Easy Caesar Dressing

This Caesar dressing really hits the spot. You know I love vinaigrettes, but sometimes only a creamy dressing will do. I’ve been feeling sentimental lately and decided…

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Caesar dressing recipe

This Caesar dressing really hits the spot. You know I love vinaigrettes, but sometimes only a creamy dressing will do. I’ve been feeling sentimental lately and decided to satisfy my craving for the classic Caesar salad.

This Caesar salad dressing requires just a few pantry ingredients. Stir them together while you bake up some croutons, and you’re ready to enjoy top-notch restaurant-quality Caesar salads at home.

Caesar dressing ingredients

Compared to other Caesar dressing recipes, this dressing is remarkably simple to make. We’ll start with a base of mayonnaise, which is easier than emulsifying oil and egg, not to mention foolproof.

This Caesar dressing is anchovy-free, which makes it suitable for vegetarians like me and anyone with a shellfish allergy. (Technically, anchovies are fish, but they are likely to cause reactions in this with shellfish allergies.) It will also appeal to anyone who is sensitive to anchovy flavor. This dressing offers bold, classic Caesar flavor, without the anchovies!

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My Obsession with Seasonal House Salads and A Few Favorite Dressings!

Today we’re going over all the goods! For years, I’ve had my signature “house” salad here on the blog. While I often proclaim how bored I get with recipes, I love the idea of being known for a signature dish (so many of my family members are, and I’m sure you have the same!) and […]

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Today we’re going over all the goods!

my favorite house salads and dressings!

For years, I’ve had my signature “house” salad here on the blog. While I often proclaim how bored I get with recipes, I love the idea of being known for a signature dish (so many of my family members are, and I’m sure you have the same!) and especially a GOOD salad. One that technically goes with everything, if that is possible.

I adore the idea of a great signature salad for two reasons: first, it’s so easy to throw together once you have the recipe down. Make it a salad where the ingredients are almost always something you have on hand. And second, it’s been a great way for us to easily incorporate vegetables on weeknights, even if we have a certain dish for dinner where they may not be prominent. 

my favorite house salads and dressings!

The first house salad I ever shared was this How Sweet Eats House Salad over five years ago. It is definitely the most made salad in our house. You guys LOVE it. It’s a classic and just works every time. I even have a version of it in Everyday Dinners.

But! 

I do have to say that I feel like it runs ever-so-slightly italian-ish. You know what I mean? Just in terms of cuisine and the meals it is often served before. And for that reason, I have a few other salads that I use as my “signature” depending on the season. I realize that doesn’t make much sense because a signature house salad should just be ONE SALAD. But oh well. Here we are! 

And of course, I mainly share different house salads so YOU can find one that you love and enjoy. Let’s get to the good stuff!

For the classic of all classics:

Go with my How Sweet Eats House Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

This is my OG house salad, my most-made, most-requested, and one I will throw together a few times a week. Or even more! Have you ever had a really great salad with a slice of pizza? That is what this salad is for me. It’s just a great, crisp, refreshing salad that has everything: vegetables, some crunch, cheese and a classic yet perfect dressing made with apple cider vinegar. We eat this ALL THE TIME. It’s my forever house salad. 

For an everyday dinner salad:

Go with my Kale Caesar Crunch Salad.

This salad goes with basically anything and everything. I love it because it’s so easy, there aren’t any add-ins except for parm and the crunchy breadcrumbs. It also LASTS – this is the one salad where you can save a little the next day for lunch because kale is so hearty and chewy. The dressing can be made ahead of time (as can all of these!) and stored in the fridge, and it also makes a delicious dip or spread if needed. 

For a warm weather salad that pleases everyone:

Go with my Blueberry Summer Salad with Creamy Balsamic.

This salad is so surprisingly delicious. It’s refreshing and really great for summer. Has the classic crunch from the almonds, the fruity blueberries, crisp cucumbers and a rather traditional dressing. It’s fabulous for spring and summer. 

I love it for a BBQ-esque cookout or even a big sunday dinner spread when it’s really hot out. Basically, I throw this together all summer long because it can easily be a quick lunch too. Or just a light dinner with some grilled sourdough.  (more…)

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Strawberry Brussels Sprouts Salad

My Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad is one of my all-time favorite salads. If you’ve tried it, you know it’s amazing. Well, I decided to create a twist on the classic Brussels sprouts salad and make a version that is perfect for spring and sum…

My Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad is one of my all-time favorite salads. If you’ve tried it, you know it’s amazing. Well, I decided to create a twist on the classic Brussels sprouts salad and make a version that is perfect for spring and summer. You are going to LOVE this Strawberry Brussels Sprouts Salad with…

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Homemade Croutons

Who doesn’t love homemade croutons? They’re wonderfully golden and crisp, and infinitely superior to dry, store-bought croutons. The best part about homemade croutons is that you can…

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croutons on Aaesar salad

Who doesn’t love homemade croutons? They’re wonderfully golden and crisp, and infinitely superior to dry, store-bought croutons.

