Salad Recipes

Salad Recipes

Great salad recipes have evolved because a salad is so much more than just lettuce with some dressing covering it. Salads can be cool or cold, warm or hot, and can be served as a side dish or the main meal. Different salads have uniquely different flavors, textures, and ingredients.

Classic potato salad and coleslaw are the perfect side dishes at picnics and barbecues. Waldorf salad and the colorful three bean salad are pretty additions at a party buffet table

We have dozens of delicious salad recipes from the all American potato salad and basic coleslaw to salads from other countries. Greek Salad, Antipasto Salad, and German potato salad have their roots in far away lands. Broccoli salad, Cajun coleslaw and California chicken salad are good old USA variations of their basic salad recipe counterparts.

Even fruits take center stage in some salad recipes, ending a meal on a lighter note with amazing flavor. Autumn fruit salad uses fruits found at the fall harvest, while the classic fruit salad recipe uses the abundance of summer fruit to create a colorful and flavorful salad. Ambrosia salad is a favorite anytime; its nostalgic appeal is a hit at any gathering.

Try a new salad recipe or any of the classics. With so many to choose from you'll be creating create fresh, flavorful salads no matter what the occasion.

Potato Salad Recipe

Potato Salad

Potato salad is a food that is served everywhere. It can be found on the restaurant menu, in the deli, purchased in containers at the supermarket and even homemade. We all have our favorite recipe...mom's potato salad.

This potato salad recipe is best when made the night before, allowing the flavors have time to mix and marinate.

If this isn't the recipe you need for your picnic or barbecue, we have 50 more salad recipes for you to choose from. Everything from different versions of potato salad, to fruit salads to coleslaw and salads you may have never heard of but will wow the crowd with. Go to the Salad Recipes section to get those delicious recipes!

Potato Salad

Ingredients:

8 medium potatoes, cooked and diced
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 celery ribs, sliced
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
5 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
paprika

Directions:

1. Place diced cooked potatoes in a large bowl.

2. Mix mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, garlic and pepper in another bowl.

3. Add this mixture to the potatoes.

4. Add celery and onions, mix well.

5. Stir in chopped eggs.

6. Sprinkle paprika on top before serving.




Pasta Salad Recipe

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This is a tasty, easy, Italian/American pasta salad recipe. The spiral shaped pasta holds the flavor of the dressing in all those little rings. The dressing is loaded with zesty flavor that mixes perfectly with the vegetables.

Sure to be a hit with any meal, this pasta salad is expecially perfect for picnics and barbecues.

Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients:

2 cups cooked rotini pasta, drained (about 1 cup uncooked)
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup cubed provolone cheese
1 carrot, cut into julienne strips
1/4 cup minced red onion
1 (2 1/4 oz.) can sliced pitted black olives
1/4 pound salami, chopped

Dressing Ingredients:

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
3 to 4 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil, or to taste

Directions:

1. Combine pasta, red pepper, green pepper, cheese, carrot, onion, olives and salami in a large bowl.

2. Thoroughly mix the olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, mustard and basil in a small bowl.

3. Pour dressing mixture over pasta. Toss to coat.

4. Cover and refrigerate at leat 3 hours before serving.

 

 

 

Fruit Salad Recipe

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A favorite at picnics and cookouts, this fresh fruit salad recipe is a classic side dish to the tangy, salty main entrees.

Fresh summer fruits go perfectly with the Fruit Cream Dressing, making a luscious dessert that's easier on the waistline than traditional fat loaded cakes or pies.


Fruit Salad

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh seedless grapes , whole or cut depending on size
4 cups melon balls, cantaloupe or honeydew
4 cups nectarines or peaches, peeled & sliced
2 cups fresh blueberries
2 cups fresh strawberries
2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup sliced kiwi fruit

Directions:

1. Combine all fruits and chill.

2. Serve with Fruit Cream Dressing (recipe below).

 

Fruit Cream Dressing:

Ingredients:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Juice from 1 lemon
Pineapple juice

Directions:

1. Soften cream cheese, whip with powdered sugar.

2. In a separate bowl, combine whipping cream and sugar together, whip until it forms soft peaks.

3. Combine beaten cream cheese, whipped cream, and lemon juice; continue to beat, adding just enough pineapple juice to achieve desired consistency.

