Ramen Salad

Oh my goodness. I did it. I just posted with complaints of not finding a good party salad, and then bam, I made this one and loved it. I have even been enjoying the leftovers! Not only is it super easy to make (one of the easiest side dishes ever), but it was a hit with my friends, too. I can’t say it is toddler-friendly, but I wasn’t intending for that when I picked it. A friend where I used to teach would make a ramen salad that she would share with us and it was so good! I didn’t think to compare until just now, but when I looked, hers is almost identical to the ingredients except no slaw, it used edamame and sunflower seeds, and you could add the seasoning packets, but she never did.

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Mixed Bag Monday (part 17): Party Salads

I am always trying to get more inspired to make side dishes. I mean to do more, but I usually get more excited about main courses and desserts. Occasionally I come across recipes I save, hoping for a reason to make them. Today I am sharing a few pictures from two recipes that were okay but not ones I would likely repeat.

The first comes from How Sweet Eats. I did not have a melon baller, and did not wish to pay more than a few dollars for one, sooooo we didn’t do balls. Forgive us? K helped me by cutting the watermelon. It was fairly easy to make…

Chopped produce and a vinaigrette mixed together is simple. But, the final dish was only “fine” and nothing spectacular.

Next I made a farro salad from America’s Test Kitchen. I liked this one more, but I would have liked less farro and more of the other ingredients.

I also made the mistake of doubling the recipe when a single batch would have been sufficient. My family always makes too much food for things.

Maybe I should have just done this and left out the farro? Then K might have tried it.

I liked it, but it was too much for just me to finish since I’m also still trying to convince the Fudgelet of farro’s merits.

Do you have any successful party salads to share?

 

Tomato, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

Today’s recipe is super simple, but super appropriate for a hot time of the year. You don’t have to spend much time putting it together, and it is refreshing. This salad pairs with the Chicken Souvlaki from last week. If you don’t want to make the chicken, you could easily make less of the marinade (dressing) from that recipe, then just use it in this.

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Winter Salad with Dijon, Focaccia Croutons, and Avocado

Today, for the first post of the new year, I have a light salad that works for the winter. You can feel free to make changes, including adding things like walnuts, parmesan cheese, or carrots. No step-by-step pictures because it is not necessary for this: it’s really easy!

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Salad Dressing Chicken and Salad Dressing Dip

When Joanna of Midwestern Bite sent me a housewarming package, I was so surprised and happy! Well, not completely surprised because she had to ask for my new address first, but still. It was super sweet and I have definitely been putting the gifts to good use. In today’s post, you will see how I used her favorite salad dressing to make our own version of a Smash Burger salad.

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But first, a few other ways I have used the gifts, and an explanation of the salad. Oh, and there’s dip.

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Farro and Asparagus Salad

One of my goals for this second year of blogging was for more side dishes. This dish can be a side dish, but it can also be a main course because the whole grain farro is quite filling and good as a main course (the eggs don’t hurt, either!). I got the main recipe from my grains class, and I made a few changes to better suit our palates. You can use quinoa or another grain in place of farro, but you would cook the grain differently in the first step. For the asparagus, you can swap in a different vegetable to go with whatever is in season at your grocery store. We are just finishing asparagus season, so I could use it, but you could easily use spinach, broccoli, or something else. We added parmesan in class, and I did for the first time I made this at home, but not since. It doesn’t work as well with the lightness of everything else. (And this is coming from a cheese-lover.)

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