Salad Recipes

Pasta Salad

  • 3 C dry pasta (8 oz.), your choice
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 C frozen peas
  • 1/2 C red sweet pepper, diced
  • 8 oz. cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 C cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 T fresh basil, chopped (or 2 t dry) (may substitute oregano)
  • 1/2 C vinaigrette (also on this site)

Cook pasta and rinse with cold water; drain.  Combine pasta with other ingredients and chill.

(Auntie Karen served this to us in Ohio.  It’s a big hit!)

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Southwest Chicken Salad

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 6 T olive oil
  • 6 T balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 t salt
  • pinch of pepper

Salad and Toppings:

  • 10 C lettuce of your choice, freshly washed and torn
  • 1 bell pepper of your choice, chopped
  • 2 C cooked or grilled chicken, cubed
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • sliced green onions
  • 2 avocados, peeled and diced
  • a handful of chopped fresh cilantro

Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk with a fork or small whisk.  Set aside for flavors to combine.  Prepare lettuce and toppings as specified in the ingredients list.  Layer salad starting with the lettuce.  Sprinkle pepper, chicken, black beans, green onions, avocado, and cilantro.  Drizzle dressing on top and enjoy!

adapted from tammysrecipes.com

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Southwest Sweet Potato Salad with Avocado Dressing

Southwest Salad

Salad:

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 heaping teaspoons cumin & chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 (14 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • tortilla corn chips

Dressing:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves (or more)
  • 2 small cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • a splash of lime juice

Instructions:

Peel the potatoes and chop into bite-sized pieces and place on large tray lined with parchment paper. Mix the olive oil, cumin, and chili powder together. Drizzle over the sweat potatoes and toss to coat. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes, stir. Turn oven up to 425 and bake for 10-15 more minutes, or until potatoes are just barely roasty brown (or as desired).

Meanwhile, pulse the dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Toss the beans, corn, lettuce, and sweet potatoes in a big bowl, and serve with the avocado dressing and tortilla chips. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy! 🙂

recipe from Pinch of Yum

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Todd’s Broccoli Salad

  • 12 oz. bag broccoli florets
  • 1/4 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 C sunflower seed kernels
  • 1/4 C golden raisins
  • 1/4 C mayonnaise
  • 1/4 C honey sucanat
  • 2 T red wine vinegar

Combine first 4 ingredients in large bowl.  In small bowl, stir together dressing ingredients until smooth.  Pour dressing over the salad and toss to coat.  Chill for 30 minutes to 24 hours.

(Recipe slightly adapted from Eat Smart Broccoli Florets package)

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Tortellini Caesar Salad

  • 24 oz. cheese and garlic tortellini, uncooked
  • 20 oz. salad greens
  • 1 1/2 C grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 1/4 C croutons (see Creamy Caesar Salad recipe on this site)
  • 1 C Caesar salad dressing, divided (see Creamy Caesar Salad recipe on this site)

Cook pasta according to package directions.  In bowl, toss salad greens with tomatoes, croutons, and half of the dressing.  In another bowl, toss cooked pasta with the remaining dressing.  Serve pasta mixture over salad greens.

(recipe from Ronzoni tortellini package)

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Tortellini Salad with Pesto

  • 8 C tortellini, cooked and chilled (4 C dry)
  • 1 C pesto (on this site)
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 C Marilyn’s French Dressing (on this site)
  • 14 C romaine (or other green leaf)
  • 2 C cooked chicken, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients (except cheese) in a mixing bowl.  Stir to blend all ingredients.  Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

from Sensational Summer Salads (www.urbanhomemaker.com)

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Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwiches

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Here is a quick, healthy, delicious, and easily adaptable vegetarian lunch!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp each of mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil, and mustard (or some combination to make a 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp each of cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder (or whatever spices you’d like!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato
  • 2 Tbs finely chopped celery

Directions:

In a small bowl, mash the chickpeas with a fork until partly pasty.

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Blend in the liquids (whatever combination you want).

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Add the spices. Adjust the seasonings and ingredients to taste. I garnish with extra chopped tomatoes and a sprinkling of Mediterranean Seasoning.

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Serve on whole wheat bread. This is also great served in pitas with lettuce or avocado. You can be creative with this recipe, but I love this combination! 🙂

From Blog of Joy

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Waldorf Salad

  • 3 apples, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped fine
  • 1/4 C raisins
  • 1/4 C chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 C mayonnaise

Mix all ingredients, except apples.  Chop apples and quickly dip in lemon juice, before combining with other ingredients.  Chill and serve.

(adapted from www.torahbytes.org)

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