Feta and Onion Salad Recipe ~ A Perfect Picnic Salad

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Feta and Onion Salad?  Are You Kidding Me?

That’s right!  Feta and Onion Salad.  When someone presented it to me for dinner one night, I thought they were crazy.  Raw onions, in a salad, with some cheese sprinkled in?  That sounded really weird, and not very tasty at all.  Being inquisitive, however, I tasted what my mom always called a “Thank You Bite” so I wouldn’t hurt my friend’s feelings.  Then, I piled my plate with it!  The sweetest onions I’ve ever tasted, paired with a brined, salty cheese that brought out the sweetness even more.  My tastebuds were at odds with my brain, trying to figure out how Feta and Onion Salad could be quite that tasty!

Perfect Onion Varieties for Feta and Onion Salad

The original choice for this deliciously cool salad was Vidalia onions.  If you’ve never had these beauties, they are sweet, crisp, and perfect.  They are grown in certain areas of Georgia, and are even the state vegetable!  Another variety that is great for this salad is a Texas Sweet.  They have a sugary taste that compliments the saltiness of the cheese perfectly.  The last variety is aptly named Candy.  These onions are as sweet and tasty as the other two, and work well in Feta and Onion Salad.  Your pick depends on your personal choice and what’s available in your area.

Feta and Onion Salad Recipe ~ A Perfect Picnic Salad

Feta and Onion Salad Recipe ~ A Perfect Picnic Salad

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Vidalia (or sweet) onions, sliced very thin
  • 4 oz feta cheese
  • 1/4 C chopped parsley
  • 1 green pepper, sliced very thin
  • ¼ C olive oil
  • 2 T. white wine vinegar
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • ½ t. dry oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Chill to marinate for at least 4 hours.
  3. Serve with your favorite meal.
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Slicing Things Thin for Feta and Onion Salad

The easiest way to slice things super thin for this crispy salad is with a mandolin.  If you’ve never used one, it’s one of the most indispensible things in my kitchen.  It slices things thin to thick, depending on what setting you have it on, and makes short work of it.  It’s perfect to use for the Feta and Onion Salad.  When I first recommended it to a friend that makes this salad, she told me she doesn’t like gadgets and slicing the onions thin doesn’t take THAT long.  So I brought mine over and showed her. She bought one the next day.  Not only is it great for Feta and Onion salad, but for pickles, salads, and anything you want sliced perfectly!  (Seriously…head out to your favorite cooking shop and find one!)

Feta and Onion Salad Mandolin

 

2-3 Vidalia (or sweet) onions, sliced very thin

4 oz feta cheese

1/4 C chopped parsley

1 green pepper, sliced very thin

¼ C olive oil

2 T. white wine vinegar

2 T. lemon juice

½ t. dry oregano

salt & pepper to taste

 

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.

Chill to marinate for at least 4 hours.

Serve with your favorite meal.

 

Change things up a bit at your next cookout and serve Feta and Onion Salad!

 

Restaurant Italian Salad Dressing Recipe

Italian Salad Dressing

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Dress Up Your Simple Salad with Homemade Italian Salad Dressing

I love a simple salad in the summer, something I can make quickly, but that is still delicious and healthy.  There is a restaurant that I love to frequent that has such a salad, and it was time to bring it home to my kitchen.  Their Italian Salad Dressing, the house specialty, is what makes this salad one of the very best I’ve ever had.  Fantastic greens blanket whatever other veggies you love.  For me, it’s fresh tomatoes and cucumbers.  Especially when they are out of my garden!  Whatever your favorite salad, this dressing is amazing on it.  Now that I have a bottle of dressing in the fridge, I need to make a Cobb salad to put it on!

What Goes into Italian Salad Dressing?

Lots of people have their own recipes for Italian Salad Dressing.  My family has one too.  What is common in most of them is olive oil and vinegar.  Quality counts in this recipe, and since you aren’t cooking the oil, a quality extra virgin olive oil is perfect for this Italian Salad Dressing.  I love red wine vinegar in most of my Italian Salad Dressing recipes, but for this particular one, apple cider vinegar works amazingly well.  The flavor in the vinegar adds a lot of depth and a bit of sweetness to this Italian Salad Dressing.  The other thing that makes this a stand out when it comes to Italian Salad Dressing is anchovy paste.  The original recipe called for filets, but I find the paste works great because with a few shakes, it melts right into the dressing.  It doesn’t give a harsh fishy taste either, as you might expect.  It’s just another layer of flavor in a delicious Italian Salad Dressing.

