Category: Salad Dressings & Vinaigrettes

Escarole and Blue Cheese Salad with Sherry Wine Vinaigrette

Escarole & Blue Cheese Salad

I served this Escarole and Blue Cheese Salad with a Sherry Wine Vinaigrette for dinner the other night and my girlfriend Lynn loved it. She had never had raw escarole before.

Blue cheese goes nicely with the bitterness of escarole, it adds a salty creaminess, the cranberries a little tartness, and the crunchy walnuts add more crunch. The tangy vinaigrette brings it all together. While there’s lots going on in this salad, it’s very simple to make.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and this salad is an excellent way to start or accompany your menu. The refreshing crispy escarole with a coating of the zesty dressing is a great foil for all those rich and tasty traditional Thanksgiving sides.

Vinaigrette

A simple mix of olive oil, Sherry wine vinegar, Dijon, shallots, salt and pepper.

Escarole & Blue Cheese Salad

Use two tablespoons minced shallot  for this dressing. If the shallot is large, mince only half.

Escarole & Blue Cheese Salad

Place the oil, vinegar, shallot, mustard, salt, and pepper in a jar and shake well. Refrigerate if not using immediately.

Salad

Thoroughly wash the escarole, it grows in a sandy soil.

Escarole & Blue Cheese Salad

Spin dry and stack the greens and slice across the leaves.

Escarole & Blue Cheese Salad

Place the sliced escarole in a salad bowl. Shake the vinaigrette and drizzle the greens with just enough dressing to coat the salad but not pool at the bottom of the bowl.

Escarole & Blue Cheese Salad

Sprinkle the top of the salad with the nuts, cheese, and cranberries. I like to add the toppings last because they always fall to the bottom of the bowl. Sitting on top of the dressed salad makes a lovely presentation.

Escarole & Blue Cheese Salad

 

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Escarole and Blue Cheese Salad with Sherry Wine Vinaigrette

A tangy, crunchy salad that’s quick and easy to make.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Salad

Ingredients

Vinaigrette
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
1 small minced shallot, about 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Salad
1 head escarole, chopped
1 cup whole toasted walnuts, chopped
¾ cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

Vinaigrette

Two tablespoons minced shallot is enough for this dressing. If the shallot is large, mince only half.

Place the oil, vinegar, shallot, mustard, salt, and pepper in a jar and shake well. Refrigerate if not using immediately.

Salad

Thoroughly wash the escarole, it grows in a sandy soil. Spin dry and stack the greens and slice across the leaves.

Place the sliced escarole in a salad bowl

Shake the vinaigrette and drizzle the greens with just enough dressing to coat the salad but not pool at the bottom of the bowl.

Sprinkle the top of the salad with the nuts, cheese, and cranberries.

I like to add the toppings last because they always fall to the bottom of the bowl. Sitting on top of the dressed salad makes a lovely presentation.

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Roasted Za’atar Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Za’atar is a middle eastern spice blend made up of sumac, thyme, white sesame seeds and salt. Sumac is slightly tart and reminiscent of lemon. This is a great spice to use on chicken, fish or pork and here’s a recipe for Roasted Za’atar Chicken and Quinoa Salad.

Optimize your time by using these tips. Start the quinoa while you prepare and cook the chicken. Let the quinoa sit and cool a bit. Move on to the dressing, which you should make in a bowl large enough to hold all the quinoa salad ingredients. Prepare the vegetables, add to the dressing, and thoroughly combine. Let sit at room temperature until the chicken is done.

The salad can be made ahead and refrigerated; let sit out of the refrigerator 45 minutes before serving to warm up a bit. Give it a stir occasionally to even out the temperature.

Roast, grill or sauté the chicken and add the lime juice as soon as the chicken is done cooking, which allows the juices to absorb, adding a nice tanginess. Avoid adding the juice to the raw chicken to save a step; the flavor dissipates in the heat.

I chose red quinoa, black quinoa is good too, because it adds color to the dish. This grain has a slightly firm texture and nutty flavor and is a nice change from rice or orzo. A green lettuce leaf adds a splash of green and crunch on the plate and the cilantro complements the all the flavors nicely.

This Roasted Za’atar Chicken and Quinoa Salad makes a great lunch or dinner.

