Taco Salad

Taco Salad

How to make Taco Salad

If you do it right, Taco Salad can be amazing.  It’s one of my wife’s all time favorites.  And she got really excited, when she heard me say that this was going to be my next video recipe post, because this salad has got it all.  I’m talking about, not only, a great selection of salad ingredients but an array of toppings that really make this recipe pop.  And it’s the combination of those ingredients that really make a great Taco Salad.

Taco Salad

4 Major Taco Salad Ingredients

Unless you want to buy some of these pre-made ingredients, you’re going to need 3 other recipes and it doesn’t matter if you already have your favorite go to recipes or if you want to use mine.  Either way, it is essential that you have a nice and thick Chili No Beans, a good Guacamole and of course homemade fresh Salsa. I would highly recommend making all of these, beforehand, yourself because let’s face it, store bought Guacamole, Salsa and Chili, never really measure up.  But settling for canned ingredients isn’t the worst thing in the world and if that’s the way you decide to go, your salad will still turn out out pretty good.  But I would highly recommend going the extra mile on this one and make everything fresh.

The fourth major ingredient, in my opinion, is of course optional but I think is very necessary; Sour Cream.  No all you need is your favorite greens and chopped vegetables to make a salad and you’ll be well on your way.

Taco Salad Ingredients:

1 head Iceberg Lettuce, chopped or torn
1 Red Onion, sliced
4-6 Sweet Peppers, chopped
1 can Black Olives
1 Cucumber
8 oz Cherry Tomatoes
1 can Red Beans

2 cans Chili No Beans, RECIPE
1 pint Guacamole, RECIPE
8 oz Salsa, RECIPE
1 pint Sour Cream
1 lbs Cheddar Cheese

To make this Taco Salad, just follow the instructions in the video tutorial.

 

Macaroni Salad – Hawaiian Style Cold Noodle Salad

Macaroni Salad

 

Here’s a Macaroni Salad you are going to love and it’s a great recipe to throw into your 4th of July festivities.  Now, I’ve advertised that it’s Hawaiian Style, and I mean just that; “style”!  Which means it’s like it in a variety of ways but I’ve changed up a few things that are so subtle most people won’t even know the difference.  The only thing most folks will notice is just how damn good it is and that’s all that matters to me!

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Macaroni Salad Ingredients:

2 cups Elbow Macaroni, cooked
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 cup Mayonnaise
1 cup Heavy Cream (half and half or milk are lighter options)
2 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
2 Green Onions, chopped small
1/2 Carrot, shoe string slices chopped small
1 Celery stalk, minced or chopped small

Curry Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad

The Best Curry Chicken Salad

I think when most people think “Curry” they aren’t thinking Curry Chicken Salad.  Though it is quite popular these days.  That’s why I thought I’d introduce the way restaurants make this salad so you can do it yourself in the comfort of your own home.  And for me that’s what it’s all about.  In fact my wife and I hardly ever eat out.  And when you eat like this, who needs to!  Salads like this don’t have to be prepared by professionals.  You can do it, I promise.  Just load your fridge with the fresh ingredients I listed below and maybe some of your personal favorites and we’ll pull this off together.

Curry Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad in just Minutes

For this Curry Chicken Salad recipe, I’m including a simple curry sauce that is, literally, made in under a minute and I filmed the actual cooking in real time to prove it.  Also I’ve added a real simplified relish based with fresh Pineapple and Mango.  There’s a dash of mint and crushed red pepper to give it some flare and I really think it helps this salad step it up.  When it comes to salads I feel it’s safe to make any substitutions you see fit and just use this recipe as a basic guideline.  But, when it comes to the curry, stay true to the proper preparation.  It’s not necessary to serve the Chicken and the Curry Sauce cold but if you can plan ahead and refrigerate those two stages before hand you’ll be golden, pony boy! 😉

If you use fresh Pineapple like I do you’re going to have a lot of it left over, so here I’ve included a link for my Pina Colada Recipe!

Curry Chicken Salad Ingredients:

1/2 qt Chicken Broth
1 Chicken Breast

Curry
1 can Coconut Milk
2 tbsp Curry Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste

1 cup Lettuce, hand torn
10 Sugar Snap Peas
1/4 cup Carrots, Shoe String slices
1/4 cup Cucumber,Shoe String slices
1/2 Bell Pepper, sliced
3 Mushrooms, sliced
1 Celery stick, chopped
1/4 Red Onion, sliced

Relish
1/2 cup Pineapple, chopped
1/2 cup Mango, chopped
1 tbsp fresh Mint, chopped
1/2 tsp Chili Flakes (crushed red pepper)

Just follow the instructions in my video tutorial to make this Curry Chicken Salad.