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Mexican Shrimp Salad

Mexican Shrimp Salad

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A refreshing salad for the hot summer days!  This is spicy Mexican shrimp salad loaded with minced onions, herby cilantro, ripe tomatoes, and of course, deliciously seasoned shrimp!

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Boy, this week has been a hot one!

You know, every year I forgot how terribly hot it can get in Houston during the summertime. I mean, I’ve lived in Houston most of my life now, yet with the ultra pleasant weather between November and April, one honestly doesn’t want to remember how brutal Texas summers can be.

So in times like this, I want something refreshing to eat and that’s what this Mexican Shrimp Salad is! The shrimp are tender and sautéed in a bit of butter, seasonings, and have a little kick of heat. The rest of the meal is bright and refreshing. Buttery avocados, ripe tomatoes, herby cilantro, and a hint of red onions round off this one of a kind summer salad. To tell you the truth, the dressing kind of makes this taste a little like guacamole and the sweet heat of the shrimp just balances out these flavors and they work together perfectly!

One other thing that makes this salad a weekly affair for us: the fact that it doesn’t take much time to prepare. And speaking of time, we’ve got some big changes happening around here, so there is a lot going on (will explain more soon,) so time is the most precious commodity at the moment.

I mean, if I can spare 20 minutes to prepare a well balanced dinner, I consider the entire day a win.

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I have a very important question to ask you. Have you tried my shrimp cocktail stuffed avocados? Well, this Mexican shrimp salad is a spin-off of that. It’s a little different as we’re actually cooking the shrimp in seasonings, whereas my stuffed avocados have more of a ceviche vibe (not actually raw shrimp though, because that freaks me out.) 

Shrimp dinners, in general, are some of my favorite to make! Avocado shrimp salad with citrus miso dressing is another family favorite. And if you’re into garlic and shrimp, then the Hawaiian shrimp scampi is a MUST. Like, you haven’t even lived until you’ve had Hawaiian-style shrimp scampi. No joke.

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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE THE SAUTÉED SHRIMP FOR MEXICAN SHRIMP SALAD:

  • shrimp
  • butter
  • lemon zest
  • seasonings (garlic powder, sugar, red pepper flakes)
  • hot sauce (such as Mexican hot sauce, sriracha, etc.)

WHAT OTHER INGREDIENTS GO IN THE SALAD PORTION OF MEXICAN SHRIMP SALAD:

  • avocados
  • tomatoes
  • minced onions
  • finely chopped cilantro
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • seasonings ( cumin + cayenne + salt + pepper)
  • minced jalapeno

WHY DO YOU SAY TO MINCE CERTAIN INGREDIENTS FOR THIS MEXICAN SHRIMP SALAD?

Here’s the thing. What makes this Mexican shrimp avocado salad so delicious is the technique. You’ll noticed that we’re mincing the onions, jalapenos, and chopping the cilantro extra fine. When you do this, the little bits of spicy jalapeno with the robust red onion, and herby cilantro latch on to avocados, tomatoes, and shrimp, giving this salad that perfect blend of flavor in every bite! It would be very different if you were to leave the onions and jalapenos in larger pieces as you would get much large hits of onion and jalepeno. Trust me, mincing them makes a huge difference!

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HOW TO MAKE THE SAUTÉED SHRIMP FOR MEXICAN SHRIMP SALAD:

  1. Toss seasonings, lemon zest and hot sauce in a bowl. Stir together and then add the shrimp.
  2. Allow the shrimp marinate for about 5-10 minutes. Or if you have some time, cover and allow to marinate for 3-4 hours in the refrigerator. 
  3. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and allow them to cook until they curl into a ‘c’ shape, roughly 1 minute in total, turning about halfway through the cooking time.
  4. Allow the shrimp to cook for a few minutes before adding it to the salad.

I’M WORRIED MY MEXICAN SHRIMP SALAD IS GOING TO BE TOO SPICY, HOW CAN I MAKE IT MILD?

You can make my Mexican shrimp salad a little milder by:

  • Omitting the red pepper flakes in the shrimp portion of the recipe
  • You can use a Louisiana style hot sauce instead of the Mexican style I suggest as it is a little more mild. Sriracha will certainly make this spicier, so if that’s what you use, I suggest cutting back to about 1 -2 teaspoons instead of the full tablespoon.
  • Use less of the minced jalapeño in the salad or leave it out completely
  • Use less of the cayenne pepper or just omit it from the recipe

Have you got 15 minutes? Mexican Shrimp salad for dinner this week? It’s so happening.

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Mexican Shrimp Salad

A refreshing salad for the hot summer days!  This is spicy Mexican shrimp salad loaded with minced onions, herby cilantro, ripe tomatoes, and of course, a deliciously seasoned shrimp!

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Ingredients:

shrimp:

  • 1  pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon EACH: garlic powder AND sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican hot sauce (sriracha or Louisiana works too will work too but use less for less heat!)
  • ⅛ –  ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

dressing + salad:

  • 3 tablespoons EACH: lemon juice AND olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin + pinch of cayenne pepper (⅛ – ¼ deepening on what you can handle)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 large Hass avocados, diced
  • 1 (8-ounce) container cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 red onion, minced
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed and finely minced 

Directions:

  1. SHRIMP: Add the lemon zest, garlic powder, sugar, hot sauce, and red pepper flakes to a medium bowl and stir to combine. Add the shrimp and stir so that they are evenly coated in the marinade. Allow the shrimp to marinate at room temperature for 5-10 minutes or if you have time, cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. If you are going for the 10-minute option, you could chop the veggies while the shrimp marinates.
  2. SAUTE: When ready to cook, heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter is melted, add the shrimp and allow them to cook for roughly 1 minute, flipping it halfway through until they form into a ‘c’ shape. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. DRESSING: Add the lemon juice, olive oil, ground cumin, and a ⅛ teaspoon of cayenne with a big pinch of salt and pepper to a mason jar. Screw on the cap and give it a few good shakes until the dressing combines. Taste and adjust with additional salt, pepper, cayenne or cumin as desired.
  4. SALAD: Add the avocados, tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, and jalapeños to a large bowl, along with the cooked shrimp. Drizzle the dressing over the top and toss to combine. Taste and adjust with additional seasonings as desired.

Notes:

  1. Be sure to chop the red onions, jalapenos, and the cilantro finely! That’s what makes this salad! The little bits of spicy jalapeno with the robust red onion stuck on the avocados and shrimp give this salad that perfect flavor! It’ll be very different if you were to leave the onions and jalapenos in larger pieces!

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Garlic Butter Baked Salmon In Foil

Garlic Butter Baked Salmon In Foil

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Garlic butter baked salmon in no time at all! Start with a simple lemon garlic butter sauce that’s super fancy but also really easy to make. Then we just pour this on top of a filet of salmon and bake it off in the oven wrapped in foil. The salmon is flakey and tender this way and the garlic butter flavor is out of this world!

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GARLIC BUTTER.

I mean, if that’s not convincing enough to make this recipe, let me also mention that my garlic butter baked salmon takes roughly 25 minutes to make from start to finish and requires just a few simple pantry staple ingredients.

When I tell you this recipe is simple, I mean it is really the simplest. If you can combine a few ingredients in a small saucepan and then baste your fish (salmon in our case), you can make today’s recipe. The lemon garlic butter sauce is so delicious; you’re going to want to put on every kind of protein you can think of. And guess what? Clean up is a breeze because we’re wrapping the salmon in foil and tossing it in the oven or the grill!

As a bonus, it’s keto-friendly, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and so it’s ideal for when you’re serving guests that may have different dietary restrictions.

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Making salmon at home doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s one of the easiest things to cook if you bake salmon in foil. This recipe is adapted from one that my mom and I came up with together. We’ve been making it for almost two decades now, and the only thing I did differently here is to mix the lemon and butter and make a sauce beforehand. Before, my mom and I used to brush the salmon with a little oil and drizzle the lemon juice and then sprinkle the remaining ingredients on top. Though it tasted delicious, I find that making the garlic butter sauce and allowing the garlic to simmer with the lemon juice makes a more flavorful and slightly thicker sauce that won’t run down the sides as much as the drizzle-on-top sauce does.

Also, in the summertime, we just place the salmon in foil on a hot grill that’s at around 375ºF. And it’ll cook up in about the same time, give or take a minute or two. Barbecued garlic butter salmon is sooo good.

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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE THE GARLIC BUTTER SAUCE FOR THE GARLIC BUTTER BAKED SALMON?

The best part is, this whole recipe calls for less than ten ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need to make the sauce:

  • lemon juice
  • minced garlic
  • butter
  • seasonings (red pepper flakes + Italian seasoning)
  • salt + pepper

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST GARLIC BUTTER SAUCE FOR GARLIC BUTTER BAKED SALMON:

  1. Start by heating the lemon juice, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and the red pepper flakes together in a small saucepan.
  2. Let the lemon juice reduce by half, so you’re left with one tablespoon.
  3. Add one tablespoon of cold, cubed butter at a time and let it melt into the saucepan. Grab the handle and swirl; it melts so quickly this way. Repeat with remaining butter.
  4. Add salt and pepper and stir. DONE.

If you’ve made this recipe before you may notice it has changed slightly. In the past, I suggested sprinkling the Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper on top. But after making this recipe countless times since then, I just find it easier to just toss it into the sauce and pour it on top of the salmon!

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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE THE GARLIC BUTTER BAKED SALMON?

  • salmon
  • chopped parsley, for serving

WHAT DO I DO ONCE THE SAUCE IS READY?

  1. Place the salmon on a large piece of foil, one large enough to wrap the entire salmon filet in. 
  2. Slowly drizzle the sauce over the salmon using a spoon. Cover the salmon with soil so that all the sides are properly closed and the sauce doesn’t leak out. 
  3. Bake for 12-14 minutes. This amount of time works for most recipes, however, if your filet is super thin, check closer to the 10-minute mark. If it’s very thick, check around 14-16 minutes. Remember, we’re going to broil it for the last couple minutes, so you don’t want it to be completely cooked when you check on it.

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CAN I USE GARLIC BUTTER SAUCE ON OTHER TYPES OF FISH AS WELL?

Sure, you can! You can marinate raw shrimp in this sauce for 10 minutes and then cook the shrimp in a hot skillet. You could also use this with tilapia, cod, or mahi mahi. Just remember that the baking time for various types of fish will vary depending on the fish and the thickness of the filet!

WHAT KIND OF SALMON WORKS BEST FOR GARLIC BUTTER BAKED SALMON RECIPE

My biggest tip for this baked salmon in foil recipe is to use good quality salmon. I find wild-caught salmon works best. Pink salmon or ‘farm-raised salmon’ sometimes leaves the fish wet and gross, because, let’s face it, we’re steaming it in foil. I encourage you to use Sockeye or Coho salmon if you can find it. 

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This baked salmon recipe is straightforward to make and perfect for those that might be at a beginner level for cooking fish. There’s so flipping, sautéing, or any other fancy techniques required. It also happens to be the perfect 20-minute meal for when you need dinner on the table in a heartbeat.

These are the type of recipes I’d email to my husband, for when I just need him to cook dinner. I encourage you to do the same with your SO.

Whether you make this yourself or have someone make it for you, either way, you need to get some garlic butter sauce lovin’ in your life.

ORIGINAL RECIPE SHARED MARCH 2015, UPDATED WITH  MINOR INSTRUCTION CHANGES AND NEW PICTURES JULY 2019.

Garlic Butter Baked Salmon in Foil

Garlic butter baked salmon in no time at all! Start with a simple lemon garlic butter sauce that’s super fancy but also really easy to make then we just pour this on top of a filet of salmon and bake it off in the oven wrapped in foil. The salmon is flakey and tender this way, and the garlic butter flavor is out of this world!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ pound sockeye or coho salmon (preferably wild caught)*
  • 2 tablespoons EACH: lemon juice AND cold butter, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt  
  • ¼ teaspoon EACH: Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes AND black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, for garnishing (optional)

Directions:

  1. PREP: Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375ºF. (see notes)
  2. SAUCE: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the lemon juice and minced garlic, allow the lemon juice to reduce to 1 tablespoon. Add in 1 tablespoon of butter, remove pan from heat and swirl so the butter starts to melt. Place back on the heat for a few seconds, removed and continue to swirl until butter completely melts. Repeat with second tablespoon of butter. When butter is completely melted, add the Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Then, remove sauce from stove.
  3. BAKE: Place the salmon filet in a piece of foil large enough to fold over and seal. Using a brush or spoon, brush the salmon with the garlic butter sauce. Cover with foil so that all sides are properly closed so the sauce does not leak. Bake the salmon for 12-14 minutes or until mostly firm to the touch. Open the foil and allow the fish to broil under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, keeping an eye on it so the fish does not burn. Remove from oven, top with parsley. Serve immediately.

Notes:

  1. Baking time may vary slightly due to thickness of fish. Feel for firmness on the thickest part of the filet to make sure your fish is cooked through.
  2. I suggest using a good quality salmon for this recipe. Try to avoid using ‘pink salmon’ as this type of salmon is quite watery and will release lots of water in the baking process causing the fish to be wet and not flakey.
  3. The salmon can also be wrapped in foil and barbecued at 375º-400ºF for about the same amount of time give or take a minute or two. Allow the salmon to ‘broil’ the same way you would in the oven, by opening the foil and allow the fish to dry out for just 1-2 minutes.

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    Naples, Capri, and Positano Travel Diary

    Naples, Capri, and Positano Travel Diary

    All the things you should see, do and eat if you’re heading to Naples, Capri, or Positano this summer! My Positano travel diary includes restaurant recommendations and things to keep in mind when you’re visiting!

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    Continuing with the theme of travel guides for Italy, today I’d like to share our Naples, Capri, and Positano travel diary. Last year, I spent the better part of two months researching for our 14 day trip to Italy, so everything you see below took tons of research, reading reviews, and finding ways to solve problems with a language barrier!

    I hope you find my Positano travel diary helpful if you’re planning a trip there!

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    NAPLES, CAPRI, AND POSITANO TRAVEL DIARY| WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

    • Hotels and Airbnb’s have a mandatory city tax (usually in the ballpark of 3.5-7 euros depending on the city.) Tax is due in cash at the time of check-in if you’re staying in an Airbnb (I believe our hotel just charged our credit card if I’m not mistaken.)
    • For summer travel, I suggest booking train rides to other cities in Italy or beyond at least a month in advance. We routed our entire trip and even purchased train tickets before leaving the U.S. Trenitalia.com has an English site, and it makes it super easy to get tickets before you leave.
    • Italy is HOT in the summertime! Constant water breaks are very necessary. I suggest taking a reusable water bottle with you every day when you go out so that you have plenty of water to drink and a replace for refills.
      • HEADS UP: If you’re planning a trip to Pompeii be sure to bring a water bottle PER person, preferably one that is refillable. There are locations to refill your water bottle inside the ruins. so you just need to make sure you have a place to put it!
    • Locals generally don’t tip. Gratuities are sometimes expected from tourists though. Try to avoid excess tipping, and you certainly do not have to calculate a percentage the way we do here in America. I suggest tipping ~1-4 Euros if you’re at a sit-down restaurant if you liked the service. Most sit down restaurants already have a built-in “dine-in” fee, this is MOST definitely true for almost every sit-down restaurant in Positano. If they brought bread to your table, chances are they charged you for that too!

      • TIP: Taxi fares can be round up to the full Euro if you’d like to tip.
      • Italians don’t do coffee (or other beverages on the go) so expect a few looks if you ask for a latte or cappuccino in a takeaway cup… that’s if they actually have them! Most coffee shops don’t (I’ll point out one that does in Positano!)
    • Also, upwards of 10,000 steps a day should be expected! Positano has long winding roads on a slope, especially if you’re staying in a more modest hotel or in an Airbnb. So make sure you wear really comfortable walking shoes because chances are, you’re going to be clocking in a lot of miles on those babies!
    • If you don’t plan on having data or a wifi hot spot (affiliate link) with you on the trip, consider downloading a map for the cities you’re going to on your Google Maps app that you can access even when you’re offline. Though we took our hot spot with us, Anees downloaded the maps which came in handy when our hotspot was running out of juice or when we were out of  range (this did happen in some parts of Positano, when we were further up)
    • Dress in layers! Depending on the time of year you’re visiting, it can be a bit chilly in the mornings (this is coming from a Texan, so make of it what you wish.) When we were there, it was unseasonably cold one morning, so I wore a denim jacket for the first half of the day and then removed it before lunchtime, and carried it with me. If you’re staying closer to the top, as we did, there really isn’t an option to come back just to grab a sweater!

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    NAPLES, CAPRI, AND POSITANO TRAVEL DIARY | WORDS TO KNOW

    • Ciao – Hello
    • Buongiorno – Good morning
    • Prego – You are welcome (sometimes they greet you this way.. as in go ahead)
    • Lei Parla Inglese – Do you speak English?
    • Grazie – Thank you
    • Grazie Mille – Thank you so much
    • Mi scusi – Excuse me
    • Quanto costa – How much is this?
    • Questo ha carne – Does this have meat? (super important if you’re vegetarian/pescatarian because a lot of stuff does)

    TIP: If you have wifi or a hotspot (affiliate link), be sure to download Google Translate on your phone! It’s helpful when two people are trying to communicate in different languages — we did have this as a backup but found that post people in Positano spoke enough English to communicate with us, but always good as a backup option, just in case!

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    NAPLES, CAPRI, AND POSITANO TRAVEL DIARY | WHERE TO EAT

    As a tourist, we’re conditioned to think that when we’re in a foreign country, every restaurant has something delicious to offer; however, this isn’t always the case. As a rule of thumb, most restaurants on the same street as the main attraction, offer average/subpar food with big price tags. Often, a restaurant that’s more economical and has way more authentic (and delicious!) food is just around the corner or a couple of blocks over. For this reason, I suggest doing some preliminary research and having a rough plan for every meal of the day. I have MAJOR FOMO (fear of missing out) when it comes to food, so I didn’t want to waste even a single meal on average food!

    • HEADS UP: If you’re used to having a classic American breakfast, brace yourself, there aren’t many places that serve it. Anees was in for the shock. He’s not one for sweet pastries first thing in the morning but made the best of the situation with croissants, so let’s just say, Italy’s breakfast scene wasn’t his favorite. We found one restaurant in Positano that serves traditional American breakfast and guess who flocked to it like a moth to a flame? If you’re staying at a hotel, such as Le Sirenuse, or any of the larger hotels in the main area, you may want to give them a call or check the website to see if they offer a traditional breakfast option, if breakfast is big on your list!

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    NAPLES:

    Sadly, we weren’t in Naples for more than a couple of hours, so I don’t have much of a city guide to offer. What I do have is a Pizza guide! We took the train from Rome to Positano, and when we found out we had a stopover in Naples, we found the most extended stopover and decided to venture out into the city to grab lunch there. I’ve had a TON of pizza on this trip, but both Anees and I agree that the best pizza we had was in Naples!

    • HEADS UP: Naples train station does have a luggage storing facility where you can pay a few euros per bag and have them stow your bags for an hour or more. That way you don’t have to drag your bags around the city with you!

    There are two options close to Napoli Centrale (Naples Train Station) that have amazing reviews that we considered. I researched and found a place, but ultimately, Anees found another place, and we ended up there for one reason or another. I’m not mad about it; we LOVED the pizza there.

    L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele (18,266 reviews)

    • Via Cesare Sersale, 1, 80139 Napoli NA, Italy
    • A 13-minute walk from the Napoli Centrale 
    • A very small shop that has very minimal seating, you might have to share a table with someone else. They do offer takeaway as well.

    Sorbillo (17,252 reviews) (this is the one we ended up at)

    • Via Dei Tribunali, 32, 80138, Naples, Italy
    • A 26-minute walk from the Napoli Centrale 
    • They have a sit-down restaurant as well as a takeaway location, right next door. We ended up getting take away and eating it outside. From what I understand, the takeaway place also gets busy, but of course, they pop out food much much faster. My best tip is to get there early. We went around 11:30 and there was no line at all!

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    GETTING TO POSITANO | POSITANO TRAVEL GUIDE

    There are several ways to get to Positano, depending on where you’re coming from. 

    • Private boat/ferry
    • Bus
    • Train
    • Private car

    If you’re coming from Naples:

    • You have the option of coming via ferry, boat, direct bus from Naples, or private car if you want to come directly. I find that a direct ferry or a private car/ direct bus are the most hassle-free way to arrive in town but may not be the most cost-effective.
    • You can also take a train from Naples to Sorrento (this town does have a train station, Positano doesn’t.) Then take the bus that runs between the towns from Sorrento to Positano. It’s much more economical to do it this way but keep in mind that it’s also a little more time-consuming.  Let me just say that if you’re going during the busier months (i.e., summer) don’t take this option — unless you have a super early morning arrival. If it’s anytime from 9am-9pm — it’s nearly impossible to squeeze on to the bus yourself much less with luggage in hand. 

    This was the part that we went back and forth on for almost a month. The frugal girl in me wanted to take the train to Sorrento after doing some research; I found that both the bus and the direct boat option can sometimes be a little unsafe. There are pickpockets on these boats/buses sometimes. And we were there in August making it the busiest time of the year. Looking back, I’m not sure I’d say the boats were unsafe (that’s just what I read.) We decided it was best for us not to take the risk, and ended up hiring a private car (which ended up being a shared van with another couple) to take us up to our location. 

    With the boat, you have to keep in mind that the boat docks at the very bottom of the town, and if you’re staying at a hotel that’s further up or an Airbnb, walking uphill with luggage isn’t really an option. Chances are, you’ll need to find a taxi or again, take the local bus up to your stop. With adding these costs to the boat ride, it ended up being maybe a few more euros to take a private car that picked us up from the train station and was theoretically to drop us off at the foot of our Airbnb. That’s a story for another day! Same with traveling out of Positano.

    If you’re coming from smaller towns on the Amalfi coast, your best way of travel would be bus, taxi, or private car. Boats do run between the towns as well but note that they run on a fixed schedule. Some run only a few times a day (and the time table states in which direction) which may not always work out according to your travel schedule.

