Everyone remembers a special salad that showed up at family gatherings year after year. Maybe in your family, it was a classic Waldorf studded with celery and crunchy apples, or a bowl full of iceberg lettuce drizzled with blue cheese - or perhaps an eccentric aunt always brought a Jell-O mold studded with pineapple and cottage cheese. Salads are an integral part of most meals. Fresh veggies and crisp greens provide balance to rich foods like mac and cheese, while creamy mayonnaise-based salads and slaws give great contrast to roasted and barbecued meats. Lunchtime calls out for some of your favorite salad recipes: potato salad, chicken salad, pasta salad, macaroni salad, egg salad - wouldn't your life be bleak without them? Consider learning to make your own salad dressings instead of defaulting to store-bought bottles - it's not only cheaper, but much more flavorful. Most, including basic vinaigrette, take only minutes to put together.
Loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables, this easy chicken salad is so delicious your family won't realize how good it is for them.
Seven Layer Salad is a time-honored recipe that seems to make the guest list at almost every baby and bridal shower, family reunion, potluck, picnic and outdoor cookout or barbecue. The idea is simple: Layer seven ingredients in a bowl, add dressing and garnish. The dish is easy to make, you can mix and match whatever ingredients you already have on hand, and it naturally lends itself innovation and adaptation.
Mixed nuts and peanut brittle turn a basic chicken salad into a flavor feast. Pile it onto flatbread for an open-faced sandwich for lunch or picnics.
Heap the chicken in a bowl or put it in a flavored tortilla. Kids will love the tropical twist to this 10-minute meal.
Homemade dressing is super easy and super delicious. Sweet peppers add crunch to this classic dressing.
Ground curry takes this egg salad from boring to exciting. Serve on hearty whole grain bread.
This low-cal, low-carb main dish salad of grilled beef, sweet red onions, and balsamic vinaigrette over tender greens is quick and easy to make on busy weeknights.
Use slightly firm pears for this recipe. The fruit should give a little under thumb pressure and be juicy when you cut into them.
Bok choy, a Chinese cabbage, has a mild flavor and substantial crunch. It substitutes for celery in this fresh apple salad recipe.
For this European-style main dish salad recipe, mix strips of cooked chicken, crisp radishes, baby corn, and green onions. Toss with a dressing of sesame oil, rice vinegar, and sesame seeds.
Marsala wine, an Italian fortified wine, has a higher alcohol content than most wine. Much of the alcohol cooks off in this quick and easy dish, but the flavor remains.