Debbie's Recipes

Happy National Spinach Day 2015!
Salads are wonderful on so many levels:  fresh, nutritious, easy to prepare, and infinite in combination possibilities.  A little chopping here, a little grilling there, and voilà!  This recipe is one of my favorite combinations and features a variation on a basic vinaigrette dressing.  The ingredients are listed, simply adjust amounts of each to your preference and unleash your creativity.

Ready, set… get your salad spinners ready!

Spinach Salad with Grilled Radicchio and Apricots

Ingredients:
Fresh Spinach
Fresh Radicchio
Fresh Endive
Chopped fresh or dried apricot
Jumbo golden raisins
Chopped hazelnuts
Hint of lemon zest
Diced red onion
Balsamic vinaigrette
Fresh ground pepper and salt to taste

Optional ingredients: 
Crumbled feta cheese
Chopped mint

Preparation:
Lightly grill the radicchio, endive, and red onion; transfer to bowl and lightly dress with the balsamic vinaigrette; add the fresh spinach and toss immediately which will ever so slightly wilt the spinach. Toss with the remaining ingredients. Toss in the mint, if you like.  Crumble feta cheese on top for the cheese lovers. Enjoy!

Click here for my Happy National Spinach Day blog and additional spinach salad recipes.

 

Happy National Spinach Day 2015!
Salads are wonderful on so many levels:  fresh, nutritious, easy to prepare, and infinite in combination possibilities.  A little chopping here, a little grilling there, and voilà!  This recipe is one of my favorite combinations and features a variation on a basic vinaigrette dressing.  The ingredients are listed, simply adjust amounts of each to your preference and unleash your creativity.

Ready, set… get your salad spinners ready!

Spinach Salad with Crisp Bacon and Eggs

Ingredients:
Fresh Spinach
Fresh Parsley
Hard-boiled egg(s)
Bacon (cooked to perfect crispness)
Red wine vinaigrette (maybe whisk-in a touch of Dijon)
Fresh ground pepper and salt to taste

Optional Ingredients:
Crumbled blue cheese (or sharp cheddar, if you prefer)
Chopped walnuts (candied walnuts are another option)
Chopped red onion

Preparation:
Since we’ve already started with hard-boiled eggs and perfectly crisped bacon in the ingredients list, we’ll just proceed directly to toss all the ingredients together, lightly dress, and enjoy!

Click here for my Happy National Spinach Day blog and additional spinach salad recipes.

 

Happy National Spinach Day 2015!
Salads are wonderful on so many levels:  fresh, nutritious, easy to prepare, and infinite in combination possibilities.  A little chopping here, a little grilling there, and voilà!  This recipe is one of my favorite combinations and features a variation on a basic vinaigrette dressing.  The ingredients are listed, simply adjust amounts of each to your preference and unleash your creativity. 

Ready, set… get your salad spinners ready!

Ingredients:
Fresh Spinach
Fresh Chard
Fresh Lavender
Fresh Thyme
Chèvre (French for goat’s cheese)
Balsamic vinaigrette
Fresh ground pepper and salt to taste

Optional ingredients:
Lightly sautéed mushrooms and garlic

Preparation:

Those of you, who are wizards with puff pastry, will opt to start your version of this one from scratch. If you are like me, you have a favorite bakery that will happily provide you with a lovely rustic puff pastry cheese tart to serve as the base. So let’s start from there…

1)  Warm puff pastry cheese tart so the crust is lightly golden brown and the cheese filling is warm (not all the way because it is going back into the oven). 

2)  Remove from oven; though keep it on the baking sheet.

3)  Optional:  cover the tart center with the sautéed mushrooms and garlic.

4)  Top the tart center with the greens and fresh herbs that have been very lightly dressed with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

5)  Place small dollops of the chèvre atop the greens and return the pan to the oven under a low broiler… watch carefully! We just want to lightly melt and brown the chèvre which will happen quickly; you’ll also see a bit more browning to the puff pastry (perfect!).

6)  Remove from the oven, let stand at least ten minutes.

7)  Cut into squares and serve warm.

Enjoy!

Click here for my Happy National Spinach Day blog and additional spinach salad recipes.

Happy National Spinach Day 2015!
Salads are wonderful on so many levels:  fresh, nutritious, easy to prepare, and infinite in combination possibilities.  A little chopping here, a little grilling there, and voilà!  This recipe is one of my favorite combinations and features a variation on a basic vinaigrette dressing.  The ingredients are listed, simply adjust amounts of each to your preference and unleash your creativity.

Ready, set… get your salad spinners ready!

Spinach Salad with Almonds and Dried Cranberries

Ingredients:
Fresh spinach
Dried Cranberries
Almonds
Diced pears
Champagne vinaigrette
Fresh ground pepper and salt to taste

Optional ingredients
Diced avocado
Diced red onion

Preparation:
Add ingredients to the bowl, toss, taste, enjoy!

Click here for my Happy National Spinach Day blog and additional spinach salad recipes.

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