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    WHERE TO EAT IN POSITANO | POSITANO TRAVEL DIARY:

    Ristorante C’era Una Volta (4.5 stars. 1,290 reviews): This was our first dinner in Positano. I had heard a lot of great things about this restaurant. They offer outdoor seating, so it’s great for an early dinner. I tried the linguine with jumbo shrimp, which was in a rich tomato sauce – divine! The Caprese salad was also a yummy treat.

    • ADDRESS: Via G. Marconi, 127, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
    • TIP: This place does have a cover charge, or at least it did when we were there. It was only a few euros, but it’s something you may want to know before you go!

    Casa E Bottega Positano (4.5 stars. 939 reviews): This place offers healthier options breakfast or lunch. You’ll find eggs for breakfast, oatmeal, and even smoothies! They are a bit pricey (but again, what place isn’t in Positano) but it’s a nice change of pace if you’re looking for a more traditional American breakfast item. They also have lunch options, sadly we couldn’t fit in a second meal at this restaurant but the lunch options also looked yummy!

    • ADDRESS: Viale Pasitea, 100, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

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    Chez Black (4 stars. 3,963 reviews): This place is at the foot of Positano, hard to miss in Positano because it’s located down by the beach along the main walkway. There is almost always a line here. They do take reservations so if you’re looking forward to eating here; I do suggest calling ahead and booking a table. Especially if it’s a special occasion or you’re wanting a seat outside!

    • ADDRESS: Via del Brigantino, 19, 84017 Positano, NA Italy 
    • HEADS UP: They make heart-shaped pizza here! They usually make them on their own for women, but if you’re particular like you want a picture for Instagram, or you just want a pie in the shape of a heart, chances are if you ask nicely, they’ll make you one! 🙂

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    Collina Positano Bakery (4 stars. 480 reviews): This place is great for a grab and go coffee! They also have takeaway cups, which made my American heart so so happy. They offer pastries (both sweet and savory) for breakfast as well as take away pizza for lunch or dinner. There is also a gelato shop located inside. So you could say it’s a one-stop-shop for any time of the day. One night when we were too tired to venture out anywhere after our trip to Pompeii, we ordered pizza and took it back to the Airbnb and enjoyed every bite of it! It’s great for when you want a meal in your PJs!

    • ADDRESS: Via Cristoforo Colombo, 1/3, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

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    Ristorante Il Capitano (4 stars. 957 reviews): This place is a real gem! It’s situated in a building where you’re overlooking both the sea and the city of Positano. It’s perfect for a sunset dinner with a view.

    • ADDRESS: Viale Pasitea, 119, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
    • HEADS UP: If you’re wanting a good view near the edge, call the restaurant a few days in advance and book a table requesting a good view. We called them the day of, and they told us if we came early (before sunset) and promised to be gone just passed, they’d give us the best table that offered both a water and a city view! Let me tell you; it was breathtaking!

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    Ristorante Bruno (4 stars. 1,418 reviews) : This place is open to the outside. It’s pretty close to where all the main action is and is one that is on almost all Positano food guides!

    • ADDRESS: Via Cristoforo Colombo, 157, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
    • HEADS UP: This place takes reservations! You can book online or give them a call to book.

    Gelateria Buca di Bacco: Really delicious gelato flavors, very close to the sea just up the right steps near Chez Black. Across from Bar Bucca.

    • ADDRESS: 84017 Positano, SA, Italy

    Lemon Granita: This might be a little bit of a goose chase, but if you follow my directions, you’ll see it! If you look just across the street from the Collina Positano Bakery, where the bus stop is, and you walk down the path (towards the beach) just about 100 steps in on your left is a little lemon granita stand. They only accept cash but this place has the BEST lemon granita! Crushed ice, Amalfi lemon juice and zest with a sweet note. They are so refreshing!

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    DAY TRIPS FROM POSITANO | POSITANO TRAVEL DIARY

    CAPRI: 

    We ended up taking a day trip to Capri from Positano on a whim on our last day. The ferries are located and the right side (past Chez Black.) You can purchase tickets in advance or in-person and book a return trip from Capri. 

    There are a ton of things to do in Capri, but unfortunately, on the day we went, we weren’t able to do what we’d gone for, visit the Blue Grotto (if it rains even a little bit, they close it off for the day.) But one thing I do recommend is taking a boat trip around Capri once you arrive. The tour guide will show you the green grotto, blue grotto (entrance tickets are separate), and the white grotto. It’s fun and if it’s hot, it’s a nice way to cool off!

    Other things to do in Capri:

    • Take the Funicular to Capri Town
    • Grab a gelato at Gelataria Buonocore
    • Garden of Augustus: There’s apparently a Citrus granita stand near the garden that everyone raves about (near Piazza Umberto)

    The number one thing not to be missed in Capri is the Torta Caprese or the Caprese chocolate cake. It’s been almost a year and I can still taste that deliciousness in my mouth. I ended up sharing a homemade version with you guys and both of us think it comes pretty close to what we had in Capri.

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    POMPEII:

    The easiest way to get to Pompeii from Positano is:

    • take the SITA bus from Positano to Sorrento (the La Sponda stop is about a 4-5 minute walk from the iconic Le Sirenuse hotel.)
    • When you get to Sorrento, the stop you get off at is the Circumvesuviana. This is a train that runs every 30ish minutes and the journey to Pompeii takes roughly 30 minutes on this train.
    • The entrance to Pompeii is very easy to find once you get there and isn’t very far from where the train lets out.

    I do suggest booking your tickets for a tour in advance so you can really do your research and pick a tour that you’re interested in.

    As always, BRING PLENTY OF WATER. There are free faucets to fill up your bottle throughout the ruins and also, WEAR PLENTY OF SUNSCREEN and BRING A HAT. All caps because it’s that necessary!

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    And that brings me to the end of our Positano Travel Diary. If you have any other questions or suggestions on what to do or where to eat, feel free to leave them below so others can benefit from this too! I hope this post was helpful if you’re planning a trip to the Amalfi coast at some point!

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    30 Minute Skillet Ground Beef Stroganoff

    30 Minute Skillet Ground Beef Stroganoff

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    One-pot 30-minute skillet ground beef stroganoff! This recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners because cleanup is a breeze, and it all comes together fairly quickly! Happy tummies all around!

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    Happy Monday! 

    Is it just me or are Sunday’s after a long weekend the saddest? I mean, Monday will inevitably roll around, and it’ll be full of all the Monday things. The thought makes me feel all gloomy. And so for days like today, I love making a one-pot dinner recipe.

    Today’s ground beef stroganoff happens to be a family favorite. I love it because it requires just one pot to make and minimal chopping and prep work. I’m lazy, so I buy my mushrooms pre-sliced, so all I’m chopping is an onion. It also happens to be hubby’s favorite because he’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy. But also because he does the dinner dishes and there isn’t that much to clean with this on the table.

    Ground beef stroganoff has everything you love about the regular recipe but it takes a lot less presswork and cooking time. It’s also made in one pot – noodles and all. And when I say 30 minutes, I mean prepping, searing, cooking, boiling, simmering and finishing it off with parsley, like you’re salt bae (remember him?)

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    Over the years (7 to be exact,) I’ve learned that Anees has a soft spot for things like my beef tips with mushroom gravy, Swedish meatballs, and beef stroganoff. So when he found out I turned one of his favorites into a one-pot recipe complete with noodles, he was stoked. It’s creamy from the noodles being cooked right in the same pan, finished with sour cream for a hint of tang, and since we’re using ground beef instead of steak, the beef gets into all the swoops of the egg noodles, and you get a little bit of it in every bite.

    It’s also a whole lot more economical than using steak, so if you’re feeding a crowd, ground beef stroganoff is the way to go!

    WHAT IS STROGANOFF?

    Invented by the Russians, beef stroganoff is a dish that typically uses steak cut into thin strips that are seared and simmered in a brown sauce that is flavored with sour cream or creme fraiche. Now, of course, over the years we have certainly Americanized it quite a bit. And I’ll admit, my ground beef stroganoff is quite a loose interpretation of stroganoff, where it’s all done in one pot. More authentic takes on stroganoff are made with a red-brown sauce and the sour cream is served alongside so the person eating it can stir it in themselves.

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    WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE SKILLET GROUND BEEF STROGANOFF

    • Butter: you could swap this with olive oil if you’d like
    • Mushrooms: Pre-sliced mushrooms work great here. If you slice them yourself, I suggest slicing them thick so that they can stand up to longer simmer time with the noodles and ground beef.
    • Diced onions: I use a yellow onion here, but even a white onion would do. If you don’t like the harshness bite of onions, don’t worry, it cooks right out!
    • Ground beef: I prefer to use lean ground beef for this recipe, something like 90% lean or even 95% lean ground beef. If you use anything with more fat, you might want to drain most of the grease after you cook the meat, so the dish doesn’t taste greasy at the end. You could also skip the tablespoon of butter used to brown the beef if you use something with higher fat content.
    • Beef stock: I suggest using low sodium stock for this recipe. We’ll be using both Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce (umami!) so using a low sodium stock will prevent it from becoming too salty.
    • Seasonings: We use a little smoked paprika (it is stroganoff after all!), thyme, and garlic powder. 

      • One other ingredient that I highly suggest is Umami seasoning (affiliate link) from Trader Joe’s or even mushroom powder (affiliate link.) It’s optional, but this little ingredient packs a flavor punch!
    • All-Purpose flour: to help us thicken the stroganoff
    • Egg noodles: see below for substitutes
    • Sour cream: or creme fraiche. Both work equally well for this recipe. We add this at the end to make it creamy and just to tie the whole thing together in a neat package!

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    CAN I USE SOMETHING OTHER THAN EGG NOODLES FOR GROUND BEEF STROGANOFF?

    If you’re just not that into egg noodles or don’t happen to have any on hand, I’ve found that replacing the egg noodles with equal parts dry rotini pasta works pretty well here too. Just be sure that your pasta isn’t the quick-cooking kind, and it will take just a bit longer than the egg noodles to soften, maybe in the ballpark of 10-15 minutes. It will definitely not be the 30-minute recipe I intended to make but again, it does work just as well.

    CAN I USE SOMETHING OTHER THAN SOUR CREAM FOR GROUND BEEF STROGANOFF?

    I’m confident that greek yogurt would work in place of the sour cream. I won’t have that same creamy flavor that stroganoff is known for, but it does make a decent substitute if you’re trying to watch the calories!

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    HOW TO MAKE SKILLET GROUND BEEF STROGANOFF:

    1. Veggies: start by cooking the mushrooms and sautéing them for 5 minutes. This is where the mushrooms have a chance to get nice and golden and leave all that flavor in the pan. Then, add the onions and cook them for just a couple minutes, they pick up all the mushroom flavor, soften, and sweet up a bit. Remove them to a plate.
    2. Meat: Add the remaining butter and the ground beef and brown the beef until it cooks all the way through. Season the ground beef with all of the seasonings. The heat will cause the seasoning to bloom and really develop more flavor in the beef.
    3. Noodles: Now add all the remaining flavors: dijon, Worcestershire, and soy sauce, and scrape the pan to release all the fond that is stuck to the pan, that will help flavor your both further. Add the broth, allow it to start simmering, then add noodles, cover and allow them to cook. Check a few minutes before done, if you have extra liquid in the pan, kick the heat up a bit, and remove the lid and allow the pasta to cook and for the excess liquid to evaporate.
    4. Finish: When the pasta is cooked through, stir in the sour cream and let it all heat through. Sprinkle with parsley and serve warm!

