Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad
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This is a German style cucumber salad and sounds delicious. Greek yogurt can be used in place of the sour cream but when doing this, leave out the lemon juice, or make the sour cream using labneh. I made this on 20 Aug 2017 and it is delicious! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Creamy Cucumber Salad
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This is a German style cucumber salad and sounds delicious. Greek yogurt can be used in place of the sour cream but when doing this, leave out the lemon juice, or make the sour cream using labneh. I made this on 20 Aug 2017 and it is delicious! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the sour cream, you can substitute Greek yogurt but omit the lemon juice. You can also make make the sour cream using labneh, shortcut for that is in the Recipe Notes section below.
  2. For the salt, you can make the dressing with the salt included but the salad will need to be consumed just after making or within just a few hours as the salt will cause the cucumbers to weep. An alternative is to salt the cucumber slices in a sieve and let them set for an hour, gently squeeze out remaining moisture, then proceed as directed, which will result in crispy cucumbers for 2-3 days with the dressing. This photo is of the cucumbers salted and draining.
  3. Using a small bowl, add the sour cream (or Greek yogurt), lemon juice only if using sour cream, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix and refrigerate until needed. Best results if you mix the dressing into the vegetables just before serving. If using the salted cucumber method, omit the salt in the dressing mixture.
  4. Place the cucumber and onion in a bowl, add the dressing and mix and serve then or within 2-3 hours, keeping the salad refrigerated until use.
  5. If using the salted cucumbers, mix in the dressing and refrigerate until use, store leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days. I used salted cucumbers so everything is mixed and goes into the fridge to chill. I also added the julienned carrot for a bit of color.
  6. Serve as a side as is or on a bed of lettuce for a nice presentation and a light meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

Inspired by the recipe Creamy Cucumber Salad from Natasha's Kitchen.

Russian Style Crab Salad (Крабовый Салат)

Russian Style Crab Salad (Крабовый Салат)
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This recipe uses imitation crab, aka crab sticks, but if you wish to use real crab, feel free. I personally like imitation crab so I will be using that. And this is the first recipe I have listed with the Russian text in the title as well, very cool I think. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Russian Style Crab Salad (Крабовый Салат)
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This recipe uses imitation crab, aka crab sticks, but if you wish to use real crab, feel free. I personally like imitation crab so I will be using that. And this is the first recipe I have listed with the Russian text in the title as well, very cool I think. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, add the imitation crab, eggs, onion, corn, mayo, and horseradish sauce and mix together.
  2. Add the peas and gently fold in, this keeps them from getting mushy. Store in the fridge for several hours before serving.
Recipe Notes

Crab stick prices vary widely, from 90 to 270 Baht/500 grams, not sure of the taste or quality as I have only bought Tesco brand at 94 Baht/450 gram package and the taste is quite good, for 750 grams, figure about 150 Baht. For 8 servings, this is about 52 cents per serving.

Variants: When I make this I will certainly follow the recipe as written, after that I will play around with frozen peas and corn.

Inspired by the recipe Russian Style Crab Salad (Крабовый Салат) from Natasha's Kitchen.

Crab Salad with Cucumber & Tomato

Crab Salad with Cucumber & Tomato
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This recipe uses imitation crab, aka crab sticks, but if you wish to use real crab, feel free. I personally like imitation crab so I will be using this. This is a use what you have recipe, and I will say, wow, this is good! I made this on 8 August 2017. The amounts listed are approximate, use what you have, I used a bit more imitation crab, but probably less spring onion.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Crab Salad with Cucumber & Tomato
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This recipe uses imitation crab, aka crab sticks, but if you wish to use real crab, feel free. I personally like imitation crab so I will be using this. This is a use what you have recipe, and I will say, wow, this is good! I made this on 8 August 2017. The amounts listed are approximate, use what you have, I used a bit more imitation crab, but probably less spring onion.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prepare the imitation crab by chopping and shredding. No kidding, use your hands like you would mix a meat loaf! Place in a bowl with all the remaining prepared vegetables and mix together.
  2. Add the mayo and mix to coat everything, use more mayo as needed. Store in the fridge for several hours to chill before serving.
Recipe Notes

Crab stick prices vary widely, from 90 to 270 Baht/500 grams, not sure of the taste or quality as I have only bought Tesco brand at 94 Baht/450 gram package and the taste is quite good. For 6 servings, this is about 46 cents per serving.

Inspired by the recipe Crab Salad with Cucumber and Tomato from Natasha's Kitchen.

