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Monday
Jun232014

Pickled Beet Salad

Pickled beet salad

It’s Secret Recipe Club reveal day again. This month, I was assigned to Susan’s blog, The Wimpy Vegetarian. Susan has so many delicious and healthy recipes on her blog, which made it so hard to narrow it down to just one. While I was searching through her archives, I had to make a folder on my desktop for all of the recipes that I wanted to make! When it came down to it, I decided to make this beet salad because I am completely obsessed with beets and anything pickled! There is a local company that makes pickled beets and on a rare occasion, I will buy a jar, but at over $7 per jar, it is a rare treat. For way less than that, I was able to make this delicious pickled beet salad, which yielded so much more than I would have gotten in that jar. I’m so glad to have this recipe in my repertoire now. If the beets I planted in my garden do well, I know what I want to use them for! Thanks for the excellent recipe, Susan. I look forward to trying the other recipes I’ve saved from your blog!!

For the Salad
4 medium-sized Beets
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
1 medium-sized Shallot, minced
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
3/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
3 tablespoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/4 cup Feta Cheese
2 tablespoons Chive Oil, see below
2 tablespoons Spicy Pepitas, see below

Scrub the beets and cut off the root and tail ends. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast, wrapped in foil, at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until tender. Once cool enough to handle, peel the beets with a paring knife, then dice the beets and place them in a large jar/bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the shallots, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Pour the mixture over the beets, cover the jar/bowl, and refrigerate for 3-4 hours as the beets marinate. When ready to assemble the salad, drain the pickling liquid. Toss in the feta cheese and the chive oil, and top with the pepitas. 

For the Chive Oil
Large handful of Chives, chopped fine (~1/4 cup)
2/3 cup Olive Oil

Combine the ingredients and allow the flavors to mix for about 24 hours. Use within one week.

For the Spicy Pepitas
1 cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Salt
Pinch of Ground Cayenne Pepper
Pinch of Ground Paprika

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the mixture to the skillet, tossing frequently, until golden brown. Cool and store in an air-tight container.

SOURCE: The Wimpy Vegetarian

Saturday
May172014

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad

A few summers ago, I bought a strawberry plant with hopes of being able to pick baskets of berries all summer long. I was new to gardening and I bought it in the distressed plant section of the nursery, but I still had high hopes. Unfortunately, the strawberries never grew. I’m not sure if it was the plant, the soil, or me, but I never saw a single berry. This year, I decided to try it again. This time, I bought a healthy strawberry plant and plan to plant it in its own container with fresh, good soil. Hopefully I end up with lots of berries. When those berries come, I plan to make this salad all summer long. Simple and flavorful, with just the right amount of sweetness from the berries, saltiness from the feta, and crunch from the almonds. It is the perfect salad for any hot summer night!

For the Salad:
6 ounces Baby Spinach
1 cup Strawberries, sliced
2 Avocados, chopped
1/4 cup Sliced Almonds (I used chopped)
1/4 cup Feta Cheese

For the Dressing:
1/3 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Milk
3 tablespoons Sugar
4 teaspoons Cider Vinegar
2 teaspoons Poppy Seeds

Combine the spinach, strawberries, avocados, almonds, and feta in a large salad bowl. In a small jar with a lid, combine the mayonnaise, milk, sugar, vinegar, and poppy seeds, and shake to combine. Pour about half of the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Add more dressing, if desired. 

SOURCE: The Recipe Critic

Monday
Apr072014

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Last week, we needed a quick meal for dinner. I’m usually not good at thinking on my feet when it comes to recipes, but on the way home I stopped by the grocery store and picked up a few ingredients to pair with some produce in the fridge that needed to be used. Once home, one thing led to another and those ingredients ended up in a bowl with some quinoa and we hoped for the best. When the fork hit our mouths, we were impressed by how delicious our spur of the moment salad was. It was a salad that we didn’t mind eating for lunch all week too. In fact, I’ve already made it a second time! 

For the Salad
1 cup Quinoa, rinsed
1 1/2 cup Water
1 cup Spinach, chopped
1/2 an English Cucumber, diced
1/2 cup Kalamata Olives, pitted and diced
1/2 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1 can Artichoke Hearts, drained and chopped (or 1 cup Marinated Artichokes from the olive bar)
Dressing, recipe below

In a medium sauce pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the quinoa and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the water has been absorbed. Fluff with a fork and take off the heat. Add the spinach and stir around so that the heat helps it to wilt a bit. Add the cucumber, feta, tomatoes, and artichokes and stir to combine. Pour the dressing over the top and toss to evenly coat. Serve warm, room temperature, or chilled.

For the Dressing
1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar
2/3 cup Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano
Pinch Garlic Salt
Black Pepper, to taste

Put all ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake until combined. 

SOURCE: Fried Ice and Donut Holes Original

Saturday
Feb012014

Beet Caprese Salad

Beet caprese

A few days into the new year, Joel and I had a bit of a case of cabin fever, and to remedy that, we drove up to Toronto for the day. We almost didn’t make it because the roads were a mess, but for the sake of our sanity, we continued. Our only goal was to go to Toronto for lunch, then Ikea on the way home. When we finally made it to TO, we braved the frigid temperatures and walked a few blocks to one of Joel’s favorite places, Pizzeria Libretto. We’ve only been there twice, but they have amazing pizzas and the atmosphere is really cool. They were offering a pre-fixe lunch menu which included a salad, whole pizza, and dessert for a very reasonable price. Our salad options were arugula or beet caprese. Caprese salad is one of my favorite simple dishes in the summer. You can’t beat it when the tomatoes are ripe and fresh from the garden. In the winter, however, caprese salad never crosses my mind. Store bought tomatoes just don’t do much for me. However, a beet caprese sounded too good to be true. Joel opted for the arugula salad, and I went for the beet caprese salad. Best. Choice. Ever! While it has been a month since our little trip, I have not been able to get that salad out of my mind. It’s amazing that something so simple could be so absolutely delicious.

2 Beets
1 ball Fresh Mozzarella
Basil Leaves, chiffonade
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Clean the beets, drizzle them with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then wrap them in tinfoil. Roast the beets at 400 degrees for 45 minutes-1 hour, or until the beets are tender. When they are cool enough to handle, peel the beets, then slice them into rounds. Slice the mozzarella into rounds. On a plate, arrange the salad alternating between beet and mozzarella slices. Sprinkle with the basil leaf chiffonade. Drizzle the top of the salad with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

SOURCE: Inspired by Pizzeria Libretto

Monday
Aug262013

Avocado Cilantro Chicken Salad

Avocado cilantro chicken salad

First of all, I want to apologize for the dark picture; I made this for dinner on a Wednesday, Joel didn't come home from sailing until 10pm, and I didn't think that it would look nearly as appetizing the next day after the avocado had time to oxidize. Now that thats out of the way...Today is the last Secret Recipe Club reveal day of the summer. Though I'm sad to see summer go, I'm looking forward to getting back to a routine once school starts. This month, I was assigned to Jaime's blog, Mom's Test Kitchen. Jaime is a wife and mom of a sweet little girl, yet she still has time to participate in (and host) several different recipe round-ups quite regularly. I don't know how on earth she has the time or energy, but I'm glad she does because she has quite the collection of great recipes on her site! I happily searched through her blog and came across this interesting twist on a classic dish. Swapping out mayo for a healthier fat like mashed avocado is definitely something I never would have thought of on my own, but it really gave the chicken salad a nice flavor and made me feel a little healthier eating it. If you are bored with traditional chicken salad, I highly recommend giving this fun twist a try. Thanks, Jaime, for showing me how to use avocado as a delicious substitute in a classic favorite!

2 cups Chicken, cooked and shredded (I used 2 small breasts)
2 tablespoons Scallions, chopped
1 tablespoon Red Onion, minced
1/2 cup Cilantro, chopped
1 Avocado, mashed
Pinch of Garlic Powder
Pinch of Chili Powder
Pinch of Ground Cumin
Juice from 1 Lime
Salt and Pepper, to taste

In a bowl, combine the chicken, scallions, red onion, cilantro, and avocado. Squeeze the lime juice over the bowl and mix. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin. 

SOURCE: Mom's Test Kitchen