Category: Salads

Cucumber Antipasto Salad

A simple and healthy throw-together salad with classic antipasto flavors.

Cucumber Antipasto Salad - A simple and healthy throw-together salad with classic antipasto flavors. | QueenofMyKitchen.comCucumber Antipasto Salad is a ridiculously easy throw-together salad with classic antipasto ingredients. It takes just a few minutes to prepare and yields eight to ten servings, so it’s a great dish for entertaining. The crunchy cucumber provides a nice contrast to the soft and silky artichokes, peppers, and mozzarella cheese. Dressed in a simple lemon vinaigrette with a generous smattering of fresh dill throughout, this healthy and tasty salad is a real crowd pleaser. (more…)

Dill Pickle Chopped Chicken Salad

A sophisticated chicken salad with dill pickle flavor – colorful, delicious, and super crunchy.

Dill Pickle Chopped Chicken Salad - A sophisticated chicken salad with dill pickle flavor - colorful, delicious, and super crunchy. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.comThere are countless ways to make a mayonnaise based chicken salad but an essential component is something with crunch. A crunchy ingredient provides a nice contrast to the soft, creamy texture of the chicken. Celery usually plays this role solo, but in Dill Pickle Chopped Chicken Salad the crunch factor is amplified big-time with the addition of dill pickles, bell pepper, and apple. You’ll love this unique twist on classic chicken salad, especially if you’re a pickle lover. (more…)

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Over Crispy Cauliflower Cakes

A sensational salad made from Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, two vegetables once considered boring and unglamorous. 

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Over Crispy Cauliflower Cakes - Thinly sliced Brussels sprouts slaw served over crispy cauliflower cakes, dressed in a lemon vinaigrette and topped with bacon and walnuts. A sensational salad made from two vegetables once considered boring and unglamorous! | QueenofMyKitchen.comBrussels sprouts have made an amazing transformation. These little winter cabbages have gone from being one of the most reviled vegetables a decade or so ago to being trendy and gourmet today. Their rise in popularity over the past few years can be partially attributed to restaurant chefs who began roasting, sautéing, and grilling Brussels sprouts in various creative ways. Home cooks followed suit and soon Brussels sprouts were everywhere – on TV, in cooking magazines, and in new, flashier packaging at grocery stores. Brussels sprouts have traditionally been thought of as a cooking vegetable but we’re now seeing them used raw, in salads so I jumped on the bandwagon and created Shaved Brussels Sprouts Over Crispy Cauliflower Cakes. This salad is so delicious!  (more…)

Baby Kale Caesar Salad with Cauliflower Fritters

An inventive take on a classic Caesar salad that substitutes baby kale for romaine lettuce and cauliflower fritters for croutons.

Baby Kale Caesar Salad with Cauliflower Fritters - An inventive take on a classic Caesar salad that substitutes baby kale for romaine lettuce and cauliflower fritters for croutons. | QueenofMyKitchen.comWhat do you get when you take a classic salad and mix it up with some trendy ingredients? Baby Kale Caesar Salad with Cauliflower Fritters! Although I love Caesar salad I’ll confess that I’ve just about had it with seeing it on virtually every menu. No matter what kind restaurant you’re at – whether fancy and upscale, or casual and pub-like – you’ll almost always find Caesar salad being served. It’s a bit overdone, in my humble opinion. That’s what prompted me to create this delicious salad which is an inventive take on a classic Caesar salad that substitutes baby kale for romaine lettuce and cauliflower fritters for croutons. (more…)

Rainbow Veggie Hummus Bowl

The Recipe Redux is a group of like-minded food bloggers whose mission is to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover. Each month members post recipes to their blogs following a theme set by the group moderators. This month’s recipe challenge is plant power bowls.  Links to all Recipe Redux posts appear at the bottom of this page.

Rainbow Veggie Hummus Bowl - chock-full of colorful, nutrient dense vegetables and delicious plant protein. Served with gluten-free Almond Flax Pita Bread that’s a cinch to make! | QueenofMyKitchen.comThis Rainbow Veggie Hummus Bowl is chock-full of colorful, nutrient dense vegetables and delicious plant protein. You’ll be very full and feeling super healthy after consuming it! Eating a colorful variety of whole, unprocessed plant foods is the easiest way to ensure that your body is getting all the nutrients it needs. For example, lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, is what gives tomatoes its gorgeous red color, and beta carotene, responsible for the orange hue in sweet potatoes, keeps our bones strong and our eyes healthy. So, as you’re shopping for plant foods think about a variety of colors – it’s a simple tip that can help ensure good health and the bonus is getting to eat something that is not only delicious, but visually appealing. (more…)

Curry Chickpea Chicken Salad

A unique and healthy take on traditional chicken salad that uses almond butter in lieu of mayonnaise.  Gluten-free and dairy-free.

