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We were invited to friend's for supper tomorrow night and I wanted to bring something. Somehow I offered to bring a salad but I'm really not a salad person and now I'm stuck trying to figure out what to bring. In our house, salad is usually just lettuce and whatever vegetables I happen to have in the fridge chopped up and added in with some store bought dressing on top. So, does anyone have a great salad recipe that they'd like to share? Either a combo of unusual ingredients or a wonderful dressing recipe? Only requirement is no nuts.... so all those wonderful looking salads with sliced almonds or chopped walnuts are out.




Oh, and I do make some pretty good homemade croutons so I can add those to the salad if they will complement it.

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I bring this all the time and rarely have leftovers.


Spinach Salad


1/2 cup olive oil

1/4cup cider vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

1/8 teaspoon pepper

onion to taste (recipe calls for ½ medium onion—I use two tablespoons)

Finely chop onion and mix with other ingredients 12 hours in advance.

Salad Ingredients

Spinach, washed & dried

bacon, fried crisp & drained

One 11-ounce can mandarin oranges

mushrooms & avocado (optional)

Just before serving, mix ingredients and toss with dressing

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Canlis Salad from the legendary and fabulous Canlis restaurant in Seattle


(serves 4 to 6)



1 large head Romaine hearts, cut into 1" pieces

(Wash individual leaves in warm water, drain and dry in colander then chill in refrigerator. Don't ever, ever toss a Canlis Salad with warm or wet leaves!!)

8 cherry tomatoes cut in half

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion

3/4 cup freshly grated Romano cheese

1/2 cup very well done chopped bacon

1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh mint*

1 tablespoon thinly sliced oregano leaves

1/2 cup croutons*

kosher salt and fresh ground tellicherry black pepper to taste



1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground tellicherry black pepper

1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

1 coddled egg*


Ingredient notes:

Mint - you can't use too much mint (experiment yourself)

Coddled Egg - Pour boiling water into a cup and put a whole egg (in the shell) into the hot water , let sit for 1 minute. You may substitute with pasteurized egg mixture (found in the dairy section in cartons).

Croutons - We make our own croutons. Butter and Italian seasoning.



To make the dressing, put the salt and pepper, lemon juice, oil, and coddled egg in a bowl and whip vigorously, then reserve. To a salad bowl add the prepared Romaine, green onion, cheese, bacon, oregano, and mint. Pour dressing over salad and toss thoroughly. Split the salad on to four chilled plates and arrange croutons, a sprinkle of Romano cheese and halved cherry tomatoes on the salad to finish the presentation.

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Strawberry Salad


1 package of spinach

2 cartons of fresh strawberries, sliced

1 small carton of Feta cheese

1 bottle of Kraft raspberry vinegarette dressing

1 cup of sliced almonds


Combine ingrediants in a large bowl and fold together.

Drizzle dressing over ingrediants and fold together.

Top with sliced almonds before serving.

Serves 6-8 people.

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Ramen Noodle Salad


1 head romaine lettuce, cut into bite size pieces

1 head broccoli cut into bite size pieces

4 scallions, chopped

1 can mandarin oranges

1 pkg ramen noodles (do not use the seasoning)

1/2 stick butter


Melt butter in a pie pan, toss with noodles, broil 2-5 mins until toasted.


Mix remaining ingredients.


Dressing - 1/2 c oil, 1/2 c sugar, 1/4 c red wine vinegar, 1/2 T soy sauce


Mix dressing, toss with salad and noodles, reserving a few noodles for the top.

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