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Discussion Starter #1
Help! I just found out that a bunch of family will be here for the week of 4th of July. (there will be 17 of us) :shock:
I need some tasty, easy to prepare salad recipes!!!! Also, half or this group are vegitarians.
I will share one of our favorites....

Pasta salad
12 oz. pkg of Wacky Macky vegi spirals, cooked
2.25 oz. can of sliced black olives, drained
4 oz. container of crumbled Feta cheese
14-15 oz. can of artichoke hearts drained & cut small
grated carrot to taste
small red bell pepper chopped
Zesty Italian Dressing

Stir desired amount of Italian dressing into cooked pasta, then add the rest of ingredients. Dressing will absorb into pasta. Add more Italian dressing if needed. (I don't like it oily, but some prefer it that way)

Enjoy! & will be checking for your favorites... :D

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Our 4th of July Favorites...

Pimento Cheese...

2 (8-ounce) blocks extra sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 (8-ounce) block Monterey Jack cheese with peppers, shredded
1 cup mayonnaise
1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles
1 (4-ounce) jar diced pimiento, drained
1 medium poblano chile pepper, seeded and minced
1/4 small sweet onion, minced
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Mix it alll up, and scoop with Freetos or Wheat Thins or Trisket

We also like Tennessee Caviar...

1 (15.8-ounce) can black-eyed peas
1 (11-ounce) can yellow corn with red and green bell peppers
3 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 small sweet onion, chopped
1 cup hot picante sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Tortilla chips

Rinse and drain peas and corn.
Stir together peas, corn, tomatoes, and next 5 ingredients in a serving bowl; cover and chill at least 2 hours. Serve with tortilla chips.

BOTH of these are better the day after you make them!

I don't have a salad recipe per se but it's a great dip recipe.

Taco Dip

1 container of light sour cream
1 block of light cream cheese
1 bag shredded lettuce
3 tomatoes diced
1 package of taco cheese
1 package of taco meat seasoning
Scallions chopped
1 lb ground beef (you can omit friends like it)

Mix sour cream and cream cheese together with taco seasoning (I let the cream cheese soften a bit before I mix)
Spread mixture in a 13X9 pan
Top with beef, lettuce, tomatoes, and scallions. (you could also add black olives and jalapenos)
Serve with tortilla chips.

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Very easy! I am making both mine today, to take on the lake tomorrow! Hope you like them!

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Annmarie's summer special

mixed greens w/iceberg
some shredded mozeralla and cheddar cheese
walnuts if not sunflower seeds
cold left over steak
break up some raw broccoli or cauliflower

Pour Buttermilk ( bought or homemade) RANCH dressing over it

serve with ice tea

(variations: cherry tomatoes, cucumber, mushrooms, hard boiled eggs and onions)

Nice N Easy does it! :wink: when the weather gets too hot too cook

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I throw this together all the time in the summer.

1 or 2 Pints Cherry Tomatoes (cut in half)
¼ to ½ Red Onion (finely chopped)
1 Container Feta Cheese (Crumbled)
Fresh Basil (Chopped)
¼ Cup White Wine Vinegar
1 Tbsp Olive Oil

I do the same kind of salad but substitute the tomatoes for cucumbers and the basil for dill. You could also add some red peppers to it also. Change up the cheeses use red wine vinegar instead.

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here is my fave - elegant, tasty, and lovely:

4 cups mixed greens, mostly arugula (or more, depending on servings)
1-2 avocados, sliced thin
1/2 to 1 purple onion, sliced thin, more or less depending on taste
1-2 cups sliced strawberries
cranberries, sunflower seeds, walnuts, goat cheese, grilled shrimp (optional)

Toss greens and onion together. Arrange avocado and other fruit atop salad and add an additional toppings. Drizzle with citrus dressing. (below) Also good with balsamic (olive oil, good quality balsamic, honey)

Citrus Dressing

1 part orange or tangerine juice
Squeeze lemon juice
1 tbs honey
¼ part olive oil
½ part chopped cilantro

here's another:

Mango-Red Onion Salad

2 cups cubed fresh mango
1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons minced red onion
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper
In a medium bowl, combine mango, tomatoes, onion, lime juice, and cumin. Toss to combine. Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper.

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this is a great thread. I do not cook...however...every so often I like to surprise everyone with a side dish and some of these are Leslie friendly (i.e. sound easy) :)

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and another (i get carried away talking about food :) ) this is a good one for vegetarians.

You can make this dish a few hours in advanced, or even the night before and let the soba chill and marinate, just be sure not to add the peanuts, mint and basil until just before serving. It's a nice dish that can make either six large meals, or 12 well portioned sides.

* 3/4 cup rice vinegar
* 1/4 cup sugar (opt; can use honey too)
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 3 large garlic cloves, minced
* 1 jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and minced
* 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
* Zest of one lime
* 1 tablespoon sesame oil
* 12 ounces soba noodles
* 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
* 1 large ripe mango, peeled and chopped into cubes
* 1 cup chopped fresh basil
* 1 cup chopped fresh mint
* 1 cup chopped roasted, salted peanuts
* Lime wedges for serving (optional)


1 Place the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until the sugar and salt dissolve. Stir in the garlic and jalapeño, and allow to cool. Add the lime juice, lime zest, and sesame oil and mix well.

2 Cook the noodles in salted water, until al dente, according to the package instructions. Drain and then rinse well under cool water. Transfer the noodles to a large bowl and toss with the dressing.

3 Add the mango, bell pepper, basil and mint. Toss and plate. Serve with chopped peanuts sprinkled over the top and lime wedges.

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Discussion Starter #11
Was getting these great recipes to get ready for shopping...... didn't realize that others liked raw broccoli too....

Broccolli Slaw

Stir together.....
Aprox. 1 Lb. raw broccolli chopped
Couple slices of red onion chopped
2-3 stalks sliced/chopped celery
Aprox. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup chopped, dried cranberries

Make Dressing-
Heaping 1/3 cup vegenaise, garlic aioli ....could use regular mayo too
3 TB. honey
2 TB. apple cider vinegar

Stir dressing together & then carefully stir into vegi mix.

Super tastey, super healthy.....sometimes I REALLY crave this and will eat it daily for a week. Guess there is something in it that I really need at the time, iron maybe?

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Those all sound great!!

Here's an easy crowd pleaser!!

Peasant Salad

Layer the following (quantities of each are to taste and depending on the size of salad you are making). There's nothing "magic" about the ingredients. This is the Peasant club recipe but I have substituted based on what I have. Caution about using tomatoes--don't make salad more than a couple of hours in advance if you add tomatoes becuse it will make sald liquidey (? is that a word??)

Shredded lettuce (I like Romaine)
Chopped red and green peppers
Sliced red onions
Sliced hard boiled eggs

Top with Miracle Whip (about 1/2 inch thick across the top of salad bowl)
Shedded cheddar cheese
Bacon bits

Refridgerate for a couple of hours to overnight. Mix before serving. Looks beautiful when made in a glass dish!

I have never brought this dish and NOT been asked for the recipe.

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Everything sounds yummy.

Deviled Eggs are also yummy, easy to fix a day ahead and pop in fridge

I cook my eggs
cut in 1/2
put yolks in big bowl and smash up

add mayo, small dab of mustard
pepper, garlic salt, drained sweet
pickle relish (sorry I dont have amounts of ingredients, I just start
out with few tablespoons of mayo and add more as needed, same
with relish, I start out with some on a papertowel and drain more as

Just taste your mixture as you go along, I go on a wing and a prayer as I'm allergic to eggs so can't taste the mix, but DH always says they are great :wink:

mix up and squeeze into halved egg whites

I use a pampered chef squeezy decorator thingamagigy but
you can put filling into ziplock baggie but small hole in corner
and squeeze into egg halves.

I make these a lot so I picked up Dev Egg containers at walmart - I think they are by rubbermaid, cheap and they have have the little holes for the eggs so they dont slide all over, I have 4 of them, well worth the couple of $ for them

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Another salad I make which is very yummy

Again - I just add mayo to taste

Box of cooked ring pasta (can use small shell pasta)
large can or bag of tuna drained, shredded
mayo (I use grape seed oil mayonaise) amount depends on
how moist you like your mac salad
couple tablespoons vinegar, heated in micro
add couple table spoons of sugar to hot vinegar,
stir to dissolve then cool
2 or 3 tablespoons of heinz chili sauce
garlic salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 20oz can crushed pineapple -drained very well
1 red or sweet onion peeled and chopped

mix all ingreds and cover and chill
best made the day before serving

I cannot eat eggs so I dont add, but if you want, cook 3 o 4
eggs and chop and add to above

the pineapple really adds good flavor to the salad, it is always a hit where ever I take this dish
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