown on all sides until golden (they do not need to be cooked through), about 10 minutes.

  5. Add meatballs to sauce, cover and simmer 30 minutes. Uncover and simmer until sauce reaches desired consistency.

  6. Serve over spaghetti.

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Spaghetti and Meatballs served in a large white bowl

 

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Easy Baked Bruschetta Chicken (serve over pasta)

Baked Bruschetta Chicken is an easy weeknight meal and perfect served over your favorite pasta! Tender balsamic marinated chicken breasts are baked with garlic, basil and juicy cherry tomatoes to create a delicious meal that everyone loves!

Serve this with some crusty bread and garlic butter and a fresh Italian Salad for a complete meal!

Baked bruschetta chicken breasts topped with tomatoes and basil and served over a bowl of spaghetti

An Easy Weeknight Meal

Don’t be afraid of the fancy Italian-sounding name “Bruschetta.” I make a ton of tomato bruschetta all summer long and we often end up eating it for meals or served over chicken!

Kind of like Easy Chicken Parmesan, this bruschetta chicken recipe is a make-ahead and pop-in-the oven kind of entrée. Tender chicken breasts covered in a garlicky, seasoned marinara, cherry tomatoes, and bubbling mozzarella cheese! Perfect for Sunday dinner with the extended fam. Who can say no to that?

Cooked Chicken breasts in a 9x13 pan topped with cheese and cherry tomato bruschetta

Bruschetta Chicken

Bruschetta is an appetizer many of us are familiar with however, did you know that the word bruschetta actually refers to the bread and not the topping? I took the flavors from my favorite bruschetta topping (tomato/basil/garlic) to create this amazing meal!

What is Bruschetta Chicken? Bruschetta chicken bake is full-flavored and hearty; the topping is baked right onto the chicken breasts. Turn this into a complete meal by serving it over spaghetti for the perfect Bruschetta Chicken Pasta. Mama Mia!

Raw chicken breasts topped with Italian seasoning, balsamic vinegar and olive oil for making bruschetta chicken

How to Make Bruschetta Chicken

This meal is pretty easy to make and uses basic ingredients. Fresh basil isn’t expensive but it makes a huge difference in the flavor of this dish! If you can’t find cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes (or even chopped roma tomatoes) will work just fine.

  • Marinate: Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar and minced garlic in a small bowl and marinate chicken breasts for a few minutes.
  • Brown: Brown the chicken for two minutes on each side. The chicken will cook in the oven, you just want to brown it.
  • Bake: Place in a 9×13 casserole dish and top with cherry tomatoes. Bake until bubbly.
  • Top: Top with cheese and broil up to 3 minutes or until melted.

To Serve this Chicken Dish

For the topping, combine tomatoes with olive oil, vinegar, and basil garlic. Spoon over the finished dish and serve over pasta!

A 9x13 pan of cooked bruschetta chicken topped with cheese and fresh basil.

What to Serve with Bruschetta Chicken

A great glass of Chianti, of course! A light, bright tossed salad, and some garlic bread rounds out this unforgettable entrée! For a true Italian dining experience, a little Tiramisu or Panna Cotta makes for a sweet ending!

More Italian Favorites

Bruschetta Chicken

Tender balsamic marinated chicken breasts are baked with garlic, basil and juicy cherry tomatoes to create a delicious meal that everyone loves!

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese

Bruschetta Topping

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar (or balsamic)
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine 3 tablespoons olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic in a small bowl.

  3. Mix 1/4 cup of the balsamic mixture with chicken breasts, salt & pepper and Italian seasoning and marinate 15 minutes.

  4. Heat remaining tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet. Add chicken and brown 2 minutes on each side.

  5. Place marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Top with browned chicken breasts and cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with remaining balsamic mixture.

  6. Bake 20-25 minutes or until juices run clear and chicken reaches 165°F. 

  7. Top with mozzarella and broil 2-3 minutes.

  8. Combine all topping ingredients in a bowl and spoon over chicken. Serve over pasta.

 

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Fresh Tossed Salad with a Crunch

The Best Tossed Salad is a healthy and refreshing side dish full of crisp fresh veggies! You can serve this easy side salad with everything from Pork Tenderloin to Baked Chicken Thighs

With so many colorfully crunchy options, this simple tossed salad recipe can also be a meal in itself topped with your favorite proteins from shrimp to Grilled Chicken Breast!