    CAN YOU STORE LEFTOVER GROUND BEEF STROGANOFF?

    Yes, you can store any leftover stroganoff in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It should come back to the normal consistency when you reheat it. You could also add a couple of tablespoons of water or stock to loosen things up if you prefer it a bit more saucy.

    OTHER ONE POT RECIPES WE LOVE:

    • one skillet chicken with lemon garlic cream sauce
    • balsamic tomato baked chicken with mozzarella
    • one pot cheesy chicken broccoli rice casserole
    • one pot greek chicken and rice pilaf
    • cheesy baked bbq chicken

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    30 Minute Skillet Ground Beef Stroganoff

    One-pot 30-minute skillet ground beef stroganoff! This recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners because cleanup is a breeze, and it all comes together fairly quickly! Happy tummies all around!

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    Ingredients:

    • 2 tablespoons EACH: butter AND Worcestershire sauce
    • 12 ounces baby bell mushrooms, cut into thick slices
    • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
    • 1 lb. lean ground beef
    • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon EACH: smoked paprika, dried thyme AND mushroom powder (optional, but so good)
    • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon EACH: dijon mustard AND low sodium soy sauce
    • 9 ounces dried egg noodles
    • 4 cups low sodium beef stock
    • 2/3 cup sour cream (or creme fraiche)
    • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley, for serving

    Directions:

    1. VEGGIES: Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet or sauté pan (one that had a lid) over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté them for 5 minutes or until tender and golden brown. Add the onions and continue cooking for an additional 2 minutes stirring so nothing sticks. Season lightly with a pinch of salt and pepper and remove to a plate. 
    2. MEAT: Add the remaining tablespoon of butter along with the ground beef and crumble and cook the beef. Season with garlic, smoked paprika, dried thyme, and mushroom powder and continue to cook until well browned; roughly 3-4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and onions back into the pot. Stir in the flour and allow it to cook for roughly 1 minute.
    3. NOODLES: Add the dijon, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and scrape the bottom of the pot to loosen all that flavor. If it isn’t enough liquid, add a couple of tablespoons of the beef stock. Once scraped, add the remaining beef stock, along with the dried egg noodles and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and allow the stroganoff to simmer until the pasta cooked all the way through, roughly 8-10 minutes.
    4. FINISH: When the pasta is cooked, stir in the sour cream and stir to combine and heat everything through. Serve topped with parsley!

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    Refreshing Strawberry Basil Lemonade

    Refreshing Strawberry Basil Lemonade

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    Ultra refreshing homemade strawberry basil lemonade. Make your own simple syrup and blend it together with freshly squeezed lemons, sweet strawberries, and herby basil to make a pitcher full of sunshine!

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    I got a, I got a pitcher full of sunshine. I got a, I got a glass that is all mine… Did you sing it to the tune of Pocketful of Sunshine? Natasha would be proud.

    It’s the week of the 4th! How is it already July, y’all? The weather has been either hot and humid or super gross and rainy. And I’m celebrating this super short week with a pitcherful of our favorite summer treat – strawberry basil lemonade.

    I’ve been making strawberry lemonade at home for years. But up until recently, I hadn’t tried it with a handful of basil, and once I did, there was no turning back. It’s simple, cool, and refreshing!

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    We had our first taste of strawberry basil lemonade a couple of years ago when we went to Maui for a quick vacation. The weather was gorgeous, and Maui has a little lemonade store that is making some of the yummiest lemonade I’ve ever tasted! If you’ve been, do you know the place I’m talking about? It’s called Wow Wow Lemonade. I recently found out that they have a bunch of locations all around the United States, but unfortunately none in Texas just yet. Until then, I’ll keep making a batch of strawberry basil lemonade at home.

    A cold glass of homemade lemonade is exactly what you need to beat the heat. It’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up with sweet strawberries, tart lemons, and herby, fresh basil. If you’re lucky enough to have basil thriving in your backyard the way my parents do, this is a great new way to use it up. Other ways: make all the basil pesto (freeze some) and eat the rest with fresh mozzarella and ripe tomatoes. Summer produces makes my heart happy.

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    WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE STRAWBERRY BASIL LEMONADE:

    • water
    • sugar
    • strawberries
    • lemon juice (freshly squeezed is best)
    • sea salt
    • basil

    WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE STRAWBERRIES, WHAT ELSE CAN I USE?

    If strawberries aren’t you’re thing, you can replace them with:

    • raspberries
    • blueberries
    • watermelon
    • peaches 
    • cherries

    HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE SYRUP FOR STRAWBERRY BASIL LEMONADE:

    In a small saucepan, combine the water with the sugar over medium heat and allow the sugar mixture to come to a simmer. It’ll take you in the ballpark of 6-9 minutes approximately. Turn off the stove, remove from heat and let cool completely.

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    HOW FAR IN ADVANCE CAN I MAKE SIMPLE SYRUP?

    You can make the simple syrup up to three weeks in advance. I suggest storing it in a glass container that has a tight fitting lid, in the refrigerator. That way it’s ready to go, and you can throw a batch of homemade lemonade together super quickly.

    WILL STORE-BOUGHT SIMPLE SYRUP WORK FOR THIS STRAWBERRY BASIL LEMONADE RECIPE?

    Yes, absolutely! When I was recipe testing, I made this with homemade simple syrup and store-bought simple syrup. With store-bought simple syrup, I found that you sometimes needed a tad bit more (so 2 ¼ – 2 ½ cups prepared syrup.) However, how sweet you made your lemonade is entirely up to you! You could even start with ½ the prepared simple syrup (homemade or store-bought) and adjust as desired.

    Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th! I hope your table is full of yummy pasta salads, tons of strawberry basil lemonade and maybe a batch of key lime pie bars to boot.

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    Refreshing Strawberry Basil Lemonade

    Ultra refreshing homemade strawberry basil lemonade. Make your own simple syrup and blend it together with freshly squeezed lemons, sweet strawberries, and herby basil to make a pitcher full of sunshine!

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    Ingredients:

    • 6 ¼ cups water, divided
    • 1 ¼ cups sugar (or 1 ¾ cups prepared sugar syrup)
    • 1 pound strawberries, hulled then quartered (plus more to decorate)
    • 1 ½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (plus lemon slices to decorate)
    • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt (optional but so good)
    • 6-8 torn basil leaves (plus more for serving)

    Directions:

    1. SIMPLE SYRUP: In a small saucepan combine 1¼  cups of water with the sugar over medium heat and allow the sugar mixture to come to a simmer, about 6-9 minutes approximately. Turn off the stove, remove from heat and let cool completely.
    2. BLEND: Once the simple syrup cools, blend the strawberries, prepared simple syrup, and the torn basil leaves in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the remaining 5 cups of water, lemon juice, salt, and blend once again.
    3. STRAIN: This is optional, but for a smoother lemonade, strain the strawberry lemonade through a sieve as you pour it into a pitcher (filled with lots of ice) Stir and add additional lemon slices/ quartered strawberries, and whole basil leaves to infuse it further. The lemonade is a bit concentrated (in terms of sweetness) so once you add lots of ice, it should be well balanced!

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    Crispy Sticky Honey Garlic Chicken

    Crispy Sticky Honey Garlic Chicken

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    Crispy, Sticky Honey Garlic Chicken! Thinly sliced chicken breasts crunchy coated and pan-fried, and then doused in a homemade honey garlic sauce that’s a little sweet, tangy, and spicy! So yummy you’ll want to make it all the time!

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    Crispy and sticky have got to be the best way to eat chicken. 

    And this honey garlic chicken is exactly that. We pan-fry the chicken cutlets until they form a crispy brown crust and then dip them in honey garlic sauce and serve it up alongside steamed veggies (doused in more sauce obviously) and some white rice. Ugh! Hands down one of my favorite dinners of all time!

    Speaking of hot and crispy chicken, this Friday we were supposed to check out a new food truck in town – it offers hot fried chicken sandwiches the size of Texas! And the place is so popular that they ran out of burger buns no sammy for me!

    But I’m on to this place and can’t wait to get my hands on one so that I can come home and basically keep testing out recipes until I crack is for us! So excited!

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    Chicken in sticky and or crispy situations is probably the best way to eat chicken.

    Have you made my crispy chicken salad yet? It’s doused in honey bbq dressing that tastes like Chic-Fil-A sauce! And then there are the slow cooker honey chipotle meatballs, which make all the men in my life super happy, and by that I mean my husband. Cheesy baked bbq chicken is also a saucy little thing that’s great for weeknight dinners and keeps things on the lower carb side. And if you happen to be on team ‘dark meat’ you’ll go gaga for my Indonesian honey garlic chicken thighs! 

    All this to say that crispy and saucy chicken are seriously the best way to serve chicken.

    The other best way: doused in homemade lemon garlic cream sauce!

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    WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE THE CHICKEN FOR HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN?

    • chicken cutlets
    • all-purpose flour
    • cornstarch 
    • seasonings
    • an egg

    WHAT ARE CHICKEN CUTLETS?

    Chicken cutlets are chicken breasts that are divided into two and pounded out to make a thin chicken filet.

    To make chicken cutlets: lay the chicken flat out on a cutting board. Hold your knife parallel to the cutting board and carefully slice the chicken breasts in half so one breast is now two individual cutlets. Place the chicken filet between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound out with a meat mallet (the smooth side) to 1/4-inch in thickness. You can also check the grocery store for premade cutlets or ask your butcher to do this for you!

    WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE THE HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN SAUCE?

    • low sodium soy sauce
    • apple cider vinegar
    • fish sauce
    • honey
    • minced garlic 
    • cayenne
    • butter

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    HOW TO MAKE THE BEST HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN

    1. Combine your dry ingredients in a shallow plate or bowl: all-purpose flour, cornstarch garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Then beat the egg and a tablespoon of water together in another shallow bowl. Dip the chicken cutlets in the egg mixture, then the flour mixture.
    2. Cook the prepared chicken in a skillet with about ½ – ¾ inch of oil, roughly 4-5 minutes total or until the chicken crust is crispy and golden and the chicken reads 165ºF on an instant read thermometer.
    3. While the chicken is cooking, heat together the ingredients for the sauce (everything except the butter). And Allow the sauce to come to a simmer, and then let it reduce for 3-4 minutes. Once reduced, add a tablespoon of butter at a time and let it melt in. Swirl the pan using the handle or stir using a spoon to help it along, but make sure to do this over low heat! Then repeat with the remaining butter.
    4. Serve the chicken doused in sauce or serve the sauce alongside the chicken!

    WHY DO YOU ADD THE BUTTER ONE AT AT TIME WHEN MAKING THE HONEY GARLIC SAUCE?

    Add the butter a little bit at a time on the low heat setting helps thicken the sauce just a tad bit more. We like the consistency of the sauce with just the butter as it’s perfect to drizzle over rice and veggies! However, if you prefer an even thicker sauce (that will coat and stick to the chicken,) you can thicken it further with 2 teaspoons of cornstarch combined with 2 tablespoons of cold water in a bowl. Just add it to the sauce after the butter and stir as you drizzle the slurry in! Allow the sauce to reach a simmer and it should thicken almost instantly!

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    CAN I USE CHICKEN THIGHS TO MAKE HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN?

