Rosy Beet/ Napa Cabbage Slaw


From Global Cookbook. Serves 4-6.
6 c. Thinly sliced Napa cabbage leaves
1 1/2 c. Minced red onion
2 med Beets, grated
1 c. Minced fresh parsley
1/4 c. Red wine vinegar
1/2 c. Water
2 Tbsp. Brown sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/3 c. Minced fresh dill leaf
3 Tbsp. Minced fresh chives
1/2 c. Low fat lowfat sour cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper

 

Combine vegetables and parsley in a large bowl. In a saucepan, combine vinegar, water, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring till sugar is dissolved. Pour over vegetables and toss. Add in dill and chives and fold in well. Cover and let marinate overnight. Stir well once or twice. Just before serving, drain off excess liquid. Stir in lowfat sour cream and add in salt and pepper to taste.

Seared Wild Caught Salmon Salad

 

4 Salmon fillets

Pesto, as needed

Salad:
Mesclun Greens
4 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste

Heat large non-stick skillet with just enough oil to shimmer the pan. Carefully add salmon and lower heat immediately. Sear until lightly brown and turn. You will cook on each side approximately 3-4 minutes for a medium rare fillet .

Remove to a plate and let rest. Meanwhile, place mesclun in a large bowl, toss with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Split the greens up amongst 4 plates, place a salmon fillet, belly side up, on top of each salad and top with pesto. Garnish with lemon zest.

*** The beauty of the wild salmon is that is considered a “green fish.

 

Raw Beet, Carrot, Apple &/or Radish Salad


I chose this recipe out of the myriad available, because it's basic. 1 pound of whatever veggies you choose to use, dressed with a bit of olive oil, honey, and whatever acidic juice you'd like to add - it could be lemon juice, orange juice, cider vinegar, raspberry vinegar, etc etc. Just grate the vegetables and dress it with whatever suits your mood or meal today.

1 generous pound total of beets, carrot, apples or radishes trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
Zest and juice of a lemon
Fresh dill, chopped
Few drops of Tabasco

Grate the beet. (There's no need to peel, the grater will just push the skins back.)
Grate or chop the carrot (or use a mandoline)
Grate or chop the radishes
Slice the apples

Toss with the remaining ingredients.

Apple and Raw Beet Slaw



1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 pound beets, peeled
1 large Granny Smith apple, or similar flavored and textured apple
3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/2 teaspoon coarse grain salt
1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

In a medium sized salad bowl, using your microplane grater (or the smallest holes of a cheese grater) grate fresh ginger directly into bowl, about one teaspoon. Grate beets and apples, add them to the bowl with the ginger, and toss until ginger is evenly distributed. Add sherry vinegar, salt, and pepper to bowl and toss to coat evenly. Add olive oil, stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated.

Red and Napa Cabbage Salad with Empire Apples and Spiced Nuts


I have been in a salad mood lately. I think it's a knee-jerk reaction to all the holiday indulgence and lately I can't get enough raw food. This one calls for Napa and red cabbage but you could get away with just the Napa. Adapted from a January 2007 Bon Appetit recipe.

1 teaspoons butter
1 cup pecan halves (or walnuts)
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon (scant) cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil

2 medium unpeeled Empire apples (or other crisp apple), quartered, cored, thinly sliced crosswise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
2 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage
3/4 cup dried cranberries (about 5 ounces)

Melt butter in nonstick medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add pecans and stir 1 minute. Add brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne; stir until nuts are coated, about 1 minute. Transfer nuts to foil sheet and cool.

Whisk both vinegars and mustard in small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Toss apples with lemon juice in large bowl. Add cabbage and dried crans. Add dressing and toss. Stir in pecans and season salad with salt and pepper.

Do ahead: Spiced pecans and dressing can be made 1 day ahead. Store pecans airtight at room temperature. Cover and chill dressing; bring to room temperature and rewhisk before using.

Shoot Salad with Honey Miso Dressing


I just had a delicious salad for lunch...

several large handfuls of shoots mix
2 valentine radishes sliced thin
about 1/4 green cabbage, sliced in thin ribbons in food processor
2 carrots grated in food processor

Honey Miso Dressing
2 1/2 tablespoons red miso
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
3 tablespoons water or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced

Mix the miso, honey, and mustard together. Add the remaining ingredients, mix until smooth. Let sit 15 minutes before using.

Carrot and Daikon Salad


In this recipe from Shizuo's Tsuji's Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art, carrot and daikon are paired in a light, refreshing dish with a sweet and sour dressing called amazu. Salting and kneading the vegetables causes them to release their liquid. The dressing is then combined with the vegetables and the dish is refrigerated for at least 30 minutes (it's even more flavorful if left overnight). Traditionally, the salad is served in small plates.

