Steak Salad

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Steak Salad


This is a meal salad.  The blue cheese with the steak is absolutely delicious and the dressing is the light touch that makes this salad great.

Greens – Any combination of lettuce, arugula, spinach this is your choice
Steak – Can be left over or freshly made
Vinaigrette Dressing
Blue Cheese Crumbles


Vinaigrette Dressing

3 TBSP Olive Oil
2 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
**There are many variations of vinaigrette dressing.  This is a very easy, basic dressing. 

Place the greens in a bowl and toss with vinaigrette dressing.  Arrange the steak on top of the greens.
Top with blue cheese crumbles.


Tortellini Salad

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Tortellini Salad

 I made this for my family and they devoured the entire bowl.  The pesto enhances the flavor of the tortellini while the mozzarella makes it extra special.

1lb Tortellini
½ Cup Pesto
¼ Cup Walnuts – chopped
4-5 Sundried Tomatoes
1 Can Black olives – sliced
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1 TBSP Fresh Basil – Chopped
2 Basil Leaves for garnish
1 Pint Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
1LB Mozzarella – Cubed



In a medium saucepan, cook the tortellini following the package directions.  Drain.  Add ½ the pesto while the tortellini is hot and stir to combine.  Once the pasta is cool, add the mozzarella, olives, cherry tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, walnuts, salt and pepper.  Add the remaining pesto and the chopped basil.  Gently mix.  Before serving, garnish with chiffonade cut basil.


Mandarin Orange Salad

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Mandarin Orange Salad

 This salad is delicious.  The mandarin oranges are sweet and delicious and the candied almonds are truly amazing.  Once you have this salad, it will definitely be in your recipe rotation.


Salad Ingredients

1 Head Iceberg Lettuce (You can use any lettuce you like)
1 Head Romaine Lettuce
1 Cup Celery – chopped
½ Red Onion
1 11-oz can Mandarin Oranges
1/2 Cup Slivered Almonds
3 TBSP Sugar

Poppy Seed Dressing
¼ Cup Sugar
2/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Prepared Mustard
2 tsp Poppy Seeds
¼ Cup Vinegar
1 TBSP Parsley – chopped
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Black Pepper


Salad Instructions
Wash and dry the lettuce.  Cut into bite-sized pieces.  Add the celery.  Chop the red onion and add it to the bowl. In a heavy bottom frying pan, combine the sugar and almonds.  Cook until the sugar is melted and coats the almonds.  When the almonds are cool to the touch, break them apart and place them in a separate dish.  If you leave them to cool in the frying pan, they will stick together and you may not be able to separate them.
Once cool, add to the salad.  Top with the mandarin oranges.


Dressing Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake vigorously.


Green Bean Salad

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Green Bean Salad1

This recipe has been in my family for generations.  I remember my Grandmother then my Mother making it and now I make it.  I made this salad with fresh beans from my garden over the summer and it was amazing.

1 Lb Green Beans
2 tsp Salt
2 TBSP Olive Oil
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 Garlic Clove – Grated

Clean the green beans, washing them and removing the ends.  In a large pot, bring enough water to a boil to fit the beans.  Salt the boiling water.  Put the beans in the boiling water.  When the water returns to a boil, put your timer on for exactly 2 minutes.  Immediately take the beans out of the boiling water and submerge in an ice bath.
Drain the beans and put them in a large bowl.  Add the oil, salt, lemon juice and garlic.  Toss until all the beans are coated.  Serve

Chopped Salad

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Lettuce – any kind

Cherry Tomatoes
Red Bell Peppers – or any color
Green Beans
Artichoke Hearts
Black Olives
Slivered Almonds
Salt and Pepper
Dressing is optional
Chop all ingredients the same size and put in a bowl.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Add dressing as desired.