Chili-Rubbed Steak & Bread Salad Recipe from Taste of Home©

We love skirt steak in our house. To make it a meal, I created a ranch-inspired bread salad with the best flavor combinations – creamy, tangy, sweet and fresh. — Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut

Yield: 6 Servings

Chili-Rubbed Steak & Bread Salad

Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 beef top sirloin steak (1 inch thick and 1-1/4 pounds)
  • 2 cups cubed multigrain bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 3 large tomatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium cucumber, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

 

Directions:

  1. Mix chili powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper; rub over steak. Let stand 15 minutes.
    Meanwhile, toss bread cubes with oil. In a large skillet, toast bread over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned, stirring frequently. In a small bowl, whisk salad dressing, horseradish and mustard.
  2. Grill steak, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 6-8 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Let stand 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion and toasted bread. Add 1/2 cup dressing mixture; toss to coat. Slice steak; serve with salad and remaining dressing.

Originally published as Chili-Rubbed Steak & Bread Salad in Taste of Home June/July 201

Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix

This versatile recipe converts easily into a creamy dip or smooth dressing. It’s delicious served with fresh veggies or drizzled over greens. —Carolyn Zimmerman, Fairbury, Illinois

Ranch dressing and dip mix

Photo by Taste of Home©

Yield: 1 cup or approximately 96 servings

Ingredients: 

  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

 

Additional Ingredients for Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup buttermilk

 

Additional Ingredients for Dip:

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

 

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. Yield: about 6 tablespoons mix (enough to make 6 batches).
  2. To prepare dressing: In a bowl, combine 1 tablespoon mix with mayonnaise and buttermilk; refrigerate. Yield: 2 cups.
  3. To prepare dip: In a bowl, combine 1 tablespoon mix and sour cream; refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 1 cup.

 

Nutritional Facts:
1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 107 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 140 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

 

Originally published as Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix in Quick Cooking July/August 2000, p19

Barbecue Chicken Cobb Salad Recipe

Yield: 6 Servings

Barbecue Chicken Cobb Salad Recipe

Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 12 cups chopped romaine
  • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 avocados, peeled and chopped
  • 2 small carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium sweet red or green pepper, chopped
  • 3 large hard-cooked large eggs, chopped
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salad dressing of your choice

Directions:

  1. In a greased 3-qt. slow cooker, mix barbecue sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder and paprika. Add chicken; turn to coat. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until chicken is tender (a thermometer should read at least 165°).
  2. Remove chicken from slow cooker; cut into bite-size pieces. In a bowl, toss chicken with 1 cup barbecue sauce mixture. Place romaine on a large serving platter; arrange chicken, vegetables, avocado, eggs, bacon and cheese over romaine.
  3. Drizzle with dressing.

 

Originally published as Barbecue Chicken Cobb Salad in Simple & Delicious December/January 2015

 

Old-Fashioned Egg Salad Recipe

Yield: 3 Servings

Old-Fashioned Egg Salad Recipe

Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery

 

Directions:
In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, onion, salt and pepper. Stir in eggs and celery. Cover and refrigerate.

 

Nutritional Facts: 
1/2 cup (calculated without lettuce leaf or bread) equals 294 calories, 25 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 431 mg cholesterol, 438 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 13 g protein.

 

Originally published as Old-Fashioned Egg Salad in Taste of Home April/May 1994, p15

Shrimp Salad

Yield: 9 Servings

Shrimp Salad

Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/3 cups uncooked small pasta shells
  • 1/3 pound cooked salad shrimp
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 radishes, halved and sliced
  • 4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the shrimp, celery, onion, radishes and eggs. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper.
  2. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; add to shrimp mixture. Add dressing mixture; toss to coat.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

 

Nutritional Facts:
3/4 cup equals 316 calories, 23 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 134 mg cholesterol, 622 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein.

 

 

Originally published as Shrimp Salad in Simple & Delicious June/July 2010, p48

Italian Vinaigrette Recipe

Italian Vinaigrette Dressing

Photo by Taste of Home©

Yield: 1-1/2 cups or approx. 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Directions:
Place the first 11 ingredients in a blender. Cover and process until pureed. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutritional Facts:
2 tablespoons equals 126 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 148 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchange: 2-1/2 fat.

 

Originally published as Italian Vinaigrette in Healthy Cooking April/May 2012, p31

Grilled Romaine Panzanella

Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients: 

  • 1 medium heart of romaine lettuce, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 of a loaf ciabatta bread, cut in half horizontally
  • 1tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup grape and/or cherry tomatoes
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Brush cut sides of lettuce and bread with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Thread tomatoes onto skewers,* leaving 1/4 inch between each tomato. For a charcoal or gas grill, place lettuce and bread, cut sides down, and tomato skewers on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat. Grill for 2 to 4 minutes or until light grill marks appear on lettuce and tomatoes and bread is toasted, removing food from grill as it is done. Coarsely chop lettuce and cut bread into 1-inch pieces. Remove tomatoes from skewers.
  2. For vinaigrette, in a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Cut up bacon; set aside. If necessary, add enough of the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the reserved drippings to equal 3 tablespoons. Add onion to the reserved drippings; cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Add vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper. Cook about 1 minute more or until reduced slightly, stirring to scrape up crusty browned bits.
  3. In a large bowl combine lettuce, bread, tomatoes, bacon, basil, and cheese. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss gently to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

From the Test Kitchen
TIP: This recipe can easily be doubled to serve 14 to 16 people.

*TIP: If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes; drain before using.

Nutrition Facts: 
Per serving: 135 kcal cal., 9 g fat (3 g sat. fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 4 g monounsatured fat), 13 mg chol., 245 mg sodium, 8 g carb., 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 4 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Tangy Tzatziki Pasta Salad

Yield: 10 Servings

  • 1 (16-oz.) container low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 (16-oz.) package penne pasta
  • 1 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
  • 1 (9.9-oz.) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

  1. Process first 7 ingredients in a food processor 30 seconds or until thoroughly blended. Transfer to a bowl, and cover and chill 1 to 24 hours.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. Place cooled pasta in a large bowl. Stir in olives and next 3 ingredients until well blended. Add yogurt mixture, and stir just until well coated. Gently stir in feta cheese. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Garlicky Buttermilk Dressing

Yield: 6 Servings

Garlicky Buttermilk Dressing

Photo by Real Simple

Ingredients:

  • 4 cloves sliced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives

Directions:

  1. Mash garlic and salt on a cutting board, using the back of a knife.
  2. Cook the garlic paste in olive oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat, stirring, until light golden and very fragrant, 4 to 5 min.
  3. Whisk the garlic, buttermilk, sour cream, and salt and pepper until smooth. Stir in chives just before serving.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories 50, Fat 4 g, Sat Fat 1.5 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 270 mg, Protein 1 g, Carbohydrate 2 g, Sugar 1 g, Fiber 0 g, Iron 0 mg, Calcium 35 mg,

by Chris Morocco  (June 2015)