SPICY CORN AND BLACK BEAN SALAD

SPICY CORN AND BLACK BEAN SALAD

******SALAD******
2 cans Mexicorn -- (corn and red and
peppers), 11oz -- drained
15 ounces Black beans; drained -- rinsed
4 1/2 ounces Sliced Mushrooms -- drained
1/2 cup Green Onions -- sliced
1/2 cup Cucumbers; peeled -- slice

2 tablespoons Fresh Jalapeno Pepper -- finely chopped
******DRESSING******
1/3 cup Oil
1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar or White -- Vinegar
1/4 cup Orange Juice
1 teaspoon Garlic -- minced
1/2 teaspoon Salt
*****BEFORE SERVING*****
1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro -- chopped
1 tablespoon Orange Peel -- grated
2 teaspoons Cumin seed (or 1 ts)
Lettuce Leaves

In large bowl, combine all salad ingredients; blend well. In small bowl using wire whisk, blend oil, vinegar, orange juice, garlic and salt. Pour over salad; toss gently. Cover; refrigerate 1 to 2 hours to blend flavors.

Just before serving, drain salad. Stir in cilantro, orange peel and
cumin seed. Serve in lettuce-lined bowl or on lettuce-lined plates. Store in refrigerator.


Spinach and Apple Salad w/ Bacon Dressing

10 ounces fresh spinach -- torn in bite sized pieces
4 bacon slices
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small onion -- diced
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon brown mustard
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 apple -- cored and thinly sliced

Place spinach in large bowl. Cook bacon in large skillet over medium high heat until crisp. Remove to paper toweling to drain. Discard all but 3 Tablespoons drippings from skillet. Add oil to drippings in skillet and heat. Add onion; cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to boiling. Remove from heat. Add apple to spinach. Pour hot dressing over spinach and apple; toss well to coat. Crumble bacon and sprinkle over salad. Serve immediately.


Spinach and Grapefruit Salad

2 tsp poppy seeds
1/2 red onion -- thinly sliced
3 grapefruit -- pink or red
6 cloves garlic -- peeled
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil -- extra-virgin
1 tbsp coarse-grain mustard -- pref. Pommery
1/2 tsp honey
salt and freshly ground pepper
3/4 lb fresh spinach, washed and torn -- (16 cups)
1/2 small jicama, peeled & cut -- in matchsticks

Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add poppy seeds and toast, stirring constantly, until aromatic, 1-2 minutes; set aside
Place onion slices in small bowl; add cold water to cover and soak for 10 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, with a sharp knife, remove skin and white pith from grapefruit and discard. Working over a small bowl to catch the juice, cut the grapefruit segments from their surrounding membranes; reserve the segments in a small bowl. Measure 1/3 cup of the juice and set aside.

Bring garlic cloves in a small saucepan and add water to cover. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain.
In a blender, combine vinegar, oil, mustard, honey, cooked garlic and
reserved grapefruit juice. Blend until creamy. Season with salt and
pepper.

In a salad bowl, combine spinach, jicama, and reserved onions and
grapefruit sections. Drizzle with the dressing and toss. Arrange on salad plates and garnish with the toasted poppy seeds.


Spinach And Mandarin Oranges

12 Oz Fresh Spinach -- wash, remove thick
-- stems
1/2 C Scallions -- thin sliced
11 Oz Mandarin Oranges -- drained
1/2 C Slivered Almonds -- toasted, *

Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette:
1 Tsp Dry Mustard
Salt -- to taste
1/8 tsp Black Pepper
1 tbsp Honey
2 tbsp Cider Vinegar
1/2 C Vegetable Oil

Fresh greenery is dotted with vivid orange segments and toasted almonds
before being coated with a honey-mustard dressing.

1. Heap the spinach leaves in a large bowl.
2. Adorn the greenery with the scallions, fruit, and nuts.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
4. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad, toss well, and serve.

How to toast nuts:

Spread nuts out on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350o oven for 5 to 10
minutes until golden. Different sizes and types of nuts toast at varying
times; the smaller the nut, the faster it browns, so you have to keep a
watchful eye on the oven.


Spinach and Mushroom Salad

10 ounces fresh spinach -- washed & chopped
10 whole fresh mushrooms -- sliced
4 hard-boiled eggs -- chopped
6 slices bacon -- cooked & crumbled
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Toss spinach, mushrooms, chopped egg, and crumbled bacon. Whisk remaining ingredients together. Toss with vegetables to coat spinach.


