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We have two drink strategies that pair perfectly with chicken Caesar salad.


Crisp, sharp whites with acidity and a citrusy bite can match the pungent flavors of a classic Caesar dressing.

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Try a Vinho Verde from Portugal. These pert, incisive whites counter the assertive lemon, anchovy, and garlic in the dressing while accentuating the juicy chicken and creamy Parmesan cheese. Plus: Slight effervescence complements the crunch of romaine.


With characteristics of both whites and reds, a dry blush packs plenty of versatility to balance the zesty dressing and play off the mild chicken.

For a classic Caesar salad, choose a bone-dry rosé. Unlike sweeter blush wines, these contain a refreshing, flinty acidity that echoes the salty tang of the dressing, while juicy, berry-floral notes enhance the light, savory flavors of grilled chicken.


The Perfect Pairings for Wine with Salad

Curious on how to pair your favorite salads with wine? Look no further: here’s a peek into some fun pairings for the “I don’t feel like cooking, let’s have a salad” nights.

When it comes to wine and salad, confusion can sometimes rear its ugly head. There are so many factors one must consider. First, there are the veggies, and then you have cheese, and oh dear… bacon bits.

Well, it turns out the key is in the dressing.

When it comes to wine pairing, it’s (almost) always about the sauce.

Wine and Salad Dressing

  • Buttermilk Ranch: try it with a buttery, oak-aged California Chardonnay
  • Classic Italian Dressing: Match with a crisp, refreshing Italian Verdicchio
  • Caesar: This matches well with fish-friendly French Pouilly Fumé (a cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc!)
  • Bleu Cheese: Great with zippy, high-acidity Vinho Verde
  • Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette: a lively, fruitful Valpolicella Rispasso or Pinot Noir

Classic Ranch Salad

Perfect Match: California Chardonnay

Why It Works: A buttery, lush Chardonnay will be a match for the creamy, tangy ranch dressing slathered on iceberg lettuce. Tossed salads are a classic “let’s throw together whatever’s in the fridge” meal. So why not pair them with a wine that’s very likely right next to it in the refrigerator?

Pinot Grigio, it’s time to step it up a notch.

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Antipasto Salad with Italian Dressing

Perfect Match: Italian Verdicchio

Why It Works: A savory wine with high acidity and citrus notes, Verdicchio is perfect to go with an herbal Italian dressing. It also pairs wonderfully with the tomatoes, mozzarella, and cured meats you’re likely to find in an Antipasto salad.

Caesar Salad

“poo-yee foo-may” or, in other words… Sauvignon Blanc!

Perfect Match: French Pouilly-Fumé

Why It Works: With citrus and mineral notes, Pouilly-Fumé (or some other tasty French Sauvignon Blanc) pairs gracefully with seafood (even the anchovies you’ll find in a Caesar). Plus, its light body won’t overpower the delicate romaine greens in the process.

Never in history has iceberg lettuce tasted this good.

Wedge Salad with Bleu Cheese

Perfect Match: Portuguese Vinho Verde

Why It Works: Vinho Verde is a tropical fruit-powered delight, which makes it an odd choice for a big, bombastic wedge salad. However, this wine often has a slight hint of sweetness (and spritz), which brings out the creamy factor in bleu cheese, making the salad pop.

Vinho Verde is a wine region in Northern Portugal that specializes in grapes like Albariño and Loureiro, which are delightful alternatives to your typical Pinot Grigio.

Spinach Salad with Walnut, Cranberry, and Raspberry Balsamic

Perfect Match: Italian Valpolicella Ripasso

Why It Works: This well-balanced, fruit-forward Italian favorite is a definite compliment to this salad. With its dark fruits, cherries, and velvety texture, the Valpolicella meshes well with the berries in the salad. As well, it’s strong enough for the vinaigrette without drowning the more subtle flavors of walnut and spinach.

Chef Salad with Honey Mustard

Perfect match: California Pinot Noir

Why It Works: Pinot Noir is already a friend to turkey and ham: both in abundance in a Chef Salad. Its easy-going plum, vanilla, and spice notes with a soft acidity does wonders with the sweet and savory of the honey mustard.

Southwest Salad with Creamy Chipotle Dressing

Perfect Match: Australian Grenache

Why It Works: This lovely grape variety has the gusto to stand up to the spiciness of the chipotle dressing. And its smokiness, combined with red fruits and a hint of blood orange, mingles beautifully with the salad’s play of lime in the dressing. You’ll do well if you start hunting in South Australian wine country.

Greek Salad

Perfect Match: Assyrtiko or Verdejo

Why It Works: When going Greek, why not explore a fascinating Greek wine: Assyrtiko. This lean white stands up to oil and vinegar while being light enough not to overpower the tastes of the tomatoes and olives. The crisp minerality alongside notes of lime and beeswax offer enough flavor to enhance, without harming, this salad’s taste.

Chinese Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

Perfect Match: A dry Riesling (preferably from Germany)

Why It Works: To compete with all the flavors of carrots, ginger, and soy, something a bit easier and more open-minded was necessary. A light German Riesling will not only be complementary to this, but the sweetness in the ginger will match a Riesling like nothing else. For a wine with salad, this might just be it.

Fruit Salad with a Honey Dressing

Perfect Match: Sparkling Rosé

Why It Works: The bright bursting strawberry flavors with the bit of lively floral notes mesh beautifully with the berries, grapes, and honey in the salad itself. These two are a summer classic.

