Tag: Summer Foods

Grilled Chicken with Chili Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Chili Sauce

Try Grilled Chicken with Chili Sauce the next time you want to grill. This is a quick and easy recipe, perfect for weeknight meals. The chili sauce marinade is easy to mix up. Garlic, Lemon Zest, Olive Oil, and Chili Sauce. Dip the chicken in 

Pineapple Zucchini Bread

Pineapple Zucchini Bread

This Pineapple Zucchini Bread is a great way to “get rid” of some of your garden vegetables. Plus, it doesn’t even taste like the dreaded vegetable that begins with a “Z”. In fact, you’ll hardly even know it’s there. The shredded zucchini blends into the 

Spinach Beet Salad

Spinach Beet Salad

Spinach Beet Salad is a wonderful addition to your summer meals. Fresh Baby Spinach, Mandarin Oranges, Glazed English Walnuts, Pickled Beets, and Feta Cheese, with a delightful vinaigrette. Click to Tweet

This Spinach Beet Salad is a wonderful addition to your summer meals. Fresh Baby Spinach, Mandarin Oranges, Glazed English Walnuts, Pickled Beets, and Feta Cheese, with a delightful sweet vinaigrette. Serve either as a side salad or as a light dinner salad with flatbread.

Incorporated into this salad are two of my favorite recipes: Glazed English Walnuts and Easy Pickled Beets. Now, of course, you may use plain English walnuts and/or sliced beets instead. That’s up to you. But I think you will really enjoy the blended flavor that each of these gives to the salad. 

This spinach salad is so easy to make. You don’t even need to cut up any vegetables to put on it. Just open up a bag of spinach, drain a can of mandarin oranges and toss everything together.

So, let’s get started!

Ingredients Needed for Spinach Beet Salad

  • package of baby spinach
  • mandarin oranges
  • Glazed English Walnuts
  • Easy Pickled Beets
  • Feta Cheese

And for the Dressing:

  • balsamic vinegar
  • honey
  • Dijon mustard
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil

How to Make the Salad and Dressing

In a large salad bowl, layer spinach, mandarin oranges, English walnuts, and beets. Gently toss to incorporate. 

In a small bowl, mix together Balsamic vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, and freshly ground black pepper. Slowly add olive oil and whisk until the dressing emulsifies. At this point you may pour it into a serving cruet, if desired.

When ready to serve, drizzle the vinegar dressing over the salad. Sprinkle individual servings with Feta cheese as desired. This salad will serve 4-6 people. 

Find more Salad Recipes Here. See Flatbread Recipes Here.

Recipe for Spinach Beet Salad

Spinach Beet Salad

Here's a delicious recipe to enjoy this summer! Find my recipe for Easy Pickled Beets Here.
No ratings yet
Print Rate
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beets, English Walnuts, Feta Cheese, Mandarin Oranges, Spinach
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

Salad Bowl Set
Salad Tongs
Stainless Wire Whisk
Cruet Bottle

Ingredients

Dressing:

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, layer spinach, oranges, walnuts, and beets. Gently toss to combine.

To Make the Dressing:

  • In a small bowl, mix together Balsamic vinegar, honey, mustard, and black pepper. Slowly add olive oil and whisk until the dressing emulsifies. If desired, pour into a cruet bottle for serving.
  • When ready to serve, drizzle vinegar dressing over salad. Sprinkle individual servings with Feta cheese as desired. Serves 4-6

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 457mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 5802IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 2mg
Like This Recipe?Share on Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram - Please mention @countryatheartrecipes or tag #countryatheartrecipes

PIN THIS TO A FAVORITE BOARD!

Pinterest Pin - Spinach Beet Salad

Blueberry Peach Slab Pie

Blueberry Peach Slab Pie

I first tried making this Blueberry Peach Slab Pie while on vacation with our family in Branson, MO. I wanted a fun and easy dessert to make for one of our meals there, and this pie was a perfect hit. To make things even easier, 

Rosemary-Garlic Sourdough Flatbread

Rosemary-Garlic Sourdough Flatbread

We absolutely love this Rosemary-Garlic Sourdough Flatbread recipe. I could eat this stuff every day and then some. It’s the perfect companion to a light dinner salad or with Quiche, or just by itself. We’ve even made individual pizzas with it, by adding a light 

Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa is a tasty appetizer to make for your next family gathering. It’s easy and the ingredients are common enough to be in your pantry. Click to Tweet

Black Bean Salsa is an easy and tasty appetizer to make for your family or gathering.

It’s so easy, and the ingredients are common enough to be in everyone’s pantry.

I have to add here, that I just LOVE black beans. It was only a few years ago, that I had even tried them. I mean, as a girl, I had never even heard of them! Apparently, they started to become popular in the US grocery market in the late 1980’s. Like other legumes, they are high in fiber and protein and have many other health benefits to them. See information on that HERE.

Eat Beans. They are Good for You!

I love black beans in my Mexican dishes, as refried beans, in salads. Oh my. This dip offers a perfect use for them as well. I hope you will like it as much as we do!

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Black Bean Salsa

  • canned corn
  • sweet onion
  • green bell pepper
  • lemon juice
  • red wine vinegar
  • Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • minced garlic
  • ground red pepper
  • black pepper

Tips on Making This Recipe

Place drained beans and corn in a serving bowl. I like to use Green Giant Corn Niblets, but their Mexicorn would also be fantastic for this recipe.

Mince your onion and dice the green pepper. Add to beans.

Mix together the liquids and spices. If you want to use Tabasco sauce instead of Louisiana Hot Sauce, please do. Also, you could substitute chili powder for the ground red pepper.

Pour liquids and spices over the beans and vegetables, mixing well.

Cover and refrigerate overnight to let things marinate.

Serve with your favorite Corn Chips. We love On the Border or Tostitos.

See more Mexican Dishes Here. And more Dips and Appetizers Here.

Recipe for Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa

Here's an easy and tasty appetizer to make for your family or gathering. Serve with corn chips.
No ratings yet
Print Rate
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Black Beans, Corn
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

Knife Set
Cutting Board
Glass Mixing Bowls
Chip and Dip Server

Ingredients

  • 15 oz. black beans drained
  • 15 oz corn drained
  • 1 cup sweet onion minced
  • 1/2 whole green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Using a knife and cutting board, prepare onion and bell pepper.
  • In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, red wine vinegar, hot sauce, garlic, ground red pepper, and black pepper.
  • In medium bowl, combine beans, corn, onion, and bell pepper. Pour lemon juice mixture over the beans and mix well. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight. Serve with corn chips. Serves 6-8.
Like This Recipe?Share on Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram - Please mention @countryatheartrecipes or tag #countryatheartrecipes

PIN TO A FAVORITE BOARD!

Pinterest Pin - Black Bean Salsa

Taco Bowl Salad

Taco Bowl Salad

Taco Bowl Salad is easy to make and fun to eat. A perfect choice for a light summer dinner. I’ve eaten taco bowls in restaurants that were deep fried, and they are delicious. However, these baked bowls work just as well and have less fat 

Breakfast Quiche

Breakfast Quiche

Breakfast Quiche is perfect for a weekend brunch or for a light supper with a salad.  I love this recipe. It’s simple. And very tasty. It’s elegant and pretty enough for special entertaining, such as a Mother’s Day Brunch, or for Christmas or Easter. Yet 

Summer Salad Ideas

Summer Salad Ideas

Summer is the perfect time to serve light evening meals to your family. Too hot outside to heat up the kitchen with an oven or stove. Why not make a quick yummy meal with fresh vegetables and a smattering of meat. Here are a few  of our favorite Summer Salad Ideas.

 

Summer Salad Ideas to Try

 

Salads with Meat

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad –  While this is not really considered a dinner salad, I love it and could eat it for a meal. Tender macaroni, peas, shredded carrots, bacon and a delicious homemade ranch dressing to pull it all together. Yummy!

