This dinner salad has a delicious mix of salty and sweet, crunchy and smooth. The salty feta and pungent pickled onions are balanced by the sweet raisins, delicata squash and balsamic dressing, while the smooth avocado contrasts with the crunchy nuts. My kids love this salad and polished off the entire tray – you never know what might happen when you serve a filling salad for dinner…!

Huevos Rancheros

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If you’re like me and prefer a savory breakfast for dinner instead of a sweet one, this is an easy and flavorful breakfast for dinner. This recipe for huevos rancheros has a base of beans and is topped with a homemade salsa, fried egg, feta and cilantro, but feel free to play around with this and use your favorite vegetables and condiments. You can add sour cream, guacamole or anything else you have on hand. (Adapted from Sunny Anderson)

Spanikopita

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Hanukah is all about the cultural battle between the Ancient Jews and Greeks, so why not serve some Greek food on Hanukah? This Spanikopita recipe is full of the usual spinach and feta, but also has lots of fresh dill and parsley to add great bright flavor. I also add some chopped broccoli which lightens up the filling a bit and add some more veggie flavor to balance out the spinach, which can otherwise be heavy. I like to make these into individual triangles, as its always to make individual sized portions that people can pick up with their hands. You can also make this in a 9 by 13 baking dish, lines with phyllo sheets on the top and bottom for a spanakopita that is more like a casserole. Both will taste delicious!

Beet Salad with Greens and Feta

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Beets and feta have become a classic pair. What I love about this beet salad is that it uses both the beets and the greens. I love being able to use a nice bunch of beets with the tops and using them both on the same dish. While you can also make this salad without the greens, try it just once with the greens – I think you’ll like it! (Adapted from Bon Apetit)
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Every once in a while I love to have a big salad for dinner. When salad is our main dish, some of the heartier eaters in my family often ask me tongue and cheek, “so, now that we’ve had our salad, what’s for dinner?” The addition of crunchy whole grain croutons and lots of feta cubes along with the many fresh veggies makes for a hearty dinner, even for the salad skeptics. This dinner salad is inspired by a recipe from the Barefoot Contessa, with a few (healthy) tweaks.