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May 4, 2011 09:59 AM

Suggestion for easy, fast, and portable salad for a ladies luncheon, please

I haven't had a second to think about this obligation which is in two days! I need to take a salad which will serve around ten or twelve to a ladies luncheon (everyone is bringing a salad).

I will have very very limited time to shop and prepare, so needs to be the easiest imaginable. Would be nice to have an attractive presentation (as opposed to something in a Tupperware bowl), but I might be desperate enough to use the Tupperware! :<)

The hosts will probably have a meat salad, such as chicken salad. Mine can be anything, but I prefer not to do a fresh fruit. Strawberries were the only thing that looked good at the market yesterday.

I really hope someone can help me. I am up to my neck in other demands right now.


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  1. Buy a bag or two of frozen cheese tortellini and cook.
    Bake asparagus sprinkled with parm, evoo, s and p in the oven while pasta cooks. Cut asparagus into bite size pieces.
    Make a lemon vinaigrette also. Evoo, 1/3-1/2 cup lemon juice, dash of dijon, s and p.


    1. Orzo or brown rice with roasted veg (asparagus, zucchini, onions, etc.) and feta cheese. Toss with either pesto or a vinaigrette.

      1. I haven't tried this yet but it looks delicious and like it might be a good choice. You can sub brown rice for the red in the recipe.

        1. you could do a nice quinoa greek salad with cucumber, tomato, red onion, artichokes, chickpeas, feta and mint

          1. For something hearty, a lentil salad with roasted vegetables is nice - just boil up the lentils, drain, roast any veg you like, toss with a balsamic vinaigrette. You can add diced cooked meat too if you like. This is great warm or at room temp.

            If you really want to avoid chopping and anything time consuming, a tuna and white bean salad is pretty darn easy - here's a recipe from Giada de Laurentiis: