Strawberry Kale Salad with Fresh Serrano Peppers, Pumpkin Seeds & Poppy Seed Dressing

An Unexpected Twist On A Simple Under-5-Minute Salad
Filed Under > 30 Minute Meals

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Lets be honest, salads can be boring.  So I’m always trying to think outside of the box to come up with salad recipes that I’ll thoroughly enjoy, but are beyond easy to make.  Enter my Strawberry Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seeds, Serrano Peppers and Poppy Seed Dressing.  

This four-ingredient Strawberry Kale Salad allowed me to get a little creative with my ingredients and almost fooled me into thinking I wasn’t actually eating a salad!  And it never hurts when the salad is this gorgeous. 

Nixing plain greens for baby kale with a touch of spinach, freshly sliced strawberries, pumpkin seeds, and fresh jalapenos for kick was the perfect combo.  The balance of flavors—sweet to spicy—and the textures—crunchy pumpkin seeds to the soft strawberries—is absolutely divine…even coming from someone who can’t always be satisfied with just a salad. I do wish I had some herbed goat cheese, that would have really made sealed the deal.

And with a salad like this one, I always love a good poppy seed dressing.  The tangy citrus flavor and thick consistency cool down the heat from the serranos, and pair perfectly with the fresh strawberries. Now I know not everyone likes heat, so in hindsight, I suggest putting the serrano peppers on the side for guests to choose if they want to add a little fire.  Since I wanted to keep this salad super simple and under-5-minutes-to-make, I opted to use this store-bought poppy seed dressing, though you can absolutely make your own!  Tell me, how do you think outside of the salad box?  Truly, MKR

P.S. Wouldn’t this make for a beautiful salad for an upcoming bridal shower?  I just love the pop of red and the fresh greens!  xo 


Strawberry Kale Salad with Fresh Jalapenos, Pumpkin Seeds & Poppy Seed Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 6 minutes

Yield: 4-6


  • 2 bags baby kale and arugula mix
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced thinly
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced or diced thinly
  • Handful of pumpkin seeds, to garnish each salad
  • Candied pecans, finely chopped (optional)
  • Herb goat cheese, molded into small crumbles (optional)
  • Dressing of choice (I used store-bought poppy seed!)


  1. Add all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Pour dressing, toss and serve!
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Fall Party Snack Mix

An easy, festive snack to share all season long
Filed Under > Entertaining

Ghost Bowl

Every year without fail the first things I pull out of my storage unit are my pumpkin and ghost bowls to fill with the easiest and tastiest fall snack mix you’ll ever make and eat.

I whip this mix up in large batch form and fill a decorative bowl full for my coffee table, bar, and I always have this on hand for whenever friends may pop by for a glass of vino or two. It pairs surprisingly well with a cheese board (just saying). And of course don’t forget to pack a ziploc or two for tailgating, send the kiddos off with a handful for their lunches, and place a few spoonfulls in a mason jar with a decorative bow to gift to neighbors. Trust me this highly addictive, snack mix will quickly become your go-to.

And like I said it’s so easy. Simply mix equal parts m&m’s (preferably the seasonal ones to stay on theme), candy corn mix, salted peanuts for crunch, and pretzels for salt and to balance out the sweet. That’s it, it’s that easy.

Enjoy, and don’t forget to tag us if you mix this up at home! Truly, MKR

Apple, Cinnamon Thyme Sangria

An easy fall cocktail you can make in batch form well before the guests arrive
Filed Under > Cocktail Hour

(As Pictured: Acrylic Pitcher / Berry & Thread Goblets / Napkins (sold out similar HERE / Board)

With cooler temps on the horizon, and having burnt through two pumpkin candles already it’s safe to say I’m officially in the fall mindset. Which along with breaking out the cozy throws, boots and sweaters means I’ll also be trading in my summer spritz with something a bit more savory. Enter my Apple Cinnamon Thyme Sangria.

Easy to make, and even easier to drink this sangria has all the flavors you crave when cooler temps hit, but also gets a fresh note from lemon and thyme and the champagne keeps it light since we know the hot weather isn’t quite done with us yet.

Like many Sangrias this one is better if everything except the champagne, sits overnight so it’s easy to make ahead of time and in large batches for guests. This Sangria gets an extra elevated feel by serving it in our favorite Berry & Thread Goblets topped with a fresh cinnamon stick.

Try it out this season, and pro tip. As the temps do keep dropping feel free to be a bit more heavy-handed with the bourbon. Enjoy! MKR

Apple Cinnamon Thyme Sangria


  1. apple juice (1 gallon)
  2. lemon slices (2-3 lemons)
  3. lemon juice (1/2 cup)
  4. prosecco / or champagne (1 bottle)
  5. bourbon (1 cup)
  6. fresh thyme
  7. cinnamon sticks
  8. apples (2-3 apples)

Mix together the apple juice/cider, lemons and lemon juices, thyme, cinnamon, apple slices, and bourbon. Let sit for at least 30 minutes, but can be made ahead and sit overnight.

Before serving add a bottle of prosecco and pour over ice. Garnish with additional fresh fruit and thyme if desired.

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