Category Archives: Salads

Spinach Salad with Warm Garlic Dressing

Spinach Salad with Warm Garlic Dressing

This salad, as are most, is very versatile.  We used olives and sun-dried tomatoes, but you could easily add many other ingredients – avocado, sautéed pancetta, cooked shrimp, or steak.  The best part is the warm garlic dressing! One package baby spinach 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (non-oil packed) Dressing: 3 Tablespoons olive oil 2-3 cloves…Continue Reading

Grilled and Raw Mexican Corn Salad

Grilled and Raw Mexican Corn Salad

  Part of this recipe calls for raw corn which may sound a bit odd, but it gives the salad great crunch.  Grilled corn is an ingredient as well, but if grilling the corn is not an option, boiling will do the trick.  Give it a try! 10 ears of corn, husked 3 large shallots, thinly sliced…Continue Reading

The Deconstructed Salad – What will be in yours?

The Deconstructed Salad – What will be in yours?

Any time you make a salad, spend a little extra time and visualize the presentation.  Salads that are colorful and beautifully displayed are a bright spot for your table.  Don’t worry about mixing the ingredients together – your guests can do that for themselves.  Use your favorite cheese and fresh herbs for your own special…Continue Reading

Arugula, Date and Apple Salad

Arugula, Date and Apple Salad

This is one of those salads that you could make three days in a row and never grow tired of.  The dates have a sweet flavor which is complimented by the tangy balsamic glaze.  Don’t slave over the stove reducing regular balsamic vinegar, use our favorite balsamic glaze (pictured) and impress your family or guests…Continue Reading

Chutney Chicken Salad

Chutney Chicken Salad

A fabulous chicken salad recipe, perfect for this time of year.  The holiday flavors of raisins, pecans, cranberries, and chutney are delicious, not to mention the wonderful colors!  You could serve this over arugula or baby spinach along with a pumpkin or zucchini bread.  Or you can put the salad in wraps for lunch or…Continue Reading

Fall Salad That’s a Whole Meal!

Fall Salad That’s a Whole Meal!

This unique fall salad combines a few of our last recipe blogs to create a whole meal.  It is a great way to use leftovers!  Click on the underlined ingredients to see the recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Grilled skirt steak 7 oz. arugula 8 oz. halloumi cheese (grilling cheese), sliced into 8 equal pieces Roasted…Continue Reading

What can you say about a fruit salad?

What can you say about a fruit salad?

  Not much, but we’ll try!  We got together to work on our blog today when the hunger of lunchtime hit.  A fruit salad sounded nice and light after indulging in summertime vacation foods, impromptu get-togethers, and lots of great wine. We put this fruit salad together in no time and it hit the spot!…Continue Reading

Mediterranean Rice Salad

Mediterranean Rice Salad

We are part of the Tampa Bay Times Cook Club (#cookclub) and really enjoy participating in submitting our version of the given recipes.  The Simple Celebration was even featured in a recent article!  Our latest entry was a Mediterranean rice salad.  We not only made it for our submission, we also made it for our families…Continue Reading

Mouthwatering Watermelon and Arugula Salad

Mouthwatering Watermelon and Arugula Salad

What is more refreshing on a hot summer day than watermelon?  This salad made with watermelon, feta, arugula and a drizzle of balsamic glaze is refreshing and tasty.  Don’t skip the balsamic glaze, it is the secret to this salad’s success! One medium-size seedless watermelon, cut in 1/2 inch cubes – about 8 to 10…Continue Reading

Quick Chicken Caesar Salad

Quick Chicken Caesar Salad

  Here is another idea for a quick lunch or light dinner to use up leftover chicken.  Serve it on our hand-painted serve ware and your table will look simply divine! 4 grilled chicken breasts, sliced 1 1/2 bags of romaine lettuce 4 hard boiled eggs, each cut into fourths 6 oz. shaved parmesan cheese 1/2…Continue Reading

Green Mango Salad with Chicken and Shrimp

Green Mango Salad with Chicken and Shrimp

  The mango is often called the “king of fruits.”  It has many health benefits – helps lower cholesterol, prevent certain cancers, promotes eye health, clears skin, improves digestion and boosts the immune system.  Wow – we could all benefit from putting a little mango in our diets!  Here’s a recipe that will help you…Continue Reading

Divine Egg Salad

Divine Egg Salad

  Egg salad sandwiches – same old, same old?  Not at The Simple Celebration!  By adding dill for flavor and celery for crunch, this will be the best egg salad you’ve tried! Six hard boiled eggs 1/4 cup light mayonnaise (add more if you like a creamier texture) 1 T dill 1 stalk celery, diced…Continue Reading

Colorful Tomato and Cheese Salad

Colorful Tomato and Cheese Salad

  This salad is often featured on Italian restaurant menus as a Caprese salad.  However, you can substitute the mozzarella with other types of cheese to suit your taste.  The key to this salad is to serve ripe and flavorful tomatoes (which sometimes are a challenge to find in sunny Florida for reasons beyond comprehension).…Continue Reading

Pantry Salad

Pantry Salad

We called this a Pantry Salad because it is something you should be able to make with things from your pantry.  Variations and substitutions are easy – you could add some cooked chicken, serve with a crusty bread, pour that glass of wine and dinner is done! Mixed greens Praline pecans (found at the grocery…Continue Reading

Dijon Vinaigrette – Not Just for Salad!

Dijon Vinaigrette – Not Just for Salad!

This vinaigrette is extremely versatile and can transform simple ingredients into a tasty meal.  Use it as a marinade for chicken, fish, or pork.  Pour it over mixed greens with sliced turkey, fresh spinach with shrimp, any pasta (top with parmesan cheese), or cooked fish like salmon.  Leave those processed dressings and marinades on the…Continue Reading

Spicy Asian Chicken Breast Salad

Spicy Asian Chicken Breast Salad

This recipe has been perfected over the years and is spectacular.  Don’t let the word “spicy” fool you.  It has a little kick, but is not overly spicy.  The crunch of the peanuts, lettuce, and cucumber go great with the perfectly moist chicken.  This recipe for four is under 300 calories per serving, so don’t…Continue Reading

Farmer’s Market Simple Celebration Lunch

During summertime travel, you can often stumble upon local produce stands or markets and create a fresh and delicious lunch.  Consider stopping not only to help support the local farmer, but also to give your family a much healthier lunch than a fast-food sub or burger.   While Vicki and Skip were on vacation in…Continue Reading

A Simple Salad

A Simple Salad

Many times salad is served as a separate course from the main meal.  It is certainly a matter personal preference, but we enjoy having the salad at the same time as the meal.  This enables the hostess to enjoy his/her meal without having to get up to clear the salad plates and then serve the…Continue Reading