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Mediterranean Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Filled with roasted chickpeas, cucumbers, olives, and artichoke hearts, this Mediterranean Salad is sure to be a favorite.

Filled with roasted chickpeas, cucumbers, olives, and artichoke hearts, this Mediterranean Salad is sure to be a favorite.

Spring is in the air, and salad for dinner is one of my favorite things to transition to this time of year. I LOVE all things Mediterranean in flavor, and this salad is one of my all-time favorites. The roasted chickpeas add enough fiber/protein that you can serve this as-is for a main dish (though the addition of some grilled chicken or shrimp would be delicious), which makes it one of my favorite meatless hearty salads. You can also serve this as a side dish. This would be great with any kind of grilled protein, fresh stone fruit, and maybe a warm couscous or rice dish to go along with it. No matter how you serve it, Mediterranean Salad with Roasted Chickpeas is going to be a favorite all spring/summer/year long.

Can we talk for 2 seconds that is the wonder known as roasted chickpeas? We’ve been obsessed with them all year long and there’s no end in sight. You guys, they are so good warm right off the pan. Don’t think you have to save them for a salad – you can eat them as soon as they come out of the oven for a snack. I love that they are inexpensive to make, they are quick to prepare (takes about a minute to get them into the oven), and when they come out of the oven, they are warm, crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and so delicious.  Plus, you can add whatever seasonings you like to them; you really could add anything that you like, want, or have on hand. It’s very flexible!

Mediterranean Salad

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6 Simple Salad in a Jar Recipes

Life gets busy, but that doesn't mean that daily salads are out of your grasp - prep a salad in a jar in advance, and you'll eat well all week long! Salad in a jar is one of my favorite things, and I wanted to revisit them for you today. A few years ago, I wrote a big old post about how to make salad in a jar that contained all the basic how tos, tip, tricks, and recipes. Today I want to share some of those ideas again, along with some more recipes to add to our growing collection. What is Continue Reading →


Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing

This Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing is a healthy and colorful way to eat the rainbow. Few things are more exciting to me than a meal that is healthy, quick, and so colorful! This Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing is going to become a quick favorite in your house because it fits the bill for all of those things. This would be a perfect main dish salad for any busy weekend. You could also serve it as a side if main dish salads aren't your jam. I made a big pot of simple fried rice (with lots of Continue Reading →


Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad

Today I'm partnering with California Avocados and I'm so excited! I very literally am the one who contacted them and asked if they'd like to work together. I am an avocado lover and I know that California Avocados are in season right now, so it only make sense that we meet in the middle to bring you all one easy, healthy, party-perfect Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad. This. Is. Summer! I adore avocados for so many reasons. I love that they have over 20 vitamins and minerals, including those great B vitamins (help fight infection/disease), folate (used for cell repair), and potassium Continue Reading →


Pineapple Salsa

I love fruit salsa! There's something magical about the sweet, spicy, savory, and salty flavors all mixed together into one amazing dish. Pineapple salsa is always a favorite at our house because pineapples seem to be pretty available and sweet whenever we want them. My kids also happen to love pineapple, which means I pick one up pretty often for them to eat. I really like using pineapple for fruit salsa because it's so acidic naturally, kind of like a tomato, that it just transitions into salsa really well. I like to add sweet colored bell peppers for some color, crunch, Continue Reading →


Rainbow Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

I feel like salads are like smoothies. You can make a million and one different combinations, but it's so easy to get into a rut and make the same one over and over again. I'm here today with a gorgeous, colorful, healthy salad recipe to get you out of your salad rut and to get you excited for dinner (or lunch!) I was going for a whole rainbow of colors, and it turned out just perfect. There's a phrase that bounces around the internet that goes something like "eat the rainbow," and I've always really liked it. I think if you Continue Reading →


Rainbow Grilled Chicken Salad

When you make and blog about 9 staple salad dressing you should know how to make, you suddenly have a fridge full of dressing, which means you need to make some perfect salads to use up that dressing. That's why we eat salad, right? To have a medium with which to eat salad dressing? This Rainbow Grilled Chicken Salad is a simple delicious meal that can be the host to just about any of the dressings I love. If you need a serving suggestion, I'd try this salad with the honey mustard, ranch, or blue cheese. Grilled chicken salads are one of Continue Reading →