    Yes, you can! But I suggest pounding the chicken down into a thin cutlet-like thickness so that it cooks up in approximately the same time.

    DO I HAVE TO CRUNCHY COAT THE HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN?

    No you don’t have you! If you prefer to make this a little lighter, you can always just season the chicken cutlets/chicken breasts with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika and then sear the chicken cutlets in a hot skillet (sprayed or drizzled with a little oil) until the chicken is cooked through. Then, just prepare the sauce as directed and drizzle and serve!

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    Crispy Sticky Honey Garlic Chicken

    Crispy, Sticky Honey Garlic Chicken! Thinly sliced chicken breasts crunchy coated and pan-fried, and then doused in a homemade honey garlic sauce that’s a little sweet, tangy, and spicy! So yummy you’ll want to make it all the time!

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    Ingredients:

    • 4 large chicken cutlets (about 1 ¼ pound of chicken)
    • ¼ cup EACH: all-purpose flour AND cornstarch (plus more)
    • ½ teaspoon EACH: garlic powder AND smoked paprika
    • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt + ¼ teaspoon pepper
    • 1 egg + 1 tablespoon water (whisked together)
    • 2 tablespoons EACH: cold butter AND low sodium soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons fish sauce 
    • 6-8 cloves garlic, minced
    • ⅛ – ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (omit if you don’t want any heat!)
    • ½ cup honey (or more to taste)
    • Oil, for frying

    Directions:

    1. CHICKEN: Place the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a shallow dish and whisk to combine. Add the egg and the water to another shallow bowl and whisk to combine. Coat each of the chicken cutlets in the beaten egg mixture, then coat in the flour mixture on both sides and shake off any excess. 
    2. SEAR: Heat enough oil to coat the bottom of a large nonstick skillet, about 1/2 inch up the skillet works best. Place the chicken breast in the skillet and cook for 4-6 minutes total or until the chicken is completely cooked through. Depending on the size of your skillet, you may need to do this in two batches. Remove the chicken to a serving dish when done.
    3. SAUCE: Add the soy sauce, fish sauce, apple cider vinegar, minced garlic, honey, and cayenne to a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow the sauce to reach a boil. Then, lower the heat so that it just simmers, and let it hang out for roughly 3-4 minutes and reduce. Lower the heat to medium-low and add 1 tablespoon of butter at a time, and stir using a spoon or rubber spatula. Allow it to melt slowly. You can also do this by grabbing the handle and swirling the pan carefully. Repeat with the remaining tablespoon of butter. Drizzle the prepared sauce over the chicken.  Top with sesame seeds or chopped parsley/scallions and serve immediately. You can also serve the sauce and chicken separately so everyone can drizzle the sauce over their own chicken! We like this with cooked rice and broccolini/asparagus/brussels sprouts on the side to soak up that sauce!

    Notes:

    1. How to turn chicken breasts into cutlets: Lay the chicken flat out on a cutting board. Hold your knife parallel to the cutting board and carefully slice the chicken breasts in half so one breast is now two individual cutlets. Place the chicken filet between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound out with a meat mallet (the smooth side) to 1/4-inch in thickness. You can also check the grocery store for premade cutlets or ask your butcher to do this for you!

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    3-Day Rome Travel Itinerary | Italy

    3-Day Rome Travel Itinerary | Italy

    All the things you should see, do, and eat if you’re heading to Rome this summer! My 3-Day Rome Travel Itinerary covers all the things you must see (and all the food you have got to eat!)

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    I know, I know, it took me just shy of a year to get this out to you! I spent the better part of two months researching for our 14 day trip to Italy last year and wanted to be sure that I provided a solid guide if you’re planning on visiting too.

    Since most people travel to Rome in the summertime, I decided to wait and post this later when it was around vacation time again. But also because how weird would dit be if it was the dead of winter when you’re seeing me in all my summer jumpsuits/high waisted pants.

    I hope you find this travel itinerary super useful if you’re planning a trip to Italy. This is the first of a many that I’ll be sharing with you here in the next couple of months.

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    3-Day Rome Travel Itinerary | Before You Go

    • There are two major airports when it comes to Rome. The first and the more popular: Fiumicino. This is most likely where you’ll be flying in if you’re coming from overseas. The second is Ciampino. Fiumicino is located roughly 40 minutes outside of the main city, so you might want to look into hiring a car, taxi, or study train maps that can get you to where you need to go. 
      • TIP: If you plan on staying in an Airbnb or HomeAway, ask your host if they have a driver that they usually refer guests to. We stayed with two different hosts on our trip and our host for the second half of the journey arranged a ride both to and from the airport at a very reasonable cost in a very nice car! So always ask.
      • TIP: If you get into the city super early before your host or your hotel lets you check in, consider leaving your bags at a Left Luggage location so you can wander the city without having to drag your bags! Rates usually vary by hour and cap off at around 7 Euros a day.
    • Hotels and Airbnb’s have a mandatory city tax (usually in the ballpark of 3.5-7 euros depending on the city.) This is due in cash at the time of check-in (the cash thing might just be for Airbnb, though, I’m not sure about hotels.)
    • For summer travel, I suggest booking train rides to other cities in Italy or beyond at least a month in advance. We routed our entire trip and even purchased train tickets before leaving the U.S. Trenitalia.com has an English site, and it makes it super easy to get tickets before you even leave.
    • Take empty water bottles with you every morning. There are free water fountains located throughout the city that you can refill your water bottle with. Look out for the one across from the Colosseum, where your tour guide will most likely ask you to meet. That one even offers sparkling water, and it was so refreshing!
    • Locals generally don’t tip. Gratuities are sometimes expected from tourists though. Try to avoid excess tipping, and you certainly do not have to calculate a percentage the way we do here in America. I suggest tipping ~1-4 Euros if you’re at a sit-down restaurant if you liked the service. Most sit down restaurants already have a built-in “dine-in” fee, so check your receipt. If they brought bread to your table, chances are they charged you for that too!

      • TIP: Taxi fares can be round up to the full Euro if you’d like to tip.
      • Italians don’t really do coffee (or other beverages on the go) so expect a few looks if you ask for a latte or cappuccino in a takeaway cup… that’s if they actually have them! Most coffee shops don’t. 
    • Also, upwards of 10,000 steps a day should be expected! Unless you’re taking a taxi everywhere, which would probably end up being more time consuming and super expensive.
    • If you don’t plan on having data or a wifi hot spot (affiliate link) with you on the trip, consider downloading a map for the cities you’re going to on your Google Maps app that you can access even when you’re offline. Even though we took our hot spot with us, Anees downloaded the maps which came in handy when our hotspot was running out of juice or when we were out of  range (hello, Positano!)

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    3-Day Rome Travel Itinerary | Words to know

    • CiaoHello
    • BuongiornoGood morning
    • Prego You are welcome (sometimes they greet you this way.. as in go ahead)
    • Lei Parla IngleseDo you speak English?
    • Grazie Thank you
    • Grazie MilleThank you so much
    • Mi scusi Excuse me
    • Quanto costaHow much is this?
    • Questo ha carne Does this have meat? (super important if you’re vegetarian/pescatarian because a lot of stuff does)

    TIP: If you have wifi or a hotspot (affiliate link), be sure to download Google Translate on your phone! It’s helpful when two people are trying to communicate in different languages!


    3-Day Rome Travel Itinerary | Where to Eat

    As a tourist, we’re conditioned to think that when we’re in a foreign country, every restaurant has something delicious to offer; however, this isn’t always the case. As a rule of thumb, most restaurants on the same street as the main attraction, offer average/subpar food with big price tags. Often, a restaurant that’s more economical and has way more authentic (and delicious!) food is just around the corner or a couple of blocks over. For this reason, I suggest doing some preliminary research and having a rough plan for every meal of the day. I have MAJOR FOMO (fear of missing out) when it comes to food, so I didn’t want to waste even a single meal on average food!

    • HEADS UP: If you’re used to having a classic American breakfast, brace yourself, there aren’t many places that serve it! My husband was in for the shock of a lifetime. He’s not one for sweet pastries first thing in the morning so let’s just say, Italy’s breakfast scene wasn’t his favorite. One thing we ended up doing is seeking out local bakeries that open early and offer salmon with cream cheese on a croissant or even freshly made focaccia with toppings!

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    3-Day Rome Travel Itinerary | Day 1

    • Campo de ‘Fiori: Now home to a vibrant flower and vegetable market. There are vendors set up with souvenirs, restaurants serving meals, and it’s really something you just have to experience for yourself! Cobblestone pathways and so much charm. 

      • Fact: The square was previously used for public executions in the 1600s.
      • Restaurants close by:

        • Forno Campo De Fiori ($) (breakfast, quick lunch): This is a bakery that you can visit pretty much any time of the day, but I do recommend it for breakfast for those that prefer savory items.

          • HEADS UP: They are closed between the hours of 3-5 pm
          • ADDRESS: Piazza Campo de Fiori 22 00186 Rome Italy
          • WHAT TO ORDER: They have a variety of focaccia bread and pizzas that one could easily consume for breakfast! The Margherita pizza here is a popular option!
        • Roscioli Café ($) (breakfast, lunch, coffee break): This was our go-to coffee shop when we were saying near Campo de Fiori. The caffe latte was always warm and delicious. This is also one of the only coffee shops that we found that had to go cups!

          • ADDRESS: Piazza Benedetto Cairoli, 16, 00186 Roma RM, Italy (about a 3-minute walk from Campo de Fiori)
          • WHAT TO ORDER: The latte here was amazing! Both the cappuccino and the caffe latte were delicious. They also have croissants stuffed with smoked salmon and the pistachio cake is divine.
    • Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel/St. Peter’s Basilica:

      • ADDRESS: Viale, Viale Vaticano, 100, Roma RM, Italy
      • TIP: Make sure to bring a scarf, shawl, or a lightweight cardigan if you plan on touring the Sistine Chapel or St. Peter’s Basilica. They require women to cover up both shoulders and knees!
      • TIP: I suggest booking a tour online before you leave if you’re serious about touring.
      • TIP: The meeting point for most tours is in front of Caffe Vaticano. Across from the Vatican Museum Entrance.
    • Trastevere: Basically, every street looks like something out of a postcard! Vine covered alleyways with cobblestone walkways and freshly laundered clothes hanging on a line. Take your time here. We chose to use the evening to stroll the streets, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy a lazy gelato in the town square.

      • Restaurants close by:

        • Dar Poeta ($$) (lunch or dinner): I don’t think there was a time when I walked passed this place, and there wasn’t a line! Personally, I feel the pizza was good, but I wouldn’t say it was the best I had, that would most certainly be the one in Napoli (Naples.) But definitely worth checking out. I hear they don’t use yeast in their dough and that it’s more of a slow fermentation process that gives the pizza crust it’s an authentic flavor. However, I’m not 100% sure on that. None the less, the dough was chewy and crispy, just like I like it.

