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Old 09-15-2011, 10:37 AM   #1
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What’s your favourite salad?

I remember that, when I was a child some 40 years ago, you could basically have two kinds of salad: some lettuce + oil, vinegar, salt and pepper or some lettuce and tomatoes + oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. And that’s probably the main reason why we children generally loathed salads…
But things changed! Today you can have an almost endless choice of salads, thank God, and this is one of my favourite:

rucola, radicchio, Tropea red onion, cherry tomato, capers, black olives
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extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper.

Now, I wonder, what are you favourite salads?
Just oil&vinegar or some rich mayonnaise? Only vegs or meat and fish too?

Ok, now that the pills defeated my backache, I’m running to my greengrocer!

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Old 09-15-2011, 10:53 AM   #2
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I like to start with a bed of baby spinach and top it with shredded radish, carrot, and beets. On top of this goes onions and sprouts. Then comes the legume layer: garbanzos, green peas, or black beans. Whatever I have on hand. I am not picky about dressing. Sometimes it is just vinegar and oil (olive or walnut). Other times I'm in the mood for something creamy. Parmigiano and black pepper is a favorite. After the dressing, I like to top the whole thing off with a handful of chopped walnuts or sunflower seeds.

I have this three or four times a week for lunch.

Now I am hungry!
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:13 AM   #3
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Probably my favorite salad is a taco salad.
I do love a nice wilted salad though. One where the Italian dressing and crumbled blue cheese have been put on your basic green salad (lettuce, tomatos, cukes) and then left to sit out at room temp for a few hours. I love the way everything comes together. I should make these more, but I never think of it early enough before supper.
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:15 AM   #4
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Now I am hungry!


Exactly what I wanted to achieve...
I never considered this "layer" system, I just threw things in the bowl and then spend a lot of effort in mixing them!
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:41 AM   #5
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Pigeon breast, Bacon and Beetroot.

We have beens serving this at my pub this month and it has been a great success! With babyleaf salad, Honey and wholegrain mustard dressing, with a Balsamic drizzle. TRES BIEN!
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:50 AM   #6
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Not necessarily my favorite salad, but the simple salad I make nearly every nite to serve with our dinner is:

hearts of Romaine lettuce (small pieces)
thin sliced white onion
thin sliced celery
thin sliced English cucumber
julienne pickled beets (always)
tomato wedges (only if I have home grown)

We like Ranch Dressing
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:27 PM   #7
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I don't have a favorite, but I like simple combinations. Loading a plate with two dozen ingredients at a salad buffet bar and mixing it all together in a dressing doesn't work for me. I also have to watch my table manners, not to turn Neanderthal, when a plate of pasta salad is in front of me.
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:35 PM   #8
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Cabbage salad made with mayonnaise or boiled dressing is what was considered salad in our house growing up and is still my first choice.

Most of the time in the summer we just had a dish of tomato slices, cucumber slices or green onions from the garden.

My first encounters with a tossed salad were in restaurants in my early teens. I like everything about them but the lettuce so I leave that out.
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Cabbage salad made with mayonnaise or boiled dressing is what was considered salad in our house growing up and is still my first choice.

Most of the time in the summer we just had a dish of tomato slices, cucumber slices or green onions from the garden.

My first encounters with a tossed salad were in restaurants in my early teens. I like everything about them but the lettuce so I leave that out.
As a kid, I just hated green salads Bea. Later in life I discovered it wasn't green salads I hated, but rather I hated iceberg lettuce and still do. I think iceberg lettuce is just nasty.
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I like just about any well constructed salad but I think what makes it a great salad is homemade dressing. There is no comparison to jarred dressings and they are simple to make.
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What’s your favourite salad? I remember that, when I was a child some 40 years ago, you could basically have two kinds of salad: some lettuce + oil, vinegar, salt and pepper or some lettuce and tomatoes + oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. And that’s probably the main reason why we children generally loathed salads… :lol: But things changed! Today you can have an almost endless choice of salads, thank God, and this is one of my favourite: – [I]rucola, radicchio, Tropea red onion, cherry tomato, capers, black olives[/I] with – [I]extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper[/I]. Now, I wonder, what are you favourite salads? Just oil&vinegar or some rich mayonnaise? Only vegs or meat and fish too? Ok, now that the pills defeated my backache, I’m running to my greengrocer! :pig: 3 stars 1 reviews
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