Cheesy Zucchini Loaf

Easy, quick and delicious. This Zucchini Loaf is loaded with cheddar cheese and chopped chives to make a savory quick bread you will want to make over and over again!

I am so excited that zucchini season is here, finally! While we can get them year round thanks to our local grocery stores, it’s always better when they are local and fresh. This zucchini loaf is super moist thanks to our method of mixing and baking, comes out crunchy on top, and is loaded with stringy cheddar cheese…why wouldn’t you want to make this?!

Fluffy Zucchini Cheddar Loaf in White Loaf Pan

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Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Summer is all about fresh ingredients and outdoor meals for us, that’s why this Quinoa Salad is perfect for the hot days that are still ahead! It uses just a few ingredients to transform plain quinoa into a delicious side dish (or main meal if you want to add protein!) and although we make this more in the summertime, you can definitely enjoy it on cooler days as well. Quinoa-Salad-Fresh-Ingredients

 

You can customize the Quinoa Salad to your tastes too, so if you prefer zucchini over cucumber or cherry tomatoes over peppers, feel free to throw em in. The dressing is just as simple as the salad itself, and can be used on a variety of green salads as well! So grab your ingredients and pack your picnic bag, it’s time to make this yummy salad.

Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1 c Dry Quinoa Rinsed under cold water
  • 1 c Water
  • 1 c Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 lg Cucumber chopped
  • 1 lg Red Pepper chopped
  • 1/2 Red Onion diced
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Basil or parsley if you prefer chopped
  • Salt

Dressing

  • 1/4 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil the good stuff guys, you don't want it to be bitter!
  • 1/4 c Lemon Juice fresh is best but concentrated is fine!
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 3/4 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Garlic clove minced
  • pinch of Salt

Instructions

Salad

  1. Place medium pot over medium heat for about 2 mins to warm, add in quinoa and give a quick "toast" by swirling in the pot for 1 minute. Add in your water and broth with a pinch of salt and allow to come to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer until liquid is absorbed (about 10-12 minutes). Remove from heat and place in your serving bowl. Place in fridge to cool.
  3. Once quinoa has cooled add in remainder of the salad ingredients and toss.

Dressing

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, whisk until well combined.
  2. Pour 1/2 of the dressing over the salad and add the remainder right before serving.

Recipe Notes

Prepare Quinoa ahead of time (even the day before) so it can cool.

Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette- Perfect side dish for picnics and BBQ's! #Salad #Quinoa #PicnicFood

Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette- Perfect side dish for picnics and BBQ’s! #Salad #Quinoa #PicnicFood


Chicken BLTA Salad with Avocado Dressing

I am so excited to feature this Chicken BLTA Salad from my friend Amber over at Simply Made Recipes! It is a delicious and fresh salad to help start your new year off right! This salad is LOADED with veggies and protein and is even topped off with a delicious avocado “bomb” sauce, which makes it perfect for lunch or dinner.

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Are you wondering what the BLTA stands for?? Well let me tell you!

B: Bacon

L: Lettuce

T: Tomato

A: Avocado

I mean, really guys, this salad is guaranteed to become a new favorite in your household!! Enjoy!

Chicken BLTA Salad. A delicious salad loaded with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and avocados and topped off with an awesome avocado dressing! Guest post up now!

Chicken BLTA Salad. A delicious salad loaded with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and avocados and topped off with an awesome avocado dressing! Guest post up now!

Chicken BLTA Salad with Avocado Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 jalapeno
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 chicken breast cooked and cooled, cut into strips
  • 4 slices bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • desired amount of "Bomb"Sauce from Simply Made Recipes

Cooking Instructions HERE

Try these other recipes along with your Salad!!


Smoked Salsa Recipe

This Smoked Summer Salsa is a fresh update on your classic salsa recipe! It is still loaded with chunky tomatoes, diced onions and of course cilantro, but the ingredients are smoked first which adds a delicious flavor to this classic favorite for game days, parties and more!

Ok ya’ll, this is the BEST  salsa recipe and it is so unbelievably simple to make it will blow your mind! I know what you are thinking…”How can you make a basic salsa recipe better”…well let me tell you!

This Salsa Recipe is not your usual..the ingredients are first Smoked which gives this salsa an upper hand at your next BBQ! Everyone will love the unique flavor in this Summer Favorite!

This Salsa Recipe is not your usual..the ingredients are first Smoked which gives this salsa an upper hand at your next BBQ! Everyone will love the unique flavor in this Summer Favorite!

My hubby got himself a smoker last year and has been obsessed with finding new ways to make old favorites, and after talking with my cousin (who is also a very big smoker fan…hey Trev!) he decided he was going to try smoking some of the ingredients for our salsa. We were having our family over this past weekend for a summer BBQ, as we recently got a pool, and want to take advantage of every nice weather day we have (haha) we live in Canada after all…we only get a few months of nice weather! If you don’t have a smoker, don’t worry! There is a way around this, with the same results.

For this recipe you will need: hot house tomatoes, vidalia onion, cilantro, lime juice and kosher salt. 

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Look at the blistering on that tomato…mmm!

I can’t tell you the amount of compliments this salsa recipe received, honestly I have to say I was a little shocked (you always expect someone to not like what you’ve made…well at least I do). I made a huge bowl (see below) and there wasn’t a single scoop left at the end of the party. Everyone commented on how incredible the light smoke flavor was, and the freshness of the ingredients really speak for themselves. You only need a few ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand, and you are on your way to the most epic salsa that has ever hit your lips…I promise!

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Okay, enough with the teasing shots of fresh ingredients, lets get this recipe started!

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Smoked Summer Salsa Recipe

Smoked Summer Salsa is a fresh update on your usual salsa recipe! The ingredients are smoked first, adding delicious flavor to this classic favorite!

Course Appetizer, Snack, Starter
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 40 kcal
Author Melissa

Ingredients

  • 4 Tomatoes Hot House
  • 1/2 med Vidalia Onion
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 2 tsp Lime Juice
  • pinch Kosher Salt

Instructions

  1. Wash tomatoes and cilantro thoroughly

  2. Preheat your smoker (or BBQ, see how to do it this way on the blog!) Place whole tomatoes and onion on the grill, leave to smoke for 30 mins

  3. Allow tomatoes and onion to cool before chopping

  4. Finely chop cilantro (about 1/2 of the bunch) and mix with tomatoes, onion and lime juice in a medium bowl. Add salt to taste.

  5. Let sit in fridge for 1 hour before serving and serve with tortilla chips

So, remember how I said you didn’t need a smoker to make this salsa? Well, here is what you can do instead.

Use a small foil pan covered in foil and poked with holes (the ones from the dollar store work great) or Smoker Box made for your BBQ

You will also need Wood Chips  (there are a TON of flavors available)!

  • You place the the smoker box directly over an unlit burner (which requires you to lift the grill grate, then place the grate on top. Turn the BBQ on medium-low so it cooks at about 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • And “smoke” away! It only takes about 20-30 minutes for the tomatoes to begin to blister and the onions to soften. This is when you want to take them off and let them cool.

Do you know what would go perfectly with this salsa recipe?? A drink from my Top 10 Summer Drinks post I did the other month! I think the Jalapeno Infused Bourbon would actually be perfect right about now…hmm!

I hope you give this recipe a try, it will become your new go to recipe for gatherings guaranteed!

 

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