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Room temperature vegetable side dishes

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In about a month's time, I'm doing a seated dinner for 20 where I won't have access to a kitchen on site. What are some good, elevated - meaning not pasta/potato salad, vegetable-centric sides that can be served? What are your favorite vegetables to eat room temperature?

asked by splendid-happenings about 1 year ago

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creamtea
creamtea

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added about 1 year ago

I like roasted cauliflower or carrots at room temp; also, Moroccan carrot salad is a delicious room-temperature side.

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Nancy
Nancy

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added about 1 year ago

In that vein, Vong's ABC roasted carrot salad with sprouts.
Also
• roasted and/or stuffed winter squash.
• onion orange salad
• cold soup (borscht, Hungarian fruit soup)
• cold sliced meat salad (e.g., roasted chicken, beef et al).

Nancy
Nancy

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added about 1 year ago

Sorry...saw vegan after I wrote the meat salad line.
Instead: pressed roasted tofu slices with sauce to taste.

Nancy
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added about 1 year ago

Links to recipes
Roasted carrots & sprout salad
seriouseats.com/2011/11/cook-the-book-home-cooking-with-jean-georges.html
Stuffed pumpkin (can use other squash)
https://www.epicurious...
Orange onion salad
http://allrecipes.com/recipe...
Borscht (vegetarian)
Life.nationalpost.com/2010/07/24/bonniesternsuddenlywealllovebeets/#ixzz0umvkl7uo

sexyLAMBCHOPx
sexyLAMBCHOPx

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added about 1 year ago

Two dishes that come to mind is a vinegar based red cabbage salad and cucumber salad.

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caninechef
added about 1 year ago

I just signed up to make this beet salad for our Thanksgiving party at work:

https://food52.com/recipes...

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splendid-happenings
added about 1 year ago

Thank you so much for the recipe link! I was thinking beets right out of the gate!

Uncle Jess
added about 1 year ago

Golden beets sliced about 1/4 inch thick, roasted with olive oil, s&p at 4:25 for about 25 minutes, flip half way. Finish with your favorite chopped herb and a little more olive oil mixed with honey. Great hot or room temp.

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BerryBaby
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added about 1 year ago

I Love roasted carrots with onions! You can serve these at room temperature. I like to serve them with a squeeze of lemon on top Yum !

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Stacy Isabel
added about 1 year ago

I love ottolenghi's roasted cauliflower salad with grapes and cheddar. I make lots of substitutions (feta instead of cheddar, add farro, add some arugula leaves), but it is unexpectedly delicious.

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Emily | Cinnamon&Citrus
added about 1 year ago

One of the sides I make for Thanksgiving that doesn't need to take up oven/stovetop space is a Brussels sprout slaw. I shave the sprouts (you can do this by hand with a knife or use the shredding blade of a food processor) then make a Caesar-inspired dressing but heavy on whole grain mustard. I also have quick-pickled vegetables (baby or cut carrots, pattypan or cut zucchini squash, cauliflower) by quickly heating light vinegar and olive oil (2:1 - heavier on vinegar) just to dissolve salt and sugar, with spices (fennel, crushed red pepper and bay are favorites) and pouring the hot mixture over the chosen veggies and letting marinate for an hour. Within this recipe is one of the mixes I use for pickling: https://food52.com/recipes.... These can be served on their own or with toasts, or with toasts AND a whipped ricotta for a creamy-pickly bruschetta.

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Windischgirl
added about 1 year ago

My work cafeteria had a recipe card for a celery-and-apple salad with a lemon vinaigrette. It sounded so light and refreshing and crisp I thought I’d make it for Thanksgiving dinner.
My dad also makes veggie salads in simple vinaigrette dressing; favorites are shredded Napa cabbage (you can add crushed peanuts, radishes, or a peanutty satè style dressing for a more Asian type dish); shredded green cabbage with a generous amount of black pepper; and thinly sliced English cucumbers with dill and paprika, garlic optional.

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Bets
added about 1 year ago

I love asparagus and I add a bottle of seasoned artichoke hearts from Costco. Cook the asparagus in the drained liquid from bottle about 4 min in mw, then arrange veg/cooking liq in a pretty cassarole.

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AllisonT
added 12 months ago

Spinach with raisins and pine nuts! I've made this one a million times and it's great served room temp. Steam 5# of spinach for 3 minutes, then cool and press out the water. Heat 2-3 T of olive oil in a saute pan, and saute 5-6 cloves of minced garlic until light brown, then add 1/4 to 1/3 cup each of pine nuts and raisins and saute a few more minutes. Add the spinach back in and toss to mix well. Cool and refrigerate until ready to serve (bring it out of the fridge for 30 minutes or so to come to room temp before serving).

I made the above amounts at a dinner for 12 and had way too much, so it should work for 20, especially with other vegetables on the table. Golden raisins pop more than brown ones, and you can also mix in some dried cranberries for color.

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Windischgirl
added 12 months ago

I made a similar dish using Swiss chard or kale for the greens, as they are a bit sturdier than spinach. Any nut or sunflower or pumpkin seeds will work, and I’ve used diced apricots when I didn’t have raisins or dried cranberries. Could also use cauliflower florets sautéed until lightly browned, and add chopped pimento olives to the nut/fruit mixture. Stir in some smoked paprika too!