August 04, 2013

Chop Chop Salad from Paul - a great quick, 'throw together' salad to serve

This  is a guest post of sorts.  A dear, dear friend and reader sometimes sends me yummy recipes he has made.  He sent me this one right in the middle of our last relocation across the country, when I was in the process of selling our house, living 1000 miles away from my husband and our youngest daughter (who had already relocated), getting our oldest 2 kids enrolled and moved to college, house hunting in the new state and still working full time at the office.   Needless to say I was a bit overwhelmed at the time, but it looked so fresh, easy and delicious that I tucked it away in my files.

Well, it's time to bring it out!  What a great 'throw together' salad for these hot summer evenings!  Thanks Paul!

Chop Chop Salad from Paul

1 cup, Broccoli crowns, pared way down to bite size.
1 cup, Red Bell pepper
1 cup, Green bell pepper
1 package from grocery store snap-peas. (about a cup)
1 cup Edemame (Yum!)
1 can corn kernels, not cooked*
1 can beets, rinsed, rinsed, rinsed*
1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed well*
1 cup celery
1 cup white onion (red onion is more colorful and more flavorful) finely diced
1 cup fresh carrot, shredded
1 cup cucumber (I leave the skin on)
1 cup yellow squash (scoop out seeds cuz they get mushy)
Some minced garlic
4 boiled egg whites
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (watch it!)
Kosher Salt and pepper to taste.
2 parts Mayo and 1 part lite sour cream for binding. Go carefully here, so as not to overwhelm all the other flavors. Don’t need much of either.
* “Fresh” outta the can

I always do most of the cutting and dicing the day before, because a lot of water seeps out of the veggies. Hold in the refrigerator o/nite. About 2 to 3 hours before delivery I drain out all the juice/water and add last minute dicing of bell peppers, celery, eggs, carrots, and cucumbers. Finally, the binding, then let it cool in the refrigerator. I like to serve it in a 9 x 13 ceramic dish that we have. It’s more appealing than a deep plastic bowl. And leave the beets out if you don’t want it to turn pink on you.

You might be interested in these serving options - from a disposable plastic to an ice/bowl version;

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