Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes (about 4 cups), cooked and diced
  • 1  1/2 cups corn (about 2 ears of fresh corn or 1 can)
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup cilantro or 2-4 Tablespoons dried cilantro (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite salad dressing

Directions

  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds.
  2. Mix the cooked sweet potato, corn, black beans, onion and cilantro together in a large bowl.
  3. Pour dressing over the top and mix to coat all ingredients.
  4. Serve with rice, tortillas or add your favorite toppings.

Variation

Roast on Stove Top– Toss the cooked sweet potatoes lightly in oil, salt and pepper and cook on medium high heat for 3-5 minutes until slightly browned. Add corn and onions and cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan, let cool and follow steps 2-4.

Add a Mexican Dressing– In a small bowl or jar mix together 2 Tablespoons canola oil, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoons Mexican seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, salt and black pepper to taste. Shake or stir dressing until thoroughly mixed. Pour over salad and mix. Let salad stand 15 minutes to blend flavors before serving.

Makes 8-10 servings

Waldorf Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 medium apples
  • 2 stalks celery
  • ½ cup seedless grapes
  • ⅓ cup nuts (optional)
  • ½ cup low-fat plain or vanilla yogurt

Directions

  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water.
  2. Wash apples, celery, and grapes. Dice apples (leave peels on). Dice celery. Cut grapes in half.
  3. Chop nuts into small pieces.
  4. Combine apples, celery, grapes, nuts, and yogurt.
  5. Toss gently and serve immediately. Serve alone or in pita bread as a sandwich.
  6. Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to one day.

Makes 6 servings

Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 5-ounce cans of chicken
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped celery
  • 1 Tablespoon dill pickle relish or chopped dill pickle (optional)

Directions

  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water.
  2. Combine all ingredients except chicken and mix until well blended.
  3. Drain chicken and flake apart with a fork. 
  4. Add chicken to other ingredients and mix well. 
  5. Serve on whole-grain bread, tortilla, lettuce leaf, or in a tomato. 

Makes 6 servings

Leaf Finger Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 large head iceberg lettuce 
  • 1 cucumber (sliced)
  • 1 beet (shredded)
  • 1 carrot, medium (shredded)
  • 6 teaspoons sunflower seeds
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Directions

  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds.
  2. Carefully peel lettuce leaves off the head.
  3. Lay lettuce leaves on a flat surface. Top each leaf with: cucumbers, beets, carrots, and sunflower seeds. 
  4. Drizzle each leaf with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  5. Slowly roll the leaf with all ingredients, tucking in the ends. 

Makes 6 servings

Chicken Blueberry Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 2 ½ cups chopped lettuce
  • 1 cup of cooked or canned chicken in chunks or cubes
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 Tablespoons nuts of choice
  • ¼ cup dressing (try the grapefruit vinaigrette in the next column)

Directions

  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds.
  2. Combine ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Divide between smaller bowls and serve.

Makes 2-3 servings

Ingredients

For Grapefruit Vinaigrette

  • ½ cup oil
  • ¼ cup grapefruit juice
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1-3 teaspoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds.
  2. Place ingredients in a jar, then seal and shake. Alternatively, mix ingredients in a glass or stainless steel bowl with a fork or whisk.

  3. Place in the refrigerator and let stand 15 minutes or longer to blend flavors.

  4. Use to dress cold or warm salads, marinate meat or vegetables, or pour over vegetables 30 minutes before roasting.

  5. Store extra dressing in the refrigerator and use within 3 days. After 3 days, freeze or discard remaining dressing.

     

Makes 1 cup

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