Apple Coleslaw

1 bag Pete's slaw Mix
2 apples, small dice

2 tbsp. Dijon Mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup cider vinegar
2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. mustard seed (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Whisk dressing ingredients together in a large bowl. Add apples and slaw mix and toss.

Tomato, Cucumber Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tbsp. White vinegar
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh dill
Salt & Pepper

1 European cucumber, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1 head lettuce, washed, leaves pulled

Whisk together mayonnaise, buttermilk, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste until smooth, then whisk in dill.

Lay a few leaves of the lettuce on a plate, top with tomatoes and cumbers and drizzle dressing over the top.

Asian Joi Choi Slaw

Great with seared tuna, halibut or salmon. Also terrific on black bean burgers.

1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. honey
2 tsp. dijon mustard
pinch of sea salt

3 cups Joi Choi, thinly sliced
1 cup salad turnips, halved and thinly sliced
2 carrots, peeled and shredded
2 scallions, thinly sliced

Whisk together wet ingredients. Add vegetables and toss will. Correct seasoning as necessary

Roasted Beet Salad

1 bunch beets, trimmed
1/4 cup toasted walnuts or almonds
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. minced shallot
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 large Asian pear
3 cups arugula

Preheat oven to 425°F.
Wrap beets in foil and roast in middle of oven until tender. Unwrap beets and cool. While beets are roasting, toast desired nut in a small pan until just slightly brown. Stir together shallot, lemon juice, oil, vinegar, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Slip skins from beets and halve large beets. Cut beets into 1/4-inch-thick slices and add to dressing, tossing to coat.
Quarter and core pear and cut into julienne strips. Add pear and arugula and gently toss. Top with nuts. A good blue or goat cheese goes well with this salad and gives it some depth.

Crunchy Raw Chioggia Beet Salad

1 bunch Chiogga beets, scrubbed, peeled and cut into fine matchsticks
2 granny smith apples, cored and cut into matchsticks
7 oz. feta cheese
1/2 bunch of fresh mint, smallest leaves picked
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Lemon-Honey Dressing
6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. honey
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Whisk all ingredients together. Correct seasoning.

Dress the beets and apple matchsticks in a little of the lemon oil dressing and season with some salt and pepper. Taste and add more dressing if desired.

Divide the salad between four plates or put it on a big platter, crumble over the feta, and sprinkle over the baby mint leaves and the sunflower seeds.

Caesar Salad

In honor of the return of romaine lettuce, I made Caesar salad last night. I thought I'd share the dressing recipe I have used for years which I modified from the 1975 edition of the Joy of Cooking.

Caesar Salad Dressing
Makes 1 cup dressing or enough to dress a couple large heads of romaine.

Put the following into a blender:
4 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp Worcestershire
2-4 anchovy filets (I never have these and instead add 1 scant tsp anchovy sauce or 7-10 kalamata olives)
2 eggs (you can add these raw, but I cook boil my whole eggs for 2 mins and then spoon the lightly cooked egg into the blender)

Blend the above as well as possible, then with blender on low, add in a slow, steady stream:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Add to your liking:
black pepper
more lemon juice

The Salad:
Head of Romaine Lettuce
Grated Parmesan
Caesar salad dressing

Chop a head of romaine lettuce, rinse, and salad spin, or put in a colander to dry. (If you don't have a salad spinner and want dry lettuce quickly, you can use the towel spin method which is a good show if you have kids. Just put the washed salad greens onto a clean towel, pull together the corners and then spin in a circle and the water will fly out of the greens into a towel and often do a good job spraying the kitchen too.) Transfer greens to a bowl, add dressing, and toss to coat lettuce well. Add parm and toss again. Plate the salads and top dress with croutons and grated parm to your liking.