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Here's a recipe that reminds me of the boxed Suddenly Salad dish you can buy in the store. Only better!
Check out this recipe
Recipe for Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - Summer Salad Ideas

 

Spinach Salad with Vinegar Dressing – The vinegar dressing for this salad is really delicious.

Spinach Salad with Vinegar Dressing
Here's a delicious recipe I received from my Aunt Ruth. I love this vinegar dressing. Try it this weekend!
Check out this recipe
Recipe for Spinach Salad with Vinegar Dressing

 

Chicken Salad Crescent Sandwiches – Chicken Salad is a favorite during our hot summer months. This one is so easy to make. Tender chicken breast, celery, onions, grapes, and cashews. Delicious!

Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches
Here is a recipe the girls and I like in spring and summer. Especially nice for Mother's Day luncheons if you adjust the recipe to size.
Check out this recipe
Recipe for Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches

 

Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts – Add some chicken to your summer salad with cranberries, Glazed English Walnuts, and boiled eggs. Yum!

Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts
Here's an easy salad to fix when you want something light and tasty. Enjoy!
Check out this recipe
Recipe for Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts

 

Taco Bowl Salad – This is a fun weeknight meal to make. Form bowls by baking them over balls of tinfoil.

Taco Bowl Salad
Here's a recipe that's easy to make and fun to eat. Enjoy!
Check out this recipe
Recipe for Taco Bowl Salad

 

Southwest Bean Salad – I like this salad with its black beans, avocado and tomato. So good!

 

 

Summer Salad Ideas without Meat

This Spinach Beet Salad is a wonderful addition to your summer meals. Fresh Baby Spinach, Mandarin Oranges, Glazed English Walnuts, Pickled Beets, and Feta Cheese, with a delightful sweet vinaigrette. Serve either as a side salad or as a light dinner salad with flatbread.

Spinach Beet Salad
Here's a delicious recipe to enjoy this summer! Find my recipe for Easy Pickled Beets Here.
Check out this recipe
Recipe for Spinach Beet Salad

 

Sometimes in the summer, when it’s hot, you just want something easy to make for dinner, that’s cold. This Tortellini Garden Salad is perfect for just such an occasion. Plus, you can use lots of garden vegetables in it! 

 

Antipasto Salad – This is a favorite at family gatherings. Add some pepperoni to make it a meal.

Antipasto Rotini Salad
Here's an easy and colorful salad recipe to enjoy this summer!
Check out this recipe
Recipe for Antipasto Rotini Salad

 

 

Make Your Own Salad Dressings

Why not try making your own salad dressing? Here are two of our favorites!

 

Store Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix in your cupboard for when you need salad dressing. You may also use it in dips or other recipes.

Ranch Dressing Mix
Here's a recipe to store in your cupboard for when you need salad dressing. May use it in dips or other recipes.
Check out this recipe
Recipe for Ranch Dressing Mix

 

This Thousand Island Dressing is very easy and perfect for little hands to prepare.

Thousand Island Dressing
I'll always remember making Thousand Island dressing as a girl at a 4-H cooking meeting. Here's a similar recipe for you to enjoy.
Check out this recipe
Recipe for Thousand Island Dressing

 

Don’t Forget the Croutons!

 

Sourdough Croutons,– While you’re at it, go ahead and make your own croutons, too! So much better than store bought! Crunchy on the outside yet slightly chewy and seasoned perfectly. You cannot buy croutons as tasty as these!

Homemade Sourdough Croutons
This recipe is so easy and delicious, you may never go back to store-bought croutons. Serve on your favorite salad or with soup.
Check out this recipe
Recipe for Homemade Sourdough Croutons

 

See more Salad Recipes Here.

Sourdough Olive Flatbread

Sourdough Olive Flatbread

Sourdough Olive Flatbread is a perfect choice when you want something extra special.  If you’ve spent any time on this recipe site, you know how much I enjoy making sourdough breads. I especially enjoy flatbread during the spring and summer months. This recipe is so