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Kryten’s Italian Salad

ITALIAN SALAD (6 Servings)

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked beets
1 cup cooked carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup green peas
1/2 cup cucumbers, pared, seeded and diced
Mayonnaise thinned with cream or sour cream
1 head of lettuce

Preparation:

Prepare the vegetables and chill.
Combine the salad with dressing.
Prepare beds of lettuce and top with the salad.


ITALIAN SALAD DRESSING (2 cups)

Ingredients:

3/4 cup wine vinegar
2/3 cup red wine
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon capers
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
2 capsicum peppers (green, red or both)
2 teaspoon prepared mustard (whatever your favorite mustard is, may need to experiment.)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon rosemary (dried)
1 teaspoon oregano (dried)

Preparation:

Mix the vinegar and wine, set for 1 hour.
Finely chop garlic.
Add the salt, capers, mustard seed to the garlic and pound to a paste.
(Use a mortar and pestle, or a round bowl and back of a spoon)
Remove the capsicum pepper insides and cut into thin slivers.
Bring the vinegar/wine mixture with the garlic paste to a boil and then add the peppers and spices, stirring often.
Remove from the heat, add olive oil, allow to cool.

2 comments

1 hipparchia { 11.29.08 at 12:25 pm }

thanks, kryten! i may do this one for christmas dinner. everyone in our family likes turkey and pumpkin pie, but beyond that, we’re not real traditionalists; i made wild rice salad for thanksgiving this year [i substituted walnuts for the pecans, and walnut oil for the canola oil].

2 Kryten42 { 11.29.08 at 8:11 pm }

No problem h! 😀 Enjoy (though you might want to try it before springing it on an unsuspecting family). 😉 LOL

It’s really a summer salad, but no reason why it can’t be used any time. 🙂

I’m slowly going through my boxes, though that will be somewhat delayed now as I did a hamstring in mt right thigh yesterday. *sigh* Thank God for codeine! 😉 I’m not having a fun year. *shrug* 🙂

We had some great Christmas recipes, and I want to dig them out. I’ll post them when I find them. 🙂

Because we have Christmas in summer here, our *traditional* Christmas is a bit different. We typically have Christmas Lunch rather than dinner, though lunch can last all afternoon! LOL Typically it includes roast turkey, chicken, leg of ham, lot’s of king prawns and crayfish (lobster), and several salads. 🙂 They turkey & chicken may be hot out of the oven or cooked the day before and served cold (especially if it’s a hot day). My mom used to make the traditional English Christmas pudding around June. Takes at least 6 Months to really set! LOL I miss those. 🙂