Mandarin Kale Salad

Mandarin Kale Salad // Erin Skinner of The Speckled Palate for My Cooking Spot

Kale and I have a history of misunderstandings.

In fact, it wasn’t until we moved to Dallas that I cooked kale at home. I’d tried kale at restaurants, and it wasn’t my favorite, so I never attempted to make it on my own… and then we joined a CSA.

With our CSA that fall and winter, we received bunches upon bunches of collards, mustard greens and kale. I, obviously, had no idea what to do with them, but that quickly changed since we had so many that needed to be consumed.

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Sweet and Savory Salmon


During the winter my husband and I love to eat our fill of stews and soups. Made with homemade bone broth to keep us healthy and because a warm bowl of stew is just so comforting to eat alongside a fire on a chilly winter night. We like to mix in some lighter meals to balance it out and this week I was craving the lightness of a salad. We baked this salmon, flaked it with a fork and mixed it in with some greens, cherry tomatoes, blueberries and homemade vinaigrette. A super simple dinner that we absolutely savored.

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Marinated Vegetable Antipasti Salad & Daily Gift Basket Giveaway!

Thanks to Mezzetta for sponsoring today’s discussion. All opinions, recipe and photos are my own.


We have a recipe tradition at my mom’s house. Every year for at least the last 15 years, she makes this dish at Christmas time. It was made as a random side dish and it was loved so much, that my mom has made it every year since. I even have friends request the dish by name and she will even make it for them when they come to visit during the year.

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad

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Brussels Sprouts are a rockstar veggie. I am a huge fan of them. But not so long ago, brussels sprouts weren’t welcomed on my plate with open arms.

I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover a veggie by its smell, but it’s hard not to. Boiled brussels sprouts smell like old shoes in my opinion, and that’s just wrong.

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