Restaurant Italian Salad Dressing ~ Make the Amazing at Home!

Restaurant Italian Salad Dressing ~ Make the Amazing at Home!

Ingredients

  • 1 t anchovy paste
  • 1/2 C apple cider vinegar
  • 1 C extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 t oregano
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1 t garlic, finely diced
  • 3 T cornstarch (I use finely ground tapioca starch and it's great)

Instructions

  1. In a jar, place the paste, vinegar, and oil. Cap and shake well.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and shake well.
  3. Serve over your favorite salad.
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Italian Salad Dressing:  A Pretty Summertime Gift

I love making Italian Salad Dressing in a jar that I’ve kept out of the recycle bin, or even canning jars.  As long as it has a lid, it’s fair game.  I pour in all the ingredients, give it a few good shakes, and add a ribbon.  Poof!  The perfect summer gift for anyone on your list!

 

1 t anchovy paste

1/2  C apple cider vinegar

1 C extra virgin olive oil

1/2 t oregano

1/2 t salt

1/4 t pepper

1 t garlic, finely diced

3 T cornstarch (I use finely ground tapioca starch and it’s great)

 

In a jar, place the paste, vinegar, and oil.  Cap and shake well.

Add the remaining ingredients and shake well.

Serve over your favorite salad.

 

Next time you have a salad, don’t reach for the bottle of premade stuff!  Make some Italian Salad Dressing and enjoy!

 

 

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Summer Chop Salad Recipe ~ Upscale Your Garden Salad

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Chop Salad is a Great Change to the Average Garden Salad

It will soon be time to harvest veggies from our own home gardens, or farmer’s markets with fresh local produce will be popping up for our shopping pleasures.  Chop Salad is a great way to change up how you think of salad, and not get bored with the same old salad every day or week.  A few distinctive ingredients, that you might not always think of in your salads, will make Chop Salad outstanding.

What Makes Chop Salad Outstanding?

Chop Salad has a base of romaine lettuce, chopped small, but that’s the boring part.  The amazing parts of Chop Salad are rich kalamata olives, with their meaty, briny flavor, as well as smoky roasted red peppers.  I purchase mine in olive oil and garlic, for an additional yummy flavor.  The last ingredient that makes Chop Salad really distinctive is feta cheese.  The creamy, tangy texture is amazing in just about everything you can put it in, and it takes salad from boring to phenomenal with just a few crumbles.  When you put these three ingredients in a traditional salad, then change it up by cutting everything fine, the salad is a stand out at any table or carry in.

How Fine is Fine in Chop Salad?

I chop everything about 1/4 to 1/2 inch dice in Chop Salad.  It makes things nicely even, which makes it easier to eat, and also gives it a beautiful presentation in your bowl.  It takes just a few extra minutes, but with a good chef knife, it’s easy and really worth the effort.

Summer Chop Salad ~ Upscale Your Garden Salad

Summer Chop Salad ~ Upscale Your Garden Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 hothouse cucumber
  • 3 green onions
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 1/2 C pitted kalamata olives
  • 4 oz feta cheese
  • 1/2 C roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 can garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1/4 C white wine vinegar
  • 1 T dried oregano
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Chop all of the vegetables to a fine (1/4 to 1/2 inch) dice. Place in a bowl and toss.
  2. Sprinkle the oregano, salt, and pepper over the salad.
  3. Mix the olive oil and vinegar, then pour over the salad and toss.
  4. Serve chilled.
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Chop Salad For a Bright Addition to Your Winter Table Too!

All of the ingredients in a Chop Salad are available year round at the grocery store, so don’t relegate this beautiful dish to your summer table!

 

2 heads romaine lettuce

1/2 hothouse cucumber

3 green onions

1/2 sweet onion

1/2 C pitted kalamata olives

4 oz feta cheese

1/2 C roasted red peppers

1/2 can garbanzo beans

1/4 C olive oil

1/4 C white wine vinegar

1 T dried oregano

salt

pepper

 

Chop all of the vegetables to a fine (1/4 to 1/2 inch) dice.  Place in a bowl and toss.

