Showing posts with label salad. Show all posts
Showing posts with label salad. Show all posts

Sunday, September 16, 2012

super delish: asian broccoli salad


I had been craving something different and my thoughts were lingering on a large container of broccoli salad that i had seen at sam's club a few days prior. since sam's is 45-minutes from my house (and hello, it is the sabbath) here's what i came up with. hint #1 it was great: my kitchen was a total mess when i was finished.

fresh broccoli, chopped (use more or less depending on how many servings you want)
1 romaine heart, chopped
1 bunch of green onion, chopped
1/2 lb. bacon, fried and chopped (or as much freaking bacon as you love)
1 large handful of dried cranberries
green onion, chopped
1 package of ramen noodles
1 T. butter
rice vinegar

maybe i should call this asian broccoli chop salad in honor of all the chopping that goes on? when you have it all done, combine the broccoli, romaine, green onion, bacon, green onion and cranberries into a large bowl; toss together.

next, crunch up the ramen noodles while still packaged. melt the butter on medium-high heat and add the ramen noodles. stir until golden brown and set aside.

 for the dressing (in a separate bowl) start with a cup of mayo, a few shakes of rice vinegar, and a few T. of sugar. i don't give measurements here because there is a lot of flexibility within the dressing recipe. if you like more of a tangy flavor, add more rice vinegar. if you like less, just add a little. same with the sugar. if you like it really sweet, add a little more. and obviously, the more broccoli you have, the more dressing you make. once the dressing is blended, pour over the broccoli mix and with a large spoon or spatula, toss until coated.

add the ramen on top and stir into the salad. refrigerate until ready to serve.

it was awesome. and we ate the whole bowl.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Diet Food

okay, so i am on a diet. a real live freaking diet. i went and bought an actual scale and spent 50 bones on food just for me. i even cleaned out my own little drawer in the refrigerator...this is mostly because little hands will snag my goods and in one of our daily hectic moments,  i will get all crazy and stuff my face with chocolate chips. steps.

anyway, some of the things i bought included fresh arugula and spinach leaves and pre-cooked chicken. by tyson. i actually kind of love it. i've bought it a few times since mr. nash-man has been born and it is really great for quick salads, quesadillas, throw-together pizza, ect.

so i made this really good salad by accident. i tossed arugula and spinach leaves together and served the above chicken on top, sprinkled with shredded parmesan, salt and pepper, and drizzled with a salad dressing i just made up on the spot. guess what? that salad dressing rocked and my simple salad turned into an awesome salad, just. like. that.

i poured a little olive oil in my dressing shaker, smashed up a clove of garlic, squeezed lemon juice in and seasoned with salt and pepper. i mixed it all together and ate that mother up!

now, if only i can stay away from those chocolate chips...

ps. my sis-in-law, danielle, started a cake blog! she lives in st. louis and is the most talented cake decorator i know. all her cakes are amazing and taste unbelievably good. check her out...

Monday, July 4, 2011

Pasta Salad for the 4th.

check it. this pasta salad is amazing. the writers at bon appetit warned of taking pasta salads to bbqs. that they were too overdone and never that good, anyway.

whatever, bon appetit. i am totally disagreeing with you, much like i do about something in every issue. mid-west people are exempt from trendy-food rules anyway...except for that delicious looking blackberry buttermilk cake i am about to, we love our carbs.

anyway. it's good. and got gobbled up at 2 (two!) back-to-back bbqs. so there. and, it's gorgeous, no?

you should totally make it. here's how.

2 12 oz. boxes of rainbow rotini
1 bottle of kraft sun-dried tomato vinaigrette

1 onion, diced
1 lg. tomato, diced
1 green pepper, diced
pepperoni, cut up
2 small cans of slice black olives
...and really just about anything else you want to add...

boil the pasta, drain, and start adding. once everything is added, pour the whole bottle of dressing in and mix to coat everything. refrigerate until serving time. (and it is usually better the next day)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Another Cabbage Salad

my Mom, Triston, me. Jackson, and my Grandmother Lillian  -Christmas 2007

If there was one thing to know about my grandmother, it was that she was an accomplished cook. Feeding nine children every day is no small feat, and from what I can remember, it was not just any kind of food. It bordered gourmet meals every. night. It was her passion in life and one of things most missed when she succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease, which she has battled now for 5 years.

My mom inherited many of her prized cookbooks, and found in one a handwritten recipe for a coleslaw dish. My mom didn't hesitate to make it and we found that it is, well....awesome. But, it's not a creamy kind of coleslaw you might serve with fried fish (although it would certainly go), but more of a light cabbage salad, a perfect accompaniment to any summer dish.

Anyway, I couldn't get enough of it and so I'd like to share....

Lillian's Coleslaw Salad

1  large head of cabbage, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 tsp. salt
2 c. sugar
3/4 c. water
3/4 c. white vinegar
1 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. dry mustard

After chopping vegetables, add salt and mix together in large bowl. Let sit in refrigerator for one hour, then drain excess water. Meanwhile, bring to boil last 5 ingredients until sugar dissolves, 2-3 minutes, and set aside.  Pour liquid over vegetables and toss lightly to coat. You can eat right away, but tastes even better when chilled a couple of hours. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Lovin: Pear Gorgonzola Salad With a Balsamic Vinegarette.

