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Feta Salad with Zip: So freakin’ delicious!


I don’t often get overly excited about salad.  It’s greens.  In a bowl. And at times, it’s very boring.

But when you find a salad that is so delicious…so fantastic…slightly peppery, yet salty, yet citrusy….a salad so damn good that you make it five times in one week….there’s some excitement to be had!

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I apologize for this picture, which doesn’t do the salad justice at all!
But it’s just so good that you start to taste and you forget to take a shot!

Regardless, I have promised friends that I would post the recipe here so this picture will have to do, for now.

My friend Pamela from Montreal gave me this recipe.  She made it first for a dinner when we were on a mini-vacation together, and I have since made it for other people who have all loved it!

So, here it is!  The recipe for one of my favourite salads! Merci Pamela! Continue reading

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Roasted Veggie Salad – Fast and Easy!


One complaint I hear often about salad, and it’s a complaint I also have been known to make, is that it isn’t always filling…at least not long term.  This is true if you simply nibble on some greens and some carrot sticks but if you add more filling ingredients, a salad can carry you quite a ways.

This salad was inspired by one that I like to order at a nearby pub.  Of course, when you order something you really like at a restaurant, the challenge is then to recreate it yourself!

I walked in my door at 4:50pm and by 5:40,  I was sitting down to this yummy meal!

So here’s the deal…on my way home, I stopped at one of our little vegetable markets and bought:

                          • an eggplant
                          • a yellow and a red pepper
                          • a zucchini
                          • some baby spinach

I had the rest of the ingredients at home already:

                          • goat cheese
                          • pecans
                          • olive oil
                          • seasoning (thyme,basil, oregano mix)
                          • balsamic vinaigrette

I walked in the house and immediately preheated my oven to 350F.

Then I chopped up my vegetables…as much as I thought I could eat as I was making salad for one.
In this case, I used one small zucchini, half of the red pepper, half of the yellow pepper and almost half of the eggplant which was small-ish.

In a bowl, I drizzled olive oil over everything, put in a healthy dash of seasoning (probably more like a double dash), and tossed it all.  The eggplant slices got a little more attention and a little more oil so they wouldn’t dry out while roasting.

I covered a cooking sheet with foil, laid out the vegetables and put them in to roast for 15 minutes. At that point, I flipped the zucchini and eggplant (otherwise the eggplant starts to stick to the foil) and let them roast another 5 to 10 minutes…depends how tender you want them.

While they roasted, I filled a bowl with a layer of spinach and some chopped pecans.

When the vegetables were done to my liking, I used a spatula to lay them over the bed of spinach and immediately added my goat cheese so it would warm and soften.

Drizzle some balsamic vinaigrette over everything and you have an awesome, healthy and fast meal!

Obviously there are dozens and dozens of options to this recipe but the salad was so freakin’ good that I had to share! 😉

Happy Friday everyone!!


Easy Salad and SO Good: Apples and blue cheese, who knew?



This is going to be a short post but that makes sense as this salad took me such a short time to throw together!

In the time I have taken up cooking, salads have continued to amaze me. You can put practically anything in them, add a theme, add some hot, add some cold…your imagination has no limitation!

 

Well, I suppose there are some things that just wouldn’t work…like nacho cheese Doritos and-….
You know, those *could* actually work in the right salad….
Anyway, I’m sure there are things out there that would turn our stomachs….
Avoid those ingredients.

So today I decided to have a salad for lunch and threw together the lovely collection you see above.

Ingredients?

Spinach and lettuce mixed greens
Half an apple, chopped
Dried cranberries, a handful
Chicken Breast, previously roasted plain and sliced
Blue Cheese, crumbled
Balsamic vinaigrette dressing (made with balsamic vinegar and olive oil)

Note about blue cheese:  This isn’t a cheese I enjoy on its own. A hunk of blue cheese, sans partner? No thanks. No crackers? no fruit? No eat.
But apples and blue cheese…my new favourite thing!  I bought extra creamy blue cheese this time around and it is heavenly! The acidity of the apple cuts through the cheese and the two tastes together….they work…at least according to my tastebuds!

I just SO enjoyed my salad today…I had to share!

 

 

 


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