Salad

Green Bean and Corn Salad {Vegan}

This time of year is always busy. So many weddings, BBQs, birthday parties, and of course, work (work, work, work, work). Come the weekend, all I want to do is sleep in, wake up to birds chirping and a strong cup of coffee, and shop locally at our farmer’s market. In Wisconsin, we currently have a plethora of carrots, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, potatoes, and of course, green beans.

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Green beans and wax beans as far as the eye can see. $3 for how many beans? Um, done. Goodness, I love summer.

Minus the mosquitos.

Anywho, beans don’t always have to mean a casserole. Honestly, on hot summer days casserole is the last thing on my mind. So a green bean salad it is!

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The fresh beans are amazing, but the real star of this dish is the vinaigrette. It’s extremely flavorful and makes the vegetables shine. Perfect for these hot, lazy, summer daze.

Cheers.

Green Bean and Corn Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yields: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound green beans, stem ends trimmed
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, julianned
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Combine minced shallot, oil, vinegar and salt in a mason jar and set aside.
  2. Bring several inches of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add beans. Boil until the beans are bright green and crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the beans from the saucepan and submerge in an ice bath. Shake dry and place on a platter.
  3. Spread the corn on top of the beans. Shake the dressing to blend and drizzle it over the vegetables. Top with fresh basil and pepper. Serve at room temperature or cold.

Notes

Recipe adapted from http://www.healthyseasonalrecipes.com/

http://foodiemcbooty.com/green-bean-corn-salad-vegan/

Lighter Creamy Cucumber Salad

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.  Are you making anything for your sweetie?

Our Valentine’s Day tradition between my Mister and some of my friends is to attend some sort of violent sport each year.  For some reason I always feel compelled to celebrate this Hallmark day even though I don’t consider myself a mushy romantic.  A few years ago we attended a hockey game, found it wasn’t violent enough and attended a LaCrosse game the years following.  Now V Day is something I look forward to every year for that very reason.  Go sports!

Now, you’re probably wondering what violence has to do with this cucumber salad recipe?  Good question.  I’ll have to get back to you on that.

This cucumber salad is a great accompaniment to any heavy entree.  It is light and refreshing with pops of crunch from the red onion.  I made it even lighter (healthier) by using greek-yogurt and fat-free sour cream.  The important thing to remember about making cucumber salad is that cucumbers have a lot of water in them.  You want to remove as much water as possible before combining all of your ingredients or else your cucumber salad will turn out very watery (and nobody likes a watery salad).

Happy day before V Day!

Lighter Creamy Cucumber Salad

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Yields: 4

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Calories per serving: 30 calories

Fat per serving: 0

Ingredients

  • 4 large cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small red onion, diced or thinly sliced, your choice
  • 1 cup (8-ounces) low-fat plain greek-style yogurt
  • 1/2 cup (4-ounces) fat-free sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh dill (or 1 Tablespoons dried dill), finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Mix the cucumbers, onions, and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Pour them into a colander and suspend it over a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight. Discard the liquid that collects in the bowl.
  2. When the cucumbers are ready, roll them up in a paper towel and press the towel lightly to remove most of the liquid. Place the cucumbers, yogurt, sour cream, vinegar, dill, remaining salt and pepper into a bowl. Toss well and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld. Taste and add additional seasonings if necessary. Serve chilled.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/cucumber-salad/

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