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With a summer of road trips ahead on my book tour, I’m gathering ideas for recipes and snacks that are ideal for travel. The Eating Well on the Road series is one of my favorites – perhaps because the anticipation and joy of travel is built into planning snacks and meals for the road. Thinking […]


  • Allyn - I tend to make our granola ( and I was intending to make a big batch for an upcoming 11 hour flight (yikes!), but these seem like such a less messy alternative. They look so good!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Delicious! These look like the perfect thing to have on hand when you’re not sure what quality coffee the road will present…ReplyCancel

  • Yummy - I really love it :) ReplyCancel

  • J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats - Using cherries instead of raisins, flaked coconut instead of shredded and adding crystallized ginger to boot…I think I’m in love ;)ReplyCancel

  • Megan Gordon - Yeah, girl! That book tour line up is looking good (insert “pound it” emoji here). So happy for you and so in love with the book (there is a fruit crisp in my future this evening). Also: these are right up my alley. Love their versatility and adaptability — and they’ll be a lifesaver on book tour. I was a trail mix machine…I have a feeling, these would’ve been a smarter choice :) xoxReplyCancel

  • millie l add a little - These look delicious – especially with the addition of almond butter!ReplyCancel

  • Alanna - These sound so delicious what with the cherries and nibs. So excited for the book!ReplyCancel

  • kickpleat - What a very cool sounding book – I love your travel bite ideas! Also, how exciting….good luck with your book tour!ReplyCancel

  • Our Food Stories - looks SO good!! love it!

  • Lindsey - So super happy for you, Kimberley! I’m sure this is such an exhilarating time! Congrats, and can’t wait to get my copy next week!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I have a ton of road trips ahead of me too, These are perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Five O'clock Shallots - Congrats! Sounds like it’s a wonderful experience! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - I love your Eating Well on the Road series so much – it’s always so inspiring, especially when I have a few weeks of travel ahead of me. These sound perfect and I’m always super keen to add ginger to my travel snacks for all the benefits that it has. I hope you manage to enjoy the craziness of the next couple of weeks! xoReplyCancel

  • shanna mallon - So happy for and proud of you! High fives and big hugs from Nashville! xx -sReplyCancel

  • Jill Chapman - Hi Kimberley!
    I’m a BIG fan of your blog and recipes. I recently started my own blog (last week!) and I tested this recipe and posted my results! I’d love to hear what you think and any advice you may have.

    Can’t wait for your cookbook!


  • Ami@NaiveCookCooks - Kimberley, it’s all praises for your cookbook! Way to go girl! I am waiting to buy mine SOON!ReplyCancel

  • kristie @ - These looks so delicious! I must add them to my back country snack recipe list. And congratulations on the book! I can’t wait for my copy.ReplyCancel

  • Pearl - These look fantastic. I just managed to get a camp ground reservation in Northern Ca and will have to give these a whirl. Hope to make it to Omnivore’s Books to buy your BOOK!ReplyCancel

  • Sonja {Dagmar's Kitchen} - Oh, so excited to try this! Perhaps my kids will like these better than the usual fruit/cacao balls I make… Looks and sounds terrific!ReplyCancel

  • PassTheKnife - These look delicious and energizing. Excited the give them a try!ReplyCancel

  • Gaby - What a good to go snack…send some this way!!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - So many of my favorite ingredients in one recipe! YumReplyCancel

  • Lauren - We go camping almost every weekend (spoiled, I know) and these would be great! A healthy treat with lots of flavor and some protein to boot. Perfect for around a campfire after a long hike. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • adrian @ the food gays - these look fantastic! and full of such wholesome, good for you things. i’m going to raid my pantry and make these this week.ReplyCancel

  • Eliza - Kimberly, fantastic idea, bites on the road. Creative photos mmm. ElizaReplyCancel

  • Chloe - This recipe looks delicious, but when I baked them it turned out extremely crumbly. Do you have any suggestions?ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - Hi Chloe,

      I’m sorry that you had trouble with these. I think the problem is that you baked them. They’re not meant to be baked; just cooled to room temp, pressed tightly into balls, and chilled. They can tend to be a little crumbly in hotter climates, which I noted in the recipe. If it’s really hot where you live, perhaps that affected them as well.ReplyCancel

  • jennifer - very healthy and amazing. i have to try this soon :)ReplyCancel

  • MJ - totally love the flavor of these but trying to make them into balls was sad sight…could be because it’s pretty hot here in LA today. but i pressed them into an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper and hoping that will make them more managable to consume though i’d be happy just to stick a spoon into the pan and go from there :) sad i missed you at vromans, 10 minutes from my place!ReplyCancel

  • Blake Holman - This is the best treat! I will be bringing this to the office and make my day a happier one! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Linda@OnPleasurefulPastry - Seems like a flavor bomb! I love almost anything with cherries, particularly red tart; however, I ran across a cherry grower I love at Portland Farmers Market. Cherry Country, Bought a dried Bing/Royal Ann/Tart cherries melange that’s fantastic. No additives, sulfites, oils, sugar. I sound like an advertisement.

