Crushed Dorito Taco Salad

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This salad is a huge hit!!  It can be a full meal, served hot or cold,  and you can add many additional items to it.   Here is how I made mine:

1 bag of romaine lettuce (or any lettuce of your choice). You can add as much or as little lettuce as you like.

1 8 oz bag shredded cheese (sharp, taco, cheddar)

1 12 oz bag Doritos (crush them in the bag)

1 16 ox bottle Catalina dressing

1 lb ground beef

1 packet taco seasoning

Brown the ground beef and add the taco seasoning

Put the lettuce in a large bowl

When beef is done, pour it over the lettuce and stir it around

Top with shredded cheese and Catalina dressing and mix again

Refrigerate if you want to serve it cold and place crushed Doritos on before serving.

If serving at room temperature or warm, place the crushed Doritos on top and stir before serving.

NOTE:  items you can serve on the side or mix in–chopped tomatoes, kidney beans or black beans, corn, black olives, jalapenos, chopped onion, sour cream etc.  The items are endless!!!

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Caprese Salad


A nice light salad is perfect for lunch or dinner on warm days.  Tonight I decided to make a caprese salad.  Most places leave the tomatoes whole, but I like to chop it all into nice size chunks and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.   This was a great side to serve with our leftover Pork Roast (recipe here). 

Tomato season is right now so get those tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and balsamic vinegar and give this is a try.  Chop it all or slice it and drizzle with the balsamic.  You can add some fresh ground pepper if you like.  You can also chop it very fine and serve as bruschetta on crusty bread.  It’s a great summer food 🙂

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Potato Salad


The other night I made potato salad.  This is another one of my “signature” dishes I am asked to bring to get togethers.  It’s made very similar to my macaroni salad.  It is a great side dish for any meal really.  I like to have it when we are having Italian Sausage, Hot Dogs, Burgers, and Fish.

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This is my mother’s favorite meal at our house!!


5 lbs of potatoes boiled, peeled and cubed (Boil until soft, run immediately under cold water and remove skin and cube)

1 cup salad dressing (I use Miracle Whip)

3/4 cup mayonnaise

3 Tablespoons Mustard

1/4 cup finely diced onion

1/4 cup finely diced celery

3 hard boiled eggs cut up with yolk

salt/pepper to taste

Paprika sprinkled on top before serving

When potatoes are cubed add the rest of the ingredients and stir gently.  Refrigerate for atleast 4 hours or overnight is best!!

You can add more salad dressing if you want a moister salad.  You can omit onions, add pickles or whatever you would like to jazz it up.  I like it as I made it above!!