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Old 05-19-2008, 05:40 PM   #1
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Moved from the Budget Board: Salad recipes?? - Graduation party

Looking for some unique salad recipes for a graduation party. Making the traditional:

tuna/macaronni
potato salad
coleslaw
spaghetti salad
taco salad
chicken cesear salad

Any suggestions for something unique, simple, tasty and budget friendly????

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Old 05-19-2008, 05:55 PM   #2
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Spinach salad with strawberries and some poppyseed dressing....yummy. Throw in some walnuts for crunchy texture.

Carrot salad with pineapple bits and raisins.

Fruit cookie dessert... Purchased sugar cookie dough, spread with cream cheese I believe, then topped with strawberries, kiwi, etc. I'd need to google this one for the exact mix.


We love waldorf salad. Apples, walnuts, celery combined with mayo.

Jello salad. Fancy shaped jello container (bundt pan?) with fruit floating in the jello.

Have fun!

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Old 05-19-2008, 05:58 PM   #3
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Broccoli Waldorf

Fresh broccoli washed and divided into florets
grated carrot
chopped apple
raisins
some sort of nuts if you like

Mix together mayo, a little red wine vinegar, a dash of sugar.

Toss together about an hour or so before serving.

Very easy and very popular!

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Old 05-19-2008, 06:08 PM   #4
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Light Ramen® Salad
Ingredients:


1/2 cup toasted, sliced, or slivered almonds
4 cups shredded cabbage or lettuce for slaw, about 1/2 pound (packages are available in most supermarkets
1 carrot, shredded
3 green onions, white and part of the green, sliced on the diagonal
1 package chicken or beef flavor Top Ramen® (3 ounces)
Dressing:
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup or honey
- 1/4 cup apple juice (any fruit juice or nectar can be used)
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- Seasoning packet from the Top Ramen® package (see below).
Preparation:
1. Add all dressing ingredients to a food processor or medium bowl. Pulse or whisk until well-blended.
2. Add the salad ingredients (including the dry Top Ramen® noodles, broken into bite-size pieces) to a salad serving bowl and toss.
3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and gently toss. Serve!

Yield:
5 servings
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:18 PM   #5
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Light Ramen® Salad
Ingredients:


1/2 cup toasted, sliced, or slivered almonds
4 cups shredded cabbage or lettuce for slaw, about 1/2 pound (packages are available in most supermarkets
1 carrot, shredded
3 green onions, white and part of the green, sliced on the diagonal
1 package chicken or beef flavor Top Ramen® (3 ounces)
Dressing:
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup or honey
- 1/4 cup apple juice (any fruit juice or nectar can be used)
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- Seasoning packet from the Top Ramen® package (see below).
Preparation:
1. Add all dressing ingredients to a food processor or medium bowl. Pulse or whisk until well-blended.
2. Add the salad ingredients (including the dry Top Ramen® noodles, broken into bite-size pieces) to a salad serving bowl and toss.
3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and gently toss. Serve!

Yield:
5 servings
I was going to post this exact recipe. VERY GOOD and light too.
As for the package of slaw...I use broccoli slaw mix.
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:25 PM   #6
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Here are a few recipes. This one doesn't sound that great, but it's always a big hit anytime I take it to parties or barbeques, and everyone asks for the recipe.

Fiesta Cornbread Salad
1 (9 oz) pkg cornbread mix
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 env. Ranch salad dressing mix
2 (11 oz) cans Mexican corn, drained
2 (16 oz) cans pinto beans with jalapeno chilies, drained
2 med. tomatoes, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Prepare and bake the cornbread using package directions. Let stand until cool. Combine the mayonnaise, sour cream and dressing mix in a bowl; mix well. Toss the tomatoes, bell pepper and green onions in a bowl. Crumble 1/2the cornbread in to a large salad bowl or retangular cake pan. Layer with 1 can of the pinto beans, 1/2 the tomato mixture, 1 cup of the cheese and 1 can of the corn. Spread with 1/2 the mayonnaise mixture. Repeat the layers with the remaining ingredients. Chill, covered for two hours. Serves 12-15.


I was at a party and someone brought this as an appetizer. It was DELICIOUS!! When I asked for the recipe, I was surprised by the ingredients. I haven't tried the recipe yet myself, but it was a favorite at the party.

TEXAS CAVIAR FROM THE COWGIRL HALL OF FAME RESTAURANT
3 16-oz cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed of all juice
1 small jar chopped pimentos, juice included
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, green part only
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
3 canned or fresh jalapeño chiles, chopped
1 firm, ripe, chopped tomato
2 cups vinaigrette
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
3 cloves fresh garlic, pressed or minced
In a large bowl, stir all ingredients very well. Refrigerate for at least
4-6 hours, preferably overnight, in a sealed or covered container. Remember
the longer it sits, the better it gets!
Serve with old-fashioned saltine crackers or with corn tortilla chips.

