Winter Brussels Bowl with Toasted Farro

This brussels sprouts farro bowl is the perfect winter meal. Toasted farro, roasted brussels sprouts with pine nuts and citrus and feta, all drizzled in a delicious vinaigrette! Oh how I love a good grain bowl in the winter! This one is loaded with toasted grains, roasty, toasty brussels sprouts, my favorite nuts, a hint […]

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This brussels sprouts farro bowl is the perfect winter meal. Toasted farro, roasted brussels sprouts with pine nuts and citrus and feta, all drizzled in a delicious vinaigrette!

Oh how I love a good grain bowl in the winter!

brussels sprouts farro bowl

This one is loaded with toasted grains, roasty, toasty brussels sprouts, my favorite nuts, a hint of citrus and the most delicious dressing. Farro is one of my go-to winter ingredients and this bowl is perfect to add to your rotation.

I live for dressings, especially all the different vinaigrettes I make. They add so much to roasted vegetables, grain bowls, salads and marinades. Definitely a key secret for making good meals throughout the week.

brussels sprouts, onions, pine nuts

This farro bowl is a dish that you can easily prep ahead of time for lunches for the week or even a quick and easy dinner. It’s also simple enough that you don’t NEED to prep any of it ahead. Of course, I am always pro-prepping things like grains ahead of time. But I prefer my vegetables freshly roasted. So I may mix it up and do half and half. Either way, it comes together fast. 

dry farro

There are so many things that I love about this bowl!

Beginning with flavor and crunch.

roasted brussels sprouts, onion, pine nuts

Here’s how it goes down!

The toasted farro has so much flavor. It is slightly high-maintenance because it has a few steps, but it’s not difficult. I soak the farro, then cook it. Then I add it to a skillet with some olive oil and toast it to maximize the flavor and give it some crispy bits. It’s incredible this way and I would love to eat it like this every time. 

The roasted vegetables are super simple too! I use a big sheet pan and do brussels sprout, red onion and pine nuts. I’m obsessed with pine nuts and can eat them on anything. I love their flavor and crunch. Roasting these together gets them all caramely and toasty. 

toasted farro in a skillet

Citrus!! We’re in the height of citrus season and it’s just so good. Our family can go through a bag of clementines in mere days, we all love it so much. I used cara cara oranges for this bowl, but you can use any orange you have on hand. It brings the brightest pop to the bowl.

segmented citrus

Cheese, of course? I mean I guess it wouldn’t be one of my recipes without a sprinkle of cheese! I like to do crumbled feta here. It’s tangy and crumbles so nicely that you can get a bite in each forkful. You could also do goat cheese or even parmesan. Or leave out the cheese entirely if you wish.

The citrus vinaigrette is dreamy. I like to use both freshly squeezed lemon and orange juices. And I also use dill. I find that when dill is used in a dressing or recipe, it often gives you that “ooooh what is that amazing flavor that I can’t put my finger on?” thought. Makes it really delish. 

roasted vegetables, farro, oranges

It comes together fast and of course you can use it as a clean-out-the-fridge meal! Anything wintery that you have – sweet potatoes, squash, more citrus, even herbs. Make it your own! (more…)

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Hot Honey Buffalo Chicken Wraps.

These hot honey buffalo chicken wraps are so crispy and crunchy and delicious! Baked crispy chicken tenders, hot honey buffalo wing sauce, ranch dressing, cheese and crisp romaine all wrapped in a warm tortilla! I will never turn down a buffalo chicken wrap! Crispy chicken with buffalo wing sauce, crunchy lettuce, a warm wrap – […]

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These hot honey buffalo chicken wraps are so crispy and crunchy and delicious! Baked crispy chicken tenders, hot honey buffalo wing sauce, ranch dressing, cheese and crisp romaine all wrapped in a warm tortilla!

