March 19, 2009
I used to only prepare Caesar Salads when I was having a large Italian or steak dinner. Now, I make them all of the time since my three kids (who are 8, 10 and 11) love them so much. This version is only five ingredients which is perfect this time of year when you want to eat light but also are in a hurry. Purchase already-peeled and deveined shrimp to save time or substitute chicken or salmon for the shrimp. If I don’t have time to prepare a homemade dressing, I buy Ken’s Reduced-Fat Caesar dressing, which is really yummy.
Shrimp Caesar Salad
Prep: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
6 cups romaine lettuce leaves
11/4 pounds cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup croutons
Reduced-fat Caesar salad dressing (I like Ken’s)
1. Toss romaine and remaining ingredients in a large salad bowl or serving platter.
March 12, 2009
This salad is so simple and so delicious! The combination of fresh spinach, basil, chopped pine nuts, turkey and Parmesan create an incredible healthy, fresh, main-dish salad. I served this salad for dinner, and it disappeared faster than I could blink. Serve it with your favorite vinaigrette or just a drizzle of red wine vinegar and olive oil. It has so many great flavors already, so it doesn’t need a lot of dressing. Welcome in spring with clean eating and this fresh salad.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
1 (5-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
11/2 cups chopped fresh basil
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/2 pound sliced deli turkey (I used cracked pepper turkey)
1/4 cup freshly shaved Parmesan cheese
Vinegar and oil or vinaigrette
1. Combine spinach, basil and pine nuts in a large salad bowl. Add turkey and cheese. Drizzle with dressing, tossing gently.
January 29, 2009
I am amazed how many subscribers and fans on facebook I have that are college students, and I thank all of you and am so excited that ya’ll are cooking while in college! Carlie, a college senior at the University of Georgia, has particularly enjoyed when I post salad recipes, and she told me she has tried all of them. She asked me to “keep them coming” so Carlie, this one’s for you. This salad is a cinch! The ingredients are very simple and easy to find. Feel free to substitute salmon for the chicken or even add thin cooked vermicelli or rice noodles to this salad. I kept the dressing very light, but it is a little tangy so if you want to add more oil, feel free.
Asian Chicken Salad
Prep: 25 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
5 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1 large seedless cucumbers, thinly sliced
2 cups shredded carrots
1 tomato, thinly sliced
11/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts, toasted
2/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon canola or sesame oil
2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1. Combine lettuce and next 8 ingredients in a large salad bowl. Whisk together rice wine vinegar and remaining ingredients and pour over salad, tossing gently.