Category Archives: Salads

Karl’s Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Wife Jan asked for za’atar chicken skewers for Mother’s Day and I thought about what should go with it as a side dish.  A Mediterranean tomato and cucumber salad came to mind as something I had done before. However, to change things up I decided to throw in some chickpeas—AKA garbanzo beans. My meat marinade used most of a carton of yogurt and—to pair the salad with the main dish—I added the rest of the yogurt to the dressing.

Karl’s Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Karl’s Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

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Karl’s Mango Shrimp Salad Lettuce Wraps

Wife Jan has started Noom trying to lose her Covid pounds—I strangely have actually lost weight during this time. The diet came with some recipes that she wished to try. The first one was for a shrimp salad. I took one look at it and knew that I could not make it the way they wrote it—with half a pound of shrimp per person.

Karl’s Mango Shrimp Salad Lettuce Wraps

Karl’s Mango Shrimp Salad Lettuce Wraps

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Karl’s Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad

Adapted from a Yummly recipe

My sister is visiting and I always try to make something special when they come to California. Daughter Eilene brought some Nevis jerk spice back for me and I decided to try it out on some chicken. This left me with the dilemma of what to serve with the meat. Scouting around the internet for “Caribbean side dishes,” I found a recipe that met my needs.

Karl’s Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad

Karl’s Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad

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Karl’s Portuguese Flavored Cucumber Pickle Salad

Portuguese salad is a fairly standard Mediterranean salad of bell pepper, cucumber, onions, and tomatoes with a red wine vinaigrette. I had several days to plan this meal, so I thought I would pickle the cucumbers—taking a page from Japanese cuisine. While I am calling these pickles Portuguese, they are more “Portuguese flavored,” as I am using common Portuguese seasonings.

Karl’s Portuguese Flavored Cucumber Pickle Salad

Karl’s Portuguese Flavored Cucumber Pickle Salad

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Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Pecans and Crystallized Ginger

Crab season just started and wife Jan asked for a crab dinner. Growing up, her family would cover the table with newspapers and feast on several crabs. Coleslaw is the obvious salad to go with a dinner like this.

Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Pecans and Crystallized Ginger

Karl’s Colorful Coleslaw with Pecans and Crystallized Ginger

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Karl’s Central Asian Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

For wife Jan’s birthday, I am making carrot salad. Daughter Miriam is having trouble chewing and eating carrots might be a bit hard for her. I decided to make a tomato and cucumber salad with tender greens just for her.

Karl’s Central Asian Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

Karl’s Central Asian Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

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Karl’s Uyghur Carrot Salad III

Wife Jan loves carrot salad and it is her birthday dinner. This is my third attempt at making a carrot salad for a Uyghur meal—big plate chicken this time. Today, I am trying for a black vinegar vinaigrette.

Karl’s Uyghur Carrot Salad III

Karl’s Uyghur Carrot Salad III

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Karl’s Farro Salad

One of my preferred salads at Safeway is their orzo salad. I had decided to make an Italian dinner, so I thought I would make something similar using the Italian grain farro. Daughter Miriam always wants things vegetable forward. As I planned my salad, I added more and more vegetables.

Karl’s Farro Salad

Karl’s Farro Salad

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Karl’s Italian Dressing

I was planning two dishes for Sunday’s dinner that I needed Italian dressing for—a farro salad and a roast chicken—but I did not want to use bottled dressing. While I looked at several dressing recipes online I did not really follow any of them—I was just seeing what they considered the range of herbs to use might be. Many of them included powdered garlic and onion, but daughter Miriam is “off” these ingredients, so they have been omitted.Note Feel free to add them back, if you wish.

Karl’s Italian Dressing

Karl’s Italian Dressing

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Karl’s Kimchi Potato Salad

I am doing a barbecued bulgogi tri-tip for our Sunday meal. To go with the Korean main dish, I decided to make a potato salad with napa cabbage kimchi. Daughter Miriam is still off onions, so I am leaving out the green onions—you are of course free to add them back.

Karl’s Kimchi Potato Salad

Karl’s Kimchi Potato Salad

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