A more enticing way to serve vegetables
Vegetable salad recipes run the gamut from simple raw vegetable recipes with a lemon vinaigrette, to complicated salads with cooked vegetables such as beet salads, parsnip salads, and snow pea or green bean salads.
Vegetable salads offer a great replacement for boring old steamed vegetables. If you’re tired of pulling the bag of corn kernels or green peas out of the freezer, you can quickly throw together a vegetable salad with what’s in your crisper, and toss with a simple vinaigrette.
This recipe for broccoli salad combines fennel, artichoke hearts and pimento peppers with a lemon vinaigrette. You can make it as a plain vegetable salad or throw in some pasta to make a pasta salad meal out of it. Either way it’s delicious.
While we’re on the topic of broccoli, how about a Broccoli walnut salad, which has a unique twist on the walnuts – caramelized with sesame oil, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar. These candied walnuts are addictive and go great with the broccoli and peppers in this salad.
For something super quick – especially if you already have a good dressing handy – try this simple tomato cucumber salad recipe.
Most kids in North America complain when you feed them vegetables. Raw vegetables go over a little better, but cabbage in any form seems to be a struggle. This Asian chicken cabbage salad is a raw vegetable salad topped with grilled chicken thighs and surprisingly kids gobble it up and ask for more.
Another quick and easy recipe below.
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Curried Beet Salad
1 lb beets, fresh if possible
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbsp red wine or balsamic vinegar (if required)
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 cup toasted, diced walnuts
1. Remove any greens from the beets, and rinse clean. Slice within the beet just below the stalk. Place beets in a pot of boiling water.
2. While the beets are cooking, chop the walnuts and toast lightly on a dry frying pan.
3. Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and curry powder in a small bowl. Taste, and add the red wine or balsamic vinegar to adjust the acidity as required.
4. Cook the beets until done but still firm. A fork pressed into the beets should encounter some resistance.
5. Drain the beets and immediately immerse in cold water to cool them. Slide off the skins.
6. On a cutting board that you don’t mind turning dark red, slice the beets in half from top to bottom, then slice each half into quarter inch wedges. Add to a salad bowl.
7. Toss the beets with the dressing, sprinkle the walnut pieces on top, and serve warm or cool.