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Salad packaged with raw meat: is it safe?

Sometimes I see in supermarkets (in Italy) packages in which rocket salad is sold together with raw beef, like in this picture: This is clearly meant to be prepared in the form of tagliata con rucola,...
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How to keep onions from sinking in a salad

How to keep onions from sinking in a salad? I like raw and cooked onions. I like raw onions in a lot of salads but the problem is diced onions end up in the bottom of the bowl.
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Do I need to rip the leaves off mint?

I enjoy putting a bunch of mint leaves into my salads, but I'm lazy and I get bored tearing the leaves off the stems to put into my salad. I am tempted to take the entire bunch of mint and chop it up,...
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Is it worth tearing lettuce for salad?

I have read that cut lettuce is more likely to brown on the edges than torn lettuce. The stated reasoning is that the lettuce leaves will tear between cell boundaries whereas if they are cut the cells ...
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what is the purpose of adding oil to balsamic vinaigrette slowly?

I've been making a lot of vinaigrette dressing lately. Julia Child and Emeril both say that you need to mix up everything but the olive oil, then add the olive oil in slowly (ideally drop by drop) ...
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How should chicken breasts for a chicken salad be cooked?

Most of the recipes I've seen for Chicken Salad simply call for "cooked chicken". ...okay, but how? Should I bake it? Blanch it? Sautee it? Grill it? What is the preferred way to cook Chicken ...
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What are the pros/cons of serving the salad dish before/after the main dish?

I have noticed that most people in the US serve the salad course before the main dinner course. However, my Italian relatives and my boyfriend's Italian relatives serve the salad course after the main ...
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How can I cook the perfect potato for a potato salad?

I have never managed to cook the perfect potato when making a potato salad. The potato tends to either be too mushy or it is too crunchy depending on if I over cook or under cook. I never seem to be ...
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What's a good nondairy substitute for parmesan/grana padano as a salad-topper?

I'm making a salad that's quite bitter (endives, radicchio, arugula, with a lemon vinaigrette dressing). Normally this salad has peeled grana padano on top of it, which cuts the bitterness, but my co-...
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Why is there liquid in my macaroni salad, potato salad and tuna salad the day after making them?

When I make potato salad, macaroni salad, tuna salad, and sometimes ham salad, it seems like there's always a puddle of excess liquid at the bottom of the storage container the next day. Does anyone ...
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What fruit pair well with spinach?

What fruit pair well with spinach? This is for a cold spinach-based salad rather than cooked spinach, but I'd be interested in warm spinach too.
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What's the best pasta, and cooking approach, for making pasta salad?

I love the pasta salad you can buy in shops and would love to be able to make something comparable. The part that I love the most is the dense, thick pasta that comes in these salads. When I try to ...
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Benefits of vinaigrette vs. pouring oil and vinegar separately on salad?

I was reading Essentials of classic Italian cooking by Marcella Hazan where I noticed she first pours a lot of olive oil to "protect the salad" from the vinegar as it prevents the acid from doing its "...
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differences in caper berry seeds

I use caper berries in salad sometimes, but honestly I mainly like to just eat them straight out of the jar. I've noticed that in a single jar, each berry has 1 of three types of seeds inside: Black ...
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What is the name of the middle eastern salad containing Tomato and Cucumber?

Not sure if there is an proper name, had it in Israel but have seen it (or similar variations) in Moroccan restaurants (in the US). Comprised of primarily diced cucumbers and tomatoes, that have been ...
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Why must potato salad be placed in the refrigerator before serving?

Many recipes for potato salad state that one should place the salad in the refrigerator after preparing. Some recipes state that one hour is enough. Others ask for several hours. Some recipes even ...
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Can I eat Chia leaves?

Just out of curiousity I planted some Chia seeds in a pot. Turned out they grow like crazy and seem pretty undemanding. Now I also noticed that they smell quite nicely, a bit like basil and wondered ...
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How can you prevent the lettuce from wilting if covered with something hot?

If I want to make a shrimp salad, I put the lettuce and other raw vegetables on the plate, cook the shrimps and put them on the veggies. However, after a minute or so, the lettuce becomes soft, like ...
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Making Subway-like salads at home w/ zero work

I often buy salads at Subway because I'm lazy. However, I'm also cheap, and Subway's markup on salads is quite high. I want to buy items at a supermarket and simply mix them together to make a ...
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Are there any tools / “life hacks” to cut sphere-shaped potatoes and carrots?

Salad Olivier - The modern version contains peas, potatoes, carrot, eggs, etc. It would be cool to cut everything into same-size spheres...
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What is the secret to avoid bitter-tasting rapini?

At a certain pick-your-own-food-and-stamp-your-card-then-pay-at-the-exit restaurant, the salad bar includes a delectable rapini, even though it looks like it is prepared with nothing more than ...
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What can I substitute for Mayonnaise in a traditional potato salad?

I wanted to make a Potato Salad that was going to be exposed to fairly extreme heat during an upcoming picnic and wanted to make sure it wouldn't spoil as quickly as it does sometimes. Is there ...
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How do I prevent tomatoes from falling in a green salad?

When making a green salad, I have taken to grating carrots instead of dicing them so they will mix better with the leaves. I can't grate tomatoes. No matter how small I dice them (short of pureeing) ...
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How to thicken garlic dressing

Nineteen times out of twenty when I make a salad dressing from olive oil, salt, dill, garlic and apple cider vinegar, blended in a pint measuring cup with an electric powered hand mixer, it comes out ...
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How oil changes the taste of salads?

