Crunchy Salmon Salad with Sriracha Dressing

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I might have a problem: I might be a little sriracha-obsessed. That bottle up there? I bought it last week and it’s already almond have gone. I’ve been finding ways to sneak it into things left and right. When I originally came up with the idea for this salad, I envisioned a creamy avocado-lime dressing. You see how that turned out, right? No avocado in sight; instead, I dressed it with a spicy mixture of yogurt, sriracha, and lime juice. And I don’t regret it for a second, because the dressing kind of made the salad.

Carrot, Quinoa & Pistachio Salad

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Last Saturday I went a little overboard at lunch (I had a craving for a gooey cheese quesadilla that I needed to satisfy!), so I wanted to make something a little lighter for dinner to balance it out. I wandered around Shop Rite without much of a plan, just pulling whatever healthy ingredients sounded appetizing into my cart. I ended up making an easy carrot, quinoa, and pistachio salad. I served the salad with pita bread and baba ganoush, for a simple, yet very satisfying meal.

Citrus + Avocado Salad


February is always the worst month: It's freezing cold, the days are short and dark, and it's officially time to take down the Christmas lights which makes the neighborhood about 750% less beautiful. Basically, it's just blah. Lately, I've been trying to find ways to brighten up the day – from cheesy valentine's crafts to bright, summery salads like this one made from sweet-tart winter citrus and creamy avocado. It's great for breakfast and is perfect as a light side dish. Over a bed of lettuce, it's even substantial enough to be a meal.

Sweet & Spicy Candied Almonds

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PicMonkey CollageI’m not usually a fan of almonds (or walnuts) but I’ve been sneaking handfulls of these sweet and spicy almonds all weekend. They’re totally addictive! The almonds are coated with a thick, crunch layer of caramelized brown sugar and cinnamon, with a hint of spicy cayenne – so, so, so good. They’re also ridiculously easy to make… which could be dangerous!

Kale Salad with Blue Cheese + Pickled Carrots

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healthy-delicious_kale salad with blue cheese-2

When you go out to eat, do you ever get into a rut where you always order the same thing? I’m definitely guilty of that – especially at the City Beer Hall. We eat there relatively frequently, and I almost always get the 518 burger, which I’ve deemed the best burger in town.*  The last time we went though, I was craving something a little healthier and ended up getting the kale salad.

It was love at first bite and I couldn’t shut up about how delicious it was. I was still thinking about it days (and weeks) later and knew that I’d have to try making it myself.

Asian Calamari Salad

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It takes a lot to get me to eat a salad in the winter. Soup? Sign me up. Salad? Maybe another day….

Of course, if you load a salad up with lots of delicious, hearty toppings it’s hard to pass up – even when there’s three feet of snow on the ground.