Another Tip for Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing

I shared the best tip I’ve ever learned about making oil and vinegar salad dressing (specifically it was about when to add salt to the dressing) last year.  These things seem to go in cycles so it’s time for another simple tip.

I grew up learning that you used mustard emulisfy (which essential means to mix or blend) an oil and vinegar recipe in to a condensed (not separated) sauce.  I experimented with tahini to do the same thing last year and found that it was great as well!

Lately I’ve been using chevre (goat cheese) to emulsify my salad dressings.  I mix 1 tablespoon of salted wine vinegar with 3 tablespoons of oil and a tablespoon of chevre to make a base salad dressing.  From there you can add any ingredients (including jams, nuts and even honey) to extend the sauce.

How do you jazz up a simple salad dressing?

Butter Stuffed Mushrooms (Recipe)

These are divine – so fabulous that a friend who is a self-professed mushroom hater (I didn’t know that was possible either) refused to share his portion on New Years.

They’re also fantastically easy to make!

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Beet Salad (with Honey, Garlic and Leafy Greens)

Fall is a bit of a shoulder season when it comes to our kitchen; the changing weather beckons for soup one day and something lighter the next.  A steady stream of greens (some from greenhouses and some of the heartier greens that are still being harvested from the field) make salad a natural choice but other ingredients are scarce.

I love to make a lettuce and beet salad for lunch on the weekend.  I sometimes make it with bacon (like in this recipe) but you can skip that if that’s not your cup of lard!

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Salsa Recipe (Best Ever)

Our last salsa recipe was for canning (preserving).  If you want to preserve salsa for winter, check it out – if you’re looking for something fresh to eat with dinner, try this one out.  You can mix and match ingredients but the real secret is the techniques of resting the ingredients with salt and cooking the tomato water into paste.  This will result in a super-tomato flavored salsa that isn’t liquidy and doesn’t need lime juice for acidity.

This salsa punches you with tomato.  It will not be ignored.  But it’s punch is packed with tomato love so don’t worry if you’re a lover and not a fighter.

Although I try to be humble with the recipes I share with you here, I’m beyond confident with these techniques and can’t recommend it enough.  It simply rocks.  It was so good that Dana ate the leftovers as if it was salad!

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Three Tips to the Easiest Salad Recipes

The purpose of this post is to teach you three simple trick to make a salad with the drop of a hat without needing to follow any instruction at all.  It’s a single tip that is so diverse and easy to use that I’m calling it the easiest salad recipes.  If you noticed the plural on the word ‘recipe,’ it was intended: this will work with almost anything you have on hand…

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The Simplest Arugula Salad Recipe in the world

Arugula.  Olive Oil.  Lemon.  Parmesan.  Salt.


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Spring Lentil Salad Recipe

It’s almost the end of asparagus season; we’re trying to get as much as we can before it goes away for another year.  Having said that, we’ve had so much that we also don’t want to overdue it – so asparagus has transitioned from being the featured ingredient of our dinner to an accent.

This salad is eaten hot or cold and stores well in the fridge (I think it actually improves with time as the olive oil and acids have a chance to work their magic).  The acid also helps brown or green lentils stay crisp so this salad shouldn’t go to much on you!

Spring Lentil Salad Recipe Tomato Sherry Vinegar Lentil Asparagus [Read more...]

Rhubarb, Strawberry and Ginger Salad Dressing

This recipe is dependent on another; specifically the strawberry-rhubarb-ginger cordial we shared yesterday.  An essential step in making the cordial included straining the solids – it’s easy to transform those solids into a fantastic salad dressing:

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Strawberry, Kale, Black Pepper, Balsamic and Almond Salad (Recipe)

This is our second salad in one week featuring baby kale and strawberries (this was the first).  The most obvious reason for this is that these are seasonally available ingredients.  The second reason is less-than-obvious: I used to hate the idea of a salad as a meal.  I’m six-feet tall, just over 200 pounds and didn’t think a salad could fill me.

I was wrong.

Strawberry, Kale, Black Pepper, Balsamic and Almond Salad (Recipe) Strawberry Nuts Kale Balsamic Almond [Read more...]

Rainbow Salad Recipe: Radish, Beets, Strawberries, Nuts and More…

Strawberries arrived this week.  The arrival of the red orbs means one thing to me: summer is finally here.

Rainbow Salad Recipe: Radish, Beets, Strawberries, Nuts and More... Strawberry Radish Kale Arugula [Read more...]