Archive for the ‘Salads & Salad Dressings’ Category

Crisp Corn and Bell Pepper Salad – All in Pictures

Crisp Corn and Bell Pepper Salad

Last two posts showed how to cook corn on the stove and in the microwave oven. Easy. Here’s a great way to combine the crisp sweetness of corn with bell pepper (I like using red, yellow, or orange bell pepper for this because they’re sweeter and more flavorful than green bell peppers), onion, garlic, and cilantro. Terrific combination!

Here’s what you need to make this crisp corn and bell pepper salad for 3-4 people.

Crisp Corn and Bell Pepper Salad IngredientsClick any picture on this page for a complete, easy to follow step-by-step picture book recipe. Read more »

Empowering Kids in the Kitchen with Kid-Friendly Quick & Easy Tuna Salad – All in Pictures

Kid-Friendly Tuna SaladThis quick & easy kid-friendly to make tuna salad is a great way to empower kids’s confident independence in kitchen because it requires only 3 ingredients, 3 pieces of equipment, and no cutting with a knife or even the use of a can opener if you buy cans of tuna with pull-tab tops as shown below.

Kid-Friendly Tuna Salad IngredientsClick any picture on this page for a complete, very colorful step-by-step picture book recipe.

Kid-Friendly Tuna Salad Picture Book Recipe



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 salad

One of my favorite late summer foods is freshly picked, richly flavorful, no-kidding vine ripened tomatoes, which I usually get fresh from the field at Berberian’s Farm Stand in Northborough, MA. And one of my favorite ways to enjoy those tomatoes is in a fantastically flavorful and easy to make salad made with fresh basil (also from Berberian’s), mozzarella cheese, olive oil, a little salt, a good crunch of ground black pepper and, of course, a shot of balsamic vinegar.

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Fresh 5-Ingredient Nonfat Yogurt Salad Dressing – All In Pictures

Fresh 5-Ingredient Nonfat Yogurt Salad DressingHere’s an easy way to change the flavor and calorie content of the fresh 5-ingredient salad dressing shown in the previous article. All you have to do is replace oil with nonfat yogurt. See the nonfat plain Greek yogurt to oil nutrition fact label comparison below and note that a serving of nonfat plain Greek yogurt is 1 cup (8 ounces) while a serving of oil is 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce). That means that 1 cup (8 ounces) of oil contains 1920 calories and 224 grams of fat as compared to the cup (8 ounces) of nonfat yogurt shown below containing 130 calories and 0 grams of fat.

Nonfat Yogurt to Oil Nutrition Comparison

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Fresh 5-Ingredient Salad Dressing – All in Pictures

Fresh Salad DressingIt’s all about learning and adapting. What you see below are the ingredients I used to use to make a fully flavorful, quick, fresh salad dressing. But then after working with some fellow military veterans, some of whom had either or both high blood pressure and diabetes, I improvised a dressing on the fly to show them to make that cut out the added salt and sugar. I even cut out the paprika because, as one of the guys said, “You can’t taste that sh– (stuff) anyway”.

Former Fresh Salad Dressing Ingredients

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Instant 5-Ingredient Salad Dressing – All in Pictures

Instant Salad DressingHere’s a quick, easy, and fantastically flavorful salad dressing that requires only 5 ingredients (garlic powder, black pepper, mustard, vinegar, and oil), a teaspoon, and a 16-ounce jar with a snug fitting lid (if you don’t have a jar, you can use a measuring cup instead). The small amount of salt and sugar in this recipe comes from mustard (and vinegar, if you use balsamic vinegar as shown below), which therefore makes the dressing low in both sodium and sugar, though please check the ingredients you use to make sure they comply safely if you happen to be on a sodium and/or sugar restricted diet.

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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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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 »

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