    Anyway, great work!ReplyCancel

  • ellie | fit for the soul - I don’t know why, but I’m particularly digging these photos! They make me feel like I’m right there hangin’ out together :)ReplyCancel

  • Avianti Jewelry - This looks amazing! Definitely going to save this!ReplyCancel

  • Foodivine - Cherry Ginger Cacao Granola Bites, this name alone is quite appetizing.ReplyCancel

Summer’s on the horizon. A couple weeks ago we had a pretty terrific heat wave, and I made this, and it was perfect. Rhubarb’s wonderful, tart flavor is front and center here. I love how chia seeds add a little texture and substance to the winning combo of strawberries and rhubarb. This is a variation […]


  • Baby June - That looks absolutely divine! I love the vibrant colors, I shall try this sometime this season.ReplyCancel

  • Christina @ but i'm hungry - For some reason, this reminds me of my grandma’s rote grotze… Have you ever heard of it? It’s a German thing- currants or raspberries made into a pudding with tapioca. YUM. Same sweet/tart combo and similar texture. I’d love to try this!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - This pudding sounds perfect!! Love that flavour!ReplyCancel

  • Elenore Bendel Zahn - Whaaawawiwa! You won’t believe this but I made this exact chia pudding yesterday down to the very last ingredient (for this weeks post on Earthsprout)! Ok I admit it’s not like strawberries+rhubarb is a foreign concept but isn’t is amazing how the universe works?! ah well, so I already know this bowl tastes amazing! If you’re looking for more ways to get through the heat I made ice cream popsicles of the combo :)

    Best of luck on your Vibrant tour!


  • Kathryn - Sometimes, I see a recipe that I just know I’m going to need to make and this is one of them. I can’t wait to have this for my breakfast one day very soon. (And that colour!!)ReplyCancel

  • Dice O'clock Shallots - I haven’t ever cooked with chia seeds. This
    Looks like a great start. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen - I can’t decide if I’m in chia pudding heaven or rhubarb heaven! Two of my favorite things in one perfect dessert…..I’m loving the heck out of this (and your beautiful photos)!!ReplyCancel

  • Grace - Beautiful! I made a very similar chia pudding last week for breakfast. Paired it with a coconut cardamom spiced millet/buckwheat combo. These quick chia jams are perfect for abundant spring/summer fruit.ReplyCancel

  • J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats - Have seen lots of chia pudding recipes but never one that doesn’t have a milk/creamy base. This is would be like eating super fresh jam :)ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Duvall - Do the chia seeds sprout in your tummy? That would make it even more interesting.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - This is perfect. Absolutely perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Alanna - This looks delicious, Kimberly! Brilliant to thicken the compote with chia seed. Looking forward to more!ReplyCancel

  • Rok Jurca (ROKCO) - This looks so nice. I love the idea with chia seeds. Thank you for shareing this lovely recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Dan - Looks great and I bet it’s yammy :) will definitely try this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Sequoia Vennari - Stunning! And looks so delicious! Can’t wait for you book to arrive! <3ReplyCancel

  • More Than Red - Looks perfect! Such a beautiful rich color! Perfectly red!ReplyCancel

  • More Than red - Looks perfect!Such a beautiful rich color! Perfectly red!ReplyCancel

  • Vera - I bought some chia seeds at the health food store but have not yet figured out what to do with them. We have rhubarb and strawberries from the garden right now, so this is a great idea – thank you!ReplyCancel

  • la domestique - Just looking at this shockingly pink pudding makes me happy. Can’t wait to try it!ReplyCancel

  • Codrut Turcanu - I like chia, and I’d say it’s very delicious

    Not sure if I can find RHUBARB here where I live, maybe there’s an alternative you could recommend that goes with your recipe?ReplyCancel

  • Sonja {Dagmar's Kitchen} - Hi Kimberley! I found your blog a couple weeks ago when your book suddenly popped up everywhere on my IG-feed. Love everything in here and this rhubarb pudding instantly caught my eye. A must try – very soon! I also just ordered your book and can’t wait to flip through it – it looks stunning. //SonjaReplyCancel

  • Valerie - This pudding looks absolutely delicious! I love rhubarb and strawberries but I never tried a combination of these two. I’ll definitely go to the grocery store this afternoon and try the recipe this evening:) Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Georgie V. - Last Sunday was a treat, thanks from both my hubby and myself…

