warm autumn spinach salad

warm autumn spinach salad | theclevercarrot.com

On the rare occasion, as a kid, we went to TGI Friday’s for dinner as a treat.

My mom would order the warm spinach salad and I had a chicken quesadilla (exciting!).

To this day, I distinctly remember that salad being really strange. Why on on Earth would anyone want to eat a pile of spinach with raw mushrooms and warm dressing?!

Luckily, tastebuds evolve….

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summer tomato salad with tangled herbs

summer tomato salad with tangled herbs | theclevercarrot.com

I spent the majority of the afternoon slicing red onions.

The plan was to caramelize them, but the late summer heat crept in so fast I didn’t know what to wipe away first; the tears streaming down my face or my forehead.

And then the phone rang.

It was my dad, inviting us to the beach.

At that moment, I realized caramelized anything in 800 degree weather sounded just as exciting as filing taxes.

So, I grabbed a few juicy tomatoes and made this salad to enjoy by the waves….

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greek tortellini salad

eek tortellini salad | theclevercarrot.com

Everyone needs a signature dish.

Something that’s easy and effortless, and an overall crowd pleaser. Ideally, it can be made ahead of time too, and doesn’t require a strict recipe.

This dish is exactly that.

It’s my summertime specialty which is so simple (and tasty!) you’ll make it over and over again. …

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