Sweet + Salty+Tangy + Crunchy = Delicious and Unique Coleslaw
I am always looking for new and tasty side dishes to serve up throughout the summer. One day on Pinterest I stumbled upon a recipe for apple bacon coleslaw. I did some more poking around and actually found that there were lots of variations of this type of recipe out there. In true Diva form I pulled from several of the recipes and came up with this one. It, of course, is the best. 😉
Not only did the flavors compliment each other well but so did the textures. Coleslaw usually tends to all be the same consistency but the sweet apples added a really nice crunch to the mix and went so well with the salty bacon and tang from the dressing. I really like to enjoy this dish with some BBQ chicken or ribs for a perfect summer meal.
1/4 c cider vinegar
1 c mayonnaise
1/4 c sugar
1/4 orange juice
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tsp pepper
1 fennel bulb, shredded
1 cabbage head, shredded
6 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 c parsley leaves, chopped
4 firm apples, chopped
- In a medium bowl whisk together the vinegar, mayonnaise, sugar, orange juice, lemon juice, salt and pepper until most of the sugar is dissolved.
- Place the fennel, cabbage, bacon, green onions, parsley, and apples together in a bowl and mix together.
- Pour the dressing over the coleslaw and toss to coat.
- Cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve.
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California is one of the leading producers of asparagus in the United Stated. Asparagus is so big in California that the city of Stockton even throws an entire festival in honor of asparagus. True story! I grew up eating asparagus on a regular basis. (By the way, I am 33 and still crack up that it gives you stinky pee. I don’t think I will ever grow up.) I could eat asparagus every day. There are just so many ways to prepare it but I think I have found my favorite way to eat the lovely green spears, grilled asparagus and feta salad. Man this was awesome! My husband and I devoured the whole bowl so if you are cooking for more than 2 people just go ahead and double or triple the recipe. Trust me you will eat it all! There was just so much flavor in the salad and it was so light and refreshing. Perfect for spring or summer. We just served it with a simple grilled chicken breast seasoned with nothing more than salt and pepper and it was the perfect complement. This my friends, is good eating.
Want to know more about asparagus? Then check out this old post and you will be an asparagus pro!
1 bunch thick asparagus, ends trimmed
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp pepper
zest from one lemon
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 c crumbled feta cheese
- Preheat the grill to about 325º.
- Place the asparagus in a baking dish and coat with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and then season with salt and pepper.
- Place the asparagus on the grille making sure that they are perpendicular to the grates so that they don’t slip through.
- Close the grill and cook for 3 minutes.
- roll the asparagus over and cook for another 3 minutes.
- Remove the asparagus and transfer to a cutting board.
- Allow the asparagus to cool for 5–10 minutes.
- Cut the spears into 1–2” pieces.
- Place the cut asparagus into a medium bowl and toss with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and half of the feta.
- Top the salad with the remaining asparagus and serve warm or at room temperature.
Recipe adapted from Once Upon a Chef.
A couple of weeks back we got these GORGEOUS rainbow carrots in our box of organic produce and when my son saw them he honestly didn’t believe me that they were carrots. They ranged from a deep purple to red and even white. They were just too pretty to get tossed into a salad or cooked any ordinary way. I wanted these to stand on their own. I know I have mentioned in many previous posts that I am always looking for fun and healthy after school snacks for my little man so we decided to make roasted carrot fries. They were awesome! I just sliced, baked, and served them with a little side of ranch (because every 3 year old loves to dip their food in sauce). These were super quick and a wonderful way to enjoy these rainbow carrots.
4–5 large carrots (I used rainbow carrots)
olive oil for drizzling
ranch for dipping (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425º.
- Carefully cut the carrots into “fry sized” pieces.
- Place the carrots on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
- Toss the carrots to coat and season with salt.
- Bake the carrots for 15–18 minutes or until crisp tender, flipping once halfway through cooking.
- Remove from oven and transfer to a serving dish or plate.
- Serve with a side of your favorite dressing or enjoy all on their own.
My husband and I grew up in a very small town so on the weekends it was not out of the norm for us to drive an hour to go to the closest mall or to go find some entertainment outside of town. On our way back home we frequently passed this wonderful little Italian deli. They had the BEST sandwiches and side salads. One of the side salads, which my husband absolutely loved, was their Italian pasta salad. I did my best to recreate this salad just for him. This makes a party sized batch, so if you are just making it for the family I recommend halving it. This is a perfect salad for a bbq or potluck and is sure to be a hit with all partygoers.
Note: This pasta salad will last approximately 4 days in the fridge. It gets better each and every day as the Italian dressing soaks into the pasta and veggies.
1 lb rotini noodles
2 tbsp salt
1 1/2 c Newman’s Family Recipe Italian dressing
2 tsp garlic, minced
1/2 c red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 c red onion, chopped
1/2 c celery, sliced
2-6 oz jars artichoke hearts. drained
1 1/2 c cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 c mozzarella cheese, cut into squares
2.25 oz can black olives, sliced
salt and pepper
- Bring a large pot of water and the 2 tbsp of salt to a boil.
- Add noodles and cook per package instructions.
- Drain the cooked pasta and rinse with cold water.
- Transfer the cooked pasta to a large bow.
- Add the Italian dressing, garlic, red bell pepper, red onion, celery, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and olives.
- Stir to combine.
- Season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
- Refrigerate the pasta for 3 or more hours. The longer the better.
- Stir well before serving.
The other day I was going to be attending a pool party for one of my favorite munchkins. I knew there would be plenty of kids there and I wanted to bring a snack that all the kids would love and have fun eating. Well turns out the grownups liked this just as much as the little ones. This cookie dip was a HUGE hit! This is a cream cheese based dip blended with a scoop of dry cake mix giving it the true cake batter flavor. It was delicious! Super creamy and just the right amount of sweet. I’m guessing this will forever be a staple on our party menus. It would be perfect for a birthday party or any type of social event, and I’m sure it will get people talking. This is by no means healthy, but sometimes you just need to relax and let the kids have a little fun enjoying a special treat. It’s all about moderation after all, not that you will be able to control yourself with this dip. So dive in, let loose, and enjoy this perfect youthful treat! I know you can’t resist.
Note: I served this dip with Nilla wafers but I know it would go great with graham crackers or animal crackers as well.
1/2 c butter
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 c powdered sugar
1 cup dry funfetti cake mix
1 tsp vanilla
1/4–1/2 c milk
1/4 c sprinkles, plus more for garnish
- Melt the butter in the microwave and set aside to cool.
- In a large mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and cake mix for 2 minutes.
- Add in vanilla and cooled butter and continue beating for another 2 minutes.
- Beat in the vanilla and then 1/4 cup of the milk. Add more milk as needed to reach desired consistency.
- Fold in 1/4 cup of the sprinkles.
- Transfer the dip to a small bowl for serving and garnish with additional sprinkles. Serve immediately with your favorite dippers or refrigerate until ready to serve. (Note: the dip will get very firm in the fridge so remove it 15–20 minutes before you plan on serving it to allow it to soften.)