FRESH updated COLE SLAW

FRESH updated COLE SLAW
1/2 small head red cabbage, thinly sliced or shredded
1/2 small head green cabbage, thinly sliced or shredded
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup chopped snap peas
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 shallot halved and sliced thin**
1 LARGE watermelon radish, sliced thin
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
1 cup golden raisins (optional)
1 cup mayonnaise
3-4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3-4 tablespoons sugar
Fresh ground salt and pepper, to taste

  • Whisk together the mayonnaise, salt, pepper, vinegar and sugar until well blended.
  • In a large bowl toss together the cabbages,  carrots, parsley, shallot (onion), radish pieces and snap peas.
  • Pour mayonnaise mixture over cabbage mixture, sprinkle with caraway seeds and toss until well coated.
  • Fold in raisins if using.
  • Adjust salt, pepper, sugar and vinegar to your personal tastes.
  • Cover and chill several hours before serving.

NOTE: Green onions or thin slices of red onion make GREAT substitutes for the shallot.

BRUSSELS SPROUT SALAD with BACON VINAIGRETTE

BRUSSELS SPROUT SALAD with BACON VINAIGRETTE
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos
1 teaspoon sugar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 shallot, halved and sliced thin
8 slices bacon, diced
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, roots trimmed, halved and sliced thin
2 cups shredded red cabbage
1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

  • Whisk together vinegars, liquid aminos, sugar, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Add shallot slices and cover tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Microwave for 1 minute until steaming.
  • Stir making sure shallot are submerged.
  • Recover and let cool 15 minutes.

 

  • While vinegar mixture is cooling cook bacon until rendered and crisp.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in shallot mixture, stirring well.
  • Add Brussels sprouts, red cabbage and green onions, tossing and cooking 2 minutes until well coated.
  • Transfer to a large salad bowl and sprinkle with cheese and almonds, gently tossing again.
  • Season to taste with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.

SALTED WATERMELON SALSA SALAD

SALTED WATERMELON SALSA SALAD
4 cups diced watermelon
3 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 SMALL jalapeno, seeded and minced
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/2 cup small diced red onion
1+ teaspoon sea salt, to taste

  • Combine everything but the watermelon and toss to mix well.
  • Gently fold in watermelon.
  • Chill and enjoy!

PINEAPPLE STRAWBERRY SALSA

PINEAPPLE STRAWBERRY SALSA
1 pineapple, sliced, grilled and chopped
1/2 cup small diced red onion
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
2 quarts strawberries, cleaned and chopped

  • Toss everything in a salad bowl.
  • Chill several hours before serving.

VIETNAMESE CUCUMBER SALAD

VIETNAMESE CUCUMBER SALAD
2 pounds Persian or Japanese cucumbers, semi-peeled (stripes) and thinly sliced*
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 small bunch green onions, sliced thin
1 large stalk celery, diced small
1/2 cup cilantro, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped peanuts (OPTIONAL)
1/4 cup avocado oil
Juice of 2 lemons
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1 teaspoon sugar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Whisk together the oil, lemon juice, vinegar, liquid aminos, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, toss the cucumbers, celery, jalapeno, green onions and cilantro.
  • Pour marinade over greens and toss well.
  • Add peanuts and toss again.
  • Serve and enjoy!

CRUNCHY SNAP PEA POPCORN SALAD ala the MIDWEST & MOLLY YEH

On Molly Yeh’s show last week she had the most unusual salad that we just had to try. Now because of the quarantine and so many ingredients being unavailable I did have to make a substitution for the snap peas where I used FRESH green beans, but look forward to next time using snap peas. I also had some shredded rotisserie chicken pieces for some protein.  It was really yummy!

CRUNCHY SNAP PEA POPCORN SALAD
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
Vegetable oil, as needed for popping
White Cheddar popcorn seasoning, for the popcorn
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 shallot, thinly sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups sugar snap peas, strings removed, cut crosswise into thirds
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup chopped celery plus 1/2 cup tender inner celery leaves
1 bunch watercress, trimmed and torn into bite-size pieces

  • Pop the popcorn in a popcorn popper according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You should have 12 cups.
  • While popcorn is still hot, sprinkle with the white Cheddar popcorn seasoning to taste and let cool completely.
  • Whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream, cider vinegar, sugar, and Dijon together in a large serving bowl. Stir in the shallot.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste, but remember the popcorn is already salty.
  • Add the snap peas, carrot and chopped celery and toss to coat.
  • Add the popcorn and toss to coat the kernels in the dressing.
  • Pile the watercress on top and sprinkle with the celery leaves.
  • Serve immediately.

