I have to admit I would rather someone else make my salads. I don’t know what it is about salads and me—maybe the simple chopping and tossing of raw vegetables just doesn’t generate the excitement and metamorphosis that takes place before a hot skillet. Maybe my enthusiasm for cooking is why I find the task of salad-making underwhelming, often wishing at the end that I would have made something else.
It just feels like a chore sometimes to convince myself to eat my raw vegetable creations. I know I need to because they can be super healthy and super easy—I know that a great family salad can take mere minutes and is a one-bowl meal solution packed with lots of nutritional benefits. I just need a creative boost in an unexpected topping or zestful dressing to spark my enthusiasm for the right family salad.
All of the farmers markets are brimming over with perfectly ripe produce just begging to be savored fresh off the vine. Sometimes the thing that tips me over the edge on a great salad is the dressing and, believe it or not, it’s actually cheaper to make your own. Plus, with simple, fresh summer salad ingredients you can be assured your family is eating well.
Jamie Deen has come up with some delicious options that will spark your salad-making motivation. Join me, and let’s give it a go on Jamie’s creative home-prepared salads.
The Asian Chicken Salad combines wonderful flavors of tangy and sweet with a zesty zip to it. And, you can use rotisserie chicken, which means you just saved some time in the kitchen. Click here for the recipe.
The Chopped Steak Salad is a great way to get in some much-needed iron. It’s a very filling salad, keeping everyone happy. Plus, it has bacon in it! That’s hard to resist. Click here for the recipe.
After trying what Jamie came up with in the July/August issue of Cooking With Paula Deen, I will be making these family-friendly salads at home again and eating them with a smile.
Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm
Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am
I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am
Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm