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Green Bean Salad with Warm Bacon Shallot and Garlic Dressing

Green Bean Salad with Warm Bacon Shallot and Garlic Dressing
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Green Bean Salad with Warm Bacon Shallot and Garlic Dressing
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Servings
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  1. In a large pot, bring a good amount of salted water to boil. Add the green beans and cook for 3 - 4 minutes (they should be just barely tender and quite crisp).
  2. Drain the beans and place in a bowl of ice water. Stir to cool as quickly as possible. Drain well and store in the refrigerator while you make the dressing.
  3. Chop the bacon and cook it in a small skillet until it is crisp. Remove the bacon and drain on a paper towel. Pour off all of the drippings but leave the browned bits.
  4. Add the olive oil to the pan and let it get hot. Add the shallots and cook for 3 minutes or so until they begin to turn golden.
  5. Add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes, stirring often.
  6. Add the vinegar and reduce the heat to low. Let the dressing simmer for a few minutes. Check the flavor and add salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Put the beans in a serving bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Sprinkle the reserved bacon on the top and serve.
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Potato and Green Bean Salad


Potato and Green Bean Salad
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Potato and Green Bean Salad
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4
Servings
4
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  1. Heat a good amount of salted water to boiling in a large pot. Add the green beans and return to a boil. Cook 2-3 minutes until they are just barely tender crisp. Remove with slotted spoon and place in an ice water bath.
  2. Add the potatoes into the same pot and cook until tender 10 -12 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Spread them out on a dish towel to dry and cool slightly.
  3. Cut the potatoes in half and put them in a large mixing bowl. Add the green beans to the bowl along with the onions.
  4. In a jar combine the olive oil, vinegars, mustard, garlic, and lemon juice. cover tightly and shake until well blended.
  5. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat everything. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Cover and refrigerate for several hours to let the flavors blend.
  6. Remove salad from refrigerator an hour or so before serving. The flavor is best at almost room temperature.
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Italian Salad with Pasta and Romaine

Italian Salad with Pasta and Romaine
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Pasta salad meets lettuce salad in an easy one dish meal. This serves two very generously. Use the cut whole wheat pasta of your choice. The same goes for the herbs you use in the dressing.
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2
Servings
2
Italian Salad with Pasta and Romaine
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Pasta salad meets lettuce salad in an easy one dish meal. This serves two very generously. Use the cut whole wheat pasta of your choice. The same goes for the herbs you use in the dressing.
Servings
2
Servings
2
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain and rinse and put in a large bowl.
  2. Slice the onion lengthwise into narrow strips and add them to the pasta in the bowl.
  3. Slice the peppers into thin strips abut the same size as the onions and add them to the bowl.
  4. Cut the tomatoes into halves or quarters depending on the size of the tomatoes and add them to the bowl.
  5. Add the garbanzo beans, chicken, and olives to the bowl and toss to combine everything.
  6. Dressing: Combine the dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake vigorously to blend everything. Pour over the salad ingredients and toss to coat. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
  7. When you are ready to serve, add the torn lettuce leaves and toss once more. Divide between two plates and sprinkle with the Romano cheese.
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Grilled More Vegetable Than Potato Salad

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Grilled More Vegetable Than Potato Salad
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Servings
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Grilled More Vegetable Than Potato Salad
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4
Servings
4
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  1. To make the garlic oil: Place olive oil and smashed garlic cloves in a small pan. Cook over low heat until the garlic is lightly browned and the oil has become fragrant. Allow to cool before removing the garlic. (use the garlic in marinades or as a seasoning)
  2. Precook the potatoes: Cut the potatoes into 1 inch chunks. In Place the potatoes and a little water in a microwave friendly container. Cover loosely and steam in the microwave for 4 minutes or so. The potatoes should be barely tender. Set aside to cool.
  3. Prepare the veggies for the grill: Slice the squash in 1/2 inch thick diagonal slices. Trim the ends off of the beans. Cut the onion in half lengthwise. Halve or quarter the peppers.
  4. Heat a grilling basket and a flat grate on the grill. Coat with olive oil cooking spray. Take 1/2 tablespoon of the infused olive oil and toss with the potato chunks. Use the rest of the oil to brush the vegetable slices.
  5. Put the potatoes in the basket and the vegetables on the grate. Grill, tossing the potatoes and turning the vegetables occasionally. It should take about 15 minutes to have everything turn golden.
  6. Remove the vegetables to a cutting board. Cut in chunks that are about the same size as the potatoes. Place in a large serving bowl along with the potato chunks.
  7. Add some freshly ground pepper and a pinch of salt and toss to combine everything. Drizzle the balsamic over everything and enjoy!
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Lentil Salad

Lentil Salad
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This is a great way to use cooked lentils. It makes a light and healthy main dish salad.
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2
Servings
2
Lentil Salad
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This is a great way to use cooked lentils. It makes a light and healthy main dish salad.
Servings
2
Servings
2
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Put rinsed lentils and stock in a medium saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove lid and lower heat to simmer and cook stirring occasionally until stock is absorbed. The lentils should be al dente. Drain any remaining broth once they are cooked to this point. Cool.
  2. Combine the onions, peppers, tomatoes, parsley, and string cheese with the cooled lentils in a large bowl.
  3. Put the lemon juice, garlic, balsamic, pepper, and olive oil in a small jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake until well blended.
  4. Pour the dressing over the lentils and vegetables and toss to combine. cover and chill for several hours. Serve
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