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  1. #1
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Salad Design

    I'm thinking of making a salad made from cubes of
    chayote squash and Asian pear. They both have similar
    firmness with contrasting texture, the chayote being
    firm and smooth, while the pear is less firm and
    grainy. They are both somewhat sweet, the pear being
    sweeter than the chayote. I think they'd go very well
    together.

    I'm not quite sure what would be a good dressing
    for this. Recently, I've been pouring Trader Joe's
    Greek Style Feta Dressing over everything, but I'm
    sure there must be other possibilities that might
    complement the main ingredients better.

    I'm also thinking about what would be a good third
    solid ingredient. I'm thinking raisens or Zante
    currants. Probably no nuts in this one. Maybe
    grapes. Maybe chopped apricots.

    Any suggestions?

  2. #2
    Becca Guest

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    On 7/8/2010 2:56 PM, Mark Thorson wrote:
    > I'm thinking of making a salad made from cubes of
    > chayote squash and Asian pear. They both have similar
    > firmness with contrasting texture, the chayote being
    > firm and smooth, while the pear is less firm and
    > grainy. They are both somewhat sweet, the pear being
    > sweeter than the chayote. I think they'd go very well
    > together.
    >
    > I'm not quite sure what would be a good dressing
    > for this. Recently, I've been pouring Trader Joe's
    > Greek Style Feta Dressing over everything, but I'm
    > sure there must be other possibilities that might
    > complement the main ingredients better.
    >
    > I'm also thinking about what would be a good third
    > solid ingredient. I'm thinking raisens or Zante
    > currants. Probably no nuts in this one. Maybe
    > grapes. Maybe chopped apricots.
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    >


    Sounds good. Celery and raisins would be good additions.

    Dressing

    1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
    1/4 cup sugar, or to taste
    1/4 cup oil
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Becca

  3. #3
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Salad Design

    On Thu, 08 Jul 2010 12:56:43 -0700, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > I'm thinking of making a salad made from cubes of
    > chayote squash and Asian pear. They both have similar
    > firmness with contrasting texture, the chayote being
    > firm and smooth, while the pear is less firm and
    > grainy. They are both somewhat sweet, the pear being
    > sweeter than the chayote. I think they'd go very well
    > together.
    >
    > I'm not quite sure what would be a good dressing
    > for this. Recently, I've been pouring Trader Joe's
    > Greek Style Feta Dressing over everything, but I'm
    > sure there must be other possibilities that might
    > complement the main ingredients better.
    >
    > I'm also thinking about what would be a good third
    > solid ingredient. I'm thinking raisens or Zante
    > currants. Probably no nuts in this one. Maybe
    > grapes. Maybe chopped apricots.
    >
    > Any suggestions?



    My immediate reaction was to use a ginger dressing. If you want
    cheese, try a blue cheese instead of feta. Dried cranberries would be
    prettier than raisins or currents and give it a little zing.

    This recipe originally went with asparagus and included sesame oil

    Lemon Ginger Dressing

    1 tbs. grated ginger
    1/3 c. lemon juice
    2/3 c. oil
    1 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. white pepper


    Prepare dressing by combining ginger and lemon juice in small bowl.
    Slowly add oil in thin stream, whisking constantly. Stir in salt and
    pepper.

    --
    Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.

  4. #4
    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Salad Design

    Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    >wrote:
    >
    >> I'm thinking of making a salad made from cubes of
    >> chayote squash and Asian pear. They both have similar
    >> firmness with contrasting texture, the chayote being
    >> firm and smooth, while the pear is less firm and
    >> grainy. They are both somewhat sweet, the pear being
    >> sweeter than the chayote. I think they'd go very well
    >> together.
    >>
    >> I'm not quite sure what would be a good dressing
    >> for this. Recently, I've been pouring Trader Joe's
    >> Greek Style Feta Dressing over everything, but I'm
    >> sure there must be other possibilities that might
    >> complement the main ingredients better.
    >>
    >> I'm also thinking about what would be a good third
    >> solid ingredient. I'm thinking raisens or Zante
    >> currants. Probably no nuts in this one. Maybe
    >> grapes. Maybe chopped apricots.
    >>
    >> Any suggestions?


    Add granny smith apple chunks, pineapple chunks, and mandarin orange
    sections... I'd use a honey mustard dressing. Raisins are fine, so
    are craisins... garnish with sesame seeds or sunflower seeds.

  5. #5
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: Salad Design

    Mark wrote:

    > I'm thinking of making a salad made from cubes of
    > chayote squash and Asian pear. They both have similar
    > firmness with contrasting texture, the chayote being
    > firm and smooth, while the pear is less firm and
    > grainy. They are both somewhat sweet, the pear being
    > sweeter than the chayote. I think they'd go very well
    > together.
    >
    > I'm not quite sure what would be a good dressing
    > for this. Recently, I've been pouring Trader Joe's
    > Greek Style Feta Dressing over everything, but I'm
    > sure there must be other possibilities that might
    > complement the main ingredients better.
    >
    > I'm also thinking about what would be a good third
    > solid ingredient. I'm thinking raisens or Zante
    > currants. Probably no nuts in this one. Maybe
    > grapes. Maybe chopped apricots.
    >
    > Any suggestions?


    Cucumber, and dress simply with seasoned vinegar.

    Bob




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