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Old 01-12-2005, 08:08 PM   #1
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Main dish salads -

Thought it would be neat to have a topic on the above - here's some of my favorites -

HAM/SWISS RICE SALAD

makes 4 servings

Salad:
2 cups cold cooked rice
2 cups diced ham
1 cup diced Swiss cheese
½ cup sliced celery
4 cups torn romaine lettuce

Dressing:
½ cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. horseradish
2 tsp. dijon or deli mustard

Combine all salad ingredients; combine dressing ingredients; mix together.


JAPANESE SEAFOOD PASTA SALAD

8 oz. vermicilli
½ cup sliced water chestnuts
¼ cup minced parsley
2 carrots shredded
1 medium cucumber, thinsliced
1 cup snow peas,julienned
½ cup scallions, thin cut on sharp bias
2 cups chopped shrimp, simmered in sake and water*

Cook vermicilli, drain; add everything else and chill.

Dressing:
½ cup rice wine vinegar
2tsp.soy sauce
3/4 cup light olive oil
½ tsp. sesame oil
salt/pepper
1tsp. grated ginger
½ tsp. grated garlic
1 tsp. sugar
¼ cup toasted sesame seeds

Mix vinegar, garlic, sugar, soy sauce, ginger; whisk; whisk in both oils; add sesame seeds and salt/pepper to taste.
Pour over salad, and toss to cover lightly.

You can sub out chicken breasts for the shrimp, just cook them in sake, water, ginger, and salt, then cut in slivers or chunks.

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Old 01-13-2005, 01:00 AM   #2
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The Thai's are experts at blurring the line between a main dish and a salad. Alot of their salads are quite satisfying with alot of beef/pork/chicken/seafood.
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Old 01-13-2005, 09:22 AM   #3
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Field Salad

½ lb mixed salad greens, washed and dried
¾ c chopped walnuts
½ lb Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
2 tart green apples, cored and diced
1 (8 oz) bottle raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing

In a large bowl, combine salad greens, walnuts, cheese and apples. Toss with raspberry vinaigrette and serve.

Can also serve topped with grilled, sliced chicken breast.


Orzo with Spinach and Tomatoes

1 lb spinach, washed, dried, stems removed
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
2 lemons, zested
1 ½ c orzo, cooked al dente
1 Tbsp EVOO
24 basil leaves, torn or thinly sliced
Salt and pepper

Pile spinach leaves in stacks 1 on top of the other. Thinly slice stacks of leaves to make spinach confetti. Pile shredded spinach into the bottom of a medium sized mixing bowl. Halve grape or cherry tomatoes with a paring knife and add them to the mixing bowl. Add the zest of 2 lemons to the bowl and save the lemons in the refrigerator to juice for another recipe. Add hot cooked and drained orzo pasta to the mixing bowl. The heat of the pasta will wilt the spinach and warm the tomatoes at the bottom of the bowl and get the juices flowing from veggies. The heat of the pasta will also release the flavor and oils in the lemon zest. Drizzle 1 Tbsp EVOO over the pasta and toss to combine the veggies and orzo. Add basil and salt and pepper and toss to combine. Taste your orzo to adjust seasonings and serve.
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Old 01-14-2005, 09:47 AM   #4
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Main dish salads

I like a salad called "Maurice Salad" which is, basically, a chef's salad.

chicken
boiled eggs
ham
Swiss cheese
celery
tomatoes
iceberg lettuce
dressing: half mayonnaise and half Italian dressing mixed well

Cut up ingredients. Combine all with dressing.

You can eat this salad a day later and it will be fairly good but no longer than that. This is a good make ahead recipe.
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Old 01-14-2005, 01:10 PM   #5
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Re: Main dish salads

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Originally Posted by honeybee
I like a salad called "Maurice Salad" which is, basically, a chef's salad.

chicken
boiled eggs
ham
Swiss cheese
celery
tomatoes
iceberg lettuce
dressing: half mayonnaise and half Italian dressing mixed well

Cut up ingredients. Combine all with dressing.

You can eat this salad a day later and it will be fairly good but no longer than that. This is a good make ahead recipe.


Sounds good. I'd add mushrooms and some onions too.
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I like to wedge a head of iceberg in to quarters..., top it with Green Goddess dressing, diced tomatoes, green onions, and broccoli.
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Old 01-23-2005, 12:13 PM   #7
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I believe I've posted this one before, but it was probably back in September...it's my favorite main dish salad.


jkath's Summer Salad

3-4 cooked chicken breasts, cubed
1 bag red seedless grapes, each cut into halves (if you're that eager)
1 bag frozen peas, thawed
1 large bag (I use Ready-Pak) fresh spinach
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 small bag tri-colored spiral pasta, cooked, drained & cooled
2 jars artichoke hearts, drained well
2+ large english cucumbers, peeled & cubed
3+ green onions, sliced

Mix all ingredients together in LARGE bowl. Keep for up to 4 days after making. (Day 2 is always better!) Add dressing to each individual bowl of salad.

Dressing:
1 c. sugar
1 c. apple cider vinegar
2 c. vegetable oil
pepper to taste

Boil sugar & vinegar in microwave till boiling. (2 minutes on high will usually do it). Add oil & pepper & mix well. Refrigerate till cold in bottle. Shake extrememly well before every use.
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Old 01-23-2005, 01:27 PM   #8
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Except for the cucumbers, that sounds great jkath! In fact, all of these salads sound really good.

Although it will never compare to home made, the chicken/bacon (suddenly can't remember the name of it!) salad at Wendy's is pretty good. It was pretty filling too. It had different kinds of lettuce, chicken, crumbled bacon, tomatoes, cucumbers (which I gave my husband!), and garlic croutons on it. So if you are on the go and want a salad for lunch, it is pretty good. Their taco salad is ok, but not what I think of when I think taco salad. They give you a container of chili and a bag of tortilla chips to dump on it.

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oh barbara you're talking about the chicken blt salad?
if so yes it is a good salad.
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Yes, that's it. James and I had that for supper tonight.

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