Who says you can’t pair wine and salad? There are plenty of other health-conscious choices out there, so lettuce know what you think of these tasty pairings and give us your suggestions in the comments below!

Factors to Consider When Pairing Wine With Salad

In order to think of an effective wine and salad pairing, we must firstly consider the dominant flavors present in the dish, and think about how these can harmonize with our wine, without one dominating the other.

The idea fundamental to food and wine pairing is to ensure that the flavors of the food are not obliterated by the strength and body or acidity of the wine, and neither does the taste or texture of the dish render the wine useless and weak on the palate.

Light-Bodied Wine

As a general rule, most salads will require a lighter bodied wine. Aged and complex red wines will be far too heavy and tannic in the mouth to pair comfortably with almost any salad, and full bodied white wines tend to become flabby and unpleasant when drank alongside leaves and raw foods.

As such, we’ll need to stick with the lighter, brighter, zestier side of the wine list, to make sure all those fresh flavors stay intact and pleasing on the tongue.

Consider the Dressing

The other main thing to consider, before we look at some classic examples, is the dressing. Most dressings are based on a combination of oil, mustard or vinegar – strong, acidic flavors which work brilliantly when tossed through leaves and tomatoes etc, but which a lot of wines would really struggle to come up with.

Many wines are acidic, but the acetic acids in vinegars are far brighter and more piquant than those found in most wines. Bring the wrong combination together in your mouth, and your wine is going to taste flat and dull in comparison – not the result we are looking for.

White wines for salad

Remember the old chestnut “white wine with fish red wine with meat”? Besides being too dogmatic, that so-called rule implies that wine is meant for only fish and meat. But what about vegetables? What about bountiful salads?

As I scanned the recipes for main-course classics, I started thinking about how, after pairing salads and wine for almost 20 years, I not only choose wines I’ve discovered work well, but I also instinctively tweak my salad ingredients to maximize the match. Here’s what I’ve found on both sides of the equation.

  • With green salads, think “green” wines. The wine with just about the greenest flavors in the world is Sauvignon Blanc (also called Fumé Blanc), which has a sassy, bold, herbal tilt. For a lighter green note, go with Pinot Grigio.
  • High-acid salad ingredients (goat cheese, tomatoes, citrus fruits) pair best with high-acid wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, sparkling wines, and Champagne.
  • Salty and pungent ingredients like anchovies present fewer partnering problems than you’d expect, as long as the wine is very fruity and possibly even a tad sweet to offset the saltiness. With a classic Caesar, for example, one of the best choices is a California or Washington State Riesling. Chinese chicken salad needs a fruity wine as a counterpoint to its soy sauce.
  • You can improve the wine compatibility of any salad by adding or increasing protein (meat, seafood, eggs, and cheese). That’s why a Cobb salad, with its roast chicken, bacon, eggs, and blue cheese, works effortlessly with many wines, especially those in the fruity, low-tannin range, like a Beaujolais.
  • Certain “bridge” ingredients can connect the flavors in a salad with those in a wine. My favorites are roasted nuts (especially hazelnuts and walnuts), avocados, aged gouda or dry jack cheese, and mayonnaise.
  • There are also bridge techniques – adding grilled vegetables rather than uncooked ones, and roasted garlic instead of raw.
  • Since bold vinegars make wines taste harsh, use softer vinegars in dressings. Balsamic is the softest of all, but aged sherry vinegar is also fabulous. Or consider a substitute for the vinegar (or at least part of it): orange juice, lemon juice, or even the wine you plan to drink (if it’s white).
  • Finally, dress salads with the very best extra-virgin olive oil you can find and afford. As European winemakers (many of whom also produce olive oil) have always known, supple, peppery, citrusy olive oil is one of the greatest partners wine has ever had.


Most good wines for salad have two things in common: They’re not very oaky (which eliminates most Chardonnays), and they’re not very tannic (which takes care of many Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons). Here are some of my favorites.

Delamotte Brut nonvintage (Champagne), $30. Cold Champagne on a warm summer night turns a salad into a feast. Delamotte has all the finesse, balance, and personality you could hope for.

Château Carbonnieux Bordeaux Blanc 1998 (Pessac-Leognan, France), $28. This wine isn’t cheap, but it’s sensational with salads. Minerally and sharp, with pinpoint freshness, it has a shower of lemon drops, hints of honey, and a wonderful touch of pear.

Chateau Souverain Sauvignon Blanc 1999 (Alexander Valley, CA), $12. With wonderful aromas and flavors reminiscent of snow peas, grass, herbs, and green figs, this Sauvignon is as zesty and crisp as a salad itself.

Zenato Pinot Grigio 2000 (Veneto, Italy), $10. Gertrude Stein’s infamous quip about Oakland, California (“there is no there there”), could be applied to many Pinot Grigios as well. Not this one. Floral and creamy, it’s laced with light peach, almond, and herbal notes.

Columbia Winery: Cellarmaster’s Riesling 2000 (Columbia Valley), $8. One of Washington State’s best-kept secrets is its Rieslings, virtually all of which qualify as steals. This one’s all apricots, honey, and citrus, with a faint echo of sweetness (just waiting for a salad with some spice).

