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Exotic Salads

Exotic Salads

Liven up your table with these interesting and tasty salads.

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These marvelous tried and true salad recipes are a delightful variation from a classic salad. They are perfect to make when you're having family or friends over for a late meal and you want to keep things light but a little more exotic. These salads are rich in color, which make them very presentable and a perfect dish for entertaining. They are also very refreshing and easy to prepare. You'll find yourself making them again and again.

Don't forget to have the recipes handy as your guest will definitely ask for them. Enjoy!!!

Hearts of Palm Salad
This salad is truly delicious with the hearts of palm adding its smooth and delicious flavor and of course its rich source of fiber. A great salad for the whole family to enjoy.

Ingredients

1 bag romaine lettuce
1/2 red pepper
1/2 yellow pepper
1 avocado cubed
1 can hearts of palm sliced
1/2 pack fresh mushrooms
4 grape tomatoes cut in half
handful crushed terra chips and/or garlic flavored crotons for garnishing.

Dressing

1/2 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. mustard
1/4 C. vinegar
1/2 C. ketchup
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 C. oil
2 cloves fresh garlic minced

Mix and refrigerate the dressing. Pour dressing over salad right before serving. Garnish with crushed terra chips and/or garlic flavored croutons.

Avocado Salad
Avocados add a rich and creamy flavor to this marvelous salad. They also provide a rich nutrient density. This salad is great for dieters for although it contains a high level of fat content, it contains healthy fat that provides quicker satiation and less fattening food cravings.

*Tip -- Reduce the chances of buying an avocado with blemishes by buying a firm avocado and letting it ripen in your home at room temperature in a brown bag for 2-3 days. Ingredients

3 ripe avocados cubed
1 box cherry tomatoes
1 pkg. shredded lettuce
1 box (can) chick peas
1/2 bunch scallions

Marinade

4 Tbs. oil
4 Tbs. vinegar
½ tsp. salt
3 tsp. sugar

Combine Ingredients. Marinade over night.

Portobello Mushroom salad
Portobello mushrooms, a.k.a. "vegetarian meat," give off a meaty taste. Cooking makes them more digestible and palatable, and concentrates flavor by driving off the mushroom natural moisture.

Ingredients

1 package romaine lettuce
1 box grape tomatoes
1 box onion garlic croutons
1 handful slivered honey glazed almonds
4 Portobello mushrooms sliced

Cut off mushroom stems and discard. Dice heads of mushrooms. Grease pan with oil. Put mushrooms in and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover pan and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Toss salad ingredients together with the Portobello mushrooms.

Dressing

1/3 C. Oil
1/4 C. Vinegar
1/4 C. Sugar
1/4 tsp. Mustard
1/4 C. Ketchup
1 fresh garlic clove crushed
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Paprika

Combine dressing ingredients and chill. Pour over salad before serving.

Published: November 10, 2007


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Visitor Comments: 7

(7) Anonymous, August 14, 2012 3:56 AM

important info omitted in portobello salad recipe

the brown gills under the cap must be scraped away, as they can harbor insects...according to the o-k site: Portobello Separate stem from top. Scrape brown area under top with a spoon. Wash, one-by-one, under a strong stream of water, while rubbing each surface.

(6) Anonymous, November 20, 2007 12:23 PM

AMAZING!!!!!

we're so excited and they are great recipes, really tasty and delicious! U can take my word for it, its worth a try!

(5) Sarah Zeldman, November 16, 2007 6:09 AM

Use agave nectar instead of sugar

Agave nectar looks like honey and has a neutral, sweet flavor. It is made from the juice of a cactus and does not raise blood sugar levels. It's a good alternative. As for the ketchup -?

(4) Anonymous, November 14, 2007 2:28 PM

Sounds Great!!

Thank you for those delicious sounding recipes...I cant wait to try them!!

(3) Anonymous, November 12, 2007 7:00 PM

Sugar is a silent killer!

While I welcome the salad initiative as such, I found all the dressings in these recipes ABHORRENT. Don't you have any idea how harmful sugar is? Don't you realize how sugar kills all flavors except its own? Why would I want to eat a delicious salad, and destroy its every gustatory and nutritional benefit with LOADS of sugar? And ketchup? With fresh foods?Puhleeeeeze!

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