Tuesday, August 14, 2007

How To Make An American Quilt (Salad)

Posted by Picasa An American Quilt Chopped Salad
Recipe from: Richard Simmons "The Today Show"

INGREDIENTS

Dressing

• 1 teaspoon minced garlic
• 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion
• 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
• 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
• 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
• 1 teaspoon each arrowroot and honey
• 1/4 teaspoon salt

Salad

• 1/2 cup each finely chopped cucumber
• 1/2 cup celery
• 1/2 cup red onion
• 1/2 cup carrot
• 1/2 cup green beans
• 1/2 cup fresh corn kernels or frozen, thawed, or canned, drained
• 1/2 cup red cabbage
• 4 red beets for serving

DIRECTIONS
1. Dressing: Place all dressing ingredients in blender. Blend until well mixed; there will still be little pieces of onion. Pour into small saucepan. Heat gently, stirring. Do not boil. Let cool. Then chill. You should have about ¾ cup dressing.

2. In serving bowl combine all chopped and diced vegetables. Chill. Just before serving, add ¼ cup dressing to vegetables in bowl. Toss to combine. Taste and add more dressing if you like. Arrange each portion of salad in a beet on serving plate.

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salad arranged and served in a hollowed out beet