Archive for Salads and Dressings

September 28th, 2017

Autumn Crunch Salad with Chicken & Pasta

We love salad for dinner.  One of our favorites is this Summer Fruit Salad with Marinated Chicken.  Recently I saw this Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad on Pinterest and knew instantly we would love it.  I added the same marinated grilled chicken from the summer salad and tweaked it to our taste. Just add some french or whole grain and you have a perfect fall salad meal!

Autumn Crunch Salad with Chicken and Pasta


1 head Romain lettuce, washed and torn
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 1/2 cups small orecchiette or bow tie pasta, cooked
3  chicken breasts,

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December 10th, 2015

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

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This Strawberry Pretzel Salad is an oldie, but goodie recipe that goes way back.  Don’t you just love it when you can call something loaded with whipped cream, cream cheese and strawberry jello a salad! I’ve always loved it when this salad appears at church potlucks and summer barbecues.  The salty pretzel crust perfectly compliments the rich and sweet whipped cream and then strawberry jello.  Needless to say, this recipe needs to be carried on.

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This recipe is always a hit and actually quite simple to make – just give yourself time to let the layers cool before combining them.  

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October 22nd, 2015

Sweet Pork Salad {Crock Pot Recipe}

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I know there are a lot of Cafe Rio Copycat recipes out there for this Sweet Pork Salad – I’ve tried many of them, and finally came up with the version I love the best!  This is one of my favorite meals – literally I could eat it all week (yes, sometimes I have…)

The salad begins with a warm tortilla, followed by black beans, then Cilantro Lime Rice, and next this amazing Sweet Pork you can make in your crock pot.

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Next comes lettuce, tortilla chips, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and guacamole. Just add any of your favorites. Read

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July 9th, 2015

Farmers’ Market Chicken Pasta Salad

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Nothing tastes as fresh and wonderful than summer salads.  This Farmer’s Market Chicken Pasta Salad has it all – it’s loaded with an abundance of fresh veggies and fruit (anything goes), along with rotisserie chicken and pasta tossed in a fresh Parmesan Vinaigrette.

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Grab a fork and dig in – this is a fresh and wonderful one-bowl supper!

Farmer’s Market Chicken Pasta Salad


2 cups halved baby heirloom tomatoes
2 small zucchini, thinly sliced into half moons
1 small red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 cup fresh corn kernels
1 cup diced firm, ripe fresh peaches (about

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August 4th, 2014

Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad

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We love to keep things simple in the summer with a steak, chicken or fish on the grill and some fresh veggies in season.  Sweet Corn has always been a personal favorite.  This simple Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad is a perfect addition to anything you’ve got cooking on the grill – from steaks to burgers.

Fresh Sweet Corn, and tomatoes with a little onion, green pepper and fresh basil combine for a delicious summer side.

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Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad


5 cups sweet corn kernels (from 7-8 cobs)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

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