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Nuts & Berries Salad with Sweet Basil Vinaigrette Dressing

Nuts & Berries Salad with Sweet Basil Vinaigrette-8.31.2011

Nuts & Berries Salad with Sweet Basil Vinaigrette Dressing

“Hmmmm…” is what I initially said to myself as I reviewed the Produce Geek‘s buying advice this week. Some delicious produce, but not too much that I immediately recognized as ideal stir-fry or salad ingredients. BUT then the bolt of lightning hit!

With red raspberries on the Produce Geek’s pick list this week, what could be better than a salad that features their summer flavor with hearty walnuts? “Nuts & Berries” – a perfect combination. Placed on a bed of hearty lettuce with baby portabella mushrooms and surrounded by baby carrots (also among the Produce Geek’s recommendations), this salad is simple & simply divine with my Sweet Basil Vinaigrette Dressing.

This salad is vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free. But that doesn’t mean that meat-eaters won’t love it, too!

 

 

What You’ll Need for the Salad:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Red raspberries – 1/2 cup

    Raw materials for the salad

    Raw materials for the salad

  • Baby carrots – 6 cut into half lengthwise

Other ingredients…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Red leaf lettuce – 1 cup, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Romaine lettuce – 1 cup, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Baby portabella mushrooms –  3/4 cup, sliced
  • Walnuts pieces – 1/4 cup, shelled (obviously!)

What You’ll Need for the Dressing:

Enough for about 4 servings

  • Olive oil – 1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp (high quality for the best taste)
  • Balsamic vinegar – 3 Tbsp
  • Orange juice – 1/8 cup
  • Honey (I prefer raw, but regular will do) – 1 Tbsp
  • Basil – 1 tsp
  • Sea salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Fresh ground pepper – 3-4 cranks of the grinder or to taste
Get cooking…
  1. Place lettuce on plate.
  2. Top with baby portabella mushrooms in center.
  3. Add raspberries and walnuts on top of the mushrooms.
  4. Arrange baby carrots around the perimeter of the plate.
  5. Create the dressing:
    1. Put all dressing ingredients into a medium bowl.
    2. Whisk until completely blended.
    3. Pour dressing into individual sauce cups or ramekins.
  6. Serve up the salad & dressing and enjoy!
Make as many servings as you need to feed your family and friends! And don’t forget to subscribe to the Produce Geek’s Eat This Now blog to stay in-the-know about what to buy each week.
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Edamame Salad with Bold Honey Mustard Dressing

Edamame Salad with Bold Honey Mustard Dressing

Edamame Salad with Bold Honey Mustard Dressing

After a week of vacation food, I was craving a pure and simple vegetarian salad. So the Produce Geek had perfect timing when he placed Romaine lettuce on his pick list this week! I paired it with some red leaf lettuce as the base, topped it with some other crispy veggies, added edamame for a protein boost and garnished with seedless green grapes (also featured on the Produce Geek’s blog this week). Served with my bold honey mustard dressing on the side, this salad will satisfy your voracious appetite and your taste buds.

To make this salad vegan-compatible, simply substitute a vegan alternative for my yogurt-based honey mustard dressing.  

Gluten-conscious? This salad is gluten-free! Just watch your choice of mustard & yogurt when making your dressing – read the labels to make sure neither contain gluten.

What You’ll Need for the Salad:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Romaine lettuce – 1 cup, torn into bite-sized pieces

    Raw materials for Edamame Salad

    Salad "Raw materials"

  • Seedless green grapes – 6 grapes

Other ingredients…

Amounts are PER SERVING

  • Red leaf lettuce – 3/4 cup, torn into bite sized pieces
  • Sweet red pepper –  4 slices, cut in half crosswise
  • Plum tomatoes – 6 slices
  • Cucumber – 6 slices
  • Carrot – 1/2 cup, shredded
  • Edamame – 1/2 cup, ready to eat

What You’ll Need for the Dressing:

Enough for about 4 servings

  • Bold & spicy brown mustard – 1/3 cup
  • Plain Greek yogurt – 3/4 cup
  • Honey (I prefer raw, but regular will do) – 2 Tbsp
  • Dill Weed – 1 tsp
Get cooking…
  1. Place lettuce on plate.
  2. Space cucumber slices around the perimeter.
  3. Top each cucumber slice with a slice of plum tomato.
  4. Alternate sweet red pepper slices in the spaces in between the cucumber/tomato slices.
  5. In center of the plate, place shredded carrots on top of the lettuce.
  6. Place the edamame on top of the carrots.
  7. Create the dressing:
    1. Put all dressing ingredients into a medium bowl.
    2. Stir until completely blended.
    3. Pour dressing into individual sauce cups or ramekins.
  8. Place salad dressing on plate and arrange green grapes evenly around salad plate – Dig in!
Make as many servings as you need to feed your family and friends! And don’t forget to subscribe to the Produce Geek’s Eat This Now blog to stay in-the-know about what to buy each week.

