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5 minute salad

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In a large bowl combine: half of a head of Romaine lettuce (cut up), 1 sliced cucumber, 1 grated carrot, quartered cherry tomatoes, shredded Parmesan cheese.

In a tiny bowl combine: 1-part red wine vinegar (or balsamic vinegar) & 2-parts olive oil, salt, pepper, tiny bit of oregano, pressed garlic. Stir up with a fork until the two liquids combine well.

Pour the dressing into bowl of stuff. Mix! Have your friend Nick take a photo of it. Eat. All. Of. It.


Written by Maria

November 15, 2009 at 9:35 pm

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Polish Cucumber Salad

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My most favorite of salads & foods. Cucumbers. Super easy.


  1. Slice up cucumbers.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of sour cream,* juice from half a lemon, salt, pepper, a bit of sugar, and chopped up fresh dill. Stir this all together.
  3. Combine the sour cream mixture with cucumbers, stir it up.
  4. Goes great with mashed potatoes!

* Kefir or yogurt is also a great substitute!

Written by Maria

October 28, 2009 at 1:03 am

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Simple Polish Beet Salad

  1. Put in whole, washed beets in a pot filled with water. Bring the pot to a boil, then set to a simmer, letting the beets cook. Usually taken 45 min – an hour or so? Beets take a while. Stick a fork through them to see if they are soft enough.
  2. Drain this beautiful blood colored water and rinse the beets in cold water to cool them down.
  3. They will be hot! Watch out! Peel the beets. You can use a knife to cut the skin away or you can just peel it away. Beets will still be hot! Let them hang out for a while.
  4. Slice beets into whatever size you want.
  5. Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and a tiny dash of sugar.
  6. Nom nom nom!

Many people do not enjoy beets and say that they taste like dirt. When I was 10 years old, I would have agreed with this, but as I aged and my palette matured I grew to love the beet. They are truly delicious and healthy vegetables, with an earthy and sweet flavor. Give them a try.

I like my beets hot, so I would recommend serving them warm, but my mom makes this recipe with cold beets (so I microwave them).

* These beets were from my parents’ garden!

Written by Maria

October 28, 2009 at 12:48 am

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Mushroom/Onion/Arugula/Cheese Sandwich

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If you like strong flavors, then this sandwich is for you.


You will need: olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, arugula, mushrooms, onions, cheese, bread

  1. Sauté garlic, mushrooms, & onions in olive oil. Add salt, pepper and the crushed red pepper.
  2. When that is cooked, turn off the heat and add in some cut up arugula. Let it cook and wilt in the warm pan as you mix it with the mushrooms and onions. This arugula is from the Farmer’s Market!
  3. Toast the bread, butter it. I used a giant slab of seeded french bread from Mirabelle bakery in Urbana.
  4. Top the bread with veggies and grate your choice of cheese. I used sharp white cheddar and goat cheese. Add fresh arugula on top of this.
  5. Oh My God, eat!


After not eating much all day and biking through swarms of aphids, I was still hungry and ate a small salad of fresh arugula, basil, scallions and pinto beans with Newman’s Own Olive Oil & Vinegar salad dressing. I looooove arugula’s bitter and strong flavor.

Written by Maria

September 22, 2009 at 12:19 am

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Strawberry salad

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This is one of my all-time favorite salads, and it’s really easy.

Grill or pan-sear some chicken with salt, pepper and lemon pepper. Marinate it in balsamic and olive oil for a little while first.

Then mix with:

  • Mixed greens
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Blue or goat cheese, crumbled
  • Walnuts
  • Balsamic vinaigrette (or just olive oil + vinegar)

Top with some fresh grated pepper.

Written by HT

September 16, 2009 at 9:27 pm