Spinach Salad with Homemade Dressing

spinach salad

I fixed salad with strawberries for the first time last summer. This spring I was helping a niece and she served this salad with a homemade dressing. Of course I had to get the recipe, which came from my sister Alice.

While this dressing does has sugar in it, you will only need a tablespoon or two for a large bowl, so you’re not consuming an excessive amount of sugar. What I like about this salad is that it has plenty of iron, protein, and vitamins and minerals in it.

The spinach helps give you roughage; the hard boiled eggs provide protein, and the strawberries add vitamins to your diet. It’s colorful and tasty as well. The strawberries give it a definite twist – and it’s a good twist!

spinach salad

Put spinach and sliced hard-boiled eggs into a bowl, then add sliced strawberries. Drizzle the dressing on top; remember that as it sits, the dressing will soak down through all the layers of salad. In this case, less is more!

Spinach Salad with Homemade Dressing
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Recipe type: Dressing
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2 cups
 
A sweet-sour dressing that spruces up any salad. Easy to mix, easy to store, easy to serve.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ⅔ cup vinegar
  • ½ cup mayo or salad dressing
  • ¼ cup mustard
  • 1½ cups vegetable oil (canola or olive)
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend completely.
  2. Store in a covered container
  3. Keep refrigerated

Sauteed Snow Peas and Cabbage

snow peas and cabbage

We picked up snow peas at the local Farmer’s Market, and by lunch time, half of them had been devoured raw. My plan to stir fry these beauties went out the window until I decided to slice up some cabbage and onions and add them to the mix.

You can do this in a wok or a skillet. All you need is some olive oil and sea salt and the vegetables. Slice your cabbage into thin strips, your onions into thin slices, and put the snow peas on whole. To make this dish, I put olive oil on my cook-n-dine and then put all the vegetables on together. Children who turn up their noses at cabbage and snow peas will like this dish. Ask me how I know!

I’m certain other combinations of vegetables would work as well. Perhaps you could add thinly sliced carrots. What I liked about this dish is that I used produce fresh from the garden, giving me a dish with a fresh-from-summer flavor.

snow peas and cabbage

 

Sauteed Snow Peas and Cabbage
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Recipe type: Vegetables
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6-8
 
An easy combination that brings healthy eating, color, and texture to your table.
Ingredients
  • ¼ head of cabbage
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup snow peas, fresh
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper as desired
Instructions
  1. Wash and slice cabbage and onion thinly
  2. Wash snow peas
  3. Heat wok or skillet until hot, then add olive oil
  4. Add all vegetables at once, stirring as needed
  5. Season with sea salt and pepper as desired

snow peas and cabbage

Apple Jello Salad

jello with apples

When I was a child, this jello salad dish was a regular on the table for Sunday dinner. The other regular was the same except for the flavor of the jello. Mama used strawberry and pineapple jello with diced apples.

The key to making this jello salad turn out right is to keep stirring it until the apples settle to the bottom and all around instead of just floating on the top.

You can use regular jello or sugar free. For a quick set, you can use ice instead of the cup of cold water. I usually put the jello into the refrigerator until it begins to set, then add my diced apples. It will set faster this way.

To make this jello salad, simply make the jello according to package directions. When the jello is partially set, add one cup of finely diced apples per 2 cups of water recipe. Keep stirring until it is setting well, then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Jello Apple Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6 - 8 servings
 
An easy jello dish with apples makes for a fruity flavor as well as color.
Ingredients
  • 1 box small jello - any flavor; regular jello or sugar-free
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water or 8 ice cubes
  • 1 cup finely diced apples
Instructions
  1. Dissolve jello in boiling water
  2. Add cold water OR ice cubes
  3. Stir thoroughly
  4. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until jello begins to set
  5. Peel and dice apple finely
  6. When jello is just beginning to set, add the diced apples
  7. Continue to allow jello to set, stirring occasionally
  8. When apples are settled into the jello and not just floating on the top, stir once more
  9. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Lettuce Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs & Homemade Dressing

Summertime salads are fun because they are made with fresh ingredients. Yet even when you don’t have access to fresh garden ingredients, this salad will still hit the spot.

All you need is lettuce and/or spinach and some hard-boiled eggs for the salad. If you want to add some diced bacon on top, you can. For the dressing, you’ll need mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar. Just a little dab will do!

Wash and dry your lettuce and/or spinach. Chop or cut into bite-sized pieces, then place in a bowl. Peel and rinse hard-boiled eggs, then slice evenly into thin slices. Mix the lettuce and eggs together, saving a few slices to garnish on the top.

lettuce salad

For the dressing, you’ll need mayonnaise and as much (or more) sugar as vinegar. Mix the dressing well, then drizzle some on top of the salad. Drizzle; don’t pour! Stir gently and refrigerate until ready to serve.

lettuce salad

You don’t need a lot of dressing. Give it time to seep down through the leaves and you’ll be amazed at how little it takes.

lettuce salad

Lettuce Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
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Colorful and pretty, this lettuce salad with hard-boiled eggs is especially delicious if made with fresh garden-grown lettuce and/or spinach.
Ingredients
  • lettuce or spinach - enough to serve the amount of people you have
  • hard boiled eggs - ½ egg per person
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1½ tsp. vinegar
  • 3 tsp. sugar
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry lettuce and/or spinach
  2. Cut or chop into bite-sized pieces
  3. Peel and rinse hard-boiled eggs
  4. Slice eggs into thin slices
  5. Mix lettuce/spinach and eggs together, leaving a few slices for garnish on top
  6. Mix mayonaise, vinegar and sugar together
  7. Drizzle a little bit of the dressing across the top of the salad, then stir in gently
  8. Refrigerate until ready to serve
  9. Put remaining slices of eggs on top
  10. Remember: don't add too much dressing! You can always add more dressing at the last minute if you need to

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lettuce salad