Nearly Naked Southwestern Vegetarian Stir-fry

Nearly Naked Southwestern Vegetarian Stir-Fry

Nearly Naked Southwestern Vegetarian Stir-Fry

Yes, I completely intend to grab attention with the name of this stir-fry! And it really does capture what the dish is all about – the core ingredients are SO full of taste, you really don’t need anything more than a little sea salt and cilantro to top it off.

The Produce Geek’s buying advice this week inspired me to combine jalapeno peppers (use poblanos instead if you’re the heat-sensitive type), tomatoes, and mangos with some other southwestern staples into a stir-fry that is a fiesta of flavor. Made with black and pinto beans, this vegetarian meal has volumes of taste and texture.  

Carnivores: Feel free to substitute lean ground beef for the beans.

Vegans: Simply omit the spoonful of sour cream /yogurt.

Gluten Conscious: You’re already there, just be sure to read the label on your sour cream and yogurt.

Everyone: Enjoy! And subscribe to Eat This Now directly to get the Produce Geek’s expert insight every week.


What You’ll Need For the Stir-fry:

First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • Jalapeno peppers – 2 medium, chopped finely w/seeds removed

    Raw materials for Nearly Naked Stir-fry

    Raw materials featuring Produce Geek's picks

  • Mangos – 2 cups chopped, preferably organic
  • Tomatoes – 3 cups chopped (mix orange and red for a splash of color), heirloom varieties if possible, but regular vine-ripened will do nicely

Other ingredients…

  • White mushrooms –  4 cups, sliced
  • Shredded cabbage and carrots (aka slaw mix) – 6 cups (you can shred your own or buy a ready-to-go bag for convenience)
  • Black beans – 1 cup, cooked
  • Pinto beans – 1 cup, cooked
  • Brown rice – 2 cups, cooked
  • Onion – 3/4 cup, chopped finely
  • Garlic – 2 cloves, minced
  • Avocado – 2 small – medium sized, sliced
  • Plain Greek yogurt or sour cream – about 1 cup
  • Canola oil
  • Sea salt
  • Cilantro – flakes or fresh

Get cooking…

  1. Warm approx. 1 Tbsp of canola oil in an extra large deep frying pan or wok on med-high heat.
  2. Add garlic, onion, and jalapeno peppers and fry for approximately 3 minutes until they start to brown.
  3. Lower heat to slightly lower than medium and add slaw mix and mushrooms.
  4. Stir until they start to turn tender – approximately 4 minutes.
  5. Add beans, rice, tomatoes & mango, and stir until all ingredients are warmed and distributed evenly throughout the dish.
  6. Add sea salt and a few pinches of cilantro to taste – and serve it up!
  7. Top each serving with avocado slices and doll0p of Greek yogurt or sour cream.
Makes 4 spicy servings!

Black Bean and Grilled Pineapple Salad with Creamy Chive Dressing

Salad made with Produce Geek's 6.27.2011 postAs usual, the Produce Geek  was spot on with his picks this week. And everything he recommended screamed “summer salad” to me.  This week, I combined black beans and carrot chips with his suggestions of organic romaine hearts, Vidalia onions, grape tomatoes and gold pineapple slices (which my husband grilled to perfection). To top it off – my own-made creamy chive dressing. As you’ll find with nearly all of my salads, they’re meant to be meals in themselves.


 

 

What You’ll Need:


First the Produce Geek’s picks…

  • Fresh gold pineapple slices – 4 one-half inch slices, grilled approximately 3 minutes on each side
  • Grape tomatoes – 2 cups
  • Organic romaine lettuce hearts – 4 cups torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Vidalia onion – 4 slices

Other salad ingredients…

  • Sliced carrots – 2 cups
  • Black beans – 2 cups cooked (I prefer making mine from the dried beans, but canned & drained will do for the sake of time)

Get cooking…

  1. Divide romaine lettuce evenly into 4 servings and place on 4 plates.
  2. Top with grape tomatoes, carrots, and sliced onion.
  3. Add 1/2 cup cooked black beans on top of the veggies in the center of each plate
  4. Cut pineapple slices into bite-sized pieces and  arrange around the black beans
  5. Spoon on Creamy Chive dressing (below)

Creamy Chive Dressing…

Combine the following,  then stir thoroughly and spoon onto your salad plate:

  • Plain Greek yogurt – 3/4 cup
  • Mayonnaise – 1/2 cup
  • Milk – 1/4 cup (possibly less depending on the consistency of the yogurt/mayonnaise, so add a just a  little at a time)
  • Chives – 1 Tbsp
  • Sea Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Course ground black pepper (or Cayenne if you want to turn up the heat!) – to taste
Makes approximately 4 servings. If prepared according to plan, this one is vegetarian and gluten-free.
A Note from the Author: One of the best things about salads is their versatility…I take no offense if you choose to use an alternate dressing or make other substitutions to make this one your own. In fact, I’d love to hear from you about your variations on this creation – or any other that I post – so please leave a comment!
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