Basic Vegetable Salad from Switzerland

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@Celestina9000

From about.ch.com. Add the eggs, meat, and/or nuts for a main course option. Vegetable ingredients will vary depending on what is in season and your preferences. The fresh herbs can be added directly to the salad or whisked in with the salad dressing ingredients. Three salad dressing variations are given: German, French and Italian. Remember: fresh, seasonal vegetables, please!


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Serves:

N/A

Prep:

15 Min

Method:

No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

lettuce (mesclun, butter lettuce, baby spinach, etc.)
carrots (i used orange and yellow)
celery
purple cabbage
cucumbers
tomatoes
beets (which i grated raw)
yellow summer squash or zucchini
green beans, quickly steamed
onion (yellow, red, scallions, shallots)
fresh herb(s): dill, parsley, tarragon, etc.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS:

hardboiled eggs
cooked beans (kidney, garbanzo, broad, etc.)
nuts or seeds (hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.)

BASIC SALAD DRESSING:

pinch
ground white pepper
mustard (i used stoneground mustard)
pinch
salt
3 Tbsp
vinegar (i used equal parts white wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar)
4 Tbsp
oil (grapeseed for this variation)

FRENCH DRESSING:

pinch
ground white pepper
1 tsp
french mustard (dijon, for ex)
2 Tbsp
onion, finely minced, shallot for ex. (skip the onion if your salad contains onion)
1 small
clove garlic, finely minced
pinch
salt (maldon or grey salt would be good!)
3 Tbsp
white wine vinegar
4 Tbsp
olive oil

ITALIAN DRESSING:

pinch
cracked black pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp
onion, finely minced (skip if salad contains onion)
1 small
clove garlic, finely minced
3 Tbsp
red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
4 Tbsp
olive oil

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Prepare the salad dressing of choice by whisking all the ingredients together except for the oil. Slowing add the oil in a steady stream and whisk until emulsified. Set aside. The dressing tastes best if prepared 1 hour in advance of serving.
2
Wash and spin dry the lettuce.
3
Peel, slice, grate or dice the vegetables.
4
Place the lettuce in the center of a salad plate. Arrange the vegetables around the edges. Add hardboiled egg halves.
5
If desired, you can add cooked beans and/or some cooked and cubed chicken, beef, etc.
6
Just prior to serving, drizzle the salad dressing of choice lightly over the vegetables. Add the optional ingredients now.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Salads
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: German
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian