Salads & Sides

Making Macaroni Salad

For moist macaroni salad, remember that noodles are very absorbent, so either serve your salad right away or only add two-thirds of the dressing. Allow the flavors to blend by chilling the salad…

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More Flavorful Rice

From Delphi, Indiana, Shirley S. writes, “For extra flavorful rice to serve as a bed for sweet-sour stir-fries or other entrees, I substitute pineapple juice for some of the water to cook the…

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Quick Homemade Croutons

I hate to waste the heel from a loaf of bread or a few leftover hot dog or hamburger buns. So I cube them into a bowl, spray them with nonstick cooking spray and season with garlic powder, parsley…

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Salad Shake-Up

When making a salad for dinner, I tear the lettuce and chop the vegetables, then put them all in a clean plastic bag and shake. This mixes the ingredients better and easier than tossing in a bowl.…

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Salad-Size Lettuce

I cut head lettuce into salad-size pieces and store them in a container in the refrigerator covered in water. When I want to use some, I fish out a handful or two, drain it in a strainer and serve…

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Slicing Up Tomatoes for Salads

Fresh tomatoes sliced vertically rather than horizontally will stay firmer in your salad and help keep the dressing from getting watery. —Ruby W., Bogalusa, Louisiana

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Spring Mix

Often labeled mesclun greens, this mixture of small, tender young salad greens and often tender herbs is available year-round in supermarkets. The mix can include such salad green varieties as oak…

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Storing Bagged Salad Mix

Those packages of ready-to-eat lettuce are so convenient. To keep the contents crisp and fresh once a package is opened, I squeeze out all the extra air, fold down the top of the bag several times…

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