Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Salad with Orange Vinaigrette- “A Salad For Each Week” #49

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I served this last night at our family’s New Year’s Day dinner. I love Giada’s orange vinaigrette dressing, and I knew it would pair perfectly with the sweet potatoes and cranberries. The dressing has more acidic flavor than oil flavor which I prefer. You can toss in nuts and/or seeds of your choice for a well-balanced combo of carbs, fats, and proteins. Salmon would also be an ideal topper for the flavors in this salad. 

Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Salad with Orange Vinaigrette 

  • 1 Head of romaine, chopped

  • 6 oz spinach leaves 

  • 2 cups cauliflower, chopped

  • 1 medium sweet potato, diced

  • 1/2 cup celery, diced

  • 1/4 cup onion, diced

  • 1-2 garlic clove, minced

  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

  • Olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Giada’s Orange Vinaigrette 

  • 2 oranges, zested

  • 2 small oranges, juiced or 1 large orange, juiced

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Place cauliflower, sweet potato, onion, and garlic on a baking sheet. Spray with olive oil and season with a touch of salt and pepper. Place in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until veggies are soft. Remove from oven and allow to cool down. Meanwhile, make the dressing. Place 3 tablespoons of the dressing into the bottom of a large serving bowl, and then add romaine and spinach and toss. Place cooled veggies, celery and cranberries over greens and drizzle with another touch of dressing.  Serves 6-8.

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My orange vinaigrette dressed salad on my super fancy paper plate 🙂

 

Other recipes you will enjoy:

“A Salad For Each Week” Recipes:

  1. Broccoli and White Bean Salad

  2. Asian Purple Cabbage Slaw

  3. Fresh and Minty Cantaloupe and Tomato Salad

  4. Tangy Kale and Sweet Potato Bit Salad

  5. Key Lime Corn and Black Bean Salad

  6. Green Bean, Tomato, and Mozzarella Pesto Salad

  7. “So Long Summer” Salad

  8. Pickle Salsa

  9. Gingery Broccoli and Carrot Salad

  10. Mediterranean Farro Salad

  11. Home Grown Kale and Pumpkin Seed Salad

  12. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Chutney Dressing

  13. Cranberry and Orange Quinoa Salad

  14. Southwest Ranch Dressing

  15. Marinated Mushrooms

  16. Fajita Quinoa

  17. Caesared Brussel Sprouts

  18. Fresh Argentinian Salad

  19. The “New Green” Salad

  20. Shrimp, Strawberry, and Feta Salad with Balsamic Chia Dressing

  21. Garden Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

  22. Cool Zucchini, Carrot, and Radish Salad

  23. Layered Greek Salad

  24. Shredded Brussel Sprout Salad

  25. Ginger Dressed Slaw

  26. Creamy Balsamic, Blueberry and Basil Spinach Salad

  27. Tangy Green Bean Salad

  28. Florida Summer Salad

  29. Avocado and Crab Salad

  30. Bella Salad

  31. Sweet Potato Home Fries

  32. Tomato and Carrot Balsamic Salad

  33. “The Southeast” Summer Salad

  34. Homemade Caesar Salad

  35. Creamy Caesar Salad

  36. Antipasto Pasta Salad

  37. Curried Cauliflower Sauté

  38. French Onion Green Beans

  39. Mason Jar Greek Salad

  40. Thanksgiving Salad

  41. Carrabba’s Creamy Parmesan Salad

  42. Breakfast Salad

  43. Broccoli and “Bacon” Salad

  44. Cucumber Salad

  45. Roasted Beet, Nut and Feta Salad

  46. Butternut Squash and Green Bean Succotash

  47. Grilled Smoky Spanish Salad Seared

  48. Seared Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash over Swiss Chard 

 

 

Seared Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash over Swiss Chard – “A Salad For Each Week” #48

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Yes, I am still alive. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Thanksgiving, Christmas events, updating our youth room at church, and our active involvement in the local (and super spectacular!) production of The Nutcracker have kept me away from the keyboard except for quick check-ins here and there. However, these activities did not keep me from fueling our bodies with nutritious, clean foods. I made sure to have an assortment of fruits and veggies always on hand. And before it got crazy, my freezer was stocked with nutrient-packed snacks for school days. Today was our first Saturday together at home since September. After a “no-schedule” morning and afternoon,we grilled out and I made this salad with my leftover roasted butternut squash.

