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Fruit and Vegetable Salads

Fresh Cranberry Orange Salad

Thank you for the  Cranberry

Fresh Cranberry Orange Salad

Fresh Cranberry Orange Salad

 The fresh glossy tart red berries of winter celebrations are here in abundance as Thanksgiving and winter holidays begin. Cranberries are at their peak from October through December.  Although available all year in juices, canned, dried and frozen cranberries, there is something more festive and delicious to use the fresh cranberry.  Bags of fresh cranberries are readily available to freeze and have during the year. 

Nutritional Benefits

The cranberry belongs to the same genus as the blueberry and a good source of ellagic acid, an antioxidant compound.  Cranberry juice is known for the healing power of prevention and treating urinary tract infections.  The cranberry antioxidant provides important anti-inflammatory benefits to the cardiovascular system, digestive tract and protection against breast, colon, prostate cancers. 

The maximum nutrients and taste of cranberries are retained best when used  fresh and not prepared in a cooked recipes.  When frozen they can be chopped in a blender for fresh cranberry salads, or unfrozen tossed in salads or added to a favorite fruit juice.  Dried sweetened cranberries provide another source of the nutritional benefits to add to cereals, salads, rice, breads, cakes and brownies or a serving size of 1/3 cup to eat by the handful.

Cranberry Cooking

o   Combine cranberries with apples, oranges and  pineapple pecans and sweeten with honey or fruit juice for a salad.  o   Red gelatin combined with  whole cranberry sauce, crushed pineapple, chopped apple and  chopped walnuts makes an attractive salad for the holiday table.                                                                                                                                            o   Cooked sweeten cranberries make a good side dish to serve with roast turkey or ham.  Boil one cup of water, one cup of sugar, add 3 cups of cranberries.  Cook 10 minutes, or berries pop, pour into serving dish; let cool to room temperature.   The sauce can be refrigerated and served cold.                                                                                                        o Dried cranberries can be utilized in salads, breads, and with entrees such as Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken.                                                                                                     

Cranberry Orange Salad

A salad when served on lettuce or relish to be served with entrees of turkey, ham or pork . Cranberry Orange Salad for all seasons, not just Thanksgiving.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad or Relish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces fresh whole cranberries or frozen whole berries
  • 1 medium naval orange
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup gelatin powder cherry, orange, or lemon
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecan

Instructions

  • Chop cranberries in blender or food processor.
  • Pour into large bowl.
  • Using the whole orange, cut into quarters or smaller and chop in the blender or processor.
  • Add the orange pieces to cranberries.
  • Stir in the sugar, gelatin powder and pecans.
  • Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hour to dissolve sugar and cool.

Notes

Fresh Cranberry Salad can be frozen after it is frozen, thaw before serving.

Look at these interesting Cranberry Recipes:

Annie’s Eats – Glazed Cranberry Lemon Cake

Simply Recipes – Jalapeno Pepper Jelly

cuisinart – Apple Cranberry Stuffed Pork Roast

cookbookinabox – Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken

 

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Ham Salad Spread

Spring time and ready for a picnic lunch!

These are times of minus temperatures,  –1 to  -21 degrees, piles of snow, school closings, road accidents, frozen water lines,  etc.  Enough of that!  How about looking for some spring flowers and plan the first picnic?  I will bring Ham Salad Spread for sandwiches and cracker appetizers.  Let’s see;  we need carrot and celery sticks, broccoli florets, a vegetable dip. I think a fruit bowl would be good:  fresh strawberries, blueberries, grapes, pineapple, diced orange and sprinkling of fennel seeds on top.   Just because it is the first picnic of year, I would add a big bag of potato chips.  Are you with me?

Ham Salad spread on Sandwiches and Crackers

Ham Salad Spread on Sandwiches and Crackers

I will even bring the spring flowers.  The purple crocus are such a delightful surprise in the spring, and sometimes have to come up in the snow.  They are hardy little buggers to enjoy.

Spring Crocus

Spring Crocus

Then soon daffodils  will be showing off.

Daffodils awaking from winter

Daffodils awaking from winter.

