Five Marinated Salads

When we think about the term “salad”, we usually think about a dish that is prepared soon before serving and and is eaten as fresh as can be. However, it’s always good to remember that not all salads were created equal, and that many of them taste even better after marinating for a few hours, or even days. Actually, it is interesting to learn that the term “salad” originated from “sal” – i.e. salt in Latin, because the vegetables “were seasoned in brine or with a salty oil-and-vinegar dressings during Roman times” (thank you, Wikipedia!).
The following recipes are a good example for such salads. They can be made ahead of time, and can be kept in the fridge for a week or even more. The longer they are kept, the more they will look and taste like a type of pickle or condiment. They can be served on their own, as part of a salad buffet, as a sandwich filler, or even as a side dish. Try them and enjoy.

Roasted peppers with Mustard Sauce Salad
Makes: 5 cups
Prep time: 10 minutes
Roasting time: 25 minutes
Marinating time: 2 hours and up to 1 week

Preheat the oven to 380F (195C). Line a large sheet pan with baking paper. Cut 4 large peppers (preferably with different colors, as shown), into quarters. Remove the seeds and white membrane and place in the pan, skin side up. Roast for about 25 minutes, or until the skin starts to blacken. When ready, transfer into a bowl and cover it (to let the peppers sweat and make for easier peeling of the skin). Meanwhile, mix in a large bowl 2 Tbs Dijon mustard with 2 Tbs cider vinegar, ¼ cup water, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp sugar. Peel the peppers skins and cut into medium strips. Add to the bowl with the mustard dressing and mix well. Transfer to an airtight container, cover and keep in the fridge for a minimum of two hours and up to a week.

Roasted White Zucchini with Lemon and Mint Salad
Makes: 3 cups
Prep time: 15 minutes
Roasting time: 15 minutes
Marinating time: 1 hour and up to 1 week

Preheat the oven to 425F (220C). Line a large sheet pan with baking paper and add 1 Tbs oil. Cut 4 white zucchini into large cubes and place in the lined pan. Add 1 tsp salt, ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper, and mix. Spread over the pan and roast for about 15 minutes, or until the zucchini is golden-brown. Meanwhile, coarsely chop a generous handful of mint leaves and place in a bowl. Slice ½ large lemon into thin slices. Get rid of any pits and coarsely chop the slices, skin included. Add to the bowl, along with ½ tsp hot paprika, ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp freshly ground four peppers mix. Mix and add the roasted zucchini while still warm. Mix well, taste and adjust seasoning. Pour 1 Tbs olive oil on top and mix. Keep at room temperature for one hour before serving, and up to a week, in the fridge, in an airtight container.

Red Beets with Red Miso Salad
Makes: 4 cups
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: about 30 minutes, depending on size
Marinating time: 1 hour and up to 2 weeks

Place 4 medium red beets in a pot, cover with water and add 1 Tbs vinegar and 1 tsp salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 30 minutes, until the beets are tender. Let cool to room temperature in the liquid. Drain, peel (best to do it using gloves) and cut each beet into quarters, then into fairly thin slices. Place in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix 2 Tbs cider vinegar with 1 Tbs red miso paste. Mix well to combine and add 1 Tbs sweet chili sauce and 1 tsp salt, if needed (depending on how salty the miso is). Pour over the beets and mix. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour, mixing occasionally. Keep, in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 2 weeks.

Golden Beets with Sweet and Spicy Chili Sauce Salad
Makes: 3 cups
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: about 30 minutes, depending on size
Marinating time: 1 hour and up to 2 weeks

Place 3 medium golden beets in a pot, cover with water and add 1 Tbs cider vinegar and 1 tsp salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 30 minutes, or until the beets are tender. Let cool to room temperature. Drain, peel, and cut each beet in half, then into fairly thin slices. Place in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix 2 Tbs cider vinegar with 1 Tbs sweet chili sauce, 1 tsp salt and 2 tsp honey. Mix well and pour over the beets. Mix and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour, mixing occasionally. Keep, in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 2 weeks.

Cucumbers with Red Onion and Dill Salad
Makes: 2 cups
Prep time: 10 minutes
Marinating time: 1 hour and up to 1 week

Cut off the tips of 3-4 cucumbers, cut in half, lengthwise, and slice them. Place in a bowl and add ½ red onion, sliced thin, and ½ cup chopped dill. Season with 1 tsp salt, 1 Tbs cider vinegar and 1 tsp sugar and mix. Let stand at room temperature for of one hour, mixing occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.  Keep in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 1 week.
* At the end of the week the cucumbers and onions will turn into quick pickles, as shown in the last photo (some prefer it this way.)

60 thoughts on “Five Marinated Salads

  1. judilyn says:

    How prophetic you are! I just roasted two pans of peppers last night when the sourdough came out! Now I have some ideas of how else to use them besides just plopping them down on top of everything in sight for the next week! ;->

    Virtual hugs,
    
    Judie
    

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  2. FrugalHausfrau says:

    What wonderful and creative salads. I’d like to have all of these in the fridge to pick and choose from for lunch and if it ever stops snowing here, I think they would make great sides for grilled chicken or salmon.

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  3. Laura says:

    Such a great intro to this post Ronit – learnings of the origins of the name salad. Even with a simple raw kale salad I find massaging it with olive oil and salt and then allowing to sit for a little while totally changes the texture and taste!

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