Summer Salads
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Cynthia had such a great idea to swap hors ideas - how about we carry it a little further - summer salads? Love the make ahead ones!!

NOTE: I notice I've abreviated extra-virgin olive oil to EVO in lots of recipes - heck of a lot easier to type.


16 ozs salad macaroni -- cooked
1/2 c red onion -- minced
8 ozs marinara sauce
1 1/2 c celery -- chopped
1 c sweet pickle relish
4 ozs black olives -- chopped or sliced
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 c mayonnaise -- or miracle whip
salt and pepper

Mix together the marinara sauce, celery, relish, olives & chili powder. Add the cooked macaroni & onion, combine gently.
Cover and refrigerate a few hours or overnite.

When ready to use mix in the mayo and salt & pepper.

"Copied this from one of Catherine Sadler's books one early morn."

NOTES : This salad will keep in the frig a week and just gets better & better!


Recipe By :a Chef's Journey

3 c cooked rice
1/2 c sliced green onions
7 ozs can whole kernal corn, w/sweet pepper, crained
1 c finely diced cheddar cheese
Creamy dressing - follows
1/2 -1 cup thawed frozen peas
1/4 c salad oil
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp crushed rd pepper
1/2 c mayonnaise
2 T. red wine vinegar
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp grd. cumin

Stir together the dressing ingredients and set aside.

In a bowl, stir together all the salad ingred plus the dressing.
Cover & chill at least 4 hours or overnight.

"Started making this salad in Healdsburg, CA ~late 70s"

I think the corn salad is the best new one from last summer!! Anxious for good corn!


Recipe By :Williams Sonoma Entertaining book
Serving Size : 8

3 limes, juice of
2 tsps grd. cumin
1 tsp mild chili powder
6 fl ozs EVO, plus more for brushing
Coarse salt & freshly grd. pepper
6 ears corn, shucked
18 ozs cherry tomatoes, halved
2 ozs diced red onion
3/4 oz chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 - 1/3 lb. feta cheese, diced
2 tsps cumin seeds, toasted & lightly crushed

Whisk together the lime juice, grd. cumin, & chili powder. Stream in the EVO to make a vinaigrette. Season w/s&p.

Prepare grill to med-high heat. Brush a little EVO on each ear. Grill, turning the ears often so that they cook evenly, till lightly charred, ~10 min.

Cut kernels off cob. Put the kernels in a large bowl.
Add the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, feta, & the vinaigrette & toss to coat.

Transfer salad to platter & sprinkle with the cumin seeds.
Serve at once. (this will hold before sprinkling with cumin seeds for a couple of hours.)

Serving Ideas : ----------
9/21/04 - served with Chipotle Baby Back Ribs - Barberra was very good wine with the entrée

NOTES : This is a wonderful summer salad!
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  Re: Summer Salads by cjs (Cynthia had such a g...)
Hi cj

These salads look wonderful - can't wait for summer and corn!
Here's one of my favorite summer salads

Tomato and Couscous Salad

2 1/4 cups canned chicken broth
1 10-ounce box plain couscous

1 cup chopped green onions
1 generous cup quartered grape tomatoes
1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
Salt and pepper to taste

Garnish - Grape tomatoes, halved

Bring chicken broth to boil in saucepan. Add couscous. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 5 minutes. Transfer to large bowl. Fluff with fork. Cool.
Mix all ingredients except halved grape tomatoes into couscous. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill.) Garnish with grape tomatoes.

Cherry tomatoes can be used instead of grape, but I happen to like the grape tomato better.

  Re: Summer Salads by cjs (Cynthia had such a g...)
Chicken Salad

3 cooked chicken breasts, shreadded & torn
1 sweet onion, chopped
2-3 celery stalks, chopped
1 bunch curley parsley, chopped
1 can sliced water chestnuts, chopped
1 small jar dill relish
1 cup (or more) mayo
1 Tbls. worcestershire
seasoned salt to taste
black, white, & cayenne pepper to taste

Mix everything in a large bowl by hand, adding ingredients until taste and consistency suits you. Great for stuffing a tomato, in a sandwich, on a bed of lettuce, with cantalope--and on and on.
"He who sups with the devil should have a. long spoon".
  Re: Re: Summer Salads by OldVirginia (Hi cj[br][br]These s...)
OOOO Guys---these look great!!! Gotta put on my thinking cap to compete with those---watch this space!
"Never eat more than you can lift" Miss Piggy
  Re: Re: Summer Salads by Roxanne 21 (OOOO Guys---these lo...)
I rather like corn cut from the cob, raw. Peas from the pod, raw. Finely sliced celery, about 1/4 inch at most. Green beans, grown fresh, snapped, and raw. It is quite nice to chop a fresh peach thru it, or nectarine. Apricots are good, but don't give the juice. The dressing can be anything you favour for flavour. But you might consider a light one that gets itself involved with herbs.
  Re: Re: Summer Salads by vannin (I rather like corn c...)
great ideas so far - looks like a summer of wonderful new salads!! (I'm in the trailer right now...and I brot a container of couscous... )
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  Re: Re: Summer Salads by cjs (great ideas so far -...)
I love chooks, roasted, with peaches in the salad. Mostly lettuce with sprouts, (mung) and some raw onion rings and stuff. I have only used tinned peaches (no sugar added) so far, and I like that, but fresh peaches could be a go. The peaches sort of gather a bit around the chook too, like little peeping chicklings. I always use gravy too, it just goes somehow.
  Re: Re: Summer Salads by vannin (I love chooks, roast...)
Bringing this to the top again for Mother's Day menus!!
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  Re: Re: Summer Salads - for Mother's Day by cjs (Bringing this to the...)
I am fixing the chicken parmesan roulades for my wife. I make my own caeser salad. I am substituting diced petite tomatoes for the cherry tomatoes and making more of a sauce. I will serve the chicken roulades on a bed of salad with angel hair pasta with the sauce on the side. How does that sound? Oh, the roulades are in the current issue.
"He who sups with the devil should have a. long spoon".
  Re: Re: Summer Salads - for Mother's Day by Old Bay (I am fixing the chic...)
"How does that sound?" - oh, just delicious, is all!!

Years ago Ortega published a Caesar salad that is fun to alternate with the standard caesar - (did I post this before?)


Recipe: Ortega Mexican Cook book
Serving Size: 8

Cilantro & Green Chile Dressing:
1 c cilantro leaves, whole -- freshly ground
3/4 c mayonnaise, imitation -- low fat
3/4 c vegetable oil
4 ozs Green Chiles -- diced
1/4 c red wine vinegar
1/4 c pine nuts -- toasted
1 oz Feta cheese -- or cotija, crumbled
1 clove garlic -- peeled
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
(throwing in some anchovies doesn't hurt either... )
Caesar Salad:
1 large head Romaine lettuce -- rinsed, patted dry & chopped
2 c croutons, seasoned
4 ozs green chiles -- whole, cut into strips
2 ozs feta cheese -- or cotija, crumbled
1/2 c pine nuts -- toasted

Dressing: Place all ingred. in processor or blender container; cover.
Process till coarsely chopped.
Cover; chill for 1 hour or till flavors are blended.

Salad: Combine all the ingred except the pine nuts; add 1/2 cup dressing; toss well to coat.
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