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Mar 6, 2008 06:30 AM


I am going to a new employee salad potluck and would like to bring something different than the normal salad. Any suggestions will be welcomed! Thanks

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  1. Here's a Chinese-y Salad that I make::

    For the Dressing:
    3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    1 tablespoon soy sauce
    3 tablespoons dark sesame oil
    1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
    4 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped
    1 {1-inch} piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
    2 teaspoons honey
    Chile-garlic paste, to taste

    For the Salad::
    5 cups cold rotisserie or home cooked chicken, shredded (Tuna, Salmon)...I have omitted meat or seafood many times and kept it all veggie.
    (1/4 cup slivered almonds, optional)
    1 medium red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
    1 cup thinly sliced cucumber, carrot, celery....I shave the carrots with a parer
    2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
    2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
    3 cups thinly sliced iceberg lettuce

    Actually any sliced vegetable you like can be included or's really all about the dressing.

    1. This is a great light salad with the nuttiness of edemame plus just the right amount of salt from the soy sauce. Not overpowering at all and highly recommended. Also, if you can get edamame that has been removed from the pod it's even easier.

      Edamame With Cilantro, Almonds, And Scallions

      I lb. shelled edamame, cooked about 3 minutes in boiling water, then drained and cooled
      2 Tablespoons sesame seed oil
      1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
      2 Tablespoons soy sauce
      1/4 cup sliced almonds
      2 scallions sliced thin
      1/4 cup chopped cilantro (or mint if you don't like cilantro)

      Combine sesame seed oil, soy sauce, and vinegar together. Toss the edamame and the dressing together in a large bowl, then add the mint, scallions, and almonds and toss again. Serve at room temperature.

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      1. re: kasiav

        This is different without being too radical if your co-workers aren't too adventuresome. I got this from a friend and it's been a hit at our town potlucks etc.
        Winter Salad

        Torn romaine lettuce
        shredded swiss cheese,
        diced fresh pear
        diced fresh apple, preferable one like a Delicious that doesn't turn brown
        unsalted, roasted cashews
        dried cranberries
        Homemade Poppyseed dressing made with lemon juice

        For family dinner I get romaine lettuce that comes 3 to a pkg. Don't peel the fruit, just core. One apple, one pear is enough for 6-8 servings. Maybe a 1/2 cup cheese, 1/4 C cashews and 1/4C dried cranberries.
        Sorry, I'm at work and don't have the dressing recipe handy. It's a little bit of minced onion, poppy seed, salt, lemon juice, sugar, canola oil and about a tsp of Dijon mustard .... I think.

        1. re: kasiav

          Made the edamame salad last night to bring for lunch today.

          I added some chicken breast to make it a complete meal and I reduced the sesame oil from 2T to 1T. I really enjoyed the results and find this a nice alternative to a leafy green salad.

          Thanks for sharing kasiav.

        2. If you can find a should make Nigella's watermelon feta salad. That way it will differ from all the typical salads brought, and it's delicious!

          1. Another nice salad that travels well and seems impressive is one made with romaine lettuce, baby spinach, watercress, sliced or halved fresh strawberries and thinly sliced red onion. Dress with a vinaigrette made from red wine vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, a bit of dijon mustard and a bit of sugar to sweeten the dressing a bit. The beauty of this salad is you can bring all the ingredients already prepared (tossed in those bags you put your fresh produce in at the market) and just toss at the last minute. Delicious.

            For proprotions I'd use three parts romaine to one part each spinach and watercress.

            1. I have a really tasty recipe for a broccoli slaw. If you'd like it, I can post it when I get home later on this evening.

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              1. re: valerie

                valerie, I would love to have your broccoli slaw recipe, if you'd be so kind!


                1. re: SSqwerty

                  This is by no means an exact science! You can adjust various ingredients and amounts. My mom uses pine nuts instead of almonds, which is good. And you can add less oil too. But it's really the sweet/salty/crunchy thing going on that makes this good.

                  Broccoli Slaw

                  1 Package Broccoli Slaw Mix
                  2 Packages Ramen Oriental Noodle Soup Mix
                  1 Cup Toasted Slivered Almonds
                  1 Cup Sunflower Seeds
                  1 Bunch Scallions, chopped
                  1/2 Small Red Pepper, chopped
                  1 Cup Dried Cranberries

                  3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
                  1/4 Cup Sugar
                  1/3 Cup Vinegar
                  1 Packet fo Chicken Stock Flavoring from Ramen Noodle Packet

                  Break up the Ramen Noodles and mix with other ingredients. Mix up dressing and pour over and mix.

                  1. re: valerie

                    Thank you very much! I can't wait to try this!