15 Grilled Dishes Everyone Should Know How to Make, According to Chefs

Nothing signals summer like the first barbecue of the season, but you don&apost have to wait for the weather to warm up before heating the grill. With these chef picks, you&aposll be on summer mode all year long-and have the grill master skills to prove it. From chicken skewers to Caesar salad, here are the best grilled recipes to add to your repertoire.


"Growing up near the Gulf, oysters were always pretty prevalent in my memories, and with Gulf oysters, the sizes tend to vary. Take the larger ones, shuck them, and throw them on a hot grill. Top them with garlic-herb butter spiked with a little paprika and Worcestershire sauce, and make sure to have a pair of tongs handy to handle them once they are bubbling hot. Finish with toasted breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and a touch of hot sauce for an extra kick." - Kaz Edwards, concept chef at Uchi Restaurants


"A meatball-whether it&aposs chicken, veal, pork, lamb, or whatever you choose as a base ingredient-is an amazing way to convey the flavors of your liking. The grilling process creates a wonderful crust and a juicy interior. At Le Rigmarole, we make a chicken meatball that combines dark and light meat, cartilage, panko, lemon zest, anchovies, garlic, and leeks-but nothing is stopping us from adding saffron, squid, or kimchi." - Robert Compagnon and Jessica Yang, chefs and co-owners of Michelin-starred Le Rigmarole in Paris

Bacon-Wrapped Dates

"These are always so fun and a definite crowd-pleaser. The grill gives the smoky bacon that charred, crispy touch you can&apost get in an oven. It also cooks them quickly from the outside, so they&aposre cooked more evenly in the end. Stuff them with anything youꃊn imagine my go-tos are chèvre goat cheese, chorizo sausage, and ricotta. Since they are sweet and salty, add some acid or heat like vinegar reduction or harissa chili sauce."- Brad Kilgore, chef and restaurateur in Miami

Rib Eye

"Cajun-marinated rib eye is one of our guest-favorite steaks served in the summer, and it&aposs been a staple steak dish at Smith & Wollensky for several years. It&aposs easy to make at home for a BBQ, since the only prep is marinating the steak with Cajun seasoning, onions, and a little bit of oil for a lengthy amount of time (48 hours in advance). It&aposs great when charbroiled or grilled. The rub and marinade create a really nice char and crust, with just a little bit of heat." - Matthew King, national director of culinary development and corporate chef at Smith & Wollensky

Short Ribs

"Most may think of a huge T-bone or thick rib eye when thinking of outdoor grilling. As much as I do love these cuts, galbi (Korean-style short ribs) is the perfect outdoor grilling steak-and it&aposs a Korean classic. This is probably one of the best cuts of beef for grilling, with sweet and charred burnt tips that melt in your mouth. It requires a bit of knife work, as well as some time to marinate, but once you get it right, you will be a star of the party." - David Shim, executive chef of COTE Korean Steakhouse in NYC & Miami


"For years, I marveled at those who could eat radicchio in a salad and not cringe from the bitterness. I was embarrassed to tell anyone that this was my food weakness. Then, one day, I threw it on the grill, and that&aposs when my world changed and I became a radicchioꃺnatic. Cut the head of radicchio into quarters or eighths, depending on the size, as you want wedges that are held intact by the stem.਍rizzle with olive oil, season with salt, and then toss them on your grill. You want them to char well on all sides before removing.ਏinish with a splash of sherry vinegar and a drizzle of something slightly sweet, like a little bit of honey, or a thicker, sweeter balsamic vinegar." - Katie Button, chef of Cúrate, cookbook author, and co-founder of Katie Button Restaurants


"My favorite part about summer is all of the delicious produce, specifically juicy stone fruit like peaches. While it&aposs great on its own, grilled fruit makes a delicious, simple, and refreshing dessert and is the perfect end to any summer BBQ. Grilling the glazed fruitਊllows the sugars to caramelize, creating a crunchy, flavor-packed crust. Top it off with whipped cream and sweet-and-salty peanuts for the perfect textural contrast." - Stephanie Izard, Iron Chef, author, and executive chef and owner of five Chicago restaurants, including Girl & the Goat  

Whole Chicken

"This is a perfect summer dish that feeds a small party, and pairs well with any side. For the juiciest grilled chicken, first brine the bird and then give it a good herb and spice rub. Grilling over indirect heat will result in a juicy, evenly-cooked chicken." - Michael Beltran, chef of Ariete, Navé, and Chug&aposs Diner in Miami

Caesar Salad

"One of my favorite things to grill is romaine and use that as a Caesar salad base. It elevates the dish by giving it a smoky, almost indulgent flavor profile, which makes it feel incredibly satisfying. Lightly brush romaine hearts cut in half with oil and grill cut-side down for 1 to 3 minutes, until the leaves are slightly charred. Top with all your favorite Caesar salad accoutrements, olive oil, lemon, and lots of black pepper." - Danny Grant,਌hef and partner at What If Syndicate 

Chicken Skewers

"Everybody should know how to cook kebabs, but the technique for skewering them is just as important. Our favorite is the Lebanese classic shish taouk, marinated chicken cooked on a skewer. The common technique is to skewer relatively large chunks of meat, but we found that slicing the meat a little thinner and threading it back and forth across the skewer is the way to go. Slicing the meat against the grain before you skewer makes the chicken more tender, and results in more surface area being exposed to the marinade, so it penetrates deeper and gives a lot more flavor." - Michael Costa, concept chef at José Andrés&aposs Zaytinya in Washington, D.C.


"Swordfish can be prepared in a number of ways, but in my opinion, previously marinated and wrapped in grape leaves and grilled on burning coal remains the most charismatic and tempting. The grape leaves in this dish are an ideal pocket in which to steam the delicious swordfish to perfection on the grill without it drying out too much." - Nino La Spina,chef de cuisine at Florie&aposs at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach


"One of the classic ways you&aposll find octopus in Mexico is octopus al ajillo (saut octopus in garlic), but I like to grill instead of making it in the griddle because it enriches the flavor. I love it as an appetizer on skewers, and it&aposs great served with a mezcal cocktail, since the smoky flavor pairs really well." - Diego Moles, chef de cuisine at Acre Baja in Mexico

Ten Wine Tips for Beginners

Invest in decent stemware. Look for glasses with medium-sized bowls, which are versatile enough for all wines, and thin rims, which always make wine taste better. Hand washing will keep them looking their best, but if the stems are dishwasher safe, use only the top rack.

Get these must-have wine tools. Keep gel-filled wine sleeves in your freezer to quickly chill or keep bottles cool. Find a comfortable wine opener, whether it’s a small waiter’s friend, or an easy-to-use lever-style corkscrew. Finally, get some non-drip pourers to eliminate spillage concerns.

Select house wines to keep on hand. Sauvignon Blanc and lightly-oaked Chardonnay are versatile whites, while Merlot and Rioja are food-friendly choices for reds. House wines should not be expensive—you should feel as comfortable opening a bottle for Tuesday night takeout as for company on Saturday night. Check out these easy to drink wines for under $10.

Keep your wine comfortable. The worst place to store wine is on top of the refrigerator, where heat and vibrations can wreak havoc. If space allows, put a rack in a room without direct sunlight. If your new abode is too tiny, store wine in the coolest and darkest part of your apartment—a closet.

Take a cue from college and take notes or just use an app. When you find a wine you simply adore, jot down the details in a wine journal, spiral notebook or smartphone. Note the producer, vintage, wine name, purchase price, aroma and flavors, and your overall impression (“it was rich and lemony, and went really well with grilled chicken Caesar salad.”) Apps such as Vivino and Delectable can help you find new wines to try based on type and price. These apps can also help you keep track of your favorites.

Become friends with the clerks at your local wine store. Add yourself to the store’s email list to stay informed about in-store events and sales. Attend free tastings to “try before you buy.” Ask for bargain wine suggestions—clerks are happy to share great finds. Finally, take advantage of frequent shopper or case discounts to build your wine collection.

Find great wine on the cheap. There is no shortage of wines costing upwards of $100. Much more satisfying to new grads on a budget is finding inexpensive bottles that taste anything but. France’s Languedoc region produces excellent whites, reds and rosés that won’t deplete your checking account, and South America is also known for great wine bargains.

Don’t snub the box or the can. Another economical choice, wine in a box is now being made by top producers from all over the world. It’s the perfect option when you just want a glass, or need wine for cooking, and it lasts for months. You can now also find sparkling, spritzers, red, white and rosé all in a can.

Start a wine tasting club. Take turns hosting, and have each guest bring a wine new to them. Offer simple hors d’oeuvres like cheese and crackers, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Share opinions as you taste. And keep in mind that wine tasting is very subjective—more like an essay exam than a true or false test.

Keep experimenting. Tasting is the key to learning about wine. So continue to try new ones, in addition to sticking with tried and true favorites. Enjoy your wine studies!

Healthy Lunch Recipes

A good balanced lunch will make second half of the day more energetic plus will keep the mid-evening snack cravings away. Sharing today, a delicious, healthier and easy collection of lunch recipe ideas which you enjoy all months summer and even early fall.

I like to keep my lunch healthier still just right filling so that I can avoid craving for an evening snack. In my personal experience, evening snacks have always resulted in adding few pounds. (weight gain)

Whenever I can, I love to pack lunch in advance. This one thing checks off an important item from my to-do list. Especially because if lunch is ready to go, there is less chance that we eat out i.e. indulge in a hefty dinner-size burrito for lunch.. then end up napping or drinking additional coffee in afternoon.

In short, a balanced, ready-to-go lunch will make a difference in your health, not only in summer but all four seasons. So if you don't focus on your lunch. Pay attention! There is no need to skip lunch for weight loss. Rather eat balanced lunch, portion control so that you don't overeat, and then see the magic! Seriously, you can get your health back with one healthy lunch a day.

Today, I have created a collection of few of my favorite Recipes that we love to enjoy for lunch. A lot of salads, chicken and shrimp based lunch bowl ideas, protein packed vegetarian quinoa and chickpea bowls, and few just-veggie salads that you can pair with chicken (cooked any way).

PS: You can eat pasta for lunch as long as portion is controlled!

Collection currently has my top favorite 30 lunch recipes. I'll update this with 10 New Recipes as month progress. You can pin this page and use this for reference whole month.

Note: Few of recipes have base of quinoa. Please note that quinoa is not carb-free. When I'm making carb-free meals.. I replace quinoa with cauliflower rice or zucchini, or portion control to limit serving.

Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar Pasta Salad, a creamy summer pasta salad inspired from Caesar Salad with crunchy romaine lettuce, bow-tie pasta, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and a delicious Caesar salad dressing. With crunch of croutons and buttery parmesan cheese.. this summer pasta salad is dream-come-true for Caesar salad and sum.

Ultimate Greek Pasta Salad

You guys, this Greek Pasta Salad is flavor bomb! With marinated sweet-sour red onions, crunchy cucumber and creamy feta, it will be your most-favorite pasta salad ever. Every cook and foodie should have a Greek pasta salad card in their personal recipe repertoire.. Don't you think? If you are looking for y.

Greek Dakos - Bread and Tomatoes Salad

Have you ever tried Dakos in a Greek Restaurant before? If you haven't then I highly recommend trying one at home. Dakos salad is a simple tomato-based salad, served traditionally over a toasted bread or barley rusk, and has mouthwatering combinations of, some of the well known Mediterranean flavors, like.

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad with Grilled Shrimp

This Greek Orzo Pasta Salad with grilled Za'atar Shrimp is bursting with Mediterranean flavors of Greek feta, olives, cucumber, dill and a zesty fragrant Greek Salad dressing. Every ingredient in this salad brings something delicious to fork. Serving of protein makes it perfect for salad-for-dinner weeknig.

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad with Avocado

Put leftover Easter eggs to delicious use with this easy Deviled Egg Pasta Salad! In this egg pasta salad creamy avocados, sweet cherry tomatoes, crunchy cucumber, leftover/boiled eggs meet a zesty lemony dressing.. for a scrumptious after-Easter lunch or dinner! After festivity and enjoying holiday food.

Mango Avocado Pasta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Healthy fresh take on pasta salad with creamy avocado, sweet mangoes and zesty flavorful cilantro-lime dressing. Every fork-full of this pasta salad has something delicious to enjoy - lime-soaking creamy avocados, juicy mangoes, farfalle pasta, and crunchy pine nuts. This is one avocado salad which you can.

Deli Style Pasta Salad with Kale

In this deli-style pasta salad, every fork full will have something delicious to keep digging for more. If you are fan of deli-style pasta salads, this vegetarian pasta salad will be your new favorite! I promise!Specially great to pack for potlucks or family trips, ingredients in this pasta salad are robus.

Mezze Penne Caprese Pasta Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

This pasta salad combines few of my favorite, seasonal foodie-love-affairs, in one! I mean, who will say no to deliciously fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Caprese Salad, Pasta Salad, and a rich and fragrant Basil Pesto Vinaigrette?! All-in-one!! Anyone? Even saying "Caprese Pasta Salad with Pesto" makes me hun.

Roasted Fennel and Artichoke Pasta Salad

Roasted Fennel and Artichoke Pasta Salad - Sweet roasted buttery fennels coated parmesan cheese, with meaty artichokes, and orecchiette pasta dressed in a lite and lemony thyme dressing! This festive salad is perfect side for a festive Holiday Family dinner Or a weekday dinner with some protein on the side.

Ramen Noodle Salad with Miso Peanut Dressing

Ramen Noodle Salad with creamy, sweet and spicy Miso-Peanut Butter and Sriracha Salad Dressing. Every fork-full of this refreshing Asian Salad has something delicious to offer - crunchy cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, Ramen noodles coated in sweet and spicy peanut buttery dressing, and roasted peanuts for s.

Mexican Tortellini Salad

Lite and zesty take on Tortellini Salad with mango, avocado, lime dressing and spicy taco shrimp. Spicy lime mango and avocado compliment rich cheese Tortellini so well.. I call this a Mexican Tortellini Salad. Forget creamy salads, I guarantee, this will become your new favorite way to Tortellini Salad.

Protein Packed Lunch Chickpea Salads

Spicy Chickpeas and Sweet Potato Salad Bowl

Starting Monday with meatless mighty spicy Chickpea and Sweet Potato Salad Bowl which will make you eat healthy, close to nature without much effort.This sweet, spicy and savory Chickpea and Sweet Potato Bowl has everything you need for a delicious and nutritious lite winter meal. Veggie protein of chickpe.

Apple Chickpea Salad

Every bite of this salad has something to offer - sweet apples, earthy chickpeas, crunchy celery, and mouthwatering sweet and sour honey-mustard dressing.This salad rocks the salad bowl for one reason: chickpeas can absorb any flavor you add to them. Specially, sweet and sour pairs exceptionally well with.

Mediterranean Chickpea Cucumber Salad with Shallot Dressing

Mediterranean flavors inspired warm Chickpea Salad with black olives, feta, a zesty oregano-shallot dressing and all the goodness of spiralized cucumber completing the need of pasta!Oh, and just 10 minutes from kitchen to lunch or dinner table. Or whenever you want to enjoy some greek-style chickpea good.

Mediterranean Chickpeas Salad with Herb-Citrus Vinaigrette

A 10 minute hearty dinner salad packed with proteins, vitamins, anti-oxidants, and a flavorful herb-citrus dressing! Wherever I'm time-pressed, this superfast and filling salad is my easy fix, for a lite and healthy summer dinner or even a lunch! Past few weeks, my schedule has kept me very busy. feels.

