Recipes — Salads

Alubia Blanca, Watercress, and Herb Salad

Salads Vegetarian

Alubia Blanca, Watercress, and Herb Salad

In her seminal book, The Mexican Gourmet, author Maria Dolores Torres Yzabal includes a salad with just half cilantro and half watercress. Steve was intrigued by this and started making it at home. He came to love the slight bitterness of the watercress, but he wanted something that could stand on its own so he came up with this version, which is basically a third each of watercress, parsley, and cilantro, with some beans tossed in for a little indulgence. It makes the salad more substantial, too. Watercress is a somewhat neglected green these days but try and add it to...

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Lentil and Carrot Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Salads Vegetarian

Lentil and Carrot Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Lentils cook very quickly so you don’t have to make a huge batch and then figure out what to do with them. Unsoaked, they cook in about 20 minutes! That’s hard to beat. Obviously, they thrive in hot dishes like soups and stews, but a favorite winter salad has been a very French salad of green lentils, grated carrots, and a strong Dijon mustard vinaigrette. The carrots are meaty and substantial, the lentils creamy and indulgent, and the vinaigrette is rich and assertive. Best of all, there’s no lettuce to wash! 2 garlic cloves, minced ½ yellow onion, finely chopped 1...

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Garbanzo Salad with Shaved Red Onions and Fennel

Salads

Garbanzo Salad with Shaved Red Onions and Fennel

This is the kind of salad that is often described as a good side dish for roasted meat or chicken but we think it's an excellent dinner in itself. The crunch of the vegetables and the texture of the garbanzos shouldn't be underestimated. Dress and season the salad according to your taste. Start with the olive oil and then add the pineapple vinegar as desired. Steve likes it snappy, to match his personality, but you might be more mellow and want to use less. That's the magic of cooking! Serves 2 1 fennel bulb 1 cup cooked Rancho Gordo Garbanzos, drained ½ red onion,...

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Lentil Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Chicken, and Feta

Main Dishes Salads

Lentil Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Chicken, and Feta

This recipe is adapted from Salad of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year by Georgeanne Brennan. Georgeanne says: "Earthy, quick-to-cook lentils make a bed for this main-dish salad. For a vegetarian option, substitute toasted walnuts for the chicken." Serves 4 1 cup dried Rancho Gordo French-Style Green Lentils, or Black Caviar Lentils Sea salt 7 drained, oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, minced, plus 3 tablespoons oil reserved 1 clove garlic, minced 4 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar ¼ pound feta cheese, crumbled or cubed, a tablespoon set aside for garnish 1½ cups slivered,...

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Lentils Folded Into Yogurt, Spinach, and Basil

Salads Vegetarian

Lentils Folded Into Yogurt, Spinach, and Basil

Peter Miller’s Lunch at the Shop: The Art and Practice of the Midday Meal is a favorite book of mine. Peter has a famous architectural bookstore in Seattle and he knows the value of a good meal. A typical workday is no excuse to eat poorly. Peter is also “bean people” and has many recipes taking advantage of good legumes. He was quick to say yes when I asked him if he would share his lentil recipe from his book. His new title is Five Ways to Cook Asparagus (And Other Recipes)(Abrams, 2018), and my copy is already splattered and...

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Flageolet Salad with Lemon, Radishes, and Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

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Flageolet Salad with Lemon, Radishes, and Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

  Oven-roasted tomatoes don’t compare to fresh in-season tomatoes, but they’re a terrific flavor booster to have on hand. Use them like sun-dried tomatoes in salads, pasta, and of course, with beans. One pound of dry beans yields about six cups of cooked. Make them a day ahead so they can cool and you’ll have one more thing done the day you serve them. 6 cups cooked Rancho Gordo Flageolet beans or Cassoulet (from 1 pound dried) 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, sliced in half 5 sprigs thyme, leaves stripped from stems Salt and pepper Olive oil 1 medium red onion, chopped fine...

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Building a Better Bean Salad

Salads

Building a Better Bean Salad

Here are a few of Steve's salad tips: I have found that washing my lettuce, spinning it and then rolling it in clean tea towels keeps the greens fresher, longer. I wrap the roll with a rubber band and then mark it with labeled painter’s tape. I save end-of-loaf bread, slice it and then let it dry out in my oven. Taking a piece of the dried bread and pounding it in my mortar and sprinkling it over the salad right before serving helps make the salad more substantial. As much as I love bean broth, I don’t appreciate it...

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Corn with Black Beans and Epazote

Salads Sides Vegetarian

Corn with Black Beans and Epazote

I had a pound of frozen corn in my freezer and I’m trying my best to actually use what’s in there. I’m very good at putting things into the freezer compartment but I’m not so talented at actually using them. I hate wasting food, so despite corn coming into the farmers markets and stores, I used the frozen. It was a fine dish and I plan to make it again and again. The kernels of corn pop and the beans make it seem creamy and indulgent. I used epazote, a wonderful weed mostly famous for flavoring black beans in Oaxaca...

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Garbanzo, Tomato and Feta Salad

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Garbanzo, Tomato and Feta Salad

From Julia at Rancho Gordo: I’ve developed a real love for summer-ripe Early Girl tomatoes. To me, they are the perfect salad tomato: meaty, sweet, and juicy, but not so juicy that they create a soggy salad. I’ve also developed a (possibly unhealthy) obsession with French sheep’s milk feta cheese. Every week I buy a big chunk of it, resting in brine in a plastic container, and crumble it over just about anything. Sometimes I eat it plain. It has a rich creaminess that I haven’t found in other feta cheeses. Chopped cucumber would be a nice addition to this...

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Flageolet Bean Salad with Roasted Peppers and Capers

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Flageolet Bean Salad with Roasted Peppers and Capers

There is no shame in accepting a little help now and again. For me lately, this means indulging in jars of roasted red pepper. In the summer, when bell peppers are plentiful and a fair price, I actually enjoy roasting them, peeling them and then resting them in olive oil with some garlic. In the meantime, pulling one out of a jar works for me. They are a natural partner with beans and this salad is easy to like. This salad works at cold or at room temperature. I used brined capers but well rinsed salt-packed capers would be ideal....

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Tomato, Royal Corona, and Toasted Bread Salad

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Tomato, Royal Corona, and Toasted Bread Salad

I remember when I first started gardening and I had the bright idea that direct-seeding tomatoes in the ground was the best idea. The plants were incredible and strong and the perfume they exuded made me want to bottle it. Have you ever rubbed a tomato plant just to smell? It’s worth it. The yields were nothing to be proud of but I had nearly a hundred plants so there were plenty of tomatoes, even with my poor gardening skills. The memory of that summer and just too darned many tomatoes makes me very happy.  Ingredients: 1 pound heirloom tomatoes,...

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Buckeye Bean and Wild Rice Salad

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Buckeye Bean and Wild Rice Salad

This is a flexible salad recipe featuring some of our favorite summer ingredients. Adjust the ingredient amounts based on your preferences and how many people you are serving.  Ingredients: Cooked cactus paddles (nopales), see below Radishes, very thinly sliced Corn off the cob Rancho Gordo Buckeye (also known as Yellow Indian Woman) beans or Santa Maria Pinquitos, cooked Oven-Roasted Tomatoes, chopped (see below) Rancho Gordo Wild Rice, cooked Banana Vinegar or white wine vinegar Extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper Combine all ingredients to taste in a salad bowl. Oven-Roasted Tomatoes The best tomatoes are “in season.” If...

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