Category Archives: salads

grilled summer squash caprese salad with burrata and basil {vegetaraian + gluten free + keto friendly}

Happy Fall, friends! The season of cozy everything has finally arrived, although I realize that in many parts of the states it hasn’t exactly felt like fall. We’re lucky enough to have had a little mix of both fall weather and sunny days here in Seattle. We’ve had some rain (thank god!) but the temperatures have still been warm enough for grilling and late afternoon lawn games, the sun blessing us with a few more lovely rays before she tucks herself away under a cover of clouds. And since grilling weather is not completely gone, we’ve been making things like this grilled summer squash caprese salad with burrata and basil.

Grilled summer squash caprese salad made with silky burrata cheese, fresh basil, balsamic, plenty of olive oil and toasted pine nuts - so simple and so divine!

If you’ve been following NK for awhile, you’ve probably noticed that I took a bit of a break from dairy over the last year or so, with the exception of yogurt and some hard cheeses. But lately I’ve been trying to add some back in – mostly just different types of cheese (although I did buy some heavy whipping cream around my birthday to make this brown sugar pavlova – pretty much the best birthday treat of all time!)

Which led to discovering the joy of burrata cheese. And once you find the beauty in burrata it’s sort of impossible to resist the simple pleasure of tearing open that perfect little mozzarella packet of soft cheesy goodness.

Although IF you are strictly dairy free, I think you could make a pretty dang delicious salad in similar fashion by substituting some creamy avocado for the burrata. Definitely adding that to my list for next time.

Grilled summar squash and avocado caprese salad?

I think yes.

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mango chorizo taco salad bowls with green sauce {gluten free}

Well HELLO, my loves! I’m still here!

I haven’t fallen off a cliff or moved to the middle of nowhere with no internet I PROMISE.

Just took a break from blog land for a little while. But I did miss you, and I have to admit I have that guilty feeling in my stomach that I get when I haven’t called my mother in waaay too long. I know we’ve all been there. Maybe we can make it right with by sitting down with this some of these mango chorizo taco salad bowls with green sauce. Anything topped with green sauce usually makes things right.

Mango chorizo taco salad bowls with green sauce! Spicy crumbled chorizo layered over salad greens with a rainbow of veggies and all your favorite toppings.
This past two weeks gave me a chance to do something that had been missing for awhile – time to re-connect with myself, Patrick, friends, aaaand my inner wild child (<< all very important things, you know?)

Galavanting around to the soundtrack of our favorite bands was so fulfilling and just the kind of magic that I needed to feel like I had really had a SUMMER. Sitting inside every day on a computer and then going inside to work at the restaurants was starting to feel too predictable and even a little stifling.

Just the very fact of not picking up my cell phone for FIVE DAYS STRAIGHT was incredibly liberating, and really put me back in touch with the person that I am without all the filters and perfectly edited captions. I felt soooo much love surround me in the last two weeks and it was pure, raw, maybe-haven’t showered-in-a-little-too-long Nyssa, and it was so affirming and self realizing.

It sounds a little cliche, but summer festival season always fills up my heart and soul in a way that nothing else can, and this year did not disappoint. But I do have to admit that this mango chorizo taco salad bowl with green sauce is a pretty great thing to come home to, and I hope you’ll think so too.

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the essential summer salad – a guest blog post

Hey guys!! I am SUPER excited to announce that I am starting a new guest blog post series over at Bitte, a small batch and artisan children’s online store that offers clothing and toys that are unique and built to last. Run by mother and daughter duo, Maia McDonald Smith and Sara McDonald, their store and blog embody many similar values as Nyssa’s Kitchen, and I’m thrilled to be connecting with their audience. I’m also incredibly excited for you to explore their beautiful and sustainable goods – their shop is always the first place I look for gifts for little ones, and I think you’ll see why when you check them out!

The first post that I’ll be sharing on their blog is a recipe for the essential summer salad.. Continue reading for the first part of the post, and then click the link below to get the full recipe!

Ahhh Summer. The season of sun kissed shoulders, light that stretches late into the evening, and dining al fresco with meals where all you need is a simple main dish and a lovely salad to round everything out. And if you have a green thumb, it’s a salad that’s been made with freshly picked vegetables from the garden. Cue in the essential summer salad.

A salad that loves being paired with whatever’s on the menu, comes together in less than 10 minutes, and hosts a variety of nutritionally dense summer veggies that (if you have a garden) are probably going bonkers right now.

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