Archive for the ‘Salads & Salad Dressings’ Category

Instant 5-Ingredient Salad Dressing – All in Pictures

Instant Salad DressingAll right! With Thanksgiving and a load of winter holidays well on the way, here’s a great, easy-to-make, and fantastically flavorful salad dressing you can make in under 5 minutes using only 5 ingredients.

Brief but funny note: I developed this recipe the first time I worked with a group of fellow military veterans. There was an outspoken guy among the group who said as I was talking about the teaspoon of both sugar and garlic salt I planned to use, “You don’t need that sh__(stuff)! I mean, we’ve got a lot of people here with diabetes and high blood pressure.”

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Heirloom Tomato, Fresh Basil, and Feta Cheese Salad – All in Pictures

Heirloom Tomato, Fresh Basil & Feta Cheese SaladIf you’re a tomato fan but never tried a fresh heirloom tomato – and you’re fortunate enough to have them available where you live, have at ‘em! They’re awesome!

Heirloom tomatoes are tomato varieties of different sizes, shapes and colors that have been passed down from generation to generation to maintain their favorable flavor, color and texture characteristics. Heirloom tomatoes are most plentifully available at the end of summer and are best when they’ve been ripened on the vine taken fresh off the field.

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Tomato, Fresh Basil & Mozzarella Salad – All in Pictures

Step-by-step picture book recipe shows how to make a tomato, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese saladOne of my favorite late summer foods is freshly picked, richly flavorful, no-kidding vine ripened tomatoes. And one of my favorite ways to enjoy them is in the tomato, fresh basil & mozzarella cheese salad you see above, which is just as fantastically flavorful as it is quick and easy to make. Read more »

Sweet and Savory Power Tuna Salad – All in Pictures

Sweet & Savory Tuna Salad

Not too long ago, I showed how to turn plain old tuna salad into much more flavorful and nutritious POWER TUNA SALAD by replacing high fat, high calorie mayonnaise with high protein, low calorie non-fat plain Greek yogurt. I’ll write up a mayonnaise to non-fat Greek yogurt nutrition comparison next.

But first, here’s a great way to add variety to that power tuna salad by using the sweet and savory ingredients like fresh apple, dried cranberries and sun dried tomatoes shown below. Great stuff! Just click either picture on this page for a complete, easy to follow SWEET AND SAVORY POWER TUNA SALAD step-by-step picture book recipe.


Power Tuna Salad Step-By-Step Video


Click this link or the picture above for a short step-by-step video that uses a combination of video, sound and text-over-video to show how to make power tuna salad that substitutes high fat and calorie mayonnaise with high protein, low calorie non-fat Greek yogurt.

Great stuff and all quick and easy to make using the ingredients shown below.

Kiwi, Berries and Yogurt with Step-By-Step Picture Book Directions

Kiwi, Berries and Yogurt

The hardest part about making this quick fruit and yogurt combination is peeling the kiwi, which you can see in detail either in the last post or by clicking this link to step-by-step picture book directions. After peeling, it’s all just add and serve. Easy! Read more »

Quick & Easy Warm Spinach & Pear Salad – All in Pictures

Warm Spinach and Pear Salad

No matter where you live, I’ve gotta’ imagine the weather, and specifically, the temperatures you’ve had the pleasure of experiencing, have hardly been consistent this winter. With that in mind and considering it just cooled down rapidly – even with wildly blowing wind and snow this week, here’s a very quick and easy way to heat up a fully flavorful sweet and savory salad made with spinach, pear and your choice or a combination of walnuts, dried cranberries and feta (or any cheese) that’ll warm your body and soul on a bone chilling night. Emmm…you bet! Read more »

Instant Nonfat Yogurt Salad Dressing: No Guilt, All Flavor & All in Pictures!

Instant Nonfat Yogurt Salad Dressing

Here’s another incredibly easy salad dressing to make that, just like the other instant dressing I wrote about recently, goes great on just about any salad you can imagine (click either picture on this page for a complete, easy to follow step-by-step picture book recipe). This salad dressing also only requires five ingredients, four of five of which are the same used in the first dressing with one significant difference. Instead of using olive oil or any oil, this dressing substitutes oil with plain yogurt. Now, the thing about oil, even if you’re using olive or canola oil, which are both loaded with healthy fats, is that oil, by definition, is all fat. And fat, even healthy fat, is high in calories, which isn’t necessarily bad unless you’re trying to cut down on calories. Read more »

Summer Fruit Salad: Quick & Easy Step-By-Step Picture Book Recipe



One of the best things about summer: ripe fresh fruit that explodes with sensational summer sweet flavor. Wow! Here’s a refreshingly cool salad that combines the crisp summer flavors of ripe peach, plum, cherries, blueberries and banana. The salad can be served either as is or with an optional light dressing, as pictured above, made simply with lime juice, plain yogurt and either coconut cream or your favorite jam. For complete, easy to follow step-by-step picture book directions, just click any picture on this page. Read more »

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