We harvested lettuce then I made a salad dressing


When I wrote about harvesting lettuce two days ago, I didn't mean that we harvested all the lettuce in the garden. I took a third then, I took another third earlier today and, the final third, I will reserve for when vegetarian Sam comes home for the weekend. She really should experience the wonders of genuine garden-fresh salad greens.Meanwhile, for the portion that I … [Read more...]

Makopa salad with herbed hibiscus vinaigrette


A large part of our Negros Occidental vacation was spent in a hacienda in Cadiz. We enjoyed homecooked food, and meals were extended and relaxed. We never ran out of things to talk about but one recurring theme was food. Had we tried tambis salad? No, we hadn't. Tambis is the Visayan name for makopa which I have always translated into English as mountain apple or Malay … [Read more...]

Carrot and cucumber salad with mango-kalamansi-ginger dressing


Last week when I was down with some kind of flu, there were two days when I really couldn't get up to do the cooking, and we lived on pizza (from Domino's) and tacos (from Army Navy). I'm sure they were good but to a sick person, everything has that generic cardboard taste. So, the first opportunity that I felt well enough to move around in the kitchen, I cooked a meal … [Read more...]

Sweet potatoes and bacon salad with lime and honey dressing


The other day, while we were busy navigating (and getting lost in) the Quiapo area, we found ourselves in Quinta market and I saw mounds and mounds of beautiful sweet potatoes. We bought a bunch and, for yesterday's late lunch, I made a salad with them. Who knew that sweet potatoes would make a good salad ingredient? A first time for me and because the result was a really … [Read more...]

Corned beef and vegetables salad with mango dressing


Having successfully made corned beef at home, I started thinking of the many ways to serve it. Not that it wouldn't have gotten consumed completely just by slicing and piling between slices of bread. But, you know, I wanted to get more creative than that.It is very usual to add ham or bacon to vegetable salad. Because salad vegetables are bland, richly flavored … [Read more...]

2-minute ranch dressing


Today, I am an alarm clock. In about 15 minutes, I am going to call up Alex who is at the condo to wake her up so she can be on time to leave to see a play at 10.00 a.m. as part of a class requirement. No problem, really, since I meant to stay up to watch the live telecast of the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games which was scheduled to start at 4.00 a.m.The … [Read more...]

3-minute salad dressing


There are two things that, in a perfect world, Sam would vote to be on the dinner table for each and every meal -- soup and salad. Sad to say, it isn't a perfect world. We had a soup for lunch yesterday but no salad. And, for dinner, we had a salad but no soup. Still and all, since she got both a soup and a salad on the same day, I'd say she got a pretty good deal.Now, … [Read more...]

Taco salad with spicy garlic dressing


Does a salad always have to be served on a salad plate and eaten with a salad fork? If bread forms part of the salad, does the bread always have to be in the form of croutons? As far as I am concerned, the answers are no and no. I like variety.So, a couple of nights ago, when Speedy asked what we were having for dinner, I said "taco salad." I told him I'd put salad … [Read more...]

Arugula and alfalfa sprouts salad with honey, mustard and ginger dressing


If you ask me what my favorite salad green is, I'd tell you it's arugula. If you ask me what my second favorite salad green is, I'd say lettuce. If you ask me what kind of lettuce, I'd tell you any kind except iceberg lettuce. If you ask me what other vegetables I want in my salad, I'd say anything goes and my salad doesn't necessarily have to have tomatoes and cucumbers … [Read more...]