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White Bean & Asparagus Salad

I thought this was going to be a fancier salad, but as I was making it I kept thinking, “But it doesn’t really need that”, and I left it out, and lo, it didn’t really need it.  Simple is good especially when it is the freshest and best-tasting simple things. I used some nice big fat Deseronto Potato beans for …

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Fiddlehead & Potato Salad

I think I have missed the wild leek season. I went into our back forest to check on our transplants, and they are doing well but not expanding. Give them another couple of decades, I guess. We don’t have any fiddleheads growing in our woods but I did find some in a local shop. They make a good addition to …

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Lemon Herb Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Lemon Herb Mediterranean Chicken Salad This salad is absolutely delicious and full of Mediterranean flavours with a marinade that doubles up as a dressing.  A perfect summer lunch! Serves 4 Prep time:  10 mins (plus 30 mins to 2 hours marinade time) Cooking time:  15 minutes Ingredients For the Marinade/Dressing 2 tbsp olive oil 1 lemon, juice only 2 tbsp …

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Butter Lettuce with Pineapple Ginger Dressing

Butter Lettuce Salad Butter Lettuce Salad with Pineapple Ginger DressingA perfect salad to serve that the family will loveServes 6 6 cups torn butter lettuce, lightly packed1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced3 radishes, thinly sliced┬╝ cup thinly sliced scallions Dressing:5 tablespoons pineapple juice1 tablespoon soy sauce1 tablespoon canola oil2 teaspoons sesame seed oil2

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Cucumbers with Chervil

Oh, here’s a difficult recipe. Actually, given that you probably have to grow chervil yourself in order to have it, it’s more difficult than it looks at first glance. But if you can get that part down, the rest of it is a doddle. Cucumbers and chervil go together most amazingly well. This is an extremely refreshing little spring salad …

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Barbunya Zeytinyagli

As soon as I started looking for Turkish recipes on line, this one came up again and again and again. Funny, we didn’t see it when we were there! I guess it’s considered “home cooking” and not restaurant fare. Most of the recipes were quite similar but some called for this, and some called for that. I looked at a …

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Celeriac Zeytinyagli

We saw quite a few of these “Zeytinyaglis” when we were in Turkey; that is to say, vegetables cooked with olive oil and served warm to cool. This one is excellent for late winter or early spring, since the only things it calls for that are not available are the peas – but you can use frozen – and the …

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Warm Mushroom Salad

Warm mushroom salads were all the rage when I was a young adult back in the early ’80s. No restaurant with any pretensions to style would have neglected to have one on the menu. Inevitably their popularity waned, but they were often very good salads and are worthy of a come-back. I think they are coming back, and hopefully this …

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Red Cabbage Slaw in Cucumber Boats

Cucumber boats filled with red cabbage slaw make a simple but very visually striking salad and they combine very nicely in the mouth too. It’s a bit hard to say how many cucumbers this amount of slaw will fill; it will depend on the size you get and to some degree you will have to eyeball it. I only had …

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