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    Sunday, December 18, 2016

    A Crisp and Crunchy Salad for Christmas

    All the colours of Christmas
    Perfect to sit on The Christmas Table
    I got the idea for this salad on The Bon Appetit Website
    Of course I have adapted it to make it mine and yours in fact

    I love the dressing that was supplied was supposed to go with the salad
    you will find it at the bottom of the post
    But somehow, I don’t think these Asian flavours would go with Turkey, Ham, Stuffing Balls
    So I dressed the vegetables with a Tomato Dressing

    Very simple
    Just make a French Dressing
    Into a jar put

    6 Tablespoons Olive Oil
    2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
    1 tsp French Mustard
    Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

    Shake well, leave aside till you need it

    Take 6 Cherry tomatoes
    Cut into quarters
    Marinate the tomatoes in about 4 Tablespoons of the French dressing

    Now prepare the rest of the salad

    3 Lebanese Cucumbers, very thinly sliced
    4 small radishes, trimmed, very thinly sliced
    200 gms Green Beans cut in half diagonally    

    2 bowls of Iced water
    Tomato Dressing
    Chives finely chopped 

    Place cucumber, radishes,
    in a colander set inside a bowl of ice water.
    Press down on vegetables to submerge.
    Let soak, stirring occasionally, until very firm and crunchy,
    at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour.
    Drain and pat dry.
    Meanwhile, cook the beans in a large pot of boiling generously
    salted water just until their colour intensifies and they are
    barely softened, about 1 minute.
    Using a slotted spoon, immediately transfer to a large bowl of
    salted ice water (use about 1 Tbsp. salt for every litre of water).
    Let vegetables cool;
    Drain and pat dry.

    Arrange the drained and dried vegetable in a serving plate
    Add the tomatoes
    Toss gently
    Cover with chopped chives
    Now if you wish to make this salad with the Asian Dressing

    Omit the tomatoes and Toss with this dressing
    3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    1 tablespoon soy sauce
    2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
    ¼ teaspoon sugar
    Sea salt, freshly ground pepper

    I shall be trying this after Christmas

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