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Asian Broccoli Slaw with Chicken & Peanut Sauce

When the humidity rises and the summer heat has you sneaking away to stick your head in the freezer, the thought of heating up the house cooking becomes totally unappealing. That’s when salads transform from a healthy lunch option into a cool dinnertime oasis. This one is slightly adapted from a family recipe of fellow blogger Colleen from Flee Fly Flown. Her original recipe is just as good but since I am rarely able to follow a recipe as is, I put my own twists on it. You can serve it either as a crunchy side dish or add protein to make it a more substantial main dish, like I’ve done here.
asian slaw with chicken and peanut sauce
Asian Broccoli Slaw
1 bag broccoli coleslaw
3 stalks celery, chopped
3-4 green onions, chopped
1/2 C slivered almonds or 1 C dry-roasted peanuts
chow mein noodles
1 pkg dry ramen noodles, broken into small chunks
1/2 C vegetable oil
1/4 C sugar
1/3 C white vinegar
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 packet ramen seasoning
grilled chicken breasts* (shrimp and tofu would also be good!)
Thai Peanut Sauce*
*optional

In a large bowl, combine broccoli slaw, chopped celery and chopped green onions. Toss in almonds or peanuts, chow mein noodles and broken ramen noodles. Separately, whisk together oil, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and ramen seasoning. If serving immediately, pour dressing over slaw mixture and fold in to coat evenly. If you’re serving at a later time, store dressing separately and mix just before serving so that the slaw doesn’t get soggy.

If serving as a main dish, set slaw aside and combine ingredients for peanut sauce in a small saucepan. Meanwhile use the grill or a grill pan to cook meat. Dress individual portions with Thai Peanut Sauce.
asian broccoli slaw

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Dorito Taco Salad

Finally! It’s arrived! Warm summer weather always makes me want a crispy salad. This easy Dorito Taco Salad has been a staple in my family since I can remember. It is very easy and very affordable. You may even have most of these things on hand. Any salad topped with Doritos is a winner in my book.

Dorito Taco Salad
Serves 4

1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
2 small tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 bag of Baked Nacho Cheese Doritos
1 small can sliced black olives, optional
1/2 C light italian dressing

On stovetop, brown ground beef and remove grease. Set aside. In large salad bowl, add lettuce, tomato, green pepper, cheese and olives. Toss. Add ground beef and dressing and toss again. Using about a quarter of a bag of Doritos, crunch into small pieces. Shake over salad and lightly toss.

I always love eating the leftovers of this salad. The Doritos don’t stay very crunchy, but it is still delicious. You can choose to have each individual dress their own salad, but I prefer to do it ahead of time. Serve this up with some lemonade and you have summertime perfection.

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