Sunday, May 8, 2016

Catalina Salad

Salads are perfect for almost any occasion and are so versatile. Here's one you can use as a side dish as the recipe states below or add meat to it for a main dish. If you're looking for a new salad to add to your mealtime line up, check out this Catalina Salad!

I love salads, but many of the guys in my family don't. They are more the meat and potatoes type. Their loss--more salad for me!

I made this salad with my Caramel Apple Pork Chops while I was home and it was a big hit.

Now that the weather is warming up, the cows are spending more time outside. Not that the mild, western Washington winters keep them indoors though. Even in the rain, or should I say, the drizzle, the cows seem to enjoy laying out in the pastures.

My brother has already been out in the fields chopping silage. Corn silage is typically chopped in the fall. More about that process here. He was chopping orchard grass, tall fescue and rye grass. Silage is cow food. Any type of field work generally involves a lot of long hours. He hasn't been getting done until the early morning hours. Sounds about right.

 My brother cutting grass silage
Seeding silage corn. The hours are long and sunsets don't mean the work day is done. 

Here in Indiana, many farmers took advantage of that string of warmer, dry days in April to get a head start on planting. It's rained a lot since then, though. Rain (in moderation) is a good thing and helps the seed germinate and helps the corn come up. However, all of this rain has made it hard for the planting to continue in many areas and a lot of folks are getting antsy to get back out in the fields. Tractors can get stuck when the soil is too wet, so they need to wait for it to dry out. Last year, it just kept raining. And raining. And raining. This drown a lot of crops and while some were replanted, it was too late for some others. Keep your fingers crossed for some warmer and dryer weather.

With planting season, pay extra attention on the roads. For some tips on staying safe around farm equipment, click here.

Back to this salad! I don't usually measure anything when I cook, so adjust the amounts of each ingredient as you like.

Catalina Salad


  • 8 cups lettuce
  • 1 cup bacon bits
  • 3 apples
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • Catalina dressing


  1. Chop lettuce and apples
  2. Add lettuce to a large salad bowl
  3. Add chopped apples, cherry tomatoes, cheese, walnuts and bacon bits to the bowl
  4. Top with Catalina dressing 

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