Coming next week, recipes Spelt Flatbread and Roasted Spiced Carrot Puree. Great accompaniment for this dish – spread the carrot puree over the flatbread and top with crumbled feta cheese, crushed pistachios and a drizzle of cilantro oil.

flatbread

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Roasted Za’atar Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Za’atar is a middle eastern spice blend made up of sumac, thyme, white sesame seeds and salt. Sumac has a slight tartness to it, reminiscent of lemon. The chicken can be roasted, grilled or pan sautéed. Adding the lime juice as soon as the chicken is done cooking allows the juices to be absorbed while the chicken rests. I chose red or black quinoa for the color it adds to the dish.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 portions
  • Category: Salads

Ingredients

Quinoa

1 cup red quinoa

¼ teaspoon coarse salt

 

Chicken

4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup Za’atar seasoning

3 tablespoons minced cloves garlic (about 6 medium cloves)

2 teaspoons coarse salt

20 turns of the pepper mill

zest of one lime

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

Dressing

1 container (7 ounces) Greek yogurt, such as Fage

3 tablespoons tahini

zest of one lime

2 tablespoons lime juice

½ teaspoon coarse salt

¼ teaspoon cayenne

Quinoa Salad

3 cups cooked black or red quinoa (see recipe above)

1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered

1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

1 cup shredded carrot (about 1 large carrot)

1 cup cucumber cut into ½ inch cubes

1 bunch scallions (light green tops included), trimmed, rinsed and thinly sliced on the bias

½ teaspoon coarse salt

GARNISH                          

6 large butter lettuce or Romaine leaves

Cilantro leaves

Instructions

For the Quinoa

Bring 2 cups cold water and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan with a cover.

Stir in the quinoa, lower the heat to a simmer and cook covered for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and the little green sprouts are showing.

Cool.

For the Chicken

Combine the coconut oil, za’atar, garlic, salt and pepper.

Lay the chicken on a flat surface and cover with plastic wrap. Pound the thicker ends with a meat pounder or a heavy frying pan to an even thickness.

Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken and place on a baking sheet.

Place the seasoned chicken in the preheated oven and cook for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees F, about 20 minutes. Time may vary depending on the size of each breast.

Combine the lime zest and juice.

NOTE: While the chicken roasts, prepare the dressing and salad.

Remove the chicken from the oven and immediately douse with the lime juice on all sides. Let rest for at least 15 minutes.

Cut on the bias into ½-inch slices. Leave on the pan with the juices until ready to plate.

For the Dressing

Whisk together the yogurt, tahini, lime zest and juice, salt and cayenne in a large bowl.

FOR THE QUINOA SALAD

Add the quinoa, tomatoes, cilantro, carrot, scallions and salt to the dressing and stir to combine.

Place one lettuce on a plate and fill with a cup of the quinoa salad.

Lay a few slices of the chicken next to or over the top of the salad. Drizzle a little of the pan juice over the chicken and top with a few cilantro leaves.

Notes

Start the quinoa while you prepare the chicken. Let the quinoa cool a bit off the stovetop. Move on to the dressing, which you should make in a bowl large enough to hold all the salad ingredients. Prepare the vegetables, add to the dressing, and thoroughly combine. Let sit at room temperature until the chicken is done.

 

 

Roasted Artichoke Hearts with Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette

Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette

Fresh artichokes are delicious but time consuming to prepare. This recipe for roasted artichoke hearts with lemon parmesan vinaigrette works well with frozen artichokes, a quick and easy alternative and thawing is not necessary. Avoid canned or jarred artichokes; they are too soft and don’t hold up well in a cooked recipe.

Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette

Use as an hors d’oeuvre or first course.

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Roasted Artichoke Hearts with Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette

Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette

Fresh artichokes are delicious, but time consuming to prepare. Frozen artichokes are a quick and easy alternative and thawing is not necessary. Avoid canned or jarred artichokes, which are too soft for additional cooking.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Roasting

Ingredients

Artichokes

8 baby artichokes or 1 16-ounce bag frozen artichoke hearts, thawed or 1 can (x ounces) canned artichokes, drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon coarse salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
lemon-parmesan vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Lemon-Parmesan Vinaigrette

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 minced cloves garlic
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon coarse salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

GARNISH                        

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

For the Artichokes:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

To use frozen artichokes, lay  on a towel or paper towel and cover with another; press gently to remove excess moisture.

Place the artichokes on a baking sheet and add the olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss to combine.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, toss halfway through the cooking time. The artichokes are done when the edges are slightly brown and crispy.