1 large carrot, cut into 2 inch x 1/2 inch matshsticks
1 lb daikon radish, cut into 1 inch x 1/2 inch matchsticks
1 tsp salt
1/4 c. unseasoned rice vinegar
1.5 TB sugar
1/2 cup water

In a large bowl combine the carrot and daikon radish matchsticks. Add the salt and toss lightly. After several minutes, mix and lightly knead the vegetables with your hands. Working over a colander set in a bowl, gather up the vegetables in your hands and squeeze out the liquid. Rinse and dry the bowl. Place the vegetables in it.

In a glass bowl, mix the vinegar, sugar, and water. Heat in a microwave for 1 minute or until the sugar dissolves. Alternatively, heat the mixture in a small saucepan. Cool to room temperature.

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the vinegar mixture onto the vegetables. Mix with your hand and then squeeze the liquid from the vegetables. Discard the liquid.

Add the remaining dressing to the vegetables. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to two days.

Spicy No-Mayo Coleslaw


This one is from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian cookbook. Serves 8 as a side.

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, or to taste
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar, red wine vinegar, or freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh chile (jalapeno, Thai, serrano, or habenero), or to taste, optional
1/4 cup peanut or extra-virgin olive oil
6 cups cored and shredded Savoy cabbage
1 large red or yellow bell peppers, roasted and peeled if you like, seeded, and diced or shredded
1/3 cup diced scallion, more or less
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup minced parsley leaves

1. Whisk the mustard, vinegar, garlic, and chile together in a small bowl. Add the oil a little at a time, whisking all the while.

2. Combine the cabbage peppers, and scallion and toss together with the dressing. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate until ready to serve. (It's best to let this rest for an hour or so before serving to allow the flavors to mellow; the cabbage will also soften a bit and exude some juice. Or let it sit for up to 24 hours if you like. Drain slaw before continuing.) Just before serving, toss with the parsley.

Coleslaw


Here's a good old fashioned slaw recipe for you. This recipe makes 2 pounds of cole slaw. What to put in your shredded slaw mix? That's up to you of course, but if I were making this one tonight, I'd shred a combo of the savoy cabbage and carrots, with a small handful of daikon thrown in for good measure. This is a standard recipe that begs for improvisation. Feel free to use less mayo, and less sugar. Substitute honey for the sugar (using a bit less, honey is sweeter by volume). Cider vinegar will be great, and balsamic delicious too. Take or leave horseradish depending on how you like it.

2 lbs of shredded slaw
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tsp yellow mustard
1 tsp celery seeds
1 TB prepared creamy horseradish

Pour your shredded slaw into a very large bowl and set aside.

In a separate, medium sized bowl, combine sugar, mayo, oil, vinegar, mustard, celery seed and horseradish with a wire whisk until the sugar is dissolved.

Toss mayo mixture with bagged slaw mixture until completely coated and refrigerate for four hours making sure to stir ever couple of hours or so. This recipe makes 2 pounds of cole slaw.

Mizuna & Apple Salad with Warm Ploughgate Cheese



1 bunch Mizuna, washed and dried
.75 mesclun mix
2 Red Delicious Apples
1/2 round of Ploughfate Cheese, cut into 6 even slices
Apple Cider Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Cut the cheese and let sit at room temperature while doing the rest of the preparation. Core apples and slice into thin rounds. Stack the rounds and cut into matchsticks. In a bowl, toss the mesclun, mizuna and apples. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the vinaigrette on the greens lightly, just enough to barely coat them. Form greens and apples into a nice mound on the plate and lay three pieces of cheese against the greens. Drizzle some more vinaigrette around the plate making sure the cheese gets some too.

Apple Cider Vinaigrette
1/2 cup cider vinegar
.5 cups neutral oil, such as grape seed
2 tsp. mustard
Salt & pepper

Place ingredients in bowl and whisk. You do not want to emulsify this dressing, as it will be too thick. When you go to use it, just whisk again until ingredients come together.
Boxty (Irish Potato Griddle Cakes)
In honor of St Patrick's Day and great potatoes, I have dug up a couple of classic Irish poato recipes. This one comes complete with an Irish rhyme: Boxty on the griddle Boxty in the pan If you can't make boxty You'll never get a man

1/2 pound raw potato
1/2 pound cooked mashed potato
1/2 pound flour
Milk (as needed, see directions)
1 egg
1 medium onion, finely chopped
Salt and pepper

Grate raw potatoes and mix with the cooked mashed potatoes. Add salt, pepper, onion and flour. Beat egg and add to mixture with just enough milk to make a batter that will drop from a spoon.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a hot griddle or frying pan. Cook over a moderate heat for 3-4 minutes on each side.

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