Marion’s Orange Salad Dressing

I am so happy I found this recipe for Marion’s Orange Salad Dressing.  This is a recipe that my mom made for many year’s; she received this recipe from Marion, our next door neighbor.  Marion always recommended serving this over fresh sliced fruit.  I remember my mom always serving this drizzled on a bed of greens with sliced avocado and grapefruit.  My favorite way to serve this dressing is over blood orange slices, blueberries and avocado slices.  Any way you serve this dressing, it is fantastic.  Top your salad with a sprinkle of coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper.

 

 

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Marion's Orange Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 orange, juiced and zested (1 teaspoon), approx. 2/3 cup juice
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested (1 teaspoon), approx. 1/2 cup juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Beat the egg until well beaten, add remaining ingredients including one teaspoon zest from lemon and orange.  Pour into a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat; stirring constantly until the mixture is boiling around the edges and thickened.  This will take 8 - 10 minutes.  Immediately remove from the heat.  Cool.  Refrigerate.

 

 

 

 

Fingerling Potato Picnic Salad

With Memorial Day around the corner, it is time to start thinking about picnics.  I have a fondness for picnics ever since I meet my husband and when we were dating we picnicked almost every weekend.  I wish I could tell you that that has continued, we still love to picnic, however, not as frequent as we would like.  But I still call eating on our porch, picnicking!  Anyway, this Fingerling Potato Picnic Salad is perfect to take along.  I know many do not like mayonnaise based dressings, this salad is topped with an herb sour cream dressing.   Fingerling Potato Picnic Salad is especially good served at room temperature.  Do not hesitate to add any other raw vegetables you might have on hand.  With the farmers’ markets opening, be on the lookout for farm fresh potatoes and vegetables. 

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Fingerling Potato Picnic Salad

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces fingerling potato medley, various colors
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro

Instructions

  1. Cut potatoes into 1/2 inch segments.  Add to a medium saucepan, cover with water, add one tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar.  Bring to a boil over high heat reduce heat, cover and cook until fork tender  15 - 18 minutes.  Drain potatoes and place in a shallow bowl, mix with 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar.  Cool to room temperature.  In a small bowl mix together mustard remaining 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, olive oil and chives.  Add cucumber and cilantro to the potatoes.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss with dressing.  Mix well.  Serve at room temperature or refrigerate.  Bring to room temperature prior to serving.

 

Cantaloupe Tomato Salad with Herb Dressing

I am always striving to create unusual salads and this is one combination you might not think about putting together.  The sweet cantaloupe combined with vine-ripened tomatoes and a hit of red onion, topped with a citrus honey herb dressing is the perfect salad to serve along side grilled chicken, fish or shellfish.   A crumble topping of feta sets this salad apart from all others.  A feast for the eyes and your taste buds!

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Cantaloupe Tomato Salad with Herb Citrus Dressing

Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup Italian parsley, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons fresh mint, minced
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Cut cantaloupe, remove seeds, cut away rind and slice into thin slices.  Dice onion, and thinly slice tomatoes.  Layer in a salad bowl.  Combine dressing ingredients; lemon juice, cider vinegar, parsley, basil, salt, pepper, mustard, and mint in a container that you can seal and shake.  Add the olive oil and vigorously shake until well combined.  Pour over cantaloupe mixture, refrigerate for one hour.  Top with crumbled Feta, serve.

 

 

Lobster, Potato and Fresh Corn Salad

If you are feeling the heat, these last days of summer, it’s time to serve a cold salad.  Lobster, Potato and Fresh Corn Salad is the perfect main dish salad.  This combination of lobster, corn and potatoes is a match made in heaven!   I tossed it all together with a vinaigrette, fresh tarragon and a hint of cream.  Fresh tarragon is essential in this recipe and easy to find in the herb section of your grocery or any farmers market.  A spectacular combination that I think you will agree is the perfect salad.  I served this with warm Focaccia Bread, olive oil for dipping the bread and a great chilled bottled of white wine – YUM!

Lobster, Potato salad

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Brussel Sprout Apple Salad

If you like Waldorf Salad and brussel sprouts, I think you will really like this salad.  I took the two and melded them together to create this delicious salad.  I prepared the brussel sprouts and while they were cooking, mixed the remaining ingredients in my salad bowl.  Blended the warm brussel sprouts, remaining salad ingredients and dressing in my salad bowl.  Tossed completely and served.  A wonderful combination of hot and cold all topped with a creamy dressing.

Brussel Sprout Apple Salad

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Whole Wheat Orzo Salad

Pasta salads are one of our favorites during the warm spring and summer days.  Easy to prepare early in the day and great to serve with your favorite grilled meat, fish, or chicken.  I use the marinade from the marinated artichokes as the dressing, I also love to use feta cheese that is infused with pepper.  It just adds the perfect piquancy to this salad.

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Warm Caprese Salad

I literally turned up the heat on this favorite dish.  I heated the tomatoes until they were hot and sizzling and then poured them over the fresh mozzarella.  This dish dances in your mouth, peppery arugula, melting mozzarella and warm tomatoes.  I can’t think of anything better to serve on a beautiful spring day.  Perfect with grilled meats, fish or along side a juicy hamburger.

warm caprese salad

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Heirloom Tomato Salad

I think I have mentioned before that I am a true lover of tomatoes and I could eat them every day.  Well, for a tomato lover there is no better time in the year than in the summer when heirloom tomatoes are abundant at the local farmers markets.  The flavor of fresh-off the vine tomatoes cannot be beat.  I decided to make an heirloom salad to serve along side flat iron steaks that we were serving this past weekend.  I combined the tomato mixture early in the day and added the toasted bread cubes about 1 hour prior to serving.  The bread absorbed the wonderful juices from the mixture – it was a great combination and is easy to prepare and can be made ahead.  My kind of entertaining!

To grill fantastic flat iron steaks, simply brush with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Grill over medium high heat 5 minutes per side for medium rare.  Remove from grill and let rest for 5 minutes prior to serving.  After they rested, I topped the steaks with a combination of 2 cups of large chopped Italian parsley tossed with olive oil and lemon juice.   I added salt and pepper and then shaved parmesan cheese over the top of the parsley combination – delicious.

 heirloom tomato salad

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Watermelon Salad

I will never forget a watermelon salad I had a few years ago.  Sweet, crunchy, tart, and just outstanding.  I saw a very ripe watermelon and decided it was time to try to recreate the salad that I still remember.  I do remember the crunch was from jicama.  When looking for jicama in the produce section it is a round and bulbous root vegetable that grows on vines.  It is grown in the warm climates of Central America, the Caribbean, the Andes Mountain regions, and Southern Asia. The texture is close to an apple; it is crisp, white, and has solid flesh. Wash them just as you would a potato, slice off the top and bottom and peel.  It is very good cold, however, it can also be cooked. A favorite Mexican recipe is chilled jicama slices sprinkled with chili powder, salt, and lime juice.

watermelon salad

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Mandarin Spinach Salad

I am always trying new and different salads to serve.  Many times I make a salad once and start trying new combinations.  This salad is one that I have made over and over.  It is perfect with grilled meats, poultry or fish.  Add grilled chicken and you have a main dish salad.  Easy to prepare with easy to find ingredients – my idea of a winning recipe.

 

 Mandarin spinach salad

 

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