Pour the vinaigrette over the artichokes and toss to combine.

Serve on a warm platter or individual plates and garnish with chopped parsley.

For the Vinaigrette: Place the oil, cheese, parsley, lemon zest and juice, garlic, mustard, salt and pepper in a jar and shake to combine.

Notes

Frozen artichokes may several minutes longer than frozen.

Tri-Color Salad with Balsamic Viniagrette

cheese crisps

Complex salads are tossed salads that have more than one ingredient. A great example is the classic Italian Tri-Color Salad, which uses three peppery lettuces: arugula, radicchio and Belgian endive. Pair with a balsamic vinaigrette; the sweetness of the balsamic is a delicious foil for the bitterness of the lettuce.

cheese crisps

Oftentimes this salad is topped with shavings of Parmesan cheese. I thought it would be nice to share a little twist on that — Parmesan crisps!

Use 2 tablespoons grated aged cheese, such as Parmesan or Asiago, per person. Drop onto a lined baking pan and use the back of the spoon to spread into a circle. Finish with a little freshly grated black pepper, if desired. Bake in 400 degree oven for 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Cool and add to salad or a bread basket.

cheese crisps

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Tri-Color Salad with Balsamic Viniagrette

Here’s a classic Italian salad using arugula, radicchio and endive with a balsamic vinaigrette. Special bonus – cheese crisp recipe included.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions
  • Category: Salad

Ingredients

Cheese Crisps

½ cup grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
freshly ground pepper, optional

Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons good balsamic vinegar
1 smashed clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Tri-Color Salad
2 cups arugula
1 cup chopped radicchio
1 cup sliced endive
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Garnish
Shaved aged cheese, such as Asiago or Parmesan or a cheese crisp

 

Instructions

Cheese Crisps

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with silicon or parchment paper

Drop 2 tablespoonfuls of grated cheese onto the lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

Spread the cheese into a circle. Sprinkle with a little freshly ground pepper, optional.

Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes or until lightly golden.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Place the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper in a sealed jar. Let sit, refrigerated, for at lease 30 minutes. Can be made a day in advance.

Remove the garlic before using.

Tri-Color Salad

Place the arugula, radicchio and endive in a salad bowl. Season with a pinch of salt and a couple of turns of the peppermill.

Remove the garlic from the vinaigrette, reseal the jar and shake well. Pour sparingly over the greens and toss.

Garnish with shaved aged cheese, such as Asiago or Parmesan, or cheese crisps.

Notes

Use just enough vinaigrette to coat the lettuce, but not pool at the bottom of the bowl. Save leftover vinaigrette up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

 

Cobb Salad

Composed Salad

Cobb salad is delicious for an afternoon luncheon or for a warm weather dinner.

Watch the Cobb Salad Video Here.

Check out our How To Sauté Chicken Breasts  and the “Finger Test” videos.

A Cobb salad is a composed salad. The ingredients are presented in rows, rather than tossed, for an eye-appealing presentation. Pour dressing over everything and serve!

Composed Salad

The presentation creates a lovely balance of color, texture and flavors.

Composed Salad

The salad originated at the Brown Derby in LA, supposedly put together late in the evening at the end of service using what was left in the kitchen.

Composed Salad

This is a quick and easy meal to make ahead; dress at the last minute for a light and refreshing lunch or dinner.

 

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Cobb Salad

Cobb salad is a composed salad, which simply means the ingredients are not tossed together but laid out in a colorful and eye appealing way. Quick and easy recipe for lunch or dinner

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: One-Dish Meal/Salad

Ingredients

Vinaigrette

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

¼ cup red wine vinegar

¼ cup chopped chives

1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard

¼ teaspoon coarse salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Salad

6 cups chopped lettuce (Romaine, Bibb, watercress)

20 cherry tomatoes, halved

4 slices cooked and coarsely chopped bacon

1 pound cooked whole boneless, skinless chicken breast

2 hard boiled eggs, quartered lengthwise

2 Hass avocado, peeled and sliced crosswise

4 ounces blue cheese crumbles

Instructions

Vinaigrette

Combine the oil, vinegar, chives, mustard, salt and pepper in a jar. Close tightly and shake well.

Salad

Strew the lettuce across the bottom of a large platter.

Arrange each ingredient in a row.

Pour dressing over everything and serve.

