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Bitters Salad and Raspberry Dressing

Bitters Salad
I love a healthy salad that packs flavor and isn’t something I make every day. This definitely fits the bill.
The bitters are beautifully contrasted with the sweetness of the raspberries and tang of he lemon juice.
1 heart of romaine lettuce, ripped into bite-size pieces
1 endive, ripped into bite-size pieces
½ cups arugula and/or watercress, ripped into bite-size pieces
1 rib celery, thinly sliced
2 scallions, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup black olives
1/4 cup baby green tomatoes, cut in half
salt and pepper to taste


Dressing Ingredients
1/4 cup raspberries
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl.

Just before serving, blend the dressing in a blender on high, pour over the salad and toss.

Macho Salad

Macho Salad Macho salad is a recipe that I learned a few years ago. What makes it so macho? It basically means that you add everything under the sun to a huge bowl and chomp away. Here are some of my favorites to add to this salad, feel free to add other ingredients and make it your own. As always, food is about having fun!

This recipe makes 4 large salads. (When I say large, think about feeding Adam Richman from Man vs. Food.) You can always make this recipe for fewer people and customize to your tastes.

My goal as a blogger is to teach you to take recipes that you adore and make it your own.

4 cups baby spinach mix (or any green mix that you prefer)
1 1/2 cups chicken, cooked and chopped
1/4 cup bacon, crumbled
1 large red bell pepper, cut into thin slices if you can grill the pepper first, that would be amazing)
1-2 avocados, pitted and cut into thin slices (I always use 1/2 an avocado per person)
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
1 cucumber, sliced
2 tablespoons capers
1/2 cup corn, freshly grilled and cut off of the cob (low-carbers leave this out)
1/4 cup black olives
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/4 cup mild cheese (I used Colby jack)
1/4 cup toasted pecans, almonds or any other nut you have on had

Dressing Ingredients
2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
1 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
2/3 cups great quality olive oil

Salad Directions
Combine together all of the ingredients and set aside

Combine together the dressing ingredients and blend together and toss a small amount (few tablespoons) with the salad until it is lightly covered.

Citrus Chicken Salad

Citrus Chicken SaladWith the holiday season upon us, it is so easy to snack on cookies from a cookie party and those delicious chocolates a client dropped off for the office. I like to add a few salads to the mix to help maintain my weight during the holiday season. This is a very simple recipe that balances sweet, acidity and the earthly flavors. You can dress this salad up any way you want and add bacon, avocados or any other ingredient you like.
Salad Ingredients
2 chicken breasts, grilled and sliced
1/2 cup walnut halves
4 cups mixed greens, I like to use a baby spinach mix or arugula mix
1 large navel orange, peeled and sectioned
1 green apple, cored and sliced
4 tablespoons raisins
1/3 cup red onions, sliced
1/2 cup grape tomatoes
1/4 cup Gorgonzola cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup croutons, if desired (i prefer to leave these out for myself)

Citrus Vinaigrette Ingredients
2/3 cup rice wine vinegar
4 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon dijon mustard

Citrus Vinaigrette Directions
Whisk together all of the ingredients and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
2 chicken breasts

Salad Ingredients
Mix together the salad ingredients and add a healthy serving of the vinaigrette.