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Salad for a large crowd

Would love any suggestions for a vegetable salad (not using lettuce) for 50, for an October event. I've been mulling over Moroccan carrot salad, or maybe a combination that includes apple & fennel? Thanks

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Nancy
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added about 1 year ago

Depending on what else you're serving and what your guests eat, 2 ideas:
Seasonal and rich (pears, walnuts, some good blue cheese and a white wine vinaigrette)
Pretty and tasty: roasted carrot salad with avocado, sprouts and a cumin dressing (by Vongerichten at his restaurant in ABC Carpet, now everywhere)

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Nancy
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added about 1 year ago

If you don't want to use pears (as it's a fruit not veg), you could use the proposed fennel instead...it will go with the walnuts & blue cheese.

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added about 1 year ago

1. Zucchini, tomato and onion with Italian dressing.
2. Red cabbage, celery, red onion with an apple cider vinegar dressing
3. Green beans, slivered almonds, mushrooms
4. I love green pea salad! Peas , onion, bacon bits with a mayo dressing.
5. Festive salad with seasonal vegetables. Corn, beans, red cabbage, tomatoes, radishes, parsley, carrots, colorful and fun!

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Pegeen
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added about 1 year ago

Thanks everyone! Will test drive a couple of these ahead of time.

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added about 1 year ago

Couscous with harissa, lemon preserves, roasted carrots, mint/parsley topped with feta.

Charlie Bird restaurant in NYC has a great farro salad that will hold up nicely (add cheese and arugula before serving though) Recipe is available online

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added about 1 year ago

There's a recipe in Ottolenghi's Plenty for a salad of thinly slivered cabbage and kohlrabi with dill and dried sour cherries in a lemony dressing. It is much more than the sum of its parts. Here it is on a blog: https://www.everopensauce.com/cabbage-and-kohlrabi-salad/
Just noticed it had alfalfa sprouts in it too -- I don't really like them and have never included them. I also imagine they wouldn't hold up well, but the rest of the salad does. I think it's even good the next day.

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added about 1 year ago

butternut squash salad .... Ina knows how to do it. http://www.foodnetwork...

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MMH
MMH
added about 1 year ago

For a large crowd I'm thinking of something sturdy. There are many variations of broccoli with sunflower seeds, raisins and a ranch style dressing.

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SKK
added about 1 year ago

Love this recipe because it can be refrigerated over night for better flavor.
http://www.seriouseats... And this one, also with chick peas and meatless http://www.seriouseats...

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SKK
added about 1 year ago

How could I have forgotten this recipe? It is delicious! https://food52.com/recipes...

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Pegeen
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added about 1 year ago

Thanks, everyone! All great ideas. So hard to pick...

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SKK
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added about 1 year ago

Really, really appreciate knowing you read all the ideas. Miss Food52 from awhile ago when question askers commented on the responses and thanked them. There was a real community of people sharing and learning.

creamtea
creamtea

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added about 1 year ago

We make a grain salad (actually we use Trader Joe's grain mix which includes the larger pearl couscous, baby chickpeas, and seeds, but you could use any grainy mix), olive oil, sun-dried tomato slivers (also from Trader Joe's), lemon juice, salt, minced scallion, and any minced tender fresh green herb (parsley or basil, for example).

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