Brussel sprouts and pumpkin seeds are both high in protein and butternut squash and swiss chard are great sources of vitamins A and C. AND swiss chard contains over 600% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin K (think bone support).

Seared Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash over Swiss Chard

  • 4 large leaves swiss chard, 

  • 1 cup brussel sprouts

  • 1 cup butternut squash, roasted and cut

  • 1/8 cup thinly sliced onion

  • 2 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds, toasted

  • 1-2 garlic clove, minced

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin oil (or other clean oil)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Balsamic vinegar

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute about 3-4 minutes. Add brussel sprouts and sear until tender and charred. Add in butternut squash and allow to brown. Season with a touch of salt and pepper. Place veggies over swiss chard and top with pumpkin seeds. Drizzle with a touch of balsamic vinegar. Serves 2.

 

Other recipes you will enjoy:

“A Salad For Each Week” Recipes:

  1. Broccoli and White Bean Salad

  2. Asian Purple Cabbage Slaw

  3. Fresh and Minty Cantaloupe and Tomato Salad

  4. Tangy Kale and Sweet Potato Bit Salad

  5. Key Lime Corn and Black Bean Salad

  6. Green Bean, Tomato, and Mozzarella Pesto Salad

  7. “So Long Summer” Salad

  8. Pickle Salsa

  9. Gingery Broccoli and Carrot Salad

  10. Mediterranean Farro Salad

  11. Home Grown Kale and Pumpkin Seed Salad

  12. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Chutney Dressing

  13. Cranberry and Orange Quinoa Salad

  14. Southwest Ranch Dressing

  15. Marinated Mushrooms

  16. Fajita Quinoa

  17. Caesared Brussel Sprouts

  18. Fresh Argentinian Salad

  19. The “New Green” Salad

  20. Shrimp, Strawberry, and Feta Salad with Balsamic Chia Dressing

  21. Garden Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

  22. Cool Zucchini, Carrot, and Radish Salad

  23. Layered Greek Salad

  24. Shredded Brussel Sprout Salad

  25. Ginger Dressed Slaw

  26. Creamy Balsamic, Blueberry and Basil Spinach Salad

  27. Tangy Green Bean Salad

  28. Florida Summer Salad

  29. Avocado and Crab Salad

  30. Bella Salad

  31. Sweet Potato Home Fries

  32. Tomato and Carrot Balsamic Salad

  33. “The Southeast” Summer Salad

  34. Homemade Caesar Salad

  35. Creamy Caesar Salad

  36. Antipasto Pasta Salad

  37. Curried Cauliflower Sauté

  38. French Onion Green Beans

  39. Mason Jar Greek Salad

  40. Thanksgiving Salad

  41. Carrabba’s Creamy Parmesan Salad

  42. Breakfast Salad

  43. Broccoli and “Bacon” Salad

  44. Cucumber Salad

  45. Roasted Beet, Nut and Feta Salad

  46. Butternut Squash and Green Bean Succotash

  47. Grilled Smoky Spanish Salad Seared

Grilled Smoky Spanish Salad – “A Salad For Each Week” #47

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On cool days, a warm meal is a welcomed treat that keeps Jack Frost from nipping at your nose. While salads are often associated with a way to cool down, there are ways to keep your favorite greens going strong in your diet even when the days grow cold. Taking hearty leaves, like romaine, and grilling them still gives you that traditional crispiness of a salad while adding that warmth your body craves. I opted for a Spanish flavor for this salad, and their dishes often feature peppers and olives. To add to the grilled taste and in keeping with the Spanish flair, I also added a bit of smoky paprika. Rich carbs, healthy fats, and nutrients from every ingredient keep your immune system in full gear during the flu and cold season!

