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Easy Salads


                                                    Easy Philly Salad


                        Summer is almost here. Im sure you're alot like me and eat a lot
                        of salads, and sandwiches in the warmer months. Many people
                        think you can't do steak in a salad. There are very few recipes
                        using steak, but I came up with this one, mostly because I love a
                        Philly cheesesteak, and it's super easy to make,using deli meat.
                        This Salad takes less than 15 minutes to assemble.

                       1 cup Spinach
                       1 cup romaine                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/8 Cup Carrots                    
                       1/8 cup Sweet onion, chopped
                       1/8 cup Green Bell Pepper, chopped
                       1/4 - 1/2 cup Shredded mozzarella
                       1 thick sliced deli Roast beef
                       Ranch Dressing or your favorite

                      Sear the roast beef, onion and bell pepper andif desired, the                                                                                   carrots, in a preheated pan on medium heat for just 1 - 2 minutes.
                      Add to the salad greens, top mozzarella then with a small drizzle
                      of mayo and add your favorite dressing.

                                                                               Keep it easy!
                                                                            Yvonne Doñate

         Added April  3,  2016    

                                                        Tropical Side Salad


                        The Spring/Summer season is here, and that means it'll soon be                                                                               too hot for oven meals. This salad is a perfect match for whatever                                                                           you got on the grill.  Salads can also be prepared as a meal  by                                                                               themselves, but this salad will also Satisfy a sweet tooth, without                                                                             adding inches. If you've been trying to get your kids to eat more                                                                             green, definitely have them try a bite of this sweet salad and I'm                                                                             sure this will soon become a family favorite. 

                        My paternal grandmother who I visited in Tennessee made the                                                                                 base for this salad frequently during the sweltering summers. In                                                                               the south, it is customary to have 1 dish in the meal that is sweet.                                                                           This salad was a welcome relief from the southern heat &                                                                                         humidity. Her simple, easy pineapple & cheese salad, is great just                                                                           by itself.  But I updated it and made it my own adding just two                                                                                 more ingredients. 
                        If my kids love it, yours will too.  



                          Bag of your favorite lettuce blend, rinsed & drained
                          1    1/2 cups cheddar cheese
                          1 -  15oz can pineapple tidbits
                          1    1/2 Cups of toasted coconut flakes 
                          1    1/2 Cups  Macadamia  nuts, (Optional)


                        TIP: Any salad can be gluten free omitting bread based croutons.                                                                             Experiment with  different nuts to find the one that suits The salad                                                                           your eating. You can still have crunch in your salad using nuts.

                     Your favorite dressing, although I must suggest Bleu Cheese, which                                                                          goes extremely well with this salad. 



                          Well do I really need to tell you how to assemble a salad, lol. 

                          This salad's cool refreshing taste is sure to become a hit at                                                                                       any gathering & gluten-free will love it too. The crunch comes                                                                                 from nuts not from croutons.

                                                                           Keep it Easy!
                                                                        Yvonne Doñate

               Added April 6, 2015



                                             EZ Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad


          With the new year comes those resolutions, if your looking for a salad that will                                                       not leave you missing carby croutons, try this crunchy, quick salad that fills you                                                     up. And it comes in around/or under, 300 calories and packs plenty of protein                                                       for those new year workouts.

          I love some bacon and lean chicken breasts not bad either, but pare these two                                                       together and it makes one helluva good salad. We've all been to Subway and                                                         tried their Chicken Bacon Ranch sub, well for those looking to omit                                                                         wheat/gluten/carbs and forget the bread from their diets look no furthur                                                               than this tasty, filling salad. 
           Its easy and quick to prepare also, using convenience foods.

          1/2 cup grilled Diced Chicken, ( I used frozen Pre-cooked                                                                                                                             diced chicken breast, not breaded)
          3 strips of cooked bacon strips ( I used pre-cooked bacon)
          2 cups rinsed lettuce, ( I used prepared bag lettuce) or  your                                                                                                                                                    favorite salad blend.
          1/4 cup diced tomatoes
          1/4 cup Shredded Cheese 

          Your favorite Ranch dressing

          Cook Chicken in Microwave for on high for  1 min 30 sec. Warm                                                                               bacon in Microwave for 30 seconds. 
          Now build your salad and top with your favorite Ranch dressing 

          Did you miss the croutons? Thought so, Ha! 

                                                                                 Keep it Easy, 
                                                                               Yvonne Doñate

          Added Jan. 11, 2015