Nantucket Cobb salad Recipe

This post is sponsored by Newman’s Own. All opinions and content are mine alone.

One of the best things about living in New England is being near the scenic coast and lots of fresh seafood. One dish that always reminds me of the beautiful Nantucket Island is this delicious Nantucket Cobb salad with fresh lobster meat. This Keto-friendly salad is packed with greens and topped with tomatoes, boiled eggs, bacon, cucumber, red onions with lobster and cranberries for that New England twist. This salad is fully loaded, delicious and perfect for a filling lunch or dinner.

Nantucket Cobb salad Recipe

Nantucket Cobb salad Recipe

A salad is not complete without a dressing and I love the new Newman’s Own Avocado Oil & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Greek Salad Dressing for this recipe. It is flavorful and complements this Nantucket Cobb salad so well. I am so glad to have found this salad dressing especially because it is not filled with sugar compared to most store-bought dressings. It’s like winning the salad dressing jackpot if you are somebody that needs the convenience of a store-bought dressing without sacrificing quality and taste.

If you are not a big fan of Greek dressing, the New Newman’s Own Avocado Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil dressings come in Ranch and Caesar flavors as well. The Ranch dressing also works well with this salad. The new Newman’s Own dressings are dairy-free, *sugar-free, gluten-free, and are also soy and canola free which can be hard to find. For those on Keto and Paleo diets, you will be happy to know the dressings are Keto and Paleo Certified. You can find these dressings at select retailers in the New England region including Hannaford Supermarket, Stop & Shop, Big Y World Class Market, Shaws and more.

*Not a low-calorie food. See nutrition panel for fat & saturated fat content

How to make a Nantucket Cobb Salad

Nantucket Cobb salad Recipe ingredients

Making salad is very easy- anyone can do it. Here are some helpful tips when making this Nantucket Cobb Salad (also applies to other salads with a mix of cooked and uncooked ingredients):

  1. Prepare the cooked ingredients first. You want to start with cooking the bacon and eggs first before assembling the salad. Cook the bacon in the oven under the broil setting for about 8-10 minutes until it is slightly crispy. While the bacon is cooking boil the eggs for at least 10 minutes to get hard boiled eggs. If you prefer your eggs soft boiled with a gooey center, boil the water first, add the eggs and cook for 4 minutes and then turn off the heat and leave the eggs in the hot water for another 3 minutes
  2. Cool the cooked ingredients. Make sure to remove eggs from the pot and allow to cool before cutting. If you are making soft boiled eggs, make sure to add the eggs in a bowl with ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain excess fat from the bacon and allow to cool. I use pre-cooked lobster meat from the store but if you are cooking your lobster make sure you keep it cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve. 
  3. Prepare veggies and assemble ingredients. Wash and dry the lettuce and watercress before using. Cut the boiled eggs into quarters and the bacon into small pieces. Layer the greens first in a large salad bowl and top with the rest of the salad ingredients. 

Nantucket Cobb salad with lobster

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Nantucket Cobb salad Recipe
Nantucket Cobb salad Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 medium head Romaine Lettuce leaves chopped
  • 2 cups fresh watercress
  • 1/2 head Boston lettuce leaves chopped
  • 1 cup cooked lobster meat
  • 6 slices low sodium bacon
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 small Persian cucumbers halved and sliced
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles optional
  • 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Newman's Own Avocado Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Greek Dressing
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 medium head Romaine Lettuce leaves chopped
  • 2 cups fresh watercress
  • 1/2 head Boston lettuce leaves chopped
  • 1 cup cooked lobster meat
  • 6 slices low sodium bacon
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 small Persian cucumbers halved and sliced
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles optional
  • 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Newman's Own Avocado Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Greek Dressing
Nantucket Cobb salad Recipe
Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon in the oven on the broil setting for about 8-10 minutes until it is slightly crispy. While bacon is cooking, boil eggs for about 10 minutes and rest in cold water when cooked. After eggs and bacon have cooled, cut eggs into wedges and chop bacon into small pieces.
  2. In a large salad bowl, toss the lettuce leaves and watercress together then nicely layer at the bottom of the bowl. Arrange the remaining ingredients beautifully over the lettuce mix and drizzle with Newman's Own Avocado & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Greek dressing to finish.
Recipe Notes

Add avocado and bell peppers for an even more filling salad.

Super Simple BLT Wedge Salad Recipe

Tired of the same old salad? How about making this easy and delicious BLT wedge salad. Something about eating a salad with a fork and knife is fun and it looks so pretty on the plate if you are hosting a dinner party. This wedge salad is basically made by cutting a lettuce head into wedges and topping it with bacon, tomato and ranch dressing. So simple yet so good!

BLT Wedge Salad Recipe

What you need for a perfect Wedge BLT Wedge Salad

Iceberg Lettuce: The first thing to consider when making a wedge salad is the lettuce type. Although Iceberg lettuce lost it’s popularity after Romaine became mainstream, it is still the best choice for a wedge salad. The round shape makes it easy to create wedges and the compact leaves also help with maintaining the wedge shape. Iceberg lettuce also has a lovely crisp taste that goes perfectly well with the creaminess of the ranch dressing. 

Good Quality Ranch Dressing: You can use any dressing but a ranch dressing is the absolute best for this saladIf you don’t have the time you can always use a store bought dressing however a homemade ranch dressing just takes this salad up a notch. I like to make my ranch dressing with Hood Sour Cream because of its great quality. Using fresh ingredients including chives, dill and garlic further elevate the taste of the dressing. 

Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes are sweet and super flavorful which makes them a great choice for a BLT wedge salad. If you don’t have cherry tomatoes you could use diced Roma tomatoes which do not have too many seeds and liquid. 

Bacon: What is a BLT salad without the bacon. They say bacon makes everything better and I agree because it certainly makes this wedge salad better.  We love the Whole Foods brand reduced sodium bacon for this but any type of bacon will work. My tip is to broil your favorite bacon in the oven to get rid of most of the fat.

BLT Wedge Salad Recipe Bacon

BLT Wedge Salad Recipe Sour Cream

Those are the 4 main things you need for a BLT Wedge salad but you can add other ingredients as you wish. I like to add sweetcorn kernels and cucumber to this salad for more color. No matter what you add to it, you can’t go wrong with this salad.  

Check the recipe section for more recipes including my ultimate summer salad recipe

BLT Wedge Salad Recipe

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BLT Wedge Salad Recipe
A deliciously creamy, tangy and fresh dressing that is super easy to make
BLT Wedge Salad Recipe
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 medium Iceberg Lettuce Head
  • 6 rashers bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup sweetcorn
Dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp fresh dill finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove fresh garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Fresh chives finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • salt and pepper to taste
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 medium Iceberg Lettuce Head
  • 6 rashers bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup sweetcorn
Dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp fresh dill finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove fresh garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Fresh chives finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • salt and pepper to taste
BLT Wedge Salad Recipe
Instructions
  1. Mix together sour cream, mayonnaise and milk in a small bowl. Add the remaining ingredients plus lemon juice till smooth and chill in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

Dressing lasts for at least a week. 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post however an image in this post was used in a separate sponsored post. All opinions and content is completely mine alone. 

Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice

One of my favorite drinks is this tasty and refreshing Homemade Cranberry Juice with a splash of orange and lemon. As you know I am all about simple recipes that anyone can make. This one is no different. 

Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice

To say this recipe is easy is an understatement. Once I learned how simple it is to make I was mad at not adding this refreshing drink to me repertoire sooner. All you need is Cranberries, Water, Sweetener (preferably honey or agave) and Citrus to get an invigorating homemade cranberry juice. I used Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries for this drink because of their great quality.

If you follow this blog you may remember the easy cranberry oatmeal squares that I made recently using frozen cranberries too. Frozen cranberries are ideal to have in the freezer because of their convenience, versatility and overall nutritional benefits. 

Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice

Why not just buy cranberry juice you may wonder. In addition to the health benefits you will get from drinking cranberry juice, there are so many reasons why you should consider making your own cranberry juice: 

Reasons why Homemade Cranberry Juice is a Great Choice
  • You can control sugar content: Reading the nutritional label on store bought cranberry juice, or any store bought juice for that matter, you’ll notice the extremely high sugar content. It is absolutely scary how much sugar they put in those juices. This alone is my main motivation of making homemade cranberry juice. 
  • Homemade Juice has no preservatives: Another thing you will notice on the nutritional content of store bought cranberry juice are the preservatives added to the drink. If a product contains ingredients that aren’t natural or difficult to pronounce I tend to avoid it.
  • Cost Saving: A cup or two of Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries yields much more juice than you’ll normally get from store bought brands.

Frozen Cape Cod Select Cranberries

Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice

Hope I’ve motivated you to trying your hand at making cranberry juice at home. Don’t be afraid to experiment and incorporate other fruits in your cranberry juice as well. I would love to hear from you in the comment section on how your cranberry juice turned out.

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Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice Recipe
Course Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1.5 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 8 cups Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries
  • 12 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Agave Nectar or half cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
Course Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1.5 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 8 cups Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries
  • 12 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Agave Nectar or half cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Place water and cranberries in a large pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 and a half hours.
  2. Strain liquid into another large container using a fine strainer. Press with a wooden spoon to extract all the cranberry liquid.
  3. Stir in Agave nectar or sugar, orange and lemon juice. If using sugar you can bring it back to a boil to dissolve it, otherwise just mix without heat if using Agave.
  4. Remove from heat, pour into a nice juice container, cover and cool in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

We like ours lightly sweetened however you can add more sweetener if you wish. 

This recipe is an entry to the Cape Cod Select Frozen cranberry recipe challenge. 