Grilled Smoky  Spanish Salad

  • 1 head romaine, outer leaves removed

  • 1/2 cup roasted peppers, sliced*

  • 1/4 cup green olives, sliced 

  • 1/4 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped

  • 1-2 garlic clove, minced

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Generously spray or rub romaine (all sides) with the olive oil. Season with a touch of salt and pepper. Place on grill and grill for about 3-4 minutes a side, allowing grill marks to appear on leaves and for the head to heat through. In a small bowl, mix together peppers, olives, garlic, and paprika. Stir. Place romaine head onto dish, top with olive and pepper mixture, and then add on chopped almonds (marcona almonds are a Spanish variety, but raw almonds work too). Drizzle with a touch of olive oil if desired.

*Roast your own! Lightly coat with olive oil and place on foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for about 20-30 depending on size of peppers.

Other recipes you will enjoy:

“A Salad For Each Week” Recipes:

  1. Broccoli and White Bean Salad

  2. Asian Purple Cabbage Slaw

  3. Fresh and Minty Cantaloupe and Tomato Salad

  4. Tangy Kale and Sweet Potato Bit Salad

  5. Key Lime Corn and Black Bean Salad

  6. Green Bean, Tomato, and Mozzarella Pesto Salad

  7. “So Long Summer” Salad

  8. Pickle Salsa

  9. Gingery Broccoli and Carrot Salad

  10. Mediterranean Farro Salad

  11. Home Grown Kale and Pumpkin Seed Salad

  12. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Chutney Dressing

  13. Cranberry and Orange Quinoa Salad

  14. Southwest Ranch Dressing

  15. Marinated Mushrooms

  16. Fajita Quinoa

  17. Caesared Brussel Sprouts

  18. Fresh Argentinian Salad

  19. The “New Green” Salad

  20. Shrimp, Strawberry, and Feta Salad with Balsamic Chia Dressing

  21. Garden Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

  22. Cool Zucchini, Carrot, and Radish Salad

  23. Layered Greek Salad

  24. Shredded Brussel Sprout Salad

  25. Ginger Dressed Slaw

  26. Creamy Balsamic, Blueberry and Basil Spinach Salad

  27. Tangy Green Bean Salad

  28. Florida Summer Salad

  29. Avocado and Crab Salad

  30. Bella Salad

  31. Sweet Potato Home Fries

  32. Tomato and Carrot Balsamic Salad

  33. “The Southeast” Summer Salad

  34. Homemade Caesar Salad

  35. Creamy Caesar Salad

  36. Antipasto Pasta Salad

  37. Curried Cauliflower Sauté

  38. French Onion Green Beans

  39. Mason Jar Greek Salad

  40. Thanksgiving Salad

  41. Carrabba’s Creamy Parmesan Salad

  42. Breakfast Salad

  43. Broccoli and “Bacon” Salad

  44. Cucumber Salad

  45. Roasted Beet, Nut and Feta Salad

  46. Butternut Squash and Green Bean Succotash

Butternut Squash and Green Bean Succotash – “A Salad For Each Week” #46

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Last Saturday, I was at Whole Foods with a friend, and we grabbed an early lunch after a race to benefit Give Kids the World. As I was strolling along the salad bar, I came across their autumn version of succotash. I piled a heap on my plate, and when I sat down and tried a bite, I knew I had to recreate it! Butternut squash is high in vitamins A and C boosting eye health, anti-inflammatory benefits, and immune support, so eat away! 🙂

Butternut Squash and Green Bean Succotash

  • 1 butternut squash, cooked and cubed

  • 3 cups fresh green beans, cut in half

  • 1 cup lima beans (frozen or home cooked)

  • 1 cup organic corn (fresh off cob or frozen)

  • 1/3 cup onion, finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar 

  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

  • Fresh parsley

  • Pepper to taste

Place all vegetables into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and pepper, drizzle with vinegar, and add in fresh parsley. Carefully stir to combine and coat thoroughly. Allow to chill at least 2 hours, preferably longer, if possible, for the flavors to marry. Makes about 8 – 10 servings. Serve alone or on top of your favorite greens.

