April 21, 2022

Salad Recipes to Add Color (and Crunch) to Any Meal!

Spring has finally arrived! The trees are in their various stages of budding new leaves and blooms. Kids are leaving their heavy coats behind. It’s time for all of us to go outside and be more active – whether it’s gardening, golfing, or going for a long walk in the warm sun. We pulled together a collection of delicious salad recipes from our BetterLife members that can be prepped ahead of time and quickly tossed together. Keep them on hand for a tasty side dish or to add color (and crunch) to a meal or picnic. Enjoy!

Fresh Spinach Salad

Ann Torticill | BetterLife Member | Iowa

16 oz fresh spinach
1/2 C pecans
1 C blueberries
4 oz blue cheese

2 Tbsp raspberry or blueberry vinegar
1/2 C oil
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste

In a bowl, combine spinach, pecans, blueberries, and blue cheese. In a bottle or jar, combine all dressing ingredients. Just before serving, pour dressing over salad and toss. Serves 8.


Broccoli Salad

Beth Horak | BetterLife Member

1 head broccoli, chopped
Red onion to taste, chopped
1/2 pkg bacon, chopped, fried, drained
1 C mayonnaise
1 C raisins
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 C sugar
1 C sunflower seeds

In a large bowl, combine broccoli, onion, bacon, raisins, and sunflower seeds; set aside. In a smaller bowl, combine mayonnaise, sugar, and red wine vinegar. Add mixture to other bowl. Stir to coat. Chill to let flavors blend.


Oriental Slaw

Loyd Rueter | BetterLife Member | Iowa

1 pkg coleslaw mix (may use cabbage from garden)
Grated carrots for color
3 green onions, chopped
1 pkg Ramen noodles (noodles only)
1/4 C sunflower seeds
1/2 pkg small almonds
1/4 C butter

1/3 C oil
1/4 C white vinegar
1/2 C sugar
1/2 Tbsp soy sauce

Combine coleslaw mix, carrots, and onions. In saucepan, brown Ramen noodles, sunflower seeds, and almonds in butter. Brown very slowly. Mix dressing ingredients and bring to a boil, but not for very long. Then cool. Just before serving, mix everything together. Serve immediately.


Grandma’s Best German Potato Salad

Wilbert Hoppe | BetterLife Member | Wisconsin

“This recipe is over 100 years old!”


6 medium potatoes, cooked and diced or sliced
Green pepper
Few strips of bacon, cut in small pieces
1/2 C vinegar
1/2 C water
3 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch in a little water

Mix hot potatoes, onion, pepper, parsley, and salt. Brown bacon; add vinegar, water, sugar, and cornstarch. Boil. Pour bacon mixture over potato mixture.


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