I will never turn down a buffalo chicken wrap!

hot honey buffalo chicken wraps

Crispy chicken with buffalo wing sauce, crunchy lettuce, a warm wrap – oh and add in a touch of hot honey here for extra flavor and you will be SOLD.

Like this should be dinner tonight! 

hot honey buffalo chicken wraps

Eddie and I have been super into wraps like these lately. For the last few months, we’ve thrown together some kind of wrap for lunch on a weekend or even a last minute dinner. Which happened often during the holiday season! I’d even go as far to say that they are his favorite thing right now.

We started making them after ordering them from a local restaurant and while they were good… mine were much better. Now, I just make them instead of us ordering!

It’s safe to say that buffalo chicken will always be a favorite flavor for us, but I also love making these with honey mustard or bbq sauce. Something about the crunchy chicken and warm wrap… plus some lettuce for crunch and maybe cheese if you want it. Depending on the season, I might throw in some garden tomatoes too. You can always toss in whatever you like. 

baked buffalo chicken on a sheet pan

I’ve been making these exact buffalo chicken fingers for approximately 13 years. If you’ve followed along here, then you know – my chicken tender recipes are legit! And I’ve been making versions of them since 2009 and they are something we absolutely love. I’d link to them, but every time I pull up a post from 2009 I want to crawl in a hole and never reappear. Horrifying! Happy searching.

The good news is that I’ve perfected the art of the baked-but-crunchy chicken finger. Like super crunchy.

The key is using a wire rack, a mix of different bread crumbs and baking at high heat. Oh and spraying the chicken fingers with olive oil spray before baking. Perfect crunch every time!

tortilla with lettuce and buffalo chicken

I’ve also perfected our favorite buffalo-wing flavor combo! It includes buffalo wing sauce, of course. My go-to is frank’s red hot wing sauce – that is the only one I like to use. For this specific sauce, I added in a dash of honey. It brings a whole hot honey vibe to the wing sauce and it is ridiculously delicious. I don’t always love spicy food, but anything spicy and sweet will get me. Honey + buffalo wing sauce? I want to drizzle it on all the things. 

tortilla with lettuce, buffalo chicken and ranch

With that sauce, I love a mixture of fresh cilantro, chives and green onions. If it works, I also love some sharp cheddar. But that depends on the recipe. Crumbled blue cheese too. For this one, I use crumbled gorgonzola. 

My homemade ranch dressing is ideal for drizzling. It brings everything together and really makes it extra delicious. 

up close buffalo chicken with ranch

Once the chicken is made, preparing the wrap is easy – just use whatever you love. No need for specific measurements. Throw in a handful of lettuce, a sprinkle of cheese, a drizzle of ranch. As much or as little as you like. You can’t go wrong! (more…)

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90 Lunch Ideas for 2022.

I love all of these lunch ideas for 2022! So many of my favorite meals to make ahead for lunches – all things you can prep the day before! Tons of flavor, super satisfying and nourishing meals. I’ve got over 90 lunch ideas for 2022 today! Lots of my faves all in one place. Whether […]

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I love all of these lunch ideas for 2022! So many of my favorite meals to make ahead for lunches – all things you can prep the day before! Tons of flavor, super satisfying and nourishing meals.

I’ve got over 90 lunch ideas for 2022 today! Lots of my faves all in one place.

Whether you are still working from home or heading into the office, these are lunch ideas for 2022 that you can make and prep ahead of time. Woohoo!

While I’m all about having a fried egg for lunch or topping my avocado toast with a fried egg or grilling and roasting some vegetables for lunch, when you work out of the home I know that just isn’t feasible. These are all dishes that you can make or prep ahead of time and ones that will taste great come lunch time.

That’s the biggest thing for me. No matter how fantastic the salad was that I would make for lunch when I sat behind a desk, whether it had croutons or last night’s chicken on top, it still tasted like a sad desk lunch and I just wanted something more delicious. Now I AM sharing a bunch of my favorite substantial salads below, but there are a ton of other lunch ideas here that range from soups to bowls to full blown meals! Eddie requires an actual MEAL, so there are some of those below too.

