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Layered Taco Salad

layered taco salad

I love Mexican food and there is no other words to describe this salad but fantastic!  The salad part is just like any other salad with lettuce, tomato, olives, cheese, and avocado.  The stars of this main dish are the meat and the dressing so don’t change a thing when you make this because they are perfect as they are.  This is an easy to prepare so you will win all around.  The most time-consuming is chopping the onions, peppers, lettuce, tomatoes and cilantro.   It does make a lot.  I mean that I served 10 people and had 2 servings as leftovers.  The leftovers are still good the next day if you don’t add the dressing to the top.  I do like it with some heat so I put really  hot jalapeno peppers with seeds and all in there.  You adjust the heat to your taste.  I love serving this with some crunchy tortilla chips and homemade Pico de gallo.  Yummy!   Make this for your next get together,  serve it on your deck or patio or take it to  your friends to enjoy.  They will thank you!

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Ina’s Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Ina's roasted buttrnut squash salad

A good salad make me happy… very happy!  This is a good one.  Butternut squash has not shown itself on our menus here at our house very often.  I do house  “somewhat” of a picky eater.  I do love this butternut squash soup. It’s good enough to drink with a straw.  And this Roasted butternut squash may not make it to your table.  You can’t help but nibble on it right out of the oven!  So when I was perusing my cookbooks looking for a salad for my upcoming book club I found this perfect salad to serve with this soup.

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Homemade Parmesan Croutons

Homemade Croutons

Here is a way to amp up your next salad or soup with these wonderful homemade Parmesan Croutons.  Oh my Gosh!  Crunchy bread seasoned with Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper it’s the best ever.    I could not believe how easy they were and how good the result was.  Next time you are making  a salad try these and see what everyone says.  I can bet it is “wow these are great!”

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Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

Now after last week’s Thanksgiving feast we all need a good salad.   You need it because this salad is fabulous, easy and just what your scales ordered.  Anna introduced this particular Caesar salad to me years ago.  It’s great as a side dish or add your favorite chicken, fish, or grilled steak on top and it is a crowd pleaser.  It was one of my Thanksgiving side dishes this year.  I made homemade croutons that I will share later.  They were great, but forgot to take a picture of them alone.   Now without further ado let’s get it going –  my favorite Caesar Salad from Anna and myself to you!

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Strawberry Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette

Strawberry Salad

Here is a great summer salad that you will want to make with all the fabulous strawberries that we have now.  These flavors from strawberries, mandarin oranges, and avocados  just go together to make a fantastic combination that I would not ordinarily put together.  And the avocado in this salad  oh my! If you are looking hard to see the avocado you won’t.  I served this salad to my book club last month and in the hustle and bustle to make a photo without holding up serving the food I forgot to add the avocado.  But, don’t you leave it out thinking that it will be just as good without it.  It won’t be!  You’ll miss that buttery flavor.  Trust me.  I love this Cinnamon vinaigrette.  It is a lovely salad dressing and a snap to make.   I really cannot believe that today is July 1.  In 30 days school starts and I must get busy on my To Do list which is absolutely nothing!  Enjoy your summer.

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Greek Chicken and Barley Salad

Greek Chicken and Barley Salad

Chicken salad and Greek salad are two of my favorites.  I knew I had a winner when I saw this recipe on my Cooking Light calendar.  I was not sure if everyone in my house would love it, but to my surprise everyone did.  So here you are a quick, easy, flavorful, and healthy salad that your family will enjoy.  Don’t be leery of the barley if you have never used it before.  It is so similar to pasta  or rice in texture.  Barley is also an excellent source of soluble fiber that is good for digestion and a great source of potassium which helps to lower blood pressure.  Hope that all of you are enjoying your week.  I’m off this week for a winter break.  While some of my friends are enjoying Disney World, I’m just enjoying Villa Rica!

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Blue Cheese Dressing

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After doing as little shopping one of my favorite places to have lunch is Prime at Lenox Square.  I just love their Cobb Salad with blue cheese dressing.  I am happy to say that I have found the recipe so now all of us can enjoy it at home.  It packs a lot of flavor and you’ll find you only need a small amount so guess what – a reduction in the amount of calories.  I can go for that!  I just put together a chopped salad  including chopped romaine, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and hearts of palm.  I placed all the vegetables in a container with a top and added about a heaping teaspoon of dressing.  I put the top on it and gave it a good shake.  Oh my Gosh!  So help yourself to the greatest salad dressing and it is just a shame that it is so easy to make.

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Salad with Grilled Chicken, Apples, and Glazed Walnuts

Salad has been my lunch life for about twenty years.  That’s a long time!  Why salad?  It has been the easiest way for me to pack  fresh vegetables into my diet every day.  For as long as I have been teaching I have always packed my lunch.  My routine has been and still is even though I am finished at noon everyday is to make three salads on Sunday night which includes whatever protein is available, baked ham, roasted turkey, grilled chicken, or canned tuna.  Then on Wednesday night I make two more for the end of the week.  Making them ahead of time keeps me out of the bag of chips or from the easy  to make grilled sandwich.  So by lunch I have usually had five servings of fruits and vegetables.  So why don’t you try salad for lunch  at least a month?  Take the challenge.  You’ll be healthier and a few pounds lighter!

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Fingerling Potato Salad

I don’t think that I would have ever made this potato salad except for the fact that fingerling potatoes and leeks came in my CSA box the same week that this recipe appeared in Bon Appetit. I just couldn’t resist steering away from my old standby potato salad made with mayo. This is a very light salad and certainly a perfect side dish to any grilled meat that you might choose. I just loved the combination of potatoes and leeks plus white wine vinegar and Dijon mustard. Fingerlings that’s really a funny word for a potato. They are a heritage potato with some of the varieties over a hundred years old. They are not to be confused with new potatoes. Fingerlings are mature potatoes when harvested. These potatoes can be used in the same way as other potatoes grilled, roasted, or in salads.

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

  

Salad is my life.  For lunch most everyday of my adult life I have eaten a salad along with some protein whether it might be grilled chicken or a hard-cooked egg. I just love them!   Salads are the perfect way to include all the servings of vegetables and fruit that are needed daily. Don’t get me wrong that’s not the only reason I love them.  There’s just so many ways to make salad.  You can never get tired of them.   The downside to salads for some people is the addition of too much dressing turning a very healthy choice into a heart attack.  I made this Balsamic Vinaigrette for my students.  They loved it!

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