I am looking for salad recipes that don't need to be kept in refrigerator all the time (no mayo type).
Darcey from Kalmazoo, MI
Pasta Salad --
1 box tri-colored sprial pasta
1 carrot, grated
1 small can sliced black olives
1 small yellow onion, sliced
1 tomato diced
1 green pepper, diced
1/2 bottle wishbone zesty Italian dressing
Cook pasta according to box directions, drain then add all vegetables. Pour 1/2 bottle of dressing on top. This can be left out for some time due that the dressing is oil based. It is auctally better the longer it sits. If you are not leaving it out, you can add grated Parm cheese before searving.
Any salad with a vinegar and oil based dressing would hold up well.
My grandmother would peel then slice cucumbers paper thin, put in a bowl, sprinkle with salt, then allow to set for a few hours. Later, she'd drain well, return to the bowl, add some water, a little vinegar, and some pepper. These could stay out forever.
One of my favorites is a garden salad made with cucumber chunks, diced green peppers, tomato cubes, and diced sweet onions. Apply any type of vinegar/oil dressing. When everything is fresh from the garden, this is wonderful.
I also like coleslaw with a vinegar/oil dressing. It gives a unique flavor. I believe there's one called Dixie Relish that has a cooked vinegar-based dressing that's really different.
Have you thought about a 3- or 4- bean salad, or maybe an old-fashioned corn salad? You could find recipes for both on the internet.
My father used to make tuna salad with vinegar/oil instead of mayo. Buy chunked tuna and be careful not to stir too much so the tuna keeps its form. This is great with crackers or a plain slice of bread.
I also like basil tomatoes. Just cut the tomatoes any way you like--I do thick slices. Sprinkle with basil; dried is OK. Then drizzle a vinegarette lightly over them. My son, who dislikes tomatoes, will even eat this one.
The Italians layer alternate slices of tomato, mozarella, and thinly sliced onions. Then apply an olive-oil based vinegarette over it.
Hope these haved helped.
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