The Kitchen is My Playground: Salads

Showing posts with label Salads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Salads. Show all posts

Southern Turkey Salad

November 18, 2019
Take those leftover turkey sandwiches up a notch - and make them turkey SALAD sandwiches instead! This Southern Turkey Salad recipe is creamy, loaded with flavor, and a perfectly delicious way to enjoy those turkey leftovers.
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7-Up Cranberry Jello Salad

November 8, 2019
If you love creamy cranberry deliciousness, this super easy 7-Up Cranberry Jello Salad is for you.  Loaded with whole berry cranberry sauce topped with a cream cheese-based topping, it's a classic recipe that's perfect to enjoy while making those family holiday memories.

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Apple Pie Filling Fruit Salad

August 21, 2019
With it's mix of crisp fresh fruit, tender chunks of cooked apples, and cinnamon-laced glaze, Apple Pie Filling Fruit Salad will be loved by all.  Perfect for breakfast, brunch, potluck get-togethers, or as a simple dinner side.
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Ma's Classic Potato Salad

July 29, 2019
Ma's Classic Potato Salad is a family favorite.  No frills.  No fancy ingredients.  Just pure and simple uncomplicated potato salad.  And it's sooo good.
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Pineapple Shrimp Macaroni Salad

July 1, 2019
While the pineapple and shrimp combination of this Pineapple Shrimp Macaroni Salad may sound a bit bizarre, it sure is a tasty combination!  So good it'll have you coming back for more, for sure.
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Triple Berry Fruit Salad with Vanilla Simple Syrup

June 24, 2019
A beautiful mix of fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are drizzled with easy-to-make vanilla syrup to create this stunning and delicious Triple Berry Fruit Salad with Vanilla Simple Syrup.  It's perfect for your 4th of July, breakfast, brunch, or any special occasion table.
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Summer Vegetable Tortellini Salad

June 22, 2019
Summer Vegetable Tortellini Salad ~ Loaded with cheese-stuffed tortellini, fresh-from-the-garden zucchini and summer squash, and dressed with lemony herb vinaigrette.  So fabulously tasty, you'll need to make a double batch!
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Ma's Picnic Pasta Salad

June 3, 2019
Looking for an easy no-mayonnaise pasta salad recipe to enjoy?  Give Ma's Picnic Pasta Salad a try!  It's loaded with summer veggies, packed with flavor, and perfect for all those summer cookouts and picnics.
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Make-Ahead Layered Spinach Salad {For a Crowd}

April 13, 2019
Looking for a dish with make-ahead convenience for Easter dinner, those potlucks, or the upcoming summer cookout season?  Look no further than this make-ahead Layered Spinach Salad that's perfect for serving a crowd.  Not only does it taste great, it's right pretty too.

Layered Spinach Salad with Celery, Peas, Hard Boiled Egg, and Ham in a Footed Trifle Bowl Image
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Classic Ambrosia Salad Recipe

March 29, 2019
Is Ambrosia a side dish or dessert?  Does it really matter? ... Because no matter how you choose to enjoy it, classic Ambrosia Salad is just plain good.  With its creamy mix of mini marshmallows, whipped topping, coconut, and fruit it's just one of those dishes that's loved by all.
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White Chocolate Cranberry Fluff Salad

December 16, 2018
With this White Chocolate Cranberry Fluff Salad, enjoy your Thanksgiving or Christmas cranberry sauce in a creamy, comforting classic fluff salad form.  Actually, come to think of it, this is cranberry sauce you'll want to enjoy all year long!
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Classic Blueberry Jello Salad

September 4, 2018
Classic Jello salads are family-favorites, for sure.  And this layered classic Blueberry Jello Salad is no exception, popping up at potlucks and family get-togethers galore.  With its fruity Jello base and creamy cheesecake-y topping, it's certainly hard to resist!
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Sun Dried Tomato, Artichoke, & Fresh Basil Pasta Salad

July 30, 2018
Sun dried tomato, artichoke, & fresh basil pasta salad with olives and mozzarella ~ dressed simply and flavorfully with olive oil and red wine vinegar.  It's a family all-time favorite, for sure.
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Marinated Summer Vegetable Salad

July 21, 2018
Combine all that summer zucchini and yellow squash with fresh broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, and radishes to whip up this tasty Marinated Summer Vegetable Salad.  It's sure one flavor-packed way to enjoy your vegetables!
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Marinated Summer Vegetable Salad Image ~ Zucchini, yellow summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, fresh mushrooms, & radishes in a lemony dressing marinade. It's sure one flavor-packed way to enjoy your vegetables!


So who's got a summer garden?

When it comes to summer vegetable gardens, we all know that typically means a harvest of lots and lots of zucchini and yellow summer squash.  Which is a wonderful thing ... except for the fact that it can  get challenging to figure out different ways to enjoy all that harvest bounty.

There are only just so many stir-fry's and loaves of zucchini bread you can make.  So what are my two favorite other ways to enjoy zucchini and summer squash?

