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Need Salad Recipe for Wive's Meeting

Hi CH's! I am newly married to a chaplain in the Air Force. This Thursday I will be attending my first meeting with the other chaplain's wives. It's very casual apparently, just five or six women, and all I know is that everyone brings a salad to accompany the chat. This has me a bit perplexed. I asked for clarification and all I got was that people have brought veggie salads, bean salads, fruit salads, jello salads, pasta salads basically anything goes. I want to take something that will please most palates, hopefully is relatively healthy, but also different from anything too standard. Any suggestions.

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  1. so many options to choose from. here are some of my go-to's:

    -salad greens, candied pecans, sliced strawberries, green onions, balsamic
    -cranberry and pecan wild rice salad
    -quinoa salad with roasted root vegetables
    -fruit salad of strawberries, blueberries, mandarins, bananas and grapes with french dressing (no not the spicy tomatoey stuff, but powdered sugar and a little milk)

    or how about a taco salad with tortilla strips, spicy chicken and black bean and corn salsa.

    1. I think you should do something that sorta represents you or what part of the country you are from -- and if it's really out there, that's ok too b/c you may introduce something yummy, but then again, i'm sure you're stressed enough about this ;)

      - baby spinach, feta, purple onions, cukes (vinaigrette dressing or my fave: yogurt based with lemon, garlic, a dash of olive oil, s&p)
      - pesto tortellini pasta salad w/olives, broccoli, tomatoes
      - orzo with baby spinach, feta, purple onions, cukes or tomatoes, basil, mozz cut small

      1. Here is a recent thread with some great ideas.

        My personal favorites are the broccoli slaw (which I gave the recipe) and also the Orzo Salad from Epicurious.

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/496297

        1. Congratulations on your wedding. From your profile, I see that you are in Florida. If you can get some really good tomatoes now, I would suggest a caprese salad or bruschetta for something a little different. I never have leftovers with taco salad.
          I'm watching Ina as I type and if desserts are appropriate, she just pulled a yummy looking fudge brownie pie out of the oven. That would be a great ending for a salad luncheon.

          1. This is one of my standbys for events like this, a Tuscan tomato and bread salad. You can cheat by buying marinated fresh mozzarella balls from Costco.

            http://www.care2.com/greenliving/tusc...

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            1. re: chowser

              Speaking of Ina, I LOVE her roasted Shirmp & Orzo salad. You can find the recipe on Footnetwork.com.