Salmon Pasta Salad

Salmon Pasta Salad
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This sounds really good, a must try for me. For those in Thailand, make use of your rice cooker and steam salmon instead of the high priced small cans of salmon.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Salmon Pasta Salad
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This sounds really good, a must try for me. For those in Thailand, make use of your rice cooker and steam salmon instead of the high priced small cans of salmon.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl add the pasta, salmon, tomatoes, cucumber and onion.
  2. To make the dressing combine the canola, rice bran, or corn oil, lemon or lime juice, dill, garlic, salt and pepper and whisk well. Pour over pasta salad. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
  3. Serve over lettuce leaves.
Recipe Notes

Figure 3 salmon fillets, you need to skin these yourself, to make the 2 cups of cooked salmon. The salmon fillets I get are 69 Baht each. For 6 servings, this is about $1.02, good value overall.

Shortcut: Steamed Salmon.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Endless Summer Salad

Endless Summer Salad
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This is a cucumber and onion based salad in a brine, you can add what ever vegetables you like, it does not have to be just cucumbers and onions. As the vegetables are used, just add more to the brine, this can last several weeks.
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This is a cucumber and onion based salad in a brine, you can add what ever vegetables you like, it does not have to be just cucumbers and onions. As the vegetables are used, just add more to the brine, this can last several weeks.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Peel and thinly slice the cucumber. Thinly slice the onion and separate the rings. Ass these to a bowl that has a lid. Add the garlic.
  2. Whisk together the vinegar, water, sugar, and salt until the sugar and salt are completely dissolved, Stir in the dill. Pour the brine over the cucumber and onion.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Enjoy, add more, refrigerate, repeat.
  4. Serve as a salad, on hamburgers, sandwiches, etc.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: Add chopped bell pepper, any color you like. Add celery seed to the brine. Add tomatoes, long beans, carrots, okra, etc.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Club Salad

Club Salad
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This is a Leftover meal, no serving sizes are stated, and is low cost for the chicken and there is even a shortcut to use for even more savings. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
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This is a Leftover meal, no serving sizes are stated, and is low cost for the chicken and there is even a shortcut to use for even more savings. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Toss together lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, avocado, and chicken.
  2. Whisk equal amounts of mayo and mustard with a splash of vinegar.
  3. Drizzle dressing over the salad, top with croutons and hard boiled eggs.
  4. Serve as a side or a large salad as a main for a lunch or light dinner.
Recipe Notes

Low cost as this is a leftover dish made with chicken from a previous recipe.

Shortcut: Croutons.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad
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Sounds great as I really like broccoli. On my to cook list. Not a cheap salad based on some of the ingredients. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Broccoli Salad
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Sounds great as I really like broccoli. On my to cook list. Not a cheap salad based on some of the ingredients. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut the broccoli into bite size pieces, including the stems. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the broccoli and cook for 1 minute. Place broccoli in an ice bath or rinse with cold water to stop cooking, drain well.
  2. While the broccoli is draining, in a medium bowl, whisk together the Dressing ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, add the broccoli and the remaining Salad ingredients. Pour the Dressing over the top and gently toss to coat all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Chill the salad for several hours or overnight before serving.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 40 Baht/head for the broccoli. Going with 4 heads, as they are normally small, about 160 Baht. Figure 90 Baht for the cheese (about half a 250 gram block). Figure about 150 Baht/250 grams bacon. For 6 servings, this is about $1.96 per serving, not a cheap salad but it does sound good tasting.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Beet Salad II

Beet Salad II
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I really like beets so I am looking forward to this dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Beet Salad II
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I really like beets so I am looking forward to this dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Boil the beets in a pot of water until fork tender, 30 to 40 minutes. When tender, drain and let cool. Cut off the stem end and remove the skin under running water.
  2. Slice the beets in half then slice each half into 1/4 inch thick slices. Toss the beets with the sugar, salt, and vinegar. Then stir in the sour cream. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving, garnish servings with fresh dill.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: Add a chopped red onion. Add pickled herring. Add cubed cheese.

Shortcuts: Sour Cream.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Papaya, Orange, and Cha Lua Salad

Papaya, Orange, and Cha Lua Salad
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This can be spicy or non spicy depending on your preference. No quantities stated as this is a make what you need type salad.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Papaya, Orange, and Cha Lua Salad
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This can be spicy or non spicy depending on your preference. No quantities stated as this is a make what you need type salad.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Mix everything in a large bowl, serve. How easy was that?
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Beet Salad I

Beet Salad I
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I love fresh cooked beets and pickled beets, and now I am going to have to test out this recipe. Beets are available and grown here in Thailand which makes this a low cost side dish.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Beet Salad I
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I love fresh cooked beets and pickled beets, and now I am going to have to test out this recipe. Beets are available and grown here in Thailand which makes this a low cost side dish.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Whisk olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl to make the dressing.
  2. Cut the beets into 1/2 cubes and place in a large bowl. Add celery, red onion, and the dressing, toss to coat. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.