POLYNESIAN CHICKEN ala SLOW COOKER & HAWAIIAN POTATO SALAD

POLYNESIAN CHICKEN ala SLOW COOKER & HAWAIIAN POTATO SALAD

POLYNESIAN CHICKEN
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 LARGE can crushed pineapple, drained – reserve juice
1 can mandarin oranges, drained – reserve juice
8 ounce can water chestnuts, drained
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon + 1/4 cup Bragg’s liquid aminos
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup green onions, sliced diagonally
prepared white rice

  • Generously season chicken with FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Sear chicken 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Add chicken to slow cooker.
  • Scatter pineapple and oranges over chicken.
  • Whisk together the pineapple juice, orange juice, chicken broth, ginger, 1 tablespoon liquid aminos, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and garlic.
  • Pour over chicken, cover and slow cook on low 6 hours or until chicken is tender.

 

  • Remove chicken with slotted spoon to a plate and keep warm.
  • Whisk together 1/4 cup Bragg’s liquid aminos, cornstarch and 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar.
  • Whisk into slow cooker.
  • Add in green onions and cook, whisking frequently, uncovered on high for 10 minutes until thickened to desired consistency.
  • Serve over rice.

HAWAIIAN “POTATO” PASTA SALAD
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 FRESH jalapenos, 1 sliced thin into rings, 1 finely seeded and chopped
2 pounds new red, or golden fleshed potatoes, halved
3/4 cup dry (uncooked) small shell pasta (elbows work too)
2 eggs, hard boiled, peeled, and finely grated
2 stalks crispy celery, thinly sliced
4-6 sweet pickles, chopped small
1 – 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard (optional)
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Whisk together the vinegar, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt.
  • Add onions and jalapenos. Marinate at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain, reserving pickling juice.
  • Put potatoes in a large pot, cover with cold water, add 2 tablespoons salt.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat. Turn down heat to maintain an easy boil and cook until just tender.
  • Drain potatoes and rinse well with cold water to stop cooking and cool the postatoes. Chop into about 1 inch cubes, and set aside.
  • Cook pasta per package instructions until al dente. Drain, rinse thoroughly with cold water.
  • Add diced potatoes and cooked pasta to large bowl.
  • Add the eggs, celery, sweet pickles and drained onion and jalapenos. Add one cup mayonnaise, mustard, 1/2 of the pickling juice and salt and pepper, to taste, to the bowl.
  • Mix gently to combine and evenly distribute dressing.
  • Add more mayo as necessary, if mixture is not well covered with dressing.
  • Taste, adjust seasonings, and add more pickling juice, if desired.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours so flavors meet one another and get all friendly.
  • Serve chilled.

ANTIPASTO PASTA SALAD

ANTIPASTO PASTA SALAD
8 ounces penne pasta (or available pasta during these trying times)
1/4 cup avocado oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard, *OPTIONAL
Juice and zest of LARGE lemon
1 teaspoon sugar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1/2 pound salami or pepperoni, chopped
6-8 cups salad greens
14 ounces marinated artichoke hearts, drained WELL and quartered
1-2 cups 2 1/2 bean salad,drained WELL
3/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, drained well and chopped
2 medium vine ripened tomatoes, large diced
1 bunch green onions, sliced thin or 1/2 SMALL red onion, sliced thin
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese balls, halved
1/2 cup FRESH grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup sliced olives, OPTIONAL

  • Prepare pasta per package directions, drain and rinse with cold water. Drain well.
  • Whisk together oil, mustard (if using), vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Add pepperoni, artichoke hearts, olives (if using), onions, bean salad and Mozzarella cheese, tossing well.
  • Fold in salad greens and tomatoes.
  • Top with Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve and enjoy!

