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Thai Steak Salad with Peanut Butter Sriracha Dressing

Thai Steak Salad with Peanut Butter Sriracha Dressing

Is there anything peanut butter cannot pair well with? I am starting to think the answer is no. Ok, I guess I’m not really starting to think that cause there are probably gross pairings, but STILL. So. Many. Good. Pairings. Peanut butter & banana, peanut butter & chocolate, peanut butter & Oreo’s (praise to you Hallie and Annie), peanut butter & celery, peanut butter & Sriracha. Waiiiiiit, say whaaaaaaat? Uh huh. Peanut butter and Sriracha. I’m just recently exploring this wonderful pairing, but let me repeat to you- it is wonderful.

The sweet, the nutty and the spiciness all comes together for a party. Yes, I did just call it a party. If you are thinking I’m crazy for liking this combination- try it. It all started when I was watching the show “The Best Thing I’ve Ever Ate”. This woman on the show was saying that one of the best things she’s ever eaten was a peanut butter sriracha croissant (oh yes, don’t you all worry…. I will develop something like this). Then, I was itching for some Thai/Asian inspired foods. I FINALLY FINALLY found a restaurant with Pad Thai I like off their menu (yeah, I order the absolute most basic thing off Thai restaurant menus. I just love it so much.)

Then perusing Pinterest (you can follow me here!) I came across an Asian Steak Salad. I thought “Oh wow. I need to make my own version of that.” Now we are here! The salad is pretty basic when it comes to vegetables. I used a spinach & kale mixture for the greens. Then I topped it with some green pepper, broccoli, radishes, edamame and shaved carrot. On top of all that I put some fresh grilled strip steak. No marinade for the steak… with strips you really don’t need to marinade. Plus with this salad dressing I’ve created, you don’t need anymore flavor. You don’t want flavor overload.

If you followed that entire train of thought- you’re a trooper. So thanks for that!!!!

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So this salad is (from bottom to top)

Greens- of your choice

Veggies- of your choice

Protein/Meat- of your choice

My Peanut Butter Sriracha Dressing- find the recipe below!


Peanut Butter Sriracha Dressing


  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp Peanut Butter, creamy
  • 1/2 tsp Sriracha
  • Juice of 1/4 Lime
  • Dash of Ginger


  • Put all of your ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined thoroughly. Top it on this salad, or any dish of your choice. Enjoy!


This was enough dressing for 1 salad. My salad was a base of 2 handfuls of greens. If you are making a salad on a bigger or smaller base- you will need to half, double, tripe, etc. the recipe.

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Fall Fruit salad

Fall Fruit salad

This time of the year is the best for TV shows, I love all of the holiday specials. Modern Family always has a great episode. Not to mention the winter finale’s of Shondaland’s shows!? Say whaaaaaa? Ugh so much good TV out there. That makes for a perfect Friday after Thanksgiving. Your fat pants + hot chocolate + mass amounts of television and movies. Uhhhh yes please! Friday is always our big day to decorate the house for Christmas. I seriously love this time of the year.

Not only do we decorate for Christmas on the Friday after Thanksgiving, my brothers and I go Black Friday shopping. No, we do not wake up at the crack of dawn to get the the mall to be the first ones in line. We usually go around 3/4 pm. The mall is empty, restocked and reorganized. It is the perfect time to go. So let’s get down to business, let’s talk about this salad.

This salad is a twist on my original Autumn Salad (found here). This is a great recipe for a Thanksgiving side dish. It is super sweet and delicious. It would fit better as a dessert salad better than a side salad… but I mean, really.. who would want your dessert on a bed of Spinach? Sorry, not me. I’ll take a slice of pumpkin pie instead.

I used the Champagne Pear Vinaigrette (read about it here) for the dressing. I think a regular balsamic or a raspberry vinaigrette would work great with this too!

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Fall Fruit Salad

1 salad


  • 1 handful Spinach
  • 1/4 c. Pomegranate Seeds
  • 1/2 of a Pear, chopped
  • 1/2 c. Roasted Butternut Squash
  • 2 tbsp Dressing of Choice


  • In a bowl, place your bed on spinach down
  • Place your seeds, pear and squash on top.
  • Dress your salad and enjoy!
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Autumn Salad

Autumn Salad

As I’ve said before, I try to shop in season as much as I can. This fall salad is a perfect combination of fruits in season and arugula. If you aren’t a fan of arugula, you could easily switch that out for spinach or another green of your choice. You can make this salad for lunch, or make it for bigger groups. The recipe I have below makes a fairly large salad. You could split it between two people for a small side salad, or eat it yourself as a meal. Here’s what you need for this salad…


2-3 handfuls Arugula

1 Pear

1 Apple

1 handful Grapes

1-2 tbsp Pear Champagne Vinaigrette


-Chop your Pear, Apple, and Grapes.

-Place them in your bed of Arugula

-Dress the salad, and enjoy!
You can add toppings such as walnuts, almonds, pecans, craisins, your choice of cheese.

Sriracha Avocado Tuna Salad

Sriracha Avocado Tuna Salad

I. Love. Sriracha. I put it on almost everything. Actually, my little brother texted me this morning telling me he saw a kid wearing the Sriracha logo on his shirt. Then continued to tell me I need that shirt. I may purchase that shirt within the next couple hours, who knows. Seriously though, sriracha is great. All that aside, this has got to be one of my favorite lunches to have. It’s super simple, yet super satisfying. All you need is 2-4 ingredients, and (roughly) 7 minutes of time.


1 can Tuna

1/2 Avocado

As much or as little Sriracha as you want

Optional Ingredients

Toast or crackers- to put the salad on

Celery sticks- to dip in the salad


Put the tuna and the avocado in a bowl

Mix it together

Top with Sriracha (Ok, fiiiiiiiiiine, you can top it with another hot sauce if you want)

Mix it all up and you’ve got yourself a fulfilling lunch in no time.

You can throw it on a slice or two of toast, you can top crackers with it, or something I love doing is topping celery with it.

If you aren’t a big fan of hot sauce, I have also found Lemon Pepper or just regular cracked Black Pepper to be great toppings too.IMG_0778