You can always find me sharing lunch ideas over on instagram too!

94 Lunch Ideas for 2022

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Fig Burrata Caprese.

This fig caprese is perfect for late summer! Creamy burrata cheese, fresh basil, good olive oil and balsamic glaze makes it incredible. Fig season is here!  If you’re looking for the perfect side dish or snack tonight, I’ve got you covered. The creamiest burrata cheese, juicy figs, olive oil and balsamic for a simple but […]

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This fig caprese is perfect for late summer! Creamy burrata cheese, fresh basil, good olive oil and balsamic glaze makes it incredible.

Fig season is here! 

fig caprese salad

If you’re looking for the perfect side dish or snack tonight, I’ve got you covered. The creamiest burrata cheese, juicy figs, olive oil and balsamic for a simple but insanely flavorful dish.

Words can’t express how good this is! 

fresh fig

Classic caprese happens in our house ALL the time. I even made it last night to have as a side with my lemon butter chicken from Everyday Dinners. I’ve definitely done my own spin on the caprese many times… such as a hot bacon version, caramelized peach, watermelon, strawberry and stone fruit. Just to name a few.

But I’ve never done figs and well there is a first time for everything. Best day ever! 

burrata cheese

I just love when figs are in season.

They are the perfect fruit to bridge the gap from summer to fall. And the season is so short that it makes the few weeks that they are available extra special.

fresh fig on burrata

So why not make a savory, delish salad or snack with them?

I’m very much team-snack when it comes to figs. Dried figs are a HUGE favorite of mine. I’ve eaten them as a snack for ages. 

The fresh ones are so good too, and I love pairing them with something savory like this. 

fresh figs with burrata and olive oil

Clearly this recipe is not complicated. I love to use burrata cheese because, well… it’s burrata! But if you can’t find it or don’t want to splurge, go with fresh mozzarella. Sliced or small pearls work – whatever your preference is. 

fig caprese salad

I tend to use turkish figs because they are the most available to me. But I also really love black mission figs. Again, whichever you can get your hands on here, or whichever version you love.

The rest? Super super simple.

Fresh basil leaves. Keep them whole or chop ‘em up. 

Really good olive oil, like Ina Garten style. Make it high quality, extra virgin. Super fruity! 

Balsamic glaze! I just buy it these days because it’s so accessible.  (more…)

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Crispy Prosciutto and Charred Corn Arugula Salad.

This prosciutto corn arugula salad is so simple and flavorful! Charred corn, crispy prosciutto, peppery arugula and a parmesan vinaigrette! Absolutely delish. There’s a new favorite salad on the block! I won’t lie, I’m feeling the fall vibes now with it being September. I’m ready to jump head first into all the cozy soups and […]

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This prosciutto corn arugula salad is so simple and flavorful! Charred corn, crispy prosciutto, peppery arugula and a parmesan vinaigrette! Absolutely delish.

There’s a new favorite salad on the block!

crispy prosciutto & charred corn arugula salad

I won’t lie, I’m feeling the fall vibes now with it being September. I’m ready to jump head first into all the cozy soups and warming pasta dishes, but it’s still summer! And I can’t let my beloved sweet corn go It’s just the best and we only get it for, like, five minutes a year. Gotta make the best of it!

arugula with parmesan

Enter this lovely little salad. My goal was to create an easy summer house salad. Or just an easy summer greens salad. Something where the corn could shine, but nothing overwhelming or too crazy. I love a good “starter” salad and they definitely have their place in my meal plans when we’re trying to get in some greens.

crispy prosciutto

This salad TASTES super fancy and delicious. It tastes like it has more ingredients than you’d think. The only things in the salad are arugula greens, corn, prosciutto and parmesan! Of course – salt and pepper. And then, we drizzle with the vinaigrette. But our base consists of those four ingredients.

