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

Cabbage and Pork Salad
1/2 head cabbage cut in long, slender pieces (see above)
2 carrots, grated
1/4 – 1/2 lb pork, boiled and thinly sliced
several sprigs fresh dill and mint, chopped

1 Tbsp. soy sauce
3 Tbsp. sugar
3-4 Tbsp. vinegar
2 tsp. lemon or lime juice

3/4 cup roasted peanuts, salted and chopped

Mix cabbage and carrot in a large bowl.
Add pork and herbs and mix thoroughly.

In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the dressing.
Pour over salad and toss well.

Just before serving, garnish with chopped peanuts (optional)

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

Fresh Spinach Salad
1 qt. chopped fresh spinach
1/2 c. chopped celery
1 onion or 3 scallions, chopped
3/4 c. Swiss cheese chopped into small cubes
3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped.

Dressing
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. horseradish
1/2 tsp. Tabasco or dash of cayenne pepper

Combine salad ingredients in a bowl.
Combine dressing ingredients in a small lidded jar and shake well.
Just before serving, pour dressing over salad and toss.

Tuna-Macaroni Slaw

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: October 2, 2012
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 1 hour

This can be assembled quickly once the macaroni is cooked, but it needs to be chilled well. On a hot day, it can be made in the cool of the morning and save working over a hot stove in the heat of the afternoon. Great for a summertime picnic or pot-luck as well.

Tuna-Macaroni Slaw

Tuna-Macaroni Slaw
4 oz. uncooked macaroni
2 7½ oz. tins tuna rinsed and drained
3 cups cabbage, finely chopped or grated
½ cup chopped celery
1 cup carrots, thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
½ cup Cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup Italian Salad Dressing
3 Tbsp. Blender Mayonnaise (optional)
4 green olives, sliced (optional)

Cook macaroni. Rinse in cold water and drain.
Combine with tuna, vegetables and cheese in a large bowl.
Pour Italian dressing over salad. Toss and chill for ½ hour or more.
Stir in mayonnaise and top with olives. (optional)

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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