"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Salads & Salad Dressings
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-23-2007, 12:33 PM   #1
Head Chef
legend_018's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: NH
Posts: 1,188
Question regarding warm salad with balsamic

I'm looking to do the following:

I have a small bowl of cucumber, red onions, tomatoes and cut up red pepper.

I'd like to make some kind of side to go with meatloaf and saffron rice tonight. I was thinking of marinating it in italian dressing OR some kind of a balsamic vinegar + ? marinade.

I'm thinking about warming it all up on the stove in a pan of some oil when I'm getting ready to serve. I would like it to be a warm dish.

I don't want to get too fancy. Should I start marinading them now?

Note* I also have mushrooms so not sure if I can incorporate those into the marinade. Mushrooms usually take a good 10/15 minutes to cook and that other stuff would just need to be heated up a little. Update...I guess I could cook the mushrooms in some butter and when there cooked, add the salad stuff and heat up.

Can someone help me put my thoughts together?


My Blog
legend_018 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2007, 01:29 PM   #2
Master Chef
jennyema's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Boston
Posts: 9,199
I'm not sure why you would heat up a salad with those ingredients. IMO the best part about those particular ingredients are their livliness and crunch, which will be lost if they are heated up. Esp. cucumbers.

I might make a dressing with some of the tomato (one), some fresh garlic, balsamic vinegar, evoo, salt and pepper, and a dab of dijon mustard. Whirl up everything but the oil in a food processor. Taste, reseason if nec. Then stream in oil to emulsify.

I'd cut the veggies into more or less uniform pieces and let them marinate in the dressing at room temp for an hour or 2. Then I'd drain (reserve the dressing in case you want more) and chill the salad for an hour.

I'd add the mushrooms to the rice or to the meatloaf.

Less is not more. More is more and more is fabulous.
jennyema is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2007, 04:50 PM   #3
Executive Chef
VeraBlue's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: northern NJ
Posts: 3,683
If you like it, do it...

Personally, I'd sautee the onions and peppers after marinating them. I'd keep the tomatoes and cucumbers raw and cool. I'd put a small bed of lettuce down, then the warm ingredients, topped with the cool ingredients. I'd top all of it with a small crumble of either bleu, feta or goat cheese.
How can we sleep while our beds are burning???
VeraBlue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2007, 11:32 PM   #4
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 80
Those ingredients would do well with a sweet/sour vinaigrette or even a mayonnaise dressing. I do both. They have no future as a warm salad.
Charleysaunt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2007, 06:31 AM   #5
Head Chef
legend_018's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: NH
Posts: 1,188
after all that, I just ended up having a basic cold salad to go with the meatloaf and saffron rice I made.
My Blog
legend_018 is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:54 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.