Charred Asparagus Salad with Egg
May is National Asparagus Month, but you don’t have to wait until May to enjoy this delicious asparagus salad. Buy fresh asparagus that is odorless with dry, tight tips. Steer clear of stalks that are limp or wilted. Refrigerate asparagus for up to four days by wrapping ends of stalks in a wet paper towel and placing them in a plastic bag.
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Crunchy Cashew Cabbage Salad with Toasted Sesame Dressing
This delightful salad features green and red cabbage. At the market, look for cabbage heads with compact leaves that are heavy for their size. Be sure to leave all leaves on the head. The outer leaves help maintain moisture and protect the inner and more tender leaves. Cabbage will remain fresh in the refrigerator for 3 weeks to 2 months if stored properly. Do not wash or cut before storing.
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Luang Prabang Salad (Laos Salad)
Watercress is at the center of this southeast Asian salad. Available year-round, the peak season for watercress is in the spring. Look for crisp, dark-green leaves without any yellow areas or slippery stems. Wash these delicate leaves carefully before using them. Store watercress in the refrigerator in a glass of water with the stems submerged and the leafy tops covered with a plastic bag. This method will keep your watercress fresh for up to 5 days.
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Sweet & Spicy Sesame Carrot Salad
This combination of sweet and spicy is sure to provide an irresistible surprise to your taste buds. Carrots are available year-round, but late spring is the best time for locally grown carrots. When shopping for fresh carrots, look for plump, firm, smooth carrots without soft spots and free from cracks or splitting. If the leafy tops are attached, make sure they are bright green and not wilted. To prevent carrots from drying out, remove the tops, place carrots in a plastic bag and refrigerate. Wrap the greens in a damp paper towel and refrigerate. Carrots will remain fresh for up to 2 weeks. You should use the greens within a day or two.
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