It’s so wonderful because those ingredients are delish on their own, and when they come together, it’s a simple flavor powerhouse.

Sweet, crisp corn.

Crispy, salty and savory prosciutto.

Peppery, refreshing arugula.

Buttery and nutty parmesan!

crispy prosciutto & charred corn arugula salad

I mean, I’m hungry just writing those out. Do they even need a dressing?! 

They do though. Because this dressing is FAB.

crispy prosciutto & charred corn arugula salad

I can’t even tell you how much I love the parmesan vinaigrette. If you haven’t had the blue cheese vinaigrette from Everyday Dinners yet, you are missing out. It’s this wonderful briney and tart vinaigrette that has blue cheese in it – which basically gets marinated in the dressing.

The parmesan is the same way, but since it has smaller pieces, it makes the dressing a bit more hearty and blends in. It’s fantastic. 

Also, super flavorful and works on SO many salads. You really can use it on anything!  (more…)

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Sweet Corn, Peach and Tomato Salad with Crispy Quinoa.

This peach tomato salad is loaded with fresh, sweet corn, drizzled in my fresh basil vinaigrette and topped with crispy toasted quinoa. So delicious, refreshing and perfect for the end of summer! Who else still can’t get enough summer eats?! Me, me, me! We eat super seasonally in our house and I can assure you […]

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This peach tomato salad is loaded with fresh, sweet corn, drizzled in my fresh basil vinaigrette and topped with crispy toasted quinoa. So delicious, refreshing and perfect for the end of summer!

Who else still can’t get enough summer eats?!

sweet corn, peach and tomato salad

Me, me, me!

corn and peaches

We eat super seasonally in our house and I can assure you that we’re still on the major summer produce train. The amount that I buy from our local farm each week is wild. The kids adore fruit, and we eat a lot of it on the weekend too. I will grill any and all summer vegetables that I can get my hands on.

And when it comes to sweet corn? Well… all bets are off.

Oh yes.

Our corn here in Pennsylvania is SO good.

In fact, the corn we’ve been getting tastes the best that it has in years! I don’t even want to tell you how many ears I grill at once. I could just eat that for dinner and be happy. 

tomatoes and peaches

But of course! I need to make things a little fancier. Throw together the incredible produce and make a meal out of it. A perfect summer plate, if you will. 

sweet corn, peach and tomato salad

This is the ultimate sweet & savory, crisp and refreshing dish. The peaches, corn and tomatoes are ridiculous right now. Perfectly ripe and sweet. The corn has a refreshing crunch – I use it fresh right off the cob. That’s right. I don’t cook it. It is SO sweet and crisp when you slice it right from the cob – it’s incredible.

Of course, you can cook it if you really want to. I would grill it before anything else!

The peaches are so juicy. The cherry tomatoes taste like candy. (I used to hate when my parents said that but wow, it’s true. This must mean I’m officially old.) 

sweet corn, peach and tomato salad with crispy quinoa

Then! We go and drizzle it with the most perfect fresh basil vinaigrette. I’ve used this recipe in a few dishes lately on the blog. It comes from my new book Everyday Dinners and it is a dream. So vibrant and refreshing and absolutely delicious. It’s a great way to use up that fresh basil if you’re all pesto-ed out.

Or, if you’d just prefer more of a dressing than a grainy pesto!  (more…)

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Marinated Tomato BLATs.

These marinated tomato BLTs are fantastic! Made with marinated tomatoes, crispy bacon, sourdough and avocado, they are a summer dream dinner! Marinating the tomatoes takes this to the next level and it’s a must-try for your garden tomatoes!  How perfect is this lunch bite?! Everything I want to eat right now is right up there […]

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These marinated tomato BLTs are fantastic! Made with marinated tomatoes, crispy bacon, sourdough and avocado, they are a summer dream dinner! Marinating the tomatoes takes this to the next level and it’s a must-try for your garden tomatoes! 

