Entries from Palmabella's Passions tagged with 'Salads'

Parmesan Chicken Salad

I am always on the lookout for new ways of making chicken salad, as I make some once a week, and often have a scoop for lunch. I have several I alternate, but this was a new and delicious...

Pea Salad with Lemon and Mint

This is a refreshing summer salad and the combination of peas, lemon and mint was very flavorful. 1 pound fresh English peas 1/2 lb. small pasta 1/4 c. lemon Greek yogurt 1/4 c. mayo zest of one lemon 2...

Blue Cheese Chicken Salad

I had a flash of "genius" when making my regular chicken salad. I wonder what it would taste like with some blue cheese added? I took a little out of the big bowl, added a few crumbles and LOVED...

What to Make for Dinner?

Ever have those nights when you work late, or are too tired to think about cooking or planning a meal? Here is a go to easy dinner solution. Keep a bag of Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken in the freezer....

Our New Favorite Salad

This salad and dressing is wonderful! Dressing: Whisk all ingredients together: 1/2 cup of blackberry-ginger balsamic 2-3 T. olive oil 1 T honey 1 T. mustard salt and pepper Salad: Toss fresh spinach with blueberries, strawberries, and mangos. Toss...

Asparagus-Melon Salad

This recipe is from Giada De Laurentiis for an interesting combination of grilled asparagus, mozzarella, canteloupe (or Tuscan melon), crispy prosciutto and toasted pine nuts! (I would reduce the lemon juice slightly next time.) It makes a colorful and...

Steak-Gorgonzola Salad

We eat salads for dinner a couple nights a week during the summer. Here is one of our favorites: "Leftover" grilled steak (we grill one the night before when we are having something else), red onion, gorgonzola and a few...

Grilled Fig Chicken Salad

We've been eating lots of salads and grilling most of our dinners in the heat. This was a salad of romaine with fig-walnut balsamic dressing, chicken, and grilled figs stuffed with a little gorgonzola and wrapped in prosciutto. YUM!...

Blueberry Salad with Prosciutto and Melon

We tried this salad from August Bon Appetit for dinner. Refreshing and fun! Here is an almost half recipe for two people: Whisk together for dressing: 1 T. olive oil 1 T. freshly squeezed lime juice 1 T. chopped Italian...

Salads, Salads, Salads

It is salad time at our house. I love salads for dinner, and I can get Brad to eat them a couple of times a week. These were last week's salads: BBQ chicken salad with grilled corn, green onions, a...

Soup and Salad

It's February, with low fat dinners, and of course, I'm in a baking mood. No dessert for me for the past 3 weeks, but Brad needs something sweet, so he always has cookies. Sunday night was tortellini in brodo (thinking...

Salad with Roasted Pears and Panettone Croutons

I found this salad recipe from Giada de Laurentiis just after the holidays. It is a perfect way to use up leftover or extra panettone, and the dressing is delicious. After a few tweaks, this is what I came...

Season's Eating: Cranberry Wild Rice Salad

This year I again participated the the "Season's Eatings" Blogging Event, hosted by Katie at Thyme for Cooking, the Blog. I received a package from Kate at Kate in the Kitchen, containing wild rice from Minnesota, some dried cranberries,...

Sunday Salad Samplers # 18: Tortellini Salad

Here is this week's wonderful recipe from Ida for Tortellini Salad: 1 lb or a little bit more Fresh or frozen tortellini or a Barilla bag of dry tortellini Boil as per package instructions and set aside.Don't overboil them! COOL...

Sunday Salad Samplers # 17: Southern Mustard Potato Salad

Sandi chose this week's delicious potato salad. I skipped the relish, but kept the rest of the recipe the same. We loved the tang of the mustard and the addition of the hard boiled eggs. I used red potatoes. Sandi...

Sunday Salad Samplers # 15 Tropical Rice Salad

I first made this salad for a wedding shower I hosted in April. It started with a recipe from the internet that I played with and tweaked a bit. The shower had a tropical theme, and I wanted dishes...

