Condiments and dressings

Lettuces with shell peas, crispy bacon and bermuda onion

Lettuces with shell peas, crispy bacon, bermuda onion and blue cheese

Shell peas are in season and a quick blanch in boiling, salted water is all that they need to be ready for inclusion in a fresh salad adding a nice crunch and slight sweetness to balance against the onion bite and salt of the bacon and blue cheese. Balsamic makes a nice dressing choice.

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Mixed Greens with Purslane & Almond Crunch

At the Little Seeds booth at Saturday’s Troy Farmers’ Market, they had a mix of young spinach leaves and purslane, an herb that contains alpha-linolenic acid, one of the sought after Omega-3 fatty acids, and is said to have both anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties – Had to try it and this salad was a hit.

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Chicken Gremolata

Chicken Gremolata

Gremolata is a simple herb condiment typically made of minced parsley, lemon zest and garlic but in this case fresh thyme replaces the parsley. The mixture can be made ahead and is then rubbed onto warm chicken right off the grill before serving. Fresh, light, easy!

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Spicy Chutney dressing

Spicy Chutney Dressing

This spicy, sweet dressing is perfect with the Spinach, Apple, Pecan Salad but can be used with any fresh salad. Mix leftovers with some cream cheese for a really interesting spread for crackers.

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Zingy Bean Dip

Awesome quick spread for toast or as a dip for veggies

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Tomato - Onion Marmalade

Tomato – Onion Marmalade

Adapted from the Avoca kitchens, this thick sauce is perfect for Open-faced Pizza Sandwiches – great for lunch, a quick dinner or cut in small slices for a get together. Make a double batch and freeze some to have on hand for a quick pasta sauce.

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Quick Baba Ghannuj

A velvety take on a middle eastern classic adjusted for your food processor.

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Quick Homemade Hummus

When you don’t have time to cook your own chickpeas, this quickie approach has great flavor and texture.

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Cucumber Salad with Ginger and Garlic

Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with Sesame, Ginger, Garlic Dressing

Fabulously zesty and fresh, this salad pairs wonderfully as a condiment to Mujadara, piled onto a tuna sandwich or on a crispy chickpea patty. Adapted, perhaps slightly softened, from Chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

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Quick Cole Slaw

I am a huge cole slaw fan and love how versatile recipes can be. This one is just fresh, fresh, fresh with a great tang fron the lime and white vinegar. Adjust the honey if you like it a little sweeter.

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