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How to make Kate Middleton’s Watermelon Salad

How to make Kate Middleton's Watermelon Salad - watermelon chunks with sliced cucumbers, diced avocado, with lime juice, feta and mint leaves.

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This watermelon salad is Kate Middleton’s favorite and is so refreshing for the hot summer months.

Last summer I discovered what is apparently Kate Middleton’s favorite watermelon salad and omg I couldn’t stop eating it!  Watermelon is my absolute favorite fruit. In fact, when I was pregnant with both boys, I craved it and would go through a watermelon a day. So when I saw this watermelon salad with fresh cucumbers and feta I knew I had to try it.  I dream about it all year when I can make it for summer and you will too! Scroll down for how to make Kate Middleton’s Watermelon Salad.

Why you will love this watermelon salad

Not only are watermelon and cucumber both really refreshing and pack a satisfying crunch, but they are low calorie, super hydrating foods for the summer months. Paired with salty feta cheese, this salad is the perfect combo of sweet and savory! And then rounded out with some creamy avocado for some healthy fats.

And if you love watermelon as much as I do, check out this spicy watermelon margarita!

 

I tried Kate Middleton's watermelon salad - girl eating watermelon salad with cucumber, feta, and fresh mint.

 

How to make Kate Middleton’s Watermelon Salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups watermelon, cut into cubes
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup feta cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • salt to taste

Directions:

1.) In a large bowl, add the cubed watermelon, sliced cucumbers, avocado, feta and chopped mint.

2.) Drizzle with the juice of a fresh lime, apple cider vinegar, and a sprinkle of salt then toss until evenly coated.

Enjoy!!!

Kate Middleton's watermelon salad - chunks of watermelon with cucumber, feta, mint leaves, and lime juice is a refreshing low calorie salad for summer

 

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How to make Kate Middleton's Watermelon salad - watermelon, cucumber, feta and avocado

How to make Kate Middleton's Watermelon Salad - watermelon chunks with sliced cucumbers, diced avocado, with lime juice, feta and mint leaves.

Kate Middleton's Watermelon Salad

This watermelon salad is apparently Kate Middleton's favorite. Cool and refreshing watermelon and cucumber make this a super hydrating salad for summer. Paired with salty feta and creamy avocado this watermelon salad is both sweet and savory and will become your newest favorite healthy dish.
5 from 3 votes
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups watermelon cut into cubes
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 cup feta cheese cut into cubes
  • 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves chopped
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, add the cubed watermelon, sliced cucumbers, avocado, feta and chopped mint.
  • Drizzle with the juice of a fresh lime, apple cider vinegar, and a sprinkle of salt then toss until evenly coated. Enjoy!
Keyword healthy recipes, salad, summer dish
17 In food/ Recipes

The best Caesar Pasta Salad

The best Caesar pasta salad - glass bowl filled with romaine lettuce, pasta, croutons, homemade Caesar dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese.

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This is the best Caesar pasta salad ever. Made with a homemade Caesar dressing, this is a great summer meal, whether on it’s own or with chicken, steak or fish.

I love me some Caesar salad. It’s my fave summer meal on it’s own with a chilled glass of Sauvy B, with some fries (girl dinner), or topped with some grilled chicken.

I combined my love of Caesar salad and pasta to make this Caesar pasta salad. Adding pasta or grains to veggie salads is a great way to bulk up a salad while also keeping it lighter and not so heavy on carbs. This salad is topped with a homemade Caesar dressing that is super easy to make and I promise you’ll never want to use the bottled stuff again!

This salad can be prepped ahead of time which makes it an easy weeknight meal, side dish or to bring to a BBQ or party. Scroll down for my recipe.

The Best Caesar Pasta Salad

*Modifications – a traditional Caesar dressing has anchovies in it. I do not like anchovies, so I used capers instead, to get that salty, briny flavor.

I like to make the dressing ahead of time and keep in a bottle so that you can enjoy throughout the week.

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 box pasta
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese shreds
  • croutons

For the dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise (or you can do Greek yogurt)
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestshire sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp capers  (you can also use anchovies or anchovy paste)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt/pepper

Directions:

1.) Boil one box of pasta until al dente then drain and set aside.

2.) Prepare the dressing.  Add all of the dressing ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together.

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3.) In a large salad bowl, add the lettuce, pasta, and Parmesan cheese.

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4.) When ready to serve, top with the Caesar dressing, tossing well so it’s all evenly covered. Then top with croutons.

Enjoy!!!

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The best Caesar pasta salad - glass bowl filled with romaine lettuce, pasta, croutons, homemade Caesar dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese.