Sprinkle the oregano, salt, and pepper over the salad.

Mix the olive oil and vinegar, then pour over the salad and toss.

Serve chilled.

 

Bring a bit of summer to your table with Chop Salad!

 

 

Hot German Potato Salad Recipe

Hot German Potato Salad

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Hot German Potato Salad isn’t like regular salads, and you probably can’t pick it up in your local deli.  Instead of the typical mayonnaise based dressing, this has a vinegar and bacon cooked dressing that is tangy and just amazing.  Plus, you serve it warm.  With bacon.  Can it really get any better?

If you want to feed this one to a crowd, boil the potatoes ahead of time and reheat them in the microwave.  Or, even easier, toss it finished into a Crock-Pot on low.  Stir it every once in a while to keep it from sticking to the sides.

Hot German Potato Salad Recipe

Hot German Potato Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 5 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 T flour
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 t celery salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 water
  • 1/4 apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan. Add enough water to cover and 1/2 t salt. Heat to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender. Drain and place in a bowl; set aside.
  2. In a saute pan, fry the bacon until crispy. Remove to a bowl, leaving the drippings in the pan.
  3. Saute the onion in the drippings until tender and clear. Add the flour, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir and cook over low heat until the mixture is bubbly.
  4. Remove from the heat; add the water and vinegar. Return to the heat and cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Add the bacon back in.
  5. Pour the mixture over the potatoes and toss gently. Serve warm.
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Hot German Potato Salad for Picnics

While this makes a fantastic side dish in the winter, it’s also great in the summer!  Serve it up with your hamburgers and hot dogs, or even at a hog roast!  Amaze your friends and family with this dish and skip the mayo based salad.  Also a plus, you don’t have to worry about the mayonnaise making anyone sick!  I always worry about that at hot summer picnics.

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Stacked Green Salad Recipe

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Stacked Green Salad

1 head iceberg lettuce, torn (about 6 Cups)

10-12 oz. package frozen peas

4-5 Green Onions

16 oz. Shredded Cheddar Cheese

2/3 Cup Mayonnaise

1/3 Cup Sugar

1 tsp. salt

4 oz. Mozzarella Cheese, julienned

1 lb. Bacon, fried and crumbled

Directions:

In a big (glass if you have one) bowl, layer 1/3 of the lettuce, peas, onions and cheddar cheese. Mix the Mayo with the sugar and spread 1/3 over the salad; repeat layers 2 more times. Top with Bacon and juleanned Mozzarella cheese.

If you want, you could substitute for the bacon some grilled chicken breast, turkey or ham.

Refrigerate at least 2 hours. If you need to you can make this one 24 hours ahead of serving time.

This salad is healthy….well let’s just pretend since it’s called “Salad”  😉 hehe…and is a hit every time served.

Ingredients
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, torn (about 6 Cups)
  • 10-12 oz. package frozen peas
  • 4-5 Green Onions
  • 16 oz. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2/3 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 oz. Mozzarella Cheese, julienned
  • 1 lb. Bacon, fried and crumbled
Instructions
  1. In a big (glass if you have one) bowl, layer 1/3 of the lettuce, peas, onions and cheddar cheese. Mix the Mayo with the sugar and spread 1/3 over the salad; repeat layers 2 more times. Top with Bacon and juleanned Mozzarella cheese.
  2. If you want, you could substitute for the bacon some grilled chicken breast, turkey or ham.
  3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. If you need to you can make this one 24 hours ahead of serving time.

Ranch Chicken and Bacon Pasta Salad Recipe

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Ranch Chicken & Bacon Pasta Salad

 

Ingredients:
1 c. mayonnaise
1 c. Ranch salad dressing
2 c. veggies of choice (I used peas) however I am would love to try this with some tomatoes and cucumbers
1/2 lb. Canned & or boiled chicken
1/2 lb. Real Bacon bits & or real bacon chopped
1 lb. pasta of your choice, cooked and rinsed with cold water
1 c. shredded cheese
Salt and pepper (to your choice)

How to Whip this Up:
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the mayonnaise and Ranch dressing.
Add the veggies, chicken and bacon.
Stir to combine.
Add the chilled pasta and toss to coat.
Stir in the shredded cheese.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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