Fresh and Flavorful Salads

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By Cooking with Paula Deen magazine

Looking for a fresh salad idea? Paula and Bobby Deen have it covered. These main-dish recipes and great salads offer a little bit of savory and sweet for any meal. You’ll want to try them all!


7-Layer Salad
Makes 10–12 servings

6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
4 cups seeded chopped tomatoes
4 cups seeded chopped cucumber
1 (16-ounce) package frozen baby peas, thawed
1/2 cup sliced green onion
2 cups sliced radishes
2 cups light sour cream
1 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups shredded 2% reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

1. In a large trifle dish, layer lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber.
2. In a medium bowl, combine peas and green onion, and layer on top of cucumber. Layer radishes over pea mixture.
3. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and salt, stirring until smooth. Spread evenly over radish layer, sealing edges. Top with cheese and bacon.
4. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Black-Eyed Pea Greek Salad
Makes 6–8 servings

5 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 seedless cucumber, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 cup frozen black-eyed peas, blanched
1/2 cup halved pitted kalamata olives
1/2 cup sliced red onion
1/2 cup Greek vinaigrette dressing

1. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, corn, black-eyed peas, olives, and red onion. Add vinaigrette, tossing gently to combine. Cover and chill, or serve immediately.


Fresh Fruit Salad with Lime-Ginger Honey Dressing
Makes 24 servings

6 fresh kiwis, peeled and chopped
4 fresh peaches, peeled, pitted, and chopped
2 ripe fresh mangoes, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 quart fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
Lime-Ginger Honey Dressing
Garnish: fresh mint

1. In a large bowl, combine kiwis, peaches, mangoes, pineapple, and strawberries. Pour Lime-Ginger Honey Dressing over fruit, tossing gently to combine. Spoon into serving dishes, and garnish with mint, if desired. Serve immediately.

Note: Mango, pineapple, and kiwi can be cut the night before serving. Store, covered, in the refrigerator. Do not cut peaches and strawberries until right before serving. Leftover fruit is wonderful served on top of sliced of pound cake.

Lime-Ginger Honey Dressing
Makes 3/4 cup
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together pineapple juice, honey, lime juice, and ginger. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Garden Pasta Salad
Makes 6 servings

1/4 cup sherry vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
1/4 cup water
1/2 (16-ounce) package whole wheat spiral-shaped pasta, cooked according to package directions, drained, and rinsed
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1/4 cup thinly sliced shallot
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill

1. In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar and next 5 ingredients. Set aside.
2. In a shallow microwave-safe dish, combine asparagus and 1/4 cup water. Cover with plastic wrap, and peel back one corner to vent steam. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes or until asparagus are tender. Drain well, and let cool. Cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces.
3. Add asparagus, pasta, tomatoes, and remaining 3 ingredients to vinegar mixture. Toss until coated. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

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I haven't tried any of these amazing looking salads yet. However, I will be making them with my after school cooking class. I volunteer once a week teaching a 2-hour cooking class to grades 3-8. I am the community liaison at a local Las Vegas public charter school. I can't wait to make the 7-Layer salad. Just recently the children asked if we could make a salad in class. Boy, was I surprised! I used baby spring mix in addition to beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, shredded cheddar and shaved carrots. I found out none of these children ever tasted spring mix, beets and even cucumbers! They loved everything. Well, some still didn't like carrots believe it or not. Your recipes are just what the doctor ordered to help open the doors to new tastebud delights. Thank you! grin

By Ms. Lee Huddy on April 19, 2013

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love the table paula would look good on my new patio. so glad you are back. I hope to get there to see you in person one day.i will start tomorrow to find the patern form the tablecloth.
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in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I just love love love the table and flowers and am so glad that I can still access all of Paula's recipes, her family life, Bobby's lighter versions and Brandon's beautiful work. Truly thankful to see such beautiful tablescapes. You guys are my heros.
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