Monday, November 13, 2017

Roasted Vegetable & Goat Cheese Salad

T'is the season for roasted vegetables - any combination of veggies, tossed lightly with oil and roasted in a hot oven until tender and beginning to brown seems to make the perfect side dish to any supper this time of year, a delicious breakfast alongside a couple of fried eggs, or a satisfying salad topping!  The carrot, zucchini, and red onion called for in this recipe are really only suggestions - choose whatever veggies you like best!


YIELD: 4 quart-sized salads

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into half-moons
  • 1 medium-large zucchini, quartered
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into
  • 5 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, grilled or broiled
  • 2 heads butter lettuce, roughly torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 oz goat cheese (individually-wrapped rounds work great!)

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Roast the vegetables: toss the carrot, zucchini, and red onion with 1 tbsp olive oil; season with salt and pepper.  Roast veggies on a sheet pan at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes, or until they are tender and browned.  Cool.
  2. Pack the salads: add 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp vinegar to each of 4 tall quart-sized containers; season with salt and pepper.  Layer the chicken, roasted vegetables, and butter lettuce in the jars.  Add 1 goat cheese round to each jar.  Refrigerate until serving.
  3. Enjoy your salad: invert your salad onto a plate or into a bowl.  Top with goat cheese.
TIME-SAVING TIPS: Use store-bought roasted vegetables from the deli counter instead of making homemade roasted vegetables.

SPECIAL DIET SWAPS: This salad is gluten- and nut-free as-is.  For a vegetarian salad, omit the chicken.    For a vegan salad, substitute 14 oz extra-firm tofu, seasoned and grilled or broiled, for the chicken and goat cheese.

Food styling, photography, and infographics by Robert Campbell.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Butter Lettuce Salad with Avocado and Hearts of Palm

I first had a version of this salad at a local restaurant with a few friends, and was reminded of how much I like hearts of palm.  They pair beautifully with avocado, and lend something altogether special to this week's salad - a couple of "decadent" ingredients all packed up and ready for healthy lunches!


YIELD: 4 quart-sized salads

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1/4 c freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1 large avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 14 oz can hearts of palm, drained, patted dry, and sliced
  • 2 heads butter lettuce, roughly torn
  • 4-8 strips bacon, cooked, cooled, and crumbled
  • 1/2 c walnuts, toasted and chopped 

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Pack the salads: add 1 tbsp each lemon juice and olive oil to each of 4 tall quart-sized containers; season with salt and pepper.  Layer the avocado, onion, hearts of palm, and butter lettuce in the jars.  Divide the walnuts and bacon crumbles evenly between 4 2-oz jars or snack-size zip-top bags for each salad.  Refrigerate until serving.
  2. Enjoy your salad: invert your salad onto a plate or into a bowl.  Top with walnuts and bacon.
TIME-SAVING TIPS: Use bottled lemon juice instead of the freshly-squeezed juice.

SPECIAL DIET SWAPS: This salad is gluten-free as-is.  For a vegetarian/vegan salad, substitute tempeh bacon, your favorite prepared mock bacon product, or smoked almonds for the bacon.  For a nut-free salad, substitute sunflower seeds for the walnuts.

Food styling, photography, and infographics by Robert Campbell.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Spooky Salad

Happy Halloween!  For those that celebrate, I thought a "spooky salad" was in order this week - something cute and theme-y, but still nutritious.  Offset all of those treats with this salad - I promise it's not a trick!



YIELD: 4 quart-sized salads

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 valencia orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled, diced, and roasted until tender
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 small jicama, peeled and julienned
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced into half-moons
  • 1/4 c black sesame seeds
  • 1 large bunch lacinato/dinosaur kale, stemmed and shredded

