Grilled Zucchini Salad With Chickpeas

Grilled Zucchini Salad With Chickpeas

In the middle of summer, which is the time of year it is now as I’m writing this, it’s pretty special to bring something that celebrates the season’s bounty. This grilled zucchini salad is a great way to do that, without breaking the bank and without breaking a sweat. Bonus - you can make it in about 20 minutes.

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Creamy Kale Caesar Salad

Creamy Kale Caesar Salad

I know. Kale Caesar Salad? What is this, 2015? Well, as far as ‘good uses for kale’ goes, this happens to be one of the applications I totally endorse.

I’m not one to throw kale into everything I consume. You probably won’t catch me drinking kale smoothies or eating kale chips, but something about the briny lemony garlicky goodness of homemade Caesar dressing does a real number on this tough hearty leaf, and I love it.

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The Skillet Salad - A Dinnertime Strategy

The Skillet Salad - A Dinnertime Strategy

The beauty behind the skillet salad is that the residual heat from a skillet, combined with the hot stuff you cooked in it give the more traditional leafy elements of the salad a chance to get just a little bit warm and (yes) even slightly wilted in the heat. The result is a more succulent leaf. It makes the greens a bit juicier, rather than straight up crunchy. If you’re weird about wilted greens (and I am with you in certain situations), go with a leaf that is acceptable to you in either it’s raw OR cooked form. Something like Kale, Escarole or mustard greens). If you’re one of those people who like two hour old Caesar Salad, and I know you’re out there - you’re going to LOVE this.

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