Yes, yes I do like freshly grated Parmesan on my copycat of the Olive Garden salad mix. I don’t hide it. I’m not ashamed of it. Keep it coming, keep grating and don’t expect me to say ‘stop’ any time soon! Now, I love the rest of the salad too. The crunchy crisp greens. Tomatoes. Croutons. Red onions. And my two favorites: large black olives and pepperoncini. All lightly dressed in Olive Garden’s signature Italian dressing!
This is the easiest way I know to make a fantastic salad in no time. We actually had this as a main dish for dinner. I roasted a few chicken breasts, sliced them, and served them on top of the salad. It made for a great, healthy dinner! Whether served as a side salad or amped up with other toppings, the base recipe for this copycat Olive Garden salad mix is a winner!
Ever order French onion soup at a recipe only to get a bowl with so much cheese you can’t tell whether you ordered soup or a grilled cheese sandwich? Yeah, me too. That’s why I love to make slow cooker French onion soup at home. I can control the cheese. I like mine on top of lightly crusted sliced baguettes. Like crunchy cheese croutons. Perfect on a cold day, this soup is packed with fantastic onion flavor. I like to add a bit of beef base to my slow cooker French onion soup to give it just a bit more beefy flavor. Although it’s completely optional if you use a good homemade beef broth. I felt it could use a little help in the beefiness flavor department.
I really wasn’t expecting these slow cooker cheeseburgers to be all that great. Would I get that great cheeseburger taste? Would they leave me hankering for the real thing instead? I have to admit that I loved them! I thought there were great. Kind of like Sloppy Joes, but they taste just like cheeseburgers. On a cold day they hit the spot and then some. A little ketchup, a little mustard, and a few pickle slices and I was a happy guy! Slow cooker cheeseburgers made for the perfect make-and-forget meal. I just tossed all the ingredients into my crockpot at lunch time and by dinner time everything was ready! Just warm some buns and you’ve got dinner!
I used ‘plain ole’ Velveeta for my cheeseburgers. For a change you can use Kraft’s Mexican- or Jalapeno-flavored Velveeta.