8 Wholesome Lunch-Box Ideas for Adults or Kids

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GOOD THiNS through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about GOOD THiNS, all opinions are my own. I’ve been working on prepping meals/ingredients/lunches/stuff for the freezer more and more lately and it has been such an awesome thing to have done and ready to use! I even had the chance to teach a meal planning/food prep class to over 30 women this past month and I loved it. I’m getting into a great groove and having more food conveniently ready in the fridge is a game changer. What is it Continue Reading →


The Ultimate Hummus and Veggie Sandwich

Few things are more delicious than a perfectly executed sandwich. With summer around the corner and today being National Hummus Day I thought a veggie hummus sandwich would be the perfect way to celebrate. I often go to a restaurant and buy a delicious sandwich and I always roll my eyes a little at myself when I do because it's just a simple sandwich. But simple sandwiches are so very good! I think the difference between a sandwich you make at your house and the one you might order at a restaurant are the creative/fun/delicious extras and the number of Continue Reading →


Simple Hearty Winter Green Salad

Salads aren't just for summer, and I'm here to tell you all about how to make a beautiful, healthy, hearty winter green salad. Yep, you can use seasonal ingredients and make a gorgeous salad even when daylight is in short supply. This Simple Hearty Winter Green Salad is the perfect dish to bring to your last parties, dinners, and get-togethers. It's also going be a big hit in your own home when January rolls around and you are ready to eat your veggies again. Let's chat about what makes this winter green salad great: The greens. Dark leafy greens are in season right Continue Reading →


Fall Salad with Maple Candied Pecans, Bacon, Apples, and Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Don't let the cooler weather make you feel like salad season was put away with your swimming suit and beach towels. This Fall Salad with Maple Candied Pecans, Bacon, Apples, and Shaved Brussels Sprouts is perfect all fall and winter long. This fall salad is filling and just perfect for the main dish at lunch. The apples and nuts are crunchy and sweet, bacon is never ever bad on a salad, and those shaved Brussels sprouts are my favorite. Raw Brussels sprouts taste like a mild crunchy cabbage. They are really pretty in the salad and add a fun unexpected element. Continue Reading →


Fresh Corn Salad

Oh summer produce, how I love thee! If you ask me, eating healthy in the summer is just plain easy because everything is so fresh and delicious. Today is this month's Eat Seasonal post which I love (and hope you do too!), so sit back and enjoy a plethora of amazing looking seasonal dishes from some crazy talented bloggers. My recipe today is for Fresh Corn Salad. You will LOVE how easy this simple side is. Just mix a little honey and lime juice in the bottom of the bowl, add your veggies, toss in the spinach, season with a little Continue Reading →


Chopped Asian Peanut Salad with Homemade Peanut Dressing

Good morning! We had an exciting weekend with our chicks hatching in our incubator! I'm planning on taking pictures and telling you all about their birth story soon. They are the cutest little fluff balls this side of the Mississippi, though I might be a little biased. While you are waiting for a chick post, you can enjoy this fabulous Chopped Asian Peanut Salad with Homemade Peanut Dressing. This salad is super versatile and would be awesome with the addition of Chow Mein noodles (you know, those "fried worms" as my dad used to call them), mandarin orange pieces and even Continue Reading →


Berry Spinach Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing

Be still my salad loving heart. Berry Spinach Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing is a keeper, friends. I call this salad "girl food," which means it's just the perfect dish to make when you are having your best friend over for a playdate. Feed the kids quesadillas or PB&J, send them out to play or get out the train tracks, and then hide in the kitchen to scarf this down with your favorite free therapist. That's what best friends are, right?! I've been dreaming of this salad for weeks and finally made it, took pictures, and then had a big Continue Reading →


Dixie Salad

There's a dark-eyed, dark-haired, petite old woman who lives just outside of my town. Her name is Afton. Afton is a kind soul who grew up here in Southern Utah but spent most of her married life traveling the world while her husband became a doctor through the Army. Afton is one of those people who is always so glad to see you and makes you feel so welcome and loved that you secretly know, no matter what anyone else says, you are her favorite person in the world. I adore Afton and miss her other half, Tony, very much. A few Continue Reading →


Think Greek Quinoa Salad

Hello again, Bless This Mess readers! I'm so excited to be sharing one of our new favorite meals with you today: Think Greek Quinoa Salad! Quinoa is one of those great high-protein grains that can keep you full for hours. It can be a touch strong on its own sometimes, but it's just divine with a great dressing. This lemon-oregano dressing is just the ticket. The quinoa will absorb all that goodness and the flavor will pull everything together. This is an excellent salad to make ahead of time. It gets more delicious with a few hours under its belt, and kept Continue Reading →


