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Homemade Soup and Salad Recipes that are better than any restaurant

Homemade soup is a classic comfort food. We all love it, especially on chilly days. But a lot of people don’t make it at home because they think it’s too hard. That’s not true! Making flavorful soup from scratch isn’t hard, especially when you use a few shortcuts like we do. (Spoiler alert: we love to make soup in our slow cookers!) Any one of these easy soups will make your friends and family think you’re a soup master. Pair them with our fresh green salad recipes to make a light, healthy meal without a lot of work.

Crockpot Soup recipes

One of our favorite ways to make delicious soup at home is in the slow cooker. It simmers all day and creates a rich, flavorful soup without having to sit and stir a pot for hours on the stovetop. Plus the house smells amazing! Slow cooker soups are great if you’re having a bunch of people over but they’re also a great make-ahead option for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. With so many different types of soups in the slow cooker – split pea soup, butternut squash soup and even Italian Wedding Soup – you’re bound to find a new favorite.

Tip: Do you usually serve chili when the big game is on? Check out our easy Crockpot Taco Soup made with chicken. It’s a snap to make and tastes better than the soup from that famous fast casual place we always go to.

Easy Green Salad recipes

Sure, it’s easy to grab a bagged salad from the grocery store when time is tight. Bagged salad kits are super convenient but they sometimes lack in flavor. Making your own salad at home takes nearly no time and is usually healthier for you than whatever you buy at the store. We love making our own salads and salad dressings because we customize them with whatever we have on hand. Plus salads go with just about any meal so you’re never at a loss for what to serve on the side.
  • Not sure where to start? If you’re tired of the same old mixed greens salad, give our simple arugula salad a try. It’s one of our favorite green salads ever. One bite of the peppery arugula and people always ask for the recipe. They’re even more shocked when they see how simple it is to make!
  • Never made your own salad dressing before? We definitely recommend our easy spinach salad dressing. This from-scratch balsamic vinaigrette can be made in minutes and keeps for weeks in the fridge. Just give it a shake before you use it again to re-combine the dressing.

Desserts that go with soup

Add a simple dessert to your soup and salad meal. This Easy Key Lime Pie has only 5 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to bake – no pastry chef skills required!

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