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Refreshing Mixed Greens, Strawberry & Kiwi Salad

From Natalie:

This salad receipe I made recently for a family party and it instantly became a huge hit.  I must give credit to Rita for sharing this one with the gang.  Rita helped me get the dressing combination perfect (originally, I had too much vinegar).    The photo shows how beautifully the color combinations look on a buffet table.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Package (approx. 6 oz.)  Mixed Greens
  • 1/2 lb.  Fresh Strawberries, sliced for the salad (plus an additional 1/3 cup strawberries to “mash” for the dressing)
  • 2 Kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped Walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 3 TBSP  Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Sugar
  • Feta Cheese, 1/2 cup, crumbled or diced  (buy imported, if you can find it.  It is the best!  We use “Doondis” feta)

For the Salad:

The listed ingredients above will make a salad large– enough to feed 4-6 people.  I made a huge salad for my family party and  had to triple the dressing (that is where I got myself into trouble and Rita bailed me out!)

Wash and spin, or,  hand dry the greens and lay on a pretty platter.  Slice the strawberries and kiwis to put on top of mixed greens.

Chop the walnuts until they are in small (but not tiny) pieces.  Put walnuts in a hot frying pan and toast.  Be careful not to burn the walnuts– when they start to give off an aroma, turn them over and off heat.  Layer toasted walnuts on top of fruit.

Sprinkle feta  cheese on top of the salad.  (use as much or as little as you like.  I like a lot!)

For the Dressing:

Combine 1/3 cup of mashed strawberries (a food processor does a nice mashing job).  Add the oil and vinegar.  Add the sugar and hand stir until the granules dissolve.

Pass the dressing to guests if you are seated for the meal; or place dressing in a pretty bowl beside the salad if you are serving a buffet.   Enjoy!

Note:  Please do not “dress” the platter of salad all at once.  The greens will quickly become soggy.  

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LOVELY ORZO SALAD WITH SPICY BUTTERMILK DRESSING RECIPE

From a tiny BEACH kitchen:

This salad is made with orzo,  a type of pasta shaped like a grain of rice, and is kicked up a notch with a touch of chili powder and fresh lime juice.  You can use it as a side dish but it is substantial enough to call dinner.  A cut up avocado served on the side rounds out the meal.  Meant to impress.    Bring to a party and listen to the Ooohs and Ahhhhs. 

Ingredients:

      • 1 cup uncooked orzo
      • 1 cup frozen, whole-kernel corn, thawed and drained
      • 12 cherry or 24 grape tomatoes, quartered
      • 3 green onions, sliced
      • 1 (15 oz. ) can black beans, rinced and drained
    • Dressing:
      • 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
      • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
      • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
      • 2 tablespoons light sour cream
      • 2 tablespoons light mayonaise
      • 1 teaspoon chili powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
      • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
      • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
      • 2 cloves minced garlic
    • Optional:
      • 1 avocado, (diced to serve alongside orzo)

Cook orzo according to package directions (Do not add salt).  Rinse orzo. Drain well.

Combine orzo, tomatoes, corn, green onions and black beans in a large bowl.  Toss.

Whisk remaining ingredients in small bowl to make the dressing.  However, do not include the avocado.   Pour the dressing over orzo, corn, tomatoes, green onions in the large bowl .

Chop cilantro.  Add 2 TBSP to large bowl.  Reserve a tablespoon to sprinkle on top of individual plates.

Dice Avocado to serve alongside the orzo salad.

Note:   Can you see the slices made into the avocado pictured below?  Just a few slices in each direction with a sharp knife makes it simple to scoop out the squares of the avocado with a spoon. 

I have heard chefs say to chill your salad plates before serving.  Who can remember? 

Let me know if you added any other types of vegetables to the orzo and how you liked it? ~Sheryl 

Adapted from Cooking Light, May 2011

 

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