Roasted Beet and Sweet Potato Salad

I have been looking for some recipes that will help us use up our supply of sweet potatoes from last fall (but also provide a little variety).  Eric is not a beet fan, so we skipped the beets on his salad.  The dressing had slightly more of a bite than I typically enjoy, but the…

Zesty Cucumber Salad (Paula Deen)

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar (I think this would also be good with Balsamic vinegar) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon sugar 2 large cucumbers, thinly sliced 1 (10 oz) container grape tomatoes, sliced in half 1 to 2 medium Vidalia onions, very thinly sliced into half moons 2 tablespoons dill, chopped kosher salt,…

Crunchy Asian Salad

Ingredients: 1 envelope (0.7 oz) Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix water 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1/2 cup oil 1/2 cup sugar 2 Tbsp. Soy sauce 2 pkg (3 oz each) ramen noodle soup mix 1 pkg (16 oz) coleslaw blend (cabbage slaw mix) <orig recipe calls for 2 packages) 4 green onions, sliced 1/2 cup…

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Basil Dressing

Ingredients: Metro Fresh Basil Dressing (about 1/3 of 1 batch for 4 salads) Arugula (fill salad spinner) Cauliflower (1 head) Broccoli (1 head) Yellow Squash (1 large) Sunflower seeds (2 Tbsp per salad) Sundried Tomatoes (chopped, 1-2 Tbsp per salad) Beets (3 large) Onions (1 or 2 large) Sweet Potatoes (2 large) Potatoes (10-12 new…

Honey Mustard Garlic Dressing

Ingredients: 2 heads roasted garlic** 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 1.5 to 2 Tbsp. mild honey 3 Tbsp. cider vinegar 1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice 1/4 tsp. salt ground black pepper to taste Directions: Squeeze the garlic paste from the roasted heads into a blender/food processor.  Add the mustard, honey, vinegar, apple juice, salt, and pepper…

Metro Fresh Basil Dressing

Last summer, I had the most amazing roasted vegetable salad at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Metro Fresh restaurant.  Unfortunately Metro Fresh is no longer at ABG, but the chef was kind enough to share the recipe for the Basil Dressing with me by email last year: Ingredients: Fill a food processor with Basil (it will…

Lemongrass Shrimp Salad

Ingredients: 3/4 lb large peeled and deveined shrimp, tails removed 2 cups butter lettuce, torn 1 cup bean sprouts 1 cup finely shredded daikon radish 1/2 cup finely sliced red onion 1 cup fresh mint leaves 1 cup fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup cilantro leaves 1/2 cup roasted and coarsely crushed peanuts For the dressing:…

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Ingredients: 2 Tbsp olive oil 3 cups coarsely chopped butternut squash 6 cups arugula 1 small ripe Bartlett pear, thinly sliced 1/2 (4-oz) package goat cheese, crumbled (Feta) 1/4 cup chopped dried cherries Toasted Pecan Vinaigrette: 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp light brown sugar 2 Tbsp minced shallots 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1/2 tsp…

Marinated Mushroom Salad

Ingredients: 8 oz whole baby portabellas 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp balsamic vinaigrette, divided 4 oz Monterey Jack cheese, cut into bite-sized pieces 1 cup grape tomatoes 3 Tbsp shelled sunflower seeds Juice of 1/2 lemon (~1 Tbsp) 3 oz baby arugula salad greens (or more) 1/4 cup sliced green onions Directions:…

Bread Bowls (for Salad or Soup)

This recipe makes use of one of my all-time favorite kitchen appliances: the bread machine. Ingredients: 1 cup water 2.75 cup bread flour 1 Tbsp sugar 1 tsp salt 1.5 tsp bread machine or quick active dry yeast 1 egg yolk 1 Tbsp water Directions: Place all ingredients (except egg yolk and 1 Tbsp water)…

Mediterranean Summer Squash

Ingredients 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small yellow summer squash, thinly sliced 1 small zucchini, thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, minced 1 plum tomato, seeded and chopped 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Directions In a large skillet, saute onion in oil…

Taco Salad

My mom’s recipe. Ingredients: 2 lb ground beef or turkey, cooked 1 large sweet onion, chopped 2” block of cheddar cheese, shredded 1 head lettuce, chopped finely 2 large diced tomatoes Mix together in a large bowl. Sauce: ½ cup ketchup ½ cup sugar ½ cup olive oil ¼ cup vinegar Shake above 4 ingredients…