Spinach and Strawberry Salad


* 2 bunches spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
* 4 cups sliced strawberries
* 1/2 cup vegetable oil
* 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon paprika
* 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
* 1 tablespoon poppy seeds


1. In a large bowl, toss together the spinach and strawberries.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, paprika, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds. Pour over the spinach and strawberries, and toss to coat.

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Amount Per Serving Calories: 235 | Total Fat: 15.9g | Cholesterol: 0mg

Jamie’s Cranberry Spinach Salad


* 1 tablespoon butter
* 3/4 cup almonds, blanched and slivered
* 1 pound spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
* 1 cup dried cranberries
* 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
* 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 2 teaspoons minced onion
* 1/4 teaspoon paprika
* 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
* 1/4 cup cider vinegar
* 1/2 cup vegetable oil


1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook and stir almonds in butter until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, and let cool.
2. In a large bowl, combine the spinach with the toasted almonds and cranberries.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, onion, paprika, white wine vinegar, cider vinegar, and vegetable oil. Toss with spinach just before serving.

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Amount Per Serving Calories: 339 | Total Fat: 23.5g | Cholesterol: 4mg

Chick Pea Macaroni Salad

Submitted by: Christine

Prep Time: approx. 20 Minutes

” This Greek-style pasta salad would also be good tossed with fresh avocado and mint. ”

1 cup uncooked macaroni pasta
1 (19 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
4 tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup pitted black olives
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente,
rinse under cold water and drain.

2 In a large bowl, combine the pasta, chick peas, tomatoes, onion, garlic,
cheese, olives, salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice.
Toss together and refrigerate until chilled.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Servings Per Recipe:
5 amount per serving
Calories 561

Tomato and Squash Salad

From: V.R. Peterson – vmp@bigfoot.com
This salad is as appealing to the eye as it is to the taste buds.
The recipe calls for a minimal amount of oil, but you can eliminate
even that if you want and the dish will still be delicious.

1 lb (450 g) small yellow squash, or zucchini (courgettes),
or combination of both, sliced diagonally
1 lb (450 g) small, ripe tomatoes, cut in wedges
1/2 cup purple onion, sliced into narrow strips
1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1+1/2 tsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Arrange squash in a steamer over boiling water.
Cover and steam 1 minute, then plunge into cold water to stop the cooking.
Drain well. Combine squash, tomatoes, onion, and basil in salad bowl.
In a small bowl combine the remaining ingredients.
Pour over the vegetables and toss gently.
Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Serves 4 to 6.

Vietnamese Rice-Noodle Salad

Submitted by: JEN
” This is a good salad for a hot day.? “

5 cloves garlic
1 cup loosely packed chopped cilantro
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons vegetarian fish sauce, or 1 teaspoon salt
1 (12 ounce) package rice vermicelli
2 carrots, julienned
1 cucumber, halved lengthwise and chopped
1/4 cup coarsley chopped fresh mint
4 leaves napa cabbage
1/4 cup unsalted peanuts
4 sprigs fresh mint

1 Mince the garlic with the cilantro and the hot pepper. Transfer
the mixture to a bowl, add the lime juice, fish sauce or salt
and sugar; stir well. Let the sauce sit for 5 minutes.
2 Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the rice noodles;
boil them for 2 minutes. Drain well. Rinse the noodles with cold
water until they have cooled. Let them drain again.
3 Combine the sauce, noodles, carrots, cucumber, mint and Napa
cabbage in a large serving bowl. Toss well and serve the salad
garnished with the peanuts and mint sprigs.

Bulgur Chickpea Salad

Submitted by: Leah Perez

Prep Time: approx. 20 Minutes

” This tabbouleh salad variation is a meal in itself. ”

1 cup bulgur
2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
1 cup chopped green onions
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup grated carrots

1 In a heatproof bowl, pour boiling water over bulgur.
Let stand 1 hour at room temperature.

2 In a small bowl, beat together oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
Pour over bulgur; and mix with a fork.

3 Place bulgur in the bottom of a nice glass serving bowl.
Layer vegetables and garbanzo beans in this order on top of the bulgur:
green onions, garbanzo beans, parsley, and carrots on top. Cover, and
refrigerate. Toss salad just before serving.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Nutrition at a glance
Servings Per Recipe 7
Amount per serving:
Calories 296
Protein 6g
Total Fat 17g
Sodium 198mg
Cholesterol –
Carbohydrates 33g
Fiber 7g

Caesar Salad Tacos

Prep Time: approx. 20 Minutes

” This is a meatless entree. This healthy and intriguing recipe got
a thumbs up from all of the tasters in the Ortega kitchen. Try it for yourself! ”

8 cups prewashed and cut romaine lettuce
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 avocado – peeled, pitted and diced
1/2 cup diced green chile peppers
1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup kernel corn
1/3 cup Caesar-style salad dressing
1/4 cup taco sauce
12 taco shells, warmed

1 Combine lettuce, 1 cup cheese, avocado, chiles, beans and corn in large bowl.
Combine dressing and taco sauce in small bowl; mix well.
Pour over lettuce mixture; toss well to coat.

2 Fill each taco shell with salad mixture; top with remaining cheese and tomatoes.

Nutrition at a glance
Servings Per Recipe: 6
amount per serving
Calories 447
Protein 16g
Total Fat 27g
Sodium 481mg
Cholesterol 40mg
Carbohydrates 38g
Fiber 8g