Thursday, April 19, 2012

Simple Recipes for Greens Before Dinner

A quick salad I can throw together is key for my evening meals. I have one, myabe two store-bought dressings, but I use them minimally as my favorite, tastiest and easiest salads are ones I make from ingredients on hand. Here are a few simple salad recipes that your whole family will be excited to add to the dinner table.


My Easisest and Tastiest Dinner Salad

Pour about 2 T olive oil in a bowl.
Add some balsamic vinegar.
Add about 2 tsp-ish seedy Dijon Mustard.
Sprinkle some garlic salt into the bowl.
Mix together with a fork.

Throw in some lettuce, grape tomatoes, and 1 T feta cheese. Toss/stir to coat the salad. Grate some fresh parmesan cheese and freshly cracked pepper over the top. Sometimes I add avacado slices to this and it is fast, fresh, easy and good!

Salsa Salad


Mix about 1 T of Marzetti Ranch Dressing (most natural ranch I've found) and 1 1/2 T Chipotle Sauce.
Add to lettuce along with desired amount of salsa and mozzarella and/or cheddar cheese.
You can crush some tortilla chips on top as well. Compliments any mexican dishes.

Sesame Dressing
This dressing I simply eyeball and I make mostly for myself prior to lunch meals.
Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar
Bragg's Amino Acids
Sesame Oil
Sesame Seeds
Chopped Red Bell Pepper
Chopped Cucumber
Both the cider vinegar and amino acids tend to be strong so you don't want to overdo it but talk about healthy and tasty! Mmm!
Bean and Cheese Salad
1/2 can rinsed pinto beans
1/2 can rinsed black beans
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Desired amount of Thousand Island Dressing
Crushed tortilla chips
Double this for larger gatherings. This is a crowd pleaser.

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