pear and greens salad

Dec 11, 2010 by

moving to a healthier part of thanksgiving 2010 ūüôā pear and green salad was inspired partly by salad at my favorite chicken tender place: maniac’s, partly by strawberry spinach salad and partly because pears are now in season. the spiced pecans in this salad are very similar to the ones served at maniac’s. ¬†be sure to make extra of these, because you’ll want to munch on them! ¬†they store really well in the fridge, after cooling. adapted slightly from about.com for the salad: 1 package of mixed greens 1 pear, cored and chopped 1/2 c spiced pecans 1/2 c crumbled feta (or bleu cheese) 1 recipe celery seed dressing place salad greens in a large serving bowl, followed by feta, pecans and pears. ¬†toss with dressing or serve on the side, whichever you prefer....

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roasted pepper pasta salad

Aug 30, 2010 by

summer is a great time for pasta salad of any kind. ¬†since i live in the south now, i get a whole lot of summer weather, which means that i get to try lots of pasta salad recipes. ¬†this is one was featured on the cover of a recent food network magazine and the bocconcini really grabbed my attention. ¬†(i can’t imagine why… :)) adapted slightly from food network magazine 12 oz. rigatoni 2 bell peppers, halved, stemmed and seeded 6 cloves garlic, unpeeled 1/3 c almonds 1/3 c evoo 1 lemon 8 oz. bocconcini (small mozzarella balls) 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves torn pre-heat the broiler to high. ¬†bring a pot of salted water to boil. ¬†add the pasta and cook as the label directs. ¬†drain and rinse under cold water to stop...

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ranch bacon pasta salad

Jun 10, 2010 by

pasta salad from the box is really good for hot summer months when you need something to go with dinner in a pinch. ¬†i decided to kick it up a notch and make it from scratch. ¬†it’s my first pasta salad (other than making mom’s pasta crab salad, which is something that i’ll have to add soon!) 1 12 oz. box whole wheat pasta 10 slices bacon, cooked until crispy and chopped 1 c mayo 1 pkg. ranch dressing mix 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp pepper 1/2 c milk 1 pkg. cherry tomatoes 1 c shredded cheddar cheese bring a large pot of water to boil and cook pasta until al dente. ¬†drain and rinse with cool water. in a large bowl, mix mayo, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder and pepper. ¬†stir in...

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strawberry spinach salad

Apr 5, 2010 by

when you first see the ingredients to this salad, you’ll think eww. ¬†that sounds awful. ¬†but it’s not. ¬†it’s quite delicious. ¬†in fact, it was the first ranch dressing free salad i ever liked! 2 pkg. fresh baby spinach, rinsed and dried 1 1/2 qt. fresh strawberries, sliced dried cherries slivered almonds dressing: 1/2 tsp paprika 1/4 c apple cider vinegar 1/2 c sugar 1/2 c vegetable oil 1 tbsp poppy seeds 1 tbsp sesame seeds in a large serving bowl, toss together the spinach, strawberries, cherries and almonds. ¬†refrigerate¬†until ready to serve. in a salad dressing shaker, combine all ingredients shaking well. ¬†refrigerate until ready to serve. when ready to serve, toss salad with dressing.* *if you’re not planning on eating the salad in one sitting, i would not recommend tossing the dressing...

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chicken salad

Mar 30, 2010 by

i’m going through this stage where i’m missing all of my flint food. ¬†some things just can’t be recreated, like vanilla coke zero, red ox breadsticks and koegel’s hot dogs and bologna. ¬†i’m working on re-creating a few things. ¬†one of which is aida’s chicken salad. ¬†this comes kind of close! ¬†i have served it on a multi-grain with flax¬†flat-out wrap made in no better place than saline, mi! ¬†i love supporting the michigan economy all of the way in nashville. source 2 1/2 – 2 c diced, cooked chicken 1/2 c diced celery 3-4 tbsp finely chopped onion 1/4 – 1/2 c mayo 2 tsp lemon juice dash pepper 2-3 tsp pickle relish dash (or more to taste) cajun or creole seasoning salt, to taste combine chicken with celery, onion, 1/4 c mayo,...

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