Posts Tagged ‘salad’

Honey balsamic dressing

In recipe on January 31, 2011 at 8:00 am

I don’t know about you, but I hate cleaning gadgets. I love salad dressings with fresh shallots (like this creamy basil dressing) but I hate, hate, HATE washing a blender or food processor. They always end up needing hand-washing, and then nobody wants to dry them or put them away so they languish on the drying rack for about a week after use.


So I always get very excited when I find an easy and tasty salad dressing that doesn’t require use of a gadget. This dressing fits the bill. I served it most recently on a mixed greens-chicken-pine nut-grapefruit salad and it was delish.


Honey balsamic dressing

Adapted from 101 Cookbooks

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Spinach chicken carrot salad

In recipe on December 22, 2010 at 11:56 am

OH MY GOSH THE HOLIDAYS. I hope everybody else has been as binge-y as I have. Parties and cocktails and cookies and decadent meals and a general feeling of “oh why not! time to be festive” means that I’ve been feeling like the nutritional equivalent of a deep fryer.

I’m going to prescribe myself a good salad. This recipe, like many I love, comes from Real Simple… which I just found out I received as a subscription for Christmas! No more purloining from the break room! No more tearing out pages surreptitiously at dentists’ offices! I will have healthy weeknight meals and accessible lifestyle tips every month!

Until my subscription arrives, though, let’s be satisfied with this deliciously healthy/healthily delicious alternative (or addition!) to baked Brie.

Oh, and happy holidays from Another Freaking Cooking Blog!

Morrocan chicken salad, from Real Simple
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In cookbook, recipe on October 27, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Why, it’s a book review-slash-recipe post!

Last year the design blogosphere was all aflutter with the republishing of a classic French cookbook, I Know How to Cook. From a sheer aesthetic standpoint, the book is exquisite – clean, modern type; whimsical, colorful illustration; plus great photos.

I bought it for myself after chancing upon it USED at Moe’s in Berkeley. What luck, right? I carried home my prize, smugly.

Flash forward to one full year later, and I had yet to use the thing. It’s just too BIG and PRETTY. I’d rather put it on my coffee table, rather than allowing it to get down and dirty in the kitchen.

Finally, searching for an easy vinaigrette for some green beans, I cracked it open. And found an easy, accessible dressing recipe. It was so simply written, but something in the way that they wrote the recipe made this the best vinaigrette I’ve ever made.

So here goes, with me almost unable to paraphrase this simple, elegant dressing. They suggest using on salads, cold vegetables, beef or even fish.


Niçoise salad

In recipe on April 19, 2010 at 7:36 am

Niçoise salad

OH boy. Some weather goddess blessed us this weekend, took her a righteous sword of seasonal weather against the perils of global warming and favored the Bay Area with sunshine and blue skies, blossoms and baby birds, and all around loveliness.

It’s so… poetic. I hate poetry, and Middle English, but it reminds me of the Prologue of the Canterbury Tales (which I was forced to memorize and, along with early Britney Spears lyrics, have never forgotten).

Ahem. I digress. Spring is also a good time for food. Therefore it’s a great time for a Nicoise Salad. Easy, classy, fresh and just plain tasty, it is, in the immortal words of my salad-hating roommate, “The best kind of salad: no lettuce.” Read the rest of this entry »

Pearl Couscous Salad

In recipe on October 22, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Growing up, we didn’t eat out that often at restaurants. Whenever we actually did go, what I remember most clearly is, whenever our food was done, my mom would pick at it, sniff it, and say with disdain, “I could cook that! And better!” (Looking back, I guess a good response would have been, “Well Mom, why DON’T you cook it?” Still no answer, to this day.)

I guess I’m getting old, for as I cook more, I find myself doing the same thing. I can hardly claim to be able to taste a dish and tell you what special herbs and spices were used, but especially with salads, I get very crotchety and think, “Who do they think they are, charging $9 for spinach, walnuts and apple? I could do that!”
Surprisingly even myself, sometimes I actually do come home and take a gander at the recreation process. Take the case of this salad, upon which I bestow the name Pearl Couscous Salad. It comes from a Trader Joe’s ready-made salad, and originally calls for chicken. As I don’t eat chicken most of the time, it would be really wasteful to buy the salad and toss out the chicken. So I swore to myself I wouldn’t rest until I recreated the dish at home. (By “wouldn’t rest,” I mean take four or five months to remember to do it.)