Posted by: Susan | May 1, 2009

More Salads Men Like

Some of my most popular posts have been recipes, so thought I’d share a few more vegetable salads that are reasonably healthy and male-approved.  Being the chief (well, only) cook in my household, I am constantly looking for ways to get more vegetables in my husband’s diet. If I keep a batch of one of these salads in the fridge, he’s just as likely to snack on that as to eat a hotdog.  In all of these, you can use low- or no-fat mayo or sour cream as well as artificial sweeteners in place of sugar (I use Splenda).  

Peas are a little high on the carb scale, if you’re counting, but this one’s a favorite —

Crunchy Pea Salad

  • 1 10-oz. package frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 C. celery, chopped
  • 1 C. cauliflower, chopped
  • 1/3 C. chopped green onion
  • 1 C. cashews, chopped
  • 1/2 C. sour cream 
  • 1 C. ranch dressing


Mix together and chill.  Garnish with bacon bits, if desired.  You can vary the amounts and proportions of salad ingredients if you like.  I usually use more peas.  And you can use whatever nuts you have on hand, although it’s best with cashews.  Everything’s best with cashews.


Broccoli is really a miracle food, you know, so here are a couple of really good salads.

Broccoli Salad #1

  • 8 C. broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces (you can use equal amounts of broccoli and cauliflower if you like)
  • 1 C. chopped green onions
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 C. Mayo
  • 1/2 C. sour cream
  • 1/4 C. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 C. sugar or sweetener


Mix all the ingredients and chill.  You can add a cup of raisins, too, if you like them.  This makes a lot of salad, so be prepared.  You can also halve the recipe and save the dressing for another use.  It’s also good on the pea salad above.

Broccoli Salad #2

  • 4 C. broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces. 
  • 1 Red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 3/4 C. raisins
  • 3/4 C. sliced almonds
  • 1 C. mayo
  • 1/2 C. sugar
  • 2 T. white wine vinegar


Cook and crumble the bacon.  Combine the mayo, sugar, and vinegar and pour over the remaining ingredients.  You can add your favorite nuts to this one, too. 


And last but not least, here’s a good way to get ‘em to eat their spinach.

Strawberry Spinach Salad


  • 1/2 C. sugar or sweetener
  • 2 T. sesame seeds
  • 1/2 t. sesame oil
  • 1 T. poppy seeds
  • 1-1/2 t. dried minced onion
  • 1/4 t. paprika
  • 1/2 C. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 C. balsamic vinegar


Whisk all together and chill.  Then drizzle atop:

  • 2 bunches fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 pint strawberries, halved


Toss and enjoy!

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