Try These Tasty Quick and Easy Salad Recipes!

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Salads can be everything from a side to a complete meal. When you are short on time or just want something lite, a salad is often the answer. Why not add these quick and easy salad recipes to your recipe box?  The Rice and Black Bean Salad is complete enough to be a lite meal or to serve along side another dish.  You have protein, grain, veggies, dairy, etc all in this one dish.  The Creamy Pecan Chicken Salad can be used in a variety of ways from stuffed tomatoes to sandwiches.  The other recipe is for a tasty greens salad with a homemade raspberry dressing; so good!

2 cups cooked rice, cooled to room temperature
1 can black beans, drained
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/2 cup shredded Mexican-Blend cheese
1 tbsp snipped fresh parsley
1/4 cup Italian salad dressing
1 tbsp lime juice

In a large bowl combine the rice, beans, tomato, cheese, and parsley.  Pour the Italian dressing and the lime juice overall.  Toss mixture to coat well.

Yield: 4 servings

2 cups chopped cooked chicken (great use for leftover chicken)
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup (more if desired) mayonnaise
1/4 cup whipping cream, whipped
salt to taste, optional
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

In a mixing bowl combine the chicken, celery, and pecans.  Add the mayonnaise, whipped cream, and salt, if using; mix together well (adding more mayo if needed).  Drizzle with the lemon juice and mix gently.  Chill until serving time.

Yield: 2 1/2 cups

This salad is great to use as stuffing for tomatoes, on breads for a sandwich, or on a lettuce leaf with tiny breads or crackers.

2 cups frozen raspberries, thawed
2 cups wine vinegar
2/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp honey
2 garlic cloves, crushed

Puree raspberries in blender or food processor; strain through a sieve and discard seeds. Pour into a jar.  In a jar with a tight filling lid combine 1/3 cup of the raspberry vinegar with the olive oil, honey and garlic; shake vigorously until well mixed.

8 cups mixed salad greens
1/2 large red bell pepper, julienned
1/2 cup finely diced carrot
1/2 cup seedless grape halves
1/4 cup toasted almonds

Arrange the salad ingredients on individual salad plates or in a large salad bowl.  Serve with the above raspberry dressing.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings


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This article was published on 2012/03/07