The Best Salad Ever, Straight Outta (North) Carolina


The very best thing about my amazing Aunt Debbi and her wonderful husband Charles is their salad. Wait, no – I mean their salad is out of this world and they are fabulous people. Point is, it’s not a competition between them and their salad….but the salad is CRAZY-good. I haven’t pin-pointed exactly which part makes it so phenomenal, since it’s a pretty tight race between the plump tomato, the juicy peach, that ARE YOU KIDDING ME THIS IS SOOO GOOD Bolthouse Ranch Dressing, or the fact that Aunt Debbi chops it all up and tosses the finished salad with plenty of dressing. They usually make steak or fish to go with it, and I certainly appreciate both of those ideas – yums!

As always, the spin on Aunt Debbi’s salad (pun only intended if you have a salad spinner and thought that was funny) is that it’s open to interpretation! Eat what you love.

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We do love salmon, and it’s easy for us to find husband-approved (wild-caught Alaskan, the only kind the Seattle-born and raised guy will eat) salmon burgers at Costco so we grill those up in a pan for 14 minutes and voila. Super easy. I also love almonds and walnuts, and (again super healthy and) they’re delicious in this salad, so if you opt for a non-meat protein, nuts are a great way to inject some protein and healthy vitamins as well.

Aunt Debbi’s Delicious Salad


  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 1 head red or green leaf lettuce
  • 1-2 avocados
  • 1-2 peaches
  • green onions
  • handful of almonds or walnuts
  • Bolthouse Ranch Dressing
  • Steak or salmon (optional)


  1. Wash veggies, and if you’re lucky enough to own a salad spinner, give ’em a couple rounds to remove excess water.
  2. Chop avocados, peaches and green onions.
  3. Add all ingredients except dressing to a large, non-reactive bowl and cut with scissors, tossing as you go.
  4. Add dressing and toss thoroughly.
  5. Grill steak or salmon and layer on top artistically (optional) and then say “voila!”

Matt made this salad for my birthday dinner last week, and as I told him, I could honestly eat it every night. I’m obsessed and it’s so healthy! You may have noticed the lack of photo-documentation of this particular salad. I’ll be straight with you – I have not yet had the self-control to take pictures before I dive into this delicious meal. For as many times as I’ve made and eaten the salad, I think I’ve taken a total of zero photos. It’s too yummy and I get laser-focused on making it, then immediately devouring as much as I can!! Ugh. Maybe next time 🙂

Image result for huge salad

This is what I wish my kitchen looked like. This photo is actually from a blog and captured Israelis preparing to welcome soldiers home with food!

Meanwhile, check out this amazing Steak Salad Nicoise to continue the salad-love.

I hope you enjoy – send your gratitude for this amazing recipe down to North Carolina to my sweet aunt and uncle.

With love,


A Happy Wife

Happy Wife, Creative Life

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