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More Summer Salads

Updated on August 12, 2009

7-Layer Vegetable Salad

I would like to share this recipe because I used to take this to carry-in dinners (some of you may call them pot lucks or church suppers) and I always received requests for the recipe.

This salad looks best in a large glass bowl so that the layers can be seen. Sometimes I use my glass lasagna pan.

Place in the order given in layers:

1 layer of torn lettuce

1 layer of uncooked frozen peas, thawed

1 layer of celery slices (about 1 cup)

1 layer of chopped green pepper

1 layer of finely sliced onions (combined with additional torn lettuce)

1 layer of low-fat or non-fat mayonnaise (about 2 cups)

1 Tablespoon granulated sugar, sprinkled over top of mayonnaise

1 layer grated cheese (I use Colby or Longhorn)

     Top with crispy bacon pieces, broken up finely.

Do not mix or stir this. When served, it will become blended as people help themselves. (Suggest that they dig deep!) The great thing about this salad is that it can be stored in the refrigerator for several days in a covered container. Containers with tight fitting lids are perfect for this delicious salad.

You can't have a failure with it. You can even adjust amounts or add ingredients, according to your preferences.

A lighter variation would be to use 1/2 mayonnaise and 1/2 plain nonfat yogurt.

Sweet Potato Fruit Salad

This recipe has a nice Carribbean flavor to it. It's sooo easy!

1-16 ounce can sweet potato pieces, drained and cubed

1 cup mayonnaise (low fat is best)

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

2 Tablespoons orange juice

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 Tablespoon honey

2 bananas, sliced

2 medium size red apples, diced

2 cups seedless grapes

Stir together the mayonnaise, lemon peel, orange juice and honey in a bowl. Chill

Gently toss sweet potatoes, banana, apple and grapes. Cover and chill 2 hours.

Serve on lettuce leaves with mayonnaise mixture. Makes about 6 servings.

Taco Salad

If you usually buy packets of taco seasoning, try making the seasoning yourself. It tastes better, doesn't have a bunch of additives and saves money. This recipe has the homemade seasoning. You'll like it!

1 pound ground beef or turkey

1 onion, chopped

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon cumin, ground

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon oregano

cayenne pepper, to taste (if you like it hot, add more)

1 teaspoon salt

black pepper, to taste

1 can tomato sauce, 8 ounces

1 head lettuce, iceberg or romaine

1 tomato

1 cup shredded cheese (I use the Mexican cheese combination, cheddar, pepper jack, monterey jack)

1 small bag Taco flavored Fritos or tortilla chips

Sour cream & salsa, if desired

Brown the ground beef or turkey over medium heat in a large skillet until no longer pink. Add the chopped onion and cook until translucent. Drain.

Lower the heat and add the paprika, cumin, chili powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Add the tomato sauce, bring to a boil, lower the heat again and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Tear the head of lettuce into a bowl. Spoon the meat over the lettuce. Add tomato and cheese. Crush the chips over the top. Sour cream and salsa is optional.

I can smell it now. It's soooo good!


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      Alex 8 years ago

      I love salad.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hmmm.... yummy. it looks delicious. I like your summer salad. thanks for share and great recipes. I try to make it.

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thanks for the comments. I hope you both let me know how you liked it...

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      Ladybird33 8 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Great hub and I am trying it tonight. Thank you!

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      ThePartyAnimal 8 years ago

      These look so yummy - now I am hungry. I may have to make these - thanks for the share.

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Realoverture, thanks for the comment. I read minds. haha

      Camping Dan, I agree. The taco salad is the one that fills you up.

      Smireles, thank you. I think you'll like the homemade better.

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      Sandra Mireles 8 years ago from Texas

      Love your summer salads. I frequently make Taco Salad and have done so for the past thirty years. You are right about the taco seasoning. I just made the salad with the taco seasoning and it was truly salty. I have all the ingredients you listed and from now on I am making the taco seasoning myself! Great hub.

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      Camping Dan 8 years ago

      I love to eat salads for dinner in the summer. They are so light yet they can be really filling so that you are not hungry one hour later.

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      Realoverture12 8 years ago

      Yeah, I was just thinking about this taco salad the other day!

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Catlyn, I love taco salad, too. Thanks for the comment.

      Anamika, please try them and let me know which one you like best!

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      Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Wow! All those Salads look Yummy. I would try them out.

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      Catlyn 8 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      Wow! My "What am I going to fix for dinner tonight?" blues just went out the window after reading your Hub! Taco salad it is!


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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Manly, thanks for the nice comment. Let me know how you like it.

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      manlypoetryman 8 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

      Wow...never thought a salad could look so dang good...and filling at the same time. Bookmarking this one to try at the hacienda. Thanks.

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      That sounds yummy! I'll try it. Thanks, deeli82!

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      deeli82 8 years ago

      really liked the salad.

      try this one for pasta salad

      tri color noodles


      italian dressing




      black olives

      parmesan cheese

      italian seasoning

      i do not have any units of measure, i make it by eye

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Larry, I love avocado! Never had a mimosa....maybe a margarita. Yum. Thanks for the tip.

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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Oh my..! Here we go got me motivated to make the taco salad....and I just have to add avocado...Thank you for this scrumptious recipe...maybe a tiny mimosa to wash it down...Ole !!..Larry

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thanks,Scott. I'm glad you like them!!

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      puppascott 8 years ago from Michigan (As far as you know...)

      I just had to stop by for a second helping of goodies.

      I am glad I did.