The best Caesar pasta salad

5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Servings 5 people

Ingredients
  

For Salad

  • 1 box pasta
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese shreds
  • croutons

For the Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise (you can also use Greek yogurt)
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestshire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp capers (you can also use anchovies or anchovy paste)
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Boil one box of pasta until al dente then drain and set aside.
  • Prepare the dressing.  Add all of the dressing ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together.
  • In a large salad bowl, add the lettuce, pasta, and Parmesan cheese.
  • When ready to serve, top with the Caesar dressing, tossing well so it’s all evenly covered. Then top with croutons.
Keyword healthy recipes, low carb, salad
12 In food/ Recipes

Spring Chopped Cobb Salad

Spring Chopped Cobb Salad - lettuce with chopped cucumber, radishes, hard boiled eggs, snap peas, corn, and bacon

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It’s Wednesday and you know what that means, time for another Wednesday Salad! This week I’m sharing my recipe for my spring chopped cobb salad.

Lately, I have been on a kick with chopped salads. If you are not chopping your salads, you are missing out! Every single ingredient is chopped small so that you get a bite of everything at once! Plus, research also suggests that when all your veggies are chopped it’s actually healthier for digestion and easier to absorb all the good nutrients.

This salad is like a traditional cobb salad with all the flavors of fresh crunchy lettuce, hard boiled eggs, and bacon but in a chopped form and topped with a delicious homemade honey dijon ranch dressing. I like to make a big batch of the dressing and keep in a mason jar throughout the week to use on my salads, it is that good! I like to top mine with crumbled goat cheese but Blue cheese or cheddar works too!

Spring chopped cobb salad - chopped lettuce, snap peas, radishes, corn, onions, hard boiled eggs, bacon and cheese topped with a honey dijon ranch dressing.

Spring Chopped Cobb Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Boston bibb lettuce or spring mix, chopped
  • 1 cup snap peas, chopped
  • 1 cup cucumbers, chopped
  • 1 cup corn (off the cob)
  • 1/2 cup radishes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup bacon chopped finely or bacon bits

For dressing

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp chopped dill
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt/pepper
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Directions:

1.) In a large salad bowl, add all chopped vegetables, eggs, cheese and bacon.

2.) In a smaller bowl, or mason jar, add all of the dressing ingredients. Mix well. I like to use my frother (linking here) to help it get a creamier consistency.

3.) When ready to serve, top with dressing and mix together.

Spring chopped cobb salad in a bowl with homemade honey dijon ranch dressing pouring over salad

 

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Spring Chopped Cobb Salad

Lettuce, snap peas, radishes, corn, cucumber, bacon, hard boiled eggs and cheese are chopped to perfection so you get a test of everything in one bite and topped with a honey dijon ranch dressing. This is one of my favorite spring salads for lunch or dinner. Enjoy as is or top with chicken or steak!
5 from 2 votes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup boston bibb lettuce or spring mix chopped
  • 1 cup snap peas chopped
  • 1 cup cucumbers chopped
  • 1 cup corn off the cob
  • 1/2 cup radishes chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion diced
  • 4 hard boiled eggs chopped
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup bacon chopped

For the dressing

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large salad bowl, add all chopped vegetables, eggs, cheese and bacon.
  • In a smaller bowl, or mason jar, add all of the dressing ingredients. Mix well.
  • When ready to serve, top with dressing and mix together.
Keyword healthy recipes, salad
15 In food/ Recipes

7 best soup recipes for soup season

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To know fall and the chilly winter months is to love soup season. So bring on soup season with these 7 best soup recipes.

Here are 7 of the best soup recipes for soup season

1.) Medicine Ball Chicken Noodle Soup – classic chicken noodle gets an extra kick with immune boosting ingredients like bone broth and tumeric for when you or your loved ones are feeling under the weather or just need an extra spoonful of comfort. I call this my Medicine Ball Chicken Noodle Soup for a reason. Get the recipe here and be sure to save this one!

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2.) Crock pot butternut squash soupwhen you think of fall soups it’s impossible for butternut squash not to come to mind. This one is super easy, all you need is a crock pot, some diced butternut squash and an immersion blender. I like to top mine with some crunchy pumpkin seeds. Sharing the recipe here.

Crock pot butternut squash soup

3.) Sausage, kale and white bean soup I whipped this one up for dinner in 30 minutes the other night and the flavors were incredible! It’s quickly become a favorite! I like to top it with some shredded parmesan. Sharing my easy recipe here.

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4.) Zucchini corn chowder – This is a delicious creamy soup that I like to make towards the end of summer right when fall is gearing up and you’ve got a full bounty of zucchini. But truly you can make anytime! Click here for the recipe.

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5.) Tomato spinach tortellini soup – it doesn’t get much more hearty than this. Think of a delicious creamy tomato soup loaded with spinach and chunky tortellini. Click here for the recipe.

Tomato spinach tortellini soup

 

6.) Easy Vegetable Soup – if you’ve got a fridge full of veggies roast them all up on a pan with a little salt and some herbs and then blend together for this easy vegetable soup. This one is packed with plant power and dairy free too!

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7.) Pumpkin bread bowls – ok so this one isn’t exactly a soup recipe but is there anything better than eating your soup out of a crusty bread bowl? I don’t think so. And if they’re pumpkin shaped bread bowls then that’s just even cuter! Click here to see how to make them.

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Enjoy!!! Cheers to Soup Season!

 

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