A simple tossed salad ready to serve

Great tossed salad recipes are a staple, really versatile and start with the freshest and crispest of ingredients! From an Easy Italian Salad to a simple Cucumber Dill Salad, they make the perfect fresh side dish!

What to Add to a Tossed Salad

BASE (Greens or Lettuce)

When making a tossed salad start with your base…the greens! There are so many options! Iceberg lettuce is super crunchy because it is so water-dense, but as far as nutrition and color goes, it’s on the simpler classic side.

Romaine, endive, baby spinach, radicchio, and arugula are not only super nutritious and fun, but add a colorful component to a tossed salad. You can easily find this combination of greens called ‘Spring Mix’ at your local supermarket.

ingredients to make a fresh tossed salad

Salad Vegetables

When choosing veggies, go for a combination of colors and textures. Choose something juicy and something crunchy and add in a rainbow of oranges, reds and greens!

  • Juicy – tomatoes, cucumbers,
  • Crunchy – bell peppers, radish, celery,
  • Sweet – roasted butternut squash, fruits, berries
  • Colorful – beets, purple cabbage, shredded carrot
  • Flavorful – onions (green/red/white), fresh herbs

Flavor Boosters

Flavor boosters keep your salad from being boring! This adds in the smoky, nutty, cheesy flavors.

  • Olives (Nicoise, Kalamata, black or green) – salty
  • Toasted nuts (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts or almonds) – nutty (of course)
  • Bacon – smoky/salty
  • Dried Fruits – sweet, chewy
  • Cheese – creamy, salty (goat cheese and feta are my favorites)
  • Homemade Croutons

There are so many more things that you can add, it’s hards to list them all! Let yourself be creative and try adding your favorites into this salad there is no wrong addition here.

A bowl of tossed salad topped with carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and radishes

How to Toss a Salad

This tossed vegetable salad recipe is chock full of the healthy stuff you love without being too time consuming to put together. I prewash my lettuce and keep it fresh in the fridge for days by washing it in icy cold water, giving it a spin in a salad spinner and placing it in a freezer bag with paper towel. Depending on the variety it can stay fresh for a couple of weeks.

To make salad ahead of time, prepare your tossed salad and place it in a bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel and refrigerate for a couple of hours. If it’s going to be longer than a couple of hours, cover with plastic wrap.

Pouring dressing over a tossed salad

What Kind of Dressing Goes on a Tossed Salad?

A simple vinaigrette is all you need to bring out the individual flavors of each component to this salad. In a jar or salad dressing cruet, shake up some olive oil, vinegar (cider, balsamic, or white), some honey and a dash of salt and pepper to taste and gently add to the salad.

Other Favorite Dressings

Tossed Salad

You can customize this salad with whatever veggies you have on hand making it the perfect way to utilize your fresh veggies!

  • 8 cups lettuce
  • 1 cup cucumber
  • 1 cup tomatoes
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (radish, shredded carrot, purple cabbage)
  • 2 tablespoons almonds or sunflower seeds (toasted)

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (cider, balsamic or white)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • seasoned salt & pepper to taste
  1. Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl.

  2. Place dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well mixed.

  3. Toss salad with dressing to taste and serve immediately.

REPIN this Easy Salad Recipe

Salad dressing being poured on to a fresh tossed salad

This simple tossed salad recipe is the perfect way to enjoy your garden vegetables! It is full of fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and any other mixed vegetables you wish all drizzled with a delicious dressing! Mmmmm.... #spendwithpennies #tossedsalad #gardenvegetables #farmersmarketvegetables #sidesalad #healthyeating

Avocado Egg Salad

creamy avocado egg salad in bowl

Avocado Egg Salad is a delicious twist on a traditional egg salad with the addition of rich creamy avocado. To take this wrap from ordinary to extraordinary,  it’s topped with fresh lettuce, ripe juicy tomatoes and crisp smoky bacon. 

BLT Avocado Egg Salad on flat out bread

I absolutely love an effortless meal, especially towards the end of summer when I’d much rather be outdoors than in the kitchen over a hot stove!

A Delicious Twist on a Family Favorite

I am excited to have partnered with Flatout to bring you this Avocado Egg Salad; a delicious twist on a family favorite! Bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado and of course egg all smothered in a creamy avocado dressing to create a salad that is truly unique!

