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Chicken and Walnut Salad with Honey Yogurt Dressing

Chicken and Walnut Salad with Honey Yogurt Dressing

Ingredients:
1 c cooked chicken
1/2 c low-fat yogurt
2 tsp honey
2 Tbs salsa
1/2 c cherry tomatoes
1 Tbs walnuts, chopped
2 c lettuce, torn or chopped
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar

Instructions:
1. Dice the chicken and set aside.

2. In a small bowl, mix yogurt, honey and salsa. Add chicken and stir gently.

3. Cut the tomatoes in half and set aside. Put the lettuce in a medium bowl and sprinkle with the olive oil. Toss gently to coat the leaves with the oil. Sprinkle with the balsamic vinegar and toss again.

4. Top the lettuce with chicken and tomatoes and add the walnuts.

Recipe: Raw Beet Salad

Raw Beet Salad

Raw Beet Salad

So I told my husband that anything he bought at our local produce stand I would make sure got put to good use and not wasted. What did he bring me? Beets! I’ve never eaten a beet before and I’d heard horror stories. No one likes beets! Why on earth would my husband buy beets and what am I supposed to do with them so that we can actually eat them? Well, after a bit of research and some creativity, I’ve come up with this version of a Raw Beet Salad. Give it a shot and enjoy! We certainly love it!

Ingredients:

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1 lb Beets
Orange Juice (1 orange worth or 1/4 c)
1 Tbs Lemon Juice
1 Tbs Olive Oil
Romaine Lettuce, chopped
Cucumbers (optional)
Ranch Dressing (optional)
Plus your usual favorite salad toppings

Instructions:

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At this point, you can either assemble the salad or you can store your beets in the fridge for a few days (covered). To assemble the salad, lay a nice bed of romaine lettuce on your plate, top with cucumbers and then a nice ball of beets at the top. Drizzle ranch dressing on top and enjoy. You can easily substitute your favorite salad dressing or add other great salad toppings like carrots, nuts, or cheese. Since this made so much, we have since tried it with shredded carrot, parmesan cheese, blue cheese, and pecans. We still have more to go through so maybe it will get used another way too. Thankfully, little man is enjoying the beets and is helping us eat them since we have a lot!

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Recipe: Tangy Fruit Salad

Tangy Fruit Salad

Tangy Fruit Salad

This tangy fruit salad was a wonderful dessert the other night. The sweetness of the fruit combined with the tang of the fruit dip provides a complex enough flavor to just say, delicious!

Ingredients:

1 Asian Pear, diced
1 Banana, sliced
1 1/2 c Strawberries, sliced
1 1/2 c Black Grapes
1 c Green Grapes
1/2 batch Tangy Fruit Dip

Tangy Fruit Dip

Ingredients:

8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
8 oz. Sour Cream
3 Tbs Milk
1 Tbs Muscovado Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla

Instructions:

Whip everything together in a large bowl. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Instructions:

Mix all the fruit in a bowl. Add Tangy Fruit Dip. Mix well until all the fruit is lightly coated with the fruit dip. Enjoy!

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Recipe: German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad

German potato salad is meant to be served warm. This is very different in comparison to the American potato salad we see at pot lucks and often sold in large tubs. This potato salad is simple yet full of flavor.

Ingredients:

2 lb. Potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/2″ thick
1/2  lb. Bacon (6-8 slices)
3/4 c Onion (or 3 Tbs Dried Minced)
1/3 c Vinegar
2 Tbs Sugar
2 Tbs Mustard1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/4 c Vegetable Oil
Chives (optional)
Green Onion (optional)

Instructions:

Cook bacon on a griddle. When the fat has rendered, remove to a paper towel lined plate to cool. When cool, crumble into bite size pieces. Cook potatoes in boiling water about 15 minutes or until they break apart with a fork not to easily. We want them to stay in one piece but still be soft enough to eat. Drain the potatoes and set aside, keeping warm. Cook onion in vegetable oil in a high sided skillet or a large pot. Whisk in the vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt & pepper. Stir until it has thickened a little and it’s not too bubbly. Add in your potatoes and toss to coat. Dish up and top with bacon. Add chives or green onion if using.

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Recipe: Strawberry Walnut Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette Dressing

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Strawberry Walnut Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette Dressing

A beautiful simple salad with an amazing homemade vinaigrette dressing. Try this one out for Valentines Day or any special occasion!

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Spinach
Spring Mixed Lettuce
Strawberries, sliced
Walnuts, crushed

Dressing:Vinegrette Dressing
1/4 c Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 c Olive Oil
1 Tbs Demerara Sugar
1 Tbs Poppy Seeds
1 Tbs Sesame Seeds
1 Tbs Flax Seeds
2 tsp Dried Minced Onion
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbs Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

Instructions:

The key to this salad is the dressing. To make it, find a shakable container (I used a canning jar) and put all the ingredients in it. Shake well before serving. Top spinach and mixed lettuce with strawberries and walnuts. Drizzle over the dressing and enjoy!

Recipe: Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

This is a great weeknight meal that’s easy to throw together last minute. You can easily add what ever kind of meat you want but this version focuses on the non meat. If you have picky eaters, it is also super easy to leave out what they don’t like. You can also add peppers if you want some extra spice. I like serving my taco salad in a bowl so I’m not chasing ingredients all over a plate to get a taste of each on the fork.

Ingredients:

Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips
Lettuce, chopped
Black Beans
Rice
Corn
Avocado, diced
Cheese, shredded
Sour Cream
Salsa

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Instructions:

Make each taco salad separately. Line a bowl with sweet potato chips, top with lettuce, and the rest of the ingredients.

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