Sunday Salad Samplers #10:Grilled Chicken Salad with Tarragon Pesto

Marcia chose this week's Grilled Chicken Salad with Tarragon pesto. This was my last meal at home before beginning our adventure. I really liked the fresh taste of the tarragon-parsley pesto, and will make it again. Quick, easy way...

Sunday Salad Samplers # 9: Grilled Romaine Salad

We LOVED this week's salad from Cindy! The dressing is tangy and lemony, and the flavor of the romaine charred with olive oil is delicious! Glad there is plenty of dressing to have this a couple more times before...

Sweet and Salty Watermelon Salad Bowls

For this refreshing salad I mixed together the following: 2 c. chopped seedless watermelon 1 c. chopped jicama 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped 1/2 red onion, chopped 3 peaches, chopped 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese 12 mint leaves, finely chopped zest...

Sunday Salad Samplers # 8: Shrimp Salad

Jan's simple and good shrimp salad was the salad of the week. Make it several hours before serving, (or the day before) letting the flavors get friendly in the fridge. I deleted the catsup and red peppers, but added...

Terra's Good-bye Luncheon

On Wednesday mornings, I am usually at Catholic Charities providing supervision to individual interns as well as "Group Sup" to 4-5 unlicensed therapists-in-training who work under my Marriage Family Therapist license. I have a great group of interns who are...

Sunday Salad Samplers #6:

I decided to veer off the path of this week's suggested "Fajita Salad with Creamy Cilantro Sauce". The idea of a fajita salad sounded good, but by the time this picky eater deleted the beans, tomatoes, olives and changed...

Sunday Salad Samplers #5:Tuna Salad Nicoise

Debrah's suggestion of a grilled tuna salad was a perfect hot weather outdoor meal. Everything was cooked on the grill, and I made the classic dressing to brush on the tuna steaks and the veggies. Classic Dressing: (put all...

Sunday Salad Samplers #4: Thai Chicken Salad

Jerry gave us this week's simple and delicious salad with veggies in a Thai dressing and marinated chicken. The chicken was spicy and the dressing hot and limey. It was a nice change from all of our usual salads!...

Sunday Salad Samplers #3: Asparagus, Pea and Arugula Salad

Amy's choice was a refreshing combination. It had a clean and balanced taste, and the nuts and cheese really brought out the flavors of the veggies. The only change I made was using sugar snap peas instead of regular...

Cinco de Mayo Black Bean Salad

Judy's choice of salad is a hearty, colorful and festive dish, perfect for Cinco de Mayo, or any time during warm weather. I left Brad a huge bowl to enjoy while I am at a weekend conference in San...

Sunday Salad Samplers #1 Foraging the City Salad

Eden started us off with a simple, delicious salad. She named it "Foraging the City Salad" or "Palma and Jerry's Salad". Such an honor! Here is her recipe: Some greens - use your favorite or a combination of favorite...

Pork Chops with Gorgonzola and Balsamico

There has been a recent discussion on using balsamic vinegar on the Slow Talk food forum. I posted my simple glaze, and I realized I haven't made it for quite a while. The salad was a leftover from the...

Chicken-Apple Salad

I have been subsiding on salads and leftovers all week while Brad has been in England. He will be home tonight. Last night was my long day at work. I start at 9, have an afternoon break, but then do...

Tropical Fruit Salad and Papaya-Mango Bread

I fixed this plate in the morning, and ate off it all day! Pineapple, papaya, mango, banana, kiwi, starfruit, and some mango yogurt. The papaya bread is a favorite from when I used to hang out in Maui during the...

Holiday Dinner Party '08

Friday night we hosted our annual dinner with friends, Jan and Les and Fiona and Steve. They are all leaving for the holidays, so we needed to have it early in the month. The trees were all lit, plenty of...