Roasted Sweet Potato Chickpea Feta Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato Chickpea Feta Salad with roasted sweet and smoky sweet potatoes and seasoned chickpeas and feta, coated in a tangy lemon-herb dressing. This vegetarian salad makes a great side for grilled/roasted meat main-course. It is also a good filling lunch. Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Protein-Packe.

Earthy and Flavorful Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Chickpea Salad with flavorful oregano-garlic dressing, greens, cucumber, sweet cherry tomatoes, and amazing quinoa. Vegan, Gluten free. I call this my loaded dinner salad with all-you-can-eat-healthy ingredients. This quinoa and chickpea salad is often on our weekday menu, with or without side of protein.

Potato Chickpea Salad - Aloo Chana Chaat

Potato and Chickpea Salad with sweet, sour, and spicy tamarind dressing. Famous by name of Aloo Chana Chaat or Aloo Chole Chaat, this potato chickpea salad is bursting with flavor of Indian spices and a must try at-least once in life. Ready in just 20 minutes, it is also gluten free, vegan, and loaded with.

Tuscan White Bean Salad with Arugula

Tuscan White Bean Salad - A meaty meatless white beans, peppery arugula, flat zucchini noodles, and radicchio salad with a zesty sun-dried tomato dressing. I call this a salad but actually it is a complete low-carb and filling meal which is also very versatile. You can pack it for a healthy lunch, serve as.

Gluten free easy lunch with Quinoa Salads

Rainbow Garden Quinoa Salad

Full of nutrients, clean, and delicious Quinoa Salad with rainbow of veggies such as beets, kale, broccoli, and fruits like strawberries, mangoes and a creamy Almond Sriracha Dressing. I even often call this healthy Life Salad. A serving or 2 of this salad every day is like eating nutrition supplement, (a.

Ultimate Greek Quinoa Salad

Not just any Greek salad. This Greek Quinoa salad is quinoa-forward with bold Mediterranean flavor packed quinoa tomato sofrito, healthy greens, crunchy vegetables and a 2 minute Greek Dressing. Loaded with flavor, is complete lite meal, gluten free and vegan. A bowl so good for you and healthy, it will be.

Mediterranean Warm Quinoa Salad with Squash and Cauliflower

Today, I'm here to share this Mediterranean warm quinoa salad which is loaded with winter vegetables such as butternut squash, cauliflower, bell peppers, and has delicious sweet and salty notes of honey, raisins, and feta cheese. I'm calling it a quinoa salad but really it is a complete nutrient-packed min.

Mexican Street Corn Quinoa Salad

Mexican Street Corn Quinoa Salad - this scrumptious corn salad is two-salad-flavors-in-one. In this, I have combined fresh flavors of California cuisine with sweet and spicy flavors of Mexican Street Corn to make a yummy lite summer dinner salad!One thing is sure, every fork of this salad has something del.

Quinoa Power Detox Salad

This quinoa detox salad is power house of nutrition and anti-oxidants and is perfect to start any day fit and healthy. Quinoa, edamame, bell peppers, lemon, olive oil, arugula, and almonds. all these ingredients are perfect for natural body detoxification with food and my quinoa power detox salad combine.

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

There's always something yummy on your fork in a colorful salad like this one, which combines nutty quinoa, juicy cherry tomatoes, cucumber, mint, parsley, and a garlicky lemon dressing. I happen to call it Tabbouleh Salad, but really, it is 'Summer in a Bowl'! Traditional Mediterranean Tabbouleh or Taboul.

Protein Packed Lunch Bowls with Chicken or Shrimp

Chicken Caesar Salad with Asparagus

This recipe for Chicken Caesar Salad - is a healthier and more delicious take on classic Italian romaine Caesar salad with blanched asparagus and crunchy roasted chickpeas croutons! Gluten free, and packed with nutrients! I call it, Chicken Caesar 2.0!Chicken Caesar Salad is an amazingly crunchy, garlicky.

Chicken Waldorf Salad with Grapes

Today, yet again Healthy Salad, flying from my kitchen to yours! This is my seasonal and healthy take on classic Waldorf Salad with two kinds of juicy grapes, grilled chicken, and a delicious buttermilk dressing.I love Waldorf Salad but I'm always up for adding my lite spin on classic heavy dressings. Trad.

Blackened Fish Taco Salad

This Fish Taco Salad is loaded with fresh veggies, blackened cod fish, creamy avocado dressing, and crunchy tortillas chips. In my world, it is delightful way to enjoy fish tacos everyday.. only served in a salad bowl!Worth a mention, the creamy avocado dressing is bursting with flavor with yummy cotija ch.

Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad with grilled marinated chicken, cabbage and pack-a-punch Chinese salad dressing. This is one of the most popular Chicken Salad in my town. On specials in every Chinese eatery in summers. The heart of salad is crunchy veggies (specially cabbage and carrots) and Chinese sweet and sour m.

Curry Chicken Salad

Creamy Curry Chicken Salad with grilled chicken breast, sweet mango chutney, crunchy almonds, and aromatic flavor of spicy curry powder. Also known as coronation chicken salad, it is an easy chicken salad with amazingly bold and creamy curry flavor. One of our most-requested salad for potlucks and family g.

Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli

Faster than takeout, delicious Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli stir fry. The Teriyaki Sauce recipe needs easy to find pantry ingredients and just 10 mins of prep. It is a takeout dinner that you can prepare at home faster and better than favorite restaurant. Especially since my teriyaki sauce recipe uses pan.

