Moved from the Budget Board: Salad recipes?? - Graduation party

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  1. magiclj

    magiclj Mouseketeer

    Aug 4, 2007
    Looking for some unique salad recipes for a graduation party. Making the traditional:

    potato salad
    spaghetti salad
    taco salad
    chicken cesear salad

    Any suggestions for something unique, simple, tasty and budget friendly????
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  3. 2TxAgs

    2TxAgs DIS Veteran

    Jun 24, 2001
    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!

  4. JuneCleaver

    JuneCleaver Mouseketeer

    Apr 8, 2002
    Broccoli Waldorf

    Fresh broccoli washed and divided into florets
    grated carrot
    chopped apple
    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!

  5. bb1955

    bb1955 Mouseketeer

    May 14, 2008
    Light Ramen® Salad

    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)
    - 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).
    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!

    5 servings
  6. D&DDisney

    D&DDisney <font color=red>Don't you get it?? You see the hat

    May 10, 2005
    I was going to post this exact recipe. VERY GOOD and light too.
    As for the package of slaw...I use broccoli slaw mix.
  7. TheBigBadWolf

    TheBigBadWolf <font color=blue>New Rule:<br><marquee><font color

    Dec 31, 2007
    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.

    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.
  8. chocovrdmicears

    chocovrdmicears DIS Veteran

    Mar 1, 2007
    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.*:confused3

    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.
  9. magiclj

    magiclj Mouseketeer

    Aug 4, 2007
    WOW!!! Thanks for the great ideas!!
  10. FormrCastMbr

    FormrCastMbr DIS Veteran

    Jun 14, 2006
    I have always loved a layered 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.
  11. tinatark

    tinatark DIS Veteran

    Aug 28, 2002
    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.
  12. Jaycey'smom

    Jaycey'smom Mouseketeer

    Oct 27, 2005
    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 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.
  13. yellowfish78

    yellowfish78 DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2004
    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

    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.
  14. Paging Tom Morrow

    Paging Tom Morrow DIS Veteran

    Mar 10, 2006
    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.
  15. Magic Mom

    Magic Mom <font color=teal>EVERYONE has the God given right

    Mar 11, 2008
    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


    Combine mayonnaise, lime juice and curry powder in large mixing bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients
  16. magiclj

    magiclj Mouseketeer

    Aug 4, 2007
    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.:love:
  17. Magic Mom

    Magic Mom <font color=teal>EVERYONE has the God given right

    Mar 11, 2008
    That sounds really yummy and different. Thanks!
  18. Darcy03231

    Darcy03231 DIS Veteran

    Nov 1, 2006
    This one get rave reviews every time I make it and everyone wants the recipe:


    (1) Head of Romaine Lettuce, torn into pieces
    (1) Apple
    (1) Pear
    (1) Cup Dried Cranberries
    (1/2) Cup Shredded Swiss Cheese
    (1) Cup Cashews

    Core and cube apple and pear (I put lemon juice on them to keep them from turning brown). Mix all ingredients together.


    1/3 cup white vinegar
    2/3 cup canola oil (or other light oil)
    1/2 cup sugar
    2 tbsp. lemon juice
    ½ tsp. salt
    2 tsp. minced onion (optional)
    2-3 tsp. poppyseed

    Mix well.
  19. Terry36

    Terry36 DIS Veteran

    Jun 24, 2007
  20. torismom

    torismom DIS Veteran

    Jul 4, 2000
    Below are two family favorites. Everybody loves them.
    Overnight Salad
    1 head Lettuce, washed, dried and torn into pieces
    1 large onion chopped finely
    1 pound bacon cooked, drained, broken into pieces
    1 head cauliflower, cut into bite sized pieces
    2 cups mayonnaise (can be reduced fat)
    3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
    salt and pepper to taste

    Prepare the night before serving. Prepare lettuce, onion, bacon, and cauliflower as instructed above. Mix Mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper together. Arrange the lettuce, bacon, cauliflower and onions in layers. Pour mayonnaise and cheese dressing over the last layer. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight. DO NOT PEEK. Uncover before serving and toss.

    Cocoa Cola Salad

    2 sm. box black cherry Jello
    1 lg. can pineapple tidbits
    1 lg. can black pitted cherries
    2 (10 oz.) cans Coke
    1 c. pecans chopped
    1 lg. pkg. cream cheese

    Drain juices from pineapple and cherries and bring to a boil.(add water to equal 2 cups if needed) Add Jello and dissolve, add coke,pecans,fruit and add cream cheese. I pinch off little bits of the cream cheese and dot throughout the pan. This will go into a 13 x 9 inch pan. Congeal
    The cocoa salad is also good made with lime jello, ginger ale, pineapple and mandarin oranges.
  21. smwf71

    smwf71 Mouseketeer

    Oct 29, 2004
    These ;ook so good - thanks - I'll do the Ramen one for my daughter's b-day party this Sat - went and got the rice vinegar today - thank you so much!

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