How perfect is this lunch bite?!

marinated tomato BLAT sandwiches

Everything I want to eat right now is right up there in that sandwich. Oh my heavens.

sliced sumemr tomatoes

A few weeks ago on instagram, my friend Rachel was making BLTs and MARINATED HER TOMATOES!! Uh huh.

Marinating them!

I was hooked. Instantly. I didn’t know exactly what she was marinating the tomatoes in, but I got ingredients figured a way to make the sandwich the next day!

OMG, let’s just say it is life changing. Pretty much puts my lobster BLT to shame.

marinated tomatoes

Yes yes yes. 

Just look at these tomatoes? The marinade is so tangy and rich. It brings life into these tomatoes, regardless of how perfect they may be right out of your garden.

fresh lettuce

For my marinade, I used a simple olive oil and balsamic combo. If you’re in a pinch or want to make this on vacation or something, you could even marinate these in your favorite bottled italian or balsamic dressing. The key is just to marinate them in something you love!

marinated tomatoes

Seriously, after I saw Rachel make these, I knew they’d be my go-to summer dinner. I have her to thank for this delicious idea that has been holding me over postpartum and basically, feeding my family. After I made them multiple times on instagram, so many of you reached out about how I marinating the tomatoes, that I had to share! 

You can’t go one more summer day without these.

frying bacon

I went the BLT route for the tomatoes but of course, I also had to go the BLAT route. All I could think of was my favorite sandwich on our northern michigan vacation – it’s a BLAT from a local sandwich shop and is absolute perfection. 

The sourdough is toasty but not too crunchy. The avocado is creamy, the bacon is crispy. It has mayo and maybe even a little dressing?

Either way, it’s soooo good and I get at least one every year on vacation. 

marinated tomato BLAT ingredients

That made it simple for me: I knew I wanted to add avocado! I also did a thin layer of mayo. My favorite sourdough, toasted of course!

marinated tomato BLAT sandwiches

Oh! And the other key that a few of you suggested on instagram?! Drizzle the extra marinade from the tomatoes onto the bread. It makes for one messy, but seriously delicious sandwich that you won’t be able to stop eating.

marinated tomato BLAT sandwiches

I can’t even express how GOOD this is. I will never eat a BLT another way again.

You don’t need things to be fancy – you can easily skip the avocado. But this classic combo of bacon and lettuce and (now marinated) tomatoes is one I won’t be letting go of anytime soon. (more…)

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The Summer Rotisserie Chicken Salad That We Can’t Stop Making!

This rotisserie chicken salad may be my favorite greens salad ever! Loaded with flavor and crunch and drizzled with hot bacon dressing, it’s a serious dream. Super satisfying and lots of sweet & savory in this bowl! I’ve got dinner tonight! Remember a few weeks ago when I told you I made two incredible chicken […]

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This rotisserie chicken salad may be my favorite greens salad ever! Loaded with flavor and crunch and drizzled with hot bacon dressing, it’s a serious dream. Super satisfying and lots of sweet & savory in this bowl!

I’ve got dinner tonight!

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

Remember a few weeks ago when I told you I made two incredible chicken salads to serve this summer?! The first was my grilled chicken blueberry salad. The second is this one! 

It.is.a.dream. 

I realize that it may not look like anything special, but it’s the combination of ingredients that makes this one flavor bomb salad. I could eat it every single day.

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

In fact, I can’t even explain my obsession with this salad. The flavors! 

The FLAVORS!

We have crunchy things, sweet things, savory things, creamy things. You can’t go wrong!

A few months ago, one of my friends came over for lunch and we had plans to get take out, but she showed up with this amazing salad that she made. I mean, it was the best salad I had in ages. SO SO GOOD.

And you know how salads in restaurants always tend to taste better than salads you make at home? This here is an exception. It’s phenomenal. It’s restaurant worthy. 

