{Quick and easy chopped salad: perfect for a lunchbox}

Summary:  Make this ahead of time for a healthy packed lunch. Use any canned protein for a quick, easy and cheap meal.  This salad can be made in less than 5 min and enjoyed right away as well. To spice things … Continue reading

{Baby Heirloom Tomato Salad: and a couple of salad dressing recipes}

Summary: I want to share a little secret with you. I’ve recently become addicted to eating grape tomatoes…They are bite size, juicy and sweet…which makes them a perfect addition to any salad. This time I decided to go with a … Continue reading

{Rainbow Bright Zucchini Ribbon Salad}

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{Baked Maple Mustard Brie Baguette: my best vegetarian sandwich yet}

{Baked Maple Mustard Brie Baguette: my best vegetarian sandwich yet}

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{Quick vegetarian lunch: Apple, Spinach, Almond & Swiss Quesadilla}

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{Autumn is here: Bosc Pear & Glazed Pecan Salad}

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{Arugula, Beet & Avocado Salad}

*This recipe is adapted from Giada di Laurentis “Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad”

Summary: 

This makes a great side salad. The flavors are subtle but work nicely with each other.  Beets offer protection against coronary artery disease and stroke; lower cholesterol levels within the body, and have anti-aging effects. Additionally they are considered a great detox food. Cooking & adding flavor to beets can be tricky. TIP for best results: after cooking the beet and letting it cool slightly, soak the pieces in the salad dressing for about 5 min. This will help enhance the flavor. Avocados are packed with vitamins and omega-3 FAs which are good oils. In conclusion all the savory ingredients in this salad help protect you against cardiovascular disease. Be healthy, be happy & enjoy! 

Servings: makes 3 to 4 side salads

Ingredients:
3 cups arugula leaves
2 cups spinach leaves
1/2 large beet
2 tbsp dried cranberries
1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 avocado, cubed
2 tbsp sliced almonds
3 tbsp herbed goat cheese

Directions:
1. COOKING THE BEET:
Do not peel or remove the skin of the beet this will help preserve its nutrition and color. Slice the beet into 1 in slices. Cut in half. Add to a pot with water. Add 1/4 tsp of brown sugar, 1/4 tsp of salt and a bit of olive oil. Cook on high for 30-50 min. I suggest inserting a fork into the beet slices after 30 min. to asses if they are cooked. You’ll know if they are cooked because the fork will easily go through.

2. After the beet is cooked: Drain. Remove the skin with a knife. Cut into 1 inch cubes. Let cool for about 8-10 min. IMPT – do not skip this step! If you add the beet while it’s hot, the avocado and goat cheese will “melt” away…the result will be an ugly looking salad. TIP – if this seems too complicated for you, try using canned beet. I’ve never tried it but it should work nicely with this salad.

3. SALAD ASSEMBLY:
First throw in the spinach and arugula. Add the onion, avocado pieces & the dried cranberries. Add the beet pieces (make sure they are mostly cooled) and the crumbled goat cheese. Finally garnish with almonds or walnut pieces.

4. SALAD DRESSING (Recipe from Giada):

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons shallots, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon honey
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Whisk the vinegar, shallots, and honey in a medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with salt and pepper.