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Easy Salad with Dino Kale, Cara Cara Orange, and Pepitas

Easy, breezy salad with kale, Cara Cara orange, and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) with a light dressing | mjskitchen.com

 

We’ve been making massaged kale salads for several years now, using whatever fruit is in season – peaches, mango, apples, oranges. All are very tasty, but our favorite is this salad made with dino kale, Cara Cara orange, and pepitas with a light dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and honey.  This salad is crunchy, tart, sweet, and citrusy, and it’s SO EASY to make…20 minutes or less.

It can be served with just about anything or alone as a meal.  We really like it with spicy foods, like red chile enchiladas, because the sweet citrus helps to dampen the burn.  It’s also a wonderful complement with grilled flank steak, smoked chicken or turkey, pork kabobs, and smoked beef tri-tip.  It’s also a nice salad to take to picnics and potlucks because the kale leaves hold up to the dressing for quite a while.

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Roasted Fennel Salad with Cranberry Balsamic

A delightful fennel salad of roasted fennel,feta, pomegranate seeds, sprouts, and a drizzle of cranberry balsamic #fennel #salad @mjskitchen mjskitchen.com

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Inspiration for a new recipe can come in different forms and from different sources, which is the case with this fennel salad.  Back in August I saw Soni’s Food Indian Spice Roasted Fennel and pinned it as a reminder to make it one day.  Then a few weeks ago when I dropped into the Santa Fe Olive Oil & Balsamic Company for a purchase and a tasting, I was asked if I would create a recipe and write a post on one of its products – specifically its Cranberry Balsamic vinegar.  After tasting this awesome balsamic and going through several different ideas for a recipe, I lit upon the marriage of Soni’s roasted fennel with the cranberry balsamic and thus this Roasted Fennel Salad with Cranberry Balsamic was born.

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Brown Rice Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

This brown rice salad is a healthy salad with brown rice, a mix of peppers (sweet & spicy), nuts and herbs, tossed with a Lime Dressing. #grains #brownrice #salad #recipe @mjskitchen

This weekend we had a wonderful meatless meals that was totally unexpected. I had made this Brown Rice Salad with a Lime Vinaigrette and was planning on serving it with chicken.  Then Bobby walked in with a bunch of green tomatoes from our garden so I couldn’t I resist making a batch of fried green tomatoes. To heck with the chicken. What a great meal that this salad with the fried green tomatoes made!

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Green Chile Salad Dressing with an Apple Salad

Apple, celery, and radish salad with a Green chile dressing. mjskitchen.com

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Before we talk about this Green Chile Salad Dressing and the Apple Salad, let’s talk about homemade salad dressing.  Salad dressings are the easiest things to make from scratch and dressings made at home are so much better than what you pay $5 a bottle for at the grocer, plus you can control what goes in them.  All you need in your pantry are a few different types of vinegars, a couple of good oils, some herbs and spices.  Other possible ingredients include mustard, mayonnaise, horseradish, buttermilk, yogurt, and my favorites – lemon and lime juice.  In Kitchen Notes you’ll find the “rules” I follow for making salad dressings.

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Orange and Cabbage Slaw

A quick and easy cabbage slaw made with oranges, cabbage and a simple vinaigrette mjskitchen.com

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Quality citrus is abundant right now, so time for another delightful citrus salad.  In previous years I have brought you a Sweet and Spicy Citrus Salad and a Citrus Salad with Toasted Seeds and Maple Dressing. This year I’m serving up this Cabbage and Orange Slaw, a easy little salad that can be thrown together in about 15 minutes and served as a side to just about any entree’. It’s especially good with spicy dishes.  We’ve been eating it as a side to Red Chile Chicken Tamales and Red Chile Enchiladas.  The oranges serve as a sweet, cooling mechanism for the spicy chile.  It works much better than the standard New Mexico side of lettuce and tomatoes.

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A Festival of Strawberry Salad Recipes

A Festival of strawberry salads | mjskitchen.com @mjskitchen

It is well into strawberry season here and really warming up. What better time to start throwing in a few refreshing strawberries to sweeten up those summer salads. I’ve shared a couple of strawberry salads with you in the past, but thought you might like some more. After a little time searching through blogs and Pinterest,  I found several other people that like strawberry salads as much as I do. However, I was surprised that I didn’t find more.  Maybe we can start something here. 🙂 Below are several delicious strawberry salads and I believe the inspiration for many more.

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Cucumber & Onion Salad with Smoked Salmon

 

Due to a kitchen remodel I’ll be without a kitchen for a few weeks, so I’ve asked some friends to keep my virtual kitchen going with some of their fabulous recipes.  My first friend is Su Anne, a very special person in my life. Su Anne and I met in college back in the 70’s and she is one of those friends that you have for a lifetime.

Shortly after Bobby and I moved to New Mexico, Su Anne moved to NM, a different town, but only an hour away.  She met a wonderful man, married, and settled down – sort of. 🙂  Every time we get together, we talk food, cook food, and eat food; therefore, the perfect friend to get this series started.
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Cantaloupe Walnut Salad with Lime Dressing

Cantaloupe Walnut Salad with a lime dressing is so simple to make, with very few ingredients. #cantaloupe @mjskitchen mjskitchen.com

 

It was not until I became an adult that I would consider ever making a cantaloupe walnut salad must less eating one.  As a kid, I really disliked cantaloupe, I mean really, really disliked cantaloupe.  I couldn’t even stand the smell of it.  Now I love it!  When cantaloupes start showing up at the market, I start buying and continue to buy until they disappear.

My favorite way to eat a cantaloupe or any melon is to just cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, sprinkle with a touch of salt and dig in.  However, with as much cantaloupe as we eat, I do need to change it up every once in a while.  This simple cantaloupe walnut salad is one of our regulars.  The sweetness of the cantaloupe, the tartness of the lime dressing and saltiness of the feta join together for a very refreshing salad.  It takes less than 15 minutes to throw together and 5 minutes to eat!

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Orange Ginger Chicken Salad

Pan seared chicken with fresh vegetables and a ginger vinaigrette come together to make a delightful Orange Ginger Chicken Salad #salad #ginger @mjskitchen mjskitchen.com

 

June is here and it’s HOT!  The oven is officially off for the next 3 to 4 months, so meals are either grilled, cooked on the cooktop or not cooked at all.  Neither Bobby nor I like eating hot or heavy meals in the summertime. We eat lots and lots of salads and this Orange Ginger Chicken Salad is one of our summer staples.  The chicken breasts are pan fried on the cooktop and the rest of the salad is washed, chopped and plated.  A simple dressing with crystallized ginger and orange juice is poured over the top and voilà!  We have a healthy, hearty, and very tasty meal.

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