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Blue Cheese salad

15 Jan

Caesar Salad

Saveur Magazine has so many fabulous recipes .

I started reading it years ago and always find  something special.

Treat yourself and get a subscription this year.

This is a salad I tried, loved it and had to post it.

I did make some changes.

1/3 cup white wine vinegar

1/4  cup chopped parsley

1 tablespoon oregano

3 cloves chopped garlic

salt and pepper

1 1/3 cup olive oil

3/4 cup  crumbled blue cheese

1/4 cup half and half

1/4 cup mayonnaise

3/4 cup sour cream

1 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon celery seeds

One large head of iceberg lettuce, sliced into strips

One medium large head of Romaine lettuce, cut into bite size pieces

20 grape tomatoes

One large sliced cucumber

One medium thin sliced red onion

6 slices of cooked, crisp, crumbled bacon

One cup of homemade croutons

Mix the vinegar, parsley, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper

Slowly drizzle in the oil and whisk well. Set aside.

Mix the blue cheese, half and half, mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder and celery seeds. This looks like the traditional blue cheese dressing.

Toss all your greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions together with the vinaigrette then add the blue cheese dressing on top.

Finish with the bacon bits and croutons.

Anchovies are optional

This is the exact basic recipe from Saveur Magazine but I just added a couple of extras.

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Shanghai or Peking Salad

31 Oct

Shanghai or Peking Salad

This is a salad I had at my friends party.

She had it catered from Holten Brandi in Boston.

Everyone loved it and I found the recipe on a television program.

This was before computers and I had to mail away for the recipe…

Imagine that!

That was 35 years ago and I have been making it ever since.

I have added a couple of things but it is still very similar.

3  diced scallions

3/4 pound of blanched sugar snap peas

One head of shredded iceberg lettuce

Three handfuls of baby spinach

Three stalks of diced Bok chow

3 stalks diced celery.

One can of drained baby corn

One sliced red pepper

1/2 pound baby carrots

One can of drained, sliced water chestnuts

3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

8 ounces of fried chinese noodles

Dressing

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup sugar or honey

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

2 teaspoons salt

One tablespoon sesame oil

1/2 cup peanut oil

Mix all the dressing ingredients and shake well.

Set aside.

This is a sweet dressing but very good on the salad.

It also makes a delicious marinade for chicken or pork.

Start assembling the salad.

Mix the spinach and lettuce together.

Place this on the bottom of the tray.

Decorate the top with the remaining ingredients except the sesame seeds and noodles.

I can now make the entire salad ahead of time. Wrap it well and keep in the refrigerator till it is time to serve. Take off the wrap and add the noodles , sesame seeds and dressing.

You can also add two pounds of shrimp or cooked chicken.

When I serve this as a lunch I may add the protein but in a buffet I usually leave the protein out.

Thank you Creativity in Catering and W.B.Z. T.V.

 

 

 

 

Angie’s salad

2 Jun

This is the salad I grew up eating.

The lettuce was always cold and crisp and the dressing was simple.

We never had any bottled dressings.

One head of iceberg or romaine lettuce

One sliced onion

One sliced cucumber

One or two sliced tomatoes

Two tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon basil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Wash and tear the lettuce but make sure you spin the lettuce to get all the water off the leaves.

Add everything else including the spices , oil and vinegar. Then toss.

Sometimes my Mom would add some olives or homemade croutons.

This is a real palate cleanser and so refreshing and light.

After a while you won’t even have to measure anything.

I always just eyeball the ingredients.