I love everything avocado or avocado inspired (including Avocado Deviled Eggs). Bacon? Can’t live without it! Lettuce? A crisp necessity for any sandwich. So, it’s not a surprise that these three fantastic foods have found their way together to accompany creamy egg salad in this BLT Avocado Egg Salad!

A Great Source of Protein

Egg Salad has been around for centuries. It is suggested that it made its first appearance in the mid 18th century. Eggs, being the least expensive protein, were a solid staple in most homes. To this day eggs remain a convenient, inexpensive protein option, which is why egg salad and egg salad sandwiches are still so popular.

creamy Avocado Egg Salad in clear bowlFast forward to this moment, when inspiration takes flight and a new twist on this old favorite is born. I have combined all the key ingredients of a traditional egg salad; egg, mayonnaise, garlic and chives, and simply added in some extra creamy rich flavor with both mashed and cubed avocados!

What would encase this glorious mountain of sandwich fillings? Flatout Foldit® Flatbread of course! It encases all the yummy goodness in a delicious hand held bite.

Of course any good egg salad starts with perfectly hard boiled eggs. It’s very simple to make perfect eggs if you know how.  While they’re great for egg salad, they’re perfect for snacks on the go or to slice up on a piece of toast too!

How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

I make fail-proof (and easy to peel) hard boiled eggs on the stove top. If you have an Instant Pot, check here for Instant Pot Hard Boiled eggs which are the easiest peeling eggs ever!

A Crisp and Filling Meal

This Avocado Egg Salad sandwich is a perfect solution for taking on sweet summer picnics, a complete and satisfying sandwich to take on your next road trip, or as a simple and delicious lunch or even dinner on a hot summer day! It is so fresh, crisp and filling and the best part is how easy it is to make!

You will have loads of extra time to soak up the sun or just relax in your backyard with a glass of my Easy Homemade Strawberry Lemonade!

blt Avocado Egg Salad on flat bread

While this Avocado Egg Salad recipe is delicious as written, you can always modify it:

  • If you do not have bacon, simply omit it. Or a slice of ham would accompany this sandwich nicely in place of the bacon.
  • Not a fan of tomatoes? Try chopped roasted red peppers. So delicious!
  • Replace the mayonnaise with your favorite ranch or blue cheese dressing for an extra punch of flavor!
  • Replace the Foldit with a Flatout Flatbread for a perfectly portable wrap!

More Great Sandwiches

Avocado Egg Salad

Avocado Egg Salad is a delicious twist on a traditional egg salad with the addition of rich creamy avocado. To take this wrap from ordinary to extraordinary, it’s topped with fresh lettuce, ripe juicy tomatoes and crisp smoky bacon.

  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chives (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • 12 slices bacon (cooked crisp)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Mash 1/2 of the avocado with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice.
  2. Add egg yolks, mayonnaise, garlic powder, salt, pepper and chives. Combine until smooth.
  3. Chop egg whites. Dice remaining 1/2 of the avocado. Stir egg whites and avocado into the egg yolk mixture.
  4. Top each flatbread with lettuce, tomato slices, 2 slices of bacon and the avocado egg salad mixture.

I am excited to have partnered with Flatout® to bring you this yummy summer recipe.  Working with great brands I love allows me to keep bringing you the great recipes you love! While I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  

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Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad Wrap

avocado ranch chicken wrap

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap

chicken and salad wrapped in flatbread

Dill Pickle Deviled Eggs

Dill Pickle Deviled Eggs

BLT Avocado Egg Salad is a delicious twist on a family favorite! Bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado and of course egg all smothered in a creamy dressing create a salad that is truly unique!
BLT Avocado Egg Salad is a delicious twist on a family favorite! Bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado and of course egg all smothered in a creamy dressing create a salad that is truly unique!

Chicken Spaghetti: A New Family Favourite!

Homemade Chicken Spaghetti is one of those easy, cheesy casserole dishes that will become a family favorite in your house in no time. I know it is in mine! Tender chicken and pasta are tossed in an easy homemade cheese sauce and set to bake until golden and bubbly!

