Category Archives: Salads

Asian Tri-color Coleslaw

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You are going to want a good chef’s knife for this recipe.  It might take about 15 minutes to chop the cabbage by hand.  While it does take some added time and effort, it produces a rougher uneven chop that gives an interesting texture to the salad.

This has been a go-to recipe for many summer picnics over the years. Try it with some Korean BBQ! Enjoy!

Asian Tri-color Coleslaw

Asian Tri-color Coleslaw

Ingredients

  • 1 head green cabbage
  • 1 head red cabbage
  • 8 carrots
  • 10 - 12 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • For the dressing:
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Mix in almonds and sesame seeds. Cook until browned, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Remove from heat. Set aside to cool until it reaches room temperature.
  2. Clean, then cut each cabbage in half from top to bottom through the core. Next, cut each cabbage half from top to bottom, through the core. Remove the core from each quarter. Slice each quarter thinly. This will produce a bunch of long shreds. Finally, run your knife crosswise through the shreds to shorten them. Toss it all into a large bowl.
  3. Clean and shred the carrots on a box grater. Add them to the bowl of cabbage.
  4. Clean and thinly slice the scallions. Add them to the bowl of cabbage.
  5. Toss the cabbage mixture until the vegetables are evenly distributed. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Set aside.
  7. Just before serving re-whisk the dressing and toss together the shredded cabbage mixture, almond mixture, and dressing.
http://bleulegume.com/2016/07/asian-tri-color-coleslaw/

Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

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Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

This is a quick and colorful side dish to serve along with your grilled meats or fish. It's also pretty darn good inside a tortilla with some steak!

Ingredients

    Dressing
  • 1 lime
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Salad
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro (about 1 bunch)
  • 1 cob of corn
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced

Instructions

  1. Zest and juice lime
  2. Whisk together dressing ingredients. Set aside
  3. Cut corn from cob. Toss into a bowl with remaining salad ingredients. Add dressing. Stir to combine. Marinate for 20 minutes.
http://bleulegume.com/2015/06/fresh-corn-and-black-bean-salad-with-lime-vinaigrette/

Nicoise Salad

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She says: Nicoise (nee-swaz) salad is a great way to get your daily veggies. It also packs in some great protein and healthy fats. And it’s just so darn beautiful! My typically veggie-ambivalent crew doesn’t even complain about this salad.

He says: “Another amazing salad,” says the non-salad guy. I’m being forced to reevaluate my opinions on salad, and I don’t like changing my mind about things. #DYBL!! But seriously, look at that thing: it’s like eating a garden, but better. It’s like eating a garden that grows fish plants and egg stalks in addition to the usual green vegetable stuff. (Can beef sprouts and pork pods be far behind? Get on it, science!)

Nicoise Salad

Yield: 4 Servings

Nicoise Salad

Notes:

While the tuna here was pan-seared, feel free to prepare it on the grill. Grilling will add a nice, light smokiness to the fish.

Preparation of the eggs, potatoes, and beans might be a bit more work than you want for a salad, but those can all be prepared even a couple days in advance.

Nicoise olives can be difficult to find. In fact, actual Nicoise olives are quite difficult to come by as they are grown in Cote d'Azur -- and in limited quantities. You are more likely to find Nicoise-style olives, which are still incredibly delicious. Feel free to substitute with any small black olive, such as kalamata or Moroccan dry-cured olives.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound tuna steaks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosker salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed and blanched
  • 1 pound of new potatoes
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 4 eggs, medium-cooked and peeled
  • 1 cup nicoise olives
  • 8 cups of salad greens and herbs
  • For the Dressing:
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed or grated
  • 2 teaspoons whole seed dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Using a medium pot, cover potatoes with salted water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer until tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Place eggs into a small pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover. Remove from heat and allow eggs to sit in the hot water for 6 minutes. Drain water. Run eggs under cold water to cool.
  3. When potatoes are finished cooking, drain and remove the potatoes to a bowl to cool. Fill the pot again with water and bring to a boil. .
  4. Fill a mixing bowl with ice water. This will be used to stop the cooking process for the beans.
  5. Add the green beans to the boiling water. cook for 3 minutes -- just until crisp-tender. Drain and immediately add green beans to the ice water to cool. Drain. Pat dry.
  6. In a 12-inch skillet over medium-high, heat oil. Season tuna with salt and pepper. When oil is hot, sear tuna for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes on each side until internal temperature reaches 125 degrees. Remove from heat and rest on a plate.
  7. Whisk together ingredients for the dressing until well-blended.
  8. Toss greens gently, but well (1-2 minutes), with half of the dressing.
  9. Line plates with salad greens. Top each plate with a tuna steak. Evenly distribute olives, tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, and halved eggs among plates, arranging as desired.
  10. Drizzle each plate with remaining dressing.
http://bleulegume.com/2015/06/nicoise-salad/

Spinach Salad with Caramelized Orange and Shallot Dressing

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While leafing through some accumulated notes, printouts, and clippings, I came across this incredible recipe and immediately imagined the photo.  It likely originated from America’s Test Kitchen.   The Spinach Salad recipe is a perfect accompaniment to the almond crusted chicken recipe found here.  Or, if you’d like, you can make this an entree salad by adding some leftover sliced chicken breast and toasted almonds! Continue reading Spinach Salad with Caramelized Orange and Shallot Dressing

Spinach Salad with Pecans, Goat Cheese, and Bacon Vinaigrette

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Ingredients:

8 slices bacon
3 ounces pecans
3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
2 Tablespoons bacon grease
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1 10-ounce bag baby spinach
½ red bell pepper, cut into very thin strips
Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil.  Place bacon on foil and bake for 10 minutes, or until bacon is crispy, turning once mid-way through baking time. Reserve 2 Tablespoons bacon grease.  Crumble bacon.
  2. In a dry nonstick skillet over medium low heat, toast pecans until fragrant. Rough chop the pecans.
  3. For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar and canola oil until an emulsion begins to form. Add warm bacon grease and whisk again until combined.  Add salt and pepper as desired.
  4. Toss together spinach, red pepper, dressing until well-coated. Add half of the cheese, bacon, and pecans.  Toss again.
  5. Plate, sprinkling the remaining bacon, pecans, and cheese on top.