Thai Basil Chicken

An easy and flavorful Thai Basil Chicken stir-fry recipe which you can prepare in 25 minutes at home. Serve with steamed rice for a homemade Thai dinner quicker than takeout or wait for delivery. Oh, also sharing substitutes to make Thai Basil Chicken without a grocery store tip, using easy-to-find pantry.

Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta, a creamy chicken and pasta recipe with bow-tie pasta and succulent chicken cooked in lightened-up yet creamy Basil Pesto Sauce. Only 15 minutes of prep makes this recipe perfect for quick dinner. Plus pasta is tasty, lite, and flavorful. I bet more flavorful than Pesto Pasta from your.

Chicken Broccoli Rice (Instant Pot)

Sharing today, everyone's favorite Chicken Broccoli Rice casserole, ready without oven with this easy Instant Pot cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice recipe. Homey, flavorful and weeknight approved with only 15 minutes of prep. This recipe is gluten free and also great option for Meal Prep. Over the years, cl.

Greek Chicken Cucumber Avocado Salad

An amazing Cucumber Avocado Salad with flavorful Greek Chicken, sweet tomatoes, red onion, olives, and feta. Loaded with Mediterranean flavors and creamy avocado this salad is the perfect addition to your Summer Dinner Menu. Gluten-free, carb-free. The combination of buttery avocado with briny olives, fet.

Chicken Burrito Bowl (Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker)

Chicken Burrito Bowl prepared in Instant Pot start to finish for a weeknight dinner ready in 25 minutes. It has all you want from a hearty yet quick weeknight meal. Delicious chipotle chicken, black beans, corn, bell pepper, rice, and spice. Gluten free, nuts free. Also dairy-free (when served without dair.

Tzatziki Chicken Salad

Tzatziki Chicken Salad, a creamy chicken salad with grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, olives, coated in refreshing yogurt-dill tzatziki dressing. Carb free, low fat, gluten free, protein-rich and loaded with delicious flavors!Bring it to potlucks, or treat yourself to a no-carb protein-rich meal.

Grilled Chimichurri Shrimp and Couscous Salad

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Grilled Shrimp Avocado Salad

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Indian Tandoori Chicken Salad

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Gluten Free, Vegetable Rich Bowls

Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad

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Avocado Tomato Mozzarella Salad

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Fresco Salad

Chili's Fresco Salad - A crisp spring greens salad topped with queso fresco and lite coated in honey-lemon dressing! This is, THE simplest 6 ingredients salad recipe ever! It will brighten up any plate of food, bring some vitamin C, and calcium to the meal, and crunchy greens and lemon flavors will make me.

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Brown Rice Salad with Mushroom and Lemony Dressing

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Vegetarian Kale Caesar Salad

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Ripe Papaya and Avocado Salad with Black Salt Dressing

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Cauliflower Tabouli Salad with Tofu Souvlaki

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Fixed this up for lunch in a jiffy yesterday, after returning home from a grocery shopping. My experience at my superstore wasn't so funny because most of the regular groceries and commodities were out of stock due to the current global pandemic Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In fact, shoppers were queuing up to purchase toilet rolls and kitchen rolls. It is just disheartening that anything roll is now a scarce commodity. This situation is no longer a child's play and I hope that things will speedily turn around for good. The world cannot continue just like this. Upon my return from such a disturbing shopping, I knew outrightly that I needed to fix something light yet nutritious and refreshing. Sounds great right? Well, that's why I came up with this idea of a caesar salad.
Caesar salad is one of the easiest dishes to make. In as much as you have the necessary ingredients, you are just good to go. This is just an awesome salad that is packed with parmesan cheese! If there is an ingredient I won't skip in a caesar salad, it is the parmesan cheese. The taste it renders to this salad is just top-notch. Rarely do I eat a caesar salad without cheese and I doubt if I will! This caesar salad is an easy salad you can never go wrong with. You can even prepare it ahead of time and lock it up in the fridge until you are ready to devour it. So sooo much flavors are packed in this salad, and you can never go wrong here. Interestingly, you can tweak the ingredients a little bit just to suit your tastebud. I did made some changes based on what I had at hand and how I wanted it. For example, I didn't mix everything together at once before eating instead I mixed small quantity at a time and ate along (mix and eat).
I urge you to grab the right ingredients and enjoy these yummy goodies.

Food Pairings

The crisp, acidic white wines pair especially well with fresh seafood. Try serving albariño with steamed mussels, shrimp risotto, grilled octopus, or any white fish or shellfish. White meat like chicken and lean pork also pair well. Cheeses like salty feta or creamy burrata play nicely with albariño's freshness, as do fresh vegetables and creamy dressings, like a classic caesar salad. The perky wine also pairs surprisingly well with Cajun food.

Serve albariño well-chilled in a white wine glass. The perky wines are meant to be drunk young, preferably with 16 months of harvest. Since albariños are not meant for cellaring, stick them in the fridge when you return home from the store. The refreshing wine will be ready to serve at a moment's notice.

Grilled Romaine Wedge Salad

Posted By Savita

Starting March with this refreshing Grilled Wedge Salad. This Wedge Salad is made of grilled romaine topped with marinated cucumber, tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese, a drizzle of hot sauce, and homemade creamy ranch dressing. With perfect charred smoky flavor, this Wedge Salad is way more than just-a-lettuce-wedge-salad. It looks pretty, is filling, and ideal salad-for-dinner. Gluten-Free, Keto-Friendly, Nuts-free.