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad ingredients

Oh, and of course, it has hot bacon dressing. I MEAN. We can probably attribute most of the deliciousness to that. 

I’ve loved hot bacon dressing long before I loved salads. Totally makes sense. But as I’ve rambled before, hot bacon dressing was mother lovett’s favorite – and it is my mom’s too – and even as kid, when I loathed vegetables I would order a salad with hot bacon dressing.

YES. 

Not saying I would eat entire said salad, but that hot bacon dressing would certainly make me eat a few green leaves. More than I was used to!

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

Okay let’s get to it.

Here’s what you need!

First up, we have our spring greens. You can use whatever lettuce or greens you like best. I love a good spring mix! Be sure to toss the greens with a big pinch of salt and pepper.

Next, rotisserie chicken. This is why it’s so super easy. Just buy it, because we’re making some other fancy things for this salad. Get one fresh, pull it apart and chop it into cubes. It’s warm and ready to go. Now of course, you could always grill your own chicken. If you want to do that, I suggest making it like I do for this grilled chicken blueberry salad.

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

Grilled corn is next! Corn is key – so use it however you’d like. A steamfresh bag, grilled like I did or even cut fresh from the cob (it’s so sweet and crisp!). 

I use pickled onions, which are something that I always have in the fridge. The truly do elevate every day meals. Also, dates! I love dates (but hate when they are used in desserts, claiming to taste like cookie dough, you feel me?) and they give the best shock of sweet here against the savory flavors.

Finally, goat cheese and avocado. For creamy, buttery tang. Use another cheese if you’re not into goat! Leave the avocado out if you want to make this ahead of time. No biggie.

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

This salad is inspired by one from a local restaurant, and there’s only one part I left off. It may be the best part, but it’s also a little high maintenance.

Traditionally, this is served with cornbread croutons. I’ve made those before and we love them. You could also just make classic cornbread to serve on the side, which is what my friend did when she brought it over. It was perfect. 

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

We absolutely LOVE this salad for lunch or dinner. It’s not exactly simple and it’s not a fancy theme, but all of the ingredients together are just wonderful. They make such an impact and the dish is incredibly satisfying. You will not be disappointed!  (more…)

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Summer Stone Fruit Caprese with Basil Vinaigrette.

This stone fruit caprese is sponsored by ALDI. It’s stone fruit season and I could not be more excited! Bring on all the wonderful, juicy fruits! Starting with this summer stone fruit caprese salad. It’s such a fun twist on classic caprese and will be your new favorite dish for summer entertaining. Plus, it’s a […]

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This stone fruit caprese is sponsored by ALDI.

It’s stone fruit season and I could not be more excited! Bring on all the wonderful, juicy fruits!

summer stone fruit caprese

Starting with this summer stone fruit caprese salad. It’s such a fun twist on classic caprese and will be your new favorite dish for summer entertaining. Plus, it’s a recipe that doesn’t require turning on your oven in the summer heat. And it will come together in minutes.

Cue all the exclamation points! That’s a win for everyone. 

fresh mozzarella and basil

Today I’m partnering with ALDI again to bring you this delicious stone fruit caprese salad! When I say that ALDI has an incredible, affordable selection of super high-quality summer produce… I’m not kidding. Look at these beauties!

The cherries are absolutely fabulous, we have been going through them like crazy. The peaches and nectarines are a dream too!

basil vinaigrette

Just walking through ALDI inspired me to make this stone fruit caprese because the produce was fantastic. They are my go-to store for stunning seasonal eats. 

We are such seasonal eaters and I love having a unique recipe on hand that on takes a few minutes. Classic caprese – tomatoes, mozzarella and basil – is obviously a staple in the summer for us. But this stone fruit version is such a fun twist on the salad and something you can throw together in no time at all! 

