Wednesday, May 27, 2009

What Do You Do Wednesday

As promised, the next several What Would You Do Wednesdays are going to be a place to share your favorite recipes.

These posts will only be helpful if lots of people contribute. How yum would it be if all of us gave ONE of our favorites for each category. We'd be overflowing with delicious, proven recipes to try this summer.

If you have some great recipes for breakfast or soups, please click on the links below to add your recipes. It's not too late. At least once a week, I go back through these and use them while cooking dinner or deciding our menu for the week.

Favorite Breakfast

Favorite Soups

I'm going to put these posts under the link, "recipes" on this blog. To easily access it, every time you want to try a new recipe, or just keep from having to write one down yourself, scroll down to the section on this blog called "What We've Said About" and then click on "recipes." Easy!

This week...


What are your favorite salad recipes?

Join us in the comment section and share your salad secrets!


Hendrick Family said...

Oh, I have so many favorite salads. I love salad!

Here's one from Jenn...yum!

Layered Chicken Salad

1 green pepper, chopped
1/2 to 1 red onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
16 oz. bag frozen peas, not thawed
1 T sugar
4-6 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
1 pint real mayo
8 oz. shredded parmesan cheese
2 heads lettuce, shredded
1 pkg. bacon cooked and crumbled
1 box onion and garlic croutons

In large salad bowl, layer green pepper, red onion, celery, and frozen peas.  Sprinkle 1 T sugar over peas.  Layer chicken over peas.  Spread mayo over chicken, seal to edges.  Sprinkle parmesan.  Cover tightly and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.  Just before serving, add lettuce to layered ingredients and toss well.  Then add bacon and 1/2 box of croutons.  Toss again and serve.
This serves like 16 people, so if I just make it for my family, and Heather because I always take her some, I cut the recipe in half.  We love it!

My Aunt Diane makes this salad...everything she makes is DELICIOUS...

½ Cup Sugar
2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds
1 ½ Tablespoons Onion
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
½ Teaspoon Paprika
½ Cup Vegetable Oil
½ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
sliced strawberries

Mix everything with spinach leaves and sliced strawberries.

Note from Heather:
For REAL, this is my favorite thing to eat EVER. When she makes this at Christmas or Thanksgiving, I do not eat ANYTHING ELSE. I’m not kidding. It’s so good.

This salad is one Lynsey made at KK's Luau. I ate so much of it I was embarrassed.

Tropical Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette

* 6 slices bacon
* 1/4 cup pineapple juice
* 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* freshly ground black pepper to taste
* salt to taste
* 1 (10 ounce) package chopped romaine lettuce
* 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
* 1/2 cup chopped and toasted macadamia nuts
* 3 green onions, chopped
* 1/4 cup flaked coconut, toasted

1. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
2. In a cruet or jar with a lid, combine pineapple juice, red wine vinegar, oil, pepper and salt. Cover and shake well.
3. In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, pineapple, macadamia nuts, green onions and bacon. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. Garnish with toasted coconut.

Mrs. H. said...

Here are the links to some favorites at our house -

Glazed Fruit Salad

Olive Garden Salad

Salad Greens w/ Creamy Sweet Dressing - my new favorite!

Spriral Pasta Salad - Ab's favorite

We also love strawberry spinach salad, too!

Have a good day! :-)

steph-a-ronie said...

This may be odd, but I lovvvvvve to put cottage cheese and salsa in my salads.


Just get yourself a big ole' bowl of greens, add in some shredded cabbage for crunch, cucumbers, avacado, tomatoes, hummus, marinated veggies, and even a dollop of this (

The Wakefields said...

Avocados are one of my very favorite foods and this salad is great! It's so light and fresh!

Paula Deen's Avocado Chicken Salad

3 cups cooked, diced chicken
3 cups cooked white rice
2 avocados, peeled, diced, and tossed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup mayonnaise
1 to 2 teaspoons pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

Avocado Dressing:
1 large avocado, peeled and mashed with 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
Dash cayenne pepper
Thick, crusty bread, multi-grain or sourdough, for serving
Lemon wedges, for garnish

Hendrick Family said...

Oh, that Paula Deen! She will make you fat, but happy!


Kari said...

Here's the requested Pasta Salad!

1 pkg multi-colored rotini
1 bottle of Greek Vinaigrette Dressing
1 small feta cheese - crumbled
1 can small olives - drained
1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts - drained and chopped
1 yellow pepper - diced
1 orange pepper - diced
1 red pepper - diced
1 bunch green onions - diced
1 small purple onion - diced
cherry or grape tomatoes - I leave whole unless they are a little larger, than I slice in half

Cook pasta, drain, toss with a little EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) Gotta love Rachael Ray!!
Let cool
Add veggies

Let salad chill for a few hours or overnight!


The Williams Family said...

Did you ever get that broccoli salad recipe that was at Erin Mosiers baby shower? It was yum...

Hendrick Family said...

That's so funny you asked, Carrie. Right before I posted this I emailed Kari to ask her to add her pasta salad recipe...thanks, Kari! And, I emailed Tara to ask her to add her broccoli salad recipe. Hopefully she will!


blessed said...

I love this is always a hit at parties! I had this for the first time at a Greek Restaurant. I came up with the recipe based on the dish, so it is not precise.

Greek salad:

1 Hothouse cucumber, peeled and diced
1 package grape tomatoes
2 Avacado
1 container of crumbled Feta
1 red onion, diced

You can also add bowtie pasta and chicken!

Dressing: I just use a good balsamic vinegarette.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Landreneau Family said...

This is one of our family favorites for Christmas. It's rich! It's similar to the first comment, but no chicken or cheese.


Green leaf lettuce
Iceburg lettuce (I substitute the red leaf lettuce for iceburg)
2 Bunches green onions (chopped)
1 box frozen sweet peas (the little ones)
4-6 boiled eggs (chopped)
1 pound bacon (cooked crisp and crumbled)
a few radishes (sliced thin)
1 pound mushrooms (sliced thin)

Clean lettuces and spinach and spin or drain well.

Layer ingredients in 9 x 13 pan in the order listed above.

Top with dressing:

2 cups mayonnaise
1-1/2 cup sour cream
1 package ranch dressing

Landreneau Family said...

I should have mentioned my previous comment that this salad is cut like a cake and served in squares.

Hendrick Family said...

The yummy salad from Tara!

Broccoli Salad
8 cups broccoli florets
7-8 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
1/2 cup toasted pecans
1 sm. red onion, chopped
1/2 cup matchstick carrots
1 small gala apple, diced
1/2 c dried cranberries
1/2 c raisins
3/4 (12oz) bottle Brianna's Poppy Seed Dressing- or you can make your own dressing using mayo, sugar, and vinegar.

Toss all ingredients together!