Recipe Post! Let’s Have a Garden Party, Part II

As alluded to in my previous post, here are some recipes and a few pics I managed to snap of the delicious salads that were made and served by my super-awesome sister, for her dad’s birthday party this past weekend. I hope you feel inspired to try them!

2014-08-02 13.44.50BLT Potato Salad

Modified from Original Source: Kraft Kitchen Recipes

Yield: 10 servings, 1 cup each

  • 2 lb. new potatoes (red or red and white combined), quartered
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives OR thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 tbsp. white or apple cider vinegar
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled
  • 4 cups loosely packed romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  1. Steam or boil new potatoes in lightly salted water until they are just fork-tender; do not overcook. Drain potatoes and let cool.
  2. Mix mayonnaise, chives and vinegar in large bowl until blended.
  3. ADD cooled potatoes and remaining ingredients; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

To Make Ahead: Prepare salad as directed, with the exception of the lettuce. Refrigerate up to 24 hours. Toss with lettuce just before serving.

2014-08-02 13.44.40Quick Orzo Pasta Salad

Yield: 12 servings, ¾ cup each

Modified from Original Source: Kraft Kitchen Recipes
  • 2 cups orzo pasta, uncooked
  • ¾ cup prepared Catalina dressing
  • 3 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano, crushed
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach, washed and trimmed (if necessary)
  • 1 each green, red and yellow pepper, finely diced
  • 1 cup drained canned artichoke hearts, chopped
  • ½ cup baby tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup red onion, finely sliced
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ cup pitted green or black olives, sliced
  1. Boil orzo as directed on package, omitting salt; drain and rinse until cool. Place in large bowl.
  2. Whisk dressing, herbs and lemon juice until blended. Add to orzo with remaining ingredients; mix lightly.
  3. Refrigerate salad 1 hour prior to serving.
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