    I did add a little twist of using chunky nuts mixture I use to sprinkle on most of the desserts I make…

    thanks for making the world richer with this delicious thing :)ReplyCancel

  • Jason - Wow. The colors of this dish are amazing. :-) I’ve got some frozen rhubarb that will be perfect for this. I think I might try it with coconut milk instead of water though. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - They look great! Hope I was trying to eat it,
    This looks like a great start. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

Years ago, someone anonymously posted a funny, slightly inappropriate comment on my blog, jokingly asking what one might do with wilted lettuce, among other things. I deleted the comment (which I kinda regret), and while wilted lettuce and grilled lettuce aren’t really the same thing, I’ve always associated them, perhaps because grilling lettuce wilts it? […]


  • Nicole - I’ve always wanted to make grilled caesar salad at home! Can’t wait to make this. I think I sing along my loudest to Huey Lewis and the News. If This Is It, Power of Love, Do You Believe in Love? Classics :)ReplyCancel

  • Annaliese - Caesar salad has been my favorite food since I was five. Excited to try your recipe!! Have a great time on the book tour, I will try to catch you at some point!ReplyCancel

  • Steven McGuire - Wow, this salad looks really awesome. It is so fresh, healthy and delicious at the same time. I am sure it will as good as the original caesar salad. i can’t wait to try this one. ReplyCancel

  • Five o'clock shallots - (I will deny this if ever quoted) but anything Britney, and especially If You Seek Amy gets me going. Great post. Sounds like awesome summer.ReplyCancel

  • Kari - So hard to decide… does HWY 101 count? I have to say a stop in Bodega Bay for some green grass meets the seas hikes.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - I love love love grilled caesar salad. It almost tastes like meat, I swear it. Thanks for the recipe and inspiration! I want that cookbook. It caught my eye while I was perusing the latest issue of Sunset. AND I want to share a splendid destination for you while you’re in Seattle. An easy hike (a walk really), but beautiful: Denny Creek. A totally flat walk along a raging ice cold creek that ends at a huge waterfall. It’s about 1.5 hours outside of Seattle, but a not-bad stretch of I-5. The hike takes an hour or so each way. If it’s warm here when you visit in July (and I goddamn hope it is), wear a bathing suit and bring along a bottle of wine. Big congratulations on your book! I hope you have a great tour – I’m looking forward to the Book Larder event here in Seattle.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - I’m excited to see what west coast hikes/swimming holes/etc people suggest! For me, a hike near Lake Berryessa followed by a trip to Berryessa Brewing is becoming a welcome tradition.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I don’t know if this will be my anthem, but it was the first thing I thought of: Party in the USA.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - My favorite spot on I-5, between LA and the Bay is Tita’s Pupuseria Truck ( Delicious, giant pupusas hidden in a sea of fast food spots and gas station convenience stores.ReplyCancel

  • CINDY OWINGS - Love the idea of grilling lettuce! Going to put that on my summer list (if summer ever arrives here in Montana…snow this morning)! Great news on your book. Summer songs? I turn to my trusty little book “Campfire Songs’ chock full of old tunes that dyed-in-the-wool campers know. When I play “Where oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone’ on my melodica, all 3 of our wild dogs set to howling! Pretty hysterical!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - That sounds like a wonderful to-do list for summer- it is making me excited for the warmer weather and what I am looking forward to/ planning, as well. I like Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” (not sure if that is the correct title…). It is upbeat and reminds me of being young and carefree.ReplyCancel

  • Leah - Summer anthems change year to year, but Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow will forever hold a special place in my summer music memoryReplyCancel

  • sahar - not gonna lie – our favorite place in the summer is the marymoor off leash dog park in redmond, our puppy can’t get enough of it!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn!! - bon Jovi, always. Great for belting out while on a road trip! If you are the passenger, get some hair tossing in! I also love hiking in big sur and refueling at the big sur bakery with a baked good.ReplyCancel

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health - lovely salad, i dont eat grilled greens often but this is tempting me. that cookbook sounds lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Heather S - My favorite is Fort Worden beach in the summer!ReplyCancel

  • la domestique - I’m a fan of grilled lettuce and this Caesar salad looks soooo good. Today I was sitting in a coffee shop in Dublin and it was all music from the 1990’s– I felt like a kid again, it was great! Growing up in Arkansas, summer was all about driving the highway, windows rolled down, singing along with the radio.ReplyCancel

  • sue obryan - Grilled really is the best! Now I grill Radicchio, Endive, Frisee too because of the wonderful flavor it imparts, and besides it’s easier to eat then stabbing at the raw greens and the grilled greens sop up the dressings better!!!ReplyCancel

  • J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats - Had a super crispy char grilled romaine salad at Rose’s Luxury in DC and it was amazing. I would add avocados to this caeser recipe :)ReplyCancel

  • Madeline - The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” has got to be one the ultimate summer anthem albums!ReplyCancel

  • jamie - Big & Cheesy :: Taste the summer? Duran Duran
    Appropriate on so many levels. The whole album in anthemic and big and super cheesy. I love it.

