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Red, White, and Blue Salad | Happy 4th of July!

So, I’m not recreating the wheel by any means with this salad, but for those of you that need inspiration for a 4th of July dinner/picnic…done 🙂  All of these items are from Trader Joe’s 🙂Blog Red White Blue 4th of July Salad-1 Ingredients

  • Mixed Greens
  • Kale Broccoli Mix
  • Blueberries
  • Beets
  • Raspberries
  • Goat Cheese
  • Cranberry Walnut VinagretteBlog Red White Blue 4th of July Salad-2 Blog Red White Blue 4th of July Salad-3What to do
  • Dice up the beets, and toss it all together-DONE!Blog Red White Blue 4th of July Salad-4 Blog Red White Blue 4th of July Salad-5 Blog Red White Blue 4th of July Salad-6Enjoy and Happy 4th of July!dit-elle-Lauren

Insalata di Arance (Orange Salad)

I would never have thought of these ingredients being perfectly complimentary and surprisingly delightful! Sweet tangy oranges, the subtle flavor of fennel, salty olives, a handful of parsley.. so good!

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  • 4 oranges, peeled, sliced in bite size pieces
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Dried red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 handful kalamata olives (or pitted black olives)
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, finely chopped


  • Mix together oil, lemon juice, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes and salt.
  • Toss with oranges, fennel, onions.
  • Sprinkle with olives and chopped parsley.
  • Serve and enjoy or make ahead of time and let marinade overnight

Thanks PCC Natural Markets for the inspiration. I modified the recipe slightly from the original here.


Strawberry, Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

Celebrate the longer evenings and sunnier days with a hint of summer kind of dinner – spinach salad with strawberries, warm chicken and goat cheese! 🙂

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  • Large bunch of spinach (~5 cups, washed & dried)
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 3 oz goat cheese
  • 1-2 cups cooked and shredded or diced chicken (GREAT use of a leftover roast chicken)
  • Dress with vinegar & olive oil, poppy seeds, salt & pepper
  • Slivered almonds (optional)


  • Toss the spinach and strawberries with the dressing
  • Lightly mix in goat cheese and almonds and chicken
  • Serve immediately – excellent with cold or still warm chicken!