            • ADDRESS: Vicolo del Bologna, 45, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
            • TIP: If you plan on going here, I suggest going for lunch instead of dinner. We were able to get seated within 15 minutes for an early lunch (and outside!) That will most likely never be the case at dinner time!
            • WHAT TO ORDER: Margherita Pizza, Fungi Pizza, and Suppli (basically rice balls with tomato and mozzarella.. heavenly) and though we didn’t try it, everyone raves about the pizza Bianca here and the marinara Picante here!
        • Tonnarello ($$) (dinner): This is a cute little restaurant (with over 10,000 reviews) in Trastevere. Plan on having an early dinner on the patio. It was seriously one of my most favorite moments from the whole trip!

            • ADDRESS: Via della Paglia 1 00153 Rome Italy
            • WHAT TO ORDER: The Cacio e Pepe. Best I had on this trip!
        • La Botticella ($$) (dinner): We stopped for dinner here one night before heading back to our Airbnb. Like most restaurants in Rome, this one opens at 5 pm, but around 6 is when we were actually able to get seated. They do get booked in advance, so a reservation might come in handy if you aren’t dining early (6 is considered super early in Italy for dinner.) We were seated next to a guy from Switzerland that was using the summer to just travel the country by himself (how cool is that?) Anees had a pretty great conversation with the guy, and it was nice to speak to someone fluently in English for a bit there. Anees ordered something completely different than what he ended up getting; I’m not complaining though, his pesto cream pasta was delicious! And I went with more Cacio e Pepe, are you noticing a trend yet? 

            • ADDRESS: Vicolo del Leopardo, 39/a, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
            • WHAT TO GET: Cacio e Pepe (served in a crispy parmesan bowl), chicory salad, mascarpone (I think) stuffed fried zucchini flowers, artichokes al Giuda, chicory salad, and pasta in pesto cream sauce.
      • Gelato Break: 

        • Fiordiluna: This was our first gelato in Italy. It was a quick 3-minute walk from Tonnarello (our first pasta experience), and it was perfect. We had dinner, strolled down the vine-covered cobblestone streets, grabbed cones of gelato, and took them to the piazza in the center. It was the perfect end to our first night in Rome

          • ADDRESS: Via della Lungaretta, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
        • Fatamorgana: We were really bummed after trying this gelato shop! Even though it is one of the most popular shops, both of us agreed that it didn’t even come close to being our favorite, quite the opposite, really. I won’t even bother telling you what I ordered as it just wasn’t good. They don’t offer samples (only a few places actually do that), and so this one just didn’t cut it for us! We visited the Fatamorgana in Monti, but there is a second location in Trastevere. Don’t take my word for it; try it for yourself and see how you like it.

          • ADDRESS: Via Roma Libera, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

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    3-Day Rome Travel Itinerary | Day 2

    • Colosseum: An ancient amphitheater built with travertine and chunks of metal that was later removed (giving it that famously known swiss cheese texture.) It’s estimated that the Colosseum could hold around 65,000 spectators. It is one of the seven wonders of the world. And what I found was the coolest part was that they had a manual elevator underground that they used to move animals and gladiators to the arena.

      • TIP: If you visit Italy in the warmer months, I suggest scheduling your tour of the Colosseum as early in the day as possible. We took the 9 am tour, and by noon we were melting like a cone of gelato on a warm summer day! Apply plenty of sunscreen before and during your time there and fill up your water bottle from across the street (free public water fountain) before you head in. Once inside, there’s virtually no shade at all so the sun will most definitely be beating down on you.

        • You can book your tour of the Colosseum online (we did so before we left for vacation.) Check out The Roman Guy. They have amazing reviews on TripAdvisor!
      • Restaurants close by:

        • Antico Forno Serpenti ($) (breakfast): Another great little bakery. We discovered this place on the last day in town, and I’m so sad that we didn’t find it sooner! They have delicious puff pastry bites with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce, the focaccia is to die for here, and of course, all your usual breakfast croissants and pastries as well. The coffee isn’t great (push button machine), so I suggest grabbing food and finding a coffee on the way somewhere!

          • ADDRESS: Via dei Serpenti, 122-123, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
        • Ristorante Colosseo “Luzzi” ($) (lunch):

          • ADDRESS: Via di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 88, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
          • WHAT TO GET: The pizzas are hot, the seafood is fresh, and the patio is covered – which is music to my ears after burning to a crisp inside the Colosseum! Also, the food is very reasonably priced ($) compared to restaurants in the area (like right across from the Colosseum.)
    • Piazza della Madonna Dei Monti (Monti): Cobblestone streets, jasmine cascading down walls, beautiful antique doors, pastel-colored apartments. On warm summer nights, the neighborhood square becomes a BYOB affair, and you can hear laughter and merriment in your apartment if you leave the windows open!

      • Basilica Di Santa Maria Maggiore: Free entry but there is a security check at the gate. Beautiful ceiling. Looks better on the inside than it does on the outside

        • ADDRESS: Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy
        • TIP: Make sure to bring a scarf, shawl, or a lightweight cardigan if you plan on touring. They require women to cover up both shoulders and knees.
      • Restaurants close by:

        • Bar Monti $ (breakfast, lunch, coffee break)

          • ADDRESS: Via Urbana, 93, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
        • Pasta Chef Monti $ (lunch or dinner): A quick bite to eat. We were staying right around the corner from this place, and they do take out! So it was perfect to grab and go back to the Airbnb with.

          • ADDRESS: Via Baccina, 42, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
          • WHAT TO GET: I got the fettuccine with mushrooms, garlic, and parsley and loved it! Anees got the pasta with shrimp, tomato sauce, and garlic and didn’t end up loving his (the shrimp were head on, and they sorta freaked him out)
      • GELATO BREAK: Fatamorgana: We were really bummed after trying this gelato shop! Even though it is one of the most popular shops, both of us agreed that it didn’t even come close to being our favorite, quite the opposite, really. I won’t even bother telling you what I ordered as it just wasn’t good. They don’t offer samples (only a few places do), and so this one just didn’t cut it for us! We visited the Fatamorgana in Monti but there is a second location in Trastevere. Don’t take my word for it; try it for yourself and see how you like it.

        • ADDRESS: Piazza degli Zingari, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
    • Rest up at the hotel because if you visit in the summertime, the sun will definitely have you beat! We headed back to Trastevere for an early evening stroll and dinner (check the list of restaurants from Day 1.)

    Antico Forno Serpenti (apple on puff pastry with apricot glaze)


    3-Day Rome Travel Itinerary | Day 3

    • Trevi Fountain: Keep in mind that this place will probably be swarming with tourists if you go anytime between 9am-9pm. I found the best time to visit was just after sunrise when the tourists are tucked away. Not only do you practically get the whole place to yourself, but it also happens to be the best time of the day for pictures there! It’s been a dream of mine to go ever since I saw the Lizzie McGuire movie, and I’m so glad I was able to check it off my travel bucket list. 

      • Restaurants close by:

        • Antico Forno Serpenti ($) (breakfast): Great little bakery. We discovered this place on the last day in town, and I’m so sad that we didn’t find it sooner! They have delicious puff pastry bites with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce, the focaccia is to die for here, and of course, all your usual breakfast croissants and pastries as well. The coffee isn’t great (push button machine), so I suggest grabbing food and finding a coffee on the way somewhere!

          • ADDRESS: Via dei Serpenti, 122-123, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
        • Gelato Break: Giolitti: I know, it might be a little too early for some to get gelato in the morning. We ended up doubling back a little bit and loved this place. I ordered two types of sorbetto in a cone – lemon and strawberry. Anees? He was on a mission to single-handedly taste all the chocolate gelato in Italy, so there he went with his fifty shades of chocolate.

          • ADDRESS: Via degli Uffici del Vicario, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
    • Spanish Steps: The Spanish steps are right around the corner from the shopping district. Climb the steep between Piazza Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinita dei Monti at the top. Again, like the Trevi Fountain, go early in the morning if you want the steps to yourself. But the even does provide a beautiful view of the sunset!
    • Piazza de Spagnia: If you’re standing at the bottom of the Spanish Steps with your back to them, you can see Sephora on the left side, and a street that runs straight down which begins the few main streets of ‘designer alley’ as I like to call it. You will find YSL, Gucci, Bvlgari, Prada and all the other designers you can think of! Expect large crowds.

        • TIP: If you decide to make a large purchase from here, ask the store attendant for a VIP pass to the tax refund office (Global Blue.) It is very close to the Spanish steps, and you can get it all taken care of while you’re still in the area. You just need to hand them the pass along with your tax-free form, passport, receipt and credit card information (if you purchased it on a card) It’s also nice and cool inside, they offer you complimentary beverages and pretty much do everything for you while you wait a few minutes! That way, the process at the airport is much simpler and won’t take you hours! You’ll just hand in your paperwork there are you’re done!
    • Pantheon: An architectural building dedicated to the seven planetary divinities and featuring an interior coated with marble. The Pantheon is one of the impressive monuments in Rome.

      • What to know:

        • free to visit before April, charges start May 1st
        • you can download the Rick Steves app (available on all app stores) and listen to the history of the place while you walk around if you’re a history buff
        • you don’t need a whole lot of time here; it’s pretty quick.
    • Piazza Navona: Just another beautiful Piazza to enjoy! You can take a night stroll with gelato in hand or just grab a seat and watch the street vendors/performers. In the summer months, people often meet in the Piazza and enjoy drinks with friends.

      • Restaurants close by:

        • Sora Margherita ($$): This place was probably our most authentically raw experience of dining in a foreign country with a language barrier. It’s a tiny, hole-in-the-wall restaurant. So tiny that we talked around it a few times before realizing that this wasn’t the back of a restaurant where employees smoke, but actually the front entrance. The restaurant fits about 30 people (and that’s me being generous), and just two people are serving. We were lucky enough to have been seated next to another American couple from Chicago (the odds!) that prompted us to ask all your questions at once because the staff didn’t come by very often. The menu, if I remember correctly, was entirely in Italian, our wifi hotspot was spotty at best, and we basically decided to eat whatever they served us, but oh was it delicious!

          • ADDRESS: Piazza delle Cinque Scole, 30, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
          • WHAT TO GET: Jewish-style artichokes, fettuccine Cacio e Pepe, fettuccine Pomodoro e Basilico (all of these were amazing, and there was also some sort of fried fish the couple next to us recommended – so good)
      • Gelato Break: Frigidarium: This place had the longest line! Unlike other gelato shops, they don’t offer samples, and they pretty much expect you to know what you’d like to get before you approach the front. Gelato Nazi or not, this place really had the best gelato in Rome (we both agreed.) I ordered the cremino al pistachio (which was some sort of chocolate and pistachio combination – totally yummy) and the mango sorbetto! Have mercy! I still dream about that mano sorbetto.

        • ADDRESS: Via del Governo Vecchio, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

    and then on the last day I found an amazing prop shop and got lost in it for what Anees clams are hours..lol

    We were in Rome for just over 4 days and could’ve easily fit it all into a 3-day Itinerary. There are tons and tons of other things to do in Rome; these are just the things we narrowed down and enjoyed doing at somewhat of a leisurely pace. Our goal was to see the main things in every city this time around, and that’s what I’ve covered here.

    If you have any other questions or suggestions on what to do or where to eat, feel free to leave them below so others can benefit from this too! I hope this post was helpful if you’re planning a trip to Rome at some point!

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    Marinated Feta Greek Salad

    Marinated Feta Greek Salad

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    A traditional Greek salad gets a facelift! This marinated feta greek salad packs a flavor punch! Start by grabbing a hunk of feta and marinating it with olive oil, garlic, and herbs until it’s extra flavorful. Then, we’ll use the feta in the salad and the oil in the dressing! So delicious and so easy!

