Post # 1
So Darling Husband and I are making dinner for friends tonight, and I’m trying to come up with salad to go with it. Its roasted vegetable (vegetarian) lasagna, and I’m also making a cake, so obviously it should be pretty light, but I’d also like for it to be a little special… anyone have any favourite salad recipes to share?
Post # 3
Are the friends or yourselves vegetarian?
My suggestion was going to be Jamie Olivers warm rocket salad, but it contains bacon..
If not, so many of Jamie’s salads are amazing. I had a really great mexican salad last night, but i dont have the recipe to hand.
Post # 4
To balance out the warm, heavy, savory lasagna, I would do something cool with a bit of sweet. I think a great one is the arugala/spinach + craisins/strawberries + crumbled goat cheese/feta + sliced almonds/roasted walnuts. You can toss it in a raspberry vinaigrette (balsamic + raspberries + a bit of oil).
It’s a fairly traditional salad, but you can make it as basic or as fancy as you want (honey-roasting the walnuts, etc).
My favorite salad is shredded cabbage, mint, cilantro, carrot, and cucumber tossed with Asian peanut dressing, but it sounds like that probably would be a bit mismatched with your lasagna! 🙂
Post # 5
@mrsbacon Yep we’re cooking an all-vegetarian meal. I know vegan bacon exists though…. but don’t think I can get it around here.
@indiblue This sounds intriquing…. do you think a berrie-y salad would be too much if I’m making a blueberrie cake?
Post # 6
I have a lovely salad that even won over Mother-In-Law. I use at least 3 different greens – you can vary it depending on what you have available. I usually use Spinach, any lettuce apart from Iceberg, Roca and Watercress. To this I add fresh dill, and if I have some fresh mint.
Rip up some bread (slightly stale is the best) and put in a tray with salt, pepper, chilli flakes and olive oil, mix well so everything is covered and bake in the oven until they are nice and golden.
Roughly chop up a beef tomato and cucumber into chunks, chuck that in the salad bowl with the greens. Darling Husband is not a fan of spring onions, but if I”m home alone I usually add this too.
Chop up a small handful of sundried tomatoes and add them too.
Dressing is Olive Oil, Balsamic, Salt and Honey – whisk that up until it’s blended
Shave some parmesan directly into the salad bowl, add the dressing and croutons, mix it all up and to finish shave a bit more parmesan on top for decorations
Post # 7
I don’t think so. The strawberries are few, and are balanced with savory cheese and nuts. Plus, fresh strawberries have much different flavor and texture than cooked blueberries (Though I love both!) You could do craisins instead of strawberries if you like.
I just love serving light, refreshing salads with Italian food! 🙂
Here are some example recipes:
Post # 8
Okay, I’m getting hungry now.
Thanks for all the ideas! Will have to chat to Darling Husband and see what style he is in the mood for.
Post # 9
My favorite is lettuce (whatever you like), walnuts, and cranberries with lemon poppyseed dressing. You can also put blue cheese on it, but I don’t like it. 🙂
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Dijon-style prepared mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil (I use EVOO)
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds