salad recipes

My Spring (Fruit) Garden


Blooming Apple Tree

My spring fruit garden is starting to wake up.  This is our blooming apple tree! It is absolutely fantastic. Nature comes back stronger each year, promising delicious, abundant harvests! A few years ago we planted two kinds of apple trees and the tags are nowhere to be found. I’ll need to see them growing back to remind myself to make a tag and attach them securely to the trees this year. 🙂

Apples are simple, elegant and light. They’re excellent ingredients for desserts. There are at least five apple recipes that come to mind. For example, quite a few lamb and pork recipes can easily make apples the stars of the show. Apples also have a way of turning any dull salad into an exciting adventure. The apples in the Cartagena Fishermen Salad give a sweet crispness to this delicious dish.

Here are a few more pictures from our Spring garden…


Blooming Bush


Blooming Flower Tree



Blooming Lilac

Those of us with ‘teen’ temperatures during winter truly learn to appreciate the Spring bright green. Perennial fruit gardens are especially a joy to watch! Hopefully soon I can pick some peaches, apples, grapes and blueberries and cook up some fun recipes. Spring is definitely my favorite season!  🙂


Salad Recipe Collection – Chef Salad – 1 of 5


Starting with a Chef Salad, health awareness comes under the spotlight. Without remorse, I will take a liberal, indulgent approach to traditional recipes. After all, I want a personal mark on the food I share with loved ones. Salads are usually my preference for pot luck events and entertaining family and friends. The five salad recipes chosen in my collection are budget friendly, easy to make, fresh and definitely fit for a light lunch option as well.

My Chef Salad Recipe


1. Assemble the ingredients: Ham, turkey, hard-boiled egg, mozzarella cheese, tomato, sweet peppers and lettuce.

Chefsalad3_copyright2. Cut the lettuce in bite-size chunks.


3. Coat the lettuce with your favorite dressing (I used store-bought Ranch – nothing wrong with that.)

Chefsalad5_copyright4. Assemble the ingredients around the plate on top of the salad and cover with french bread small pieces.

5. Notes on omissions and other toppings:

  • I did not add avocado to this recipe. Instead I added Gorgonzola cheese. When entertaining, have an avocado handy and ready to slice if your conservative guest can’t live without it.
  • No cucumbers either.. Instead, I added sweet peppers; I love their fragrant, sugary crunch.
  • Salt and pepper can be added at the end, or after coating the lettuce with dressing.


Chef Salad – 1 of 5 healthy posts.. 🙂