4. Serve with fresh fruit salad.

 

 

 

 

Macaroni Salad Recipe

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A great macaroni salad recipe to serve at any potluck, BBQ, or picnic; this is a classic. With hard-boiled eggs and a whole pound of elbow macaroni it makes enough to satisfy a crowd. The chopped pepper and celery contribute that nice crunch.

The combination of the mayonnaise and yellow mustard give this incredibly tasty macaroni salad the right amount of creaminess without it being too heavy.

If this isn't the recipe you need for your picnic or barbecue, we have 50 more salad recipes for you to choose from. Everything from different versions of potato salad, to fruit salads to coleslaw and salads you may have never heard of but will wow the crowd with. Go to the Salad Recipes section to get those delicious recipes!

Macaroni Salad

Ingredients:

1 pound cups uncooked elbow macaroni
6 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
4 cups real mayonnaise
3 Tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Directions:

1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender. Drain, and set aside to cool.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, celery, and pepper.

3. In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, pepper, salt and onion powder.

4. Combine in the bowl with the eggs and vegetables, and stir in macaroni until well blended.

5. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

 

 

 

 

Taco Salad Recipe

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Taco salad recipes have become more popular as tortillas have become a regular in our homes and at our table. Readily available, they are made with either flour or corn meal.

This taco salad recipe is an easy, quick and healthy alternative to those pricey fast food dinners. It is sure to be a hit with your family, especially the older kids!

Taco Salad

Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 package taco seasoning mix
1/4 cup water
1 large head romaine lettuce, torn into pieces
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups tortilla chips, coarsely crushed
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons salsa

Directions:

1. Brown ground beef in large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat; drain.

2. Add taco seasoning mix and water to the ground beef; mix well.

3. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 3 min.

4. Divide lettuce among four plates. On each plate, place in even amounts, the meat mixture, tomatoes, cheese and tortilla chips.

5. Top with sour cream and salsa.

 

 

 

 

Broccoli Salad Recipe

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Broccoli with its anti-cancer compounds is healthiest when consumed uncooked. However, it had been suggested that blanching the florets for a minute would still keep it firm while taking away that raw flavor.

This tasty broccoli salad recipe is a stunning addition to any main entrée. A favorite at picnics and barbecues, it's easy to make and filled with flavor and texture. If you mix this the night before, all the flavors can cure for the best taste.

Broccoli Salad

Ingredients:

1 large head broccoli, broken into small flowerettes
1 medium onion or about 1/2 cup chopped onion
8 to 10 slices bacon
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
2 to 3 Tablespoons vinegar
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup nuts (optional)

 

Directions:

1. Cut bacon into bits and fry crisp.

2. Mix together mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, bacon, raisins and nuts (if using).

3. Pour over broccoli and onions. Mix well.

4. Let stand at least 1 hour or more before serving.

 

 

 

Tuna Salad Recipe

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We all know the basic tuna salad recipe. Drain tuna; add mayo, salt and pepper. This recipe takes that tuna salad to another level. Its addition of hard-boiled eggs, relish, Dijon mustard and hot sauce, no longer is this your boring tuna salad sandwich.

Louisiana Hot sauce is the original hot sauce that has a moderate heat level so it's great for those with a lower tolerance.

Tuna Salad

Ingredients:

3 eggs, hard-boiled and chopped
2 Tablespoons dill relish
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
6-1/2 oz. can tuna, drained

Directions:

1. Combine eggs and dill relish.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients except tuna, and mix well.

3. Add tuna. If the mixture is dry, add some more mayonnaise.

 

 

 

Cucumber Salad Recipe

Cucumber-Salad

This cucumber salad recipe is a favorite salad at family gatherings. It's so light and refreshing and is a great topping to burgers in pita pockets. If eaten that way, it does get messy so grab a few extra napkins.

The combination of the cucumber and onions add that crunchy, succulent flavor to any palate, and is so easy to make. If you like to add more color and flavor, throw in a few halved cherry tomatoes.



Ingredients:

1 medium cucumber, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
2 teaspoons salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons vinegar
1 cup cold water
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and chill before serving

 

 

 

 

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