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Shallot Vinaigrette

This is my go-to salad lately. Arugula, chickpeas, brussels sprouts, cucumbers, celery, roasted peppers, feta, pumpkin seeds, and most importantly breadcrumbs. Since I’ve been making home-made breadcrumbs in the last few months, I put them on everything and they instantly give that subtle crunch that is always welcome on any salad or pasta.

This salad has a lot of ingredients, but they are mostly staples in my fridge and pantry and you can easily add or subtract anything. What I really love about this salad is the dressing. Shallots, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. I make a big batch in the beginning of the week and let it sit in the fridge for whenever I want to use it.
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Summer Salad with Feta and Mint

This is the perfect summer salad. No cooking required and lots of veggies. I got the inspiration from a Smitten Kitchen recipe a while ago and have been making different variations of it since then but usually always keep the feta and the mint. This time I used arugula, cucumbers, radishes, corn, scallions, chickpeas for some extra protein and simply dressed it with lemon juice and olive oil.
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Pine Nut Arugula Salad

I went out to eat a couple weeks ago and had the perfect arugula salad. It’s hard to imagine that a salad with so few ingredients could really churn up that much excitement but it’s simplicity was what made it so great. I tried to recreate it at home and ended up enjoying it just as much. The lemon dressing goes really well with the peppery arugula and the toasted pine nuts add a great crunch.
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Avocado and Black Bean Salad

Last weekend, I was in South Carolina for the 4th of July and cooking for a few friends that I went with. I wanted to do something beyond the usual burgers and potato salad and this avocado and black bean salad came into mind. This is the kind of salad that’s great for the summer because it’s so refreshing and also loaded with vegetables. It’s great to bring to a picnic and goes really well with some nice salty tortillas chips.
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