Spinach Salad

2 pounds Fresh spinach
2 each Hard boiled eggs
1/4 cup Chopped pitted black olives
1/2 each Red onion sliced
1/2 cup Crumble feta cheese

Add vinegar and oil dressing


Spinach Salad Parmesan

5 cups Fresh spinach leaves -- washed well & trimme
Bermuda onion -- thinly sliced
1 pint Cherry tomatoes
4 ounces Fresh mushrooms -- sliced
1/2 cup Radishes -- thinly sliced
1 tablespoon Grated Parmesan cheese

Toss together all ingredients. Serve with your favorite no- or low-fat
dressing. Makes about 6 cups.


Spinach Salad with Pears and Cranberries

1 tsp finely shredded orange peel
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/3 cup dried cranberries
2 firm-ripe pears -- (3/4 lb. total)
3/4 cup thinly sliced red onion -- rinsed
1 lb baby spinach leaves, rinsed, crisped -- in bite-sized pieces

Combine orange peel, orange juice, seasoned rice vinegar, and dried
cranberries. Core and thinly slice pears; add pears and onion to dressing.

Just before serving, pour over spinach; gently mix.


Spring Salad

1/2 pound Snow peas
1/2 pound Mixed green and yellow beans
6 each New red skinned potatoes
1/2 pound Carrots
1 cup Frozen sweet corn
1 cup Fresh or frozen peas
2 each Tomatoes
4 each Hard cooked eggs
----------dressing----------
3 each Large egg yolks
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 each Salt
1 each Pepper
1 1/2 cups Saflower oil
1 tablespoon Lemon juice
1 each Shallots -- finely chopped
1 teaspoon Honey
1 tablespoon Finely chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon Finely chopped fresh parsley

Top and tail beans. Cook in lightly salted boiling water for 3 to 5
minutes or until tender crisp. Drain and refresh under cold running
water. Add potatoes to boiling salted water, Cook gently for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Place peeled corrots in a saucepan with enough cold water to cover. Salt lightly, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until tender. Drain. Add corn and peas to small amounts of lightly salted boiling water cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Drain. Place beans, corn and peas on tea towel to drain while preparing dressing. Peel and seed tomatoes and cut into small dice. DRESSING: Whisk together egg yolks, Dijon mustard, salt and freshly ground pepper. When mixture begins to thicken, add 2 tablespoons of oil drop by drop, beating well. Thin with a 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice. Add remaining oil in a slow, steady stream. As mayonnaise thickens, thin by adding up to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Stop adding oil when mayonnaise is desired thickness) Stir in shallots, honey, mint add parsley. Adjust seasoning. Arrange vegetables on one large plater or individual plates, and garnish with egg wedges. Thin mayonnaise with boiling water and lightly coat salad.


Springtime Chicken Salad

3 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup orange juice
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
salt and pepper -- to taste
2 tablespoons chutney
2 cups cooked chicken -- cubed
flaked coconut
mandarin oranges

Place first 6 ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
Toss with cooked cubed chicken, flaked coconut, and 1 to 2 cans (drained) Mandarin oranges. Chill. Serve on a bed of lettuce, sprinkle with slivered almonds and paprika. This salad tastes wonderful served in a melon.


SPRINGTIME CHICKEN SALAD

Chicken breast halves
1 pound Fresh asparagus
Head iceberg lettuce
Lemon slices for garnish
-----LEMON-HERB DRESSING-----
1/2 cup Lemon juice
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
Sm clove garlic -- pressed
1 teaspoon Oregano
1 teaspoon Basil
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
1/4 cup Slivered toasted almonds

VARIATION: 1lb of boneless chicken breasts can be poached with 1/4 c lemon juice and water or broth to cover in a 9-in skillet. Place over med heat. Bring to a boil slowly. Reduce heat. Simmer for 1 min.
Remove from heat. Cover. Let stand 20 mins. Remove chicken, pat dry and
shred. PREPARATION: Place chicken in a saucepan. Cover with water. Simmer for 20 min. until done. Remove. Cool. Wash asparagus.
Snap off stalks at the point of tenderness. Partially fill a large skillet with water. Bring to boil. Add asparagus. Cover and heat until water comes back to a boil. Uncover. Boil slowly for 4-5 mins until spears bend a little when lifted. Drain. Cool. With a knife, shred half of the lettuce. Place in a large salad bowl. combine the dressing ingredients. Shake until blended. Drizzle half of the dressing over the lettuce. Shred the chicken. Slice the asparagus into 2-in diagonal pieces. Combine with the lettuce. Drizzle with remaining dressing. Garnish with lemon slices. Serve, sprinkled with almonds, if desired.

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