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Old 09-23-2006, 05:13 PM   #1
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Help!!- Salad ideas needed..

Ok i have a buffet to do and its very much like me to tell my clients 5 salads chefs choice.

Its a VERY basic buffet so ive got

Greek
Pasta Ceaser
Roasted Beet salad
German Potato.

Now i want a rice salad. and ive got LOADS of beans to do. i was thinking mexican?? southern?? i dunno ive got black eyed peas, navy beans, kidney beans, etc etc etc etc you name the bean i have it.

Now i dont have a dressing for this.

any ideas??

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Old 09-23-2006, 05:14 PM   #2
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Going to check my recipes now - be back soon.
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Old 09-23-2006, 05:29 PM   #3
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I don't know if you want another one with pasta but this is a favorite - and the recipe as is feeds about 10, so with your other salads you could up the servings.

BEAN AND PASTA SALAD

8 oz. uncooked rotini
1 can black beans
1 can great Northern beans
1 can kidney beans
1 11-oz. can whole kernel corn
1 2-oz. jar pimiento, chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup Zesty Italian dressing
1/2 tsp. ground red pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard

Cook and cool rotini. Mix all beans, corn and pimiento in bowl with juice from cans. While pasta is cooking and beans are soaking mix mayo, dressing, pepper, and mustard.

Pour bean mixture into colander, rinse and drain. Mix everything well and refrigerate for 2 hours.

MY NOTES: The mixture HAS to refrigerate for 2 hours to let the Italian dressing "calm" down. After 2 hours you can't taste it like you can at first. This is excellent with pulled pork. I have also added a can of garbanzo beans to stretch it a little. You can also add blackened or grilled chicken chunks to make it more of a main dish.

As far as a Mexican type salad you can always make a pico de gallo type thing and mix it with cold rice. Add some black beans or whatever beans you think would go with it.

You could also do the same thing with a basic bruschetta recipe (tomatoes, onion, basil, a bit of olive oil and balsamic) - toss with cold rice. Navy beans would be good with this.

I thought I had some recipes that would fit this bill but I don't. I know you didn't ask for this but this is a favorite.

Panzanella would also be an option.

I think any of these mentioned could be mixed with rice for a different take on it.

Hope this stirs your imagination a little. If I come across anything else that might interest you I'll post it.
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Old 09-23-2006, 05:32 PM   #4
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Have you considered serving a fruit salad, too? It would compliment pork or chicken dishes that might be on the menu.
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Old 09-23-2006, 05:39 PM   #5
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For the beans a nice Mexican mix with a sweet vinaigrette flavored with cumin and chile powder is nice. I make it with black beans, corn, chopped tomato, kidney beans, onion, cilantro. I think that is it.

When you roast your beets, peel them first. That way the caramelization actually happens to the beet. If you peel after "roasting", all you have done is cooked them in the skin and you might as well have boiled them. Makes an amazing difference in the flavor. They do not bleed very much at all.
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Old 09-23-2006, 05:51 PM   #6
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I bet Chef Jen knows how to roast beets Roasted beets is one of my favorite things to roast, well..........along with turnips, cauliflower, broccoli.....ok, most veggies

I did fail to mention Chef Jen I make a dressing out of lime juice, salad oil, s&p, cilantro, cumin - that basically could be used with the pico de gallo rice salad. I have added green chilies to the dressing too. I know you can figure out if anything else needs to be added to this.
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Oh good call pico de gallo never thought of that.

This buffet is a SIMPLE lunch one

sandwiches
Sausage rolls
Salads
Pork Pies
Fruit platter
Cake

etc

I LOVE roasted beets i roasted them all today i used a recipe from a fundrasier that someone did a while ago using different coloured beets!
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I did fail to mention Chef Jen I make a dressing out of lime juice, salad oil, s&p, cilantro, cumin - that basically could be used with the pico de gallo rice salad. I have added green chilies to the dressing too. I know you can figure out if anything else needs to be added to this.
YUMMY!!!!!!!! I would add:
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup black beans (rinsed)
  • 1 cup black-eyed peas (rinsed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
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Texas - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that sign!!!! I'm crying over that one!

Your "add to" list sounds great - and very pico de gallo-ish with a twist
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I wish I could help but salads are not my thing. It looks like you have everything in order with the help of kitchenelf and Gretchen.

Have a very happy Saturday and I know your event will be great.

Jill and Jolie
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