Vegan Salads

Vegan Salads seem like a no brainer, right?  Unfortunately, many salads feature cheese, mayonnaise, dressings, or other ingredients that aren’t friendly for those on a vegan diet.    As I was making a taco salad for my lunch this week and switching out ingredients to make this recipe vegan friendly, I wondered how many of the salads on my site were already vegan.  Here’s a list of vegan salads that were already on the Patty Cake’s Pantry website.  As is my usual practice, these vegan salads are listed in the order in which they were published. Salads Lemony Celery Salad This […]

Papaya Mango Salad in a Jar

As a food blogger, I often feel compelled to try new things, so  I can share my discoveries with you.  Sometimes, I really like the things that I taste.  Other times, I’m less than enthusiastic about it.  This is a story about a food that received both reactions; it’s about a papaya. According to National Day Calendar, June is National Papaya Month, so this recipe is very timely.  Unfortunately, according to Wikipedia, National Papaya Month is not until September, so this post is three months early.   For the sake of my post, let’s all pretend that National Day Calendar is […]

Reflections on 30 Days of Beans–Salads

It’s been a month since I completed my 30 days of beans series, and I wanted to share some thoughts about the experience.   We had anticipated that enduring 30 different bean dishes for the month of April might present a hardship, but it wasn’t.  We thought that we might get sick of beans and not eat them for a while, but we continued to eat beans at least once a week  during the month of May.   Apparently, their incredible versatility prevents boredom. Because I was blogging about beans, I challenged myself to come up with new ways to use them. […]

Another Taco Salad In A Jar

The idea of a taco salad is very versatile. It can be made with a wide range of ingredients.  While I occasionally make taco salads that contain meat, I frequently make vegetarian versions.   There’s already a version of a Taco Salad in a Jar on this site, but I came up with a different version that I felt warranted publication.   The process is exactly the same as in the previous salad, but the ingredients have changed a bit. The recipe begins with 1/2 cup jarred salsa in the bottom of the jar.  To this, I added 2 tablespoons […]

Desserts in a Jar–Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

I think it’s obvious that I have a problem.  Ever since I learned about salads in a jar, I have gone a bit crazy with them.  I’m not sure if there’s a support group for people with this problem, but I’m beginning to think that, perhaps, I might need to join.  Just this last week, I packed soup in one jar and salad in another and took them for lunch.  Do you think I have a problem?    I anxiously await your response. Today’s post is about dessert in a jar.  It all began with some snickerdoodle cookies that were getting […]

Spinach Salad In A Jar

I realize that I may be beating a dead horse here,but I still love those Salads in a Jar.  This time, though, I decided to make a spinach salad.  In fact, I decided to make this spinach salad. Here’s the assembly instructions.  You will notice that I switched out some of the ingredients from my original post containing these salad ingredients to make this more diet friendly. First, I put about 4 tablespoons of fat free Catalina dressing in the bottom of a wide mouth quart jar. I dropped about 8-10 grape tomatoes into the jar. Chopped cucumber and julienned red […]

A Trip To A Pizza Parlor’s Salad Bar In A Jar

I know that I probably seem obsessed with Salad-in-a-Jar recipes, but they are so simple and good.  I even put together a salad in a jar that I poured into a serving bowl and served on Christmas Day.  It made the meal simpler to put together and it allowed me to make the salad on Sunday for being served on Thursday. This salad was inspired from my adolescent memories of trips to the salad bar at our local pizza place.  I loved the salad bar at the pizzeria because it contained many things that weren’t ordinarily included in our family […]

Chef’s Salad in a Jar

I am continuing my series of salads in a jar this week with the Chef’s Salad.  The Chef’s Salad’s origins are often disputed, but it may have been based upon a 17th and 18th century dish called  Salmagundi which was a salad composed of meat, eggs, and vegetables served with a vinaigrette.  Some say the Chef’s Salad was inspired by the Cobb Salad invented at the Brown Derby Restaurant in Los Angeles, while others attribute it to a chef at the Ritz-Carlton in the early 1940’s. No matter what the origin of the Chef’s Salad, it can be a nutritional […]

Antipasto Salad in a Jar

I know that I keep posting about salads in a jar, but I can’t help myself.  I really like making them because they look so pretty.  They taste good, too, and if I’m careful about what I put into them, they can be friendly for my waistline.   The possibilities are limitless. A few weeks ago, I went out to eat at one of my favorite local  Italian eateries.  I love their antipasto salad, but on this occasion, I shared a pizza with my son.  The lady we were dining with, however, had the antipasto salad.   I was probably staring longingly […]

Taco Salad in a Jar

Over the past few weeks, I have been sharing salad in a jar recipes here.  This is the third post in that series.  I am really in love with the salad in a jar idea because it allows me to make the salads on the weekend and have ready-made lunches that I can grab at least through Wednesday.  This ensures that I will eat a fresh, healthy and economical lunch at work and helps to prevent spending money on take-out. In addition to being a great lunch, these salads can also be a quick and easy dinner idea as well.  […]