Curry Chickpea Chicken Salad - A unique and healthy take on traditional chicken salad that uses almond butter in lieu of mayonnaise. Gluten-free, dairy-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.comTraditional chicken salad is comprised of cooked, shredded (or cubed) chicken in a mayonnaise based dressing, and usually includes chopped celery and parsley. From here the variations are endless and almost always delicious. Curry Chickpea Chicken Salad turns the classic preparation on its head by using an almond butter dressing in lieu of mayonnaise, and infusing it with curry – a fragrant blend of spices that pairs remarkably well with chicken. Throw in some chickpeas, cranberries, carrots, cashews and apple chunks and you’ve got a truly unique, and super healthy chicken salad that still manages to taste comforting and familiar. (more…)

Lobster Caesar Salad Supreme

An inventive take on Caesar salad that showcases sweet, succulent, Maine lobster. Gluten-free red lentil lobster shaped crackers act as a garnish and take the place of croutons.

Lobster Caesar Salad Supreme - An inventive take on Caesar salad that showcases sweet, succulent, Maine lobster and substitutes gluten-free, red lentil crackers for croutons. | Recipe ReDux | QueenofMyKitchen.comLobster Caesar Salad Supreme is my insanely delicious answer to this month’s Recipe ReDux vacation inspired theme. Maine is a favorite destination for many vacationers. The diversity of activities available, along with over 3,000 miles of rugged coastline, have made it a mecca for summer tourists and earned it the title “Vacationland”, which is the official state slogan.  But Maine is perhaps best known for its indigenous marine crustacean – lobster.  A huge, thriving industry revolves around Maine lobsters.  Their harvest, transport, and eventual consumption is an important part of the state’s heritage and is economically vital to its coastal communities. My family and I have been visiting coastal Maine during the summers for over 20 years.  For us, summer = Maine = lobster.  So it was only natural that in choosing to highlight Maine as my vacation destination that I would develop a recipe using lobster. After all, who doesn’t love lobster! (more…)

Apple Cranberry Walnut Coleslaw

Apple Cranberry Walnut Cole Slaw - classic coleslaw with a healthy twist. Made with avocado mayonnaise and contains no added sugar. | QueenofMyKitchen.comI loving taking classic recipes and putting my own spin on them, and that usually includes trying to make them just a wee bit healthier.  I don’t think you have to go overboard in your quest to eat healthy food.  I’m a firm believer that very small changes really add up and, over time, make a big difference.  For me these small changes include using lesser amounts of natural sweeteners in place of refined sweeteners, and steering clear of processed oils, like vegetable oil, in favor of healthy fats like olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil.  So whenever I scan a recipe I will automatically make my own modifications to reflect these healthier preferences and that’s exactly what I’ve done with Apple Cranberry Walnut Coleslaw. This coleslaw is made with homemade avocado mayonnaise (and Greek yogurt) and contains no added sugar.  It’s wholesome, crunchy, and makes a great summer-time salad for picnics and barbecues. The apples, cranberries, and walnuts make it a little bit different but don’t overpower the classic coleslaw taste. (more…)

Sweet Potato Black Bean Avocado Salsa

Sweet Potato Black Bean Avocado Salsa – sweet and spicy, healthy and delicious.  Great with tortilla chips or on top of grilled fish, chicken, or pork.  Makes a nice, simple side dish too.  This is not your average salsa! | QueenofMyKitchen.comIn my recent quest to create a simple summer salsa I relied on three of my favorite foods  – sweet potatoes, black beans, and avocados.  These foods never disappoint me, no matter what recipe I put them in, so I knew they’d make a fantastic salsa.   Sweet Potato Black Bean Avocado Salsa is a sweet and spicy salsa with vibrant colors and a wonderfully zingy taste.  It’s great as an appetizer when served with tortilla chips and crackers, but it’s just as good as a topping for grilled fish, chicken, or pork.  The cool, refreshing ingredients scream “summer” but you can easily make this salsa all year-long. (more…)

Blue Cheese Broccoli Slaw

Blue Cheese Broccoli Slaw with Figs, Walnuts, and Crispy Prosciutto - A fantastic make ahead dish that’s great with steak and chicken. | QueenofMyKitchen.comBlue Cheese Broccoli Slaw with Figs, Walnuts, and Crispy Prosciutto was inspired by the popular Blue Cheese Cole Slaw recipe by Ina Garten, a/k/a The Barefoot Contessa. Initially I planned to do a version of this recipe using homemade avocado mayonnaise but when I did a search on Google and Pinterest I saw that there were already tons of recipes out there for blue cheese cole slaw so I decided to create a broccoli slaw instead and compliment the wonderfully distinct flavor of blue cheese with dried mission figs, toasted walnuts, and crispy prosciutto. There’s no mayonnaise is this slaw; the dressing is made from olive oil, greek yogurt, blue cheese, and parmesan cheese. If you’re a fan of blue cheese you will love this dish! (more…)

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