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Zany Black Bean Salad

Black Bean Salad A fun, tasty and sweet-ish dish. It may not be the prettiest but trust me, this dish tastes better than it looks! Serves 4 Dressing:Boiling water8 dates, pitted and chopped1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)4 tablespoons olive oil2 tablespoons water1 teaspoon dried oregano2 teaspoons honey2 teaspoons ground cumin2 teaspoons ground coriander Salad:2 – 15

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Couscous Tabbouleh Salad

ingredients for Couscous Tabbouleh Salad Tabbouleh is typically made with bulgur wheat, a staple of the middle east. However, bulgur can be a challenge to find so this salad is made with whole wheat couscous. It can also be made with quinoa. Couscous Tabbouleh Salad1 1/2 cup water1 cup whole wheat couscous3 medium tomatoes, chopped4 green onions, chopped1 cup diced …

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Warm Chicken & Wild Rice Salad with Roasted Vegetables

I seem to be on a kick for warm salads of roasted vegetables. This is a salad, I guess, and not a casserole, but it definitely inhabits the borderland between the two. Mr. Ferdzy was a bit perplexed by it but proceeded to eat truly startling quantities of it, so it’s a happy habitation, I would say. Wild rice is …

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Warm Roasted Squash & Broccoli Salad with Hazelnuts

This is really quite a simple salad, and I was a bit surprised at how much Mom and Mr. Ferdzy liked it. I liked it too! I’m saying 4 servings, but the 3 of us ate it all. However, I only served a small piece of chicken alongside it, so with something else more substantial it should go further, and …

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Turkish Broccoli & Carrot Salad

I’m getting a little addicted to garlic-yogurt sauce on vegetables, I have to say. We really liked this one. Carrots and broccoli go together so nicely, and look so pretty together, and the combination of garlicky yogurt and a zingy vinaigrette (is it a vinaigrette if you use lemon juice?) worked really well.  4 servings30 minutes prep time Make the …

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Beet & Carrot Salad with Spicy Lemon Vinaigrette

This was a nice, simple salad. Sweet onions are on their last legs, but hopefully there are still a few around. Apply the Aleppo pepper and lemon juice with a fairly heavy hand, as the beets and carrots will cheerfully absorb it.  6 to 8 servings1 hour to cook beets; 20 minutes assembly time Make the Salad:3 cups peeled diced …

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“Chaat” Corn Salad with Tomatoes

This is a very simplified version of a popular Indian recipe, but as usual I can’t really get half the typical ingredients. For some reason I did have the amchur powder and the black salt, which with the cumin are probably the most distinctive flavours for this dish, and I decided it would have to do. I don’t know that …

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Deconstructed Pesto Chicken Salad

I admit I am not at all a fan of the fad – now receding, she said hopefully – for deconstructed dishes. They were constructed in the first place for a reason. Are these dishes the work of chefs who were once those annoying little kids who insist that nothing on their plate touch anything else on their plate, and …

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Beans & Cherry Tomatoes in Mint Vinaigrette

Beans marinated in a mint vinaigrette is a classic Italian dish; I’ve added cherry tomatoes because they go so well, and also we have an awful lot of cherry tomatoes at the moment.  Blue Lake beans seem to need about 6 minutes of cooking to be perfect (by my definition) but some of the more modern bean varieties have less …

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Melon, Parsley, & Sweet Onion Salad

This is a simple little salad, very pleasant and easy, and inspired by the classic starter of melon and prosciutto. I used both orange and green melon, as one of the melons planted in the “orange melon patch” turned out to be green. Such are the hazards of open pollination and home-saved seeds. Both were very tasty though, so no …

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