Turn Simple Salads into Extraordinary Salads

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When the weather turns hot a heavy dinner doesn’t seem to satisfy my appetite. But, a salad makes a refreshing side dish or main course. It may be the perfect meal fresh out of the garden or the local farmers market. Here are five of my favorite recipes to move the salads from ordinary salads to extraordinary salads.

1. Pioneer Dad’s Tarragon Mustard Dressing

Prep Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 10 min.
Servings: 4

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon             Dijon mustard
1-1/2 oz.                      red wine vinegar or white wine
1 Tablespoon             chopped shallots
2 Tablespoons           vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons           extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons           chopped tarragon

Add a dash of salt & white pepper to taste.

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl or jar, season to taste.

Nutritional Information per Serving

Serving size: 29 g
Calories: 129
Fat Total: 14.0 g
Protein: 0.4 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrates: 1.1 g
Sodium: 46 mg
Calories from Fat: 126

2. Peanut Butter Dressing

Prep Time: 5 min.
Total Time: 5 min.
Servings: 6

Ingredients

1 teaspoon                   salt
½ teaspoon                sugar
¼ teaspoon                pepper
½ teaspoon                paprika
½ teaspoon                dry mustard
¾ cup                          salad oil
¼ cup                          lemon juice
¼ cup                          peanut butter

Directions

Measure ingredients into a glass container in the order listed. Cover and shake well before serving.

Nutritional Information per Serving

Serving size: 50 g
Calories: 310
Fat Total: 32.9 g
Protein: 2.9 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrates: 2.9 g
Sodium: 439 mg
Dietary Fiber: 0.8 g
Calories from Fat: 296

3. Spicy Peanut Sauce

Prep Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 10 min.
Servings: 6

Ingredients

1-1/2 Tablespoons     minced ginger
1 Tablespoon               minced garlic
1 Tablespoon               minced green onion
6 Tablespoons             creamy peanut butter
2 Tablespoons             dark soy sauce
¼ cup                            red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon               Chinese chili paste
1 Tablespoon               sugar
1 Tablespoon               sesame oil
2 Tablespoons             vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon               dry Sherry
1 Tablespoon               Chinese style hot dry mustard
½ teaspoon                 salt
½ cup                           chicken stock

Directions

Combine all ingredients and blend thoroughly. Cover and set aside; do not refrigerate. When ready to use, blend well again. Makes about 2-1/2 cups.

Nutritional Information per Serving

Serving size: 71 g
Calories: 193
Fat Total: 15.9 g
Protein: 5.2 g
Cholesterol: 1 mg
Carbohydrates: 8.7 g
Sodium: 663 mg
Dietary Fiber: 1.4 g
Calories from Fat: 143

4. Asian Ginger Sauce

Prep Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 10 min.
Servings: 6

Ingredients

½ cup                          soy sauce or tamari
¼ cup                          rice wine vinegar
¼ cup                          chopped green onion
1 small                         piece of ginger root or 1/8 tsp. ground ginger

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Makes 6 servings of about 2-1/2 Tablespoons each. 18 calories per serving.

Nutritional Information per Serving

Serving size: 35 g
Calories: 19
Fat Total: 0 g
Protein: 1.4 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrates: 2.0 g
Sodium: 1199 mg
Calories from Fat: 0

5. Asian Magic Mustard Sauce

Prep Time: 5 min.
Total Time: 5 min.
Servings: 6

Ingredients

3 Tablespoons           powdered mustard
2 Tablespoons           hot water
½ cup                          soy sauce or tamari
2 Tablespoons           toasted sesame seeds
1                                    garlic clove

Directions

Blend mustard and water into a smooth past. Pour the paste into a blender container, add remaining ingredients and process about 1 minute or until smooth. Use as a dressing for beans or salad, or as a dipping sauce for Hibachi Chicken or Steak. Makes 6 servings of about 2 Tablespoons each. 56 calories per serving.

Nutritional Information per Serving

Serving size: 37 g
Calories: 34
Fat Total: 1.8 g
Protein: 2.2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrates: 2.9 g
Sodium: 1287 mg
Dietary Fiber: 0.8 g
Calories from Fat: 16

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