Keep looking at the trees as you travel along the highways and back roads of the Midwest to see the pink of the red bud tree and white of the dogwoods.

Back Yard Red Bud Tree

Back Yard Red Bud Tree                                                                                                           

Enough dreaming about spring.

Ready for a Ham Salad Spread sandwich and crackers.

Ham Salad Sandwich and on crackers for appetizer

Ham Salad Sandwich and  crackers for appetizer

Ham Salad Spread

A sweet and spicy Ham Salad Spread to be used on crackers topped with veggies or a sandwich spread for luncheon, buffet or an anytime picnic.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer or Sandwich Spread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ham in 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup Colby Cheese in 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 8 drops hot pepper sauce

Instructions

  • To reduce the salt in the ham cubes, drain and rinse with running water.
  • Put the ham cubes, cheese cubes, onion, relish and lemon juice into food processor.
  • Pulse about 3-4 times until ham is finely chopped.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and process until well blended.
  • Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • More mayonnaise, mustard or hot sauce may be added to your taste.
  • Put ham salad into serving bowl and refrigerate until ready for use.
  • Serve on assorted crackers or breads.

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Ham Salad Spread Sandwich and appetizer.

Ham Salad Spread Sandwich and Appetizer

And for dessert American Apple Pie

Apple Pie

 

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Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad

Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad

Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad

 

 Gourmet Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad

My first “gourmet salad”, Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad, big time and new idea in 1978.  Bon Appétit was probably the originator of this recipe.  At that time mixing fresh mushrooms and oranges in salad was being original.  How times have changed!  No longer do we expect  the same foods being served together.  An example:  meat loaf made with ground beef, served with white mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans with iceberg lettuce salad. Consider a new take on the same menu:  meat loaf made with ground turkey, risotto , Brussels sprouts with pearl onions and sesame seeds and pear salad.

Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions

Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions and Sesame Seeds

Diversity of our neighborhoods and communities have made diversity in the foods we eat and have available at our grocers and Farmer’s Market.  In my city  there are multiple Asian and Hispanic grocery stores  in addition to the chain and big box stores that offer a variety of foods to meet the needs of most nationalities and for those just wanting to learn new recipes and tastes to broaden our understanding of flavors, cooking, and even cultures.

Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad

A easy mixed fresh spinach-romaine lettuce salad with mushrooms, oranges, bacon and nuts.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 3 cups fresh romaine leaves and hearts torn into bite size
  • 1/2 cup fresh crimini mushrooms sliced
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1-2 navel oranges
  • 1/4 cup toasted whole almonds
  • Seasoned Vinaigrette Dressing

Instructions

  • Wash and dry spinach and romaine leaves and hearts.
  • Slice the mushrooms
  • Fry the bacon crisp and drain on toweling paper. Break bacon into small pieces.
  • Cut off the peel and white pith on the navel oranges, cut in 1/2 inch slices and quarter.
  • Toast the almonds, allow to cool.
  • Assemble the greens into a large bowl.
  • Add some of the vinaigrette and mix greens.
  • Add mushrooms, bacon, oranges and almonds.
  • Mix more vinaigrette or have available for serving.

Notes

Sliced red onions and/or feta cheese are also additions to be added to this salad.
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This recipe is not exotic nor in 2015 is it very ”gourmet” or different.  It is a salad that is great in the winter time with the oranges and the current fad of bacon on everything.  This is just a reminder of ingredients with a different mix,  ago-to recipe to add to your collection. Enjoy.

Menu Suggestions:

 

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Caramelized Oranges with Almonds

Caramelized Oranges with Almonds

Caramelized Oranges with Almonds

A few years ago I was cleaning out boxes stored in a closet.  I found a cookbook in a box, Williams-Sonoma, Simple Italian Cooking recipes by Chuck Williams.  These recipes started my adventure in Italian cooking and eating.  The Mediterranean Diet works for my family with plenty of fresh vegetables and fresh fruit.  My Caramelized Oranges with Almonds is adapted from a favorite recipe “Oranges with Mint and Toasted Almonds.”  I made a few changes to  the recipe and serve as  an appetizer, salad or dessert.  It is wonderful with a brunch instead of orange juice.  Put the oranges on spinach or romaine lettuce the syrup for dressing;  there is a salad for dinner of chicken and pasta.  After eating a heavy meal of beef stew, Caramelized Oranges with Almonds lend a sweet and light dessert to the meal.