    Marinated Feta Greek Salad - this is the best greek salad ever! It starts with feta that you marinated in olive oil with a few herbs and spices, then we'll toss it all together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. Trust me, you'll never want a regular greeksalad again! #marinatedfeta #greeksalad #authenticgreeksalad #fetasalad #salad #saladrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

    So fresh and so colorful!

    Greek salads are nothing new. They’ve been done again and again, but not like this.

    This one here is a marinated feta greek salad. As if we take a hunk of feta, dice it up, and throw it into a jar with olive oil, red pepper flakes, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, herbs (basically anything you like) and let it hang around for a few days or up to two weeks and allow the flavors to really seep into the feta cheese. And once the feta soaks up all that goodness, we’ll drain it. And don’t you worry, we aren’t wasting a drop of that precious EVOO! We’ll save the oil for an amazing red wine vinaigrette that you can make with just four simple ingredients.

    I’m telling you, once you make a marinated feta Greek salad, you’re never making it the regular old way again.

    Marinated Feta Greek Salad - this is the best greek salad ever! It starts with feta that you marinated in olive oil with a few herbs and spices, then we'll toss it all together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. Trust me, you'll never want a regular greeksalad again! #marinatedfeta #greeksalad #authenticgreeksalad #fetasalad #salad #saladrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

    Fruity olive oil and summery herbs are where this salad all begins. Now, of course, you can make an even bigger batch of marinated feta and serve it as an appetizer or as part of a summer cheeseboard too. Marinating feta is a beautiful little way of making it taste even better, and there isn’t just one way of serving this.

    The best part is, the marinated feta demands that you make it in advance, making it ideal for prepping ahead of time for dinner parties and such. And trust me, a marinated feta Greek salad will definitely wow those dinner guests for sure.

    Marinated-anything just makes it sound super fancy!

    Marinated Feta Greek Salad - this is the best greek salad ever! It starts with feta that you marinated in olive oil with a few herbs and spices, then we'll toss it all together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. Trust me, you'll never want a regular greeksalad again! #marinatedfeta #greeksalad #authenticgreeksalad #fetasalad #salad #saladrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

    WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE MARINATED FETA GREEK SALAD?

    • cherry tomatoes
    • cucumbers (Persian or hothouse)
    • green bell pepper
    • red onions
    • kalamata olives
    • garbanzo beans
    • marinated feta
    • dressing

    WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE MARINATED FETA?

    • fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc.)
    • extra virgin olive oil
    • greek-style feta cheese
    • crushed red pepper flakes 

    Marinated Feta Greek Salad - this is the best greek salad ever! It starts with feta that you marinated in olive oil with a few herbs and spices, then we'll toss it all together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. Trust me, you'll never want a regular greeksalad again! #marinatedfeta #greeksalad #authenticgreeksalad #fetasalad #salad #saladrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

    WHAT OTHER INGREDIENTS WOULD ADD FLAVOR TO MARINATED FETA?

    • whole cloves of garlic 
    • sun-dried tomatoes
    • peppercorns
    • bay leaves
    • kalamata olives

    WHAT’S IN THE MARINATED FETA GREEK SALAD DRESSING?

    • olive oil from the marinated feta
    • dried oregano
    • Dijon mustard
    • salt and pepper
    • red wine vinegar

    Marinated Feta Greek Salad - this is the best greek salad ever! It starts with feta that you marinated in olive oil with a few herbs and spices, then we'll toss it all together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. Trust me, you'll never want a regular greeksalad again! #marinatedfeta #greeksalad #authenticgreeksalad #fetasalad #salad #saladrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

    HOW TO MAKE THE MARINATED FETA FOR THE GREEK SALAD:

    Making the marinated feta for this Greek salad is really easy!

    1. dice the feta into small cubes
    2. add the feta to an airtight container (preferably glass) with a tight-fitting lid
    3. the add-ins (herbs, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, red pepper flakes, etc.)
    4. Pour the olive oil on top
    5. Cover and store

    HOW DO YOU STORE THE FETA CHEESE WHILE IT’S MARINATING?

    • I’ve read up on this quite a bit, and though lots of sources say that it will be fine to store at room temperature for 24 hours if all of the feta is completely submerged in the olive oil, I still recommend refrigerating as the feta marinates. For this reason, the flavors to take a little longer to develop because of the cooler temperatures. Marinated feta on day four will most definitely taste much better than marinated feta from day two. 
    • TIP: You’ll want to remove the marinated feta from the refrigerated about 30 minutes-2 hours before using it in a salad. You want the olive oil to come back to a liquid state. It solidifies when it sits in the refrigerator at such a cold temperature.

    Marinated Feta Greek Salad - this is the best greek salad ever! It starts with feta that you marinated in olive oil with a few herbs and spices, then we'll toss it all together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. Trust me, you'll never want a regular greeksalad again! #marinatedfeta #greeksalad #authenticgreeksalad #fetasalad #salad #saladrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

    WHAT DO I DO WITH THE LEFTOVER OLIVE OIL?

    Make tons of salad dressing! You can pretty much use it anywhere where you’d use extra virgin olive oil – make vinaigrettes, toss with pasta, or in a bean salad.

    WHAT CAN I SERVE THIS MARINATED FETA GREEK SALAD WITH?

    • Greek marinated chicken
    • lemon rosemary chicken
    • garlic butter skillet steak and shrimp
    • roasted herb butter spatchcock chicken
    • restaurant style beef shawarma
    • garlic lemon butter chicken
    • beef shawarma bowls with vermicelli rice
    • garlic butter chicken with mozzarella
    • Persian chicken kebabs

    OTHER WAYS TO USE CHICKPEAS THIS SUMMER?

    • instant pot hummus
    • seven layer chickpea shawarma dip
    • Moroccan chickpea power salad
    • smashed chickpea green goddess sandwiches
    • chipotle chicken stew with chickpeas and kale
    • homemade falafel

    Marinated Feta Greek Salad - this is the best greek salad ever! It starts with feta that you marinated in olive oil with a few herbs and spices, then we'll toss it all together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. Trust me, you'll never want a regular greeksalad again! #marinatedfeta #greeksalad #authenticgreeksalad #fetasalad #salad #saladrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

    Marinated Feta Greek Salad

    A traditional Greek salad gets a facelift! This marinated feta greek salad packs a flavor punch! Start by grabbing a hunk of feta and marinating it with olive oil, garlic, and herbs until it’s extra flavorful. Then, we’ll use the feta in the salad and the oil in the dressing! So delicious and so easy!

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    Ingredients:

    Marinated Feta:

    • ½-1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    • 1 sprig of EACH: rosemary, thyme, AND oregano
    • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil (or enough to cover all of the feta)
    • 5-6 ounces Greek feta, cut into small pieces

    Greek Salad:

    • 1-pint cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
    • 1 hothouse cucumber, sliced
    • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
    • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 cup kalamata olives, pitted
    • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained

    Vinaigrette:

    • ¼ cup EVOO (drained from marinated feta)
    • 1 teaspoon EACH: dried oregano AND Dijon mustard
    • ½ teaspoon EACH: salt AND black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

    Directions:

    1. MARINATED FETA: add the cubed feta, rosemary spring, thyme, oregano, and red pepper flakes to a glass storage container (one that has a tight-fitting lid) then pour the olive oil over the top. You might need additional olive oil to cover the feta completely, it just depends on the size of your container. Cover the container with the lid and allow the feta to sit in the refrigerator for 1-14 days. Be sure to allow the marinated feta to come to room temperature for 30 minutes – 2 hours so the oil liquifies before you remove the feta.
    2. VINAIGRETTE: Add the ingredients for the vinaigrette in a glass jar (one that had a lid.) Screw on the cap and give it a good shake. Taste and adjust with additional seasonings as desired.
    3. SALAD: When ready to serve, add all the ingredients for the salad, along with the drained marinated feta to a large bowl. Drizzle half the dressing and toss the salad. Taste and adjust with additional dressing as desired. Allow the salad to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

    Notes:

    1. leftover EVOO from the marinated feta can be used to make additional salad dressing, or toss it with pasta!
    2. There are tons of other ingredients you can use to marinate the feta, check the post for other ideas!

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    Marinated Feta Greek Salad - this is the best greek salad ever! It starts with feta that you marinated in olive oil with a few herbs and spices, then we'll toss it all together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. Trust me, you'll never want a regular greeksalad again! #marinatedfeta #greeksalad #authenticgreeksalad #fetasalad #salad #saladrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

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    Creamy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce

    Creamy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce

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    Creamy spinach artichoke stuffed salmon doused in a homemade lemon butter sauce! This summer food that’s fancy enough to serve dinner guests but takes no time at all to whip up!

    Creamy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce - An easy yet fancy dinner that's quick enough to prepare for weeknights and fancy enough to serve company! The lemon butter sauce is truly to-die-for! #stuffedsalmon #searedsalmon #salmonrecipes #ketorecipes #keto #ketodinner #salmonrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

    Hello there!

    I’m still here! I haven’t disappeared. A small Memorial Day break snowballed into a week-long hiatus for me. There are a ton of things going on behind the scenes at the moment. Things I want to share with you, but I feel it would be premature to do so now. So let’s give it a month, and I hope that by then I’ll be able to tell you more about why I’ve been so MIA! 

    But I’m here now; I’m back! And I’ve got a spinach artichoke stuffed salmon recipe that is sure to be a go-to summer meal! We’re talking about fresh salmon filets that you can get your fishmonger at the grocery store to make for you if you ask nicely, stuffed with a creamy spinach artichoke dip and then pan seared and doused in homemade garlicky lemon butter sauce and oh my lanta!

    This is one of the best ways I’ve ever made salmon!

    Creamy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce - An easy yet fancy dinner that's quick enough to prepare for weeknights and fancy enough to serve company! The lemon butter sauce is truly to-die-for! #stuffedsalmon #searedsalmon #salmonrecipes #ketorecipes #keto #ketodinner #salmonrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

    Salmon is a staple at our house! It’s a fatty omega-3 + Vitamin B 12 loaded powerhouse of a protein that takes no time to whip up at all Ideal for weeknight dinners, you see? And there are just so many ways to make salmon that you could serve it every night of the week and not repeat the same recipe twice.

    Our personal favorite: my garlic butter baked salmon in foil. The sauce that I use in that recipe is the same one we’re using today. But it’s a whole lot fancier because our salmon is stuffed with creamy spinach and artichoke first.

    Other ways we love serving salmon: Seattle-style salmon chowdah, baked firecracker salmon, spicy miso glazed salmon, pan seared salmon with lemon cream sauce, chili lime salmon, but also with crunchy lemon pepper. 

    And, well, I think you get the idea!

    Creamy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce - An easy yet fancy dinner that's quick enough to prepare for weeknights and fancy enough to serve company! The lemon butter sauce is truly to-die-for! #stuffedsalmon #searedsalmon #salmonrecipes #ketorecipes #keto #ketodinner #salmonrecipes | Littlespicejar.com

    WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE STUFFED SALMON?

