Saturday, July 26, 2008

Broccoli Salad

6 cups broccoli, chopped
1 lg. red onion, chopped (a sweet onion would work, too)
8-10 piecs bacon, cooked and crumbled (or, a handful of the bagged crumbled bacon)
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup cashews or slivered almonds (optional)
2/3 cup raisins or pineapple tidbits (optional)

1 1/2 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whipe
2 tbls. vinegar
1/2 cup sugar

Combine dressing ingredients and let sit while you mix the rest of the salad (it gives it a few minutes to let the sugar to break down.) Mix all of the ingredients, except for the bacon and cashews. Pour dressing over salad, mix well and chill until serving. Add bacon and nuts just before serving.

Chicken Salad

This is a classic, and it's amazing! I'll give credit where credit is due, too. I got this from my neighbor's mom, Kathleen out of a church gotta' love Mormon cooking! :)

6 large chicken breast halves, cooked, cooled & diced (or, you can do the WT thing and use 2-3 cans of shredded chicken)
1 lg. can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup diced celery
3/4 cup chopped green onion (just the white part)
3/4 cup slivered almonds (add just before serving)
salt & pepper to taste (or, for my family, Daddy Don's Secret Spice)
1 cup grapes, cut in half (optional)
30 mini croissants (Sam's Club has the best!)

1 cup Ranch dressing (The recipe calls for "Litehouse Ranch Dressing" but I'm sure any ranch will work)
1 cup mayonnaise

Mix well and fill criossants just before serving.