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Make-Ahead Layered Salad {For a Crowd}

July 16, 2018
When feeding a crowd, we all love to have a few tricks up our sleeve to make preparation easier, right?  Make-Ahead Layered Salad is one of my favorite feed-a-crowd tricks! With make-ahead convenience and fabulous flavor, it's perfect for all those summer cookouts and get-togethers.
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Make-Ahead Layered Salad {For a Crowd} ~ With make-ahead convenience and fabulous flavor, this is perfect for those summer cookouts & get-togethers.
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Layered Taco Salad {For a Crowd or Family Taco Night!}

May 14, 2018
Family taco night just got a little easier!  Instead of stuffing those taco shells, whip up this Layered Taco Salad instead.  It's just perfect for lower-fuss taco night prep, or for whipping up a tasty salad for a crowd!

Layered Taco Salad Image {For a Crowd or Family Taco Night!}


I remember back as a kid I used to love when Mom made tacos for dinner.  I just loved the flavor combination of tasty taco ingredients, and the crunch of biting into that crispy taco shell.  I mean, we're pretty hard-pressed to find a kid who doesn't love tacos, right?

So when I became mom to a 5 year-old a while back, I followed in my Mom's footsteps and put tacos on our regular dinner meal rotation.  And just like me as a kid, our sweet Little Miss H. just adores tacos, too. 

But do you know what I quickly discovered?  

Making tacos is most definitely not a low-fuss, easy meal!  

Not for me, anyway.  
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Amish Macaroni Salad

April 30, 2018
Classic Amish Macaroni Salad is an old-timey favorite.  And it's a classic favorite for a reason ~ because it's just plain good.  With its characteristicly sweet creamy dressing, this macaroni salad is simply perfect for potlucks, backyard barbecues, and pretty much any everyday meal!
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Classic Amish Macaroni Salad Image ~ An old-timey favorite.  And it's a classic favorite for a reason ~ because it's just plain good.  With it's characteristicly sweet creamy dressing, this macaroni salad is simply perfect for potlucks, backyard barbecues, and pretty much any everyday meal!

I will admit that this Amish Macaroni Salad recipe is a bit of a departure from how I typically make my macaroni salad.  But I certainly love this version, too!

When I served it at dinner a few nights ago, my husband whole-heartedly went back for seconds ... followed by a huge helping of thirds.  Which, as we all know as cooks, is a big sign that we've prepared a good dish.

But what left no doubt this is a new family favorite?

With its characteristicly sweet creamy dressing, this macaroni salad is simply perfect for potlucks, backyard barbecues, and pretty much any everyday meal!

After his third bite, my husband-of-few-unprompted-words enthusiastically declared, "This is really  good!"

But what makes Amish Macaroni Salad unique, you ask?

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Can Wilted Spinach Salad Be a Celebration of My Cancer Journey?

January 14, 2018
This post is brought to you by Walgreens and SheKnows Media. The opinions and text are all mine.
  
To all those dealing personally with a cancer journey or with cancer in your family, I wish for you the peace of a positive outcome.
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Can something as simple as eating Wilted Spinach Salad be a celebration of beating cancer?

Well let me tell you, in my case it sure was.

See, I am a proud cancer survivor who successfully battled thyroid cancer 17 years ago.  During my cancer treatment, I lost the ability to eat one of my favorite foods ~ salad.  Regaining that ability and once again being able to enjoy one of my favorite foods after treatment completion was indeed a true celebration of defeating cancer.

Because truly, sometimes it's the simple things that hold huge meaning.

I'm honored and proud to be here today to share some of my cancer story with you on behalf of Walgreens cancer support services, and to share information about the Walgreens specialty pharmacy services available to those dealing with and managing your own cancer journey, or that of a loved one.

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Kale & Apple Salad with Honey

August 27, 2017
Kale is beautifully complimented by diced apple and honey in this delicious and healthy superfood Kale & Apple Salad with Honey.

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I hate to admit, but I've been indulging in way too much sugar lately.  Even with the abundance of summer produce around, I haven't been getting in as much healthier stuff as I should.  I'm definitely feeling the need for some veggie-ness in my life right about now.

Enter ... our newest favorite salad - Kale & Apple Salad with Honey.  My husband Mark loves kale so much I swear I could make him a huge kale salad every day without him getting tired of it.  And I love the way kale is more 'sturdy' than lettuce, giving a little more heft than the typical green salad.

But that 'sturdiness' can also be problem ... a too-chewy problem.  But I'm happy to say I've learned a handy little secret about preparing kale in a salad that makes it much more tender.
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Cucumbers in Sour Cream

August 23, 2017
Cucumbers in Sour Cream ~ Two very  simple ingredients plus just the time to slice some cucumbers and give them a little stir in a bowl is all it takes to make this dish.  You truly couldn't ask for a simpler summer side.

Cucumbers in Sour Cream ~ Two very  simple ingredients plus just the time to slice some cucumbers and give them a little stir in a bowl is all it takes to make this dish.  You truly couldn't ask for a simpler summer side.


Who's still got cucumbers coming from their garden?  I absolutely adore those little garden-fresh, tender-skinned cucumbers ... so much better than the big, wax-covered ones we typically get in the grocery store.  Don't you think?  While I certainly enjoy "big" grocery store cucumbers, they just don't hold a candle to the smaller, home-grown garden variety.

And there are so many simple ways to enjoy those little garden-fresh tender-skinned cucumbers, too ...

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