cold deli salads at Gelson's

iris_galAugust 11, 2014

A friend brought home 3 deli salads from Gelson's deli case.

The Arrugula Quinoa combo was excellent with a few small size edamames tossed in, but the sweet corn kernals did nothing for me. Could not taste the dressing. Definately one to play with. I thought toasted slivered almonds might be nice. Maybe some halved red grapes?

The Super Asian Coldslaw (name may be incorrect) seemed to be dressed with a sweet'n'sour rice vinegar & sugar mix. No oil was apparent. About equal parts shredded cabbage and carrots, some lg.slivers of red and green Bell peppers, a few sliced sugar peas (blanched I think) and some chopped green onion with a bit of the top. Refreshing taste. The pea pods were a bit tough.

A broccoli mandarin combo was so simple. Fresh broccoli small florets, mandarin orange segments in tiny !!! bits (was nice), a few cashews, and generous amount of small cherry halves. The cherries didn't appear to be reconstituted dried. Can't figure them out. Golden raisins would substitute. Dressing was typical vinegar-sugar-mayo mix used on coldslaw. Maybe using rice vinegar.

Weather hot and muggy here. Any refreshing combos you've found?

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Try going to your local Farmers' Market and get some of the fresh fruit that is overflowing at this time of year. We went to the one in Mar Vista yesterday, and there were lots of stands selling all kinds of peachs, plums, plucots, apricots, dates, figs, nuts, oranges, etc., not to mention all the vegetables. I bought eggplant, asparagus, and brocolli plus a bag of Valencia oranges, since my orange tree is not producing at the moment. I do not mix fruit and vegetables in a salad, as a rule however. I also bought lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, Persian cucumbers, and avocados. Unfortunately, the farmers' markets seem to be quite a bit more expensive than regular stores, even when comparing organic items with organic items. Still, the FMs are fun to go to, but Kevin got tired carrying the oranges. I should have bought those last - next time I will remember. They also sell fish at that market. I was hoping to find cherimoya, but I think perhaps only the Santa Barbara and Hollywood markets have that on a regular basis. Sometimes it is available in Santa Monica. I bought the last one at a Japanese market. The ones on my tree won't be ready for another three months or so.


    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 6:00PM
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Lars, get Kevin one of those dinky shopping trollies! There are some very fashionable ones here and they're becoming quite trendy.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 2:44AM
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This is my new "go to" kale salad, from the "Smitten Kitchen" blog. Quinoa, ricotta salata, almonds and kale. Could easily add some type of bean. I make it with goat cheese because I am mildly lactose intolerant and fresh cheeses are the worst for that. Also loving Greek style potato salad with olives, artichokes and goat feta, vinegar and oil dressing with Greek seasoning (oregano, green onions, chives, could also add dill). Could add tomatoes too. Lastly, coleslaw with honey mustard poppyseed dressing, bottled. Easy peasy and I get raves when I serve it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kale and quinoa salad with almonds

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 11:59AM
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I do frequent farmers' markets. Only place to find delicious apricots.

Thanks for the ideas LPink. Love honey mustard & hadn't thought of that for coldslaw. Hooray for Smittenkitchen's site. Great.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 11:08PM
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The honey mustard poppyseed dressing is good on that broccoli salad too. Anything in the "mustard" vegetable family, like kale, cauliflower, etc That would be "brassicaceae" for all you science geeks!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 10:48AM
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