Category Archives: Salads

Avocado & Pineapple Salad


This sounds like a weird combination but it’s actually really refreshing and tastes great. I even tried to add some crumbled blue cheese and it was pretty good, too.


Fresh pineapple, cut into chunks

Avocado, cut into chunks

Red onion, sliced

Lemon or lime juice


Combine all the ingredients. Add some salt, pepper, and olive oil.


Ground Beef with Potatoes in a Salad



This was very simple to make and quite tasty!


1 lb. ground beef

1 1/2 t. cumin (or to taste)

1 potato, peeled & shredded

Salt & Pepper to taste


Shredded cheddar cheese


Brown the meat in a frying pan, breaking up the pieces as it cooks.

Add the cumin, salt and pepper and mix well.

Add the shredded potato and continue cooking until the potato is cooked.

Plate over some lettuce greens and top with cheese.



Healthy Chicken Salad



The avocado in this recipe replaces the mayonnaise in traditional chicken salad and it is absolutely delicious. I cut everything up with a mezzaluna to get it all nice and fine and then I mashed it with a potato masher!


Rotisserie chicken, chopped fine

2 avocados, smashed

3/4 red onion, chopped fine

Fresh cilantro to taste, chopped

Juice of 2 limes

Salt & pepper to taste


Add everything together and mash it up until it’s all combined well.

Serve over crackers or in bread – or in lettuce cups!

Arugula Salad with Lemon



Springtime is the best season to get the freshest arugula – it is a meaty and a little bitter salad green, but the lemon cuts the bitterness some. I really liked dressing my salad this way, rather than the regular olive oil and vinegar dressing.


Arugula, cut into bite size pieces

Olive oil

Lemon juice

Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Salt and pepper


Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Weeds for a Salad!


When we were recently in Italy, we were served Dandelion greens which my cousin picked from their own yard! When I came home, I told my mom that we ate weeds, and she said that she remembers eating those in Italy growing up and how good they were! Then, the other day, while I was shopping at Nob Hill Market in Los Gatos, I saw Dandelion greens in the vegetable case! I had to try them…and yes, they were tender and delicious in a salad. Now I’m hooked!

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Bunch of Dandelion greens, fresh and organic

Crumbled Feta Cheese

Dressing of choice: I used a mixture of EVOO, red wine vinegar, and a dab of Dijon mustard and mix it all together.


Remove the tough stem at the bottom of the dandelion leaf. The center ones are OK and soft to eat.

Cut the leaves into small pieces.

Add the cheese and the dressing, with a little salt and pepper! Voila!

Cucumber & Red Onion Salad


For a refreshing and simple salad, but yet tasty, this recipe is great! I don’t know about you, but I always feel really healthy when I eat cucumber!


1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped into small pieces

1/2 red onion, sliced thin with a mandolin

Olive oil & vinegar to taste

Preferred seasonings to taste


Chop the cucumber and let it drain in a colander for about 20 minutes.

Blot them dry.

Combine everything together.

Brussels Caesar



Here’s a great twist on the traditional Caeser salad…and it’s delicious!


1 lb. brussel sprouts, thinly sliced

1/3 c. mayonnaise

1/2 t. Dijon mustard

3/4 t. Worchestershire sauce

2 T. lemon juice

1/2 t. minced garlic

6 anchovies packed in oil – oil included

Dash of hot sauce

Shredded parmesan cheese


Heat some olive oil in a pan. Add the sprouts and cook until they are golden brown.

Put them in a bowl.

In the meantime, using a food processor, all the other ingredients (except the parmesan cheese) and puree until smooth.

Dress the brussel sprouts with the dressing and sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top.