Waldorf Salad

The South Arm Community Kitchen met up on the Summer Solstice for another cooking session.

For the starter, we made a Waldorf Salad. The classic Woldorf Salad includes apples, celery, nuts and grapes. In this recipe, we added Romaine lettuce for a more voluminous salad.

Ingredients

  • 2 red apples (Honey Crisp or Red Delicious), un-peel and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • one head Romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin or more
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons yogurt
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Source: this recipe is adapted from Add a Pinch

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Reduced Fat Caesar Salad

The South Arm Community Kitchen made another scrumptious meal for this meet.

We made a Reduced Fat Caesar Salad with homemade croutons.

Ingredients

  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • 1/2 cup light mayo
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large head of Romaine lettuce
  • a few slices of toasted bread

Sauce: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Green Bean Salad

The menu for the South Arm Community Kitchen in this session include a salad, a chicken dish and a dessert.

We made a Green Bean Salad which is great for potluck.

We served the salad with some sticky chicken thighs baked in the oven. You can view the recipe of the Sticky Chicken Thighs here.

Ingredients

  • 10 cups green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch length
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 large tomatoes, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs, hard boiled
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Spinach Salad with Mushrooms and Feta

The South Arm Community Kitchen met up for another session.

We made three dishes; a salad, a pasta and a cake.

The salad we made is Spinach Salad with Mushrooms and Feta

Ingredients

  • 1 pound baby spinach
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 hard boil eggs, sliced
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • feta cheese
  • olives, optional

Dressing

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of sugar

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Serves 4 to 6

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Carrot Cumin Slaw

I returned to the South Arm Community Kitchen after a long break. As usual, we whipped up three recipes for this meeting.

The first recipe is a Carrot Cumin Slaw. It is crunchy with a refreshing dressing with a spicy kick.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded cored green cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded cored purple cabbage
  • 3 carrots, peeled and coarsely grated (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • a large pinch of sugar

Source: this recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart

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Chicken Tzatziki Salad

The last salad we made in the South Arm Community Kitchen is a Greek style salad.

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This healthy chicken salad has a yogurt base (much better than mayo base) and with Greek inspired flavour. If you can’t find garlic paste, just finely grate some fresh garlic.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill (optional)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • mixed salad greens

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Source: Dinnertime Hacks for People Too Tired to Cook

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Black Bean Burrito Bowl

The second salad we made in the South Arm Community Kitchen with rotisserie chicken has Mexican flavour to it.

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You can make this a vegetarian version by leaving out the rotisserie chicken but it still has protein in it in the form of black beans.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup black beans (drain and rinse if using can beans)
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced or diced
  • 1/4 rotisserie chicken, shredded or chopped
  • fresh cilantro (optional)

Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon/lime juice
  • ground cumin to taste
  • chili powder to taste
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Brown Rice Bowl

The South Arm Community Kitchen theme for this kitchen is to make quick meals with rotisserie chicken. Rotisserie chicken is a versatile ingredient. We made three different flavour salad out from two chicken breasts from a rotisserie chicken.

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The first salad is a Brown Rice Bowl which has an Asian flavour.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice (click here on how to cook brown basmati rice)
  • 1/2 cup carrots, julienned or grated
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 rotisserie chicken, shredded or chopped
  • rice vinegar to taste
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • torn nori strips (optional)
  • salt to taste

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Source: Dinnertime Hacks fro People Too Tired to Cook

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Red Radishes Salad

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen resumes it’s regular programming in September. We meet twice a month on Wednesday.

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The first recipe shared in the kitchen was a Red Radishes Salad. The red radishes add spiciness to the salad.

Ingredients

  • 8 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 apples, cored and diced
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, diced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dried ones
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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French Potato and Green Bean Salad

The South Arm Community Kitchen made a French Potato and Green Bean Salad for the main course.

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds medium potatoes, diced
  • 1 pound small French beans, or small romano or wax beans
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion (or chives)
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • l large sprig of thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon anchovy paste (or chopped anchovy)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped capers
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 to 8 anchovy fillets, optional, for garnish

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Source: this recipe is adapted from NYTimes Cooking

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