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I find that we don’t eat very much salad in the winter, but as soon as spring and summer hits, we have one with almost every meal, and many times it is our meal. I like to change things up a bit since we eat them so often so I’ve compiled some of my favorite salad combinations that of course have already been changed from their original I’m sure, and will continue to change as you add and take away what you do or don’t like.

Cobb Salad
4 cups of spring mix greens
1 cup chopped chicken
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 avocado, sliced
2 eggs, sliced
3 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup blue cheese
Fill a large bowl with greens. Arrange the rest of the ingredients on top in rows. Serve with your favorite salad dressing. (suggestions: blue cheese or balsamic vinaigrette). Serves 4.
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Taco Salad
1 lb taco meat cooked and seasoned
4 cups of chopped lettuce
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup shredded cheddar
1 cup crushed tortilla strips
1/2 cup canned corn (heated)
1/2 cup black beans (heated)
Dressing: mix 1/2 cup salsa and 1/2 cup sour cream

Make salads on individual plates. Start with lettuce, top with meat, chips, then the rest of the ingredients. Serves 4.

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4 cups mixed greens, chopped small
1/2 cup cooked macaroni noodles
2 eggs, chopped
1/4 cup sweet peppers, chopped
1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup cucumbers, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chicken, cooked and chopped
4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup Italian dressing (more or less depending on how heavy you prefer)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until coated. Serves 4.

(This is my husband’s favorite, mostly because everything is already cut up into small pieces.)

 

 

Chicken Ceasar Salad
One head of romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cup Croutons
1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese (in addition to dressing)
Homemade Ceasar Dressing (recipe from my sister-in-law below)
Mix all together in large bowl and toss until covered with dressing.

Ceasar Dressing recipe:
3 Tbl Olive Oil
3 Tbl. Mayo
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 Tbl. Worcestershire Sauce
1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Dash of black pepper
Whisk all ingredients in a bowl until blended well. Can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for a few days. Serves 4.

Enjoy your summer and tell me which one is your favorite; or even better, inspire me with a new combination to try!
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  • G K
    August 25, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I love the idea of chopped salad with pasta.

  • Birdiebee
    April 14, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I prefer salads in the spring and summer over anything else to eat. These recipes are awesome.

  • G K
    July 26, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Salads are perfect for summer or anytime you don’t want to make a lot of fussy dishes. Pasta salad with Caesar dressing would be good.

  • amy tolley
    June 21, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    All of these are great salads for our summer gatherings ty for sharing them im gonna try some out

  • Anna Pry
    June 21, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    we had a BLT salad last night: bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, noodles and green onion. dressing is mayo, mustard and lemon juice

    • Laura
      June 22, 2015 at 9:20 am

      YUM! I’ll have to try this out! Thanks for sharing!

  • Alina
    June 21, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Loving the Chicken Ceasar Salad. They all sound delicious and easy to make but that one is by far my favorite.

  • Danielle Royalegacy
    June 20, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I liked the ingredients to your chopped salad, but I would probably use my own homemade dressing. Thanks so much for these great ideas.

    • Laura
      June 22, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Homemade dressing is the best! I need to expand my list of different kinds!

  • Robin W
    June 20, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Yum! I could eat that for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Wouldn’t you know that during the hottest spell we have had in a hundred years our A/C has died!! Not only that, the repairmen are so busy that they can’t even come to look at it until “sometime next week”!=. So this looks so nice and cold and refreshing. It would also be filling enough!

    • Laura
      June 22, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Oh, no! That is a great thing about salads. You don’t need to heat up the house with the oven! Hope it gets fixed soon!

  • Dandi D
    June 20, 2015 at 10:32 am

    This looks like a really yummy and refreshing summer salad.