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Make the sesame orange vinaigrette: combine the orange zest and juice, oils, mustard, agave, and salt in a pint-sized mason jar or other tall container.  Puree and emulsify the dressing using a handheld stick blender.  
  2. Marinade the chicken: add 1/4 c of the dressing to a quart-sized ziplock bag; add the chicken thighs, seal, and toss the chicken to coat with the dressing.  Marinade for 20 minutes or more.  Grill, broil, or roast the chicken thighs.  Cool, then dice the chicken.
  3. Pack the salads: divide the remaining dressing evenly among each of 4 tall quart-sized containers.  Layer the chicken, sweet potato, bell pepper, jicama, carrot, and kale in the jars.  Divide the sesame seeds evenly between 4 2-oz jars or snack-size zip-top bags for each salad.  Refrigerate until serving.
  4. Enjoy your salad: invert your salad onto a plate or into a bowl.  Top with sesame seeds.
TIME-SAVING TIPS: Use pre-washed, bagged baby kale in place of the stemmed, shredded kale.

SPECIAL DIET SWAPS: This salad is gluten- and nut-free as-is.  For a vegetarian/vegan salad, substitute 14 oz extra-firm tofu for the chicken thighs.

Food styling, photography, and infographics by Robert Campbell.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Collard Salad with Pomegranate and Pecans

Pomegranates!  I love including the beautiful, tart, crunchy seeds in all sorts of dishes - stirred into yogurt, folded into a fruit salad, and of course, sprinkled over a green salad.  This simple salad, intensely green with collards and parsley, will wake up your lunches this week (and keep you full well into the afternoon as well!). Enjoy.



YIELD: 4 quart-sized salads

INGREDIENTS:
  • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 4 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 4 oz feta, crumbled
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small pomegranate, seeds removed
  • 1 large bunch collard greens, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c pecans, toasted

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Make the parsley-dijon vinaigrette: combine the oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt, and pepper in a pint-sized mason jar.  Puree and emulsify the dressing using a handheld stick blender.  (Alternatively, puree and emulsify the dressing in a blender or mini food processor.)  Stir in the parsley.
  2. Pack the salads: add 2 tbsp dressing to each of 4 tall quart-sized containers; reserve the remaining dressing for another use.  Layer the feta, red onion, pomegranate seeds, and collard greens in the jars.  Divide the pecans evenly among 4 2-oz jars or snack-sized zip-top baggies, one for each salad.  Refrigerate until serving.
  3. Enjoy your salad: invert your salad onto a plate or into a bowl.  Top with pecans.
TIME-SAVING TIPS: Substitute your favorite store-bought vinaigrette for the parsley-dijon vinaigrette.  Purchase fresh pomegranate seeds instead of seeding your own pomegranate.  Substitute pre-washed baby kale for the collard greens.

SPECIAL DIET SWAPS: This salad is vegetarian and gluten-free as-is.  For a vegan salad, substitute your favorite vegan feta for the dairy feta.  For a nut-free salad, substitute roasted sunflower seeds for the pecans. 

Food styling, photography, and infographics by Robert Campbell.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Magic Kale Salad with Tempeh

MAGIC KALE SALAD.  We can thank Peas and Thank You for this amazing recipe - I don't know whether this salad make it into either of her books, but I've been guarding this recipe with my life for years.  I daresay everybody who tries magic kale salad loves it - it is truly a crowd-pleaser, has become one of my go-to potluck recipes, and has made it into the standing "Christmas Dinner" menu at our house.  With the addition of some grilled or broiled tempeh, it turns into a substantial, power-packed lunch!  I couldn't consider a salad series without including this one, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


YIELD: 4 quart-sized salads

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 apples, diced
  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 8 oz tempeh, grilled or broiled
  • 2 bunches kale, stemmed and shredded
  • 1/2 c roasted, shelled, salted pistachios

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Make the lemon sesame vinaigrette: combine the lemon juice, oils, mustard, agave, and salt in a pint-sized mason jar or other tall container.  Puree and emulsify the dressing using a handheld stick blender.  
  2. Pack the salads: divide the dressing evenly among each of 4 tall quart-sized containers.  Layer the apple, carrot, tempeh, and kale in the jars.  Divide the pistachios evenly between 4 2-oz jars or snack-size zip-top bags for each salad.  Refrigerate until serving.
  3. Enjoy your salad: invert your salad onto a plate or into a bowl.  Top with pistachios.
TIME-SAVING TIPS: Use pre-washed bagged baby kale in place of the stemmed, shredded kale.

