Fiesta Fusion Salad

Fiesta Fusion Salad

Treat yourself to a tangy, zesty delight!

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. yellow corn tortilla chips
  • 4 oz. Dole® American Blend salad
  • 1/4 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup kernels of corn, cooked
  • 5 grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Italian dressing and seasoning mix
  • 2 green onions chopped, with ends removed

Directions

  1. As a base, add tortilla chips to a large salad bowl.
  2. Layer by adding lettuce, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and Mexican cheese.
  3. In a small bowl, blend sour cream and dressing mix.
  4. To garnish, dollop dressing in center and top with green onions.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Ole Salad On The Go

Olé Salad On The Go

A colorful salad perfect for celebrations

Inspired by Saladworks

Ingredients

  • ~4 oz. chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup drained and rinsed black beans
  • 1/2 cup cooked tricolor pasta
  • 1/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons tortilla strips
  • 1/4 cup Sabra® Santa Barbara salsa
  • 1/4 cup Marzetti® Southwest Ranch Veggie dip

Directions

  1. Add lettuce followed by corn, tomatoes, beans, and pasta to a large salad bowl.
  2. Sprinkle cheese, pumpkin seeds, and tortilla strips on top.
  3. In a small bowl, mix salsa and dip to form a dressing.
  4. Drizzle dressing on top and reserve remainder for serving.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Pineapple Jalapeno Salad

Pineapple Jalapeno Salad

A Sweet and Spicy Summertime Treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 cup Dole® pineapple chunks
  • Kosher salt, for seasoning
  • 1/2 jalapeño

Directions

  1. Peel and halve the cucumber.  For each half, remove seeds and dice.  Place diced cucumber in a large salad bowl.
  2. Peel red onion, cut into small slivers, and add to salad bowl.
  3. Quarter pineapple chunks into bite size pieces and add to salad bowl.
  4. Season with kosher salt to taste and gently toss.
  5. Seed and finely dice jalapeño.  Sprinkle over the salad.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator.  Drain liquid when ready to serve.

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Raspberry Mango Candied Walnut Daydream Salad

Raspberry Mango Candied Walnut Salad

A Winter Daydreamer’s Delight!

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 small red onion, cut into slivers
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup mango cubes, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup candied walnuts
  • 1/8 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons, Olde Cape Cod® Raspberry Vinaigrette

Directions

  1. Place spinach leaves in salad bowl.
  2. Sprinkle red onion slivers, crumbled feta cheese, mango cubes, candied walnuts, and coconut flakes.
  3. Drizzle top with raspberry vinaigrette.
  4. Divide among individual salad plates and enjoy!

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California Dreamin'

California Dreamin’

Like the famous song by The Mamas and the Papas calls for at this time of year, I find myself daydreaming about warmer, sunnier days and of course fond food memories of my visits to California … a yearning for a light, crisp style of cooking, emphasizing fresh ingredients, that really does let the individual flavors shine through.  Oh I’m dreamin’ about you, California’s eclectic food sensations.

QuestionWhere is “The Salad Bowl of the World?

AnswerSalinas, California ~ Famous for its lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, and  strawberries, just to name a few of its Salad Bowl stars.

In Salinas, fresh and vibrant food is what you’ll find, paired with oh so flavorful wine.  So shake the winter blues away.  Be inspired and find a way to bring warm and bright Cali to your winter cooking.  Surf’s up … you’ve just traveled to sunny California! ~ NRVANA

San Francisco, CADestination:  U.S.A.
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Raspberry Mango Candied Walnut Daydream Salad

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