Jenn Dease: Two Great Summer Salad Recipes

Okay, I know it is Foodie Friday, but…. LOOK! DRAGONS! Seriously, scroll down and look! Also, we’ve got yummy salads for your cool summer dining, but… DRAGONS!  Oh… thanks to Jenn Dease for bring the salads and  the dragons. Make sure to check out her brand-new book, Dragon’s Surprise. Oh, AND, Jenn is doing a giveaway on her blog – so go there, too!


Fresh Broccoli Salad recipe by Jenn DeaseJENN:

Hello there.  I am Jenn Dease and in my EDJ,(Evil Day Job), I am a chef.  Yes, I would rather write then cook, but bills must be paid.

For the summer season, I thought I would give you two salad recipes.  The first is:

Fresh Broccoli Salad Recipe

2 fresh Broccoli heads

½ cup Raisins, plumped  (Soak in warm water for 10 minutes and drain)

1/3 cup Red Onion, diced

½  cup Peanuts, unsalted (If you do not have unsalted, regular works.  Reduce salt in dressing to ½ tsp.)

6 slices Bacon

Cut Broccoli into bit-sized pieces.   The top half of the stems can be peeled and cut, also.  They taste great in the salad.  And anything else you use broccoli in.

Fry Bacon and crumble.    Place all ingredients into bowl.

Poppy Seed Dressing

1 cup Salad Oil  (Do not use Olive Oil.  Does not come out right.)

1/3 cup Vinegar

½ cup Sugar

¾ tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Dry Mustard

¾ tsp. Poppy Seeds

Mix oil and vinegar.

Mix dry ingredients together and add to oil mixture.  Stir/shake well.  Do not refrigerate dressing.  Make when needed.

Add dressing to salad just prior to serving.

The salad tastes great for the next five days in the fridge.  The bacon just gets soggy.


Pea Salad Recipe

2 lb. bag of Peas, thawed.  No sauces.

8 ounce bag of shredded Cheddar or shred your own

8 ounces of Ham, small dice.  Tastes better with baked ham, but lunch meat works. (Have the deli cut it extra thick)

1 ½ to 2 cups Marzetti Cole Slaw Dressing

Mix it all together.  Start with 1 ½ cups of dressing and add more if needed.

Keeps for five days.  Mix when you take it from the fridge.

If you don’t like the tang of Slaw Dressing, you can use Ranch Dressing.

Hope these recipes help during your summer entertaining.  They are favorites in my family.

My new book “Dragon’s Surprise” came out on June 12th from MLR Press.  It is a follow-up to “Captain’s Mate” my first book in the Dragon Marines series.  In my world, all Marines are Dragon Shape-Shifters.

I am having a give-away on my blog, which is at  Leave a comment by June 27th.  Winner will be picked on June 28th.

Many Thanks to Irene for letting me post on her blog.  Deeply appreciated.

Dragon's Surprise Novel by Jenn DeaseDRAGON’S SURPRISE

Can one little green Dragon cause that much disruption on an aircraft carrier?

Franklin was unaware of the disappearance of his brother and his family while performing in Russo-China, until Dane’s squad of Dragon Marines rescues one of them from the Voldai.

Explosives, smuggling, kidnapping and security for a meeting of the World’s leaders. The USS Requiem’s sailors and Dragon Marine squadrons are dealing with all of this while watching out for a small, green Dragon.

Dane and Franklin find themselves in a new family situation. Caring for their niece brings them closer together. But, you can’t keep a three-year-old on an aircraft carrier. Can her parents be found?

Where to Buy Dragon’s Surprise:

Amazon | MLR Press

About Jenn:

Jenn lives in the Pittsburgh, PA area. She belongs to one of those families that has four generations living in a three block area.

Captain’s Mate is her first published book, which Jenn and her sisters are quite proud of. She loves books, her red-headed sisters, and books.

Visit Jenn Online: | Facebook

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