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Sep 9, 2010 07:28 AM

Looking for "not your everyday salad" recipe

Does anyone have a favorite salad that is something different than the typical lettuce salad? I usually do a salad with chicken and some veggies for my work lunch.I saw the recipe below( Steak Taco Salad)in the paper today and that looked a bit different. Trying to watch my carbs for awhile so pasta salads are a no-no for now.

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  1. Green Bean and Tomato Salad
    2 C of blanched green beans, cut bite size
    1 C grape tomatoes, cut in half
    1 lg Shallot thinly sliced
    3 oz goat cheese, crumbled
    (I like goat cheese, so I have a tendency to use way to much!)
    1 tsp White wine Vinegar
    2 tbsp of olive oil
    1 tbsp of Herbs de Provence
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp cracked pepper

    In a large pot bring water to a boil; add some salt and blanch the green beans in the water for 2 ½ minutes. Remove and shock in an ice bath, after a minute in the ice bath remove and drain on a towel.

    Fold together the green beans, tomatoes, shallot, cheese, vinegar, olive oil, herbs and salt and pepper

    1. I love a panzanella salad lately, lots out there and can change it up a bit. I love mine with tomatoes, chucky celery, chopped portabello (or any mush), lots of cilantro, shaved parm, stale bread cubed, lemon juice.olive oil (and leftover corn off the cob added).

      I also love a spinach salad with strawberry's, goat cheese, almonds too.

      I've also enjoyed the asian coleslaw salad this summer with ramen noodles, walnuts or almonds, scallions, sometimes raisins or cranraisins.

      I started a thread some time ago, looking for big salads to take to a party and got some great ideas:

        1. I love cucumber, tomato and red onion. With or without feta.
          Or arugula and red onion in balsamic viniagrette
          In the winter I like raw kale with carmelized red onion with goat cheese and balsamic (no oil). All would probably work with some grilled chicken, and the kale with steak would be nice.

          1. Spinach Salad with Mango and Candied Pecans.


            I make this for parties and everyone loves it. You could add some chicken or other protein if you want to make a meal out of it.