Fruit and Veggie Salad

We love Salad around here but sometimes get sick of the same ol’ thing.

After the lovely strawberry spinach salad we had a few weeks ago I was totally inspired to try another salad that involved fruits.

I looked round for a bit online to gather some ideas and then turned to my fridge to see what I had…I don’t typically like to go out and buy specific ingredients for recipes that I want to try, and I was very happy to find that I had everything that I needed already!

Be creative and use the fruits and veggies that you like best! This is no rhyme or reason to what I chose other than having those ingredients on hand!

I also whipped up a really yummy vinaigrette for this salad that was super easy and versatile! Try it out 🙂

Fruit and Veggie Salad

Fruit and Veggie Salad

Fruit and Veggie Salad

Romaine, Arugula, Spinach or whatever leafy greens you have on hand [I used Romaine]

Apples sliced into thin discs [I picked Granny Smith and Red Delicious, but pick whatever you like]

Grapes sliced in half [Red or green, I picked Red]

Blueberries

Cucumber cut into thin discs

Broccoli

Red Onion cut into thin discs, Separated

  1. Wash and dry leafy greens in a salad spinner and put into salad bowl.
  2. Wash and cut other ingredients and arrange on top of salad.

Strawberry Vinaigrette

1/4 Cup Olive oil

3 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar

1 Tsp. Brown Sugar

Salt and Pepper to Tatse

And the secret ingredient: A big scoop of strawberry jam! Or Raspberry, or Marmalade. Try something new 🙂 IT WORKED LIKE A CHARM!!

  1. Throw all ingredients into a jar with a tight seal and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE ❤
  2. Pour over salad and ENJOY!

Heavenly Strawberry, Pineapple & Chicken Kabobs with a Lemony, Pineapple Marinade Recipe

With the recent heat and humidity I have been on the prowl for some recipes that would incorporate both a refreshing aspect, as well as some substance to fill up my hardworking boyfriend’s tummy ❤

And with a giant basket of strawberries and a pineapple on the verge of going bad, I did not have to search very far!

I found this recipe online using www.allrecipes.com. As soon as I read the combination of some of my favorite ingredients, I knew I just had to try it. It’s not all year that fresh, local strawberries are available, so I have been trying to incorporate them into as many meals as possible while I can!

Chris's kabob cooking pic

Chris's kabob cooking pic

This recipe is SUPER easy and can be made from ingredients you probably already have in your cupboards and fridge. It’s also a very pretty, colorful kabob which is fun to make…which might entice some lazy kids, OR significant others into the kitchen to help! They would be wonderful for a summer dinner party, or just a change from your standard kabob 🙂

First things first…

I usually only ever cook for Christopher and I, so I adapt most of the recipes I use to accommodate two servings! Just double up on ingredients if you have to feed more people!

Refreshing Strawberry, Pineapple, Chicken Kabobs with Lemony, Pineapple marinade.

Kabob prep!

Kabob prep!

Mmmmmm

Mmmmmm

I pulled out 6 skewers [before I started marinating the chicken] and soaked them in water. After doing some research I read some conflicting views on how necessary it is to soak skewers prior to use. Some websites said to soak skewers for 20-30 minutes before use, others suggested an hour, while others insisted that soaking the skewers before use was completely unnecessary. I don’t have a lot kabobing experience, so I just went ahead and soaked my skewers and everything turned out PERFECTLY! If you are really concerened about soaking your skewers in advance, and fail to do so, another method is to cover the exposed portion with tinfoil so it doesn’t burn.

1/3 Cup Lemon Juice [I used as much fresh squeezed Lemon as I had and topped if off with a bottle of Lemon Juice]

2/3 A can of Pineapple Chunks, Juice Reserved [I cut up some fresh Pineapple and just used the canned pineapple juice]

1/3 Cup Pineapple Juice Reserved

3/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Salt & Pepper to taste

1 Large Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast, Fat removed, Cubed

1/4 – 1/3 Cup melted Butter

2 Teaspoons Brown Sugar

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

15-20 or so smaller strawberries [around the same size as the chicken chunks

  1. In a shallow glass bowl combine Lemon Juice, Pineapple Juice, Salt, Pepper and half the Cinnamon. Mix together. Add Cubed Chicken and marinate for one hour or longer. [I’ve found that a GREAT way to marinate meat is to dump your ingredients straight into a freezer bag and mix together. Add your cubed chicken, seal bag and massage the marinade into your meat. Clean up is a breeze and it is way more convenient to have a sealed bag in the fridge than a shallow bowl containing liquids!]

  2. Preheat your grill to medium. [If you are using a George Foreman I would increase the temp between med-high so that you’re chicken cooks a little quicker!]

  3. In a small bowl combine the melted butter, remaining cinnamon, Brown Sugar and Nutmeg until sugar dissolves.

  4. Very lightly oil grate.

  5. With metal, or your wooden soaked skewers, arrange Pineapple, Chicken and Strawberries on each stick [approximately 4 to 6 pieces each].Brush kabobs with butter mixture and place on grill. Make sure to turn them so Chicken is cooked on all sides and strawberries are sizzling, approximately 8-10 minutes.

These were the tastiest kabobs I’ve ever tried and have totally inspired me to try other dessert kabobs, as well as vegetarian kabobs…Mmmm grilled veggies ❤

They were fun to make and I even lured Christopher into the kitchen to arrange his own skewers. It was a cute activity to do together [which I am all about] and we even ended up making dessert and taking pictures together. Cuteness. I totally miss that, but I know what it takes to get him into the kitchen…CREATIVE NEW DISHES!!! And there is definitely an endless supply of new ideas jammed up into my noggin’ ready to burst out ❤