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Salad Recipes As Simple As They Are Delicious

Salads are so darned versatile. They can be served in a sandwich, on the side or as the main meal. My 6 year ancient just correctly noted in her book about mom that her mom’s favorite food is salad. (which wasn’t nearly as amusing as saying that what her dad likes to read is mail!) Here’s a few of my favorites and some tips to make them as simple as tasty.

Olive Salad
Prep Time: 30 minutes, Cook time: 0 minutes
A fantastic side salad or incredible on a ham sandwich – turns it into a New Orleans style muffaletta sandwich. Add some provolone and mozzarella cheese and some genoa salami to it and you’ll reckon you’re in the huge simple.
- equal amounts large pimento stuffed green olives and pitted large Greek olives – chop into small pieces (for the sake of recipe, assume you use soup can sized quantity of each)
- 1 stalk celery, sliced diagonally and chopped small
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ jar cocktail onions, drained and chopped
- 1 T. capers
- 1 t. minced garlic
- 1 t. fresh ground pepper
- pepperocini to taste
Combine and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before using.
Tip: I have a gourmet grocery near me that has one of those terrific olive bars. It has PITTED olives of different varieties as well as some combinations. I was able to use the pitted kalamatas and a green olive salad that contained the onion and celery. I then only had to add the capers, pepperocini, spices, and oil for that fab n’awlins taste.

Green Salad
Prep time: 15 minutes, Cook time: 0 minutes
So many people are carb conscious these days, you’d be surprised how quick what you consider an underwhelming salad goes. The fascinating greens are all the rage but I reckon a mix is always best. And by the way, the standby icebery holds up better than the fancy ones for leftovers.

A salad is a fantastic pantry cleaner. Use artichoke hearts or heats of palm, roasted red peppers, olives, garbanzo beans, black beans or corn as fascinating additions to most salads (all canned!) Do something a small different with the carrots and cukes you already have in your fridge. Shred them. Speaking of shredded, shredded cheese or crumbled cheeses are simple yet substantial additions to any salad. Add some multi colored tomatoes and you have yourself quite a salad. My favorite dressing that is fantastic for most salads-Paul Newmans olive oil vinaigrette.

Creamy Cucumbers
Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 0 minutes
This small salad has an ingredient that will surprise everyone but you! The creamy texture comes from mayonnaise. My family used to make it with sour cream but then my excellent friend Gail suggested the mayo. It tastes just like my ancient recipe and the real benefit is that I always have mayo in my fridge. This is what summer tastes like to me!

2 English cucumbers – sliced (the long ones with minimal seeds)
¼ Vidalia or red onion – chopped fine
2 T. vinegar (I usually use cider because I always have it available)
2 T. mayo (or more if you like it really creamy)
salt and pepper to taste

NOTE: if you use regular cucumbers, they contain a lot more water so take the extra time to drain them for better flavor. To drain, chop up the cucumbers, sprinkle with salt, and then place something heavy on top to squeeze the water out. Wait about 4 hours. I usually use a slightly smaller bowl with water in it as the heavy item.

Want a shortcut with just a slightly different flavor? Use ranch dressing with the 2 T. of vinegar.

Cole slaw – I don’t care what anyone says, Kentucky Fried Chicken has the most universally loved cole slaw. Drive thru one and BUY IT.

Pam is the owner of pams-hams.com pams-hams.com and retired marketing director for Honeybaked in Michigan. As anyone with kids can know, the go was made in order to have more flexibility with the family. Leisure activities include cooking and entertaining and finding clever new ways to make a meal simpler or better. Also fond of water sports, Samoyeds, cats and small red head children. For more of my recipes and cooking tips, go to pams-hams.com pams-hams.com An inviting place for sugar and honey glazed baked ham, dinners, gifts and clever conversation.

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