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Beet Salad

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Crumbled cheese, crunchy walnuts, sweet vinaigrette, and soft beets.  This Beet Salad has become a very popular menu item in healthier cafe’-type restaurants.  Easy to make, healthy, and delicious, it is a perfect potluck salad recipe. There is no measuring here.  All of the ingredients are to taste.

Ingredients:

Steamed and peeled baby beets (I buy them already steamed and peeled.  Way easier!!)

Crumbled blue, feta, or goat cheese

Walnut pieces or sliced almonds

Balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Chop the beets into bite-sized pieces.  Store in the fridge until potluck time.  Toss with vinaigrette, cheese, and walnuts right before serving!

 

 

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Refreshing Watermelon Salad

Refreshing Watermelon Salad

The combination of watermelon, avocado, feta, and tomato make this a delicious, healthy, and Refreshing Watermelon Salad!

Heather L. had a similar salad at the Four Season’s Costa Rica and then re-created it. This is one of her go-to potluck salads and it is now one of mine. This salad always gets rave reviews and endless requests for the recipe.  Thank you, Heather, for sharing your recipe!

Ingredients:

1/2 chilled seedless watermelon, cubed

1 large chilled tomato, cubed

1 large avocado, cubed and set aside

1 cup crumbled feta

6 large basil leaves, chopped (set aside a pinch or 2 for garnish)

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

1 chilled lime, juiced

Pink Himalayan salt, to taste

Finely ground pepper, to taste

Chill your serving bowl.  Layer ingredients in the order listed above in chilled bowl.  Season with oil, lime, salt, and pepper.  Gently toss.  Take a taste test to see if you need additional seasoning.

Tip:  Keep this dish chilled throughout the potluck by filling a slightly larger bowl with ice and placing your chilled bowl on top!

Spinach Strawberry Salad

Spinach Strawberry Salad

The combination of feta, strawberries, red onion, and walnuts make this an easy, delicious, and refreshing salad that is always loved at potlucks!

The first time I tried this salad, Aleigh made it with candied walnuts.  However, you can use regular walnuts or pecans, too. The key to this recipe is the Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette that she uses.

Thank you, Aleigh, for sharing this recipe!

Ingredients:

Bag of spinach, washed and ready to eat

Strawberries, sliced

Feta cheese, crumbled

Red onion, sliced

Walnut or pecan pieces, broken (you can also use candied walnuts or pecans)

Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette (the one with the big strawberry on the front of the bottle)

Put the spinach leaves in a large bowl.  Layer with strawberries, feta cheese, red onion, and nuts.  Add the vinaigrette and toss right before serving.

Feta-Stuffed Watermelon Blocks

 

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These bite-sized watermelon blocks are easy, light, and refreshing!  They are perfect for any spring or summer potluck.  This recipe originates from Self Magazine.

Ingredients:

3 1/4 lb. watermelon, rind removed, cut into 1 1/2 inch blocks

3 oz. crumbled feta

2 large fresh basil leaves, very thinly sliced

Using a melon baller, scoop out the top of each watermelon block.  Divide feta among melon hollows.  Top each block with basil.