Category Archives: Salads

Roasted Beet Salad

Happy New Year!

I’d tell you about the wild party, with amazing cocktails and incredible food, but… I’ll be honest.  After the kids were in bed, my husband and I enjoyed an assortment of store bought appetizers.  He had a beer, I had a local rose wine and topped it off with Christmas chocolate.  Then we went to bed.  We did see 2013 come in, but without any sparkly ball drop or television commentary of any kind.  This is typically how we ring in the new year.  And it’s exactly what we wanted to do.Roasted Beet Salad Continue reading

Simple Salad Dressing

My thumb is healing.  Still bandaged, still can’t move it a lot or pick things up properly, but it’s healing.  I’ve had to modify many activities, and think a whole lot more about my dexterity than I ever have.  But I can do more today than I could last week, so that’s good.

I’m still keeping things simple though.  No complex chopping, no elaborate meal preparation.  Unless my wonderful husband is helping, which he has been. Continue reading

Quickled Cucumber Salad

What is a “quickle?” Why a quick pickle, of course.  It’s a term I’ve picked up from the owners of an amazing food truck, El Gastrónomo Vagabundo.  Almost any vegetable can be quickled, but in this case I’ve taken my inspiration from this post which I found through Pinterest.

The original recipe calls for a ratio of 2 parts sugar to 1 part vinegar.  I don’t like things to be so sweet, so I went 1:1, which is honestly still plenty sweet enough.  I also didn’t have celery seed, and only have black mustard seeds, so I went with those and some dried dill, plus some chili flakes for a bit of a kick.  With an abundance of cucumbers coming from the garden, and no signs of production slowing, I’m sure I’ll be playing with this recipe all summer. Continue reading