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Posted: by rose_mary on Wed. 27 Jun., 2012 at 7:37:31 PM
I am going to a pot luck supper this Sunday night and I have to bring a salad. I'm wondering if anyone has a new, unusual and great salad that I might make to bring. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted: by tigsw_tigsw on Wed. 27 Jun., 2012 at 7:38:58 PM
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salad with apples in it..it was interesting and fine.



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Posted: by RN_74 on Wed. 27 Jun., 2012 at 8:35:39 PM
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There are so many great salad recipes. Do you want green salad, pasta salad, veggie salad?? My go to is often the Sioux Lookout Starwberry Spinach Salad.

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Posted: by flowerpot on Wed. 27 Jun., 2012 at 8:45:44 PM
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Some good oriental noodle salads in another thread. (?)

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Posted: by Dorlea on Wed. 27 Jun., 2012 at 10:45:04 PM
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ABC Salad
3 large red apples ( Gala are good)
2 cups fresh broccoli
1 cup Craisins
Semi Sweet Vinaigrette dressing
cut the apples and broccoli into small chunks ( dip the apples into pineapple or lemon juice to prevent browning,
combine the apples, broccoli and craisins, add the dressing,
chill for 2 hours, stir lightly before serving.

this makes a very attractive salad and has a good taste too. 
Enjoy Cheesy

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Posted: by BoJo on Wed. 27 Jun., 2012 at 11:01:35 PM
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couscous chickpea and cranberry salad that's been mentioned in this forum previously. It has green onions and red peppers also. It also has a very tasty dressing of orange juice, lemon juice and honey. Just use the search feature.

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Posted: by Donna_still_ on Thu. 28 Jun., 2012 at 1:33:23 PM
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This salad is awesome! I've made it for parties I've catered and it disappears!! Best if you make it a day ahead to let the flavours meld.


Couscous, Chickpea and Cranberry Salad
This is a beautiful salad to serve as part of a buffet meal. The sweet orange dressing goes so well with the dried cranberries, chickpeas and basil. Always have a container of orange juice concentrate on hand in the freezer for cooking and baking purposes; you can remove the amount needed while still frozen. **addition of sliced grilled chicken breast is very good!
1 cup chicken stock 1 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup couscous 2 Tbsp orange juice concentrate
3/4 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed/drained 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp grated orange rind 1/3 cup dried cranberries
3 Tbsp liquid honey 1/4 cup chopped green onion
1 tsp minced fresh garlic1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1/8 cup chopped basil or parsely

  1. Bring the stock to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat. Stir in the couscous, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl, fluff with a fork and cool.
  2. Stir the chickpeas, cranberries, green onions, red peppers and basil or parsley into the cooled couscous.
  3. To make the dressing, whisk the olive oil, orange juice concentrate, lemon juice, orange rind, honey and garlic in a small bowl. Pour over the couscous mixture and toss to coat.

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Posted: by jessie111 on Thu. 28 Jun., 2012 at 3:42:32 PM
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                           (from Cottage Life Magazine)


2 TBSP White Sugar
2 TBSP Honey
Juice of 2 limes
1 TBSP Soy Sauce
3 TBSP Garlic Flavored Olive Oil (OR 3 TBSP Olive oil and 2 cloves Garlic)
2 tsp Chopped Fresh Cilantro
1 tsp Grated Lime Zest
Pinch of Salt


1 each sweet red, yellow, green and orange peppers DICED
1 sweet light green pepper (optional)
1 Japapeno pepper, finely chopped
½ red onion, chopped
2 large firm mangoes, chilled, cut in bite size pieces
¼ cp sliced almonds, toasted
1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • Whisk dressing ingredients together until thoroughly blended & set aside
  • Combine all peppers & onion in large bowl, Peel mangoes, cut into bite size pieces, add to peppers, add dressing and mix well
  • Let stand at least an hour or refrigerate overnight (best)
  • Add sesame seeds & almonds just before serving
  • Dressing can be made & refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  • Recipe serves 8. Double or triple for a crowd.
  • Add more red or orange peppers for extra colour

The couscous, chickpea & cranberry salad is excellent, too.  It has been one of my go-to recipes ever since Barb/TO first posted it.

I also make a carrot-raisin salad from Mairlyn Smith's cookbook, Healthy Starts Here.  The dressing contains chutney, yogurt, low fat mayo &  fresh grated ginger.  It is delicious!


