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Old 12-07-2011, 02:45 PM
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Made this the other night and it was good.

baby spinach
2-3 rashers of crispy bacon, crumbled
handful of roasted almonds, chopped
roasted tomatos/garlic cloves with olive oil, sea salt
red pepper, sliced
marinated artichokes
feta cheese

* tomatos, chunked *cherry tomatos , halved*
* garlic cloves, large cloves cut into 4
* toss with liberal amount olive oil, and sea salt until well-coated
* Roast at 450', for 10 minutes .. turn .. another 5-10 minutes, or until garlic starts to brown and tomato juices dry a little.

Layer of spinach leaves, sprinkle half roasted tomato/garlic mixture, few artichokes, half red pepper slices, sprinkle almonds chunks, bacon crumbles and a little feta, .. and re-layer the same. Very tasty, with the juices from the tomatos, garlic, olive oil and salt, combined with the vinagrette flavour of the marinated artichokes.
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:54 AM
Location: New Jersey
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I LOVE pasta salads!

sun dried tomato pasta salad

Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad

greek pasta salad

Stop & Shop

roasted garlic pasta caprese salad

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Old 12-10-2011, 10:10 AM
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Baby greens, strawberries, bleu or gorgonzola, and sugared pecans (just melt granulated sugar, stir around the nuts until coated and dump onto some wax paper). Poppyseed dressing, or a sweeter vinaigrette.
Wedge salad with a sliver of iceberg, crumbled bacon, crumbled bleu cheese, a few grape tomatoes, and bleu cheese dressing.
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Old 12-10-2011, 10:22 AM
Location: SoCal desert
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I always keep small baggies (about 1/2 - 3/4 cup) of cooked hamburger in the freezer. (I fry up 5 to 10 pounds at a time).

Salad for work -
Tupperware with a lid full of lettuce, some shredded cheese, some black olives, chopped onions and tomatoes if you want them, 3 to 4 tablespoons of your favorite salsa (or 6 or 8 or 10 ...). Throw it in your lunch bag. Throw a baggie of frozen hamburger in the bag.

Lunchtime comes, you can nuke the beef for a minute, put on top of the lettuce, and you have a basic taco salad. If you have a bag of tortilla chips laying around, crush 'em up and throw them on top.

Use mayo and ketchup instead of the salsa, use more cheese and maybe some crumbled bacon - and you have a cheese burger salad.
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Old 12-10-2011, 10:40 AM
Location: In a chartreuse microbus
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One of my favorite things to add to a typical green salad is sauteed veggies like carrots, onions, and/or peppers. Even snow peas fry up nice and quick and they really add a different flavor. I pour them over the croutons to soften them. I credit a local Italian place for getting me started on this. They chop carrots and red pepper on the diagonal and saute them to a crisp sweetness; they are fantastic.

Also, I like to mix my own homemade dressing that consists of olive or canola oil, balsamic vinegar, honey and a good brown mustard. This whip up thick with a sweet/sour taste.
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:12 PM
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My fave homemade salad is with spinach and you can mix with lettuce. Sliced red peppers, hard boiled egg, crumbled blue cheese and my absolutely favorite store bought dressing is Wishbone balsamic and basil vinaigrette.
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:42 PM
Location: Islip,NY
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My salad:
1 bag of dole Italian blend salad
1 bag of dole spring mix salad
1 can small pitted black olives
dill weed 2 tsp
1 can of chick peas
1 vidalia onion chopped or sliced thin
1 bottle of Ken's light red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing ( I use half of the large bottle)
1 bag crutons any kind you like
1/2 brick of cracker barrel NY aged white cheddar cheese shredded or 1 1/2 cups crumbled blue cheese. I use wither or depending on what I feel like having that day.
put all ingredients in a large salad bowl, add dressing and crutons and toss. can make the salad ahead but add the crutons and salad dressing just before serving. Keeps well in a plastic covered salad bowl for 2 days and tastes even better the day after.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:27 AM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Default That WOW salad!!

If you were asked to bring a very special salad to your next family get together what would you choose and why. Let's not say, cold slaw, potato or basic green salad. Let's think of something a little unusual.

I would take a cauliflower/broccoli salad with Ramen noodles, that had been slightly fried or roasted for crispness. I would add some pecans or almonds, make a raspberry lemon dressing and maybe even add a green onion or 2.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:42 AM
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Wow. Sorry, I would put your salad on "ignore".

I went to a luncheon the other day, and there was an Asian chicken salad, and a fresh fruit salad, with a fresh mint dressing, that was really, WOW! I never had a fresh mint dressing before, it made the salad really spectacular.

I guess I am boring, I like boring salads.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:43 AM
Location: Kanada 🍁
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One of our WOW salads is German pickled Herring salad. We always make it when we have to bring a dish, or I make it when someone comes. There are a few different ways to make this salad, so it is never dull or boring to eat this. Herring salad...or Matje...is very popular in parts of Germany and a traditional meal, handed down from generation to generation. Now my kids learned how to make it. Here are the ingredients of one way way we make it :

fillet herring , about 150-160 g per person
yogurt (5-6 tablespoons)
cream (100-150 ml)
3 green apples
lemon (spatter)
mustard (1 teaspoon)
1 cucumber
2 medium onions
5 small dill pickles and little bit brine out of the jar
pepper, salt, pinch of sugar
bunch of chives or spring onions
1 tomato
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