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by @according2kelly on May 19, 2008

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…

spinach salad
1 package spinach
3/4 lb. swiss cheese, grated
1 cup cottage cheese, small curd, washed & strained
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked & crumbled
1 purple onions, thinly sliced
1o mushrooms, sliced

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?

via flickr.


beautifull family God bless all of you! orangebroom

Amanda K
Amanda K

Yum!! I love summer salads and these salads sound so good! I love spinach with fruit and cheese and a yummy dressing. I can't wait to try these out! thanks for sharing them with us.


Yummy I will have to try a few of them


I love this Asian Rotisserie Chicken Salad, this Bean, Corn and Tortilla Salad, and the Israeli Salad that is a part of this noshing platter. Mmmmmm. Now I want to make all of these!


These salads look so yummy. I especially want to try the first recipe.


Those sound INCREDIBLE!! I have a few great salad recipes... i get the Everyday Food Mag, and their salads are ALWAY superb. I have linked most of them to my site... check them out. Oh! you have been there! http://Favoritefamilyfood.blogspot.comGo back and look for the salads! I am making the SLC Tortellini Salad tonight. A family fav with left overs for a few days!


I love summer salads.. thanks for the recipes!

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