Spring Salad with Tobys Chunky Feta

May is National Salad Month! A perfect reason to combine all of springs delicious vegetables, eat some greens and top it off with a delicious dressing. Which led me to created this crisp, filling Spring Salad with Toby’s Feta Ranch Dressing!

Toby's Chunky Feta

I was introduced to Toby’s recently and have been enjoying it since. The chunky feta is my absolute favorite. It’s rich, thick, creamy and tangy. 

I created a salad of quinoa, baby arugula, cherry tomatoes, radishes, asparagus, cucumbers, chives and the beautiful chive blossoms, almond slivers and Toby’s Chunky Feta!

tobys chunky feta

If you have access to some chive blossoms (Can be found at your local farmers market) please pick them up! They are beautiful and delicious! Also, to get your radishes to curl, place them in ice cold water with a few ice cubes and viola! 🙂

spring salad with tobys feta ranch

Another reason I love Toby’s Family Foods Chunky Feta Ranch is because the cheese is in the dressing! So there’s no need for additional cheese.. its all built in 🙂


On to the recipe:

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Spring Salad with Tobys Feta Ranch
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Serves: 6
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons toasted almond slivers
  • 2 tablespoons sliced radishes
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chive
  • 1 cup sliced English cucumber
  • 1 cup asparagus
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • ½ cup Toby's Chunky Feta Dressing
  1. Bring 6 quarts water to a rolling boil. Blanch asparagus for 2 minutes, removing from boiling water and placing directly into bowl of ice water.
  2. Pat dry and set aside.
  1. Arrange baby arugula onto a plate.
  2. Top with rolled quinoa.
  3. Arrange remaining vegetables on top of the bed of arugula and quinoa.
  4. Drizzle with Toby's Chunky Feta Dressing
  5. Enjoy 🙂


**This post is brought to you by Toby’s Family Foods. All content, ideas and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors who allow me to create and share these fun, new recipes! They help keep this blog going 🙂 

spring salad with tobys feta recipe

If you make this dish, I’d love to see! Please Tag me using #CreateAmandasPlate 🙂 <3

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Vietnamese Salad with Peanut Dressing

Today is hot. I mean close to 90 degrees hot. Yes, in April. Yes, in Seattle. Yes, global warming is real. 

I had absolutely no intention of turning my oven or stove on today, so I decided to make a large salad and call it dinner. After a weekend of eating, a salad was the right call. 

         vietnamese salad with peanut dressing 

I had picked up some beautiful vegetables and decided on a super easy peanut dressing to top off the salad. Yay for easy dinner ideas (grilled chicken would be a great addition to this 🙂

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Easy Shakshuka

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I remember watching my grandmother make labneh at home, but never thought about doing it myself (lazy millennial? Idk…)

Well, I looked up some ricotta recipes and to my surprise they were fairly simple and I had all the ingredients at home. You will need a cheesecloth (or a nut milk bag), which can be found in most grocery stores.

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Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Chickpeas

spaghetti squash

Can I get it a hip-hip-hooray for healthy yet delicious, satisfying dinners?

I’ll be the first to admit that I usually don’t by the ‘healthy substitutes’. Because in my mind, if something is good, there’s no reason to substitute.

spaghetti squash with roasted chick peas recipe, roasted chickpeas

But this is a good one! Even for me 🙂

I used Simple Truth Organic Ingredients to create this recipe! I have used their product line for a few years and was excited for the opportunity to create a recipe featuring the products.

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Disclaimer: This recipe is sponsored by Fred Meyer Stores!

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Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Chickpeas
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Serves: 2 servings
  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • ⅓ cup sundried tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups Simple Truth Organic Marinara sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
Roasted Chickpeas
  • 1 (15 oz) can of Simple Truth Organic Chickpeas
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon Spanish Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Split spaghetti squash in half and clean out the seeds.
  3. Place the two halves of squash cut side down on a baking sheet. Add one cup water to the baking sheet and roasted for 30 minutes, until tender.
  1. In a large bowl, toss chickpeas with garlic powder, black pepper, kosher salt, paprika and 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  2. Spread evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, until crunchy and slightly golden
  1. Add olive oil to a skillet with the heat on medium low.
  2. Stir in the minced garlic and sautee until fragrant and lightly browned.
  3. Add in the sun dried tomatoes and the Simple Truth Organic sauce.
  4. Add in chopped basil.
  5. Reduce heat and allow to simmer.
  1. Scrap the insides of the spaghetti squash using a fork.
  2. Add the sauce to the top of the 'noodles'
  3. Sprinkle with roasted chickpeas
  4. Enjoy 🙂


 If you make this dish, I would love to see! Use #CreateAmandasPlate to show me!

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I first learned of Crescent Foods from a friend who was raving about how delicious their chicken was. It was shortly after, that I tried Crescent Foods myself. Hussein and I were instant fans!

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I read a post someone shared on Facebook, that encouraged people to strive for realistic resolutions; such as resolving to stop being unrealistic!

So, I will strive to be

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It was a seafood risotto, that was creamy, rich and packed with layers of flavor.

I set out to make my own risotto at home and learned from none other than Chef Emeril Lagasse

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