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Waldorf Salad Lettuce Cups

When a long holiday weekend approaches, I’m always looking for easy lunch and dinner recipes since we end up spending most of our time out of the house, leaving little time for full-on meal making. I’ve been reading through Eating in the Middle and flagged these Waldorf Salad Lettuce Cups. The recipe calls for chicken, though, after making them last night, I think a great Vegan option would be using chopped walnuts and halved grapes instead. If you’re Vegetarian, just add Gorgonzola cheese too (what the original recipe calls for). This recipe requires some prep time to chop the veggies and mix the dressing, but it’s total about 30 minutes. Also, since the recipe calls for chilling the salad mix before serving, this is a great make-ahead meal, especially during the week – just assemble and enjoy.

Waldorf Salad Lettuce Cups

Adapted from Eating in the Middle

Serves 4


2 cups boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and chopped into small pieces (can also swap chopped walnuts and halved grapes instead)

2 celery stalks, sliced on the bias

1/4 chopped flat leaf parsley

1 pear, cored, chopped into small pieces

1 cup red cabbage, finely shredded

3 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp plus 1 tsp honey



8 butter lettuce leaves


In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt and pepper.

Add chicken, celery, parsley, pears and red cabbage to the bowl with dressing. Stir to combine. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Portion out mixture evenly into lettuce leaves and enjoy!

Mini Pan-seared Salmon Burgers

I’ve been trying to cook more fish lately and since I’m pretty particular how I like to eat it, I figured no better time to experiment with new recipes. I made these salmon burgers from Giada’s latest cookbook. While many of the recipes in the book don’t appeal to me, this one seemed so easy, I figured might as well try. Overall, it was easy to make and tasted delicious. I accidentally dropped some egg yolk in (recipe only calls for egg whites) but it still turned out great. I made small burgers, so the recipe yielded 8 instead of 4. As an added bonus, it tasted great the next day too. We used dinner rolls for buns, which was the perfect size. We also drizzled a little pareve (non-dairy) ranch dressing on top. We will definitely make these again!

Mini Pan-seared Salmon Burgers

Adapted from Happy Cooking

Yields 8 small or 4 regular size burgers


3/4 lb. salmon cut into 1-inch pieces

1 Egg white

1/2 tsp. Orange zest

1 tsp. Lemon zest

2 tbsp gluten free panko bread crumbs

1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped

4 tbsp capers

1 large shallot, chopped

1/3 tsp kosher salt

1 tbsp olive oil 


1. In a food processor combine all the ingredients except olive oil. Pulse a few times until everything is incorporated. (I pulsed it a little more to make the texture finer)

2.  Once combined, form mix into 8 small parties. 

3. Heat a medium saute pan on medium-high heat and add olive oil. 

4. Carefully place burgers in pan and cook for a few minutes on each side, until firm to the touch. 

5. Enjoy with a bun or dinner roll. Add about 1-2 tsp of pareve ranch dressing to garnish. 

Balsamic Dressing + The Ranch @ Live Oak Cookbook

I’ve recently been looking for new cookbooks and came across The Ranch at Live Oak cookbook. The recipes are totally my style. My list of “to try” recipes is quite long, so I figured I’d start with a salad dressing. This balsamic did not disappoint. Not only was it easy, I had (mostly) all the ingredients in my house. Instead of fresh orange juice, I used juice from a Sumo Tangerine – it’s what I had. (Suprisingly, one tangerine had just enough juice). Oh yah, and taste? It’s really light but still very flavorful. I used 2 tbsp on a big salad and I think 1 tbsp is good for a dinner salad. 

Recipe (from The Ranch at Live Oak Cookbook)

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar 
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice (tangerine works too)
  • 2 tbsp Dijon or stoneground mustard
  • 1 tbsp water

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl (I like to use a big measuring cup) and whisk together with a fork. 

Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.