Old Salads
Some Salads I made earlier...

Cabbage and Pear Salad
salad raw veg
Ingredients
Cabbage/Carrot
Bell Pepper (optional)
Firm Pear
Capers
Tomato
Method
Thinly slice the cabbage (shoestring) and the pear. Dice the tomato, throw over the capers, perhaps some sliced peppers. Might be nice with grated carrot with or instead of the cabbage.

Dressing
Orange juice
crushed garlic
generous olive oil
shake of sesame oil
splash of balsamic vinegar
yoghurt.
Shake together.
The Completely Green Salad
salad
Ingredients
Peas
Lettuce
Kiwi fruit
Spring Onions
Parmesan
Olive Oil
Lime
possibly avocado
Method
This is a quite delightful and marvellously monochromatic salad.
Slice some (crisp might be nice, but don't you dare to use iceberg) lettuce, spring onions (use mainly the green portion) and thinly slice a kiwi fruit (don't overdo the kiwi).
What about some green olives? Yeah O.K. I'm not sure whether the flavour works or not. Definitely don't add any tomatoes.
Avocado might work.
Blanche (quickly i.e. for about 10 secs.) some pod peas and cool them (I first made the salad with fresh peas but I think there was just an edge of bitterness to them that way). Mix these ingredients and lavish them with olive oil. Grate a generous amount of Parmesan over them (or perhaps a green cheese if you can find one which works as well), and season to taste. When ready to serve drizzle over freshly squeezed lime juice and enjoy!
Capers work surprisingly well. Kiwi and capers. Hmm. Might have to consider that. Mint might be nice. Emmentaler is a bit too mild, maybe gruyère. Don't overdo the lime.

Variations on a theme.
Avocado & Spinach Salad
salad raw veg
Avocado And Spinach Salad
I love this salad I do.
Possibly too much.
I've riffed on it with a yoghurt/tahini dressing, with blue cheese. and even with pepperoni. So knock yourself out...

Ingredients
Spinach
Avocado
Onion
Cheese
Dressing
freshly squeezed lemon juice
soy sauce
hint of balsamic vinegar
crushed garlic
generous olive oil.
Mix together.
Alternative Dressing
Make the dressing from a yoghurt and tahini base with orange or carrot juice (?!), added to the above dressing ingredients for instance (reduce the amount of olive oil).
Feel free to add hot sauce.

Alternative Alternative Dressing
Strawberry mayonnaise works pretty well too - make up a garlic vinaigrette with jus de fraises and a splash of balsamic, and then blend that into mayonnaise.
Or you could try just mashing in some strawberries, though it might end up a bit pulpy.

Method
It's tricky to get this salad to look as nice as it tastes
- probably because you need so much of the delicious dressing and tasty cheese to get the balance of flavours right that the rest of the salad tends to disappear.

So;
First pour the dressing into a bowl, particularly around the edges.
Next lay a bed of spinach,
then grate over the cheese I like Old Amsterdam mature Gouda or a strong mature cheddar, but a nice soft blue cheese like St. Agur is a good alternative
then layers of the sliced onions red or spring,
then tomatoes,
any other vegetables.
Nicely slice the avocado and fan it out across the top of the salad.
The easiest way to do this is to cut the avocado in half around the stone, then wack the knife into the stone to work it free. You can then cut vertically into the avocado halves and spoon out the half slices, or peel the skin off and slice horizontally to get full slices.
Ideally each of the layers will be slightly smaller, like a step pyramid, revealing a coquettish amount of the layer underneath so you get to see the whole salad.
Sprinkle with sliced chilli, leftover grated cheese, bacon bits, nuts or whatever other topping you've chosen.
The perfect finish is a drizzle of toasted sesame oil and a sprinkle of soy sauce.

Yum!

Variations
Tomato Salad
salad raw veg
Ingredients
Tomatoes
Red Onions
Green olives
Mozzarella
Dressing
Yoghurt
Olive Oil
Lemon juice
Creme Fraiche
Method
Chop up some tomatoes, slice some red onions, mix with pared green olives (preferably marinated in lime and coriander) and chopped mozzarella. Make a dressing from blending together yoghurt, olive oil, lemon juice (don't overdo it), and creme fraiche (which all blends smoothly).

Tomato Salad
salad raw veg
Ingredients
Tomatoes
Red Onions
Basil
Goat's cheese
Red wine vinegar
Method
A beautiful salad of tomatoes, red onions, shredded basil and soft goat cheese, all marinated in a very sweet balsamic vinegar. Actually, according to the eponymous cookbook, red wine vinegar was used.

Swiss Cheese Salad
salad raw veg
Ingredients
6 oz Tilsiter chees, slice
½ small cucumber, sliced
1 small onion, peeled and sliced
½ red pepper, cored, sliced
10 small radishes, sliced
6 oz mixed pickles, chopped
1 Tablespoon capers
4 Tablespoons double cream
soya sauce, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
salt & pepper
chopped chives to garnish
Method
Mix the cream and soya sauce and garlic powder to taste and season with salt and pepper.
Pour over the salad and leave to marinate for 1 hour.
Garnish.
Good - more cheese and sauce, and less pickle maybe.

German Salad
salad meat
Ingredients
10 oz Fleischwurst or Lyoner sausage
10 oz Limburger or Romadur cheese, sliced
½ cucumber
3 Tablespoons wine vinegar
½ teaspoon German mustard
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 Tablespoons oil
mustard & cress or parsely
salt and pepper and sugar to taste
Method
Slice the sausages. Halve the cucumber lengthwise and cut each half into slices. Combine the sliced cucumber, sausage slices and cheese slices in a serving bowl.
Make a dressing by combining the wine vinegar with the salt, pepper, sugar, mustard and oil. Season to taste.
Add the onion and pour the dressing over the salad and leave to marinate for 30 mins.
Garnish.