Simple Greek Salad

Romaine lettuce, crumbled feta cheese, tiny tomatoes and vinaigrette combine to make a simple Greek salad. Other ingredients, if I had them in the house, would have been sliced cucumbers, chopped fresh cilantro (coriander leaves) and Kalamata olives.

Elegant, Refreshing Daikon Salad

Daikon is a health-promoting Japanese white radish. I create shreds of daikon with a sharp Victorinox peeler, then place them on a bed of finely-shredded lettuce, sometimes with a few fine pieces of red onion for even more nutrients and additional piquancy. Ideally, this refreshing salad is dressed with mirin or a vinaigrette. It makes…

Elegant Avocado Salad

Using a tool for creating Swedish meatballs (similar to a melon-baller), I was able to make pieces of avocado more appealing than usual in a salad. I doused the avocado balls in lemon juice to prevent them losing their fresh green colour. Elegant salad design dictates that dressing is added only to the  lettuce component,…

M-J’s Elegant Little Kitchen Island

A sturdy stainless steel cart with a custom-cut Melamine surface serves as a work-island in M-J’s tiny kitchen, and attached hooks hold her heavy French cast-iron pans. The smaller stainless steel cart has a butcher-block surface, together with two shelves that hold a basket of potatoes, a wooden Zeissen coffee-grinder, assorted porcelain platters and baking-dishes….

M-J’s Low-Carb Luncheon Salad

  M-J’S LOW-CARB, HIGH PROTEIN LUNCHEON SALAD Bacon bits, 1/3 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese, an avocado cut into pieces, Romaine lettuce and almond-coated white-meat chicken combine to make an elegant, high-protein luncheon dish. I top this low-carb salad with home-made ranch dressing, which I create from mayonnaise, buttermilk, and/or sour cream, mixed with onion…

Tanimura & Antle’s Elegant Lettuce: Little Gems

I discovered Tanimura & Antle Little Gems lettuce lately, when my market was out of Romaine heads. These are so far superior to the usual Romaine that I’ve switched, and now only buy Little Gems. Not to be confused with my series of paintings from 2008 by the same name, which did come first. I’ve…

Elegant Walnut Salad

Simple and satisfying, a salad made with Romaine lettuce and crushed walnuts may be enhanced with Cheddar cheese to make a nutritious luncheon dish.  The best dressing for M-J’s Walnut-Romaine salad recipe is a honey-laced vinaigrette.  For an elegant salad-design, toss the lettuce in dressing before arranging the crushed walnuts around the edges of your…

M-J’s Elegant Spinach Salad

M-J;s Spinach Salad features bacon, toasted walnuts and Parmesan cheese, in a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing.©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Elegant Taco Salad

Cook ground beef with typical taco seasonings: chile powder, onion, and cumin (optional), or a pre-packaged taco-seasoning mix. Mash the meat while it is cooking, until fine texture has been achieved. Distribute taco meat among individual bowls. Decorate with tortilla sections or chips, shredded cheese (Cheddar, Monterey Jack or Colby are good choices), tomatoes, lettuce…

Elegant, Low-Carb Taco Salad

AN ELEGANT LUNCHEON DISH COMPOSED OF THE FIVE FOOD GROUPS   Click Here to Read M-J’s Latest Elegant Survivalist Posts

M-J’s Elegant Roast Beef Salad

Lettuce, Sliced Roast Beef, Thinly Sliced Parmesan Cheese, Balsamic Vinegar, and Olive Oil ©M-J de Mesterton Click Here to Read M-J’s Latest Elegant Survivalist Posts

M-J’s Roast Beef Salad

Lettuce, Sliced Roast Beef, Thinly Sliced Parmesan Cheese, Balsamic Vinegar, and Olive Oil©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Taco Salad

Seasoned ground beef, shredded cheddar cheese, fried tortilla-sections, lettuce and sour cream, arranged neatly in a bowl makes an elegant luncheon dish. Courtesy of M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Ranch-Style Salad

For an elegant salad design, dress the lettuce first and then decorate with tomatoes and peppers (capsicums). I make a tradional western ranch-style dressing with the following ingredients, and never from an over-priced packaged mix: Mayonnaise Buttermilk Sour Cream Parsley Onion Powder a dash or two of D.L. Jardine’s Texas Five-Star Ranch Rub (or Lawry’s Seasoning Salt)…