    • large salmon filets
    • olive oil
    • spinach artichoke dip (homemade or store-bought)
    • shredded mozzarella cheese
    • lemon juice
    • cold butter
    • minced garlic
    • red pepper flakes

    WHAT KIND OF SALMON WORKS BEST WHEN YOU’RE MAKING STUFFED SALMON?

    I suggest purchasing fresh salmon for this recipe so that we can get the salmon to sear beautifully on both sides. Frozen salmon would also work, but you would need to defrost it first, then you’d want to pat it dry entirely. Even after all of that, keep in mind that frozen salmon, unfortunately, just won’t get that same beautiful sear as fresh salmon will. So I really suggest going with fresh if you can for this recipe.

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    HOW TO MAKE THE BEST SPINACH ARTICHOKE STUFFED SALMON

    1. Make sure the salmon sits at room temperature for 15-30 minutes before starting. This is really important and keeps the salmon from shrinking and curling when you sear it! Then, brush the salmon with olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper.
    2. Start by making a slit in the thickest part of the salmon. I suggest doing this with a paring knife and very carefully cutting the salmon until you get a pocket between the two searing surfaces of the salmon.
    3. Stuffed the prepared spinach artichoke mixture into the pouch and gently use the paring knife to push the filling in further but we careful not to go through to the other side. 
    4. Heat the olive oil in a pan and gently sear the salmon for roughly 5-7 minutes per side.

    CAN I BUY READY MADE SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP OR DO I HAVE TO MAKE IT MYSELF?

    Absolutely! I love making this with leftover spinach and artichoke dip but if you don’t happen to have any on hand, feel free to grab ready-made dip! You could even use the jalapeño artichoke variety if you like that sort of thing!

    CAN I  MAKE STUFFED SALMON IN THE AIR FRYER?

    I’ve mentioned before that I don’t own an air fryer (gasp! I know, I’m probably the last person ever) but I do think that this could easily be made in the air fryer. Keep in mind that this is purely based on researched and that I haven’t tried it myself so actual cooking times may vary by a couple of minutes here or there. But I suggest air frying the salmon at 385-390ºF for roughly 6-8 minutes. You won’t need to flip the fish at all in the air fryer so be sure to place it skin side down. Also, be generous with cooking spray or brush with olive oil using a pastry brush.

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    HOW TO MAKE THE LEMON BUTTER SAUCE TO GO WITH STUFFED SALMON

    The lemon butter sauce is really easy to make, but it tastes like something you’d get in a fancy restaurant. Heres how to make it: 

    1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the lemon juice and minced garlic, allow the lemon juice to reduce to 2 tablespoons. 
    2. Add in 1 tablespoon of butter, remove the pan from heat and swirl, so the butter starts to melt. Place back on the heat for a few seconds, removed and continue to swirl until the butter completely melts. 
    3. Repeat with the remaining butter, one tablespoon of butter at a time. When butter is completely melted, remove sauce from stove; set aside for later or you can also just place it on a simmer burner on the lowest setting if you’d like to keep it warm for serving.

    DO I HAVE TO SERVE THIS WITH LEMON BUTTER SAUCE?

    Nope! If you want to go a lighter route, you can simply season the salmon with 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and a pinch of cayenne along with the salt and pepper and skip the lemon butter sauce altogether! 

    WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST SERVING WITH STUFFED SALMON?

    My roasted Brussel sprouts! But also, steamed asparagus, southern buttermilk biscuits, rosemary focaccia, cheddar mashed potatoes, instant pot mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans, steamed rice, butter egg noodles or a simple salad and pull-apart garlic bread! 

    I hope you’ll give this easy stuffed salmon recipe a go! It’s truly delicious enough to serve company!

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    Creamy Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce

    Creamy spinach artichoke stuffed salmon doused in a homemade lemon butter sauce! This summer food that’s fancy enough to serve dinner guests but takes no time at all to whip up!

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    Ingredients:

    • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil (plus more)
    • ½ cup prepared spinach artichoke dip (homemade or store-bought)
    • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 4 tablespoons EACH: lemon juice AND cold butter (cubed)
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

    Directions:

    1. PREP THE SALMON: Make sure the salmon filets have sat at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before starting. Brush the salmon filets with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a big pinch of black pepper on each of the fillets (making sure to season both sides.) 
    2. MAKE THE FILLING: place the prepared spinach artichoke dip in a bowl and combine with the shredded mozzarella cheese, set aside.
    3. STUFF IT: Using a small paring knife, cut a thin pocket in the thickest portion of the filet, taking care not to go all the way through to the other side. The slit should be large enough to easily fit a tablespoon. Take the filling and fill each of the filets with roughly 2 tablespoons of the prepared dip. If it doesn’t go in all the way, use the paring knife to help push it in without ripping through the other side.
    4. LEMON GARLIC SAUCE: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the lemon juice and minced garlic, allow the lemon juice to reduce to 2 tablespoons. Add in 1 tablespoon of butter, remove the pan from heat and swirl so the butter starts to melt. Place back on the heat for a few seconds, removed and continue to swirl until the butter completely melts. Repeat with the remaining butter, one tablespoon of butter at a time. When butter is completely melted, remove sauce from stove; set aside for later. You can also just place it on a simmer burner on the lowest setting if you’d like to keep it warm.
    5. SEAR THE SALMON: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a swish of olive oil to the skillet. Gently lower the salmon filets into the skillet and let cook for 5-7 minutes on each side. It’s difficult for me to tell you exact cooking time as this depends on the thickness of the fillet. The salmon should gently spring back when pressed with the index finger and be flakey. For best results, use a fish turner (affiliate link) to flip the fish. Brush or pour the prepared lemon garlic sauce over the salmon and serve warm with roasted brussels sprouts, steamed asparagus, or broccoli!

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    Easy Guacamole Salad

    Easy Guacamole Salad

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     Everyone’s favorite guacamole dip becomes a salad. My deconstructed guacamole salad is sure to be a hit with everyone this summer. Perfect for potlucks, parties, and summer barbecues! So yummy and so easy!

    Easy Guacamole Salad - turn everyone's favorite dip into a salad! This avocado salad is sure to be a hit with everyone at potlucks, barbecues, or parties this summer! #summersalad #guacamole #guacamolesalad #deconstructedguacamolesalad #avocadosalad #tomatoavocadosalad | Littlespicejar.com

    Guacin’ and rollin’ today!

    It’s the best day ever; my favorite dip has become a salad! This chunky, bite-sized deconstructed guacamole salad is sure to be on repeat in our house this summer. Think about it: buttery diced avocados, minced onions, generous sprinklings of cilantro, and bright, juicy tomatoes. All my favorite summer produce tossed in a bowl and served drizzled with a cumin-lime dressing.

    But also, how good would a guacamole salad be with crushed tortilla chips added in there? Or wait, even better – you can use tortilla chips as a utensil. Okay, I digress. Consider this permission for us all to eat guacamole salad as a chunky guacamole dip.

    I’m not mad about that.

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    Guacamole is an essential food group for me.

    Basically, anything with avocado is a go in my book. So one evening when I was putting dinner together and had a craving from guac (but really, when do I not) I chopped up a few avocados, plum tomatoes, through in some cilantro leaves and minced onions. That’s when I knew that what I deemed the best salad in the world was, in fact, a deconstructed guacamole salad.

    Easy Guacamole Salad - turn everyone's favorite dip into a salad! This avocado salad is sure to be a hit with everyone at potlucks, barbecues, or parties this summer! #summersalad #guacamole #guacamolesalad #deconstructedguacamolesalad #avocadosalad #tomatoavocadosalad | Littlespicejar.com

    WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE GUACAMOLE SALAD?

    • large Haas avocados
    • plum tomatoes (cherry tomatoes will work too)
    • minced red onions
    • cilantro leaves

    WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE GUACAMOLE SALAD DRESSING?

    • olive oil
    • freshly squeezed lime juice
    • ground cumin
    • garlic
    • minced or grated jalapeño or serrano pepper
    • big pinch of salt + a shake of cayenne pepper

    Easy Guacamole Salad - turn everyone's favorite dip into a salad! This avocado salad is sure to be a hit with everyone at potlucks, barbecues, or parties this summer! #summersalad #guacamole #guacamolesalad #deconstructedguacamolesalad #avocadosalad #tomatoavocadosalad | Littlespicejar.com

    HOW WE MAKE GUACAMOLE SALAD:

    1. Combine the ingredients for the salad dressing in a mason jar or a bowl with a whisk, set aside.
    2. Chop avocados and tomatoes. Mince the onions, and clean the cilantro leaves. 
    3. Add all the chopped components in a bowl and toss with the dressing. DONE.

    I’M WORRIED MY GUACAMOLE SALAD IS GOING TO BE TOO SPICY, HOW CAN I MAKE IT MILD?

    You can make my guacamole salad as mild as you like! Here are a few ways how:

    • omit the grated jalapeños or serranos
    • leave out the cayenne pepper all together
    • don’t use cayenne pepper or the grated jalapeno peppers, swap it all out for black pepper instead

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    WHAT CAN I SERVE GUACAMOLE SALAD WITH?

    • chicken carnitas
    • chicken fajitas
    • steak fajitas
    • steak fajita bowls
    • ancho chicken tacos
    • and basically with anything you’d serve guacamole with!

    OTHER WAYS TO USE AVOCADOS THIS SUMMER:

    • Mexican shrimp cocktail stuffed avocados
    • 5-minute creamy avocado dip
    • Avocado shrimp salad with citrus dressing
    • Mexican street corn salad
    • Creamy guacamole dip
    • Healthy Texas cowboy caviar
    • Black bean tomato avocado salad
    • Southwestern Egg Rolls with Avocado Cilantro Sauce
    • Street Corn Rice Salad with Avocados

    Serious question: Is it obvious I realllllly love avocados? 

    This deconstructed guacamole salad has summer 2019 written all over it. ✅

    Easy Guacamole Salad - turn everyone's favorite dip into a salad! This avocado salad is sure to be a hit with everyone at potlucks, barbecues, or parties this summer! #summersalad #guacamole #guacamolesalad #deconstructedguacamolesalad #avocadosalad #tomatoavocadosalad | Littlespicejar.com

    Easy Guacamole Salad with Cumin-Lime Dressing

    Everyone’s favorite guacamole dip becomes a salad. My deconstructed guacamole salad is sure to be a hit with everyone this summer. Perfect for potlucks, parties, and summer barbecues! So yummy and so easy!

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    Ingredients:

    Salad:

    • 3 large Haas avocados, peeled, pits removed, diced
    • 6-7 plum tomatoes, quartered
    • ⅓ cup EACH: minced red onions AND cilantro leaves

    Dressing:

    • 2 tablespoon EACH: olive oil AND lime juice
    • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 large clove garlic, grated or minced
    • ¼ jalapeno (or serrano) pepper, grated
    • pinch of salt + cayenne pepper (or black pepper to keep it mild)

    Directions:

    1. DRESSING: Add the ingredients for the dressing in a mason jar (one that has a lid) or in a bowl. Whisk the ingredients for the dressing together or screw on the lid and give it a good shake until combined. Taste and adjust salt and spice to taste!
    2. GUACAMOLE SALAD: Add the ingredients for the salad in a large bowl. Drizzle half of the prepared dressing on top and stir to combine. Taste and adjust with more dressing if desired. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

    Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

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