Shredded Potato & Zucchini Salad

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: June 2/17
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: Quick to put together but allow and hour or two to chill

Prior preparation needed,
Peel, cook and shred potatoes

I found this a unique salad. In all my years of making potato salad, I had never thought of shredding them instead of chopping them into cubes. But it works well with the shredded zucchini. The dressing (mayonnaise + French dressing) accounts for most of the flavour.

Shredded Potato & Zucchini Salad

Shredded Potato & Zucchini Salad
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cups potatoes, peeled, cooked and shredded
1 cup shredded zucchini
1/2 cup grated onion
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. dill seed
1/4 cup tofu mayonnaise
1/4 cup French dressing

Pour olive oil over potatoes.
Add zucchini and onion and toss lightly.
Mix in remaining ingredients and stir gently.
Chill before serving.

French Dressing

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: June 2, 2017
Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Time needed: 5 minutes

The dressing recommended for the Potato and Zucchini Salad I was making called for a blend of Tofu Mayonnaise and this French dressing. I had no tofu for the mayonnaise so substituted a commercial preparation. I was glad to discover this very simple and quick recipe for French dressing. It is a cooked dressing and has much the same texture as a store-bought French dressing if not the bright orange colour.

I also substituted apple juice for the concentrate and omitted the water.

French Dressing

French Dressing
2 Tbsp. apple juice concentrate
1 cup water
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 Tbsp. arrowroot

Blend all ingredients together in a blender.
Place in a small saucepan and cook over medium high heat. Stir constantly until thickened.
Chill thoroughly and shake well before using.

Cabbage and Pork Salad

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: May 28, 2017
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: approximately 30 minutes.

This is a delightful salad in the Vietnamese style. A note accompanies the recipe in regard to the “long, slender pieces” of cabbage.

“Vietnamese cooks cut beautiful cabbage salads without a grater. Here’s how: remove leaves from head one by one. Lay several together and roll up tightly. Lay roll on board and slice as thinly as possible with a very sharp knife. Surprisingly fast, and yields a dish completely different from the usual shredded affair.”

Add hard-cooked eggs and tomato wedges to serve as a main dish salad. It is a very good topping for rice or as an accompaniment. It also keeps very well. A week after making it was still very good.

Cabbage and Pork Salad

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Fruit and Vegetable Cup

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: May 22, 2017
Yield: Make as much as needed
Time needed: 15-20 minutes

A lovely dessert for a summer day. Suit the quantity to the number to be served.

Fruit and Vegetable Cup with honey-yogurt dressing

Fruit and Vegetable Cup
pineapple chunks (preferably fresh)
diced apple
mandarin orange slices
diced carrot
chopped celery

Mix together and dress with yogurt and honey, with a dash of grated orange rind.

Fresh Spinach Salad

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: August 29, 2015
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: about 20 minutes

Prior Preparation Needed
Boil and cool eggs

A very simple salad, my favourite kind, and quick to prepare. I used the Swiss cheese recommended in the recipe, but I think it would be quite nice with feta, havarti, or cheddar as well.

Fresh Spinach Salad

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Caesar Salad

Source: Ecological Cooking
Made July 31, 2012
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 10-15 minutes

Everybody has a Caesar Salad recipe and I think every one of my cookbooks has a version of this popular salad. Compare this vegan version to the recipe from 12 Months of Monastery Salads .  This recipe also calls for three ingredients which one needs to have on hand from other recipes or purchase from a vegan source: Vegan Worcestershire Sauce, Tasty Topping (Gomasio) and Croutons.

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

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Venison Broccoli Pasta Salad

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: October 31, 2014
Yield:2-3 servings
Time needed: 1 hour

I looked forward to trying this salad and it did not disappoint. But it is certainly an occasional treat.  I splurged on a small piece of beef tenderloin since I couldn’t find venison. I am sure I could only have got half as much anyway at the same price.  Perhaps an acceptable version could be created with well-tenderized round steak or pot roast.

Venison Broccoli Pasta Salad

Venison Broccoli Pasta Salad

Venison Broccoli Pasta Salad
For marinade
1/4 cup/60ml water
1/4 cup/60 ml soy sauce
1 clove garlic
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. minced ginger root
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
1 1/2 tsp. sesame oil

1/2 lb/250 g venison or beef tenderloin, cut 3/4”/2 cm. thick
1/4 lb./125 g linguine
2 cups/500ml broccoli florets, blanched and cooled

Combine marinade ingredients in a small saucepan and cook until about half of the liquid evaporates.
Add the sesame oil to the sauce and stir.  Set aside.

Sprinkle the venison or beef with coarsely ground black pepper.
Grill on both sides until medium done.
Slice thinly and add to sauce.
Refrigerate an hour or more.

Cook linguine. In a separate pot, blanch the broccoli. Let both cool.
When ready to serve, combine meat with sauce, linguine and broccoli.
Garnish with chopped onion and toasted sesame seeds.