Monday, January 30, 2012

Lazy-Blanched Green Bean Salad

Ina Garten is one of my favorite ladies to learn from as far as cooking goes. Her method of blanching vegetables involves a sink of ice and water.. But what student has an extra sink to spare? Or enough ice in the freezer for that matter! This salad is super easy and extra delicious. It is definitely better with summer green beans, but it is also a fun side dish for winter meals!

  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ lb green beans
  • 2 tbsp red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 heaping tbsp. crumbled feta

Trim ends of green beans and wash. Bring a pot of water to boil, add green beans. Cook for 3 minutes (more or less depending on how crunchy you like them!). Drain in sieve and immediately run under your coldest tap water for 2 minutes or until cool. Drizzle dressing, mix in feta and onion. I always add a bit more lemon juice at the end to taste. Serve cold. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad
Hey there! My first official post shall be straight forward, and quite open-ended.. just a simple but delicious greek style pasta salad. 
- Benita

  • Pasta of your choice
  • Broccoli (raw)
  • Zucchini (raw)
  • Black pitted olives
  • Cubed red peppers
  • Finely sliced red onion
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Fresh crumbled feta
  • Dried (or fresh!) oregano
  • Fresh dill

Boil the pasta and set aside to cool - while it's cooking chop up all your veggies and add anything else you'd find flavourful or nutritious. All of the aforementioned ingredients should be added to taste - if you're not a fan of dill, no dill! 

For the dressing:
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Some of the oil from the sundried tomatoes 
  • Slight amount of lemon juice
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh ground pepper