*Slice in half, lengthwise. Scoop out seeds. Place flesh side down onto an oiled cookie sheet lined with foil. Bake at 350 for about 30 min or until slightly soft when squeezed. Cool and then cube.

Other recipes you will enjoy:

“A Salad For Each Week” Recipes:

  1. Broccoli and White Bean Salad

  2. Asian Purple Cabbage Slaw

  3. Fresh and Minty Cantaloupe and Tomato Salad

  4. Tangy Kale and Sweet Potato Bit Salad

  5. Key Lime Corn and Black Bean Salad

  6. Green Bean, Tomato, and Mozzarella Pesto Salad

  7. “So Long Summer” Salad

  8. Pickle Salsa

  9. Gingery Broccoli and Carrot Salad

  10. Mediterranean Farro Salad

  11. Home Grown Kale and Pumpkin Seed Salad

  12. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Chutney Dressing

  13. Cranberry and Orange Quinoa Salad

  14. Southwest Ranch Dressing

  15. Marinated Mushrooms

  16. Fajita Quinoa

  17. Caesared Brussel Sprouts

  18. Fresh Argentinian Salad

  19. The “New Green” Salad

  20. Shrimp, Strawberry, and Feta Salad with Balsamic Chia Dressing

  21. Garden Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

  22. Cool Zucchini, Carrot, and Radish Salad

  23. Layered Greek Salad

  24. Shredded Brussel Sprout Salad

  25. Ginger Dressed Slaw

  26. Creamy Balsamic, Blueberry and Basil Spinach Salad

  27. Tangy Green Bean Salad

  28. Florida Summer Salad

  29. Avocado and Crab Salad

  30. Bella Salad

  31. Sweet Potato Home Fries

  32. Tomato and Carrot Balsamic Salad

  33. “The Southeast” Summer Salad

  34. Homemade Caesar Salad

  35. Creamy Caesar Salad

  36. Antipasto Pasta Salad

  37. Curried Cauliflower Sauté

  38. French Onion Green Beans

  39. Mason Jar Greek Salad

  40. Thanksgiving Salad

  41. Carrabba’s Creamy Parmesan Salad

  42. Breakfast Salad

  43. Broccoli and “Bacon” Salad

  44. Cucumber Salad

  45. Roasted Beet, Nut and Feta Salad

Roasted Beet, Nut and Feta Salad – “A Salad For Each Week” #45

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At my local farmer’s market just about a week ago, I was able to pick up a large bunch of watercress and “just picked this morning” romaine. I also bought 3 beets and combined them all together to make this salad which is now one of my favorites. It’s a perfect light lunch or midday snack since it’s protein and fat combo satisfy you without over-filling you. Whenever I roast veggies, I do a large mix or large, separate batches at the same time so I can have them on hand for the next few days. This is one of the main time-saving tips that allow me to always have something whole and healthy on hand.

Roasted Beet, Nut, and Feta Salad Salad

  • 2-3 cups of your favorite greens

  • 1/3 cup roasted beets, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 2 Tablespoons Walnuts, almonds,and Brazil nuts, chopped

  • 2 Tablespoons feta cheese, crumbled

  • Olive oil and white balsamic vinegar 

Peel and cut beets. Place on a baking sheet and spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. 

Arrange lettuces in a bowl and top with nuts and feta. Place beets on top. If you use the beets while they are still warm, they slightly melt the feta which is yummy! Or you can choose to make this a completely cold salad, and it is still delicious. Drizzle with a touch of oil and vinegar. 

