Fast & Creamy Buttermilk Salad Dressing

Yield: 2-3/4 cup or 22 Servings

Creamy Buttermilk Salad dressing

Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c. buttermilk
  • 2 c. (16 ounces) 2% cottage cheese
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix

Directions:

  1. In a blender, combine the buttermilk, cottage cheese and salad dressing mix; cover and process for 20 seconds or until smooth.
  2. Pour into a small pitcher or bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Stir before serving with salad.

 

Nutritional Facts
2 tablespoons (calculated without greens a: 23 calories, 1g fat (0.550g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 177mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 fat-free milk

 

 

 

Originally published as Buttermilk Salad Dressing in Light & Tasty October/November 2001, p29

Homemade Chicken Tenders with Everything Bagel Seasoning over Salad

“Using everything bagel spice is a quick way to season and add extra crunch to breadcrumbs for chicken tenders. If you can’t find any premixed, make your own by combining equal parts dried minced onion and garlic, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, salt and ground pepper. This healthy chicken recipe tops a simple salad for an easy dinner that’s ready in 25 minutes.”

Ingredients:

    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 large egg
    • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat
    • 1 tablespoon everything bagel seasoning
    • 1 pound chicken tenders
    • ¼ cup grapeseed or canola oil
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
    • 5 ounces mixed baby greens

Directions:

  1. Place flour in a shallow dish and lightly beat egg in another shallow dish. Mix breadcrumbs and everything bagel seasoning in a third shallow dish. Dredge chicken tenders in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs.
  2. Heat grapeseed (or canola) oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F, about 7 minutes total, adjusting the heat as needed to prevent burning.
  3. Whisk olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey and pepper in a large bowl. Add greens and toss to coat. Serve the greens topped with the chicken.

 

 

Watermelon Salad

Recipe by Better Homes & Garden™

Servings: 9

Ingredients:

  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups watermelon juice*
  • 1 ½ cups white grape juice
  • 1 teaspoon shredded lemon peel
  • 1 ½ cups assorted chopped fruit (such as peeled peaches, nectarines, pears, and/or green grapes)
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Mint leaves

 

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan sprinkle gelatin over watermelon juice. Allow to stand 5 minutes. Cook and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Stir in grape juice and lemon peel.
  2. With a ladle or cup transfer half of the watermelon juice mixture to a 2-quart square baking dish. Cover and refrigerate about 1-1/2 hours, or until thickened to the texture of egg whites (keep remaining watermelon juice mixture at room temperature). Add fruit. Carefully spoon remaining watermelon juice over set mixture. Cover and refrigerate 1-1/2 hours more or until all layers are set.
  3. Top with feta and mint leaves before serving. Makes 9 servings.

 

 

Tip:

*Process 6 cups cubed watermelon (about 3 1/2 pounds whole watermelon) in a food processor; strain to remove seeds and pulp.

 

 

Nutrition Facts:

Per Serving: 92 calories, (1 g saturated fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsaturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 68 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 3 g protein.

 

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe

Recipe by Daniel Gritzer

Yield: 1-1/2 cups

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe

Photo by Vicky Wasik/ Serious Eats.com

 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 ounces (60g) mild blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt (if needed)

 

Directions:

In a medium bowl, mash blue cheese with a whisk. Whisk in mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, and lemon juice until a smooth, slightly lumpy dressing forms. Season with pepper. (The blue cheese will likely make the dressing salty enough, but taste and add salt if necessary.) Serve.

 

 

Watermelon-Feta Salad

Recipe by Better Homes and Gardens

Yield: 1-1/3 cups

Mini Gyro Burgers with Watermelon-Feta Salad

Mini Gyro Burgers with Watermelon-Feta Salad (Photo by Better Homes & Gardens™)

Ingredients:

 

Directions: 

  1. In a small bowl combine watermelon, cheese, onion, mint, lemon juice, and oil.
  2. Toss gently to coat.
  3. Cover; refrigerate for up to 2 days.

 

Homemade Gyros with Watermelon-Feta Salad

Homemade Gyros with Watermelon-Feta Salad (Photo by Better Homes & Gardens™)

Marjoram-Scented Corn-Tomato Salad

From the Test Kitchen at Better Homes & Gardens™

Yield: 6 Servings (2/3 c. serving size) or 4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 4 fresh ears of sweet corn
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh marjoram*
  • 4 slices crisp-cooked bacon, drained and crumbled

*Use parsley or basil if marjoram is not available.

 

Directions:

  1. Remove husks and silks from corn. Brush corn with 1 Tbsp. olive oil.  Grill corn, covered, over medium-high heat 10 to 15 minutes or until browned, turning frequently to prevent over browning.  When cool enough to handle, cut kernels off the cobs.
  2. In a large bowl combine corn and the next 6 ingredients (through pepper).  Add marjoram and stir to combine.
  3. Top with crumbled bacon.

 

Potato-Cauliflower Salad

Yield: 8 Servings

Potato-Cauliflower Salad.

Photo by Better Homes & Gardens™

Ingredients:

  • 12 small fingerling or round new potatoes, scrubbed
  • medium head cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces
  • tablespoons water
  • small onion, chopped
  • stalks celery, sliced
  • 1/3cup sour cream and chives dip
  • tablespoons lemon juice
  • tablespoons salad oil
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 2s lices bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled
  • crisp breadsticks, broken
  • Sea salt or salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on clean white paper towels in the microwave. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 5 minutes. Turn potatoes; microwave on high about 3 minutes more or until tender.
  2. Place cauliflower and the water in a 1-1/2-quart microwave-safe casserole. Microwave on high for 5 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring once. Drain. Cool slightly.
  3. In a large serving bowl combine potatoes, cauliflower, onion, and celery. In a small bowl stir together dip, lemon juice, and salad oil; gently toss with potato mixture and fold in blue cheese. Chill for 1 to 24 hours. Just before serving, top with parsley, bacon, breadsticks, sea salt, and pepper.

 

Watch this video on How to Make Potato Salad

 

Nutrition Facts (Potato-Cauliflower Salad)

Per serving: 152 kcal cal., 7 g fat (2 g sat. fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat,3 g monounsatured fat), 12 mg chol., 299 mg sodium, 18 g carb., 3 g fiber,3 g sugar, 5 g pro.Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet