**This blog post may contain affiliate links. Learn more here.Tuesday night Nate and I got the chance to go check out BurgerFi’s new summer menu items! We met up with a big group of blogger friends to hang out and sample delicious food together. Definitely the kind of pick me up I needed at the beginning of the week! We got to try their Summer BBQ Burger, Onion Rings, Parmesan + Herb French Fries, a new signature lime soda called “Fi Lime”, AND an amazing waffle + berry custard sandwich desert. Yes, it is all as good as it sounds. The new burger is being released this week and I believe the desert will roll out in early July just in time for 4th of July festivities!…
**This blog post may contain affiliate links. Learn more here.On Saturday Nate and I decided to check out Joella’s Hot Chicken in Lexington, KY for the first time. We’ve been meaning to try it out for a long time but we are such creatures of habit, always gravitating to the same places that we know. Well, I can say that Joella’s will be one of our new go-to restaurants!
The chicken was so good, as expected! I got the “Tweener” spice blend because I like a little kick! Nate stuck with the level right below that. And Landon chose to go spice-less, of course. ;] I got green beans and macaroni for sides. They were both amazing, but when I saw the fries, I deeply regretted my decision. I like fries … but THESE FRIES, Y’ALL! …
1. Use baby spinach. – Nate and I love baby spinach, so this might be more of personal preference thing. But the regular ol’ iceberg lettuce isn’t all that great for you anyway, so try to upgrade to something a little more nutritious with more flavor!
2. Add Variety. – I love sweet and salty foods so I really enjoy mixing in fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, etc. In the salad shown above I have included: strawberries, raspberry, blueberries, tomatoes, grapes, carrots, broccoli, avocado, green olives, almonds, colby cheese, and 4 pieces of pepperoni! You should typically add a protein of some sort – chicken, pork, steak, beans, etc. I didn’t this time.
3. Everything in Moderation. – Don’t skip your favorite toppings! I love cheese and pepperoni. These aren’t the healthiest things to add in but I make sure to only add just a few pieces of each to satisfy that craving. You could always substitute a stronger tasting cheese in order to use less of it for the same amount of flavor.
4. Use a healthy homemade dressing. – Store bought dressings have all kinds of added ingredients in them, especially ones that boast that they are fat free. I really enjoy whipping up a fresh homemade dressing to go on my salads! You’re probably thinking that sounds way too complicated but I promise it’s not! See my absolute favorite salad dressing recipes below:
Red Wine Vinaigrette:
1. Mix one part red wine vinegar with 2 parts olive oil.
2. Add salt and pepper to taste.
1. Mix one part balsamic vinegar with 2 parts olive oil.
2. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Those are pretty easy, right? I’m sure there are a million other healthy salad dressing recipes on the internet but these are flavorful, easy, and mix well with the variety of stuff I put on my salads! That little bit of bite from the vinaigrette mixes so perfectly!
Do you make salads at home? Do you have a favorite homemade dressing recipe or a favorite “topping”? I’d love to hear it!