Other recipes you will enjoy:

“A Salad For Each Week” Recipes:

  1. Broccoli and White Bean Salad

  2. Asian Purple Cabbage Slaw

  3. Fresh and Minty Cantaloupe and Tomato Salad

  4. Tangy Kale and Sweet Potato Bit Salad

  5. Key Lime Corn and Black Bean Salad

  6. Green Bean, Tomato, and Mozzarella Pesto Salad

  7. “So Long Summer” Salad

  8. Pickle Salsa

  9. Gingery Broccoli and Carrot Salad

  10. Mediterranean Farro Salad

  11. Home Grown Kale and Pumpkin Seed Salad

  12. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Chutney Dressing

  13. Cranberry and Orange Quinoa Salad

  14. Southwest Ranch Dressing

  15. Marinated Mushrooms

  16. Fajita Quinoa

  17. Caesared Brussel Sprouts

  18. Fresh Argentinian Salad

  19. The “New Green” Salad

  20. Shrimp, Strawberry, and Feta Salad with Balsamic Chia Dressing

  21. Garden Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

  22. Cool Zucchini, Carrot, and Radish Salad

  23. Layered Greek Salad

  24. Shredded Brussel Sprout Salad

  25. Ginger Dressed Slaw

  26. Creamy Balsamic, Blueberry and Basil Spinach Salad

  27. Tangy Green Bean Salad

  28. Florida Summer Salad

  29. Avocado and Crab Salad

  30. Bella Salad

  31. Sweet Potato Home Fries

  32. Tomato and Carrot Balsamic Salad

  33. “The Southeast” Summer Salad

  34. Homemade Caesar Salad

  35. Creamy Caesar Salad

  36. Antipasto Pasta Salad

  37. Curried Cauliflower Sauté

  38. French Onion Green Beans

  39. Mason Jar Greek Salad

  40. Thanksgiving Salad

  41. Carrabba’s Creamy Parmesan Salad

  42. Breakfast Salad

  43. Broccoli and “Bacon” Salad

  44. Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad – “A Salad For Each Week” #44

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This salad is synonymous with my Great-grandma Welker. She is the only person that I know that ever made this for me, and I can’t recreate this without thinking of her. She was always in the kitchen making pork and kraut, chicken, kolacky cookies, and even homemade phyllo dough for apple strudel. I made this yesterday as part of our family’s impromptu Oktoberfest dinner last night at my mom’s, and no one turned down the offer of taking the leftovers home. Toss some chilled chicken into this the next day, and you have a complete meal!

Cucumber Salad

  • 2-3 cucumbers thinly sliced

  • 1/4 of an onion – thinly sliced

  • 2/3 cup non-dairy yogurt

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon dried dill

  • Paprika

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Using a mandolin, slice cucumbers and onion. In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt, vinegar, dill, and salt and pepper. Add in cucumbers and onion and stir to coat. sprinkle with paprika and cover and chill. I like to make this several hours before serving, so the flavors infuse. Guten appetit!

Other recipes you will enjoy:

“A Salad For Each Week” Recipes:

  1. Broccoli and White Bean Salad

  2. Asian Purple Cabbage Slaw

  3. Fresh and Minty Cantaloupe and Tomato Salad

  4. Tangy Kale and Sweet Potato Bit Salad

  5. Key Lime Corn and Black Bean Salad

  6. Green Bean, Tomato, and Mozzarella Pesto Salad

  7. “So Long Summer” Salad

  8. Pickle Salsa

  9. Gingery Broccoli and Carrot Salad

  10. Mediterranean Farro Salad

  11. Home Grown Kale and Pumpkin Seed Salad

  12. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Chutney Dressing

  13. Cranberry and Orange Quinoa Salad

  14. Southwest Ranch Dressing

  15. Marinated Mushrooms

  16. Fajita Quinoa

  17. Caesared Brussel Sprouts

  18. Fresh Argentinian Salad

  19. The “New Green” Salad

  20. Shrimp, Strawberry, and Feta Salad with Balsamic Chia Dressing

  21. Garden Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

  22. Cool Zucchini, Carrot, and Radish Salad

  23. Layered Greek Salad

  24. Shredded Brussel Sprout Salad

  25. Ginger Dressed Slaw

  26. Creamy Balsamic, Blueberry and Basil Spinach Salad

  27. Tangy Green Bean Salad

  28. Florida Summer Salad

  29. Avocado and Crab Salad

  30. Bella Salad

  31. Sweet Potato Home Fries

  32. Tomato and Carrot Balsamic Salad

  33. “The Southeast” Summer Salad

  34. Homemade Caesar Salad

  35. Creamy Caesar Salad

  36. Antipasto Pasta Salad

  37. Curried Cauliflower Sauté

  38. French Onion Green Beans

  39. Mason Jar Greek Salad

  40. Thanksgiving Salad

  41. Carrabba’s Creamy Parmesan Salad

  42. Breakfast Salad

  43. Broccoli and “Bacon” Salad

 

