Chop Cobb Salad

Ingredients
4 ounces whole-grain Italian bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Cooking spray
5 hard-cooked large eggs
1 (12-ounce) package American-style mixed salad greens (such as Fresh Express)
1 (16-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1 cup refrigerated prechopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup refrigerated prechopped red onion
1/2 cup light ranch dressing (such as Naturally Fresh)
1/3 cup (1.3 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions
1. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet; lightly coat bread cubes with cooking spray. Place baking sheet in oven while preheating to 350°. Bake bread cubes 12 minutes or until firm. Remove from oven, and cool on a wire rack 2 minutes.
2. While bread cubes bake, cut eggs in half lengthwise; remove and reserve 3 yolks for another use. Chop remaining egg whites and yolks.
3. Combine chopped egg, salad greens, and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Add bread cubes; toss gently. Divide salad evenly on each of 5 plates. Combine dressing and cheese in a small bowl. Drizzle evenly over each salad; toss well. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.

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Crab Salad-Stuffed Eggs

Ingredients
2 cups thinly sliced radishes (about 1 pound)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
8 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons plain Greek-style fat-free yogurt
1 cup lump crabmeat, drained and shell pieces removed (about 5 ounces)
1/4 cup finely chopped celery (about 3 medium stalks)
1 teaspoon dry mustard
24 butter lettuce leaves

Directions
1. Combine radishes, 2 teaspoons juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl; toss. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes.
2. Place eggs in a medium saucepan, and cover with cold water to 1 inch above eggs; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Place eggs in ice water, and cool completely. Gently crack eggshells; peel under cold running water. Cut each egg in half lengthwise. Remove yolks. Press yolks through a sieve into a bowl. Set aside 1 tablespoon yolks. Combine remaining 1 teaspoon juice, remaining yolks, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a bowl; gradually add oil, stirring well with a whisk until oil is incorporated. Stir in yogurt. Add crabmeat, celery, and mustard; stir gently until combined. Taste crab filling and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
3. Arrange a fan of 3 lettuce leaves on each of 8 plates. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each egg white half to help them sit flat. Pile the crab filling evenly into egg white halves. Place 2 egg white halves on each plate to one side of lettuce. Sprinkle reserved 1 tablespoon yolk over egg white halves. Arrange 1/4 cup radish mixture on the other side of each serving.

Soba Noodle Salad

Ingredients
1 (8-ounce) package soba noodles
1 1/4 cups frozen shelled edamame (green soybeans)
3/4 cup matchstick-cut carrots
1/3 cup sliced green onions
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped serrano chile
1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions
1. Cook noodles in boiling water 7 minutes or until almost al dente. Add soybeans to pan; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Drain. Place noodle mixture in a large bowl. Add carrots, onions, cilantro, and chile; toss.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add shrimp; cook 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Add shrimp to noodle mixture.
3. Combine orange juice and remaining ingredients in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle juice mixture over noodle mixture; toss well.

Mediterranean Bean Salad

Ingredients
1 can (15 oz.) white kidney beans, drained
1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained, quartered
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
1/2 cup pitted black olives
1/4 cup chopped red onions
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup sun dried tomato vinaigrette

Directions
COMBINE ingredients. 🙂

Herbed Potato Salad

Ingredients:
3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
1 cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup thinly sliced chives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon

Directions:
1. Place potatoes into a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until tender. Drain, and cool for 10 minutes. Slice each potato in half lengthwise. Cut each half crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place potato slices in a large bowl.
2. Place wine in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 6 minutes). Transfer wine to a bowl. Add vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, salt, black pepper, and minced garlic; stir with a whisk until well combined. Drizzle wine mixture over potatoes; sprinkle with chives, parsley, and tarragon. Toss gently to combine. Serve salad warm or chilled.

Squash and Zucchini Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces farfalle (bowtie) pasta
  • 1 pound yellow summer (crookneck) squash, cut into 1-in. chunks
  • 1 pound zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-in. chunks
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • About 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives


Directions
1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender to the bite, 9 to 12 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse thoroughly under cold water until completely cool (see Notes).
2. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for medium heat (you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 5 to 7 seconds). Thread squash and zucchini chunks onto 10- to 12-in. metal skewers and place on a baking sheet. Brush vegetables with 1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil on all sides and sprinkle with salt to taste. Transfer to grill and cook 10 to 15 minutes, turning occasionally, or until vegetables are very tender.
3. Meanwhile, whisk together remaining olive oil, the vinegar, and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a small bowl.
4. With a fork, push vegetables off skewers back onto baking sheet and toss them in oil left there. In a large bowl, toss together pasta, vegetables, oregano, pine nuts, and olives. Add dressing and salt and pepper to taste; toss. Serve warm or cold.
Note: Ingredients can be prepped and pasta cooked a day ahead of time and chilled (add 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil to the cooked pasta). Toss everything together just before serving.

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Ingredients:
4 ounces manchego cheese, chopped
1 (10.5 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup loosely packed mint leaves, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
Zest of 1 lemon (1 1/2 tsp.)
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup cherry or grape
tomatoes, each cut into quarters (8 oz.)
2 bunches arugula or 1 (5 oz.) box baby arugula, cleaned and patted dry

Directions:
Toss cheese, chickpeas, mint, olive oil, garlic and lemon zest together in a medium bowl; season with salt to taste. Set mixture aside to marinate at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes, or cover with plastic wrap and let it marinate in refrigerator overnight.
Add lemon juice and tomatoes to cheese-chickpea mixture and toss to coat thoroughly.
Divide arugula among 4 individual serving plates and spoon marinated cheese mixture on top. Grind freshly cracked black pepper directly over each salad. Garnish with lemon wedges, if desired.

Taco Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium head iceberg lettuce, torn
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup taco sauce
  • 1 package (10-1/2 ounces) corn chips

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, oregano, chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, olives and beef mixture. Combine mayonnaise and taco sauce; pour over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with corn chips. Serve immediately. Yield: 10 servings.

Cheese Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained, quartered
1 (10 ounce) cont. grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 (6 ounce) can medium black olives, drained, sliced in half lengthwise
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 (20 ounce) package cheese-filled egg tortellini, cooked al dente, drained (fresh or frozen)
1/3 cup olive oil, more if needed
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, the kind in the can
1 (8 ounce) jar basil pesto
1/2 teaspoon salt, more if needed
2 teaspoons minced garlic
12 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed
8 ounces half of a 1 lb. box rotini pasta, cooked al dente, drained

Directions:
Cook pastas, set aside to drain and cool a bit.
In large bowl or punch bowl, add rest of ingredients, folding gently til well mixed.
Gently fold in pastas well.
Adjust seasoning to taste, meaning, add more salt, parmesan, etc., til you like it.
Serve immediately, or refrigerate.
*If you make this say a day ahead of time, you’ll need to “refresh” this. Just add a bit more olive oil, salt and parmesan before serving.
This salad is best, though, room temp, or even slightly warm.