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June 20th, 2016

Creamy Fruit Salad

Creamy Fruit Salad

My husband and I used to go to the basketball games at the Marriott Center on the campus of Brigham Young University, which is just a couple of miles from our home. There were always a lot of vendors selling food in there, and you could get all kinds of things like Cougar dogs, Mexican food, pizza, Cougar tails (a very long maple bar doughnut), and more.

At one point, there was a man selling what he called “Irish tacos,” and he had a bunch of his grandchildren helping him to assemble them. I’m not sure what it was about the tacos that made them Irish, but when I ordered one, the thing that really caught my attention was the fruit salad they served with it. It was sweet and creamy and different from any fruit salad I had ever had before.


So the next time we went to a basketball game, I went back to get another Irish taco, but mainly because I wanted more of that fruit salad. I told the man how much I liked it, and he mentioned that he used Mexican vanilla in it. I decided I was going to try to figure out what else was in it, so while I watched the game and ate my salad, I was making a mental note of the ingredients—strawberries, blackberries, grapes, mandarin oranges, and a whipped cream sauce. I ordered some Mexican vanilla and used it in my first attempt to make the salad at home. My first attempt was a success, and I think my version is pretty close to what I had at the games, but I honestly couldn’t tell a difference between the Mexican vanilla and regular vanilla. When I make this salad, I just use regular vanilla, but if you are one of those people who thinks Mexican vanilla is a lot better, by all means, use it!

Go Cougars!

Creamy Fruit Salad

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September 17th, 2015

Antipasto Salad

Antipasto Salad



Have you ever wondered about the word “antipasto?”  I’ve often seen it on menus in Italian restaurants and thought it was a strange word because in English “anti” means “against” or “opposite of.”  I wondered if antipasto meant “without pasta,” but I never bothered to look it up, so I didn’t know.  Recently I asked my son about it.  He lived in Italy for two years, so I knew he would have the answer.  It turns out antipasto has nothing to do with pasta at all.  In Italian, it just means appetizer.  And if it is spelled “antipasti” with an i at the end instead of an o, it’s just the plural of antipasto—meaning more than one appetizer.

Antipasto Salad

Anyway, this is a really good salad.  I always serve it with both Ranch and Italian dressings because I like creamy-based dressings, and my husband likes the oil and vinegar varieties.

I like to serve this salad as a main dish with some nice bread on the side, but you can also serve it as a side dish with an Italian main course.  Either way, I’m sure you’ll love it. What’s not to love about a salad with pepperoni in it???

Antipasto Salad

June 19th, 2014

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing



I first came across this recipe while we were living in Georgia about fourteen years ago.  Some friends from church invited us over for dinner one night, and the wife served this salad along with the main dish.  It was the first time I had ever had berries in a spinach salad, and I loved it, especially with the sweet homemade dressing.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

The sugar-coated pecans are easy to make, and they are really yummy!

Sugar-Coated PecansAside from adding more strawberries to the salad, I also decreased the amount of dressing.  The original recipe called for way too much.  Believe me, there’s still plenty to go around.  I hope you enjoy it!

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

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