Buffalo Chicken Salad

Hubby said I could make this again too.  We do like some wing sauce!

Buffalo Chicken Salad

2 c. whole wheat pasta

¼ c. wing sauce

2 c. cooked, diced chicken

1/3 c. whipped cream cheese

9 oz bag romaine

1 c. shredded carrots

1 c. sliced celery

¼ c. crumbled blue cheese


Cook pasta in boiling water. In small skillet, cook wing sauce, chicken and cream cheese; heat through. Meanwhile on a platter, place romaine, carrots and celery; sprinkle with blue cheese. Drain pasta and add to chicken mixture; toss to combine. Top lettuce with chicken and pasta mixture. Serve.

Yield: 4 servings.


Greek Chicken Salad


Greek Chicken Salad

3 c. diced cooked chicken breasts

1 1 /2 c. chopped tomatoes

14 oz can water-packed artichoke hearts, drained & quartered

½ c. crumbled feta cheese

½ c. pitted Greek olives, chopped

1/3 c. dried currants

¼ c. chopped red onion

¼ c. white balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar

1 ½ tsp lemon juice

1 ½ tsp Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper, to taste


In large bowl, combine chicken, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, feta, olives, currants and onion. In small bowl, combine vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper; pour over salad mixture and toss to combine.

Yield: 6 servings.


Chicken Club Pasta Salad

This is great for a quick lunch.


Chicken Club Pasta Salad

6 oz Rotini pasta

1/3 c. nonfat plain Greek yogurt

2 TB Ranch dressing powder

3 c. chopped cooked rotisserie chicken

4 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled

1 c. sliced celery

½ c. diced bell pepper

8 oz halved cherry tomatoes

1 avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped

Bring medium pot of water to boil; cook pasta until al dente’. Drain and rinse in cold water. Meanwhile whisk together yogurt and Ranch powder; set aside. In large bowl, add all remaining ingredients. Add dressing and pasta and gently fold in to combine.
Yield: 6 servings. Per serving= 312 Calories; 11g Fat (30.7% calories from fat); 28g Protein; 27g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 63mg Cholesterol; 160mg Sodium

Best Pasta Salad

This could be a side or a light main dish.bestpastasalad

Best Pasta Salad

1 c./3 oz Smart Taste elbows

3 eggs, boiled

8 oz diced ham

2 c. broccoli flowerets

2 c. sliced celery

3 oz shredded reduced fat cheese

1/3 c. diced red bell pepper

3 TB white wine vinegar

3 TB Splenda

2 slices bacon, cooked, drained & chopped

½ c. + 1 TB light mayo

1/3 c. sliced green onion

Salt & pepper, to taste


Combine all ingredients in large bowl and chill.

Yield: 5 servings. Per serving= 287 Calories; 17g Fat (52.0% calories from fat); 19g Protein; 16g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 158mg Cholesterol; 976mg Sodium.

Cantaloupe Salsa

tasty!  cantaloupesalsa

Cantaloupe Salsa

1/2 Cantaloupe peeled&chopped
1/4-cup finely chopped Green Onions
1/4-cup fresh chopped Cilantro
3-Tablespoons fresh Lime Juice
1-Tablespoon fresh Orange Juice
2 TB diced tamed jalapenos
Dash salt

Chop the Cantaloupe into small cubes. Combine with remaining ingredients and chill. Good on grilled Chicken and Pork.


Greek Tuna Salad

not bad.

Greek Tuna Salad

1 c. Smart Taste Rotini

1 pouch Mediterranean Tuna

1 can quartered artichoke hearts

1/3 c. crumbled feta

1/2 c. diced tomato

1/3 c. sliced celery

10 Greek olives, sliced


Cook rotini in boiling water. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, combine tuna, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, Feta, and celery. Rinse cooked pasta in cold water and add to bowl.

Yield: 3 servings.



Shrimp Avocado Salad

I looked at a few recipes of this type and created this one. It was good! BUT I put the cabbage in it and it was soggy on day 2. so I recommend you just put the cabbage in your bowl when ready to serve and top with the other mixture.

Shrimp Avocado Salad

1 lb small shrimp, cooked and deveined

1 avocado, diced

Juice from 1 lime

1/4 c. chopped cilantro

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 c. shredded cabbage

In medium bowl, combine shrimp, avocado, lime juice, cilantro, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. When ready to serve, put cabbage in bowl and top with shrimp salad.

Yield: 4 servings. Per serving= 212 Calories; 10g Fat (41.1% calories from fat); 25g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 173mg Cholesterol; 183mg Sodium.


Greek Salad

Delicious!  You can substitute veggies you have on hand or those you prefer. Today I used celery instead of broccoli.greek salad

Greek Salad
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/3 c. red wine vinegar (or more if you like)
1 tsp dried dill weed
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper, to taste
1 c. chopped broccoli
1 c. chopped cauliflower
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 c. chopped purple cabbage
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
5 oz jar sliced green olives with pimentos
2 oz crumbled Feta

Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, dill week, oregano, salt and pepper; set aside. In a large bowl, combine all the veggies and top with Feta. Pour dressing over and toss to combine.

Yield: 8 servings. Per serving= 123 Calories; 10g Fat (71.6% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 6mg Cholesterol; 247mg Sodium.



Spicy Giardiniera

This was great!  I ate it on pita chips and a baked potato.  What would you eat it on/with?

Spicy Giardiniera

1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 c. sliced tamed jalapenos, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
1 c. diced carrot
1 c. cauliflower flowerets, chopped
1/2 c. salt
Dash garlic powder
1 TB dried oregano
1tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp black pepper
5 oz sliced green olives with pimento
1/2 c. white vinegar
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil

 In large bowl, add bell peppers, jalapenos, celery, carrot, cauliflower, salt and water to cover all. Refrigerate overnight. The next day drain and rinse the vegetables. Then add garlic powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, black pepper, olives, vinegar and olive oil.
Yield: about 6 cups

Margarita Dressing

I don’t know. It was ok. Maybe it’s better the next day?

Margarita Dressing
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c. lime juice
2 TB Margarita mix
2 1/2 TB honey
1/2 tsp cumin
2 tsp dried cilantro
1/8 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients.
Yield: 3/4 cup. Per tablespoon= 95 Calories; 9g Fat (82.9% calories from fat); trace Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 23mg Sodium