Looking for something a little more unique to make this Holiday? This wedge salad is my new favorite and inspired by Kowalski's grocery store. It's not too plain, and not too fancy -- and it will surely impress!
1 head butter/bibb lettuce
1 C. cubed and roasted butternut squash* (see note)
3/4 C. candied pecans (recipe below)
1/4 C. crumbled bleu cheese
2 oz. prosciutto, sliced into bite-sized strips
Mustard Basil Dressing
1.5 oz. fresh basil leaves (2 containers)
4 green onions, roughly chopped
1-2 garlic cloves (depending on the size of your garlic cloves -- too much will over-power!)
1 C. mayo
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. honey
Salt and Pepper
3/4 C. pecan halves
2 Tbsp. honey
1/4 C. brown sugar
First prepare the pecans. In a small bowl, toss the pecans with the honey and brown sugar. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and spread out the pecans into a single layer. It's OK if the mixture doesn't coat every pecan. Bake for 5-7 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove from oven and stir so that the nuts are evenly coated. Cool.
To prepare the dressing, combine the basil, green onions, and garlic together using a stick blender. Whatever isn't minced up at first will get minced up once all other ingredients are added. Add remaining ingredients and taste -- you may wish to add more mustard or lemon juice depending on how much "zing" you like.
Next, assemble the salad. Cut the head of lettuce into 4-6 wedges (depending on how hungry your guests are!). Top with the squash, pecans, bleu cheese, and prosciutto. Drizzle with dressing and serve.
*To prepare the squash, cut into 1/4-inch size cubes. Toss with 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes -- just until tender.
This recipe is AMAZING. I meant it. AH-MAZE-ING. Now that MBM has been at the Farmers Market, I've been tempted by all types of fresh local produce.. Today, I couldn't keep my mind off the beets and the memory of my favorite beet salad from the restaurant Biaggi's. I decided I could figure their recipe out - or get as close to it as I could. And you know what? It was a huge success. I really hope you give this one a try. Be sure to get some focaccia or crusty bread to go with it.
6 medium size beets (red, yellow, or both!)
10 oz. container spring lettuce mix
5 oz. goat cheese, cut into bits
1/4 C. dried cranberries
1/4 C. shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
1 avocado, diced
Honey Balsamic Dressing (courtesy Chinese Grandma)
2 Tbsp. honey
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
3/4 C. olive oil
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Rinse the beets and wrap together in tinfoil. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes. Allow to cool, then peel off the skins and dice into small cubes.
Next, make the dressing. Using a stick blender (the greatest invention ever), blend together the honey, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper. With the blender running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. As long as you do this slowly, the dressing will properly emulsify and become one cohesive mixture. If you pour in the oil too fast or whisk by hand, you will most likely end up with a dressing that will separate as it sits.
Lastly, assemble the salad. In a large serving bowl, fill first with the lettuce, then top with the beets, goat cheese, cranberries, pistachios, and avocado. I like to keep the dressing on the side so that guests can choose their own amount. You can also toss all ingredients together prior to serving, but this will end up getting purple beet juice on everything, so it looks prettier if wait to do so (hence, what you see in my picture).
Quinoa with Moroccan Winter Squash and Carrot Stew via Epicurious
Who says stew is only for the winter months???
A good recipe has to be shared. This week I have 2 that I've been loving so far this month. I'm trying hard to eat healthier and these pass the smell check with flying colors. No guilt here - hooray!
Carrot, Avocado, and Orange Salad via the Splendid Table
I can feel my eyesight getter stronger!
Hi, I'm Michelle and based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. I love all things cooking and baking and would love to inspire you to create something of your own!