SPECIAL DIET SWAPS: This salad is vegan and gluten-free as-is.  For a nut-free salad, substitute salted, hulled sunflower seeds for the pistachios.

Food styling, photography, and infographics by Robert Campbell.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Pear, Walnut, and Bleu Cheese Salad

Pears are a fruit I definitely don't eat often enough.  It's so easy for me to get distracted by the wide variety of apples available this time of year, that I completely overlook pears!  My mistake - and definitely one to correct with this salad.  Pick up a couple of ripe, sweet pears and your favorite bleu cheese this week, and dig into this salad - it's a classic way to feature this oft-overlooked fruit!


YIELD: 4 quart-sized salads

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 c champagne vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large, firm but ripe red or green pears, diced
  • 4 oz bleu cheese, crumbled
  • 4-8 oz mixed baby greens
  • 1/2 c walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Make the champagne vinaigrette: combine the garlic, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, pepper, and oil in a pint-sized mason jar or other tall container.  Puree and emulsify the dressing using a handheld stick blender.  
  2. Pack the salads: add 2 tbsp dressing to each of 4 tall quart-sized containers; reserve the remaining dressing for another use.  Layer the pear, bleu cheese, and mixed greens in the jars.  Divide the walnuts evenly between 4 2-oz jars or snack-size zip-top bags for each salad.  Refrigerate until serving.
  3. Enjoy your salad: invert your salad onto a plate or into a bowl.  Top with walnuts.
TIME-SAVING TIPS: Use your favorite store-bought champagne vinaigrette in place of the homemade dressing.

SPECIAL DIET SWAPS: This salad is vegetarian and gluten-free as-is.  For a vegan salad, substitute agave for the honey in the dressing, and your favorite vegan bleu cheese or cultured tofu product for the dairy cheese.  For a nut-free salad, substitute sunflower seeds or pepitas for the walnuts.

Food styling, photography, and infographics by Robert Campbell.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Collard & Dried Tomato Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Last summer, we had a bounty of tomatoes in our garden - a bounty so large, I was unable to keep up with eating, canning, and freezing them, and had to explore other preservation options.  Dried tomatoes to the rescue!  Tomatoes are surprisingly easy to dry in a very low oven, and will store, once dried, almost indefinitely in the freezer.  If you don't have your own stash of dried tomatoes, pick some up at the store this week to add rich flavor to this unique salad!



YIELD: 4 quart-sized salads

INGREDIENTS:
  • 28 oz can chickpeas, rinsed, drained, and patted dry
  • 7 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 4 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 c dried tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 c cilantro leaves
  • 1 c mint leaves
  • 1 large bunch collard greens, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c pine nuts, toasted

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Make the roasted chickpeas: preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Toss the chickpeas with 1 tbsp oil, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper.  Bake the chickpeas for about an hour, or until evenly dried, crispy, and golden brown.  Cool.
  2. Make the lemon vinaigrette: combine the garlic, lemon juice and zest, chili flakes, red wine vinegar, remaining olive oil, and salt and pepper (to taste) in a pint-sized mason jar.  Puree and emulsify the dressing using a handheld stick blender.  (Alternatively, puree and emulsify the dressing in a blender or mini food processor.)
  3. Pack the salads: divide the dressing evenly between each of 4 tall quart-sized containers.  Layer the dried tomato, green onions, cilantro, mint, and collard greens in the jars.  Divide the chickpeas and pine nuts evenly among 4 snack-sized zip-top baggies, one for each salad.  Refrigerate until serving.
  4. Enjoy your salad: invert your salad onto a plate or into a bowl.  Top with chickpeas and pine nuts.
TIME-SAVING TIPS: Substitute your favorite store-bought lemon vinaigrette for the homemade vinaigrette.  Substitute store-bought roasted chickpeas for the homemade roasted chickpeas.  Substitute pre-washed, bagged baby kale for the collard greens.

SPECIAL DIET SWAPS: This salad is vegan and gluten-free as-is.  For a nut-free salad, substitute roasted sunflower seeds for the pine nuts. 

Food styling, photography, and infographics by Robert Campbell.