The Ultimate summer salad recipe

I am so excited summer is here! Well it’s not officially summer but the weather has been gorgeous. We have had temperatures reaching the 80’s recently which is awesome. Because we are now homeowners with a backyard of our own it means we can have outdoor barbecues and lunches which I have been looking forward to. What better meal to eat in the summer other than a fresh homemade salad with all the fixings. Today I am sharing the ultimate summer salad recipe. 

With a salad like this you don’t even need to eat anything else with it. Even my hubby who has a healthy appetite was pretty satisfied. So, what ingredients does one add to the ultimate summer salad? Lettuce is a must because it adds volume to the salad and is the base ingredient. I like Romaine lettuce for this because of its firmness, dark green color and slight savory taste compared to iceberg lettuce.

Another must in this salad are red bell peppers, both fresh and fire roasted. I used 2 whole red bell peppers and one fire roasted. Red bell peppers are sweet and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Of all the bell pepper colors the red one is my favorite. I think a lot of people would agree with me. 

Last of the must have ingredients for the salad are cucumbers. Cucumbers add some bite and great texture to any salad. Instead of slicing them the usual way in circles, try to slice them diagonally. Slicing them diagonally will expose more surface area and looks better in my opinion. 

The rest of the ingredients can be substituted and switched around as you prefer. I added cherry tomatoes, red onions, fresh basil, shredded carrots, blueberries, capers and fresh mozzarella. The result is a absolutely delicious and beautiful salad. No busy dressing needed here. I used a garlic and lemon favored Carlson Olive oil packet which was all I needed. 

Do you like salads? What is your favorite salad combination? I would love to learn from you in the comment box below. I have the perfect drink to serve this summer, check out the recipe here

The Ultimate Summer Salad
Serves 4
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 heads romaine lettuce roughly chopped
  2. 2 Persian cucumbers sliced diagonally
  3. 1/2 large red onion sliced
  4. 2 red bell pepper sliced
  5. 1 cup roasted red peppers sliced
  6. 1 cup shredded carrots
  7. 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  8. 1 mozzarella ball sliced
  9. 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  10. 1 cup basil leaves torn
  11. 2 tbsp capers
  12. salt and freshly ground pepper
Dressing
  1. 1 packet Carlson Olive Your Heart lemon flavored oil
  2. 1 packet Carlson Olive Your Heart garlic flavored oil
Instructions
  1. Add all vegetables in a large bowl. Season with salt, pepper then top with mozzarella cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.
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Cajun Tofu Tacos with Lettuce Wraps

Cajun Tofu Tacos with lettuce wraps! Yes, you heard that right. Just when you thought tofu was boring and only good for rice dishes and stir-fries, today we are making tofu even more fun with tacos.

The great thing about tofu is that it absorbs flavors very well so you can season it to your liking. We are going bold with Cajun spice because of its delicious flavor profile. Using Romaine lettuce leaves instead of flour tortillas is another twist to this recipe that is perfect for spring and summer lunches. 

Cajun Tofu Tacos with lettuce wrapsThe key to great tofu dishes is good quality tofu. There are so many brands to choose from these days so it is easy to find one you like. One of my favorite tofu brands is Mori-Nu Silken Tofu. Their tofu is sold in a unique aseptic package that protects the tofu from light and bacteria which gives it a long shelf life without refrigeration and preservatives, which is absolutely awesome. This is especially great if you use large amounts of tofu and don’t want to go to the grocery store regularly to restock. I bought 12 boxes and stored them in the pantry. It has been so convenient. 

Mori-Nu Silken Tofu Extra Firm

Cajun Tofu Tacos with lettuce wraps recipe: 

The idea to make Cajun-spiced tofu tacos came about after I ate some Cajun-spiced fries that were super delicious. I thought to myself, if Cajun spice can make these simple fries taste amazing, I bet it would make tofu even more amazing. Boy, was I right! The tofu absorbed the Cajun flavor and tasted fantastic. I later found out that others had already tried this combo and it wasn’t my great invention. Nevertheless this recipe has become a regular in our home and is a true winner. 

This Cajun Tofu Tacos with lettuce wraps recipe is very easy and quick to make. All you need is tofu, Cajun spice, olive oil, salt and lettuce. To add another level of flavor, I added a simple homemade salsa to the tacos. So simple yet so delicious. 

Cajun Tofu Tacos with lettuce wraps
Serves 2
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 12.3 oz package Mori-Nu Silken Tofu Extra Firm
  2. 4 Romaine lettuce leaves
  3. 2 tablespoons Cajun spices
  4. 3 tablespoons olive
  5. 2 medium tomatoes
  6. 1/2 small red onion
  7. 1 handful cilantro chopped
  8. 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  9. Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. After opening the tofu, wrap with a paper towel to remove excess moisture and season with Cajun spice and salt.
  2. Add chopped tomatoes, onion and cilantro to a bowl. Mix in 1 Tbsp olive oil and cumin and set aside.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add seasoned tofu and cook till golden brown. About 10 minutes..
  4. Spoon salsa into washed lettuce leaves and top with cooked tofu. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve.
Notes
  1. Use flour tortillas instead of lettuce for a more filling meal.
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Cajun Tofu Tacos with lettuce wraps

Cajun Tofu Tacos

Click this Cajun Tofu Tacos recipe video to watch easy step-by-step instructions and visit morinu.com to shop and learn more about Mori-Nu Silken Tofu. 

FYI: This is a sponsored post and as always, the content and opinions expressed in the post are mine alone.