Yum.

fresh cherries

For the base of this caprese, I started with the Emporium Selection Fresh Mozzarella Balls. ALDI also has these in a pre-sliced version, as well as marinated mini mozzarella balls for ease! This is one of those recipes where you can make it your own and use whatever variety of fresh mozzarella you love. 

summer stone fruit caprese

Then, on to our stone fruit. I went with fresh peaches, nectarines and cherries. As we dive later into summer, you can add on delicious fruits like plums too! The stone fruit is juicy and flavorful and the perfect complement to the soft fresh mozzarella. 

summer stone fruit caprese with basil vinaigrette

My favorite part? I used the Specially Selected Extra Virgin Olive Oil and lots of fresh basil to make my basil vinaigrette. I could drink this vinaigrette – it is a DREAM! Not only is it vibrant and gorgeous in color, it tastes wonderful. You won’t be able to get enough. It’s great on this stone fruit caprese, but also will become a summer staple for you. Use it on traditional caprese salads, on salads at dinner, for bread-dipping, for drizzling on roasted vegetables – the options are endless.  (more…)

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Layered Grilled Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad.

This grilled chicken caprese pasta salad is a summer dream! Layer your salad or toss it together, drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and serve! Marinated grilled chicken, juicy tomatoes, rich mozzarella and fresh basil. It’s incredible. I’m getting all the summer vibes from this chicken caprese pasta salad! This pasta salad makes me so happy! It […]

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This grilled chicken caprese pasta salad is a summer dream! Layer your salad or toss it together, drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and serve! Marinated grilled chicken, juicy tomatoes, rich mozzarella and fresh basil. It’s incredible.

I’m getting all the summer vibes from this chicken caprese pasta salad!

grilled chicken caprese pasta salad

This pasta salad makes me so happy! It can be the side dish at your BBQ, even a main or dish dish for dinner tonight. It could even be lunch! You can prep it ahead of time or make it 30 minutes before serving. It really can’t be beat.

layered grilled chicken caprese pasta salad

Um, okay, who else is getting Friends trifle vibes from the photos of this layered pasta salad? Ha!

I can assure you that this is nothing like Rachel’s layered shepherd’s pie and cake trifle recipe. Promise. 

I do love the idea of a layered pasta salad though! You can layer it all up, it looks fun and pretty to serve, then just toss it right before serving. Or let others toss it as they serve themselves. Absolutely perfect. 

Whatever you want to do!

grilled chicken

I’ve been making regular old caprese pasta salads for years. I’ve always shared them on instagram, but never here because they are just so simple. When I decided to do some balsamic chicken, I KNEW it was a recipe I needed to share in time for summer. This is perfect for Memorial Day weekend or even dinner tonight. It’s one of those versatile dishes that is just so delicious.

You can also make is ahead of time!

chopped grilled chicken

First up, the easiest balsamic chicken.

I like to marinate and grill the chicken. You can even do this a few days ahead – or use leftover grilled chicken too. It’s so simple. Whether you’re planning ahead of time or flying by the seat of your pants, you can get the chicken made quickly.

tomatoes and fresh basil

The rest is fairly easy – think your favorite caprese, but in pasta salad form! 

So we have fresh mozzarella. I like to use the fresh mozzarella balls (especially if they are marinated!) but you can also buy a log of it and chop it up. 

Then grape or cherry tomatoes. You know these will only get better as the season goes on.

Lots of fresh basil. 

pasta and fresh basil with dressing

And then your favorite pasta! I always get questions about this squiggly one I use. It’s the spirali from delallo and definitely my favorite for pasta salads.

pouring dressing on grilled chicken caprese pasta salad

For the dressing, I love to use a version of a balsamic vinaigrette. Mostly because everything can hang out and marinate in it overnight and it’s still absolutely fantastic. 

Of course, it’s also a classic dressing for caprese and one that just can’t go wrong. The flavors mesh well together and everything gets a chance to shine. (more…)

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