Salad in a Jar – How to

Salad in a jar - have you heard of it?! I've seen it a million times on pinterest but didn't really get excited about it until recently. You guys, this info might just change your life! What is the appeal of having a salad in a jar you might ask? Well let me tell you friends! Not only does it last forever (the lettuce literally stays nice and crisp for well over a week), but the prep work is done and you have healthy eating right at your fingertips. Prepping a bunch of these one day and eating on them all Continue Reading →


Steak Tostadas

steak carnita recipe, tostada recipe, how to make tostada shells

Monday! You all know I love this day of the week. Thomas is gone for the week to teach a training course in the big city. While he's away I hope to get lots and lots done before we head up to meet him for a few days. The blog is slowly getting whipped into shape, and I plan on making my alone-time this week productive. I've manually inputted about 50 recipes so far but have a lot more to go. I would definitely say moving to WordPress has been worth the effort for me though and I'm happy with Continue Reading →


Barbecue Ranch Chicken Salad

Confession #1: I tried BBQ ranch for the first time last month. The combo just sounded gross to me; why would you ever put barbecue sauce on a salad? I tried a bite of my cousin's salad while we were out and loved it (thanks Brandy!). The sweet smokey with all that cool goodness of vegetables paired much better than I expected. How have I been living without this for so long? Confession #2: I have never served a salad as a main dish to my family for dinner before this very recipe graced our table. My kids don't eat lettuce Continue Reading →


Seven-Layer Salad in A Trifle

I think there is some kind of unwritten rule that says moms must bring the same thing to every picnic and family gathering they attend in the summer. My mother-in-law always brings amazing baked beans and her famous pasta salad. My mom always brought potato salad and seven-layer salad. We rarely ate potato or seven-layer salad at home. They were items she made exclusively for functions. I loved both dishes and looked forward to the summer soirees that Mom would make them for. One reason Mom didn't make her two typical dishes at home was because they make crowd-pleasing portions. My dad is one of Continue Reading →


Creamy Cilantro Ranch Dressing

There is some serious cabinet drama going on here; what a mess. We are so close to getting a real kitchen in though. I can hardly wait. I feel like Christmas is on the way, but I don't know what day it is actually coming. It's exciting but frustrating to not know what to expect all at the same time. Oh life with a real kitchen, what will it even be like? I'm going to go ahead and assume that I'm going to love it. Just. Can't. Wait! Here is the last recipe in my Cafe Rio-inspired collection. This dressing is amazing. Continue Reading →


Lunch Salad

I went to the dentist today and I swear the man went at me with a sledge hammer. I'm always so anxious for the fat numb feeling to go away, but this go around I want it back. Oh, the throbbing pain! I will never neglect flossing again, never ever. I've been eating clean off and on for a few months now, in an effort to drop the last of my baby weight. I normally give myself 9 months to lose the weight (it took that long to get there), but that deadline has come and gone and I'm still 12ish Continue Reading →


Easter Bunny Salad

If I make a giant salad with lots of yummy things on it, slathered in dressing, my kids will gobble it up. I've been working hard on my 2012 bucket list number 6 and think I'm almost ready to post a recipe. I was making a salad for lunch yesterday and kept thinking about my dad. My dad called green salad "rabbit food" when I was growing up. He'd ask my mom if she would make "some rabbit food" for dinner, and she knew just what he was talking about. Thinking of my dad, his phrase, and making a salad the Continue Reading →


Citrus Fruit Salad

I had a tasty pummelo the other day. After I cut it and took out the edible part (I treat them like grapefruit) I just couldn't throw the shell away. I ended up making a little fruit salad and serving the salad out of the pummelo half. It was darling! I tasted my first pummelo while on spring break with my favorite cousin. She took me to Florida with her and her family for years and some of my best high school memories come from those trips. We would leave cold Indiana and watch as the temperature reading inside of the car climbed the farther Continue Reading →


Winter Fruit Salad

Fresh fruit in the winter can be tasteless. Sure you can still get whatever you like, but flavor-lacking fruit is not usually worth the high price. Eating fruit when it is in season is a great practice. You are sure to pay a lower price and get better quality! Oranges and pomegranate are in season in the winter months and normally peak right at Christmas.I occasionally get a Bountiful Basket which is a food co-op group. You order a basket on Monday for $15 and then pick it up at a various location on Saturday morning. You never know what you are Continue Reading →