 

Wilted Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Wilted Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

A wilted salad is typically an unappealing one, with old, brown leaves. An intentionally wilted spinach salad, however, gently “cooks” the leaves with a warm vinaigrette and is delightful to the eye and palette.

I prefer baby spinach in general, because it requires less work. The stems are delicate, edible and usually less sandy than their mature counterpart. Mature spinach needs a thorough wash and rinse and the tough stems have to be removed. A tedious job.

Wilted Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

The best way to cook bacon is in a cold pan to prevent sticking and browns evenly. Place the bacon in the pan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.

The bacon, scallions and vinegar release aromas that are smoky, savory and tangy all at once. For added texture, don’t hesitate to add toasted or seasoned nuts for an added crunch.

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Wilted Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Wilted Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

A wilted spinach salad gently “cooks” the leaves with a warm vinaigrette and is delightful to the eye and palette.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions
  • Category: Salads

Ingredients

Bacon Vinaigrette

2 slices bacon, diced
4 sliced scallions, green tops included
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
a pinch of coarse salt
a few cranks on the pepper mill

Spinach Salad

6 cups baby spinach
2 cups, about 6 ounces, button mushrooms, washed, woody stems removed and thinly sliced
½ cup thinly sliced red onions, rinsed and dried
16 cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup blue cheese crumbles

Instructions

Bacon Vinaigrette

Place the bacon in a cold pan over medium-high heat and cook until crisp, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the scallion and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes.

Add the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and whisk.

Spinach Salad

Place the spinach, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes in a salad bowl.

Whisk the hot dressing one more time and pour over the salad.

Toss and top with the blue cheese.

Notes

Use as much olive to the bacon fat to make 1/4 cup.

The best way to cook bacon is in a cold pan to prevent sticking and browns evenly. Place the bacon in the pan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.

 

Roasted Beet Salad with Sherry Wine Vinaigrette

Roasted Beet Salad with Sherry Wine Vinaigrette

I love beets, but this is another food my husband won’t eat. For some reason, he doesn’t like spring vegetables: asparagus, beets, peas, sugar snap peas and snow peas. Roasted beet salad with sherry wine vinaigrette is quick and easy to make. Eat it by itself or toss into salads.

Golden Beet

Spring vegetables are transition vegetables from the hearty winter gourds and root vegetables that bring a welcome lightness and color to the table after a long, cold, snowy winter. They reflect the rebirth of nature and, of course, they’re all delicious! Except to him.

Beets, are small and the greens are plentiful in spring. As the season continues, the beet bulb grows bigger and, fortunately, they are pretty frost resistant making them a year-round staple.

Roasted Beets

Candy Cane Beet

Roast and peel the beets, cut into any shape you like: slices, quarters or cubes. Watch our video on roasting beets and sautéing beet greens here.

Prepare the vinaigrette, coat the beets generously and marinate in the refrigerator at least four hours or overnight. The beets keep up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator and are best served at room temperature.

This recipe for beet salad includes peppery arugula, and chunks of warm goat cheese. Add some toasted nuts, such as pistachio or walnuts for a little texture.

Beet and goat cheese

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Roasted Beet Salad with Sherry Wine Vinaigrett

Roasted Beet Salad with Sherry Wine Vinaigrette

Roasted beet salad with sherry wine vinaigrette is quick and easy to make. Warm some goat cheese, toss arugula and beets together and add dollops of the warm cheese.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Yield: 2/3 cup vinaigrette
  • Category: Salad, Salad Dressing & Vinaigrettes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons Sherry wine vinegar
  • 1 small shallot minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • pinch of salt
  • a couple of cranks on the pepper mill
  • 4 roasted beets cut into slices, cubes

Instructions

  1. Combine the oils, vinegar, shallot, mustard, salt and pepper in a covered jar and shake or whisk in a bowl.
  2. Pour generously over beets and let marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight. Best served at room temperature.

Notes

Warm some goat cheese, toss arugula and beets together and add dollops of the warm cheese.

 

Simple Salad with French Vinaigrette

French Vinaigrette

A simple salad uses one vegetable, such as lettuce, sliced cucumbers, shredded carrots, or roasted beets and is dressed with a vinaigrette or creamy salad dressing. This simple salad with French vinaigrettes uses Romaine lettuce and the vinaigrette is made with olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, chopped shallots and a few minced fresh herbs.

Vinaigrette Ratios

A simple rule of thumb for a basic vinaigrette is 3 parts oil to 1 part acid, such vinegar or citrus juice, salt and pepper.

