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.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

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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

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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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Tropical Salad

This salad was perfect with the Hawaiian Grilled Chicken.  It’s full of pineapple, green onions, macadamia nuts, bacon…Yum!  I found the recipe on Bethany’s blog, For the Love of Grub.  I made the salad on Saturday, so we could eat it Sunday after church.  I mixed the dressing up, but did not add it until right before serving. [Read more…]

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Cranberries and Oranges

cranberries and oranges done

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m not that good with side dishes.  For week night suppers, I put the emphasis on the main dish and do very simple things for side dishes.  This is one of those easy go-to sides.  When I’ve forgotten that we might want something to go along with a casserole or chicken, this salad comes in handy.

It’s so easy, I’m almost embarrassed to post it.  But I figure you might want an easy side dish too, so here goes. [Read more…]

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7 Simple Ways to Spiff Up Your Salad


Eating salad is a great way to get in all those veggie servings that are recommended, but it’s easy to get in a rut after a while.  Here are 7 ways to add flavor and variety to your greens.


Red onion is good in nearly any salad.  It adds such a kick and contrast to the other flavors.  Chopped green onions are good too, but red onion remains my favorite.

Fresh Fruit

Add oranges (fresh or mandarin from a can), diced apples or pears.  Strawberries are also good in salads if they’re in season.

Dried Fruit

Dried cranberries, blueberries or even raisins add interesting flavor and texture to the greens.


Why should croutons have all the fun? Pull out the box of granola and give your salad a generous scattering.


Shredded swiss, crumbled feta, gorgonzola.  Adding cheese is a quick and easy way to dress up the salad.

Nuts and Seeds

Sunflower seeds, pistachios, almonds or pecans add crunch.  As a bonus, they’re a healthy alternative to croutons.

Vinegar & Oil, Salt & Pepper

Skip the bottled salad dressing.  Give your salad a shake of red or white wine vinegar and a splash of oil.  A bit of Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper finish it healthy and delicious.

How often do you eat salad? How do you dress it up and keep it interesting?

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