as soon as summer rolls around i find myself less enthused to heat up the oven & cook. which is fine by me because i love a tasty salad… add some chicken (which i’ll cook in the crock pot, or totally cheat & pick up a rotissere at the store), maybe some rolls & bam! you got yourself a meal. some of my all time favorite salad recipes are: grandma’s chicken salad, a yummy bbq ranch chicken salad, taco salad, cafe rio pork salad, & a shepard’s (otherwise known as greek) salad.
two more of my favorites involve spinach, popeye would be proud…
mix & add the following dressing just before serving:
1 & 1/2 tb. poppy seeds
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 & 1/2 cups light salad oil
3/4 cup sugar
1 & 1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. dry mustard
combine into jar; shake well & let sit.
sweet spinach salad
1/2 cup canola/olive oil blend
1/3 cup raspberry vinegar
2 tb. orange juice
sea salt, to taste
ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped
4 cups spinach leaves, washed & dried
1 pint strawberries, washed, hulled & quartered
1/2 cups sliced almonds, toasted or candided
1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
combine oil, vinegar, orange juice, salt, pepper and chives, blending well with a whisk.
toss spinach, strawberries, almonds and feta in a bowl & toss with vinaigrette.
* making the salad your meal? simply add cooked chicken.
now that i’ve shared my favorite salads, it’s your turn. what salad recipe do you love?
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