Saturday, April 5, 2008

Crisp Side Salad

Crisp Side Salad
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
4 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 cups torn salad greens
3/4 cup sliced zucchini
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup seasoned croutons
1 tablespoon whole almonds, toasted
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper; shake well. In a large salad bowl, combine the greens, zucchini, carrots, celery and onions. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Top with croutons, almonds and sesame seeds.

Snicker Salad

3 snickers cut up
3 apples diced
3 Bananas sliced
1 tub cool whip whipped

Mix above ingredients together right before eating and enjoy , simple and easy!

Frog-Eyed Salad

My mother-in-law is famous for bringing this salad to family affairs. She usually adds less sugar though.

1 1/2 c. Acini di Pepe macaroni
2 egg
1 c sugar
1 1/3 cup pineapple juice (from canned fruit)
1 TBSP lemon juice
1 1/2 TBSP flour
1/2 tsp salt

Cook acini de pepe macaroni in boiling water; simmer for 20 minutes. Rinse in cold water until cool. Combine next ingredients and cook until thick. Add it acini de pepe. Let it set overnight in refrigerator.

1 can of crushed pineapple, drained, reserving juice
1 can of pineapple tidbits, drained
2 cans mandarin oranges, drained
1 c miniature marshmallows

Fold in 1 small bowl Cool Whip.

Can fold in sliced bananas or apples before serving if wanted

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Macaroni & Shrimp Salad

This salad is yummy, yummy, but my recipe makes A LOT. You'll have to cut it down to size by just using a little less of everything. This recipe is a "to taste" kind of recipe, add and subtract as you like. Or you could use this for a large portion to take to a reunion or other party (or just eat it for the whole week)!

Macaroni & Shrimp Salad

1 pkg of small salad macaroni pasta or small shells cooked
1 jar of miracle whip (you probably won't use it all)
1 jar of my mom's chili sauce (or you can use cocktail sauce or store bought chili sauce***I like chili sauce the best)
1 bunch of green onions...chopped
1 pound salad shrimp
2 cups cubbed cheese...give or take however much you'd like.
Season salt and pepper to taste

After you cook the pasta, I let it cool down a bit. I then add half of the miracle whip and chili sauce. Mix that around real well. I then add the shrimp, green onions and cheese. Add the pepper and season salt. If it looks dry, add more miracle whip and chili sauce, if not, eat and enjoy. The next day you will probably have to add more of the sauces to it as the sauces get absorbed. Sorry the amounts are so vague...this is how my mom bakes so I've had to learn like this too.

Broccoli Salad

This recipe is always a hit when I take it places. It really is my sisters recipe, but it is divine!

  • 1-2 stalks broccoli, cut into fairly small pieces
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into small pieces
  • 1/8 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 a bag frozen petite peas
  • 1/2 bacon (or more if you'd like) crooked and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese (I prefer the grated stuff)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar
After mixing together dressing, add to salad and chill overnight. Or for a minimum of 4 hours, but it really is better overnight.

Some other things you can add to the salad are: raisins (either brown or golden), sunflower seeds, chunks of cheese, water chestnuts, grapes, cashews, walnuts or other nuts. It all just depends on personal preference I guess!

Layered Rainbow Jello Salad

2 (3 oz.) boxes cherry Jello
2 (3 oz.) boxes orange Jello
2 (3 oz.) boxes lemon Jello
2 (3 oz.) boxes lime Jello
2 (3 oz.) boxes blackberry Jello
3 3/4 c. Carnation milk

This salad fits well in a 9 1/2 x 13 1/2 Tupperware cake tote.
**But doesn't it look cool made in this mold? I just remembered that I had to cut out some flavors so it would all might work for you, but my 9x13 pan was filled to the brim!!**

Grease bottom of Tupperware container with Pam. Start a day ahead making this salad as each layer must set. Be sure pan is level in refrigerator so each layer sets evenly.

Step 1: Mix 1 box of cherry Jello with 3/4 cup hot water, then 3/4 cup of cold water. Let set.
Step 2: Mix 1 box of cherry Jello with 3/4 cup hot water, then instead of using cold water, use 3/4 cup Carnation milk. Let set.
Step 3: Repeat Step 1 and Step 2 with the remaining four flavors. You will have 10 layers of Jello, but very thin as to reflect rainbow.
**You could but a dollop of whipped cream on each serving to dress it up. I've always thought this looked so cool to make. It tastes good too!**

Update: I found this fun recipe too and look how much easier it is. I'm trying this soon...

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Chinese Chicken Salad

This is really easy and really good. You can up the measurements for a big crowd, or just make a small lunch meal.

4 cups of chopped cabbage

2 cups chopped, cooked chicken (can use fried chicken)

1 pkg Beef flavored Ramen Noodles


3 Tbsp white vinegar

2 Tbsp sugar

2 Tbsp oil

1/2 to 3/4 cup mayo (NOT Miracle Whip)

Seasoning packet from Ramen Noodles

Mix dressing ingredients together. Should be runny. Mix chicken, cabbage, and noodles in large bowl. Add dressing when ready to serve.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

6oz of pasta any kind ( I use bow tie noodles)
2 cup broccoli flowerets
2. Tbsp butter
1 lb chicken breasts cubed (I like to use the frozen Tyson chicken already cubed in a bag and I use the whole bag, it is a lot faster)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Prepare noodles according to package.
Add broccoli the last 5 minutes of cooking time ( or you can cook broccoli separate) drain water.
In skillet over medium-high heat, heat butter.
Add chicken and cook until cooked through, stirring often.
Add soup, milk, cheese, and pasta with broccoli and cook until cheese is melted.
serves 4 (I have 2 adults and 2 children that eat and this feeds us with no leftovers and sometimes we need more, you can double the recipe if you like)