Posts in the category: Salads

Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad Recipe // @nicoledula

Memorial Day weekend was hot and humid, but I loved it. We made some tasty cheeseburgers on pretzel buns. Our gym had a special memorial day workout class and a new girl passed out! I stayed in my two favorite spots, the one under the fan for strength training and the boxing bag next to the AC unit. It’s 10 am on Tuesday and my deodorant is already failing me. I’m not used to being this warm, you guys. I need to keep emergency deodorant at work. That’s my life now. I love summer, though, and won’t want it to leave.… Continue reading

Shrimp Salad

Shrimp Salad Recipe // @nicoledula

Sometimes you just want to eat something that makes you think of warmer weather and maybe sitting on a porch in Charleston. Marc and I spent 3 days there in 2009 (whoa) and it was 100 degrees every day. Unseasonably warm for that part of June they said. We stayed at a bed and breakfast and each day at 4:30, they’d have tea time (iced tea for us) with light snacks. A spread of tiny sandwiches and tarts and crackers and dip. It was so lovely. We felt young and like we were pretending to be grown-ups. We kind of were. Whether… Continue reading

Napa Cabbage Slaw

Napa Cabbage Slaw Recipe // @nicoledula

This salad is famous in Marc’s family. His grandpa and grandma make it, his aunts make it, his mom and sister make it. I haven’t met a person who can resist it. It’s essentially shredded napa cabbage with toasted crunchy bits and a sweet vinaigrette. I did the unthinkable and altered the recipe a wee bit. While I love the original, I always thought the dressing was too sweet, so I kicked the sugar back by half. I also added more almonds and seeds to the crunchy bits because, as Marc reminded me, it’s the best part. I love this… Continue reading

Vegan Roasted Autumn Panzanella Salad

Roasted Autumn Panzanella Salad Recipe // @nicoledula

Sometimes you just need a hearty fall salad in your life. Now that it’s pretty chilly in Michigan and I saw snow floating in the air on Saturday (!!!) it’s ok to turn on the oven and roast things again. I roasted up some of my favorite fall veggies and combined them with kale, red onion and a punchy lemon vinaigrette. The roasted brussels sprouts and delicata squash get crisp and caramelized while the onion and the vinaigrette add a touch of acid to heighten and balance those flavors. The bread cubes act like delicious sponges, crispy on the outside, but… Continue reading

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe // @nicoledula

I typically love my trusty vinaigrette dressings and if I’m in the mood for something creamy, blue cheese is my go-to, but it’s hard to put a good ranch dressing in the corner, baby-style. There’s a reason it’s most American’s favorite dressing and why you just want to dip everything in it. It’s creamy and caloric, yet somehow refreshing. Must be those fresh herbs. And when you have a guest over that isn’t too food adventurous, maybe it’s not the day to rock the boat, you know? You definitely want to show them how good homemade ranch is, though, and then when… Continue reading

Vegetarian Taco Pasta Salad

Vegetarian Taco Pasta Salad Recipe // @nicoledula

First of all, hey! Vacation is way over and I’m back at it. Back at it plus Marc and I started kickboxing! A new studio opened up near our house and this morning we had our third class, at 5:45 am (big eyes emoji). It’s going really well. I love how I feel after class and I’m learning so much. Hopefully we can keep this going! Maybe I was still high on endorphins from last Saturday’s class, but it was the most beautiful day! It was sunny, warm and perfect for the barbecue we had planned. We invited Marc’s cousin, Chris, and… Continue reading

Summer Halloumi + Melon Salad

Summer Halloumi + Melon Salad Recipe // @nicoledula #csa #vegeatarian

Ah, summer. The time of year when a salad like this is dinner and everyone is happy ’bout it. This salad is inspired by one I had at Selden Standard recently with seared halloumi, cantaloupe, fresh snap peas and radish. Fresh snap peas were hard to find last weekend and I wasn’t about to mince radishes, so I picked up what was fresh and pretty at the farmers market. Namely baby heirloom tomatoes, green beans and basil. The whole salad is drizzled with a sharp citronette to make the cantaloupe savory/sweet and the golden cheese is even better with a hit… Continue reading

Smoked Blue Cheese Dressing

Smoked Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe // @nicoledula

All of the stars aligned to make this recipe happen. I had plenty of green lettuce in the house and one of the heads from my CSA was a better version of iceberg, which always makes me think of bacon and blue cheese dressing. I went to Whole Foods and spent some quality time in the cheese department and saw that Roth Kase’s Moody Blue, a smoked blue cheese dressing, was on sale. I could smell the smoke through the plastic wrap. It intrigued me and then the cheese sign said, “For salads that wish they had bacon.” Then it… Continue reading

Frisée Salad with Mushrooms and Fried Eggs + Week 1 of Whole 30

Frisée Salad with Mushrooms and Fried Eggs + Starting Whole 30 // @nicoledula

If you normally roll your eyes at special diets, I feel you. I’m more of an “everything in moderation” person and I try to eat balanced meals while indulging occasionally, but I was feeling like things were a little off-balance for us lately. Maybe it was all the burgers + cookies + bourbon + biscuits + hot chicken in Louisville and Nashville?? I was following along with Erica’s Whole 30 experience and her beautiful and simple meals gave me the push I needed to try it for myself. If you’ve never heard of Whole 30, the rules are here. There is a… Continue reading

Beet Salad with Whipped Goat Cheese and Maple Walnuts

Beet Salad with Whipped Goat Cheese and Maple Walnuts Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

It took years of ordering beet salads in restaurants to finally realize that I should be making my own dream beet salad at home. If a beet salad is on the menu, I order it. Even though Marc is not a beet or walnut lover, he’s always pleasantly surprised that he likes the combination of beets, soft cheese and nuts. I just want to say duh, but that’s not nice. There are a few components to the recipe, but all are simple tasks that you can do while your beets steam-roast in the oven. After you assemble the salad, the… Continue reading