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Mom’s Salad, Basic

I’ve just recently realized that my mom has some pretty unique and inspiring recipes.  One of which is a classic that I’m sharing with you here:

mom's salad



  • romaine lettuce
  • jazz apple
  • celery
  • walnuts
  • fresh dill (optional, and not always present)

Salad Dressing (measurements are more like guidelines)

  • ~1/2 cup Simply Lemonade brand lemonade
  • ~3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • ~1/4  tsp ground cumin (optional)

*in the picture you will notice a piece of broiled steak which, though not part of the salad, always accompanies any meal at my mom’s house.

This is usually a lunchtime salad; a dinnertime salad would have many more exotic ingredients like tarragon or some kind of tiny leek that I don’t know the name of and you can only find at the Persian store. More to come on that…

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Carrot Salad with Mint and Granny Smith Apples

carrot salad

Ingredients (for 2-3 servings):

  • 3 carrots, grated
  • 1 granny smith apple, diced
  • 3-4 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • salt
  • handful of roasted pepitas (optional)


  1. Thin the mayo with milk and stir in cumin.
  2. Mix carrots, apple, mint (and pepitas) in a bowl with the mayo mixture.
  3. Add salt to taste.



Recipe for Thai Salad

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Thai Salad

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Potato Pickle Salad

This is totally a pregnancy craving recipe, but it’s awesome and easy. It’s nice when the potatoes are warm when you eat the salad.  Super yummy


  • small Yukon gold potatoes
  • pickles, chopped (I used cornichons)
  • mayo, 1/2 cup
  • sour cream, 1/4-1/2 cup
  • dijon mustard, 1 tsp
  • optional add-ins: pickle juice, chopped hard boiled egg, fresh chopped dill, horseradish/wasabi


  1. Steam the potatoes and quarter or dice.
  2. Mix together mayo, sour cream, and mustard.
  3. Toss potatoes and pickles in mayo mix, season with salt & pepper.



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Egg Salad Sandwich

  • 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 1 dash white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp yellow mustard
  • finely shredded arugula or fresh chives
  • salt to taste
  • optional additions: chopped fresh dill, minced shallot, lemon juice, paprika, Tabasco sauce…the list is endless.

Mix.  If too dry add more mayo until the desired consistency.  Serve over well toasted multi-grain  bread as an open sandwich or between un-toasted, de-crusted white bread (as in tea sandwiches).




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Chicken Salad

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Mung Bean Salad

Cook mung beans (boil in water for 30-40 minutes).  drain.

Toss with: chopped green onions, thinly sliced green cabbage.

Drizzle with: lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper.


  1. sub mung beans for french green lentils
  2. sub flat-leaf parsley and red onion for green onions
  3. add chopped cabbage, matchstick carrots, matchstick red bell pepper
  4. add ground cumin

Eat with  roasted chicken and Moroccan Roasted Cauliflower.