NOTE: I am deathly allergic to mustard so I make it an optional ingredient, but hubby says it makes the salad better. I also listed the olives as optional because I don’t care for them, but hubby once again says they help make the salad 😀

CARROT RAISIN SALAD or APPLE RAISIN SALAD

CARROT RAISIN SALAD or APPLE RAISIN SALAD Yields 6-8 servings
8-10 whole carrots or 5 large Granny Smith apples*(see note)
3/4 cup golden raisins
1 large can crushed pineapple, drained WELL
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons pineapple juice

  • Shred carrots into large mixing bowl. If using apples, peel, core and small chop.
  • Whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar and pineapple juice.
  • Fold in mayonnaise mixture, pineapple and raisins until well coated.
  • Chill several hours until ready to serve.

NOTE:

  • If using apples alone, be sure and toss them with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • This also makes a good combination to use both carrots AND apples.

ROAST CHICKEN with BLACK BEAN SALSA

ROAST CHICKEN with BLACK BEAN SALSA
CHICKEN
2 1/2 pounds chicken thighs or chicken-leg quarters
1/2 cup sea salt
3 tablespoons sugar
5 cups cold water
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon FRESH minced thyme
3 cloves garlic, minced
FRESH ground sea salt and tri-color pepper

  • Combine 1/2 cup salt, sugar and water in large bowl, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt.
  • Place the chicken pieces in a large casserole and cover with brine mixture.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 3-4 hours.

 

  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Line a roasting pan with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place chicken pieces onto roasting pan in a single layer.
  • Whisk the melted butter, salt and pepper to combine.
  • Brush chicken with butter mixture.
  • Roast chicken for 25-30 minutes.
  • Brush again with butter mixture.
  • Increase oven temperature to 500°.
  • Roast another 10 minutes to crisp and brown chicken.
  • Serve with Black bean salsa.

SALSA
1 tablespoon FRESH minced parsley
1 can white niblet corn drained
1 can rotel tomatoes, mostly drained
1 can seasoned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
Juice of 1 LARGE lime

  • Toss together and chill.

WILTED GREENS with HOT BACON DRESSING

This recipe has changed for us A LOT over the years so I’m going to give you both my original recipe AND my revised version!

HOT WILTED GREENS (original)
1 head green leaf lettuce, washed and shredded
1 large bunch green onion, sliced thin, tops too
1/2 pound bacon, browned and crumbled (save 1/2 cup bacon grease)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
6 tablespoons sugar
2 Worcestershire sauce

  • Toss together the shredded lettuce, green onion slices and crumbled bacon in a large salad bowl and set aside.
  • In a saucepan bring the remaining ingredients to a boil.
  • Just before serving pour the dressing over the salad and toss.
  • Serve immediately.

HOT WILTED GREENS (REVISED)

3 cups torn green leaf lettuce, washed
3 cups FRESH spinach, washed and trimmed
1/2 cup chopped red onions
1 large bunch green onions, sliced thin, tops too
2 stalks celery, washed, halved and sliced thin
4 slices bacon, browned and crumbled (save 3 tablespoons bacon grease)
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 Worcestershire sauce
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 cup chopped Plum tomatoes, garnish
Hard boiled egg, garnish

  • Toss together the shredded lettuce, spinach, chopped red onions, celery, green onion slices and crumbled bacon in a large salad bowl and set aside.
  • In a saucepan bring the remaining ingredients to a boil.
  • Just before serving pour the dressing over the salad and toss.
  • Garnish with tomatoes and eggs.
  • Serve immediately.

WILTED GREENS with BACON DRESSING serves 4 (SECOND REVISED VERSION)
6 cups torn lettuce and/or spinach of choice
2 stalks celery, halved and sliced
1/3 cup minced red onion
3 slices bacon, diced
1 SMALL egg
1/3 cup water
SCANT 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Toss lettuce, red onion and celery pieces in a large salad bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon until JUST crisp. Remove bacon pieces with a slotted spoon to drain on paper toweling. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the water and egg until well blended. Whisk into bacon drippings.
  • Whisk together the vinegar, sugar, cornstarch, FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper. Add to the drippings also, whisking to blend. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Pour over salad.
  • Add bacon pieces and toss well.
  • Serve immediately.

SHREDDED EGG SALAD

This is one of the simplest of recipes, but oh so tasty!
SHREDDED EGG SALAD serves 4-6
6-7 hard boiled eggs
3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 teaspoons FRENCH’S mustard
+/- 1/3 cup mayonnaise

  • Grate eggs into a mixing bowl.
  • Stir in pickle relish and mustard.
  • Fold in mayonnaise a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.