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Spring-into-Easter Salad (Vegan)

In Salads, Sides On April 8, 2022 0 Comments

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This salad is vegan, fresh and easy to make. I chose ingredients with bright colors – they remind me of Spring and Easter. Although this salad stands on its own, it’s great when served alongside any meat or seafood dish at Easter or other occasion.

Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1 large carrot, peeled & julienned (cut into matchsticks)
2 Persian cucumbers, peeled & julienned
2 celery stalks, peeled & julienned
1 medium-large tomato, cut in half, pulp discarded & flesh julienned
1/4 of a red onion, thinly sliced into strips
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped Serrano Chile
1/2 cup corn kernels (canned & drained)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, washed & patted dry with paper towels
4 to 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
juice from 1 lemon
salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
1. In a large glass or porcelain serving bowl, combine carrot, cucumbers, celery, tomato, onion, Serrano Chile, corn and half of the cilantro together.

2. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper; toss. Taste and adjust seasonings.

3. Garnish with remaining cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.
Text & Photograph ©2022 Nancy DeLucia Real

Red Potatoes & Fresh Dill Salad (Vegan)

In Salads, Vegetables On May 5, 2021 0 Comments

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This dish is made with four ingredients – that’s it! Make Red Potatoes & Fresh Dill Salad in minutes. It’s a  great dish for that Mothers’ Day buffet!

Prep time: 5 minutes (plus boiling potatoes)
Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients:
1 pound small red potatoes
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt, to taste
1/3 cup chopped fresh dill

Directions:
1. Rinse potatoes in a colander in cold water; drain.

2. Transfer potatoes to a 4-quart saucepot; cover with cold water.

3. Bring potatoes to a boil.

4. Cook on medium-high heat until potatoes are fork-tender – about 12 to 15 minutes.

5. Drain potatoes in a colander.

6. When potatoes are warm to the touch, cut them in half.

7. As you cut potatoes in half, transfer them to a mixing bowl.

8. When all potatoes have been cut in half, add olive oil, salt and chopped fresh dill.

9. Stir and taste. Adjust seasonings, to taste.

10. Transfer Red Potatoes & Fresh Dill Salad to a serving bowl. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to serve. NOTE: This dish can be made in the morning and left at room temperature until dinner time.
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Summer Cactus Salad – Truly Vegan (no processed ingredients added)

In Salads, Sides On July 2, 2020 0 Comments

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In Mexico, cactus leaves (nopales) are usually combined with ingredients such as tomatoes, chiles & onions. This results in refreshing salads that act as a side dish to meat, poultry and fish.

Nopales (cactus) leaves can be purchased in Latin American supermarkets or grocery stores. Here is our exquisite take on this traditional dish –  Summer Cactus Salad.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients:
3 cactus (nopales) leaves (found in Latin American grocery stores or supermarkets)
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/2 of a Serrano Chile, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped, fresh mint leaves
3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
juice of 1/2 lime

Directions:
1. Working on a cutting board, chop the cactus (nopales) leaves into 1/2-inch pieces.

2. Transfer the chopped cactus to a colander set over a bowl; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and set aside.

3. Meanwhile, combine the chopped red onion, red bell pepper, Serrano chile and mint in a mixing bowl.

4. Rinse the chopped cactus under cold water and drain.

5. Working in batches, transfer about 1/4 of the chopped cactus to double paper towels set on cutting board.

6. Take paper towels and pat dry (cactus will stick to the paper towels).

7. Release the dried cactus  from paper towels and add it to other ingredients in bowl. Repeat with remaining cactus.

8. Add olive oil and lime to salad ingredients and toss. Taste and adjust salt level, if needed.

9. Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 hours ahead.

Text & Photograph ©2020 Nancy DeLucia Real

Brown Rice Confetti Salad

In Pastas, Rice & Legumes (Beans & Grains), Salads On May 5, 2020 1 Comment

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This salad is delicious as a side or as a buffet dish for any celebration. Make it for Mother’s Day – they’ll love it!

Prep time: 15 minutes (to assemble ingredients)
Makes: 3 to 4 cups

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups cooked, brown rice
4 to 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium carrot, peeled & finely shredded
2/3 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1/2 cup chopped, fresh chives
5 to 6 fresh mint leaves, slivered
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar
salt & ground black pepper, to taste
Dash cumin

Directions:
1. Cook rice according to package directions.

2. If rice has excess liquid after cooking, drain and discard the liquid.

3. Transfer the rice to a 4-quart glass or porcelain bowl & stir in the olive oil.

4. Let rice cool to room temperature.

5. When rice is at room temperature, stir in remaining ingredients; toss, taste & adjust seasonings.

6. Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap & serve later in the day.

7. Brown Rice Confetti Salad can be made early in the morning. Any leftovers will keep, refrigerated, up to 3 days.
Text & Photograph ©2020 Nancy DeLucia Real

Wild Shrimp Salad – Italian Style

In Fish & Shellfish, Salads On January 3, 2020 0 Comments

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Wondering why you see the word “wild”? Since Italians have enjoyed wild shrimp for millennia, we realize that wild shrimp are sweeter than the farm-raised variety. In order to taste the ocean, salt and sweetness of these little crustaceans, I literally bite a chunk off (shell and all) while standing at the fish market. It’s okay – the fishmongers know me well and laugh it off. When shrimp are farm-raised, they are literally flavorless.

This Italian style salad has limited ingredients so that the sweet, wild shrimp flavor stands out at every bite.

Prep time: 15 to 20 minutes
Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients:
1 to 1-1/2 pounds wild shrimp, peeled and deveined (top and bottom veins)
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 of a yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/2 cup fresh, flat leaf Italian parsley, finely minced

Directions:
1. Rinse the shrimp under cold water, drain and transfer to a 6-quart saucepot.

2. Cover shrimp with cold water and place saucepot on burner set on high – uncovered.

3. Stand by to make sure water does not foam up and spill out of saucepot.

4. When shrimp come to a boil, cook until flesh is opaque and pink – about 1 to 2 minutes. DO NOT OVERCOOK.

5. Taste a shrimp to make sure it is cooked through.

6. When shrimp are cooked, immediately drain them into a colander set over a sink.

7. Transfer shrimp to a large glass or porcelain bowl.

8. Add remaining ingredients; toss and taste.

9. If needed, adjust seasoning levels.

10. Cover salad with aluminum foil and let cool. Serve at room temperature.

11. Alternatively, prepare salad 2 to 3 hours ahead and refrigerate, covered. Wild Shrimp Salad – Italian Style can also be served cold.
Text & Photograph ©2020 Nancy DeLucia Real