Tag Archives: salads

Watermelon “Pizza”

11 Apr

When you find something you like, you must recreate it! Well, at least thats my thoughts when I find a dish I find tasty and fascinating. When I saw watermelon pizza on a menu, I complete passed by it because I thought DOUGH! You don’t find dough on this pizza, only healthy tasty ingredients. This makes a great appetizer or a side dish. I love it with smoked salmon or shrimp coctail.

  • watermelon slices
  • pesto
  • sliced almonds
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • arugula
  • balsamic vinaigrette
  • chopped onion (optional)
  • feta cheese (optional)

Toss the aruguala in the vinaigrette. Spread 1 tsp of pesto on each slice of watermelon, add the sliced almonds, tomatoes, arugula and the optional onion and feta cheese.

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Beet and Spinach Salad

7 Jan

Happy New Year to everyone! Now that the holidays are over it is time to focus on health and well being. Exercise and eating healthy come easy for me, I thrive on it. However, I have so many nutritional issues I need to make improvements.   One thing I want to do is focus more on nutrition that is better for internal organs as well as the whole body.

This recipe is healthy and bursting with flavor.  The fiber in this salad will help with digestive system and, the beets will help boost liver’s natural detox process. Pomegranate has many health benefits, and I am trying to learn to use it more than just in my breakfast yogurt. Cheers, to Happy and Healthy Year!

  • 2 medium or 1 large beet roasted (place beet on large piece of foil, coat with olive oil and season with salt and pepper and thyme sprigs. Close the foil and roast in 400 degree oven 45-6o minutes)
  • thyme sprigs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp horseradish
  • 1/4 tsp fennel seeds
  • baby spinach
  • 1/2 apple chopped
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Peel the roasted beets and slice them or cut them in wedges. In a bowl, whisk together vinegar and mustard. Slowly add the oil and syrup, add the horseradish and fennel seeds. In a large bowl, toss the apple pieces and spinach with dressing. Plate the spinach and apples, top with the beets and pomegranate seeds.

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Asian Carrot Salad

8 Dec

The typical carrot salad in South is loaded with mayonnaise and marshmallows, not exactly healthy salad. This salad is delicious and healthy. The soy beans even provide protein for a great dish for vegetarians. Everyone that has tasted this flavorful salad has enjoyed it.

Salad ingredients: combine together

  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup cooked and shelled soy beans (edamame)
  • 1/2 cup sliced grapes (red look the prettiest)

Dressing: mix together

  • 3 tbs seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tbs low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs sweet chili sauce

Add the dressing to the carrot and bean mixture. Let it sit in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.

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Strawberry Peach Salsa

28 Jul

We got a box of peaches straight from the orchard and flat of strawberries from the field. We have been eating fruit for lunch and snack. I wanted to use some these delicious fruit and berries before they would spoil, and thought  fruit salsa would be perfect pairing with sea bass. Results: Delicious dinner! I think this would be a great lunch over mixed greens topped with avocado.

  • 2 peaches peeled, pitted and diced
  • 15 strawberries (about a pint), diced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1  lime, juiced
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper for seasoning
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley

Mix all of the ingredients together, let stand in room temperature for 20-30 minutes before serving.

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Spiced Heirloom Tomato Salad

20 Jul

Summer is pure joy for vegetable and fruit lovers. I can not get enough  of luscious heirloom tomatoes  while they are their ripest. I have fun trying different seasonings to keep my husband from getting bored with salads. This dressing uses mediterranean spices. I use a lot of these same spices on my roasted zucchini recipe which we enjoy.

Dressing: Mix all of the ingredients together and set a side.

  • 1/2 tsp groung coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbs warm water
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbs white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 2 tbs olive oil

Salad

  • 1 pound of heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • arugula or mixed greens
  • fresh basil
  • slivered almonds

Mix the tomatoes and basil with the dressing. Put arugula on plates and top with the tomato mixture and top with slivered almonds.

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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Peach Dressing

14 Jul

This salad has a nice flavor combination. The peach brings sweetness over the tomatoes and spicy arugula. I typically don’t like raw garlic, but in this it really worked for me and my garlic loving husband.

Salad:

  • Heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • Arugula

Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large peach, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Whisk together vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk in olive oil. Stir in chopped peach and basil. Arrange the arugula on plates, top with sliced tomatoes and the vinegar. 

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Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

9 Jul

The hot weather has arrived. During the summer I am always looking for easy refreshing recipes with fresh ingredients. Watermelons are in season and delicious.  They are also soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. 

This chilled salad is refreshing addition to summer dinner menu. Can’t wait to make it again.

  • 4 cups of watermelon cut in to cubes
  • 1 English cucumbers, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 2 tbs fresh mint, chopped
  • 3 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs virging olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

 

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