Spinach Feta Salad with Crispy Filo Chips

A simple, incredibly delicious Spinach Feta Salad that’s only five ingredients and great for any season.

My Big Fat Greek Feta tour started with an invitation from the EU to attend a press trip hosted by the Feta PDO consortium. Feta is a cheese that I always have on hand, but admittedly, I haven’t featured it very much in recipes beyond a salad garnish here or there.

As a chef, I’m constantly learning about new ingredients and techniques, so I had to say yes to this opportunity. A trip to the Feta heartland of Thessaly and the gastronomical destination of Thessaloniki? Yes please.

It turned out to be the experience of a lifetime – and has inspired a flurry of new recipes in the Simple Bites kitchen, like today’s Spinach Feta Salad. Read on!

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Yogurt-Chive Potato Salad Recipe

This Yogurt-Chive Potato Salad is a creamy, mayo-free update on a classic. It’s a make-ahead summertime side dish that travels well and is loved by all.

For most of my life, potato salads were simply not my thing. At gatherings, I’d skip the mayo-dressed dish, passed over for other, more desirable salads such as broccoli or spinach. If I ventured into the world of potato salad, it was usually this grilled sweet potato salad topped with goat cheese.

My appreciation for potato salads developed when I ditched the mayonnaise and started using Greek-style yogourt, instead. No sweet relish, either, but a fine dice of dill pickles and all the fresh garden herbs around. Now, I crave this side dish all summer long, especially for picnics or alongside barbecue.

I never really used a recipe, but friends started asking for one when I’d bring the salad to a pot-luck. Eventually I wrote down what became Yogurt-Chive Potato Salad and today I’m sharing it with you! Read on for the recipe, as well as a photo recap of my cookbook club on beautiful Cape Breton Island.

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7 Fantastic Salads for the Holiday Season and Beyond

Recipe ideas for easy salads that are great for the holiday season and beyond.

Happy December.

Over the weekend we ushered in the holidays by dragging a seven-foot pine tree through the front door and then sitting down to our first Tourtière of the season.

Like the tree-trimming-tourtière feast, most of our family traditions happen around the table at Christmastime. This year won’t be any different, we’ll merely be a few less people and throwing a few less parties.

Since it will be just us, I’m involving the kiddos in much of the meal planning. If someone wants a lasagne on the 24th, so be it. We’re not bound by tradition. So lists are being made of our holiday baking projects and I’m stocking the pantry.

Included in the planning is a solid round-up of fantastic salads for the holiday season. A balanced diet is so important, especially this time of year.

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Summer Salad Ideas

A round-up of summer salad ideas from pasta to potato and everything in between.

Please indulge me as I serve up yet another post on salads. I promise this will be the last one for a while as we’re moving on to camping content for July.

I’m here to show you that salad doesn’t have to be boring. For instance, we’re going to talk about grilled salads, grain salads and great green salads. The works!

There are dozens of ways to get your daily veggies in summer. Every day I eat a different salad and it’s the way to go during these hot months. Read on for the recipe round-up.

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Wilted Mixed Greens with Bacon and Eggs

With a recent heat wave that melted us over the summer solstice, our garden greens are growing with a vengeance.

I’m harvesting young lettuce, spinach, baby kale and radishes from my yard, and loving the new chard and arugula from local growers. It’s that time of year when we can barely keep up with the salad greens.

Maybe you’ve got a constant supply from your CSA box or your own garden is prolific. Either way, we could all use some fresh inspiration for serving up leafy greens.

Today’s recipe is a wilted mixed greens salad with a warm bacon vinaigrette. Yes! It also features that delicious flavour combination of spinach + egg + bacon that is such a classic. Read on for the recipe and an introduction to the Jubilee cookbook.

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