Soups and Salads to Balance Holiday Indulging

In New Orleans the holiday season continues into Mardi Gras where food takes a central role, and it's so easy to over indulge.  If you're in need of soup and salad recipes to bring in a little balance here are some tempting recipes. They're delicious and crowd pleasing dishes to get you from one holiday season and through Mardi Gras. 

Niçoise Salad

 

I love a platter of salad that is more like a scavenger hunt.  This Nicoise Salad allows everyone to select their favorite ingredients and the easy to make vinaigrette is the most delicious drizzle for this salad.

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It's such a busy time of year, so lets turn your pantry staples into a quick and easy meal.  My White Bean and Tuna Salad is my go-to pantry staple salad and you'll love this hearty combination.

Butternut Squash Bisque

There's nothing quite like a warming bowl of soup made from fresh ingredients.  Butternut Squash Bisque is comforting and delicious on those chilly days that seem to have come so early this year.

Vidalia Onion Soup with Gruyere Croutons

Vidalia Onion Soup with Gruyere Croutons is cold weather friendly, and filled with layers of flavors. There are  gluten free and vegetarian options for this scrumptious soup.

Pozole Rojo

Pozole Rojo is a wonderful soup if you're needing to feed a crowd.  The soup can simmer for hours and your guest can add their favorite toppings to compliment this tasty dish.