Good Eats Boston: Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Bar

This week’s Good Eats Boston Feature is a awesome Cajun seafood spot, Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Bar, located just outside of Boston in the town of Revere. If you have been to New Orleans, which is one of the nation’s culinary cities, you are probably familiar with Cajun food. Cajun food is known for its amazing flavor and rustic elements. 

Since I have yet to visit New Orleans I have always hoped to find a place around town that serves Cajun food. So glad to have found Hook & Reel. They serve amazing seafood dishes with authentic Cajun seasonings, fresh garlic, and zesty lemon.

Good Eats Boston: Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood BarThe restaurant is mainly known for its seafood boil where seafood such as crab, crawfish, or shrimp is boiled in seasoned broth. Other ingredients such as potatoes, corn, eggs and sausages can also be added. They serve it in plastic bags as they do in New Orleans which I love. You also get gloves and a bib to eat the meal which really creates a fun and authentic eating experience. 

Other delicious dishes served here are Soft Shell Crab Baskets, Crab meat Roll Sliders, Po Boy Sandwiches and much more. We ordered some fried calamari and a small portion of the paella for our starter; both were delicious. This place is just seafood heaven. 

Good Eats Boston: Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Bar Good Eats Boston: Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Bar

If you love seafood, Cajun food or want an amazing eating experience filled with great flavors I highly recommend Hook & Reel. With locations in Massachusetts, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and many more locations to come, you know they are doing something right and are here to stay. 

Looking for more awesome Boston dining spots? Check out another good Boston eat here.  

Hook & Reel Revere

                                                          151 Vfw Pkwy Ste 10 Revere, MA 02151

Mon – Thu 12PM – 10PM
Fri-Sat 12PM – 12AM
Sun 12PM – 10PM

FYI: My meal at Hook & Reel was complimentary but as always the opinions and content in this post are all mine. 

A day in Boston’s Beacon Hill

Now that I live closer to the city I have been taking the time to explore the Boston more and it has been awesome. Checking out different neighborhoods and streets in the city is one of my favorite past times especially when the weather warms up. Last weekend we had a beautiful spring day and I decided to head out to the beautiful Beacon Hill neighborhood in Boston. 

 A day in Boston's Beacon HillThe Beacon Hill neighborhood has been referred to as one of Boston’s most picturesque areas. I couldn’t agree with this statement more. Lined with antique shops, boutiques, restaurants and beautiful cobble stone streets it is a truly gorgeous area. 

I did not get a chance to take some shots on the famous Acorn street because it was packed with tourists so I went to the less busy streets. A characteristic of Beacon Hill are the stunning Victorian homes with beautiful doors and entrances. As you can tell I spent more time taking pictures of doors because I have a weird obsession with them.

If you are thinking of moving to Beacon Hill, plan on spending millions as it is one of the most expensive ares in the city. The homes, especially by Louisburg Square are worth over 15 million. For that reason I will stick to just visiting the area until I win the lottery. 

 A day in Boston's Beacon Hill


Outfit details:

Mustard Blazer (Similar) : Zulily, Black Mid-Rise Leggings: Target

Shoes : Tory Burch


 A day in Boston's Beacon Hill

After going for a walk and taking shots by the beautiful doors in the neighborhood I stopped by the lovely Rouvalis flower shop  and then grabbed a drink at the nearby Nourish Your Soul juice bar.  Ended the day relaxing at the public garden. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend the day. 

There are so many laid back things to in Boston. If you are looking for a good hotel in the city I recommend the Aloft Boston Seaport hotel. You can read about my staycation at the hotel here

Nourish Your Soul juice bar Boston  A day in Boston's Beacon Hill Although you have lived in your city or town for years, you will be surprised how many awesome places you haven’t seen so I highly recommend looking for new places to explore every now and then.

Good Eats Boston: Bancroft & Co.

This weeks good eats Boston feature is the super stylish and inviting Bancroft & Co. restaurant located north of Boston at the North shore mall. I was there for brunch last weekend and loved everything about it. This modern American steakhouse impressed me the moment I stepped in. Velvet and leather upholstered seating, fun phone booths, plenty of seating and most importantly delicious food. 

Bancroft & Co BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH

One of my favorite meals was the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with chipotle aioli and sweet potato fries. The chicken is perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The slight smokiness off the chipotle aioli paired with the sweetness from sweet potato fries is a flavor bomb in your mouth. 

Another favorite of mine were the polenta fries. The crispy polenta fries were perfectly made with a delicious truffle aioli on the side. Not to forget the Bancroft burger with aged cheddar, crispy onions and house brioche. Everything I ate was just delicious. 

Bancroft & co polenta fries

Bancroft burger

No meal is complete without something sweet. If there is one thing you should try for brunch when you visit Bancroft & Co. is the crisp malted Belgian waffle with caramelized banana and rum butter sauce. This waffle was epic and could possibly be the best I have had. The inside was soft, fluffy and combined with intense sweet flavor of the caramelized banana, it is just pure heaven in your mouth. 

If you have been to The Bancroft location in Burlington you will find a lot a similarities with Bancroft & Co. Some have described The Bancroft as Prince William and Bancroft & Co as Prince Harry. This is because one is more classic and serious while the other is more playful but both have the high quality and standards as they are cut from the same cloth. I totally agree with this comparison but I say you be the judge and head out there for your next meal. You will not be disappointed. 

Bancroft & Co

210 ANDOVER STREET
PEABODY, MA 01960
978-817-3670

FYI: My meal at Bancroft and Co was complimentary but as always the opinions

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