Grilled Chicken Greek Salad

Greek Salad

I love a great Greek salad.   The mixture of kalamata olives, cucumber, feta and a tangy dressing, is just downright awesome!  I have been reworking my recipes to lower my salt and calorie intake.  Who knew that years of cheese, bacon and beer would not so great on my body.  I had no clue.  Haha.  Well it has caught up with me and it is time for me to try to shred some excess calories and salt via new recipes.  The only problem is that low calorie and low sodium food usually tastes like crap.  Well I have been trying a ton of new recipes.  Most of which sucked.  So that is why I have been a little absent from the blog.  Well this recipe is a winner.  The flavors are so strong and delicious you will not miss the added salt.  The salt in the feta and olives is enough to season the entire dish.  As for calories, this recipe is not super low in calories, but it is not too shabby on calories.

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

Balsamic Vinaigrette

I love a good salad.  When I make salads at home, I usually just buy my salad dressings.  But we had a salad dressing mixer bottle lying around and I figured I should at least try it.  So I decided to make a balsamic vinaigrette.  After a few iterations, I discovered an amazing salad dressing … Read moreBalsamic Vinaigrette

BLT Salad

BLT Salad

Who doesn’t love a nice Bacon, Lettuce and grilled tomato sandwich.  So I figured who wouldn’t love it in salad form.  With charred bread croutons and fire roasted tomatoes, this was a salad for men and women alike.  Heck, the main ingredient is bacon.  Who could not love this salad.  After making it, I declare that all salads made by me have fire roasted tomatoes on them.  It was one of the most delicious salads I have ever eaten.

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Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad

I am a huge fan of grilling.  The only problem is that most sides are not grilled.  This salad solves that problem.  The corn is fire roasted on the grill so you can make it right along with your steak or barbecue dishes.  In addition the grilled corn adds a bit of smokiness to the … Read moreRoasted Corn and Black Bean Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

The other day it was late and I wanted to grill something.  It happens, maybe not to all, but it happens to me all of the time.  So I went in the fridge and all I had was chicken.  I don’t mean to sound sad, but I was in the mood to grill something crazy. … Read moreGrilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Margherita Pasta Salad

Margherita Pasta Salad

I am always on the lookout for a new pasta salad.  Pasta salads are the perfect side dishes for bbqs.  If you are spending all day outside cooking, the last thing you want to do is run in the house and cook sides.  Pasta salads can be prepared the day before and they are cool so they are perfect for when it is super hot outside.  I came up with the idea for this salad after eating my favorite brick oven pizza, The Margherita Pizza.  That amazing pie covered in mozzarella, tomatoes and basil.

Margherita Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is the perfect side for any barbecue.

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Macaroni Salad Part Deux

Macaroni Salad

A couple of months ago I tackled Pizza Hut’s Macaroni Salad.  I was off by a bit and I finally tried it again.  The salad was close, but it needed just a few flavor enhancements to make it perfect.  I tried the macaroni salad ten times and finally figured out the secret ingredient that makes it all come together.  While you don’t see it, you definitely taste it.  Drum roll please…..  Black Olives.  Yep, it doesn’t take a ton and the ones in there are diced so fine that you don’t see them.  However, when a couple olives are added, it transforms the whole salad to pure awesomeness.

Macaroni Salad

The salad is creamy and delicious.

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The Colonel’s Coleslaw

Growing up we would always stop by the Colonel’s and pick up Coleslaw for all of our coleslaw needs.  Even when we didn’t need a special recipe drumstick we still picked up the coleslaw.  Mainly because it was tasty and finely diced.  The smaller dice allowed for a creamier coleslaw.  So ever since that day I have been trying to make it.  I searched online and there are hundreds of recipes claiming to be it.  I have tried most of them, and this one seems to be the best.  This is a popular recipe on the internet and nobody seems to know where it came from.  Some suggest an employee stole it, but in the end, it was probably an ingenious food blogger with a severe case of munchies.

KFC Coleslaw

I have tried this with sliced cabbage and it did not taste the same.  Something about the small dice changes this coleslaw into something magic.

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Panzanella Skewers with Sherry Vinaigrette

Panzanella Skewers

I am always looking for a new way to spice up a salad.  So when I came across this recipe, I knew I had a winner.  Grilled tomatoes and bread served over a nice green salad.  The smokiness of grilled tomatoes and bread add a unique flavor to this salad.

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Chicken Salad

Today is the second and final day of what to do with a store bought rotisserie chicken.  Basically last week I was shopping and they had whole roasted chickens for $5.  It was such a good price I could not pass it up.  Yesterday I used half of the chicken to make bbq chicken quesadillas.  They were delicious and fast to make.  Today I am going to tackle chicken salad.  I love a mixture of dark and light meat in my chicken salad.  So I saved the legs, 1 thigh and 1 breast for today.  Further I made another loaf of No-Knead Bread which went perfectly with the chicken salad.

No-knead bread with chicken salad is awesome.

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Macaroni Salad

When I was a kid my parents would take me to Pizza Hut for the pizza and salad bar buffet.  It was the best time as it was all you can eat breadsticks and pizza.  Before diving knee deep into the pizza I always went to the salad bar for a quick healthy snack.  That is when I fell in love with the macaroni salad.  It wasn;t like most macaroni salads.  It was full of pimentos and relish.  I have been looking for a good recipe for this type of macaroni salad for a while.  Finally my Mom and I figured out a recipe.  It is basic, but it is really good.

Macaroni Salad
Macaroni Salad

It is a little sweeter than most macaroni salads, that is probably why I loved it as a kid.

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Time to cool down, Spaghetti Salad

It was a warm one the other day and I wanted something light and refreshing for dinner.  So I called up my Mom and asked her for her spaghetti salad recipe.  As a kid my Mom would make this for us in the summer.  It is great as a side or alone served with some … Read moreTime to cool down, Spaghetti Salad