Almost every salad recipes I've read needs some oil. What's its effect on vegetables? How does it change the flavor? If oil is not used for the taste, why is it necessary for salads?
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How do I incorporate cucumbers into cole slaw?

I am entertaining the idea of making a spicy (apple cidar vinegar, sriracha,etc) cole slaw and am looking to temper the heat a bit with cucumber. Is the best option to slice in long strips? Is so, ...
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Squeezing excess water from seaweed

I was making seaweed salad for the first time tonight and had just finished soaking my wakame for some time. I rinsed it and put it in a colander, but just couldn't squeeze out very much water. The ...
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What is the closest substitute for the cheese in urnebes?

Urnebes is a Serbian salad that contains cheese. Searching for recipes for said salad, I noticed that there are a lot of difference in the chosen cheese. Some say feta, some say cottage cheese, some ...
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Why is there sugar in a seven-layer salad?

I just discovered the existence of the seven-layer salad. It looks nice to me, but when I was looking for recipes, one thing caught my eye: all recipes that I came across added 1 to 2 tablespoons of ...
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Keeping pre-cooked asparagus crisp

I would like to pre-blanch some asparagus to dress and serve later as a salad. Will it stay crisp?
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Fruit salad with tomatoes

In a recent trip to my local supermarket with the intention of purchasing items for a fruit salad, I picked up some oranges, bananas, lemons, grapefruit, and a few other select fruits. This got me ...
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Best tool for quickly cutting vegetables into a salad?

I like eating a salad for lunch, but would like to somehow optimize the time it takes to cut the vegetables. My salad usually contains tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, carrot, etc. I could buy an ...
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Does red wine vinegar and red vinegar taste same?

I am going to cook salad for my lunch, I checked a for recipes. I just eat halal food and wine is not halaf, so I am going to use red vinegar (which I don't know even exist) instead of red wine ...
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How to release pungence out of onion for salads without cooking?

I have been making a pretty standard Mediterranean-style potato salad but replacing the standard vinegar with lemon juice, which I like better. However, I noticed that, when used, red wine vinegar ...
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Which parts of a spring onion should I use in a pasta salad?

The recipe I've got (Commonsense cooking, page 211) for a pasta salad lists spring onion (green onion/scallions) as an ingredient, but doesn't say which part to use. Should I be using the long, ...
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Types of vinegars used for salads

I was told by someone that rice vinegar was not suitable to be used in a salad dressing. Can only certain types of vinegars be used for salads?
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Advice on preparing/incorporating sprouts in salads?

Alfalfa/Bean sprouts can have a strong taste or they are too firm to chew on easily. I tried adding salt or salty ingredients with some success to soften the sprouts and reduce bitterness. What is ...
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Why is the texture of the pasta in a store-bought pasta salad different to the texture of pasta I've cooked at home?

So I've bought a store-made pasta salad and I've tried to recreate it at home. It consists of Penne and a tomato dressing, fairly simple, however no matter how hard I try I can't emulate the exact ...
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Alternatives to serve with a tomato salad [closed]

This weekend we are making a Tomato and Chorizo salad. The recipie suggests serving it with goats cheese and ham, but we don't really fancy that. We are trying to think of alternatives to serve it ...
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Onion salad goes wet and bitter

I've been going to this indian restaurant that makes this fantastic onion salad, which is essentially small cuts of white and red onion, cucumber, tomato, garnished with mint leaves, coriander leaves ...
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What is this sandwich-salad dish?

I found this open-faced sandwich-like creation in several French-style bakeries in East Asia. The bottom is a narrow piece of toast. On top of this toast the dish is a bit like a salad. This salad ...
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How should I layer the ingredients in a taco salad?

When making taco salad, I often run into problems: If the beans or sour cream come in contact with the tortilla chips, the chips will become soggy. If the cheese comes in contact with hot ingredients,...
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What fruits have a low sugar content?

I like to make fruit salads for desert. However, a few people I know can't eat that much sugar, so I would like to create a fruit salad which has a low sugar content. Typically, as a base for the ...
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What factors to consider for a long lasting salad?

I'd like to make salad in bulk for the week ahead on a weekend, which I will store at home in the fridge, to take to work. My gut feel is that what I'd typically put in salad (leaves, tomatoes, ...
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What is the difference between a wilted salad and a massaged salad?

What is the general difference between preparations and use cases of a wilted salad compared to a massaged salad? As many wilted salad recipes call for warm dressing, does this mean the wilted salad ...
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How do I tone down onion sharpness already in the chicken salad?

How do I tone down onion sharpness already in the chicken salad? It asked for red onion, which I didn't have so I used the only thing I had, shallot. I used far less than indicated. I have already ...
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What is the cellular activity behind massaged greens?

Most recipes I have seen and used call for greens (kale, chard, collard, turnip, beet, etc) to be massaged in salt and/or lemon juice (or other acidic liquid) for 3-5 minutes, resulting in a dense ...
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Salad onions — any way to make them sweet but not soft? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I tone down the intensity of raw onion? I like the taste of caramelized onions (I think Ruhlman's book had mentioned it was removing or changing the sulfur), but they ...
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My cheese congealed and I don’t know why?

I mixed up a salad in a glass container I added dressing and goat cheese crumbles and shook it up. The next day when I went to eat it all the cheese ended up in a big congealed lump in the bottom of ...
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what should I do with overgrown beautiful clusters of Chia seed leaves?

A few weeks ago I soaked Chia Seeds to add to my daily smoothie the following morning.However, this got forgotten to add and left over for the next day. Instead of throwing away in the trash bin, I ...