    Spot :: The big wide open of Summer Lake Hot Springs, SE Oregon. Avoid near burning man time unless you want to be with lots of burners.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Knuckey - Would love your book…. and favorite CA summer place on a Friday evening after a long week at work is the Lagunitas brewery beer garden, with some live R&B, excellent beer, sunshine. A good way to unwind in Petaluma before heading South to San Fancisco or north to wine country.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - Summer Anthem- gotta be anything by the Beach Boys.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Gorgeous salad! Very excited for the release of your book! Also, your west coast summer road trip sounds absolutely divine. Since living in SF, my summer anthem has been ‘Follow the Sun’ by Xavier Rudd. Certainly, it’s the only way to survive the SF summers.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I wouldn’t call this cheesy, but I love waka waka in the summertime. Thanks for the give away!!ReplyCancel

  • Irina @ wandercrush - Gotta love the tongue-and-cheek comments. Way to prove them wrong (right?), too! I remember being skeptical about grilled romaine, but tried it and realised that the grill is truly a magical thing. Will add anchovies in the equation next time :)ReplyCancel

  • Maschera - This is the most testy Salad in the world. I taken many times. I think i will get more good recipe like that.

    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Gorgeous salad, can’t wait to get your book! Music always gets me going, and “bubble gum” pop music has a special place in my heart too:) “Not a Bad Thing” by Justin Timberlake is a favorite:)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Calvin Harris ft Kelis: “Bounce”. I love that song and it reminds me of driving to Vegas which reminds me of summer. Really fun song!ReplyCancel

  • Carolsue - Whenever we are in the area, we go swimming at Pyramid Lake, which is located along Interstate I-5, about 20 miles north of Magic Mountain Amusement Park in Valencia California. Love it there!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} NetReplyCancel

  • Jessica - I am a Midwesterner so I can’t comment on a favorite West Coast spot, but I do live less than a ten minute walk from the lake, and I love to grill at the beach. I am definitely making a grilled caesar salad this summer while listening to Neko Case’s newest album (Just saw her live last night-amazing!).ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - This looks delicious, wow! Two of my most memorable road trip songs are “Graceland” by Paul Simon and “The Way It Is” by Bruce Hornsby and the Range…from my Dad’s mixed tapes in the 1980s :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) - There is nothing better than grilled Caesar salad!!! It is the BEST.ReplyCancel

  • Sini | my blue&white kitchen - Oh Kimberley, a summer with a BOOK TOUR sounds amazing! Hope you’ll share those moments with us as well (at least on Instagram!). This salad looks fabulous! Can’t wait to make this at our summer house. Summer anthem? There really is just one answer: the Beach Boys.ReplyCancel

  • Gaby - Cougar/Terwilliger Hotsprings in Eugene, Oregon! Eugene also has beautiful community edible gardens and the ninkasi brewery. Much recommended.ReplyCancel

  • Heather | Heather Christo - Grilled caesar salads are the best! Great dressing recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Alex - OK, I’m constantly saying that I’m not a salad person, but this looks absolutely incredible! I love the fact that you grilled the lettuce to give it some flavor instead of just tossing it into a bowl. I can’t wait to try out this recipe and try to make it vegan friendly!ReplyCancel

  • Alanna - I was just ogling a recipe for this very thing in Sunset magazine last weekend – I’m enthralled! Love these beautiful photos, and all of these suggestions have me craving summer. I’m a huge fan of sipping a pint on the deck of the Tourist Club in Muir Woods on a sunny Sunday.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Anyone catch the episode of Kitchen Nightmares a few years back when Chef Ramsey pretty much calls a restaurant every name in the book because they serve a Grilled Cesar?? … I LMAO every time seeing how trendy it has become (I mean, I laugh at Ramsey, NOT the salad)ReplyCancel

  • Piyaye - Nice pics… YummyReplyCancel

  • Monika - what a lovely twist! I’ll try that for sure in my backyard cement garden ;) And here goes a song from me Symmer Sun by Koop remixed by Marcus Enochson – I’m sure you’re going to love it (

  • Miachel | spiced curiosity - Summer Anthem: Love Interruption

    Craving some “wilted” Caesar salad. :)ReplyCancel

  • isabelle - We love the tide pools near Cannon Beach, pretty standard. We love going up to Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island, perhaps too far off the I5 corridor? We don’t find the WA coast to be very swim-friendly, so for swimming we go to lakes and rivers.ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - If you like blogs about food and foodie books then come check out my blog @! Keep in mind that I am a new blogger and it is for school :) Thanks!ReplyCancel