To those who don’t believe in cooked romaine lettuce. You will be surprised that grilled romaine lettuce is in-fact more delicious than raw lettuce. In-fact, if you controlling diet and eating salads-for-dinner. This is The salad for you. It is filling and will not even feel like a salad.

Tip: Add some diced chicken, and it is Buffalo Chicken Romaine Wedge Salad. Sound Delicious! Isn't it?

Also sharing tips for cooking perfect grilled romaine wedges with the right amount of char and smoky grill (BBQ) flavor, and yet crisp greens. Oh, and don't worry if it is snowing outside, you can still eat a grilled romaine salad. (more on this ahead)

So, let's put some Romaine Lettuce on the grill today and try this fantastic Grilled Romaine Wedge Salad!


Wedge Salad is an elegant and quick lettuce salad. It is kinda salad you would eat with a knife and fork as oppose to fork-only.

Three things make a classic Wedge Salad. 1) Wedges of Iceberg Lettuce, 2) Creamy Dressing, and 3) Toppings. Instead of chopping-up greens, crisp lettuce is cut into wedges, flavored with creamy dressing and toppings. This Grilled Romaine Lettuce Wedge Salad recipe is an upgrade to classic Wedge Salad. I replace Iceberg lettuce with crisp romaine lettuce hearts and also grill'em for more flavor. I love it so much that these days when I crave for a Wedge Salad. I often reach for Romaine Lettuce Hearts in-place of Iceberg.



Grilled Romaine Lettuce Wedges pick-up smoky charred grill flavor, then topped with marinated cucumber, tomato, creamy dressing, and blue cheese makes it a tasty salad no one can resist.

First time I tried Grilled Wedge Salad from Food Network show. It was quite intriguing because I had never thought to cook lettuce. These days, I’m a believer! Grilled Romaine Wedges make on of the best Romaine Wedge Salad. Everyone must try it once to know how much flavor cooked lettuce picks up from grill.

I cut each romaine heart into two wedges lengthwise. You can also make traditional 4 wedges. But 2 wedges stand upright better than 4 small ones. Also, large wedges handle grill heat better than small 4 wedges.


You can grill romaine on an outdoor grill or indoor on a griddle pan or under the broiler. So don't worry if it is snowing outside, you can actually eat a Grilled Romaine Wedge Salad any season of the year.

How much to grill/cook lettuce for wedge salad depends on your liking and cooking method. I like to grill only romaine-heart part of whole romaine. The romaine hearts get good charred and are partly cooked. The leafy edges still stay bright and crisp. This helps to get perfect amount of smoky grill flavor and green in one salad. You can also grill whole romaine for more charred romaine salad.

Grilled Romaine: To grill, on an outdoor grill (or indoor on gas griddle), pre-heat grill to medium. Cut lettuce into half lengthwise yielding two wedges. Drizzle crispy heart part of romaine with olive oil, and sprinkle salt on each wedge. Put cut side down on medium-low side of grill. Let the leafy green hand outside on the edge of grill and only hearts touch the grill. This way, harts will be grill but leafy green will still be perfect green. Grill until romaine is slightly charred but still firm. For better flavor, don't let romaine cook entirely or wilt.

Note: You can also cut romaine into quarter wedges, but this will need less cooking time.

Broiled Romaine: To broil, cut romaine lettuce into wedges. Place cut side up on a sheet pan in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle salt. Place wire rack the second shelf from the top. Set oven to broil on high. Broil romaine for 1-2 minutes. If you like more char, leave a little longer under the broiler (about 30 seconds to a minute). Please note romaine is delicate leafy vegetable. It will go from broil to char very quickly. For best results, keep a close eye. Check every 30 seconds until romaine have perfect char.

For me, dressing makes a salad. I'm always on the hunt for new dressings to make my salads crave-worthy. (That, my friends, is not easy to say for a healthier food like salad.)

In general, creamy dressings go really well with lettuce salads.

HINT: Try Caesar Dressing for a Romaine Wedge Caesar Salad. Tahini for Mediterranean Wedge Salad.

TIP: If you trying to save some calories, go for non-creamy vinaigrette dressing such as Balsamic Vinaigrette or a low-cal creamy dressing.

Romaine wedges are a great base for variety to delicious toppings. This is a vegetarian salad. So, I added marinated cucumber, tomato, and scallions with crumbled blue cheese. For serving of protein or a salad-for-dinner, I recommend topping the salad with a serving of protein. You can cook these over the weekend (especially chicken) and refrigerate to use the whole week.

More Toppings:

Any topping you use for a regular romaine salad works for Grilled Romaine Wedge Salad:

  1. Garlic Croutons
  2. Parmesan Cheese or Cheddar Cheese
  3. Crispy Onion Strings
  4. Cherry Tomato
  5. Berries such as Strawberries, Blue Berries.

If you love Romaine Lettuce, this will be your favorite salad all season long. Simple, easy to put together. Above all, you can even grill romaine indoor in simple cast iron grilling pan. Plus it looks so pretty, is healthy and filling. What not to like?

Romaine Wedge Salad always makes a statement when I serve this to my guests. Pictures tell the story. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

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