Serve this with a side of homemade garlic bread and a caesar salad for a perfect meal!

serving from scratch homemade chicken spaghetti

An Easy Casserole

If you like simple, filling and satisfying casseroles, then this chicken spaghetti recipe is for you. Prepping it is easy and even more so if you make it with rotisserie chicken or leftover Oven Baked Chicken Breasts!

Just like a traditional baked spaghetti casserole, the ingredients are basic, and probably staples in your kitchen already. In addition to the chicken, which you need to cook and shred in advance, you just need spaghetti, canned diced tomatoes, broth, cream, and cheeses!

How to Make Chicken Spaghetti

If you are making chicken spaghetti with rotisserie chicken, then there is no need to cook the chicken in advance. Just shred two cups and set aside. If you are cooking from scratch, you can make make Poached Chicken (although I usually have a big batch of crock pot shredded chicken in the freezer for recipes like this).

Then, just follow these simple steps for the best-ever baked chicken spaghetti:

  1. Cook the spaghetti until it is al dente
  2. Make the cream sauce and cook until thick and bubbly. Add in the cheeses (remember to remove the sauce from the heat before adding the cheese).
  3. Stir in the pasta, chicken and tomatoes and place in a greased casserole dish.
  4. Top with more cheese and bake until bubbly!

Allow your baked chicken spaghetti to rest for five minutes to firm up.

Ingredients for homemade chicken spaghetti casserole

Short Cut Chicken Spaghetti Sauce

Short on time? Make a Short Cut Chicken Spaghetti Recipe! Try it with canned cream of mushroom soup, and a can or two of Rotel tomatoes instead! It will still be tasty and satisfying. Be sure to buy the rotel without lime added!

Here’s a quick and easy shortcut sauce for chicken spaghetti:

  • Sautee peppers and onions.
  • Add in one can of cream of mushroom soup and 3/4 pound diced processed cheese (like Velveeta). Heat until melted and creamy.
  • Season with onion and garlic powders and pepper (the Velveeta and soup have plenty of salt already, so you may not need to add any.)
  • Continue as directed in the recipe.

Now all that’s left is to bake and enjoy!

What to Serve With Spaghetti Casserole: Serve up whatever your favorites to go along with an Easy Lasagna or Cheesy Chicken Casserole are. For us that usually means a fresh green salad (or kale salad) and some dinner rolls or biscuits.

A serving of chicken spaghetti topped with parmesan cheese and parsley

Leftovers?

Can You Freeze Chicken Spaghetti? Chicken spaghetti freezes exceptionally well, so go ahead and make it in advance. Once you place it in the casserole dish, you don’t need to bake it first, just freeze for up to four months.

Here’s a little trick: Line your dish with parchment paper and let it freeze solid, then transfer to a large freezer bag. That way you don’t have to tie up your casserole dish for months. The chicken spaghetti is already pre-formed for the dish, so all you have to do is slide it back in when you’re ready to reheat.

You can cook this directly from frozen (but be careful, most glass dishes cannot go from freezer to oven). Cover it in foil to prevent the cheese topping from overcooking. Cook at 375°F for about an hour, or until it is piping hot throughout!

Baked chicken spaghetti is rich and super filling. It doesn’t need many fussy side dishes. I like to serve it with bread sticks or garlic bread, and a cucumber salad or fresh green salad dressed with vinaigrette for some color and crunch.

More Family Favorite Casseroles

Chicken Spaghetti

This easy cheesy Chicken Spaghetti casserole combines tender chicken and spaghetti in a homemade cheese sauce!

  • 8 oz spaghetti (cooked)
  • 2 cups chicken (shredded)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 cloved garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup light cream
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes (drained or tomatoes with chilis)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (divided)
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook spaghetti al dente. Drain well.

  2. Cook onion and bell pepper in butter until tender. Add flour and seasonings. Cook 1-2 minutes. Stir in broth and cream a little bit at a time until smooth. Cook until thick and bubbly. 

  3. Remove from heat, add parmesan cheese and 1 cup cheddar. Mix until smooth and melted. Season with season and pepper to taste.

  4. Combine spaghetti, cream sauce and canned tomatoes, mix well. Spread in a greased 9×13 dish.
  5. Top with remaining cheddar cheese and bake 25-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Chicken Spaghetti served on a small white plate is pictured in the top photo. The bottom photo shows the entire casserole with two servings, both on white plates, at the side of the casserole.