Friday, 23 February 2018

Leftovers Salad with Lemony Dressing


When I go to Salad Atelier, I have to tick the ingredients that I want in my salad. How many I can have depends on the size of the salad - Baby Salad, Adult Salad or Monster Salad.

There is a whole list of salad ingredients ranging from the obvious - salad greens, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes to things like beans, rice, pasta, seaweed, tofu, edamame, smoked duck, poached chicken and a whole lot of other stuff.



One day I had a bit of leftover salad leaves, a sausage, roasted potatoes and cherry tomatoes. There are no rules in a salad right?  As long as you have a killer dressing, you can toss together whatever ingredients in a bowl to make an awesome salad.


One of my favorite dressings involves the juice of a lemon. And there has got to be garlic in there, not too much as to give me  killer garlic breath but enough for that garlicky taste that I love. 


Make big batch and simply store the dressing in a bottle. When you need to toss a salad, just give the bottle and good shake and you are all set.


That made a grand (healthy) meal. One big bowl of carbs, proteins and greens. A nice change from all the heavy eating during Chinese New Year.

Lemony Vinaigrette
Recipe source : Phong Hong
Note : There are no hard and fast rules to a dressing. Convention tells you 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil, but you can vary the ratio like I did.

Ingredients :
- juice of one lemon
- 6 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp black peppercorns
- 1 big clove of garlic
- 6 tbsp olive oil

Method :
1. In a mortar and pestle, pound garlic, peppercorns and salt to form a paste.
2. Remove the pounded garlic into a bowl and add honey, lemon juice and vinegar. Stir to mix and adjust to taste.
3. Add olive oil, stir and pour the whole lot into a glass bottle. Give a vigorous shake to emulsify the mixture.
4. Can be stored in the fridge for 5 days.

Note : Another method which I now favor is to put everything (after pounding the garlic, peppercorns and salt) into a blender and giving the dressing a whizz. That emulsifies the dressing beautifully. It will separate after a while in the fridge but just bring out to room temperature and give the bottle a good shake.


27 comments:

  1. Hehe yup, I also add anything I like in my salad.. only the dressing is the same everytime.

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    1. Me too! I tend to use my favorite dressing all the time.

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  2. I have been eating like a glutton for the past 10 days from pre-CNY till CNY festive days. I think I have put on 2kgs. So this salad is a nice welcome sight for me to eat healthy.

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    1. Same here, my pants so tight! Time to slow down and eat healthy :)

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  3. Wouldn't one tart ingredient (either lemon juice or red wine vinegar) be enough for tartness? I've never used red wine vinegar but now I'm tempted to go look for one. I used to use the same olive oil brand as the one you showed. Hmmm, never crossed my mind to make a big batch of dressing and store it in the fridge. This kind of dressing is much healthier than those thick-type bottled ones for sure :)

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    1. I like to mix vinegar and lemon more for the taste, though both contribute to the tartness. Sometimes I also mix two types of vinegars :)

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  4. Your salad sure is delicious especially with a citrusy dressing!

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    1. I love it! Can eat a big bowl every time.

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  5. How nice if I were your neighbour, can take order from you ..

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  6. That looks good. Bet it with be nicer with the salad toppers I have in my blogpost today. :D

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    1. Oh yes, salad toppers bring it to another level!

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  7. I love this salad. Citrus dressing is very appetizing.

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    1. It makes me eat more salad and it is a good thing.

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  8. You are right to say that there are no rules in a salad, i am tempted to make my own salad after reading your post.

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  9. My salad will have eggs, cucumber, baby tomato, lettuce, ham, sausages and raisins hee hee

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  10. Leftovers salads (stews, soups) are the best in my opinion :-)

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    1. Waste not! That's my new philosophy :)

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  11. I think I can eat a big, big bowl of salad!

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    1. I am sure you can! I do it all the time hah..hah...

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  13. I used to have salad very often when I don't have my own kitchen to cook but now I prefer hot food LOL

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    1. With kitchen, definitely you would want hot food :)

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