Salads

Pear date salad

Pear date salad

When I can find Asian pears, I’ll use them to make a pear date salad. Asian pears are known by several other names including apple pears, sand pears, Japanese pears, and Chinese pears, to name a few. They are shaped more like an apple, but they really are pears that […]

 
Kale salad with cherries

Kale Salad

If you are planning meals for a long motorhome trip — or trying to limit grocery store visits during a pandemic — consider a kale salad for the second week of your trip. Fresh kale will keep for a week or two in the refrigerator. Since kale stems take a […]

 
cucumber salad

Cucumber Salad

My mother-in-law, Betty Zalmanek, is famous for her cucumber salad.  Her kids ask her to bring it to every family gathering. Whether or not you peel the cucumbers is a matter of personal preference, and perhaps what kind of cucumbers you use. English cucumbers — the ones that come wrapped […]

 
rainbow salad

Rainbow Salad

As the name implies, rainbow salad is colorful with red, orange, yellow, green, and purple vegetables. (What? No blue? How about cauliflower for fluffy, white clouds instead?) Add a simple white balsamic vinaigrette for an easy and tasty salad. The first time I made rainbow salad, I made it according […]

 
blue cheese coleslaw

Blue Cheese Coleslaw

Blue cheese coleslaw is a nice switch from traditional coleslaw.  It’s perfect for summertime picnics and pot lucks. Even people who say they don’t like blue cheese like this dish. If I’m cooking for the two of us, I’ll make a full batch of dressing, but only prepare what we’ll eat […]

 
Peach caprese salad

Peach Caprese Salad

When peaches are in season, think peach caprese salad. Peaches are a delicious addition to a traditional caprese salad with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. Most people may think of Georgia or South Carolina when it comes to peaches, but in Colorado our mouths start to water when someone mentions Palisade […]

 
almond chicken salad

Almond Chicken Salad

My sister-in-law, Roxanna Zalmanek, made a big batch of this at a family reunion. We all loved it and I asked for the recipe.  To me, it’s the Smokehouse almonds that make this so tasty. The first time I made it, I used extra almonds, which made it too salty. […]

 
Spicy potato salad

Spicy Potato Salad

Schultz’s Gourmet Hot Sauce is one of my new favorite condiments. It makes a fabulous potato salad if you like things on the spicy side.  This is basically Schultz’s recipe, but I’ve adapted it to my taste and found a few shortcuts for my one-butt kitchen. On my small motorhome cooktop, […]

 
Pear blueberry salad

Pear Blueberry Salad

Pear blueberry salad with mixed greens has been a favorite of mine for years, but it’s even better with baby arugula. The peppery leaf is a perfect compliment to the sweet fruit.  The first time I used arugula was when we stayed at the Ojo Caliente Mineral Spa and Resort […]

 

Paprika Vinaigrette

Paprika vinaigrette is a staple in my refrigerator.  I use a small amount in garden salads with salad greens (or cabbage), carrots, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, avocados, and any other veggies I have on hand, toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds, and feta or blue cheese crumbles.   Add some leftover […]