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Gemischter Salat – Mixed Salad

Salads are a popular dish in Switzerland either as a side salad to accompany a main meal or as a light meal in itself. Ingredients on a plate of mixed salad will often include salad leaves, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, a selection of beans, corn, beetroot, onions, peppers or radish which makes the plate not only very colourful but also very healthy. The salad can also be garnished with eggs, nuts or seeds of some sort. The salad is then topped off with a drizzle of one of more dressings. Here are a selection of the main dressings you would find.

Basic dressing for salads:

  • 8 tblsp. sunflower oil
  • 6 tblsp.cider vinegar
  • 1 teasp. mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • selection of chopped garden herbs (chives, parsley)
  • finely chopped onions or garlic (optional)
Place in a glass bottle and shake vigorously until well mixed.

Italian dressing:

  • 10 tblsp sunflower or olive oil
  • 8 tblsp red wine vinegar salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • finely chopped herbs of your choice (optional)

Place in a glass bottle and shake vigorously until well mixed.

French dressing:

  • 8 tblsp sunflower oil
  • 6 tblsp white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 teasp Dijon mustard
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove crushed garlic

Place in a glass bottle and shake vigorously until well mixed.

To the basic dressing you can also add plain yogurt, sour cream or creme frâiche to make a delicious creamy dressing. Adding fresh chopped dill to the creamy dressing makes a tasty topping for thinly sliced cucumber or equally goes well with potatoes.

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