Easy Cranberry Oatmeal Squares

The moment the Stay at Home mandate started I remember thinking this is great. I envisioned myself having  a hot breakfast every morning, taking lunch breaks and going for walks. None of these things have actually happened because work has gotten busier than ever. Not having time to make breakfast every morning gave me the idea to make these easy cranberry oatmeal squares. I had also received a bag of the amazing Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries that I have been dying to use. These oatmeal squares are the perfect on-the-go breakfast or any time snack. 

easy cranberry oatmeal squares

easy cranberry oatmeal squares

Ingredient Spotlight: Cape Cod Select Frozen Cranberries

We love Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries in our home for their great quality and convenience. They always taste good and we love that we can get them all year round. They are grown with the highest standards which is one of the reasons why they are America’s best selling frozen cranberries. You can use them for sauces, smoothies, cocktails, yummy baked goods and more!

Tips to make the perfect cranberry oatmeal squares:

Use quality ingredients: As always, to get the best tasting dishes you need good quality ingredients no matter how simple the dish is. Use the best cranberries and oats for the ultimate result. Old fashioned oats add a nice bite and nutritional value to the recipe. The orange zest although minimal adds a nice flavor profile to these oatmeal squares. 

Use a longer piece of parchment paper than normal: With some parchment paper hanging on the sides, you will be able to easily lift the bars out of the pan. Try it, you will be mad at yourself for not having done this before. 

Mix well: This recipe is meant to be crumbly however you want to make sure it does not completely fall apart. Make sure you mix in the melted butter to the flour mix well and press the dough firmly when layering, especially the first layer. 

These oatmeal squares keep well. They last for at least 7 days at room temperature and they can be frozen as well. Place them in a tightly sealed container and enjoy a square or two each morning with a cup of coffee or tea.

easy cranberry oatmeal squares

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Easy Cranberry Oatmeal Squares Recipe
Easy cranberry oatmeal squares
Course Snack
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 60 Minutes
Servings
Bars
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Course Snack
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 60 Minutes
Servings
Bars
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Easy cranberry oatmeal squares
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Grease a 8x8 inch pan or spray it with cooking spray. Line the sides and bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Make the parchment paper long enough to overhang on the sides then grease or spray cooking spray over it as well.
  3. Melt butter, cover and set aside.
  4. Mix the flour, oats, 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
  5. Chop the cranberries in a food processor, add to a small bowl and stir in orange zest and remaining granulated sugar.
  6. Pour the warm butter into the four mix and stir well till ingredients are combined. Place half of the dough into the pan and press firmly into a nice level layer.
  7. Spread the cranberry mix over the layer of dough then top with the remaining dough. The top layer can be gently pressed.
  8. Bake until golden brown for about an hour making sure to rotate the pan halfway through the cooking.
  9. Allow to cool completely and pull out using the hanging parchment paper. Cut into 16 squares and serve.

The best flower to grow in spring: Tulips

It has been raining quite a bit and although the rain is inconvenient, it is good for the plants. Spring time is one of my favorite times because flowers start to bloom and trees get their vibrant green color back. I love driving around the neighborhood and seeing homes that were once covered with snow covered with vibrant flowers and green grass. They say that the earth smiles with flowers and I totally agree. 

The best flower to grow in spring: Tulips

Today we are talking about one of the prettiest flowers to grow in your yard, Tulips. With us being home most of the time these days, why not spend some time gardening. 

Tulips are great option to grow in your yard. They are usually the first flowers you see in the spring and are one of the most popular flowers in the world along with roses. They usually start growing in the end of March and are very beautiful. If you want to grow Tulips I suggest planting them in an area that gets some sun but not too sunny as they do not like too much heat. Make sure the soil is very fertile and well drained. Tulips do not need too much moisture so you do not need to water them every day. 

My mother, who also loves flowers, shared some of the beautiful tulips in her garden. I was pretty amazed by the different varieties of tulips that are growing in the garden including some unique ones. First is the red tulip with a black and yellow center that I have never seen before. It is said that in ancient Persia, to give a red tulip was to declare your love. The black center of the red tulip was said to represent the lover’s heart, burned to a coal by love’s passion. Pretty interesting, right!

The best flower to grow in spring: Tulips

Another striking tulip in the garden is the Queen of the Night Tulip. With a name like that you know this is a bold and deep toned flower that represents power, elegance, strength and beauty. Queen of the night tulips certainly add some character and drama to a garden. They have a deep purple and black hue that is unique and noticeable. If you are a flower enthusiast this is one Tulip variety you need to have in your garden. 

The best flower to grow in spring: Tulips

I hope I have given you some inspiration on growing some tulips in your garden. The best of all, once your tulips are grown you can cut them, put them in a beautiful vase and enjoy them in your home without spending a dime at a flower shop. Imagine a beautiful day outside, surrounded by flowers with a glass of wine and good conversation. That is truly what life is all about, the simple things.

The best flower to grow in spring: Tulips

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