Cowboy Caviar
2 14 oz cans black-eyed peas, drained
1 16 oz can kidney beans, drained
1 11 oz can corn, drained
1 14 oz can Rotel tomatoes
1 4 oz can chopped green chilies
1 4 oz can sliced black olives, drained
1 bottle Italian dressing
1 onion chopped
1 avocado, diced (optional)

Mix all in large bowl. Cover and chill at least 1 hours for flavors to blend. Serve with tortilla or corn chips. It's even better the next day.
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:27 PM   #7
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Here are two of our favorites.

1 box of bowtie pasta
1 red or green pepper diced(or a small jar of roasted red peppers)
1 red onion diced
1/4-1/2 lb of salami chopped
1 small bag of shredded mozarella cheese
1 can black olives
1 small bottle of Kens Italian dressing. *This is the only time I use Kens italian dressing...I normally don't like it but the sweetness of it really makes this dish.*


This may sound strange...
1 box of small shells pasta
1 bag or frozen or 6 ears of fresh corn cooked and cut of the cob.
Mix the pasta & corn together with your favorite vinegrette dressing..season with salt, pepper, garlic power & a little sugar.
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:29 PM   #8
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WOW!!! Thanks for the great ideas!!
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:37 PM   #9
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I have always loved a layered salad:

LAYERED PEA SALAD

1 head lettuce, broken in pieces
1 c. diced celery
1/2 c. chopped onion
2 c. frozen peas, do not cook
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
2 c. mayo
3 tbs sugar
8 oz. or more shredded cheese - works well with cheddar, swiss or parmesan (to cover the top of salad)
8 oz. crumbled bacon or 1 bottle (3 oz.) of Bacon Bits

Do not toss. Layer ingredients in a large bowl, refrigerate, the longer the better. Keeps well.

Toss when ready to serve.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:20 PM   #10
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I make a pasta salad, get compliments when I serve it:

2 types of pasta, cooked (I use tri color rotini and bowtie usually)
bottle of Newman's own Italian dressing
Can of chicken breast, drained and flaked
bacon bits (as much as you like)
fresh garlic (to taste)
pesto (to taste)
can, diced tomatoes (I use the ones with garlic and oregano)
shredded cheese - I usually use asaigo and parmesan

Mix these together - if it's too "dry" use either a bit of olive oil or submarine sandwich oil to taste.

Variations - you can add canned peas, cubes of ham instead of the chicken, sliced olives, or mostly anything you like - I call this "kitchen sink" pasta salad - we like it best at room temperature.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:38 PM   #11
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We LOVE corn salad.

2-3 cans of corn drained
1-2 cans sliced black olives drained
1-2 cucumbers chopped
1 large or 2 small red onions chopped
green onions...as many as you want
red bell pepper chopped (I sometimes leave this out
bottle ranch dressing
1lb bacon cooked and crumbled

Combine all in a large bowl and serve right away or put in the fridge for later. This is always a big hit when I take it anywhere.

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Old 05-19-2008, 07:52 PM   #12
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Similar to June's from above:

Broccoli Salad:
1 head fresh broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons white sugar
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sunflower seeds
10 slices bacon


DIRECTIONS
Cook and crumble bacon.
In a salad bowl, toss together broccoli, raisins and red onions. In a separate bowl, whisk together the white sugar, vinegar and mayonnaise. Pour over broccoli mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Before serving, sprinkle with sunflower seeds and crumbled bacon. Toss and serve.
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:23 PM   #13
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Ken's Pasta with Thousand Island


In a large bowl mix:
1 Prepare one box of Rigatoni
Chop 4 medium size roma tomatoes
Chop 3 hard boiled eggs
4 tablespoons of parmesean cheese
2 teaspoons of fresh basil
3 heaping tablespoons of Marie's Thousand Island Dressing

Discretionary: Add 1 pound of diced grilled chicken (after cooling to room temperature.

Mix well, chill for 15 minutes in fridge, mix again and serve.
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:28 PM   #14
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This chicken salad is always a hit.

Curry Cranberry Chicken Salad

1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lime juice /lemon will work too
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder (or more to taste)
4 1/2 cups chopped, cooked chicken
2 chopped apple or granny smith apples
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries (, Craisins)
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup chopped pecan
1/4 cup chopped scallion

Directions

Combine mayonnaise, lime juice and curry powder in large mixing bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:04 AM   #15
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Thank you!!

I'm going to try a few for the open house and some for just me later. Thanks for all the wonderful and unique ideas!!!!!

I knew I could count on my budget board friends.
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