Fruity Fresh Mozzarella Salad
- 2 cups seeded small watermelon balls
- 2 cups fresh mozzarella pieces
- 1 cup chopped fresh basil (purple or green)
- Bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Pinch salt and pepper to taste
- Dash balsamic vinegar as desired
- Toss together the watermelon, mozzarella, basil, scallions and oil.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve over a bed of baby greens with crostini on the sides.
- Drizzle a bit of balsamic vinegar over if desired.
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 serving watermelon stix or small wedges
- Blend together the sour cream, sugar and vanilla in a small serving bowl.
- Use as a dip for the watermelon.
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 2/3 cups agave syrup
- 2 cups watermelon chunks
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve over ice.
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all your real fresh, real delicious ingredients!
Real Fresh, Real Delicious, and Real Satisfying
Slow-Roasted Extra Juicy Whole Chicken
Feeling adventurous? Here are three more takes on roast chicken: Mediterranean Roast Chicken with Green Olives, Fennel Seeds, and Thyme, Peruvian Roast Chicken with Cilantro and Jalapeño Sauce, Balsamic Roast Chicken and Potatoes
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Rub chicken all over with extra virgin olive oil. Generously season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle on added seasoning, as desired.
- Roast, breast side up for 70-90 minutes, until breast registers 160 degrees on a thermometer.
- Let cool and shred meat. Shredded meat may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Double Protein Veggie Wrapper’s Delight
- Assemble wraps by placing turkey on top of wrap following by guacamole, lettuce, shredded carrots, snap peas, shredded chicken, and cherry tomatoes.
- Drizzle with salad dressing if desired.
- Roll up and take a walk while you eat!
Garden Salad with Shredded Chicken and Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Assemble salad with lettuce and vegetables, topping with chicken and nuts, as desired. Add black pepper to salad as desired.
- To prepare dressing, add equal parts balsamic vinegar and olive oil to a mason jar with a pinch of salt, seal tightly with lid and shake until emulsified.
- Drizzle salad with dressing and serve.
Sweet and Crunchy Chicken Salad
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers to get cookin' today!
Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas.
Cucumber, Mint, Tomato, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad
- 1 large cucumber, seeded, and diced (peeling optional)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella “pearls”
- 1 sprig of mint, chopped fine
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss gently to combine. Serve.
A Berry Pretty Salad
- Toast pecans lightly in a dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for about 6 minutes or until fragrant. While still warm, add honey to pecans and toss to coat.
- Mix extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and salt in jar or container. Shake vigorously until emulsified.
- Divide lettuce between two bowls for two large dinner salads or four bowls for smaller side salads. Top with toasted pecans, crumbled goat cheese, berries, and salad dressing. Add cracked pepper to salad, to taste. Garnish with pansies or violas for an extra special and beautiful salad.
Eat better. That’s what we all plan to do at the start of every year after coming off the holiday binge on all things delicious. If we could just eat better, then we might fit into that pair of jeans we’ve been keeping around just in case. And with all that extra energy we might even get around to finishing those Pinterest projects — all 3,674 of them.
Problem is, what exactly is healthier? Sure, cut back on the fast food, eat less sugar and fried food, but what do you eat instead? Most people head for the holy grail of healthiness: the salad bar. And while the salad bar may appear to be the mecca of healthy eating, I encourage you to look closer and think again.
What is the salad bar’s biggest offense? Lurking among all that beautiful vegetable goodness is that last little thing you drizzle on the salad: the dressing. The problem with dressing? No, it’s not the calories; it’s the soybean oil, which is the majority of practically every commercial salad dressing on the face of the earth. Soy — that’s healthy, right? Well, not exactly. Over 85 percent of the soy grown in the United States is a genetically modified organism (GMO) and new studies have shown that soybean oil likely contributes to other problems like diabetes and heart disease when compared to other dietary oils.
Another thing that can make your salad a little healthier is to go organic. Whenever possible, buy organic produce when it is available and your budget allows. The next best thing is to peel items like apples and peaches. And if nothing else, wash your produce thoroughly with vinegar and running water to remove as much residue as possible.
So, is there any saving grace for salad? If salad’s not healthy, then what is? Salad can be a very healthy choice, if you do it right. Bring your salad savviness home and spruce up the ingredient list with some olive oil and good quality produce.
The last key to solving the salad dilemma is in making your own dressing at home. While soybean oil is a dietary villain, extra virgin olive oil is a dietary hero that is so good for you, it’s ridiculous. Make dressing at home with just two main ingredients: olive oil and something tangy like vinegar or citrus juice. Try this local recipe at home, and you’ll be well on your way to completing at least one of those long overdue Pinterest projects. Maybe.
Simple Salad Dressing
1 tablespoon vinegar of any type or citrus juice
2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (adjust according to taste)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (optional)
Pinch of salt and pepper
Add all ingredients to a Mason jar or well-sealed container. Shake until emulsified. Serve.
Find other tips to keep your New Year healthy from Angela Larson here.
Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious healthy foods and providing nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does community education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. Look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas.