This comes from the Pioneer Woman on the foodnetwork. It's her Aunts recipe for salad dressing. She says Aunt Trish always used salad oil but you can use canola oil. And you can also use the Parmesan cheese that comes in a can if you wish.
I attended a cooking class today through the NMSU Valencia county Cooperative Extension service and this is a recipe we made in the class. It is very refreshing and makes a great side dish. You could even serve it with some nice crusty bread for a light lunch. It is best to use vine ripened tomatoes instead of a roma tomato which doesn't have much flavor. I don't like black olives so I leave them out. The cooking time is actually the time it takes to sit before serving. There is no actual cooking.
This is a copycat from McDonalds..I went in a hunt for this recipe since I became obsessed with it. My obsession started because I added a chopped avocado to my McDonalds purchased salad and it was heaven. I got this from recipelink.com, the avocado is optional since it's not in MD's salad but sooo recomended. The dressing that the salad comes with is Paul Newman's Natural Southwest dressing, so sub that if you find it at the store if you don't want to make it from scratch.
Easily made vegan by using vegan mayonnaise! Delicious and versatile. You can use this as a marinade too. :) This came from Melody Prettyman. She does healthy cooking demonstrations all over the country and I saw her on a TV program on 3ABN.
You will want to shake up the dressing for this popular oriental salad the day before and refrigerate it until you are ready to toss the mixture. Flaked tuna or crab meat are good alternatives for the chicken in this recipe. Another recipe found in TOH.