Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Blueberry Vinaigrette

If you came to find a staple recipe for summer entertaining, I can say with confidence that you came to the right place.

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Pete's Living Greens

I’m one of those people that actually really, truly enjoys salad, but with a catch: it needs to have texture (aka usually something crunchy), possibly something sweet (like fruit) and most likely cheese. If it has those things then I will shovel it in faster than you can say ‘starving.’ If not, I’m probably going to eat it in anyway because I know it’s healthy, but I probably won’t LOVE it, y’know what I mean?

This salad has every single element I love and the best part is the butter lettuce base. I started using Pete’s Living Greens for my salads because I swear to you they just taste BETTER. I think it’s because they’re still like, attached to the root when you buy them, so they’re fresher (and can seriously last up to 18 days which is awesome). And you know how greens from the farmer’s market always taste better than the ones from the store? YEAH. It’s like that! But if you can’t get to a farmer’s market on a Tuesday (because hello, #responsibilities), you can still get the same high-quality greens from the grocer because Pete’s gives you the actual freakin’ root of the thing and then you get to “pick the leaves” yourself. It’s actually kind of fun…

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Pete's Living Greens

So, if you’ve been assigned as the ‘salad person’ for the party you’re heading to this Memorial Day (or any day really), I can promise you that this one is going to be a crowd-pleaser. It’s mostly sweet, which is always a win for people who don’t usually like healthy things, and it’s super refreshing. The blueberry vinaigrette is one of my new favorites, too. I’m trying to figure out what else I can actually put it on, but this salad is the perfect vehicle! Plus, it’s red, white and blue, aka v festive for American holidays😉

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Pete's Living Greens

Summer Butter Lettuce Salad

1 head of butter lettuce (Pete’s Living Greens is my go-to!)

3-5 strawberries, sliced

1/4 cup blueberries

1/4 cup candied or toasted walnuts

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine. Let sit in the fridge until ready to eat, and dress just before serving.

Blueberry Vinaigrette 

1 cup fresh blueberries

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup warm water

1. In a blender, pulse together all ingredients until smooth. Pour dressing on top of salad when ready to eat and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Pete's Living Greens

If you’d like to learn more about Pete’s Living Greens head here. Aside from the fact that they honestly just taste awesome, they also use 85% less water and 70% less land to grow, which makes them more sustainable and freakin’ AWESOME.

So there ya have it!! I hope you get to make something yummy this weekend!

xo Jordan

This post is sponsored by my friends over at Pete’s Living Greens but all opinions and images are my own, as always.

Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans.

Hi friends! I hope everyone is doing well this week and soaking up the summer sun!

Dancing for Donuts | Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans

One of the things I wanted to do more of this summer was take advantage of seasonal produce. I know living in California we get super spoiled, but it doesn’t mean that our fruits and veggies aren’t even better in the warmer months! I honestly can’t think of anything better on a hot day than a cold, juicy peach. Okay maybe ice cream…but you know what I’m sayin’! Since summer also tends to lend itself to more treats (and possibly alcohol because helloooooo rosé), I’ve been using the delicious seasonal produce we have at our fingertips to motivate my healthy eating habits when I’m not indulging. Hey, life is about balance, right?

Dancing for Donuts | Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans

This salad has been one of my favorites this past week paired with a grilled steak or some chicken! I’m hoping I’m not the only one who loves fruit in their salads, because the ripe mango in this is booooooomb. I added black beans for extra staying power, but they add a nice texture, too. I think if you were trying to make this a full meal, you could add avocado and maybe some quinoa or farro! A super easy dressing (lemon + balsamic + EVOO) makes this salad so refreshing on a hot day! I definitely recommend making this salad with heirloom tomatoes – they’re the BEST and nothing beats the flavor. Arugula was also my green of choice because its bitterness goes perfectly with the mango, but you could totally do kale or spinach instead!

Dancing for Donuts | Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans

Rainbow Summer Salad

4 cups rinsed arugula

1/2 can black beans

1 ripe mango, chopped

1 cup chopped heirloom tomatoes

4-6 sweet mini peppers, chopped

1/4 red onion, halved and thinly sliced

1 juice of 1 lemon

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

sea salt to taste

1. In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients except for lemon juice, oil and vinegar.

2. In a small cup or bowl, whisk together the lemon juice olive oil, and balsamic. Drizzle over the salad an toss to coat evenly.

3. Eat immediately and enjoy! *If you’d like to make this salad ahead of time, just keep the dressing separate (in a mason jar or airtight container) and dress when ready to eat.

