Friday, December 2, 2011

Recipe: Tanja Cilia's Sticky Rainbow Salad

Welcome to Tanja Cilia multi-talented writer extraordinaire! She contributes to the world of writing through her characters Fleur and Lee who appear in stories in children's publications in Malta, newspaper and magazine articles. She wears several hats as a proofreader, editor, and ghost-writer. Tanja also writes fiction shorts and poetry. One of her short stories appears in Lavender Dreams, an anthology released by Muse It Up Publishing. Thanks to the generous publisher, authors, and editor, all royalties from the sales of this book will be donated each year to a cancer research organization or hospice in order to further combat and find a cure.

Tanja says, "This recipe was originally made up as a "peace" recipe for a website that was promoting unity between nations and religions and cultures. I thought it was a good thing to pass on."

Sticky Rainbow Salad
(Serves 4)

1 yellow bell pepper, julienned
1 red bell pepper, julienned
2 radishes
3 tbsp chopped parsley leaves
3 carrots, grated
2 cups seedless black grapes, halved
1 cucumber, cut into sticks
2 tbsp chopped chives
1 Spanish onion, ringed


4 tbs heather honey (any honey can be substituted)
1 tbs virgin olive oil
1 drop lemon essential oil
1 drop peppermint essential oil


Combine oils and honey; leave to rest.
Meanwhile prepare vegetables and grapes; toss.
Share between four bowls.
Pour dressing over, just before serving.

Sit back and wait for compliments and requests for seconds....

Lavender Dreams from Muse It Up Publishing

Lavender Dreams is dedicated to the memory of one of our dear editors who passed away 2011 from cancer, Karen McGrath.

You will always be remembered.


Tributes and Dedications


A Blessing in Disguise by Gloria Oren


Cancer Didn’t Get Him by Barbara Ehrentreu

Taking Flight by Vicki Batman

Camp Chemo: The Last Laugh by Nan D Arnold

Waiting by Rosemary Gemmell


Stories from the War by Nathaniel Tower

Testing…by Lisa J Lickel

The Cancer Tree by Nathaniel Tower

Behind A Closed Heart by Suzannah Safi

The Book by Tanja Cilia


J.Q. Rose said...

Tanja, thanks so much for guesting on my blog. Knowing this salad was shared originally to promote peace makes it very special to me. This is the season we focus to find "peace on earth."--although it should be a year round goal.

Roseanne Dowell said...

sounds delicious. Hi Tanja, thanks for sharing with us.

Pat Dale said...

Now this sounds like a salad I can really get my teeth into. LOL Love all the ingredients and they make a wonderful complement to a meal.
I hope the anthology does justice to Karen's memory. She is not forgotten, and my prayers are still with her family.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I'm a huge salad lover, but this was new to me. It sounds delicious though, and to think it helped promote peace... what a lovely sentiment.

Tanja, your book cover is quite beautiful.

Charlie said...

Mmmmm. Sounds delicious. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.
C.K. Volnek

Anonymous said...

Mmm... this sounds yummy! I'm a huge veggie fan, so it really appeals to me. And I think adding the honey in there would make it palatable to my toddlers as well. I love that it was made for a sort of peace offering/symbol - what a great idea. Thank you for sharing!

Barbara Ehrentreu said...

JQ thank you for putting all the names of the stories on here. I also contributed. Great post.

Tanja leave it to you to make a salad for peace. I'm going to try this salad. I like the dressing.

Tanja said...

Hello everyone - what a day this has been... (it's 5.15pm here). And the icing on the cake is finding all these fine comments here. Thank you. I'm lucky that my kids like raw vegetables, so I try and incorporate as many of them as I can in meals, or as snacks.

Pat McDermott said...

I'm always looking for new veggie dishes for my Monday night writers' group supper, and this salad looks perfect. I love the mix of ingredients in the dressing and can't wait to try it. I also love the 'Rainbow' in the title, as much about the salad's colorful components as about the rainbow of nations, religions, and cultures in this world. Nicely done, Tanja!

gail roughton branan said...

A recipe that doesn't sound too complicated for me! I can't wait to put this together!

J.Q. Rose said...

I'm always looking for a dish to use up the veggies in our garden. This will definitely be on my table this summer. Mmmmm....

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Lovely healthy recipe, Tanja! J Q - thanks for mentioning all the names.

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