Cool Slaw

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This recipe is over 40 years old, from the groundbreaking book "Recipes for a Small Planet" - a plea for the adoption of environmental vegetarianism.

It was aimed at teens - and the dressing is almost like a smoothie!

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Creamy Coleslaw

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If you Google "coleslaw" you'll get 17 million recipes. "Creamy coleslaw" refines the search results to only 1.25 million.

So why should I share a coleslaw recipe?

Because one goal of this blog is to record family favourites, and this is the coleslaw I used to make.

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Red Cabbage Salad with Apples and Walnuts

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This recipe comes from Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner - the talent behind my most favourite cafe in NYC - Cafe Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie.

The idea of mixing crunchy red cabbage with lingonberry preserves caught my attention right away.

This almost turns red cabbage into candy - though the more sophisticated palate of the chef / author stresses that there is a subtle sweet-sour balance that makes the salad distinctive.

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Bulgur with Cumin-Scented Sweet Potatoes

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Have you embraced whole grains? Are you using bulgur, millet, quinoa, wild rice - maybe even farro or amaranth more often? 

I almost always have both bulgur and super nutrisious sweet potatoes on hand so this is an easy go-to recipe.

You can have this on the table in half an hour as a side, or a main with an over-easy egg on top. I have served it warm, or room temperature as a picnic salad.

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Mixed Bean Salad

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Google 'bean salad' and you get over 7.5 million results, but this is from a recipe notebook I began in 1983.

Despite the preponderance of combinations, this bean combo has persisted, and something like it can still be seen at many salad bars.

You can get creative with variations, but I often prefer the "taste memory" of this salad - even though I suspect the taste memory has something to do with sugar... (just a bit of sugar...)

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Andre's Asparagus

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Want to be a bit more "fancy pants" than simply grilling or boiling that wonderful fresh asparagus appearing in markets now?

This "salad" is served room temperature / "cold" with some steps that can be done ahead of time, and others that are done à la minute.

Don't be intimidated. With some prep it all comes together nicely!

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Amish Potato Salad

It's Spring, and eggs abound - but it's not chocolate eggs I'm craving. It's real eggs. I can't seem to wait for a summer picnic to have potato salad - that creamy combo of eggs and potatoes. 

Not recalling the exact recipe of my mother and grandmother I did some research and have found an easy version of a traditional Amish cooked dressing. Am loving it with the Easter ham!

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Broccoli Slaw

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I cannot recall exactly when I first had broccoli salad. You know the salad I mean - broccoli florets, combined with bacon, red onion, raisins etc. I loved it, though it seems to me it became unpopular for a while - could it be because the typical recipes called for one cup of mayo and a half cup of sugar?

Try this healthier version and perhaps you'll agree it tastes great!

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Sister Salad

This red leaf lettuce salad recipe entered my life from a picket line. It is popular at family events and there are never left overs. It comes from "Sister Laura" a great colleague and picket line "sister". It's an easy prep-ahead that makes big family events just a bit less stressful.

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Shrimp Salad

From Ina Garten - a tasty, crunchy salad using low calorie shrimp, and accented with dill. Great for a picnic, as an appetizer or a main course salad. Have always thought they'd look nice served in little lettuce cups.

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Black-eyed Pea Salad with Peaches and Pecans

This recipe comes directly from ATK's recently released "Cooking Fresh". With the markets still overflowing with fresh peaches as I post this - no better time to enjoy such a satisfying, nutritious and seasonal dish! Off season, I am betting it would taste great with pears or apples.

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Roasted Edamame Salad

Edamame "are rich in protein, dietary fiber, and micronutrients, particularly folate, manganese, phosphorus and vitamin K" (Source). Combine it with other terrific ingredients and this is a winner! This recipe is directly from Alton Brown - loved his Good Eats show. The recipes were great, explained and demo'd well - often with reference to the underlying food / cooking science. I have make this recipe too often to count., and use it as a side or salad. Great also on a picnic - and so healthy!

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Curried Lentil, Wild Rice, Orzo Salad

Works well as a picnic salad! Lentils are so good for us, and just recently lentils.ca has been trying to remind us. Visit the lentil site for some terrific recipe ideas. This recipe is from Canadian Living. I have changed nothing, but have added a few tips. It can be served warm, room temperature or cold. 

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