Archive for the ‘salad’ Category

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five-minute healthy cucumber, lime, and mint salad

April 24, 2016

this is my new favorite cucumber salad. it comes together in five minutes and makes a perfect quick lunch or side.

cut up one giant cucumber or several smaller cucumbers

– put the pieces in a bowl and coat them with olive oil, about a tablespoon.
– use an equivalent amount of rice wine vinegar. mix well.
– add the juice of half a lime, salt and pepper, tons of fresh mint minced up, and minced onions in your favorite style. (grill, roast, sear, or soak in saltwater if you hate raw onions.)
– if you like it hot, add a little minced fresh serrano, jalapeno, or whatever you have in the house.

mix it up:

– (opt.) add a few roasted peanuts, crunched-up, for texture and flavor!
– (opt.) you can also add a pinch of sugar, honey, or your favorite sweetener if you like it sweeter.
– (opt.) if you have homemade la jiao jiang, that’s always great in any cold salad.
– (opt.) add 2 drops of fish sauce if it feels like it’s missing something.
– (opt.) add whatever fresh herbs you have in the house, a few minced or chopped salad greens, a few chunks of tomato, or a few sliced radishes.

make it at least 15 minutes before you plan to eat it.

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recipe by friedsig

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kachumbari (healthy coleslaw from burundi)

April 23, 2016

this is a coleslaw that comes from burundi, in east/central africa. it’s quick and healthy!

1 (more or less) hot chilli pepper, cleaned, seeds removed, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 to 4 tomatoes, thinly sliced
Juice or one or two lemons or limes
Up to one teaspoon salt
fresh chopped cilantro
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced (optional)
1 small cabbage, shredded (optional)

let combine for at least fifteen minutes before serving.

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from ALWS

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eggplant tonnato (roasted eggplant and tuna salad)

April 22, 2016

i modified this significantly, but here’s the original:

2 (6-ounce) cans light tuna packed in olive oil (preferably Italian), drained, divided
1 large anchovy fillet
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for drizzling
2 teaspoons drained capers (or anything pickled)
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 (11 1/2- to 13-ounce) jars or containers grilled eggplant, drained
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1/3 cup coarsely chopped parsley
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1/3 cup coarsely chopped mint
2 cups (1/2-inch) bread cubes from a country loaf, toasted
Equipment: 4 (16-ounces) wide jars or containers with lids

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Blend 1/4 cup tuna, anchovy, mayonnaise, oil, capers, and lemon juice in a blender until smooth to make tonnato sauce.
Pulse eggplant, garlic, parsley, zest, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a food processor until combined but not smooth.
Toss tomatoes with mint, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Divide eggplant mixture among jars and layer remaining tuna (broken up into large chunks), tonnato sauce, croutons, and tomatoes (including juices) on top. Drizzle with olive oil.

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from epicurious

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surprisingly, not bad. a very strange combination of flavors. i never imagined i would puree tuna. i left out half the ingredients due to my budget – left out the anchovies, the croutons, and even the tomatoes. it’s still pretty okay. if, like me, all you have in the house is a can of tuna and a few eggplants, you can go pick up some mint and give this a try. instead of capers, i used some pickles. you could use pickled anything.

plus, once you have fresh mint in the house, you can make radish, butter, and mint sandwiches (don’t knock it ’til you try it,) as well as cucumber salad with mint, cold cucumber soup, fattoush, or a mint dressing with rice wine vinegar!

not a bad healthy choice for a quick lunch – if the eggplants are roasted already, you can put this together in just a few minutes! roast a few eggplants on a day off and keep them in your fridge just in case you need a quick meal!

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chicken salad with spinach, apple, and dill

May 22, 2015

breast meat of 1 whole roasted chicken (stuffed with half a lemon, fresh oregano, and a few cloves of garlic), shredded with 2 forks
1 small package organic dill
1 sour green apple, like granny smith
1 pinch crumbled feta (optional)
1 spoonful sliced kalamata olives (optional)
minced raw garlic and/or minced scallions or onions, to taste
washed raw spinach leaves, torn into small pieces

salt to taste

combine all.

add a bit of mayo, then slowly add enough plain (unsweetened!) yogurt to lightly coat, and lemon or apple cider vinegar to taste
if dry, add a splash of vegetable stock or chicken broth.

chicken salad with spinach, green apple, and dill

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red beets with apples (buraki z jabłkami)

October 15, 2014

Doesn’t get simpler than this minimalist sweet and healthy salad. I modified this recipe from The Art of Polish Cooking by Alina Zeranska. If you like beet salads, but aren’t crazy about apples, try this herbed version – beet salad with dilled yogurt.

1 lb beets (boiled & chopped, or canned)
1 large apple, peeled, shredded
1/2 c sour cream or unsweetened plain yogurt
1 T lemon juice
salt to taste

combine & serve (do not heat!)

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adapted from The Art of Polish Cooking by Alina Zeranska

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moroccan chickpea salad

July 31, 2014

2 x 400g (14 oz) cans of chickpeas (garbanzos) drained, rinsed & strained
1 red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup dried cranberries, apricots, or currants
1 wholepiece of a preserved lemon, rind only, finely chopped
Juice of 1 fresh lemon
½ cup olive oil
2 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs ground cumin
1 tbs paprika
1 tbs ground cinnamon
a handful of baby spinach leaves (optional)
¼ cup finely chopped parsley (or any fresh herb you like)
½ cup Greek yoghurt
⅓ cup pistachios, roughly chopped
Pomegranate molasses

Place the chickpeas in a bowl add the onions, garlic, currants, preserved lemon, spices, olive oil, lemon juice and soy sauce in a large bowl. Toss to combine and leave to marinate for at least an hour.
Line a serving bowl with the baby spinach leaves Throw a handful of spinach in a bowl, and top with the chickpeas and parsley. Top with the yoghurt and pistachios, and drizzle with the pomegranate molasses.

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recipe adapted by friedsig and originally penned by le delicieux

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Sounds like a very pretty presentation – something I put zero effort into for my own quick lunches. I simplified this recipe to make this very elegant (but elaborate) salad completely accessible to anyone seeking a very healthy, flavorful, fast, affordable, and easy lunch to take along, or ultra-fast weeknight dinner.

I used fresh dill and basil instead of parsley, because it’s what I had in the house. I love currants, so I used those. I also added a part of a roasted jalapeno from the farmers market because I have so many, and a big pinch of smoked paprika. Recommended! Of course, hot pepper pickles are incredible in any salad.

This is one of my two favorite cold chickpea salad recipes this summer. The other is this 5 minute warm chickpea and feta salad.

Try this one!

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beet salad with dilled yogurt

July 23, 2014

400g beets / beetroot, fresh, cooked to your liking and cut into matchsticks (roasting and boiling are both great) or grated raw and uncooked
2-3 Tablespoon fresh chopped dill, to taste
3 Tablespoons Greek yoghurt
1 tspn za’atar (opt.)
salt and pepper, to taste

one OR the other of:
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tbspn pomegranate molasses

Mix together the yoghurt, molasses, garlic, za’atar and seasoning – check that the taste is okay for you and add more molasses or seasoning as needed. Stir in the beetroot and half the dill. Fold together gently or mix well – depending on how pink you want your yoghurt to turn, or whether you want a more marbled pink/white look! Scatter over the extra dill and serve.

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adapted from lime and barley

 

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I highly recommend this salad, though I changed the recipe to recommend garlic OR pomegranate molasses and not both. It’s amazing how a good fresh beet has so much flavor on its own and barely needs any seasoning to taste so complex and interesting! This is my new favorite three-ingredient meal.

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