• Balela Salad
    Recipes,  Salads

    Balela Salad

    I’m always up for a nice bean salad – they remind me of Summer picnics, and this Balela Salad – loosely based on the Middle Eastern dish –  would be a great addition to any picnic or potluck.  Vegan, gluten-free, and delicious, this salad is perfect if you’re hoping to feed a crowd of people with diverse dietary restrictions. It’s also great for lunches, as the fibre will keep you feeling full until the day is over.   It’s also a bit addictive, especially after it’s had a day to marinate in the fridge. You can serve it with pita or some fresh bread, but it’s perfectly fine on its…

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    Summer Herb Vinaigrette

    I often make this from a handful of herbs out of our garden – usually thyme, basil, oregano and sage – though last year my huge, beautiful purple sage died, after three years of flourishing, so this year there’s no sage in my garden.  Whatever herbs you use, this salad dressing is a million times tastier than anything you’re going to get in a grocery store. Ingredients 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons vinegar 2 tablespoons (or more) of fresh chopped herbs, such as tarragon, oregano, dill, cilantro, sage, basil 2 tablespoon chopped shallot 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon honey Directions Whisk together all ingredients until thoroughly mixed.…

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    German Potato Salad

    I don’t know why we call this German Potato Salad, or what in particular makes it German, or where the recipe came from in the first place, but I remember my mother making it when I was a kid and taking it in a big green tupperware bowl to potlucks and family reunions.  I’m copying this from my mom’s recipe box index cards.  We still make it quite often; it’s simple, and relatively low-calorie compared to a lot of recipes you see.  Very flavourful; it’s always popular whenever I take it anywhere. Ingredients 6 large potatoes 1/2 cup vinegar 1/4 teaspoon celery seed 6 green onions, chopped 2 tablespoons parsley,…

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    Caesar Salad Dressing

    I started making this salad in high school, when I got the recipe from the restaurant I worked at.  It’s delicious, super-garlicky, and piquant.  It knocks the socks off those bland, creamy supermarket Caesar dressings, and is a lot less calorie-ish, if you’re worrying about that. The first time I made this, I mistook my handwriting and thought I was being goofy, and omitted the 1 egg it called for (‘legg’?  What the heck did I mean by ‘legg’?), and I found it a million times better without the egg.  You can add one if you like. Comment below to let me know how your Casar Salad turned out! Ingredients…