Let me tell you a story. This morning, I woke up (after only 3 hours of sleep that I sacrificed in the name of Edward Cullen...Eclipse premiere at midnight...which was amazing, in case you wanted to know) I was exhausted, but, as you know, your kids never care for this detail. And when you choose to watch a movie such as Twilight at the crazy fan midnight showing, neither does your husband. I digress.

So I woke up. I put a cartoon on for Bryce and let Triston and Jackson play a PBSKids game on the computer. Curious George, their favorite. I started to do my normal mom-routine - picking up from the night before, opening all the blinds, making beds, holding my skin up on my face in their mirror trying to conceal the bags under my eyes, ect. I made breakfast for the boys and called for them to come eat it at the table. At this point, 45 minutes had passed since the time we woke up, maybe 20 since I had checked on the kids. Triston  and Jackson came running to the table when I called, but Bryce was not trailing them, like usual.

"Bryce"? I called. No answer. I went into the living room, no Bryce. I checked in my room, the bathrooms - no Bryce. I immediately checked all the doors, they were all locked. I ran down to the basement,  no Bryce. I started calling for him more urgently, looking under beds and in closets. Triston and Jackson started to worry and joined me. I ran outside, even though there was absolutely no way he could have gotten out, and I ran to the pond. It was still. I ran back inside around the house screaming his name at this point. NO BRYCE.

This kid was no where to be found. He wasn't anywhere.Triston stopped me in my tracks and told me we needed to pray, so we did. In my panicked state, I grabbed the phone and dialed 9-1-1. I told the operator that my 2-year-old was missing, that I couldn't find him anywhere. She took my name and address as I walked back into the living room, my eyes darting in every corner.

I scanned across the room and stopped. I looked back to a recliner that sits caddy corner agaist a wall. There is thismuch space between the side of the chair and the wall. And I saw a tuft of hair sticking up over the left arm. I ripped the chair away from the wall and there he was. WITH A WHOLE TRAY OF ICE CUBES THAT HE SNAGGED OUT OF THE FREEZER, happily sucking and munching on them, away.

"I found him!" I shouted at the operator. I gave my apologies and appreciation and got off the phone. I kneeled down and asked Bryce, "Did you know we were looking for you?"

"MMM-Hmmm," he sang out. "Me eating ice cubes!" What could I do? I was so relieved, I just let him finish off the tray. And then I promptly said a prayer of thanks.
 The End.

Now, if that didn't give you heartburn....try this salad. I liked it when I made it. I did, but I didn't think I loved it. However, I have thought about this salad every single day, since. That sounds like love to me, don't you think? It's really very good.

Pear Gongorzola Salad.

2 Hearts of Romaine, washed and chopped
Handful of fresh Spinach, washed and torn
4 ripe pears, skinned, cored, and chopped
almond slices or slivers
Gorgonzola Cheese (I think Bleu or Feta would work just fine)

Toast the almonds in butter over medium heat until browned. Set aside. Place romaine, spinach, and pears in large bowl, tossing until combined. Sprinkle toasted almonds and Gorgonzola over top and combine. Make this Balsamic Vinegarette from Emeril. It's simple and sassy. I decreased the oil to 1/2 cup and I didn't add the sugar. Just pour over salad and toss to coat.
 And don't loose your kids in the house and call 9-1-1, like me.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mustard Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

This is my favorite salad dressing.

3/4 T. Poppy Seed
1/3 C. White Vinegar
3/4 C. Canola Oil
1/3 C. Sugar
3/4 t. Salt
2 t. prepared Mustard

Pour ingredients together and mix well. I put all ingredients in a salad dressing mixer, but a jar with a lid would work just fine. Just shake well until the sugar dissolves.
I love this dressing just over plain spinach leaves, but it is especially good on this salad:

Head of Romaine Lettuce, chopped
 1/2 lb. cooked Bacon

bunch of Spinach, chopped 
1 can Mandarin Oranges
Mushrooms, sliced
1/2 C. Slivered Almonds
grated Swiss Cheese
Red Onion, chopped

Toast the almonds in a little butter over medium heat until golden, set aside. Combine the other ingredients in large bowl and toss. I keep the dressing separate from the salad until serving time, and then I just pour it  in individual bowls. Also, these ingredients are approximately measured. I add more or less based on what size of salad I am making. This salad will keep for a day or two, but the mushrooms can get funky kind of quick, so keep that in mind!

Did you know that supposedly poppy seeds can alter drug tests? It's least in our household. Travis won't touch this salad dressing, or anything else I make with poppy seeds, for fear that he would have a surprise drug test from his work. Every time I make this I think about that, because you would think that in 2010 there would be a drug test that would be able to tell the difference between poppy seeds that were consumed as food and poppy seeds that were used to make opium, right? That's just crazy to me!

Anyway, if you don't have to worry about that nonsense, Enjoy!

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Perfect Caesar Salad.

The perfect Caesar Salad.
It only needs 5 things. Maybe 6.
Romaine Lettuce, chopped.
Great Value brand Caesar salad dressing from Wal-Mart.
Packaged croutons.
SHREDDED Parmesan cheese.
Cracked Black Pepper.


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