Thanksgiving Salad – “A Salad For Each Week” #40

Today is Saturday. Saturdays in the fall means Nutcracker practice. Today’s lunch for the girls is one of my all-time favorites…my Thanksgiving Salad. I had roasted a turkey the other day and used the leftovers to fuel my ballerinas. Packed with veggies, lean protein, and complex carbs, it’s the best combo for their post-jumping, high-energetic dancing.

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Thanksgiving Salad

  • Your favorite greens (2 servings worth)

  • 1/2 cup roasted turkey

  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped

  • 1/4 cup carrots, chopped

  • 1/4 cup apples, chopped

  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

  • 1/8 cup almonds, chopped

  • 1/2 cup cornbread croutons

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Place celery, carrots, apples, cranberries, almonds, and sage in a bowl and stir to combine. Divide greens into two bowls. Top each serving with half of the veggie/fruit mix. Add turkey and croutons to each salad. Dress with creamy balsamic dressing.  Toss to coat salad.

Other recipes you will enjoy:

“A Salad For Each Week” Recipes:

  1. Broccoli and White Bean Salad

  2. Asian Purple Cabbage Slaw

  3. Fresh and Minty Cantaloupe and Tomato Salad

  4. Tangy Kale and Sweet Potato Bit Salad

  5. Key Lime Corn and Black Bean Salad

  6. Green Bean, Tomato, and Mozzarella Pesto Salad

  7. “So Long Summer” Salad

  8. Pickle Salsa

  9. Gingery Broccoli and Carrot Salad

  10. Mediterranean Farro Salad

  11. Home Grown Kale and Pumpkin Seed Salad

  12. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Chutney Dressing

  13. Cranberry and Orange Quinoa Salad

  14. Southwest Ranch Dressing

  15. Marinated Mushrooms

  16. Fajita Quinoa

  17. Caesared Brussel Sprouts

  18. Fresh Argentinian Salad

  19. The “New Green” Salad

  20. Shrimp, Strawberry, and Feta Salad with Balsamic Chia Dressing

  21. Garden Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

  22. Cool Zucchini, Carrot, and Radish Salad

  23. Layered Greek Salad

  24. Shredded Brussel Sprout Salad

  25. Ginger Dressed Slaw

  26. Creamy Balsamic, Blueberry and Basil Spinach Salad

  27. Tangy Green Bean Salad

  28. Florida Summer Salad

  29. Avocado and Crab Salad

  30. Bella Salad

  31. Sweet Potato Home Fries

  32. Tomato and Carrot Balsamic Salad

  33. “The Southeast” Summer Salad

  34. Homemade Caesar Salad

  35. Creamy Caesar Salad

  36. Antipasto Pasta Salad

  37. Curried Cauliflower Sauté

  38. French Onion Green Beans

  39. Mason Jar Greek Salad

Mason Jar Greek Salad – “A Salad For Each Week” #39

When it comes to food, presentation can make the difference between “giving it a try” or “pushing it aside”. Here is a prime example of an eye-pleasing salad. Last week, I packed Aleyah a layered Greek salad in a mason jar and sent it off in her ice pack laden-lunchbox. When she returned home, the salad was gone! (No, she didn’t throw it out 😛 ).

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Mason Jar Greek Salad

  • 1/3 cup hummus

  • 1/2 cup spinach, chopped

  • 1/3 cup cucumber, chopped

  • 1/4 cup bell peppers, chopped

  • 1/4 cup tomatoes, diced

  • 1/4 cup black olives, chopped

  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt

Use an 8 oz jar. Salt the tomatoes and set aside. Place half the hummus on the bottom of the jar. Place half the spinach on top of the hummus, followed by half the black olives, all the peppers, and half the cucumbers. Layer with the remaining hummus, then spinach, black olives, cucumbers, and finally the salted tomatoes. (The salt draws out the moisture from the tomatoes making a “natural” dressing as it sits.) Seal and pack with ice packs or eat right away.

Other recipes you will enjoy:

“A Salad For Each Week” Recipes:

  1. Broccoli and White Bean Salad

  2. Asian Purple Cabbage Slaw

  3. Fresh and Minty Cantaloupe and Tomato Salad

  4. Tangy Kale and Sweet Potato Bit Salad

  5. Key Lime Corn and Black Bean Salad

  6. Green Bean, Tomato, and Mozzarella Pesto Salad

  7. “So Long Summer” Salad

  8. Pickle Salsa

  9. Gingery Broccoli and Carrot Salad

  10. Mediterranean Farro Salad

  11. Home Grown Kale and Pumpkin Seed Salad

  12. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Chutney Dressing

  13. Cranberry and Orange Quinoa Salad

  14. Southwest Ranch Dressing

  15. Marinated Mushrooms

  16. Fajita Quinoa

  17. Caesared Brussel Sprouts

  18. Fresh Argentinian Salad

  19. The “New Green” Salad

  20. Shrimp, Strawberry, and Feta Salad with Balsamic Chia Dressing

  21. Garden Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

  22. Cool Zucchini, Carrot, and Radish Salad

  23. Layered Greek Salad

  24. Shredded Brussel Sprout Salad

  25. Ginger Dressed Slaw

  26. Creamy Balsamic, Blueberry and Basil Spinach Salad

  27. Tangy Green Bean Salad

  28. Florida Summer Salad

  29. Avocado and Crab Salad

  30. Bella Salad

  31. Sweet Potato Home Fries

  32. Tomato and Carrot Balsamic Salad

  33. “The Southeast” Summer Salad

  34. Homemade Caesar Salad

  35. Creamy Caesar Salad

  36. Antipasto Pasta Salad

  37. Curried Cauliflower Sauté

  38. French Onion Green Beans

 

 

French Onion Green Beans – “A Salad For Each Week” #38

Before I left for my ballet class the other day, I sliced up some onions and began to cook them down in my cast iron skillet. I had the idea of french onion soup in my mind, but it was hovering around 90 outside so I stuck with traditional flavors and decided that the fresh green beans in my fridge would be the perfct vessel for my onions. As I headed out the door, I turned off the burner and covered them. When I walked back in after class, the house was filled with that wonderful smell of sauteed onions! I basically had forgotten about them and the aroma was a pleasant reminder that part of my well-earned lunch was already complete. I placed the sweet and soft onions over some fresh green beans, grabbed a fork and knife and enjoyed an easy and fresh side to my lunch!

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 French Onion Green Beans

  • 2 handfuls of fresh green beans

  • 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

  • 3-4 fresh sprigs of thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 garlic glove, minced

  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar

  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil over medium heat in skillet. Add onions and garlic. After about 5 minutes, turn heat to low. Add in vinegar and mustard and stir until coated. Toss in fresh sprigs of thyme. Stir occasionally, cooking for another 30 minutes or so. (Or turn off stove, cover, and go to ballet class 🙂 ) Add salt and pepper before removing from stove. Place warm onions over fresh green beans. You can sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and toasted breadcrumbs to give it an even more “French Onion Soup” feel. Makes 2 servings.

