No-Cook Springtime Vegetable Recipes for the Easter Table

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Andy Broder
Shaved Beet Salad

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Springtime vegetables tend to be small, in part because the growing season is new and they're picked young. What that means for you the cook, in the practical sense, is that they're tender and don't necessarily need to be cooked. It also means that you can serve crisp, tasty side dishes with no pots, no pans, and no heat. All you need is a sharp knife and a cutting board, but if you want to up your game, a mandoline or other slicer and a grater will give your vegetables eye appeal and a variety of textures.

When it comes to dressing raw vegetables I like to use olive oil and little lemon juice. A
squeeze from an orange or grapefruit also does the trick. A sprinkle of salt and pepper finishes this simplest of dressings.

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Andy Broder
Spring Salad with Squash and Dill

One of my favorite springtime combinations is lemon and dill. Although dill has a distinctive flavor, it's delicate rather than assertive. Fresh lemon juice provides a sharp accenting counterpoint to dill's green herbiness.

My Springtime Squash Salad combines yellow squash and zucchini, but you can use just one kind of squash. I used a Japanese shredder for the dish pictured above, but a box grater or food processor with the grating blade will also work. For the freshest flavor, I like to sprinkle the dill on the vegetables after they're plated, but you can put all the ingredients into a bowl and toss.

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Now that the weather is warming up so quickly, it's great to have a stockpile of no-cook recipes. Plus I keep reading more and more about the vitamins and minerals in raw vegetables. Golden beets rock - no 2 days of pink fingers.

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