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How to Add Flavor to Your Yummy Salad Recipes
Looking for some good salad recipes to add some additional flavor to your favorites? I have some here for some of the most common and popular salads including green, macaroni, tuna and potato.
I love to try out new things, so I do a lot of experimenting in the kitchen. What I have listed here are some of my family's favorites. If you have any tips to share, be sure to let me know in the comment box at the end.
It's amazing how adding an extra ingredient can really add some wonderful, additional flavor.
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One of my kids loves tuna, but doesn't care much for mayonnaise. Here's a bit of an alternative which uses malt vinegar. Besides cutting down on the mayonnaise flavor, it also adds a bit of a tang to the tuna.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 1 five ounce can of tuna in water
- !/2 of one piece of green onion
- 1 tbsp. of mayoannaise
- 2 tsp. of malt vinegar
- 1/2 half of one stalk of celery
- Open the can of tuna and drain the water. Dice up the green onion and celery. Mix all ingredients together, then let chill in the refrigerator until cool.
Good Macaroni Salad
Most people have their own basic macaroni salad recipe that they work with. It usually involves the cooked macaroni, some kind of onion, (in my case green onions,) celery and mayonnaise, with some variations being green pepper, chopped boiled eggs, pimentos, etc.
If you want to add a flavor boost, try substituting part of the mayonnaise with Ranch dressing. I personally use Hidden Valley and make my salad with 1/4 Ranch and 3/4 mayonnaise. If you would like to add some protein, cut up some slices of salami and toss them in. Salami also gives a good flavor boost.
Macaroni salad image by stu_spivack at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
If you're a fan of green salad, then you should have a good salad spinner. Rather than tell you how much I like this one, I'll tell you that at the time of writing this, 750 Amazon customers have rated it 5 stars.
Cranberry Salad Recipe
I used to think of cranberries as something you served at Thanksgiving or Christmas until I was recently at my in-laws house and tasted a delightful salad they made.
They took some salad greens and added some, (thawed,) frozen cranberries. The cranberries gave a nice sweet flavor to the salad. In fact, this is a great salad combination for people who want to add flavor to their salad without using salad dressing.
A variation of this is to also add some fresh sliced strawberries..
Cranberries image by Half Chinese at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Recipes for Caesar Salad
Caesar Salad is a particular favorite in my house. Depending on my time, I either make homemade dressing or use Kraft Classic Caesar dressing.
The most popular versions of this salad are as is, or with cooked chicken. You can shake things up a bit by adding shrimp. I use the small, previously frozen shrimp as all I have to do is thaw it, drain the water from the shrimp and add it to the salad.
Another variation is to add some imitation crab meat. Of course, you can add both to turn this into a seafood Caesar Salad.
Here's a very simple Caesar Salad dressing recipe that is easy to prepare and tastes great.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
- 1 head of Romaine lettuce
- 1 cup of mayonnaise
- 1 tsp. of crushed garlic
- 1 tbsp. of lemon juice
- 1 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp of milk
- 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Caesar Salad croutons
- Rinse and dry the lettuce. Chop it up. In a bowl, mix all ingredients for the salad, excluding the croutons and Parmesan cheese. Add those on top once the salad and dressing are tossed.
Salad Side Dishes
What is your favorite salad side dish?
Potato Salad with Bacon
Most likely, if you're reading this, you already have a favorite potato salad recipe. Want to jazz it up? Try adding some bacon to it.
I'm not real good at cooking bacon, so I buy Oscar Meyer fully cooked bacon. All you have to do is to heat it up in the microwave. From personal experience I have found it is better to heat the bacon up a little more than the package indicates, then have some paper towels on hand to soak up any of the grease.
Salad image by arnold inuyaki at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
What's great about this book is that it has such a variety of salad recipes to choose from. It covers from light side salads to salads that will work for a meal. It's got something new for every day of the year.