5 Minute Lunch – BLT Salad

Some days at home you just need a quick lunch. My favorite one to make is a BLT salad. And the secret is in the dressing. My grandma taught me to make this dressing. Not only is it easy but it’s also delicious. This salad is a weekly go-to because I typically have these leftovers in the fridge by the end of the week. It’s just enough for one. Or you could double or triple to make for more people.

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Creamy Italian Herb Cucumbers & Tomatoes

Cucumbers and tomatoes is one of our favorite summer side dishes.  It’s going to be even better when we’ve got tomatoes from our garden and maybe some cucumbers too.

This time, I decided to try PHILADELPHIA Cooking Creme as a dressing for the veggies.  It couldn’t be easier.  Just scoop some Italian Herb and Cheese Cooking Creme into the tomatoes and cucumbers and give it a stir.  So simple!

You can find quite a few recipes for cold dishes on the PHILLY Cooking Creme site, including this month’s featured recipe Creamy Asian Slaw.

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Summer Corn Salad

I have wanted to try this recipe for a long time, but somehow I just recently got around to it.  It comes from the cookbook Country Gourmet (a fantastic book that is out of print now, I think).

One of the reasons it took me so long to try it is that the recipe calls for fresh corn cut off the cob.  I’m super lazy.  I think I’ve mentioned that before.

I finally realized I could cheat with this recipe and use frozen corn instead of fresh.  I’m sure fresh would be better, but I also know I’ll be making this salad a lot more often since I can cheat with a bag from the freezer section.

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Asian Broccoli Salad

This amazing salad showed up at a church dinner.  Everyone at the table where I sat was talking about it and wondering who brought it.  Most guessed that our pastor’s wife was the cook behind this dish.  She’s a fabulous cook.  I haven’t known her for long, but I’ve heard quite a few people mention various recipes that she makes.  (I even hear she has a recipe for coffee punch. Yum!)

Sure enough, Audrey was the one who brought this salad.  I asked her for the recipe and she graciously shared it with me.  Now I’m sharing it with you.  It reminds me a lot of Hawaiian Cole Slaw, another favorite of ours.  The dressing is a little different and of course, this uses broccoli and red pepper instead of slaw mix.

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Ranch Veggie Salad

My mom served this at Christmas time.  It was so good, I made it again the next week.

It’s also super simple.  Chop veggies.  Stir in Marzetti’s ranch dip.  The end.

This salad holds up in the fridge really well for several days.  Even the tomatoes stay perky instead of doing that limp, soggy thing that cut tomatoes can do.

Here’s the recipe, but feel free to vary it for what you like and have available.  [Read more…]

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Summertime Tuna Tomato Salad

This is not your typical tuna salad.  There’s no mayo.

Instead, the tuna is served over avocado slices and topped with tomatoes, cilantro and a simple vinaigrette dressing.  The flavors are out of this world.  For complete happiness, serve it with good, crusty bread.

Oh yeah, you don’t need to turn the oven on for this dinner either.

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Cucumber and Tomato Salad

It’s cucumber season!

I can’t actually tell that from looking at our garden. We don’t have any cukes yet, but I have noticed that people have been searching “Cucumbers and Onions” a lot lately.

In case you are blessed with many cukes, here’s another delicious way to eat them.  [Read more…]

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Broccoli Tomato Tortellini Salad

broccoli tomato tortellini salad done

It’s hot outside.  Super hot and humid.

If you’re looking for a cool dinner idea, this is your recipe.

I wish I could say that I had garden fresh tomatoes for this dish, but my plants have yet to decide to really produce tomatoes.  All I have are a few small green maters that taunt and torment me because they haven’t changed in size or color for weeks.

I’m a gardening failure.  But that’s a whole ‘nuther post.  For this dish I used a couple of store bought tomatoes and grape tomatoes (tragic because this is August) and 3 delicious cherry tomatoes from my garden.

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Potato Salad

potato salad done

There must be a million and one variations of potato salad.  This is my mom’s version, which is a lot like my Grandma’s version.  The main difference is that mom adds sweet pickles to hers.  Grandma’s was full of paprika and is one of my favorite foods that she made.

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Black Bean and Corn Salsa/Salad

black bean and corn salsa done

I thought I was making a salad, but my family decided it was a salsa.  It did taste good scooped up on chips.

There must be a kachillion ways to make this dish.  I put mine together based on what I had available in the pantry.

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