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"



• 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


• 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

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.

salad arranged and served in a hollowed out beet


  1. Yummy! When I saw the picture I thought those were hollowed out yellow peppers as serving vessels, not beets. I don't know that I've ever seen a yellow beet. Anyway, this salad is on my "must try" list. Thanks!

  2. Hi Michele, I'm catching up with you, I am I am!! Since my tumble I'm moving even slower than contintental drift, but..........
    1. I'm got a salad on tap for tomorrow..thank you and Richard!
    2. I'm 'bouncing' to a new tune today.."multi-use, multi-use" *G*
    3. I've 'showered' before, and I will again, if the clear skies prevail *S* thanks for the 'heads up' *G*
    4. I congratulate you on being as inspirationsak to Melzie as you have been for me and so many others! *VBS* 'high fives'
    5. You've conquered the yard!! Hurray for wagons, even tho they aren't red *S*
    6. My condolances to Mr. Heart and Hands, A quilting journey...please know we'll return her just as soon as she's used ALL her fabric, scraps, ideas and dryer sheets!
    Hugs forever and ever, Finn


Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.