Arugula with Cherries and Warm Goat Cheese Rounds

1 tbsp. or olive oil
1 tbsp. fresh tarragon, rough chop
1/2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 to 1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 small log goat cheese, cut into 4 rounds
1/2 bag arugula
1/2 pint cherries, pitted and stemmed

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Whisk together oil, lemon juice and tarragon. Season dressing with salt and pepper.

Spread almonds on a small baking sheet. Rub goat cheese rounds with olive oil and season with pepper. Gently place goat cheese on almonds, coating one side and then the other. Place in oven for 5 minutes, remove and let set up.

Arugula Salad with Lemon-Parmesan Dressing

Here's a solidly reviewed recipe for you. This salad makes a great side dish on its own, but is even better as a pizza topping! Brush the dough with olive oil, sprinkle it with sea salt and shredded mozzarella, then bake. When the pizza comes out of the oven, top it with the salad. The simple dressing could also be used to dress pasta with wilted arugula and whatever else you fancy in your dish.

1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
4 cups (packed) baby arugula
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

Blend first 4 ingredients in processor. Season dressing with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl. Cover; chill up to 3 days.

Combine arugula and tomatoes in large bowl. Toss with enough dressing to coat.

Napa Cabbage Picnic Salad Recipe

From This salad is sooo tasty! I have made it a lot lately because it's just really good, flavorful with a good amount of spice. The recipe below is great, but there's lots of room for improvisation (vary up the veggies, reduce the amount of mayo in dressing, etc). You can also prepare a lot of this salad ahead and then just throw it together in minutes when you are read to serve it. I have been washing, salad spinning dry, and then chopping a whole head of Napa and then storing it in a bag in my fridge. It easily stays fresh 5 days or more. I make the dressing ahead and keep it in the fridge. Then when I want the salad I put some Napa in a bowl, toss in snap peas or a substitution of garlic scapes, carrots, salad turnips, thinly sliced beets, whataver I have on hand. It's all good. The almond are really good in this and the cilantro is totally optional.

1/3 cup slivered almonds
4 cups (.5 lb) coarsely shredded napa cabbage
6 ounces snow peas, strings removed, rinsed and thinly sliced
2/3 cups thinly sliced salad turnips
2/3 cups thinly sliced scallions including greens (or baby leeks)
2/3 cups lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves (optional)

1.5 Tbsp rice vinegar (seasoned or unseasoned)
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 clove peeled and minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/2 cup mayonnaise

1. Spread almond slivers out in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast in a 350°F oven for 5-10 minutes, until nicely browned. OR toast in stick-free or cast-iron skillet on medium high, stirring frequently until browned. Careful not to burn. Set aside.
2. Combine cabbage, snow peas, radishes, scallions, cilantro in a large bowl. Can make this step a day or two ahead.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the rice vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, ginger, and cayenne until sugar has dissolved. Whisk in the mayonnaise.
4. When ready to serve, gently combine the dressing and almonds with the cabbage mixture.


In this perfect no-cook dish you can substitute crumbled bacon for the chicken or just omit the
meat altogether.

2 medium zucchini (3/4 lb total)
1 teaspoon salt
2 (3-inch-wide) wedges honeydew melon, seeded and rind removed
1 whole smoked chicken breast (1 lb), skinned and thinly sliced crosswise with a knife
1 (1/2-lb) piece Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves, cut crosswise into thin shreds
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lime juice

Special equipment: an adjustable-blade slicer
If you don't have the special equipment, just use a very sharp knife and carefully cut thin slices.

Cut zucchini crosswise diagonally into 1/8-inch-thick slices using slicer and transfer to a
colander set over a bowl. Sprinkle with salt, tossing to coat, and let stand 5 minutes, then rinse
under cold water. Arrange in 1 layer on paper towels and pat dry.

Cut melon wedges lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick slices using slicer.

Divide melon, zucchini, and chicken among 4 plates. Shave about one fourth of cheese into
curls with a vegetable peeler and divide curls and mint among the 4 plates. Drizzle each plate
with oil and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 main-course servings.

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