French Vinaigrette

Want a tangier dressing? Use 4 parts oil to 2 parts acid, salt and pepper.

Dress up the vinaigrette by adding minced garlic, shallots, fresh or dried herbs, spices, tomato paste and/or grated cheese, such as Asiago or Parmesan.

French Vinaigrette

Food Safety Tip:

Make small batches when using fresh aromatics, such as garlic, shallots or herbs. The bacteria in dirt is anaerobic, meaning it survives in oxygen-free environments like vinaigrettes or salad dressings. Keep in the refrigerator only for up to five days.

Use the dressing sparingly – just enough to coat the vegetable and nothing pooling in the bottom of the bowl.

French Vinaigrette

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Simple Salad with Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette

True French vinaigrette isn’t creamy, orange or sweet. This is a classic recipe, made with olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, chopped shallots and a few minced fresh herbs. Use at least three herbs, such as parsley, thyme and tarragon.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1/4 cup
  • Category: Salad, Vinaigrette

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
a few turns of the pepper mill
2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs, such as parsley, tarragon and thyme

Instructions

  1. Place the oil, vinegar, shallots, mustard, salt and pepper in a covered container, such as a Mason jar. Let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Add the fresh herbs, shake and pour over 4 cups shredded lettuce.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6 portions

 

 

Four Bean Salad

Four Bean Salad

Four Bean Salad is a standard summer dish from my childhood. It’s typically made with three beans, canned green and wax beans and kidney beans, I add chickpeas to make that fourth bean. I also like to make this when the fresh beans are available in the summer. So nice to have that fresh flavor and a little texture in the green and wax beens from a quick blanch.

To start, bring a large saucepot filled with cold water and a heaping tablespoon of Kosher salt to a boil. Trim and halve the beans.

Four Bean Salad

Plunge the beans into the boiling water and cook for three minutes. Remove the beans with a long-handled mesh strainer and plunge them into an ice bath. The beans retain a bit of a crunch, which makes for a nice texture in the salad.

Four Bean Salad

Drain and thoroughly rinse a can each of kidney beans and chickpeas. Drain the string beans. The beans are a bit moist and the excess water dilutes the vinaigrette; place some paper towels in the bottom of a two-quart serving bowl and dump in the string beans. Add some paper towel and cover with the kidney beans and chickpeas. It’s only water on the beans, the towels can be dried and repurposed.

Four Bean Salad

Slice the onion lengthwise into thin strips. If it’s a strong onion, don’t worry, the vinaigrette mellows the onion nicely.

Whisk together the vinegar, oil, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper.

Remove the paper towels leaving the beans in the bowl, add the onion and toss with the vinaigrette.

Four Bean Salad

Refrigerate for at least two hours, occasionally tossing to marinate all the beans. The salad can be made a day in advance, even though the dressing is slightly acidic it won’t turn the green beans that awful gray-green color.

This is a great side dish, but don’t hesitate to have a bowlful for lunch!

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Four Bean Salad

Four Bean Salad

This salad can be made a day in advance, even though the dressing is slightly acidic it won’t turn the green beans that awful gray-green color. Eat as a side or as your main dish!

  • Prep Time: 3p mins
  • Cook Time: 3 mins
  • Total Time: 23 mins
  • Yield: 2 quarts
  • Category: Salad

Ingredients

  • Bean Salad
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups green beans or haricots verts
  • 1 1/2 cups wax beans
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion, lengthwise (about 1/2 of a small onion)
  • 1/4 cup plus one tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Vinaigrette
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. BeanSalad
  2. Trim the beans and cut in half. Bring a pot of salted cold water to a boil, add the beans to the boiling water and cook for three minutes.
  3. Remove the beans with a long-handled mesh strainer into an ice-water bath.
  4. Drain the beans and place on paper towel to dry along with the kidney beans and chickpeas.
  5. Vinaigrette
  6. Whisk together the vinegar, oil, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper.
  7. Put the beans and onion in a large mixing bowl, drizzle with the vinaigrette and toss to coat.
  8. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours, tossing on occasion to marinate all the beans and onion.

Macaroni Salad

In June, we visited my brother, Tom, his daughter, Rebecca and her family (husband Dominic, daughters Emma – 4 1/2 and Marla – 2 1/2). The first day we spent at Rebecca’s in Malsch. We
made up for the language differences with the little girls with a variety of activities, including making a clay picture. See the snails in the lower right-hand corner and stay tuned!

