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Perfect Potato Salad

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Growing up in a large family, our meals were always quite simple. My mother wasn’t one to prepare complicated recipes. Opening a bag of frozen peas, boiling potatoes, and throwing meat in the oven, was about as complicated as she would get when preparing dinner. I first tasted potato salad at my in-law’s house and quickly realized that it was one of my husband’s favorite side dishes. After trying several recipes, this one has become a family favorite. Boiling the potatoes and eggs can take a bit of time, but this basic recipe is pretty simple to assemble in no time at all.

Perfect Potato Salad

5 potatoes, peeled and diced
3 eggs
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes; drain. Place eggs in a small saucepan; cover with cold water. Cover saucepan and bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute; remove from heat, and let eggs stand in boiled water for 10 to 12 minutes. Drain water, peel and chop eggs.
In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, eggs, celery, onion, relish. Mix together mayonnaise, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Pour over potato mixture to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Crunchy Broccoli Slaw Salad

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Spring has finally arrived and it’s time to pull out all of the delicious salad recipes that have been tucked away all winter long. Today’s recipe is packed with lots of A,C, and B vitamins, calcium, fiber, and protein. Broccoli is known as a “super food” because it is rich in so many vitamins and minerals and has a bushel full of health benefits. Packaged slaw makes this salad a snap to mix together. If you’re so inclined, throw in a handful of raisins for a burst of flavor and added texture. This is a very affordable and clever way to get your kids to eat their veggies!

Crunchy Broccoli Slaw Salad

1 (16 oz) package broccoli slaw mix
1 package chicken flavored ramen noodles, broken into small pieces
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup peanuts (optional)

Dressing

½ cup sugar
½ cup canola oil
½ cup cider vinegar
1 package chicken flavored ramen noodles seasoning

Mix the sugar, oil, and vinegar in a large bowl. Add seasoning packet from ramen noodles; mix thoroughly. Pour broccoli slaw, noodles, seeds (optional peanuts) into the dressing mixture and toss to completely coat all salad ingredients. Chill until ready to serve.

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The Wedge

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Several years ago, we attended a funeral luncheon where this salad was served to the guests. I asked all of my children to, at least, take a few bites of the salad as the host family had paid for the meal and I didn’t want the food to go to waste. Each of us tried the salad and after the first bite, we were hooked. I have made this salad several times over the years. I have included the recipe for the dressing but you can certainly purchase a great quality blue cheese dressing at the market and use it with success. This is a great summer salad that goes well with my recipe for marinated skirt steak and baked potatoes.

The Wedge

1 head of iceberg lettuce, cut into 8 wedges
1 medium tomato, diced
1 package (any brand) real bacon pieces
1/2 lb. blue cheese crumbles

Dressing

1/4 cup sour cream
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 clove minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Chill until ready to serve.

To assemble the salad, place wedges on 8 individual plates. Pour desired amount of dressing over each wedge. Sprinkle wedges with tomatoes, bacon bits, and blue cheese. Serve immediately.