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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 Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Wow, another home-made bread! What is going on with me. The hubby and I have become quite the bakers since the stay at home mandate. Last week I made some flat breads and this week Marcus made some easy whole wheat bread. It has been very hard to find ingredients like yeast the last few weeks but it seems things are getting a little better as we were able to get some. We finally got some paper towels towels, which we were extremely excited about. 

This whole wheat bread is delicious and easy to make. We sliced it straight out of the oven while it was still warm, put a little butter on it and had it with a nice cup of coffee. Eating  bread fresh out of the oven is one of life’s greatest pleasures in my opinion. 

If you are intimidated by making bread, it isn’t as difficult as you may think. I have a few tips to help you achieve the best result with your homemade bread. 

4 important tips and ingredients for perfect home made bread: 

  1. Do not over-knead the dough: An easy way to tell if your dough has been kneaded enough is to test if you are able to stretch the dough at least 3-4 inches without it breaking. 
  2. Season well: When it comes to bread make sure you add enough salt. The first loaf we ever made tasted bland and it was because we used very little salt. The flour absorbs the salt a lot so be generous but make sure not to add too much either. We used a tbsp for this recipe compared to the a pinch of salt which we used for the disastrous first loaf. 
  3. Yeast: Using yeast always makes me feel a little intimidated because it is a live ingredient. This means that you need to get good yeast. Make sure the yeast isn’t expired; this is very easy to forget to check. To help your yeast thrive, give it some warmth, carbs (flour) and a little sugar. The yeast will do the rest.
  4. Patience: I am very impatient and I really hate waiting for anything to cook or marinade. However, when it comes to bread, the longer you let your dough sit, the better your bread will be. If you are tempted to put it in the oven after 30 minutes of sitting, don’t. Wait at least an hour or 2 hours to let the dough rise. 4 hours plus is even better if you have the time. 

 

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Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
Loaves
Ingredients
  • 3 cups sprouted whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup lukewarm coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
Loaves
Ingredients
  • 3 cups sprouted whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup lukewarm coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients together; Salt sugar, flour and yeast
  2. Melt butter and add to coconut milk (Make sure mixture is lukewarm before adding to dry ingredients) Mix coconut milk mixture with flour mix and knead until dough is sticky and stretchy.
  3. Form dough into a ball and brush with canola oil. Place dough in a large bowl, cover with a towel and let the dough rest for at least an hour or until dough has doubled in size. The longer you let it rest the more complex the flavors. You can even store in the fridge overnight.
  4. Remove ball of dough from the bowl, poke holes on the dough with your fingers to release some of the gas build up from the yeast.
  5. Divide dough into 2 pieces and shape dough into desired bread shape. Please in baking tin covered with parchment paper and set aside for 15 minutes.
  6. Place in a preheated oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 45 minute till lightly golden. You can brush the top lightly with butter before placing in the oven.

Easy No Yeast Garlic Flatbread

It’s the middle of April and the mandatory stay at home law is still in full effect. Being home all day every day has definitely increased my creativity and sense of adventure in the kitchen. The other day we were out of bread for breakfast and there were no open grocery delivery windows so I had to think of a plan. The old me would have just gone somewhere else to get bread but the new me decided to make their own bread. I was pretty impressed how easy it was to make this no yeast garlic flatbread. 

Easy No Yeast Garlic Flatbread

I know what you are thinking. Making flatbread is not easy Agnes. It really is, and the secret is to use a food processor to mix your dough instead of kneading it yourself. Kneading is literally a deterrent for me when it comes to making any bread therefore eliminating that step makes the process 10 times easier. What makes this bread perfect is that it only needs a few ingredients and no yeast is required too. 

Another thing that makes this flatbread special is the addition of fresh garlic and onion powder to the flower mixture. This makes it super flavorful and almost tastes like the garlic naan that you get from Indian restaurants. I also used almond milk instead of milk and substituted yogurt with olive oil. Living in these COVID-19 days has taught us to make do with what we have and substitutions have become the norm. 

Easy No Yeast Garlic Flatbread

Easy No Yeast Garlic Flatbread

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EASY NO YEAST GARLIC FLATBREAD RECIPE
Easy No Yeast Flat Bread
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings
Flatbreads
Ingredients
  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Fresh garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Warm water
  • 1/2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings
Flatbreads
Ingredients
  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Fresh garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Warm water
  • 1/2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
Easy No Yeast Flat Bread
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients in a large food processor with double blades and process until dough combines into a big ball.
  2. Dust a large clean flat surface or counter top with flour. Form the dough into a ball and break it into 8 pieces then roll each small piece of dough into balls.
  3. Flatten each ball with a rolling pin until they are about 10 inches wide.
  4. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat and add a little olive oil. Cook flatbreads and flip when bubbles start showing. Do an additional flip till desired color is reached, I love mine to have some brown spots. Will be about 2 minutes for each side.

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