Art project with Emma and Marla.

Art project with Emma and Marla.

Rebecca made a delicious angel food cake covered in vanilla pastry cream with handpicked strawberries. The strawberries were deep red, sweet, juicy and full of flavor. As usual, we had this in the afternoon before dinner. This seems to be a tradition, because we had ice cream on Saturday before dinner. Dominic made a mixed grill of wursts, pork belly and chicken and we had a variety of  salads for dinner. It was a great day and a great reintroduction to the little ones after 22 months!

The next two days we spent at Tom’s. He has a spectacular yard, great for picnicking and he and I love to cook together. We especially like to cook some of the favorite things from our childhood. Macaroni salad was a staple of our family’s summer eating. We had it at home for dinner or lunch, or for picnics at the lake or at the various parks where we went hiking. Over the years, Mom became a bit of a “health trend” follower and the mayo went to light mayo or some other concoction. Regular macaroni became whole-wheat pasta. It just wasn’t the same. But Tom and I make it the traditional way. We also made potato salad and three-bean salad, also family favorites.

Potato salad, macaroni salad and three-bean salad.

Potato salad, macaroni salad and three-bean salad.

He picked me up at 9:15 am on a Saturday and we shopped at the Real, a large grocery, variety store (they sell everything like a Costco or Sam’s Club with no fee). The meat, fish, cheese, cold cuts and produce were amazing. We got sausages, steaks and pork spareribs for the weekend, because stores aren’t open on Sundays we stocked up and bought all the fixings for our favorite three salads.

We made a quick stop at a local farmer’s market that sells vegetables, fruit and plantings for your garden. Look how beautiful these “party” tomatoes are. I love that they call cherry tomatoes party tomatoes!

A small Karlsruhe farmers market - party tomatoes!

A small Karlsruhe farmers market – party tomatoes!

 

A small Karlsruhe farmers market.

A small Karlsruhe farmers market – very tender salad lettuce.

 

A small Karlsruhe farmers market - fragrant strawberries.

A small Karlsruhe farmers market – fragrant strawberries.

We spent the morning cooking and then he left to get my girls, who chose to sleep in, and a few last minute items. In the meantime, I grated these carrot-like radishes that he uses to make a raw tuna appetizer. I like to place the tuna on a cucumber slice, dab a little soy sauce over, add some horseradish sauce and top it off with the shaved radish. Delicious!

Radish.

Radish – never saw one like this before; it’s quite spicy.

 

Shredded radish.

Shredded radish

The weather cooperated nicely on Saturday and Sunday and we were able to sit in his yard, barbecue, and hang out all afternoon. The cherries and raspberries are in season and we picked and ate them throughout the day.

Fresh picked raspberries and cherries.

Fresh picked raspberries and cherries.

The little ones entertained us by searching the garden for schnecke (snails or more like slugs in this case). They became enamored with snails on their recent vacation to Mallorca. I much preferred their gifts of flowers and fruit to the schnecke!

The girls admiring their new "pets."

The girls admiring their new “pets.”

Marla apparently felt that the schencke could use some beautifying and I couldn’t agree more!

Beautified schnecke!

Beautified schnecke!

We also managed to get in a couple of visits to the Der Vogel, the artisan brewery that’s attached to our hotel.  They make an unfiltered Pils that I really like and the specialty beer was Hefeweizen. Tom picked up large take-out bottles for both days to quench our thirst and wash down all his delicious food. We also made it a point one day to have obadtza, a Bavarian cheese spread made of brie and butter, topped with onion rings and a sprinkle of paprika.

Obadtza!

Obadtza!

We like to spread it on those big fat salted pretzels. It’s outrageously delicious and something I’m glad I don’t have easy access to.

On Saturday night, on the way back to the hotel, we stopped off at Bistro Kiwi  This is owned by Stefan, a friend of my brother.

Stefan at Bistro Kiwi

Stefan at Bistro Kiwi

Stefan is a generous host and in addition to the beers we ordered, he comped us a couple of “Jackie’s neat” (Jack Daniels) and shared with us one of his homemade pepperoni wursts. It was delicious and he had Tom take the rest home for later. We definitely had more on Sunday. It was a very special and generous treat. Thank you Stefan!

Stefan's homemade pepperoni wurst.

Stefan’s homemade pepperoni wurst.