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Posted: by Lemoncello on Thu. 28 Jun., 2012 at 7:11:13 PM
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A beautiful layered salad in a glass trifle bowl will impress.

Seven Layer Salad


  • 1 10-oz package shredded lettuce (you can tear or shred lettuce by hand if you’ve got extra time on your hands)
  • 1 10-oz container grape tomatoes, halved or coarsely chopped
  • 2 C thin-sliced or finely minced celery (I use a food processor to mince)
  • 2 C finely-minced carrots (I start with baby-peeled carrots to save time, and mince in the food processor)
  • 8 hard cooked eggs
  • 2 C frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 C mayonnaise
  • 1 C sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 C Parmesan cheese
  • 6-8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled or 1/2 C bacon bits (I use the ones made from real bacon, not those nasty “soy protein” ones)


Layer evenly in the container, in order, the lettuce, tomatoes, celery and carrots.

Now, if you’re in a hurry, you can simply chop the eggs and layer them in next. But if you want to get fancy: slice at least two of the eggs and select eight to ten of the best-looking center slices. 

Thoroughly mix together the mayo, sour cream and lemon juice. Spread evenly on top of the layer of peas.

Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese

Sprinkle evenly with  crumbled bacon

Refrigerate at least overnight before serving. Serve cold, and expect compliments on the attractive presentation.

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Posted: by Nanny G on Sat. 30 Jun., 2012 at 10:47:43 AM
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¾ cup cashew halves

4 slices bacon coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 tablespoon brown sugar

 ½ teaspoon  kosher salt

 ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper





3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons honey

½ cup salad/olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste 




1, 10 oz package mixed salad greens

½ medium Bosc pear, thinly sliced

½ cup halved seedless red grapes (I sometimes use the tiny red Chilean grapes whole)




1 – In a large dry skillet over medium heat, toast cashews until golden brown (about 5 minutes). Remove cashews to a dish and cool slightly

2 – Return skillet to medium high heat, cook bacon strips until crisp on both sides, (about 7 minutes) Remove bacon with slotted spoon, & soak up grease with a paper towel. Coarsely chop bacon and set aside.

3 – In a medium bowl stir together rosemary, butter, curry powder, brown sugar, salt, cayenne pepper and toasted cashews. Set aside.

4 – In a small bowl stir together white wine vinegar, mustard and honey. Slowly whisk in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

5 – In a large salad bowl toss dressing with greens, pear slices, grapes and bacon. Sprinkle with nut mixture.


I do as much of this ahead of time as I can and then mix at the last minute. I also usually double it if more than 2-3 people.



Nanny G
edited Sat. 30 Jun., 2012 @ 11:01:35 AM by Nanny G
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Posted: by Donna_still_ on Sat. 30 Jun., 2012 at 12:11:28 PM
I copied this, it sounds really good and rather different, too! Thanks for posting it!

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Posted: by Birdle on Sat. 30 Jun., 2012 at 8:35:10 PM
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Good to see you, let me know if you like this.  I'm not a fruit fan but open to everything and love salads.

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Posted: by Donna_still_ on Sun. 1 Jul., 2012 at 5:13:54 PM
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Nice to see you too! Hope all is well with you and your family! I think I'll give this salad a try next week. I LOVE fruit and exist on salads made with fruit (and often chicken) for lunches during the week.

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Posted: by BoJo on Sun. 1 Jul., 2012 at 7:31:28 AM
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what salad did you decide to make for tonight? Was it any of the ones mentioned here?

p.s. sorry for the large type. I somehow managed to select the font size area and didn't know which type was the default. It turned out to be much larger than I'd thought. I wasn't shouting or anything like that.

edited Wed. 4 Jul., 2012 @ 7:52:05 AM by BoJo
edited Wed. 4 Jul., 2012 @ 7:53:38 AM by BoJo
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Posted: by rose_mary on Tue. 3 Jul., 2012 at 8:49:25 AM
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yes and no. LOL I made my own version with a lot of the ingredients suggested here so I didn't use anything that I knew some of the guests didn't like.  I must say, it turned out to be very tasty and was enjoyed by most there. I did print all the recipes given here and will use them in the future. They all sound fantastic as they are. Thanks everyone.

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Posted: by Sarah__Chatelaine on Tue. 3 Jul., 2012 at 4:03:05 PM
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Sarah, Chatelaine

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Posted: by rose_mary on Tue. 3 Jul., 2012 at 6:25:49 PM
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Now I should always have a salad to choose.  The only problem will be which one. LOL

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