Summer Salads

With the Texas summer heat, nothing sounds as good for supper as a delicious salad.  I have found myself making Strawberry Spinach Salad and Taco salad as a complete meal several times already.

strawberry spinach salad

Ingredients I added:

Spinach
Strawberries
Blueberries
Feta Cheese
Praline pecans
Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette Salad dressing
Freshly ground pepper

When I have served this salad to my husband I have also added grilled chicken.

taco salad

Our family makes Taco Salad different from any I’ve ever had elsewhere in my adult life.  When I was a kid we ate supper at a family’s house that served a similar taco salad.  My mom liked it so much she asked for the recipe and it has been our favorite ever since.  I wonder how much it has changed over the years.

Taco Salad Ingredients:

1 package romaine lettuce
1 pound ground beef browned and seasoned for tacos
1/2 can Ranch Style Beans
1 avocado, chopped
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
Shredded Cheese
Fritos
Catalina Dressing
Freshly ground pepper

The Catalina dressing just makes the salad.  You HAVE to try it with Catalina.  Recently I substituted the “Lite” with fear and trembling, but I didn’t notice the difference.  It was delicious!

Most of my children will (happily) eat both of these salads. What is your favorite salad as a meal?  I’m on a roll here and would love something new!

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9 comments to Summer Salads

  • Joede

    Thanks for the recipe, those sound delicious.

  • Frieda

    I remember when we first had that salad! I don’t think it could be improved upon. I’ve also had the spinach-strawberry salad at your sister’s house.

  • That’s exactly how we make taco salad! With the ranch beans and Catalina and everything! People think Catalina on taco salad is weird, but you just have to try it. I was introduced to this version of taco salad by one of my college roommates, and I have made it that way ever since!

  • I love taco salad!

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  • I keep hearing about this salad and here it is! Happy to have the recipe and to pin it! Visiting from Raising Imperfections Sunday Link Party!

  • Christina lamb

    About how much Catalina dressing do you use?

  • @Christina, I just eyeball it, but I’d say I use about 1/4 of the bottle in one batch.

  • Allison

    How many people does this serve? I need it for 5 adults and a 3 year old. Should I double the recipe or will I be alright?

  • @Allison, This recipe feeds my family of seven, two adults and five kids. We eat every bite, but we don’t serve anything else, just the salad. If you have big eaters a double recipe would probably work great. If you’re serving lots of dishes alongside, a double recipe would probably be too much. Is this helpful? :)

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