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Five quick and easy salad recipes

Updated on November 17, 2012

To make a good salad, one is going to need some decent ingredients.

You just can't beat fresh picked sweet corn in a salad. Farm fresh and local is the best!
You just can't beat fresh picked sweet corn in a salad. Farm fresh and local is the best!
Though grown in Mexico and California, avocados are healthy and a tasty base for a summer cool salad.
Though grown in Mexico and California, avocados are healthy and a tasty base for a summer cool salad.
Tofu comes in a huge variety of forms today. One good hint is to shop in the Chinese section of the city for the best bet for the genuine basic article.
Tofu comes in a huge variety of forms today. One good hint is to shop in the Chinese section of the city for the best bet for the genuine basic article.
Tofu is a good source of calcium. By itself, tofu of this type has little taste, but it can be marinated to absorb a host of tastes.
Tofu is a good source of calcium. By itself, tofu of this type has little taste, but it can be marinated to absorb a host of tastes.
Salmon is a good source of Omega oils and protein and in a salad, can taste fabulous.
Salmon is a good source of Omega oils and protein and in a salad, can taste fabulous.
Precooked and chilled pasta can serve as a great base for a salad or mixed in with other ingredients.
Precooked and chilled pasta can serve as a great base for a salad or mixed in with other ingredients.
Few things beat a fresh and ripe tomato as either a main ingredient or a garnish to a salad.
Few things beat a fresh and ripe tomato as either a main ingredient or a garnish to a salad.
Alfalfa sprouts are a good source of vitamins and can serve as a base for salad mixes.
Alfalfa sprouts are a good source of vitamins and can serve as a base for salad mixes.
Dulse and other seaweeds like nori and others can add a lot of flavor and are also good for trace minerals. Get the powdered variety and if you can;t, dry it thoroughly and then crumble it. Dulse is readily available on the east coast in the Maritime
Dulse and other seaweeds like nori and others can add a lot of flavor and are also good for trace minerals. Get the powdered variety and if you can;t, dry it thoroughly and then crumble it. Dulse is readily available on the east coast in the Maritime
Cottage cheese also forms a good salad base in which all kinds of things can be mixed.
Cottage cheese also forms a good salad base in which all kinds of things can be mixed.

Salads can be delicious and a nice cool way to eat on a hot day.

Many people think that a salad is an addition to a meal, a side dish, diet dish, or one of the courses in a multiple course meal. You can make a salad a meal in itself. The benefits are that a salad usually consists of raw food, which contains more nutrients and you don’t have to turn on the stove, which is really great if the weather is already hot. Not turning on the stove is also earth friendly. Not using the stove is also easy on the environment. There are a number of salads that can be made that are excellent as meals. Here are some tried and true salads that are tasty and could be a favourite of yours as well as mine. These chilled salads are excellent on a hot summer day.

Avocado and Salmon Salad.

One medium or large avocado that you have let ripen from the hard green state.

One can of salmon or a salmon steak that has been baked and chilled.

Grated corn, ¼ cup

Grated garlic, one medium clove

Whole sweet peas, shelled from the garden preferably

Whole white or brown mushroom

Vegetarian broth, one tablespoon

Oregano to taste

Basil to taste

Dulse or Nori seaweed flakes or powder

Almond or Hazelnut powder, one tablespoon.

One ½ pint of sprouts like alfalfa, onion, radish or garlic

Vinegar to taste

Sesame oil, a few sprinkles.

Tomatoes, cherry or one medium beefsteak

Parsley two to four sprigs

Scoop and mash the avocado pulp. Mix in the grated garlic, the sweet peas, grated corn, vegetarian broth, nut powder, seaweed flakes and sesame oil. Hand whip into a thick sauce. Make a bed of sprouts in a serving bowl and scoop the mix onto the sprouts. Break up the salmon and sprinkle this onto the sauce. You can leave out the salmon if you are a vegetarian and substitute firm tofu in its place. Cut the beefsteak tomato into wedges and slice the mushroom and garnish around the edges. Cut a sprig of parsley and place in the center.

Pasta Salad.

20 grams of dry vegetable pasta spirals pre cooked and chilled

One small green pepper

One small red chili pepper, chopped very fine to almost a paste

Basil to taste

Marjoram to taste

One tin of tuna,

Almond or hazelnut powder

Apple cider vinegar, a few dashes to taste

Cubed cheddar or mozzarella cheese

Grated Parmesan

Cherry tomatoes

Mix the ingredients together as you would in a casserole with the exception of the Parmesan, which you will sprinkle on top. Garnish with cherry tomatoes.

Fruit Salad

1 pint of cottage cheese.

1 half pint of in season strawberries

1 half pint of in season blueberries

1 half pint of in season raspberries

Optional, blackberries in season, self picked

Optional Salal berries in season, self picked

Optional Saskatoon berries in season, self picked

several leaves of romaine or leaf lettuce

Cinnamon to taste

Nutmeg

Parsley

Select and wash lettuce leaves for as many servings that you are to make. The above is suggested for two. Line the bowls with the lettuce leaves. Scoop out and place cottage cheese on the lettuce. Sprinkle cinnamon to taste and add a dash of nutmeg. Quarter several strawberries and lay them out around the edge of the cottage cheese. Take a handful of raspberries and blueberries and sprinkle them in the center. At this time of the year (July-August) wild berries abound such a black berries, Saskatoon berries and salal berries. These can be substituted for the blueberries and raspberries, or you can alternate with different combinations. This makes a great noonday summer meal.

Tofu Salad

Tofu, either fried, baked or prepared tofu such as tofu breakfast links, beef strips, chicken, etc.

Precooked and chilled pasta such as elbow or spiral noodles

Seasoning such as oregano, marjoram, basil, dill weed, depending on your tofu selection.

Parsley

Tomato slices

Green or red peppers.

Crushed garlic

Tamari sauce

Place the chilled pasta in bowls for the number of people you are serving. Mix in diced green and red peppers. Sprinkle chopped tofu meat substitute of your choice on the noodles. Garnish the edges with sliced tomato wedges. For the beef flavoured tofu, use oregano and basil and mix in some crushed garlic. For the chicken flavoured tofu use the marjoram and basil and a dash of tamari sauce. If you are using breakfast links tofu slices, dill weed is the best. This dish is highly variable and is open for some experimentation on your part.

Corn based salad

One cob of fresh corn removed from cob for each serving

¼ brick of firm white tofu per serving, mashed into flakes with a fork

Sesame oil, a few sprinkles

Tamari sauce, several sprinkles

Dulse or nori flakes

Powdered taragon

A squeeze of lemon juice to taste

Cherry tomatoes

Alfalfa sprouts or leaf lettuce

Parsley springs

Mix the flaked tofu, corn, sesame oil, tamari sauce, dulse/nori, taragon and lemon well in a large enough bowl for the number of servings. On plates lay out the sprouts or lettuce. Scoop out the corn based salad onto the sprouts or lettuce. Garnish with cherry tomatoes around the edge. Top the salad with a garnish of parsley. Done right, this thoroughly vegetarian salad tastes like a fish salad.


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