Dancing for Donuts | Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans

What seasonal produce are you loving lately?!

xo Jordan

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad + Maple Dijon Vinaigrette.

Hi hi hi!

Sorry I disappeared for a second there. I was trying to revel in every glorious minute of the long weekend. I don’t know about you, but I managed to stuff my face for about 4 days straight and I don’t even feel badly about it…


However! I am a firm believer in maintaining a balance during the holidays. Don’t get me wrong, indulge in those cookies and pies because it only happens once a year and life is short. All I’m saying is like, have a salad before your dessert, or hit the gym before you shovel in all those mashed potatoes. You feel me?


I made this salad as a side dish for Thanksgiving and made it again for dinner last night because it was that good. It absurdly healthy, but tastes decadent in the best ways. Plus, it’s a crowd pleaser and my family can vouch for that! With parmesan, pecans, dried cranberries, and a pear, it barely even tastes like a salad and/or brussels sprouts and also comes together in about 5 minutes. Have i convinced you yet?!

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

1 lb. brussels sprouts

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1 pear, diced

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1 large shallot, thinly sliced

  1. With a knife, cut the hard ends off the sprouts. “Shave” them by carefully slicing them as thinly as possibly (without chopping any fingers off!). Keep any outer leaves that fall off intact.

2. In a large bowl, toss together the remaining ingredients. Pour on dressing immediately and serve, or store in a container in the fridge for up to 3 days undressed.

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tbsp dijon mustard

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette

salt + pepper to taste

1.In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Whisk to combine. Pour over salad and serve immediately, or store in a mason jar in the fridge for up to 3 days.


See you again soon, friends. Have a great week!

xo Jordan

Early Autumn Salad. [+ How to Cut a Pomegranate!]

How is it Wednesday already?! How is it October 14th already?! I can’t even.

Someone said to me this week that being as busy as I am must make the time pass more quickly. I can’t decide if they’re right or wrong…but I can tell you that it makes me kind of sad that fall is flying by and that I haven’t really had the opportunity to enjoy it yet. It’s hard to even notice the seasons at all in California, but since I’m an east-coast lady I know they’re there. In an attempt to eat seasonally while being conscious of the ever-present 90 degree weather, I’ve combined the perfect amount of fall sweetness into an easy salad (no need to turn the stove or oven on in the heatwave!).

Dancing for Donuts | Early Autumn Salad. [+ How to Cut a Pomegranate!]

Wanna know something else?! I learned how to cut a pomegranate!! Guys. It’s actually really easy. And soooo much cheaper than buying just the seeds from Whole Foods or TJ’s. Trust me on this one. Here’s a quick step-by-step before I break down the salad for ya:

Dancing for Donuts | Early Autumn Salad. [+ How to Cut a Pomegranate!]

Step 1: Cut out the top in a pyramid shape.

Dancing for Donuts | Early Autumn Salad. [+ How to Cut a Pomegranate!]

Step 2: In a bowl of water, submerge the pomegranate and pull it open. Use your fingers to gently pull out the seeds.

Dancing for Donuts | Early Autumn Salad. [+ How to Cut a Pomegranate!]

Step 3: When all the seeds are removed from the flesh, drain the water and enjoy! See? Easy, right?

Early Autumn Salad

2 cups arugula

1/2 large ripe pear, diced

2 small beets or 1 large beet, diced

2 tbsp. dried cranberries

2 tbsp. candied walnuts

2 tbsp. crumbled goat cheese

seeds from 1/2 pomegranate (~1/8 cup)

2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar or your favorite semi-sweet dressing

  1.   In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and toss to combine. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and toss again. Serve immediately!

*Feel free to add quinoa and/or chicken for protein! I do 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Early Autumn Salad. [+ How to Cut a Pomegranate!]

Be back soon, y’all.

xo Jordan

Sesame-Ginger Detox Salad.

Hi there!

Is anyone else having the craziest week of life? I finally know what it means to be too busy to eat a meal, and I never thought I would say that. Ever. And, while I do love my protein bars and whole fruit to go on busy days, it’s getting a little ridiculous. Not to mention that fall baking season is upon us…I’m so screwed.

Dancing for Donuts | Sesame-Ginger Detox Salad.

Today I’m making a promise to myself to eat one salad each and every day, and I started by making one of my favorites of all time. There’s minimal chopping involved and the homemade dressing comes together in about 5 seconds flat. Nutrient and protein packed with a hint of spice and mild asian flavors, I can’t imagine there’s a single person that wouldn’t eat a massive bowl of this on the daily.

Dancing for Donuts | Sesame-Ginger Detox Salad.