As always, the trip comes to an end too quickly. We had a great time in Karlsruhe and look forward to visiting next year for my niece’s 40th birthday and see my two little angels who change too much between visits.

 

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Macaroni Salad

Rinse the macaroni briefly to cool, it should still be warm. Dress immediately with the vinaigrette. The warm macaroni absorbs the flavors better than cold.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 26 mins
  • Yield: 1 quart
  • Category: Salad

Ingredients

  • Vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard, spicy is good too
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Salad
  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni, cooked according to packaging instructions
  • 1/3 cup minced onion
  • 1/3 cup minced celery
  • 1/3 cup diced seeded cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, plus more as needed later

Instructions

  1. Vinaigrette
  2. Combine the oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper in a jar. Close and shake.
  3. Salad
  4. Briefly rinse the macaroni under cold water. It should still be warm. Add to the onion, celery, cucumbers and carrots in a large mixing bowl. Pour the dressing over and toss. Let this absorb for 15 minutes. Add mayonnaise and chill for at least two hours. Add more mayonnaise before serving to moisten as needed.

 

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted vegetables are a delicious side dish. You can mix up a wide variety of vegetables for roasting and use different herbs and spices to flavor them. Roasting intensifies the sweetness of the vegetables and caramelizes the outside. This recipe celery root, red potatoes with the skin on, sweet carrots, shallots, garlic and Brussels sprouts. Each provides a unique texture, flavor and color. Dress them with the vinaigrette right out of the oven so the vegetables soak up the flavors of the lemon and herbs.

Leftovers? Make this recipe for Roasted Vegetable and Ham Frittata.

Root vegetables take a good hour to cook at a relatively high temperature. Add vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, later otherwise they’re overdone and mushy. The Brussels sprouts I purchased were quite large and took 15 minutes to cook. Adjust time for smaller ones.

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Roast for 45 minutes. Add the Brussels sprouts and roast for another 15 minutes.

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Remove the thyme stems and toss with the lemon-herb vinaigrette.

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Lemon-herb vinaigrette.

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Roasted Vegetables

Root vegetables take a good hour to cook at a relatively high temperature. Add vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, later otherwise they’re overdone and mushy.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 portions
  • Category: Vegan/Vegetarian
  • Method: Roasting

Ingredients

  • Vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
    1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
    1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
    1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
    1 minced clove of garlic
    1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Vegetables
  • 1 large celery root
  • 4 medium red potatoes
  • 4 carrots
  • 5 shallots
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small bunch fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 20 trimmed large Brussels sprouts

Instructions

  1. Vinaigrette
  2. Combine the oil, lemon juice, vinegar, chives, thyme, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper in a covered jar and shake well.
  3. Vegetables
  4. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  5. Clean, trim and cut the celery root into two-inch cubes. Cut the potatoes, skin on, into two-inch pieces. Cut the carrots on the bias into two-inch pieces. Halve the shallots and garlic. Toss together in a large roasting pan with the oil, thyme, salt and pepper.
  6. Roast for 45 minutes. Add the Brussels sprouts and roast for another 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the thyme stems and toss with the lemon-herb vinaigrette.

 

Spinach and Arugula Salad

A salad is a lovely addition to any meal. The crisp texture of the lettuce and the acidity of the vinaigrette are a great palette pleaser. Here’s Spinach and Arugula Salad with a Champagne-Dijon Vinaigrette.

Method

Combine 3 cups baby spinach and 1 1/2 cups baby arugula. Top with 4 ounces of cooked bacon bits, 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts, 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese and thinly sliced red onion.

For the vinaigrette whisk together 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar, 1 tablespoon minced shallot, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.

Toss and serve.

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Spinach and Arugula Salad

A salad is a lovely addition to any meal. The crisp texture of the lettuce and the acidity of the vinaigrette are a great palette pleaser.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 portions
  • Category: Salads

Ingredients

4 ounces bacon, diced
3 cups baby spinach
1 1/2 cups baby arugula
3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
2 ounces crumbled blue cheese
4  thin slices red onion
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

Place the bacon in a small, cold skillet. Turn the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crispy.

Remove to paper-towel lined plate.

Combine 3 cups baby spinach and 1 1/2 cups baby arugula. Top with cooked bacon,  pine nuts, blue cheese and onion.

For the vinaigrette whisk together extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar, shallot, mustard, salt, and pepper.

Toss and serve.