The best part about homemade croutons is that you can use your favorite bread, even if it’s gone stale, and your croutons are ready in under 15 minutes.

sliced bread for croutons

Most salads benefit from a crisp, crunchy element, which could be anything from toasted nuts, tortilla strips, ice water-soaked red onion, or of course, the classic crouton.

I’ve been perfecting my homemade Caesar salad recipe lately, so I thought we’d start with the croutons. Off we go!

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Pesto Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad Who is ready for summer? Both of my hands are raised. Our boys are currently working on our summer bucket list and they have come up with some fun ideas. It is going to be a busy summer, but I don’t mind being busy if it is all…

Summer Pasta Salad Who is ready for summer? Both of my hands are raised. Our boys are currently working on our summer bucket list and they have come up with some fun ideas. It is going to be a busy summer, but I don’t mind being busy if it is all fun. Of course, we…

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Broccoli Slaw

Jack is obsessed with this broccoli slaw recipe. Don’t get me wrong, I love it too, but I haven’t heard him rave about a salad this much since…I don’t know when. His favorite part is the dried cranberries, and how their sweet-ta…


Jack is obsessed with this broccoli slaw recipe. Don’t get me wrong, I love it too, but I haven’t heard him rave about a salad this much since…I don’t know when. His favorite part is the dried cranberries, and how their sweet-tart flavor contrasts with the crisp veggies and creamy, tangy dressing. I made it as a side dish with dinner the other night, and he hasn’t stopped talking about it since! Luckily for him, this broccoli slaw recipe is exactly the sort of thing I like to make in the summer. It’s light and refreshing, and it keeps well […]

40 Best Salad Recipes

If you are in a salad rut or looking for the VERY best salads, I am here to help because I love a GOOD salad. I don’t do boring salads. Salads should be loaded with lots of different flavors, textures, colors, and toppings! Today, I am sharing 10…

If you are in a salad rut or looking for the VERY best salads, I am here to help because I love a GOOD salad. I don’t do boring salads. Salads should be loaded with lots of different flavors, textures, colors, and toppings! Today, I am sharing 10 simple tips for taking your salad to…

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Orzo Salad

If you need a last-minute side dish for a cookout or picnic this weekend, make this orzo salad recipe! It’s fresh and flavorful, easy to put together, and, like any good picnic salad, perfect for making ahead. Toss it together a few hours to a da…


If you need a last-minute side dish for a cookout or picnic this weekend, make this orzo salad recipe! It’s fresh and flavorful, easy to put together, and, like any good picnic salad, perfect for making ahead. Toss it together a few hours to a day before a summer gathering, and it’ll still taste great when you’re ready to eat. But even if you’re not planning a cookout this weekend (or if your menu’s all set to go), stash this orzo salad recipe in your back pocket anyway. Because it keeps so well, it’s a great recipe to pack for […]

Easy Pasta Salad

During the hot summer months, we like to eat salads for lunch and dinner. Sometimes Josh gets tired of green salads, so I mix things up with pasta salads. Cold pasta salads are a summer lifesaver! This easy pasta salad is one of our favorites. I actual…

During the hot summer months, we like to eat salads for lunch and dinner. Sometimes Josh gets tired of green salads, so I mix things up with pasta salads. Cold pasta salads are a summer lifesaver! This easy pasta salad is one of our favorites. I actually grew up on this pasta salad. This was…

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44 Best Cookout Food Ideas

I never thought I’d be so excited to share these cookout food ideas with all of you. But after spending last summer picnicking on our own, the prospect of inviting family and friends over and gathering around the grill sounds amazing. Warm weathe…


I never thought I’d be so excited to share these cookout food ideas with all of you. But after spending last summer picnicking on our own, the prospect of inviting family and friends over and gathering around the grill sounds amazing. Warm weather, good food, and great company? Life doesn’t get much better than that. You’ll find my best cookout food ideas below. They include 44+ recipes for veggie burgers and sandwiches, grilling side dishes, salads, snacks, desserts, and more. Some of them are out-of-the-box and inventive, like Chickpea Harissa Veggie Burgers or Grilled Watermelon with a crispy corn topping. […]