Smitten Kitchen Avocado & Cucumber Salad

Just slightly adapted

Serves 1

1/3 hothouse cucumber, washed and chopped into 1/2″ dice
1 small green onion, thinly sliced
1 small avocado, pitted and diced
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
Juice of half a lime (except I don’t think I would use it all at first)
salt and Sriracha to taste
parsley or cilantro leaves to garnish

Combine cucumber, scallions and avocado in the bowl you will eat from.  Whisk together the mayo, lime and seasonings, adjusting to taste.  Drizzle salad with dressing (you may have more than you need) and garnish with cilantro or parsley.  Repeat again tomorrow.

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Published in: on June 17, 2017 at 11:44 am  Leave a Comment  

To Try: Jeanne Lemlin’s Asian Coleslaw

http://www.jeannelemlin.com/archives/538

Serves 8 as a side dish

6 cups finely shredded Napa cabbage
2 cups finely shredded purple cabbage
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup finely diced white onion
3/4 cup minced cilantro
3 tablespoons Chinese seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine the vegetables and cilantro in a large bowl. Sprinkle on the remaining ingredients and toss well.   Let sit at least 20 minutes before serving so the flavors can meld. Cover and chill any leftovers. Pour off any accumulated liquid before serving again.

Published in: on February 25, 2017 at 4:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

To try: Chicken Salad with Miso Dressing

Sunset

After cooking the chicken, J. Kenji López-Alt, author of The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Sciene and the Serious Eats online column of the same name, throws corn on the still-hot grill to use in this unusual, delicious salad.

  • Yield:Serves 6 to 8 (4 cups)
  • 2 ears corn
  • 2 green onions, white and pale green parts only, sliced diagonally into 1- to 2-in. slivers
  • 3 leftover grilled chicken cutlets, coarsely shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 tablespoon shiro (white) miso*
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp. fresh juice from 1 large lemon
  • 1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard
  • 1 small shallot, minced (1 to 2 tbsp.)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper

Preparation

1. Cook corn: Either husk ears and grill until browned all over, or microwave in the husk 2 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, make dressing: Whisk miso, lemon juice, mustard, and shallot in a small bowl. Whisking constantly, drizzle in oil. Season dressing with salt and pepper.

3. Put green onions in a small bowl and cover with cold water. Set aside 10 minutes to crisp and curl. Meanwhile, slice kernels from cob into a serving bowl.

4. Drain green onions and add all but about 2 tbsp. to corn, along with chicken. Pour in dressing, toss to coat, and season with salt and pepper. Add avocado chunks and fold in gently to combine. Top with remaining green onion. Serve immediately.

*Find mild shiro miso, a widely available Japanese seasoning paste of fermented soybeans and rice, in the refrigerated section by the produce.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

  • Calories 219
  • Caloriesfromfat 51 %
  • Protein 20 g
  • Fat 12 g
  • Satfat 1.8 g
  • Carbohydrate 8.8 g
  • Fiber 2.4 g
  • Sodium 259 mg
  • Cholesterol 46 mg
Published in: on November 12, 2016 at 6:50 am  Leave a Comment  

Creamy Lime Dressing

From Rachael Ray every day October 2016

1/2 cup Best Foods mayo
2 Tablespoons buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
2 Tablespoons lime juice
salt & pepper to taste

Rachael Ray’s suggested salad:
romaine
halved cherry tomatoes
chopped English cucumber
chopped peeled jicama
chopped avocado

Published in: on October 22, 2016 at 5:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tapas Salad

1 large russet potato
1 jar marinated quartered artichoke hearts, drained, patted dry on paper towels, and halved
4 large handfuls of arugula
pitted olives of your choice, sliced
10 grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced or halved
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 handful parsley leaves
2 Tablespoons sliced almonds, optional

Dressing:  Stir together 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise, 1-2 teaspoons white wine vinegar, minced/crushed garlic to taste, ground chipotle pepper to taste

Poke the potato several times with a fork and microwave for 4 minutes.  Let cool slightly, then cut into 1/2″ cubes, or 1/3″ batons.  Heat olive oil in a nonstick or cast iron pan until hot, and cook the potatoes until brown and crisp.  In another skillet cook the artichoke hearts until crisp on both sides.  Drain potatoes on paper towels.

Divide the arugula between two plates.  Top with the olives, tomatoes, potatoes, artichoke hearts, feta, parsley, almonds and dressing.

