Friday, April 29, 2016

russian cucumber and tomato salad

My daughter took this salad to school today for her class's international feast after having studied Russia.  This salad is wonderful and we actually took some back to school for her teacher who loved it.  Very simple salad and very yummy.

russian cucumber and tomato salad (Natasha's Kitchen)
4-6 medium Roma tomatoes (2 pounds)
4-5 small cucumbers or 1 English cucumber (1 pound)
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
3/4 teaspoons table salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper to taste
2 tablespoons green onion, sliced

Slice tomatoes and cucumbers and place them in a large bowl.  Thinly slice onion and add them to the salad bowl.  Add sliced green onion.  In a small bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons oil, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 3/4 teaspoon  salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  Just before serving, drizzle your salad with dressing and add more slat to taste if desired.  Don't add the dressing early or the tomatoes will be too juicy.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

store bought favorite: lemon, mustard and dill sauce

I picked up this bottle of lemon, mustard & dill sauce at Market of Choice (around $5) after I read the many things I could do with it on the back of the bottle.  I decided to throw this salad together and it was GREAT!  Even my kids ate it- it always surprises me when they eat spinach.  Not sure why.  I need to stop being so surprised.

grilled chicken & spinach salad with lemon, mustard and dill dressing
1/2 bottle lemon, mustard and dill sauce by dulcet
cooked whole wheat pasta
fresh spinach
2 cups grilled chicken, sliced
1/4 red onion, sliced
2 tablespoons capers

Toss in a bowl.  Enjoy! This sauce is also good broiled over asparagus.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

bow-tie chinese chicken salad

I tried this salad at a baby shower over the weekend and it was soooo good that I wanted to make it at home as soon as possible.  It was perfect that I had leftover teriyaki chicken in the fridge.  I was certain that two of my daughters wouldn't eat it but I was sooooo WRONG!  They enjoyed it too.  This recipe is a keeper and repeater.

bow-tie chinese chicken salad (Melissa C.)
2/3 cup soy sauce
6 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup parsley, chopped (I used fresh) 

1 bag baby spinach
12 ounce bag bow-tie pasta, cooked (I couldn't find bow-tie in whole wheat)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds (I omitted)
3-4 cooked chicken breasts (boil 20-30 min and shred with fork when cooled)
3 green onions, chopped

Make dressing in blender.
Marinate chicken in dressing for 1-2 hours or more in fridge.
Mix ingredients together a half hour before serving.

Note:  This makes A LOT of dressing.  I may need to cut it in half next time

Friday, April 8, 2016

peeps s'mores

Yesterday I went to Winco and bought the last of their peeps (.33 cents per box!) because our family gets a kick out of making s'mores with them.  I won't bother with the recipe- you know how how make them!  There's a chocolate mousse peep that's pretty fun to use too.
And just so you can see how cute our real little bunny is at four months old...thank goodness he's so cute because I really am not a pet person.  What we don't do for our kids!