My Kale Salad Secret + 5 Recipes To Make

This meal plan is practically writing itself!

I really love to be in my kitchen and realized how much I’ve missed it this past week! It felt like the entire month of December I was rushing too and from an event, or needed cookies for this or an appetizer for that. So I didn’t get to spend a lot of time cooking meals for us or doing my favorite kitchen activity… baking.

Everything I did in the kitchen last month was for an event, which was WONDERFUL and I wouldn’t have it any other way, but also, I’m excited to pop back into my favorite space and make some meals just for us.

Kale Salad Secret:

Because I’ve been so busy, this is the only thing I’ve made… my kale salad. It’s my favorite thing for lunch, especially when I throw the entire produce section in. I crave these lemon-y and leafy green bowls each day, so it’s been fun to have a few extra minutes to make them in the afternoon.

But I will say, the *key* (in my opinion!) to a really good kale salad is the homemade dressing. I did a blog post about my favorite easy homemade salad dressings so you can find one you love, too. Truly they are all so good, but the lemon one is my favorite. It makes the salad!

My 2 Favorite Food Bloggers:

Kale salads aside, I have a new food crush! As you probably know my longtime can-do-no-wrong food crush is The Minimalist Baker. If you don’t follow, subscribe, etc. You SHOULD. Dana is an absolute wiz in the kitchen. I love every single thing of hers I make and most have become staples in our home. I’m obsessed with everything she does.

And I’ve recently added a new crush to my list, The Defined Dish.

I heard about Alex through my girlfriends Melissa and Carly, and I’m thrilled I listened to them. I haven’t made one single meal from her cookbook or The Defined Dish website that wasn’t a 10 out of 10. No one seasons a dish quite like Alex… it’s a true gift!




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Between these two ladies, my weekly meal plans practically write themselves! So I thought I’d share a few things I’m loving and few that I have on my to-make list below.

5 Recipes You’ll Love:


Buddha Bowl (gf/df/vegan)

I live for these Buddha bowls. They are SO good and satisfying. Also anything with a pickled onion in the recipe is already a win in my book

Trust me, make this.



Pan Roasted Chipotle Halibut with Avocado Salsa (gf/df)

This is truly another staple on our weekly menu. I LOVE THIS DISH. The lime, the avocado, it’s all so good!

Plus I’ve made it wish halibut, cod, and salmon. All fantastic!



Pesto Sauce (gf/df)

At this point I make a batch of this every week, it’s SO dang good. Top it on salmon and bake it, put it in a sandwich, or my favorite… use it as pizza sauce.

Trust me, make this.



Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs (gf/df)

I made this on Monday, and WOW it is good. It made a TON. Enough for leftovers, for a friend’s family that is under the weather, and some for the freezer!

*I omitted the anchovies, because I just can’t stomach them! ha! other than that it was perfect!


breakfast & snack

Peaches & Cream Overnight Oats (gf/df)

I love this version of overnight oats because it has more than just oats. It has fiber with the chia seeds and protein with yogurt! You could make a larger batch of this for the mornings or a 3:00pm snack.

I swap the fruit out with the season (strawberries now!) and use a high protein yogurt like Siggi’s plant-based yogurt for more bang for my bite!


Okay, well THAT was a lot of information! Once I got started on this post I couldn’t stop. But hopefully it’s helpful for you in making your grocery list this upcoming week.

Cheers to Friday, friends!


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  1. Thanks for sharing your salad tips and favorite recipes, Ashley! I love the Defined Dish too—her recipes ARE seasoned so well. 🙂 I love seeing posts like this and hope you keep them coming.

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