Published in: on September 3, 2016 at 6:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

To Try: Cauliflower Tabbouleh

from You’ve Got it Made by Ellie Krieger

http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/home-and-family/recipes/cauliflower-tabbouleh

Serves 6

  • 1⁄2 Head Cauliflower
  • 1 Pint Grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1⁄2 Large English cucumber, seeded and diced (about 2 Cups)
  • 2 Cups chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1⁄2 Cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1⁄4 Cup olive oil
  • 1⁄2 Cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3⁄4 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

 

1. Cut the cauliflower into two or three large pieces, each with some stem attached. Holding each piece by the steam, grate the top part of the cauliflower on the large holes of a box grater to form rice-like pieces, until you have about 3 cups. Alternatively, you can cut the cauliflower into florets, removing as much of the stem as possible, and grate the florets in the food processor using the grater attachment. Save the stems and any remaining cauliflower of another use.

2. In a large bowl, toss together the grated cauliflower, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, onion, and mint leaves.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, cumin, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the cauliflower mixture and toss well to combine. Cover tightly and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.

Published in: on July 20, 2016 at 3:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Da’s Tuna Mac

tunamac

1.5 cups elbow macaroni
2 small cans tuna
mayo to taste
salt & pepper to taste

Cook the macaroni until as done as you like it, being careful not to overcook, because you want it to stay intact.  Rinse well under cold water and drain well.  Meanwhile drain the tuna (give the tuna water to the cats), put it in a large bowl and flake with a long-tined fork.  Mix in the mayo with the fork, adding more than you would for making tuna salad for sandwiches.  With a large rubber spatula, mix in the drained macaroni.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Refrigerate until serving time.

Da yes
Sam yes
Ma yes (put prefers to add celery, green onion, minced red pepper)
Anna no

Published in: on February 15, 2016 at 11:24 am  Leave a Comment  

To Try: Southwestern Kale & Sweet Potato Salad

Southwestern Kale & Sweet Potato Salad

Makes: 4 servings

5 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 bunch kale, stemmed and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons
pepitas, toasted

In large skillet, heat 2 tbsp. oil over medium-high. Add sweet potatoes; season. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 10 minutes. In bowl, rub kale with juice, cumin and 3 tbsp. oil until kale softens. Toss with sweet potatoes; season. Top with pepitas.
Published in: on February 15, 2016 at 8:38 am  Leave a Comment  

Citrus Kale Salad with Avocado & Walnuts

My take on a recipe by Ree Drummond© 2015 Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

1 small bunch kale, leaves torn off the stalks
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 clove garlic, pressed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 heaping tablespoon sour cream or plain Greek yogurt (optional)
3 mandarins, segmented (or 1 orange, skin cut off, and cut into chunks)
1 jalapeno, seeded and sliced very thin (optional)
4 ounces goat cheese (chevre), crumbled
diced avocado
chopped walnuts

Grab bunches of the kale leaves and use a sharp knife to thinly slice them. Keep going until you have a big pile of finely shredded kale.To make the dressing, combine the orange juice, olive oil, sugar, garlic and some salt and pepper in a small jar. Shake vigorously until combined, then add the sour cream or yogurt and shake again until it’s nice and creamy.Toss the kale in half the dressing for a minute or so, then add the citrus pieces, jalapeno slices and goat cheese. Toss again until combined. Add a little more dressing if it needs it. (Extra dressing can be stored in the fridge and used for any salad.) Serve cold, topped with avocado and walnuts.  Keeps well.

Delicious topped with sliced Honey-Miso Chicken.

Also good with halved red grapes instead of oranges.

 

Published in: on December 19, 2015 at 6:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

To Try: Mexican Restaurant Salad

From “Firehouse Food: Cooking With San Francisco’s Firefighters” (Chronicle Books, 2003) as featured in the San Jose Mercury News, 7/26/15 

Serves 6 to 8

Cilantro-sour cream dressing

 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 cup stemmed, coarsely chopped fresh cilantro (about 1/2 bunch)
1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chile powder
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
Pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, shelled
Salt, to taste
Salad

2 heads romaine lettuce, outer leaves removed, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and cubed
1 1/2 cups lightly crushed yellow corn tortilla chips
Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
4 ounces queso fresco, crumbled

1. Using a blender or food processor, combine all the dressing ingredients. Process until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2. To toast pumpkin seeds, heat olive oil in a small skillet; add pumpkin seeds. Toss continuously until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt. Let cool.

3. To assemble salad, combine lettuce, onion, avocado, tortilla chips and dressing in a large salad bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle queso fresco and toasted pumpkin seeds over salad.

Published in: on August 1, 2015 at 11:55 am  Leave a Comment