A Relaxing Weekend

We purposely made no social plans for the weekend, as we both needed some down time. This time of the year in the desert is beautiful. It has cooled down to the 70's, so there is a sense of fall...

Spicy Corn Salad and Hot Artichoke Dip Recipes

Spicy Corn Salad (Brad grilled 12 ears and tripled everything except the cheese.) 4 ears of corn, grilled and cooled 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 green onions, chopped 1/2 of a red onion, chopped zest of 2 limes juice...

Pretty Leftovers

Lots of leftovers, not much motivation... We started with a delicious salad of leftover figs, gorgonzola and spinach. 2 ounces of leftover marscapone mixed with leftover pesto sauce made a delicious, creamy pasta! This was the platter of stuffed fruit...

A Lovely Dinner

Last night I had the pleasure of hosting a dinner for 10 people who are colleagues as well as new friends at the non-profit agency where I am now supervising the professional counseling services in Palm Desert. Catholic Charities is...

Summer Salads

WAY too hot to cook! We have lots of salads during these intensely hot evenings. Last night was curry chicken salad, and white peaches with berries in Amaretto. This spinach, nectarine, blueberry salad with blueberry-pomegranate dressing was great with our...

Summer Dinners

Summer dinners need to be quick, cool, and easy. Here are a few of our recent meals: Macadamia crusted tilapia with orzo-zucchini salad: Fritatta: Take whatever you have around and throw it in. I LOVE breakfast for dinner! We have...

The BEST Dinner Ever?

Sunday we spent the day in or near the pool from brunch on. It was HOT! My friends were trying for a marathon tan, continually putting on 30 sunscreen, and timing 20 minutes on a side on a raft, or...

Our Tuesday Montisi Dinner

Though a couple of people munched on some pecorino with their afternoon wine, we advised everyone to "come hungry" for dinner. MENU: Salad with figs marinated in balsamic and honey, red onion, gorgonzola and balsamic dressing, garnished with a warm...

Patio Dining

We had Jan and Les over for a casual dinner Sunday night. I have been promising Les pasta carbonara, his FAVORITE, for months! We started with ricotta sformata, delicious prosciutto-wrapped grilled asparagus that Jan brought, and a bottle of Oregon...

Dinner with Kim and Chris

We had a lovely evening last night with Slow Travel friends, Kim and Chris, who are visiting from New Jersey. Glad to share our sunny temperatures in the 80's! It was a balmy night, so we enjoyed appetizers and prosecco...

Sublime Lime

This is what I threw together to try out my new lime olive oil from Pasolivo: I sauteed some garlic and green onions in 2 T. of the lime oil, then cooked scallops, and added some red chili flakes, lime...

Rosemary's Restaurant

We discovered Rosemary's restaurant about eight years ago on a weekend visit to Las Vegas. I was there for a therapy conference during the week, and Brad flew in from Oakland on a Friday. He read an article about...

Book Club Lunch

I hosted this month's Book Club Lunch. We read One Thousand Splendid Suns, by Kahled Hosseini. It was an excellent, but very sad story about women and family relationships in Afghanistan during the past thirty years of political struggles....

Ragu for You?

My Godson, Casey, came for a visit, and brought his girlfriend, Sarah, for us to meet. Sarah and I bonded instantly, finding we had much in common: enjoying food and shopping (among many other things)! We spent two days...

An Italian Evening

We've been home a week. My body is on California time, my ankles are "normal", and I have survived a week of work and usual errands. My heart, soul, and most of the time, my brain, remain in Italy....

Salad Supper with Sheena

Sheena, Nikki and Jen came over for a very casual outdoor supper of salads. We began with a couple bottles of prosecco, and some parmagiano with Italian lemon honey. We moved out to the patio for dinner. We took NO...

February Book Club Luncheon

Today I hosted our monthly Book Club Lunch. Even though Valentine's Day has past, I kept the theme, as we read a love story for February: "The Wedding" by Nicholas Sparks. My table was set with gold and silver, with...