Chicken Pasta Salad

Cajun French:  le poulet farci (lu poo-lā far-see) – baked chicken


There are numerous, too many to count, of chicken pasta salad recipes. Why another one? We saw the basics of this recipe on Facebook and decided to make it our own. We gave ours a Mediterranean flair with a kick of Cajun and wow, it worked!

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Tomato Salad Stack

Cajun French: le fromage (lu frō-maj) – cheese

 

platedAt the farmers market we found fresh tomatoes and our mouths were watering. Not wanting just a tomato salad, John’s creative mind went to work. The result was a tomato salad stack with a sweet/savory dressing. The best part of this salad is the taste can be changed by using different jams, dressings, and cheese. Have fun…

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Watermelon Salad with Grilled Shrimp

Cajun French:  le melon doux (lu m’lon doo) – watermelon

 

Salad Shrimp 2 on sideWatermelon and shrimp – two of our favorites.  That said, it took John a moment to agree to use them together in a dish.  Laurie was ready in fact she is always up for a combination of foods.  Once John agreed we took to the kitchen and salad making.  As usual we wanted to give the dish a Cajun flair so we introduced Cajun olive oil and local honey along with cane vinegar.  The ingredients were purchased at our local farmers market with the mint coming from our herb patch.

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Colorado River Bean Salad

Cajun French: la feve (la fev) – bean

 

Plated with avocadoWalking into Let It Grow in Cortez, CO a combination coffee house, plant nursery, market and café, we saw a large display of dried beans.  Always attracted to beans of every type, we headed over and were amazed with the variety and names.  Colorado River, Zuni Gold, Mortgage Lifter, Anasazi, Pinkeye and Cranberry were just a few of the beans available. Continue reading “Colorado River Bean Salad”

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Bayou Potato Salad

Cajun French:  la patate (la pa-tat) – potato

 

PlatedPotato Salad – picnics, family dinners, comfort food.  That’s Potato Salad.

How about potato salad with a twist?  Instead of using just white potatoes, include equal amounts of sweet potatoes for a flavor twist.  This is a very fresh tasting salad that pops in your mouth.

We had boiled shrimp that we added to the plate and wow what a meal!

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Shrimp Citrus Salad

Cajun French:  l’orange (l’ō-ronj) – orange

 

A small bottle of Sweet Roasted Garlic Balsamic Dressing was hanging out in our pantry.  We weren’t sure how we would use the dressing.  Flash forward, on the table in our fruit bowl was oranges and avocados while in the fridge we had cooked shrimp, roasted corn and roasted garlic.  It was coming together.  We decided to build a citrus salad with shrimp.

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Cane Vinegar Salad Dressing

Cajun French:  la salade (la sal-ad) – salad

 

Growing up among fields of sugar cane in south Louisiana we are always interested in local products made with sugar cane.  Steens, famous for their pure cane syrup, makes cane vinegar from their cane syrup.  The vinegar has a light sweet aftertaste and adds a unique flavor to this dressing.  This dressing is great with tomato and red onion salad, potato and dill salad, and just about any other salad you prepare.

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Root Salad

Cajun French:  la bétrave (la bāt-rav) – beet

 

The taste of Spring.

There is nothing like the taste of fresh Spring vegetables and Red Stick Farmers Market offers a variety to choose from.  We have purchased several beet varieties as well as celery root.  The past few weeks we have used the beets and celery root separately so this week we decided to make a salad combining both root vegetables.  We wanted the vegetables crunchy but not hard so we parboiled them in seasoned water.  Cucumber, though not a root vegetable, was added for a crisp taste.  The salad brings Spring to the table.

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Shrimp Pasta Salad

Cajun French:  l’huile d’olive (l’ū-eel d’ō-leev) – olive oil

 

Pasta?  Yes, please.

Pasta is very versatile and can be a main dish, side dish or snack.  This salad fits all three descriptions.  The salad is a great lunch during the heat of the summer or an afternoon snack while enjoying the spring breezes.  It is also one of the best potluck dishes for a crowd.  Anytime, anywhere this is a great dish!

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