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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
My dh & I offered up our house for a progressive dinner for our church's youth - we are doing the salad portion (2nd course - they are getting an appetizer right before this meal). What are some ideas of what salads I could do for about 20 people (mostly teens and some helpers)?

I have some ideas wiggling around in my head, but I'd like to hear from some mommysavers on what they would do ... I also don't have a teen, so I'm not exactly sure what kind of salads will be liked.

post #2 of 7
I think a taco type salad may work, with shredded cheese, tomatoes, sliced olives, corn, black beans, with tortilla strips on top. You could serve it with plain ranch, spicy ranch or catalina dressing.
Most kids like taco type food, I think....
post #3 of 7
what's your main meal???
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
I don't know what the main meal is since they are going to a different house for the main course (then a 4th house for the dessert). I guess I could maybe find out from that family . . .
post #5 of 7
You could always just do something simple like a fruit salad and maybe some fruit dip on the side. Probably all kids could find some sort of fruit they like to pick out of it. Or my teen dd's favorite salad is salad with feta cheese, dried cranberries and walnuts. She actually prefers spinach to lettuce but all kids might not like that. Or I guess you could do a salad "bar" type thing with a choice of lettuce or spinach, little bowls with choices of different toppings, and a couple of choices of salad dressings.
post #6 of 7
I like aliadam idea. I would do a regular lettuce salad, than a spinach salad, and maybe a simple fruit salad. Than everyone can pick what they like or try them all.
post #7 of 7
Strawberry Romaine Salad
1-cup vegetable oil

¾ cup sugar

½ cup red wine vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon paprika

¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

1 large head romaine lettuce

1 head Boston lettuce

1-pint strawberries, sliced

1 cup (4oz) shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

½ cup walnuts

Combine first 7 ingredients in a large jar. Cover tightly, and shake vigorously. (Store up to 1 week in refrigerator) Tear lettuce into bite-size pieces. Combine both lettuce, strawberries, cheese, and walnuts in a large bowl. Shake dressing and pour over salad.

Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad Oriental Dressing

Contributed by: Chris WebAdmin. of



3 tablespoon hon%y
1 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
4 teaspoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon sesame oil


1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup corn flake crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 chicken breast half
1 boneless, skinless
2 cup vegetable oil (for frying)
3 cup chopped romaine lettuce
1 cup red cabbage
1 cup napa cabbage
1/2 carrot, julienned
1 boneless, skinless
1 green onion, chopped
1 tablespoon sliced almonds
1/3 cup c(ow mein noodles

Crisp Oriental greens topped with chunks of crunchy Chicken Fingers, toasted almonds & crispy rice noodles tossed in a light Oriental vinaigrette. This Oriental Chicken salad, which is considered one of the restaurant's signature items.

Preheat oil in deep fryer or deep pan over medium heat. You want the temperature of the oil to be around 350 degrees.

Blend together all ingredients for dressing in a small bowlwith an electric mixer. Put dressing in refrigerator to chill while you prepare the salad.

In a small, shallow bowl beat egg, add milk, and mix well.

In another bowl, combine flour with corn flake crumbs, salt and pepper.

Cut chicken breast into 4 or 5 long strips. Dip aach strip of chicken first into egg mixture then into the flour mixture,coating each piece completely.

Fry each chicken finger for 5 minutes or until coating has darkened to brown.

Prepare salad by tossing the chopped romaine with the chopped red cabbage, Napa cabbage, and carrots.

Sprinkle sliced green onion on top of the lettuce.

Sprinkle almonds over the salad, then the chow mein noodles.

Cut the chicken into small bite-size chunks. Place the chicken onto the salad forming a pile in the middle. Serve with salad dressing on the side.

Caesar salad is usually a hit

Or a make your own salad

Put out Romaine lettuce and bowls with shredded carrots, scallions, grape tomatoes, cucumber pieces, chopped egg, feta cheese, cheddar cheese, goat cheese, dried cranberries, walnuts or pecans, sunflower seeds, etc and various dressings...french, italian, balsalmic vinagrette, etc
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