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Tempting Tomato Cups

Tempting Tomato Cups

Ingredients
3 large tomatoes
1/2 cup crushed saltines (about 15 crackers)
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, optional
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Sliced ripe olives, optional

Directions
Cut a thin slice from the top of each tomato. Leaving a 1/4-in.-thick shell, scoop out pulp (discard pulp or save for another use). Invert tomatoes onto paper towels to drain.

In a large bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, celery, green pepper, onion, mayonnaise, garlic salt if desired and pepper; mix well. Spoon into tomatoes. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with olives if desired. Yield: 3 servings.

Recipe found here: Tempting Tomato Cup

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California Pasta Salad

California Pasta Salad

Ingredients
1 pound thin spaghetti, broken into 1-inch pieces
3 large tomatoes, diced
2 medium zucchini, diced
1 large cucumber, diced
1 medium green pepper, diced
1 sweet red pepper, diced
1 large red onion, diced
2 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained

DRESSING:
1 bottle (16 ounces) Italian salad dressing
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions
Cook pasta according to package directions; Drain and rinse in cold water. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the vegetables and olives.

In a large bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Drizzle over spaghetti mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 10-15 servings

Recipe found here: California Pasta Salad

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Mango Basil Chicken and Brown Rice Salad

Mango Basil Chicken and Brown Rice Salad

Ingredients
1/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing
2 Tbsps fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 cups cooked chicken, cooled and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups cooked Minute® Brown Rice, cooled
1 cup fresh mango, peeled and chopped
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
4 large green lettuce leaves, washed and dried
1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese

Directions
In bottom of large bowl, combine bottled dressing and basil. Add chicken, brown rice, and mango. Toss well to combine.

To serve: Place 1 lettuce leaf onto each of 4 serving plates. Divide salad mixture evenly and place into center of lettuce leaves. Garnish top of each serving with an equal amount of crumbled goat cheese.

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Balsamic Green Bean Salad

Balsamic Green Bean Salad

Ingredients
2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 large red onion, chopped
4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

Directions
Place beans in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and immediately place beans in ice water. Drain and pat dry.

In a small bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, garlic powder, mustard and pepper. Drizzle over beans. Add the onion; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Just before serving, stir in tomatoes and cheese. Yield: 16 servings.

Recipe found here: Balsamic Green Bean Salad

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Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Ingredients
5 pounds small unpeeled red potatoes, cubed
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
8 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 sweet onion, chopped
3 dill pickles, chopped
1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
2 to 3 teaspoons prepared mustard

Directions
Place the potatoes in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 40-45 minutes or until tender. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, eggs, bacon, cheese, onion and pickles. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise and mustard; pour over the potato mixture and toss to coat. Yield: 20 servings.

Recipe found here: Loaded Baked Potato Salad

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Basil Pasta and Ham Salad

Basil Pasta and Ham Salad

Ingredients

TOMATO BASIL DRESSING:
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
1/4 teaspoon pepper

SALAD:
2-1/2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil

Directions
In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, basil, onions, oil, lemon juice, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper if desired. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions until firm to the bite; drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer to a large salad bowl. Stir in the ham, olives and basil. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Basil Pasta and Ham Salad

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Egg & Macaroni Salad

Egg & Macaroni Salad

Ingredients
1 recipe Old-Fashioned Egg Salad
1 package (7 ounces) elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 jar (2 ounces) chopped pimientos, drained
Lettuce leaves
Paprika, optional

Directions
In a bowl, combine egg salad, macaroni, green pepper, mayonnaise and pimientos. Cover and chill. For each serving, spoon about 3/4 cup onto a lettuce leaf. Sprinkle with paprika if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

Egg & Macaroni Salad

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