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Tropical Summer Salad with Orange Dressing

After making ALL. THOSE. COOKIES. It’s time for a healthy summer salad.  But it needs to be quick and easy and delicious.  This colorful Aloha Dreams Tropical Summer Salad is just what the (cookie-expanded) waist-line ordered. It’s brimming with healthy fruits and veggies.  And it has a wonderful tangy sweet Orange Vinaigrette Dressing.

The vinaigrette is super easy and well worth the effort.  It comes together in no time.

The rest of the salad is pretty great too.  The onions and seedless cucumbers add a satisfying crunch and the thin slices of mango and avocado are smooth on your tongue.  If you have a mandolin now’s the time to use it on the thinnest setting, otherwise just slice the mango and cucumber thinly by hand.  You (and your waist) will love it.

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Tropical Summer Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
 

Use a mandolin on the thinnest setting if you have it, or just slice by hand.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
For the Salad
  • 3 cups romaine lettuce
  • 2 seedless cucumbers
  • 1 mango
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 avocados (a bit under-ripe works better)
For the Orange Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Country Style Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 pinch fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together all ingredients for the Orange Vinaigrette Dressing.

  2. Peel the mango, cut it in quarters length-wise and cut out the hard center section.  Then cut each quarter in thin strips or bite-size cubes.  

  3. Thinly slice the cucumbers. 

  4. Peel and very thinly slice the red onion.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE: May be made to this point up to 1 day prior, cover all items and refrigerate.
  1. When ready to serve, remove the seed from the avocados and gently peel.  Slice into thin slices.

  2. Put the lettuce, mangos and cucumber slices in a bowl.  Add desired amount of dressing and toss.

  3. Add avocado slices, season with salt and pepper and serve.

 

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My Favorite Ambrosia Salad

Call it cliché. Call it retro. It doesn’t matter. Everyone still calls it delicious.   This recipe for ambrosia salad is loaded with pineapple, mandarin oranges, coconut and miniature marshmallows bathed in tangy cream. Who’d have thought, this fruit salad is one of my more requested recipes. It’s a special favorite among kids and teens.

Ambrosia Salad is a great option for your next get together, served as either a side or as dessert. With the prep done in just 15 minutes, this Ambrosia makes an easy, beautiful presentation for a special meal or a family dinner.

I like to cut the grapes and maraschino cherries in half. The bite-sized pieces are easier to eat.  It’s also very important to let the oranges and pineapple chunks drain for the full 15 minutes, otherwise your lovely creamy dressing will get watered down.

For me, the best part about ambrosia salad is the creamy sour cream and sweet whipped cream dressing. That slight sweetness and sour cream tang goes amazingly well with chunks of mandarin oranges, and sweet pineapple. Once the mini marshmallows absorb some of that creaminess, they become melt-in-your-mouth soft and wonderful.

You can use a whipped topping, but it only takes a few minutes to whip the cream and I think it tastes much better.  But if you’re pressed for time, you can always go for the stuff in the tub.  I like to reserve a bit of the shredded coconut to sprinkle over the finished bowl of Ambrosia.  It really looks great!  It’s a deliciously easy treat.  

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Ambrosia
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Ambrosia Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

You can substitute an 8 ounce tub of whipped topping, but it only takes a few minutes to whip the cream and I think it tastes much better.  

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 14 (4 ounce) serving
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 1 (15 ounce) can mandarin oranges
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple tidbits pineapple tidbits (2 cups)
  • 1 (6 ounce) jar maraschino cherries drained, pat dry, halved
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups light sour cream
  • 1 cup green grapes - halved (7ounces)
  • 1 cup coconut flaked, sweetened
  • ½ cup pecans chopped
  • 10 ounces mini marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Place the pineapple and mandarin oranges in a strainer and allow them to drain for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, drain the cherries, rinse, cut in half and set aside to drain.
  3. In a medium bowl, whip the cream with the vanilla and sugar until light and fluffy. Gently fold in half of the sour cream. Once incorporated, gently fold in the remaining sour cream. Add the Mandarin oranges, pineapple, maraschino cherries, and grapes. Gently stir to mix in. 

  4. Reserve 1/4 cup of the flaked coconut for serving.  Gently stir in the remaining coconut, pecans and marshmallows.  Chill for 1 hour prior to serving.

  5. Prior to serving, sprinkle reserved coconut over the top.

Make- Ahead Note:
  1. Ambrosia salad looks best served the day it's made.  The taste is not impacted if it's made up to a day ahead and served, but it won't look as good.  The whipped cream will deflate.

 

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This salad-to-go is perfect for summertime events without a kitchen.  It’s a ridiculously easy, quick salad that teens and adults really enjoy.  Just stick a fork in the straw hole and you’re good to go.  It’s handy for weekday lunches too.  In a hurry?  Grab a cup and head out the door.

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Fill it with all the goodies you like in a salad – lettuce, cucumber, crunchy red, yellow and orange bell peppers for color, hard boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, carrot slices, or radishes could all make an appearance.  Whatever’s fresh in your garden (or your neighbor’s.)  If it’s mid-summer, he’ll be looking for a home for his extra produce.  Other fun add-ins could be: celery, chopped broccoli, snow peas, cheese (crumbled or shredded), cauliflower, sunflower seeds, bacon bits, bean sprouts, or ham cubes.

The clear beverage cups make for a fun presentation.  This recipe is sized for the 16 ounce cups.  Party City carries these in 50-count packs. Pick up the clear plastic cup lids there too.  The lid has an opening for a straw.  Instead of that, just insert a plastic fork, and they are ready to serve.  You have an easy clean up with this one as well, or they can be washed and reused several times.

If you desire a larger serving size with easier access, you could also use a clear plastic 19 ounce container and increase the lettuce by 1.5 ounces per person.

It is easy to fill a lot of these at once.  Either do it assembly line fashion (like I did with these) or combine everything in a bowl, toss and spoon into the cups.  I pack the dressing separately.   Vinaigrette dressings are a good choice with these because the thinner dressing is easier to get to the bottom of the cup. Leave a little space at the top so your guests can mix up their salad if you filled the cup in layers.

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Salad in a Cup for a Crowd
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Salad-in-a-Cup
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

A fun, easy way to serve salad on the go!  Try it for your next event.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 people
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lettuce washed, chopped
  • 2 cucumbers sliced
  • 5 ounces baby carrots sliced
  • 20 hard boiled eggs
  • 10 ounces button mushrooms sliced
  • 30 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 15 ounces radishes sliced
  • 10 ounces celery 10 stalks
  • 2 bell peppers sliced
  • 20 ounces salad dressing - your choice Vinaigrette or ranch, thinned with a little milk, is a popular option!
Equipment
  • 20 (16 ounce) clear plastic cups and lids
  • 20 forks
Instructions
  1. Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl.  You can either dress the salad now or provide your guests the ability to pour the dressing on at the event. (my preference so the lettuce stays fresh)

  2. Divide between the cups. And cover the cups with a lid. Transport to serving area.

  3. When ready to serve, if the salad is not already dressed, insert the fork, handle down into the opening on the lid.  Set out to serve, include dressing if not already dressed. 

 

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