Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads

This Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads Recipe is a partnered article with Fresh From Florida as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central, all opinions and recipes are my own. #FreshFromFlorida
Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads Recipe



Confession: until a couple years ago (okay, maybe last year), I thought fruit in salads was totally gross.  I know, I KNOW.  What was wrong with me?!  I'm not sure exactly what flipped the switch in my culinary tastes, but these days I just love love love fruit in my salads!  (p.s. I totally love it).

Right now in Florida (where I live!) it's blueberry season, so we're getting the most beautiful and flavorful fruits from farms that are sometimes in my own town!  The kids have been teasing me because I'm adding blueberries to absolutely everything (um, have I mentioned, they're in season and taste amazing?!).  




Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads Recipe

Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads Recipe



These salads are perfect for make ahead meals to bring on a picnic (yay, summer!) or to work, or even for prepping food ahead of time for a party.  I love putting them in mason jars, but don't worry if you don't want to shell out the cash for name brand jars - just save your old pickle and spaghetti sauce jars.  Sterilize them in some boiling water and you're good to go!  Upcycling for the win!



Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads Recipe

Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads Recipe



Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads are so crazy easy to make and super versatile.  I love (love love love) that I can make them on Sunday night and they'll stay fresh and delicious all week long.  The super secret (okay, not really secret at all) trick is putting your dressing and protein on the bottom and not letting the lettuce get wet.  So long as your lettuce stays dry, the salads will last several days.  Yay!



Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads Recipe

Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads Recipe



I'm sorry, but can we just gush over those blueberries and strawberries?  Hashtag, gorgeous.  It's fantastic that we can hothouse grow things and are able to eat healthy produce year round, but there's something really special about eating a fruit or vegetable that's in season.  And bonus points if it's grown nearby. (Hey there Florida produce!  I'm talking about you). 






This little dude kept sneaking tastes of the blueberries and strawberries for himself while I was preparing the salads.  He turns three in a few weeks (three!!!) and calls them "strawbabies" and "boobubbies" - it's basically the cutest thing ever.  


Florida has some of the best U.S. grown produce and seafood – and it’s sold right in your supermarket - not just in Florida.  You can use this Fresh From Florida shopping list (click here) to find what's in season right now. If you're not sure how or what to cook, rifle through the recipes on my site (of course) and also check out the recipes and tutorials available on the Fresh From Florida website!



Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads Recipe

Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads Recipe



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Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads, Ingredients:


  • Balsamic dressing (here's my Balsamic Dijon recipe!)
  • Walnuts, chopped
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • Blue cheese, crumbled
  • Fresh spinach and/or arugula (I like a mix of the two!)



Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads, Directions:


  1. Layer ingredients into mason jars in the order listed (begin with dressing), in the desired amounts.
  2. Seal tightly with a lid and store in the refrigerator.
  3. When you're ready to eat, check and make sure your jar is sealed tightly, then give it a good shake to distribute the dressing evenly.
  4. Eat directly from the jar, or pour into a bowl.
  5. Enjoy!





Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads Recipe

Strawberry Blueberry Balsamic Mason Jar Salads Recipe


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Summer Cocktails to Make You Forget About the Heat!

These cold and refreshing SUMMER COCKTAILS are sure to help you forget all about the heat this year!



If you follow me on social media (p.s. you should), you know that right now we're smack dab in the middle of an epic road trip from Florida to Colorado.  We're traveling in summer, so naturally expected some heat - but - but - BUT --- we've had record highs in both Oklahoma City and now Boulder.  It hit 100 degrees in Boulder, Colorado today.  ONE HUNDRED DEGREES.  And our hotel has no air conditioning.

Because Colorado doesn't hit 100 degrees.  (Except that it did.  Today.)  Uhhhhhg.  You guys.  If I didn't love Colorado so much, I'd be really miserable right now.  But let's be real.  Even in oppressive heat, there's nothing like this place.  (I love it.  Love love love).  That said.  I've been enjoying a steady stream of frozen cocktails and cold wine to help me forget our travel weather woes.  And I figure, if I'm in need of some cool refreshment, then you probably are too!

So, I gathered up some of my favorite foodie folks and we put together this list of delicious summer inspired cocktails and mocktails.  (Don't worry, you can always add vodka to the mocktails).  

White Cake Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Glaze

Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Icing Glaze are the perfect afternoon snack recipe!
White Cake Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Glaze Recipe
 This post was partnered with Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review. All recipes and opinions are my own. #sweetmeetsspicy
 
 
The thing about cake mix cookies, is they're the perfect cross between cake and cookie. I know it sounds obvious, but I just adore that they're more dense than cake, but still lighter than your average cookie.  Also.  So, easy to make.  (Soooooo easy.)  We often grab boxes of cake mix when they go on sale two for one (hello BOGO!) at our local market, then make a giant batch to stash in the freezer. 

Thai Red Curry with Shrimp


This Simple Thai Red Shrimp Curry Recipe is a partnered article with Fresh From Florida as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central, all opinions and recipes are my own. #FreshFromFlorida

Simple Thai Red Curry with Shrimp Recipe


This Thai Red Curry with Shrimp is one of my very very very favorite quicky recipes.  Heck, it's just plain one of my favorite recipes.  Bonus points for being quick.  The flavor is on point, the vegetables are crunch and yummy, the shrimp adds the perfect amount of sweetness and protein.  I just can't gush enough about this dish.  My kids even like it.  Which, I honestly can't decide whether that's good or bad since it means I have to share.  Even the two year old gets in on a bold of curry!

Slow Cooker Apple and Onion Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Apple and Onion Pulled Pork is the perfect set it and forget it recipe!  Only 10 minute of prep for a delicious home cooked dinner.

Slow Cooker Apple and Onion Pulled Pork Recipe



We are certified pulled pork lovers in my house.  For realsies.  My kids can make a pork butt disappear faster than you can ask why on earth they would name something pork butt.  My favorite way to prepare pulled pork is in the crock pot because it takes almost no effort whatsoever.  It also makes my house smell incredible.  This Slow Cooker Apple and Onion Pulled Pork was inspired by my mom serving applesauce whenever we had pork chops growing up.  And she had it right - the flavors of apples, pork, and sweet onion are just really spot on.


Cinnamon Honey Butter for Popcorn

This is a partnered campaign with JOLLY TIME Popcorn and Mom It Forward.  Mama Loves food only works with brands we love.  All recipes and opinions are my own.  #HaveAJOLLYTIME
Cinnamon Honey Butter Popcorn Recipe


Yay for sweet + salty Cinnamon Honey Butter Popcorn!  Popcorn is a favorite treat in our house.  Growing up my dad would make a bowl of popcorn every night before bed and I loved to sidle up next to him and sneak a few kernels while watching Star Trek.  While we don't do it quite so regularly in our own home - we do enjoy popcorn as a snack several times a week.  Usually it's just straight out of the microwave bag, but recently we've been jazzing things up a bit.  Occasionally I add candy melts or chocolate, and for Christmas this year my brother gifted us an air popper with an assortment of fun flavor sprinkles!  

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