Archive for Salads and Dressings

October 22nd, 2015

Sweet Pork Salad {Crock Pot Recipe}

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I know there are a lot of Cafe Rio Copycat recipes out there for this Sweet Pork Salad – I’ve tried many of them, and finally came up with the version I love the best!  This is one of my favorite meals – literally I could eat it all week (yes, sometimes I have…)

The salad begins with a warm tortilla, followed by black beans, then Cilantro Lime Rice, and next this amazing Sweet Pork you can make in your crock pot.


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Next comes lettuce, tortilla chips, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and guacamole. Just add any of

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July 9th, 2015

Farmers’ Market Chicken Pasta Salad

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Nothing tastes as fresh and wonderful than summer salads.  This Farmer’s Market Chicken Pasta Salad has it all – it’s loaded with an abundance of fresh veggies and fruit (anything goes), along with rotisserie chicken and pasta tossed in a fresh Parmesan Vinaigrette.


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Grab a fork and dig in – this is a fresh and wonderful one-bowl supper!


Farmer’s Market Chicken Pasta Salad


2 cups halved baby heirloom tomatoes
2 small zucchini, thinly sliced into half moons
1 small red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 cup fresh corn kernels
1 cup diced firm,

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August 4th, 2014

Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad

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We love to keep things simple in the summer with a steak, chicken or fish on the grill and some fresh veggies in season.  Sweet Corn has always been a personal favorite.  This simple Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad is a perfect addition to anything you’ve got cooking on the grill – from steaks to burgers.

Fresh Sweet Corn, and tomatoes with a little onion, green pepper and fresh basil combine for a delicious summer side.


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Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad


5 cups sweet corn kernels (from 7-8 cobs)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons

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July 14th, 2014

Jalapeno Coleslaw

Jalapeno Coleslaw

Coleslaw is always a personal favorite with BBQ.  I love this classic Coleslaw Recipe, but if you want to add a little kick  to your slaw, I highly recommend this Jalapeno Coleslaw.  It's got all my favorite ingredients, but with an added kick from diced jalapenos and cilantro.


Jalapeno Coleslaw

You can serve your slaw as a side dish to any summer grilling menu, but I especially like to add it to a pulled pork sandwich.  This Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork is the best!  Make a big batch for a crowd, or freeze dinner portions for fast and easy summer suppers.  

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June 30th, 2014

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

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What's a summer picnic without potato salad?  If you are gearing up your 4th of July menu, here's a fabulous Loaded Baked Potato Salad you'll want to add!  This salad combines all the yummy flavors of a baked potato into a crowd-loving salad:  Potatoes, Sour Cream, Bacon, Onions, and Cheddar Cheese - plus Ranch Dressing!  I should note here, that in Texas we eat Ranch on almost anything, so if you're not a fan just substitute mayo.




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