Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hornswaggle Salad and Cilantro in a Cup O' Joe

Last night, I needed to make my lunch for work today, and I was craving my very favorite 
chickpea salad.  But not just any chickpea salad...


Hornswaggle Salad
(Chickpea "Tuna" Salad)

1 Tin O' Chickpeas
2 T Nutritional Yeast 
1 tsp Tamari
3 T Vegenaise
1 tsp Texas Pete Hotsauce (yeeeehah!)
1 T fresh Cilantro, chopped
A nice squeeze of fresh lime or lemon juice
Freshly grated pepper & Kosher salt to taste
(I put a few grinds of each one in there)
3T Fresh veggies: peppers, carrots or celery, chopped 

Put everything but the fresh veggies in your food processor.  Pulse until combined but still a little chunky.  Scrape down as needed.  Turn out into a bowl.

 Poor fella' needs a little fancy'in up!

 Dressed in his Sunday best, with organic, heirloom peppers 

Don't forget The Sheriff likes it hot!


Almost ready for the husking bee...

Hornswaggle Salad Sandwich. 
Now, I can put on my best bib and tucker and get a wiggle on to work.


Cilantro in a Cup O' Joe:
When I went to make this Hornswaggle Salad for my Wednesday work lunch, I noticed I still had cilantro from weeks ago in there.  I knew it was doing very well the last two or three times I changed the water (no more than once a week, so it’s at least three weeks old). It was actually GROWING in my refrigerator.  

To keep cilantro fresh in your fridge for weeks (?!): Just trim the ends of your bunch of cilantro, put in an inch of cold water in a cup, and cover with a thin plastic bag (like the kind you put produce in at the supermarket, they breathe better).  Change the water every few days and re-trim stems as needed.  Normally, I get a week or two out of cilantro this way, but this, this here’s a record for the county fair!




Now, if that don't take the rag off the bunch!*

Now, on to this week's Green Gold...
Homesteadin' it, October 1st through October 31st, 2012

*To take the rag off = to surpass

18 comments:

  1. Sounds tasty. I dig the name, too.

    Thanks for sharing the herb-keeping tip. I'll definitely have to give the technique a try!

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    1. Much obliged! I got another bunch of cilantro in my CSA today! Gonna see if she'll take to the cup like that first one :-)

      XOXO


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  2. Ha! I like the name too. Sounds great and it looks like a much better texture than when it's made with mashed chickpeas.

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    1. That ol' Hornswaggle Salad goes down real nice! Giver a try!

      XOXO

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  3. Yommers! I have some vegan friends out in BC who made me something very similar to this when I was visiting - my friend was soy-free, and every tuna thing I'd made had been with tofu. It was ridiculously delicious in a sammich!

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  4. This looks delicious... I've never tried something like this (yet)!

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    1. It's so easy and SO tasty, you'll love it! Normally, I love to mix in finely chopped shallots or onions, too (with the peppers or carrots or celery) but not on work days! (I'm a therapist, so, my job is to talk to people, no onions!)

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  5. I store my cilantro the same way, but I think trimming the bunch is the key. Thanks for the tip!

    xo
    kittee

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    1. They do get wiley if you don't trim 'em...

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  6. That looks good! I like that you added hot sauce - hot sauce is a must for most food that I eat!

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    1. The Sheriff loves his hot sauce!

      XOXO

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  7. i have to try this 4 sure!
    and thanks for the cilantro tip! though our cilantro batch gets fully consumed by the end of the week

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  8. Whaddya know now I know how to keep cilantro fresh. Great tip. Nice hornswaggle, yep that sure surpasses ;)
    Hey can I have some of that with some fried onion rings on it?

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  9. Cilantro GROWING in your fridge - now how about that?! (Sure you've got it cold enuff in there??? :)) I've been doing the bag trick for a while now; it is excellent.

    Hornswaggle is a very Roald Dahl word, innit?

    adrienne at http://cracktheplates.com

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    1. Well, cilantro is actually a cold weather crop, so it likes it cold! Funny though because I've been doing the bag/fridge trick for a long time, but never had a batch of cilantro take to it quite so well! It's the CSA organic cilantro, and I do think that had something to do with it.

      Hornswaggle is cowboy for to cheat or trick, hence, Hornswaggle salad, "trick" tuna salad :-) But, yeah, it definitely sounds Dahlian!

      XOXO

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