Other recipes you will enjoy:

“A Salad For Each Week” Recipes:

  1. Broccoli and White Bean Salad

  2. Asian Purple Cabbage Slaw

  3. Fresh and Minty Cantaloupe and Tomato Salad

  4. Tangy Kale and Sweet Potato Bit Salad

  5. Key Lime Corn and Black Bean Salad

  6. Green Bean, Tomato, and Mozzarella Pesto Salad

  7. “So Long Summer” Salad

  8. Pickle Salsa

  9. Gingery Broccoli and Carrot Salad

  10. Mediterranean Farro Salad

  11. Home Grown Kale and Pumpkin Seed Salad

  12. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Chutney Dressing

  13. Cranberry and Orange Quinoa Salad

  14. Southwest Ranch Dressing

  15. Marinated Mushrooms

  16. Fajita Quinoa

  17. Caesared Brussel Sprouts

  18. Fresh Argentinian Salad

  19. The “New Green” Salad

  20. Shrimp, Strawberry, and Feta Salad with Balsamic Chia Dressing

  21. Garden Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

  22. Cool Zucchini, Carrot, and Radish Salad

  23. Layered Greek Salad

  24. Shredded Brussel Sprout Salad

  25. Ginger Dressed Slaw

  26. Creamy Balsamic, Blueberry and Basil Spinach Salad

  27. Tangy Green Bean Salad

  28. Florida Summer Salad

  29. Avocado and Crab Salad

  30. Bella Salad

  31. Sweet Potato Home Fries

  32. Tomato and Carrot Balsamic Salad

  33. “The Southeast” Summer Salad

  34. Homemade Caesar Salad

  35. Creamy Caesar Salad

  36. Antipasto Pasta Salad

  37. Curried Cauliflower Sauté

 

 

Curried Cauliflower Sauté – “A Salad For Each Week” #37

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After a morning of cleaning the other day, I surveyed my fridge and decided that Indian fare was what I wanted for lunch. With the already chopped cauliflower I had on hand, I quickly cut the other veggies and heated up my cast iron skillet for this warm and savory dish. You can also serve this chilled over a bed of spinach or baby greens which soak up the juices and spices. Warm or cold – I love the flavors in this!

  • 2 cups cauliflower, chopped

  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced

  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped

  • 1/4 cup onion, diced

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 tablespoon Indian spice mix (recipe below)

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • Hot sauce, optional

  • Fresh cilantro

Heat coconut oil over medium high heat in a skillet. Add cauliflower, tomatoes, celery, onion, and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes. Add in water, Indian spice mix, and hot sauce. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Serve warm and garnished with cilantro. Makes 2-4 servings.

Indian Spice Mix
4 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons curry

2 teaspoons turmeric

2 teaspoons coriander

1 teaspoon Garam Masala

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix together and save remainder for future use.

 

Other recipes you will enjoy:

“A Salad For Each Week” Recipes:

  1. Broccoli and White Bean Salad

  2. Asian Purple Cabbage Slaw

  3. Fresh and Minty Cantaloupe and Tomato Salad

  4. Tangy Kale and Sweet Potato Bit Salad

  5. Key Lime Corn and Black Bean Salad

  6. Green Bean, Tomato, and Mozzarella Pesto Salad

  7. “So Long Summer” Salad

  8. Pickle Salsa

  9. Gingery Broccoli and Carrot Salad

  10. Mediterranean Farro Salad

  11. Home Grown Kale and Pumpkin Seed Salad

  12. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Chutney Dressing

  13. Cranberry and Orange Quinoa Salad

  14. Southwest Ranch Dressing

  15. Marinated Mushrooms

  16. Fajita Quinoa

  17. Caesared Brussel Sprouts

  18. Fresh Argentinian Salad

  19. The “New Green” Salad

  20. Shrimp, Strawberry, and Feta Salad with Balsamic Chia Dressing

  21. Garden Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

  22. Cool Zucchini, Carrot, and Radish Salad

  23. Layered Greek Salad

  24. Shredded Brussel Sprout Salad

  25. Ginger Dressed Slaw

  26. Creamy Balsamic, Blueberry and Basil Spinach Salad

  27. Tangy Green Bean Salad

  28. Florida Summer Salad

  29. Avocado and Crab Salad

  30. Bella Salad

  31. Sweet Potato Home Fries

  32. Tomato and Carrot Balsamic Salad

  33. “The Southeast” Summer Salad

  34. Homemade Caesar Salad

  35. Creamy Caesar Salad

  36. Antipasto Pasta Salad