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15 April 2012

The sun actually came out. It's salad weather! Here in Seattle, the sun has eluded us even more than the reputation of this region would lead one to expect. But...we have just had several days of actual spring, involving breaking out the sunglasses and all sorts of unaccustomed activity. Time to put away the soup and casserole recipes and figure out some cool new kick-ass salads. [More:]

I have a few go-to recipes, both of which involve cabbage, and both of which involve some decadent ingredients. The Asian slaw incorporates honey-roasted peanuts and pickled ginger, and the red cabbage salad is frankly, primarily a vehicle for gorgonzola, toasted walnuts, and golden raisins. I'll gladly share these with anyone who gives a rip....but would really appreciate a few new ideas. Preferably not heavily mayonnaise-based. Not totally averse to mayo, but it's not what I'm looking for right now. Who better to ask about their favorite salad recipes than a bunch of bunnies?
Funny. My parents grew up in Holland, and were married there in August. My father's joke was that summer fell on the day of his wedding that year, and lasted that day.

As for salads, I normally don't do recipes for them since mostly I just mix up some veggies that are about, and whip up a dressing of some sort, mostly vinaigrette-ish. I do like a simple arugula salad with just arugula, a tomato chopped up, and a vinaigrette. If you really want recipes, here's one that I've made and like a lot: . Definitely add the hijiki if you can find it. Seattle should have it. Also there are other recipes there to check out. Other place I'd look for recipes of any sort is Mark Bittman.
posted by eekacat 15 April | 20:49
Heh, makes it sound like my parents were married in Holland last August. They were married many years ago, and my father has been dead more than a year, so it couldn't be the case that they were married last August. Sorry for the confusion that may have caused...
posted by eekacat 15 April | 20:51
I *love* hijiki. :) I am definitely going to try this. But if anyone else has any salad recipes to share, I'd love to hear them.
posted by dorgla 15 April | 21:22
I like tender greens with goat cheese, toasted pecans or walnuts, and beets - kind of a restaurant classic these days.

Arugula, I like best with fresh squeezed lemon juice, olive oil and a little salt with thinly shaved red onions.

For dinner I often make a "good salad" which is a mix of greens and spinach with chopped carrots, apple, blue cheese, nuts, radicchio, maybe peppers and whatever else we have around, in a balsamic dressing with a touch of mustard.
posted by Miko 15 April | 21:24
Very fair weekend up here in the PNW. I need to go to work to rest up, after all the gardening and bush trimming!
posted by danf 15 April | 21:32
Sorry this is another cabbage idea and perhaps a bit more fall-y than spring-y, but I recently had it at a local restaurant and really fell in love with the concept. It basically consisted of shredded cabbage, crispy apple pieces, pumpkin seeds and goat cheese. The whole was covered in a warm dressing -- with lots of mustard and somehow both tangy and creamy. The dressing made the goat cheese melt a bit and it was altogether wonderful. It was a bit too mustardy for my boyfriend but I adored it. I've been trying to recreate it ever since, with some success. The hardest part is getting the dressing right.
posted by peacheater 16 April | 09:25
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