Sesame-Ginger Detox Salad

(based on this recipe)

For the dressing:

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp ground ginger

sea salt to taste

For the salad:

3 cups torn kale

1/2 cup edamame (I buy the frozen kind & don’t even defrost it)

3/4 cup broccoli florets

1/2 cup sugar snap peas (chopped in half, or whole)

1 avocado, sliced

  1. In a mason jar or tupperware, combine the ingredients for the dressing (I like to make a double batch and keep it in the fridge!). Cap the jar and shake until well combined.

2. In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients for the salad.

3. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Top with another sprinkle of sea salt. Enjoy!

Dancing for Donuts | Sesame-Ginger Detox Salad.

Have a great day, y’all!

xo Jordan

NorCal Re-cap (Or The Weekend I Ate Like A Queen).

Well hello there!

I’ve been playing catch-up all week, but I’m finally back to bring you guys a re-cap of my awesome weekend up in Northern California with my parents. I met them up in San Francisco last Thursday, where we squeezed in a bit of sight-seeing!

Dancing for Donuts | NorCal Re-Cap

The next day we took a drive to Sonoma, where we went to two different wine-tastings and enjoyed lunch. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to.

Dancing for Donuts | NorCal Re-Cap

We also got to take a pretty detailed tour of the first winery, Ramsgate, with its owner where we learned about how they make their wine of the highest quality. Almost everything there is done completely by hand and tested frequently so that the final product is wine that is out of this world. We tasted their brut, chardonnay (my personal favorite, I think!), pinot noir, and malbec. They also offered a tasting menu with dishes that are specially paired to match the wines and bring out the best flavors in both.

Dancing for Donuts | NorCal Re-Cap

It was such an incredible experience, I seriously felt like a princess. I definitely want to experiment more with wine pairings in my cooking now!

Dancing for Donuts | NorCal Re-Cap

The next day we made our way over to Half Moon Bay on the Northern California coast. I’ve never been up there before, but had always wanted to, and it was so unbelievably beautiful.

Dancing for Donuts | NorCal Re-Cap

There was an immediate feeling of tranquility driving along the coast and though Southern California is also gorgeous, the views are just…different. I fell in love with it right away. When we got to our hotel, the Ritz Carlton (I know, spoiled, right?), we had a light lunch before exploring the private beach.

Dancing for Donuts | NorCal Re-Cap

I don’t know why, but I think there’s something so beautiful about rocks and cliffs by the ocean. Maybe it’s because we didn’t have any on the east coast? I think it just makes it look even more secluded and organic. It’s not overrun or dirty, like some other beaches I’ve been to. It’s just peaceful and perfect! Can you tell I didn’t want to leave?!

Dancing for Donuts | NorCal Re-Cap

Dinner was at Sam’s Chowder House, a locals’ favorite. We decided to eat outside at the bar with a glass of prosecco and a view. We even caught a beach wedding!

Dancing for Donuts | NorCal Re-Cap

That ridiculously beautiful dish up there is the paella for two that I shared with my mom. It was full of fresh seafood, some of the best I’ve tasted in ages, including scallops, clams, mussels, shrimp and calamari. The peas were delicious too, which is something I never really thought I’d say. I need to re-create this dish at home!

Dancing for Donuts | NorCal Re-Cap

Dinner was followed by s’mores out by the fire pits at the hotel! Can’t beat that view. And we had so much fun making them, everyone else outside was definitely jealous!

Dancing for Donuts | NorCal Re-Cap

Nothing screams summer like s’mores on the beach at sunset 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | NorCal Re-Cap

The next day we slept in and enjoyed a healthy brunch before our workout. And when I say healthy, I’m entirely omitting the part where I grabbed a chocolate croissant, proceeded to cover it in peanut butter, and then shoveled in that + half of my mom’s sticky bun. WHAT?! Shh…

Dancing for Donuts | NorCal Re-Cap

After a few hours laying on the beach and soaking up the sun (we definitely lucked out with the weather), we packed up our things. Since we had to drive a ways back to the airport, we decided to have an early dinner. Guess where…

Dancing for Donuts | NorCal Re-Cap

Yep, that would be the famous Lobster Roll from Sam’s. We had such amazing food there the night before that we had to try more! This roll did not disappoint – it was just a ton of fresh lobster, sautéed in butter and lemon, inside a buttered sourdough roll. Those fries were a total splurge, but when I saw that they were topped with Old Bay, I couldn’t resist. Even the coleslaw was good and I don’t like coleslaw!

