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Karl’s Vegan Israeli Couscous Almandine

Wife Jan is on the Noom Program and I made an Israeli couscous salad packed full of vegetables and fruit for the Fourth of July. It was so popular with my family that wife Jan asked me to make some for her dance in the park potluck this Sunday.  Last time, I listed a vegan option for the salad, but Jan thought some of her friends might be vegan, so I made a new, strictly Vegan salad. Of course in my ultimate need not to make the same dish the same way twice in a row, I made some changes.

Karl’s Vegan Israeli Couscous Almandine

Karl’s Vegan Israeli Couscous Almandine

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Karl’s Israeli Couscous Almandine

I’m barbecuing a Nevis jerked chicken for the Fourth of July and I wanted some side dishes to go with the heavy meat main dish. With two vegetable dishes—corn and grilled vegetables—decided upon, I needed something with a bit of starch. Wife Jan is on the Noom Program, so she objects to dense starchy dishes. To please her, I chose to make a Israeli couscous salad packed full of vegetables and fruit.

Karl’s Israeli Couscous Almandine

Karl’s Israeli Couscous Almandine

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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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