AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) executive chef Anne Yarymowich created this salad to showcase some key flavours of the Middle East.
She'll serve a composed version of it in Frank restaurant (with oranges cut into 1/4-inch rounds and each ingredient added separately). The presentation below is easier to serve at home.
Pomegranate cutting instructions:
Use a paring knife to cut off the top about 1/2-inch below the crown. Inside you'll see four to six sections. Score the red skin at each section. Separate the pomegranate at each score. Over a bowl of water, loosen the arils (flesh-covered seeds) by hand and drop them into the bowl. They will sink. Use a spoon to scoop out pieces of white membrane that float to the top. Strain. (You will have to pick out remaining white bits by hand.)
This is a Lebanese style bread salad, like the Italian panzanella salad. As expected, the Middle Eastern style to this salad used toasted pita and hummus. This quick and easy recipe can from the Student's Go Vegan Cookbook.
This delicious vegan potato salad comes from one of my new favorite cookbooks: Veganomicon, The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook.. The recipe, as written, makes an enormous amout, but can easily be halved. I love the addition of thinly sliced cucumbers and dijon mustard to this familiar picnic favorite! This recipe calls for something called Vegenaise, which is my favorite brand of vegan mayonaise, containing no eggs.
No such thing as too many chickpea salads! This was an especially good version I thought, altered a bit with my own and my BF's taste in mind. Extremely easy and no cooking involved, particularly good for lunch at the office or a weekend picnic since it's best at room temperature. If you'd like to make this for a no-cook summer dinner, it's a main meal for two (with a side of green vegetables) or a side dish for four. A Sara Foster recipe from the 4/2007 version of Cottage Living.
This salad is SO easy to prepare, and it tastes absolutely wonderful. The creaminess of the goat cheese and cannellini beans goes really well with the saltiness of the olives and artichokes. Feel free to experiment with different ingrediets as well. We've added chickpeas and raw spinach leaves to stretch the salad a bit more. This salad goes great with grilled whole wheat pita bread
I really like the combination of the beets and goat cheese in this salad. If your in a rush, canned or jarred "un-pickled" sliced beets work well here too, if you don't have time to roast fresh ones. Also, this salad works well with your favorite bottled vinaigrette, if you'd rather not make it from scratch. Cook time is beet roasting time.
Quick, simple, and easy to prepare. This is a great dish to bring to a potluck or cookout. It vanishes every time! I recommend tossing the dressing and ingredients with the lettuce and spinach right before serving.
I saw this recipe on Martha Stewart's cooking show. This recipe was actually created by Martha's daughter, who's a vegetarian like me. While I'm not a big fan of Martha or her show, my mouth actually WATERED as I watched her make this. We have a wonderful farmer's market that comes to our neighborhood in the summer, and this recipe takes full advantage of all the wonderful, fresh produce that's available there. The key to this salad is to cut all of your vegetables into the same size pieces, so that you get a good mix of flavors in each bite.
This lovely light dressing is great over fruit salad or mixed greens. I like to sprinkle my greens with a little sesame seed. You can also add a pinch of cayenne to the dressing for a little heat, or maybe a little ginger depending on your taste.
Quick and very simple, basic potato salad. Great for picnics or outdoor gatherings because there is no mayo to spoil in the heat or sun. This recipe comes from an "e-zine" for recipes that I receive each week by email.
This recipe comes from my best friend, Lisa's mother. Miss Jean has served this potato salad recipe at EVERY summer gathering that I attended at their home for as long as I can remember. The flavors are so basic and simple, which is why I think I enjoy it so much. Very easy to prepare as well. Please be sure to use Miracle Whip and NOT mayonnaise, the flavor just won't be the same.
This delicious salad dressing can be made from ingredients most people have right in their pantries. This dressing was served by one of the farms that comes to local Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings. It was published this week in our local paper. Our city has given plots of land for two local inner city farms to grow organic vegetable and herbs. The gardens are tended by the people and children of the community, and have been a great success. This yummy dressing goes wonderfully with the fresh greens that I'm able to get there in the summer
This delicious sweet and tangy pasta salad is just bursting with color. It's made with very little mayo, which makes it good for outdoor gatherings. Feel free to substitute 1 cup of any vegetable that you prefer (mushrooms, cucumbers, zucchini, or tomatoes all work well too)
This is a wonderful, summer salad, bursting with great color and texture. I found this in Food and Wine magazine. I have also made this using "brown" basmati rice, which worked great and added a terrific, nutty flavor.