Dancing for Donuts | NorCal Re-Cap

It was such a perfect weekend, just thinking about it makes me happy! After treating myself one too many times though, I definitely feel like I need to get back on track this week. I have some healthy recipes on deck for you guys. Be back soon!

xo Jordan

Superfood Broccoli Slaw.

Guys. I know that sometimes eating salad everyday can seem like a real pain in the a$$, but I may have solved your problem…

After indulging slightly too much over the holiday weekend (and frankly, continuing to do so because ice cream), I decided I needed to show my body a little love. Inspired by this recipe, I created a salad that is absolutely stuffed with good-for-you, fresh ingredients and a perfectly summery, citrus dressing. Plus, this makes a huge batch so you can keep it for leftovers and make eating healthy even easier throughout the week.

Dancing for Donuts | Superfood Broccoli Slaw.

Superfood Broccoli Slaw

for the dressing:

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 lemon, juiced

2 tablespoons mustard (i used dijon)

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1/2 tbsp. honey

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

for the slaw:

1 head of broccoli, stems trimmed

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 cup slivered almonds or sunflower seeds

1/4 cup parmesan or asiago cheese (for serving)

1 cup torn kale (for serving)

1. In a pan over medium heat, toast the slivered almonds for about 5 minutes or until fragrant.

2. While the almonds are toasting, cut the broccoli into manageable pieces to place in a food processor. Pulse once or twice until pieces are broken down, but not pulverized. Transfer to a large bowl.

3. In a measuring cup, combine all the ingredients for the dressing and whisk until combined.

4. Pour the dressing over the broccoli. Add the toasted almonds and quinoa and toss to coat.

5. To store, cover slaw and keep in the fridge for up to 2 days. To serve immediately, toss 1 cup of the slow with 1 cup of torn kale. Top with parmesan cheese. Bon appetit!

Dancing for Donuts | Superfood Broccoli Slaw.

Be back soon! Have a great weekend 🙂 xo Jord

Pea & Artichoke Kale Salad (With Lemon-Mustard Dressing).

In the wake of all this pea-guacamole madness (which i will absolutely be making soon, by the way), I was inspired to incorporate peas into my lunch!

Dancing for Donuts | Artichoke & Pea Kale Salad (With Lemon-Mustard Dressing)

This salad is light, refreshing, and packed with crazy-good-for-you ingredients. Massaging the kale with the citrus dressing also gives this meal the perfect summery taste. I think I found my new go-to meal this season!

Pea & Artichoke Kale Salad (With Lemon-Mustard Dressing)

1 cup torn kale

1/4 cup cooked quinoa

5-10 cherry tomatoes

1/4 cup peas (fresh or frozen)

1/3 avocado, sliced

2-3 artichoke hearts

2 tbsp. chopped red onion

1/4 cup chickpeas

For the Dressing:

1/2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 lemon, juiced

1 tbsp. horseradish mustard (or your favorite!)

1. In a bowl, whisk the ingredients for the dressing together. Add the kale and toss until well-coated. Let sit for 15 minutes (a good time to chop the veggies!).

2. Once the kale is done marinating, add the rest of the ingredients and toss. Add sea salt to taste, if desired. Dig in!

Dancing for Donuts | Artichoke & Pea Kale Salad (With Lemon-Mustard Dressing)

Enjoy your 4th of July weekends, y’all!!! 🙂

xo Jordan

5-Minute Salad (With Homemade Dressing).

Y’all already know that I’m the queen of quick meals, but this one probably takes the cake. By throwing together a few things you already have in your pantry, a simple whisk here and a couple chops there, you’ll have yourself a filling, delicious and healthy salad. Plus, who really wants to slave over a hot stove when it’s 95 degrees? Not this girl.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Minute Salad (With Homemade Dressing)

 The protein on this particularly salad is a chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s (Garlic & Herb is my new favorite), but you can really use anything from sliced turkey or grilled chicken. The salad dressing is also customizable to taste, as are most things on things on this blog, so feel free to experiment with other flavors and spices!

5-Minute Salad (With Homemade Dressing)

1/4 cup chickpeas

1-2 cups greens (I used Cruciferous Crunch from TJ’s)

5-10 cherry tomatoes cut in halves

1/2 sliced avocado

1 thin slice of red onion

1 chicken sausage cut into 1/2 inch slices

For Dressing:

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tbsp. horseradish mustard

1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a salad bowl. Add greens and mix until combined.

2. Microwave sliced chicken sausage for ~45 seconds in a separate small bowl.

3. Add all other ingredients to the greens and dressing, including sausage. Toss well.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Minute Salad (With Homemade Dressing)

Enjoy it al fresco to soak up the sun 😉