Rainbow Fruit Salad, as Sweet and Delicious as Summer Itself

Rainbow Fruit Salad | thecozyapron.com

There's nothing quite like indulging in fresh fruit in the summer time, and this gussied up Rainbow Fruit Salad with Citrus-Honey Dressing and Fresh Mint is a colorful and delicious way to enjoy it! Reaching for a fresh, juicy, vibrantly colorful and wonderfully flavorful piece of fresh fruit in the summer time is about as natural for me as drinking a tall glass of water when I'm thirsty. Gorgeous fruit, with all of its amazing colors, various textures and distinctly nuanced flavors is abundantly available to ... {more please!}

Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad, Anything but Dainty

Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad | thecozyapron.com

As the weather slowly begins to warm up and the days are filled with more bright and happy sunlight, my cravings begin to gravitate towards the colorful, crisp, and fresh. And often, it's a lovely salad that fits that bill, scrumptiously. I've always been a real sucker for a good salad; I mean, I truly love them all, including even the slightly dainty, micro-green-y, leafy ones with just a sprig of this over here, and a sprig of that over there. Hey, I'm even happy to ... {more please!}

Lemon Chicken Salad, and Savoring Those Things of a More Delicate Nature

Lemon Chicken Salad | thecozyapron.com

I'll admit that I've always been a real softy. I'm the type of gal that easily cries when others cry; that gets swept up into someone's story while they're telling it; that feels things really deeply; that just wants to smother everyone whom she cares about with love; and who's heart gets broken at the thought of someone feeling ashamed, hurt, or bullied. I'm a bit of a delicate soul, and I say it proudly these days, because I wouldn't want to be any other way. ... {more please!}

Warm Roasted Sweet Potato Salad, and Remembering all the Things to be Thankful For

Warm Roasted Sweet Potato Salad | thecozyapron.com

With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, my soul begins to sense a wonderful opportunity to reflect and become filled with gratitude over all of those precious and amazing gifts that I have in my life. When we're in the midst of challenges, or when we're simply running on what seems like fumes as we navigate through all of the must-do's in our daily lives, it can be all too easy to place focus on what is uncomfortable, or what makes us stressed or overwhelmed. There never ... {more please!}

Chicken Salad with Honeycrisp Apples and Candied Walnuts, a Perfect Little Sandwich for Autumn

Honeycrisp Chicken Salad | thecozyapron.com

Finding comforting ways to use fresh, seasonal ingredients is one of my favorite things about cooking; it's a wonderful challenge! And the more simple a recipe is, the more one can really taste the flavor of those seasonal ingredients, and find the joy and simple pleasure in them. Honeycrisp apples, just as their name implies, are incredibly crisp, sweet and juicy—they embody that wonderfully fruity and earthy flavor of fall, and brighten up so very many recipes that call for the autumn-centered fruit. And they're perfect ... {more please!}

Cauliflower “Couscous” Salad, and All Of Those Tasty Little Flecks Of Flavor In Life

Cauliflower Couscous Salad | thecozyapron.com

A light, crisp and fresh salad can do a world of good for a hungry soul. It nourishes with the crunch of raw, vibrant vegetables, and offers little pops of flavor and texture through the various delicious little extra bits of nuts, legumes, fragrant herbs, and tangy dressings. The wonderful surprises found through spooning up bite after bite of a bowl of nature's goodness is a lot like the surprises one finds when taking bites out of life itself. Each day, like a precious bite, offers ... {more please!}

Kung Pao Chicken Chopped Salad; Because, Why The Heck Not?

Kung Pao Chicken Salad | thecozyapron.com

I'm not quite sure why this is, but I really get a kick out making a salad out of pretty much anything that I can. I mean, why not? Right? I totally adore a “main-meal” type of salad; so if a main-meal dish can be turned into a salad, even better—leave it to me to find a way to do just that. Take Kung Pao chicken, for example: I love that flavorfully spicy and peanut-y dish, and order it whenever we go to a favorite Chinese ... {more please!}

Summer Berry & Crispy Chicken Chopped Salad, Berry-liciously Delicious

Summer Berry and Crispy Chicken Chopped Salad

The bright-red and slate-blue little jewels of the the summer season absolutely jump out at me each and every time I pass them in the produce isle of my local market. They're so very eye-catching and beautiful, these juicy vibrant strawberries, ruby-red raspberries and plump-round blueberries that sit perched oh-so proudly there in their little baskets and clear containers wonderfully enticing me to pluck them up and bring them home—I always give in to their beckoning. Summer wouldn't be summer without these gorgeous and sweet fruits; ... {more please!}

Lemon-Basil Pasta Salad, Summer’s Cool Poetry Twirled Around My Fork

Lemon-Basil Pasta Salad

There's a divine beauty in the summer season that can be experienced through our sense of taste when we place certain vibrant flavors onto our tongues so that they may awaken our palettes. And awaken them they do! The juice of a yellow lemon is at its sharpest and cleanest when tasted in the direct glowing hue of a golden sun ray; and the flavor of fresh, delicate basil is made more fully green and freshly grassy when partnered with that particularly good and tangy friend. ... {more please!}

“Mojito” Grilled Chicken Salad, Inspired By a Refreshing & Summery Spirit

Mojito Grilled Chicken Salad

You know, I'm not much of a drinker, to tell you the truth. Every now and then, perhaps on a special occasion, or when my husband and I are looking for purposeful relaxation and are craving slowly sipping on something slightly sweet, fresh and cold while we get lost in a deep conversation, we'll have a little something-something to wet our whistles and to leisurely enjoy. And though it is fairly rare that we drink, there are times when my hubs gets into the mood to ... {more please!}

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