Caramelized Oranges with Almonds

Caramelized Oranges with Almonds

A dish of fresh oranges in mild sweet syrup with toasted almonds and coconut for an appetizer, salad or dessert.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizers / Salad / Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon slivered orange zest
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sweet Marsala wine optional
  • 4 large navel oranges
  • 4 tablespoons toasted almond slices
  • 4 tablespoons toasted shredded coconut

Instructions

  • Wash and dry oranges.
  • Grate the rind off the oranges to get the zest.
  • Cut off the top and bottom of the oranges.
  • Cut off the peel and white pith.
  • Slice the peeled oranges into 1/2 inch slices, put into a serving bowl.
  • Save any orange juice.
  • In a medium sauce pan, put the zest, sugar, lemon juice, wine and orange juice.
  • Cook over medium heat until mixture is amber colored, about 5 minutes without stirring.
  • Remove the syrup from heat and pour over the orange slices.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.
  • Serve slices with the toasted almonds and toasted coconut on top.

Notes

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Simply Salads by cookbookinabox

cookbookinabox trip to the Farmer's Market

cookbookinabox trip to the Farmer’s Market

Simply Salads of fresh vegetables and fruit combined can be the center of lunch or part of an elaborate dinner.  Fresh vegetables and fruit can show up in the whole meal or menu.  Check out the menu below.

A trip to the local farmer’s market makes a bountiful supply of fresh vegetables and fruit for gourmet and ordinary cooking.  Road side stands, city markets, farmer’s markets, co-operative groceries and big name grocery stores are teeming with produce. Check out your community to find the foods for healthy eating.

Which recipe would you like to make?  Look for the heading “Recent Recipes” in the right column for these dishes listed below. Or use the category search.

       Select a recipe from each of the following list of foods to plan a menu for dinner.

Appetizer:  Celery and carrot sticks, pineapple chunks and strawberries

    Bread:  Sweet Potato & Cranberry Nut Bread or Sweet Wheat Bread

       Soup:  Summer Vegetable Soup or Corn and Mushroom Chowder

           Salad:  Cabbage Apple Slaw  or Vegetable Fusilli Salad

               Entree:  Asparagus Tart or Collard Greens, Corn and Tortilla Strata

                   Vegetable:  Braised Carrots & Fennel,   Savory Baked Corn

                        Dessert:  Chocolate Cake or Apple Cobbler

                            Snack:  Molasses Cookies or Grand Canyon Hermit Cookies

How about quick and easy salads?

                                 Simply Salads by cookbookinabox®

Tomato avacado simple salad_0953Tomato, avocado and large pitted black olives are sprinkled with lime juice. To add more color serve it on a bed of romaine lettuce or spinach.  Need more veggies, try chopping scallions on top. Serve with your favorite salad dressing. Asparagus Tart and this simple salad would make a good luncheon or brunch meal.

Pear orange simple salad _3797Red Bartlett pear and a naval orange are diced with chopped red onion, feta cheese and chopped walnuts on top.  Anjou or Bosc pears, pecans or even add dried cranberries or cherries for another quick simple salad.  Use a sweet vinaigrette dressing. The Microwaved Steamed Salmon with Bok Choy is an easy entree to serve with Simply Salads by cookbookinabox.

Orange almond simple salad_3727Salad or dessert, a little of each,  a layered fruit salad of green grapes halves, pineapple chunks, diced navel oranges and sprinkling of toast almonds and coconut flakes on top.  The juice provide its own dressing.  This simple salad would be a sweet ending to the Corn and Mushroom Chowder.

As cooks, we sometimes get so caught up trying to give the best tasting gourmet dinner and an stunning  eye-appealing  presentation we get overwhelmed and frazzled.  Try some of the suggested Simply Salads by cookbookinabox® with any of the Recent Recipes listed on the side.

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