Monday, September 6, 2010

Salads, Salads, Salads

Sorry for the lack of recipes (my son got strep throat this week, not fun :( )
I am trying so hard to find some new salads to add to my repertoire.
Salads are hard to come by,
and I definitely have to have something more exciting than iceberg and tomatoes! Yuck!
So here are a few I have found that I have enjoyed so far.
I hope to keep adding more - please send me any ideas!! :)

From a new Fav Cookbook Vegan Express:
Asian Edamame and Tofu Chopped Salad
I LOVED this!! The health benefits of Edamame are INSANE! So enjoy!

1 Cup Frozen Edamame, thawed and cooked
1/4 C Pine Nuts (or sunflower seeds or sesame seeds)
1 small zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch dice
2 large Celery stalks, sliced
4-5 oz. Firm Tofu
1/4 C thinly Sliced Scallions
2 T Olive Oil
2 tsp Dark Sesame Oil
2 T Rice Vinegar
Salt and Pepper
(optional additions: red onion, and mung bean sprouts)

1) Take tofu and blot dry with paper towels. Dice into 1/2 inch cubes and dip each peice into seasoned bread crumbs. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. (this is my favorite way to eat tofu!)
2) Toast pine nuts, or seeds
3) Combine all ingredients and mix well. Enjoy!!

Thai Peanut Salad
This one is close to the top in my fav's. Way Yummy and totally GOOD FOR YOU! I am big for something crunchy, so I might have slightly overindulged in the peanuts on top.
Click HERE for the recipe.

Another Thai Salad - similar, yet slightly different:
Thai Tossed Salad
(recipe from Vegan Express)

1 C small Broccoli Florets, raw or slighly steamed
2 Plum Tomatoes, diced
1/2 Medium Cucumbeter, peeled and diced
1 medium Red Bell Pepper, cut into narrow strips
1 C Unsweetened Pineapple Chunks
1 Large Celery Stalk, sliced diagonally
1/2 C Sliced Cremini or Baby Bella Mushrooms
Mixed Baby Greens
1 C Mung Bean Sprouts
3/4 C Coconut- Peanut Sauce (below)

Combine all ingredients except sauce. Serve salad with sauce on the side.

Coconut Peanut Sauce (this sauce makes the whole salad!!)
One 8 oz jar Thai Peanut Satay Sauce (in Thai section of grocery store or produce dep.)
1/2 C Light Coconut Milk
Juice of 1 Lime
1/2 tsp Red or Green Thia Chile paste (dissolved in a little hot water first)
2 tsp agave nectar or maple syrup or honey
8 oz. Slender green beans

Combine all ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine.

SIMPLE Greek Salad
I LOVE a good Greek salad! Yum!

This one is so simple, you could make it any time of the day with any meal!

English Cucumber sliced into 1/2 moons
Red Onion, thinly sliced
Cherry Tomatoes, a few
Plum Tomatoes, 3-4 diced
1/4 C sliced Olives
1/2 C Sliced Mushrooms (optional)
Feta Cheese, crumbled and Sprinkled on top
Salt and Pepper to taste

1 tps Dried Oregano
3 Tbls Olive Oil
1 Tbl Lemon Juice
1 Tbl White Wine Vinegar
Salt And Pepper

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