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arugulafennelsalad

Arugula & Fennel Salad

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Just a simple and easy salad that comes together in 10 minutes.  Try this with toasted sunflower seeds or hazelnuts.  Finish with a zesty lemon vinaigrette, you won’t believe the depths of flavors from such a simple recipe!

Arugula & Fennel Salad
A simple and delicious salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 fennel bulb, cut lengthwise and thinly shaved.
  2. 4 cups of arugula
  3. 1 cup sunflower seeds (or hazelnuts)
Instructions
  1. Set oven to 350
  2. Place sunflower seeds on a baking sheet and bake for 6 min
  3. Combine arugula and fennel in a large bowl
  4. Add toasted seeds
  5. Add vinaigrette and toss to coat
Vinaigrette
  1. juice of 1 lemon
  2. zest of 1 lemon
  3. 1 clove garlic, minced
  4. 3/4 cup olive oil
  5. Salt and Pepper
  6. Begin by mashing garlic and 1/2 tsp salt with a fork in bottom of a mason jar
  7. Add lemon juice and zest
  8. Add in olive oil, and either whisk together or place top on mason jar and shake vigorously
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FriseePecanSalad

Frisée Apple Pecan Salad

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Frisée is actually not a lettuce, but a relative to endives and chicory.  It is very high in folic acid (great for pregnant moms), and being a rather bitter green it is cleansing to the liver. Frisée also has a nutty flavor, which can be enhanced by adding toasted nuts or seeds. Adding a touch of sweetness with the apples and apple dressing helps balance out the bitterness making this a mouth-watering salad!  (I’ve also made this without the apple slices and enjoyed it simply with the dressing and pecans).

The apple vinaigrette is also great on my roasted butternut squash and pumpkin seed salad .

Frisée Apple Pecan Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Head Frisée
  2. 1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled, cored and sliced into thin strips
  3. 1/2 cup toasted pecans
  4. Optional: thin shavings of a firm or semihard cheese like Tomme de Savoie or Parmigiano
  5. Apple Vinaigrette
  6. 1 granny smith apple, peeled and cored
  7. 4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  8. 2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  9. 1/2 cup olive oil
Toasting pecans
  1. 300 degrees in oven for 10 min, watch to make sure they don't burn
Dressing
  1. In a blender or food processor, combine 1 peeled apple, olive oil, mustard, vinegar and salt and pepper until creamy.
Salad
  1. Discard tough outer leaves of frisée along with any browned leaves.
  2. Tear the best leaves into bite sized pieces.
  3. Add apple slices to the greens and toss with vinaigrette and pecans.
  4. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. This will make extra dressing to save for the week in the fridge.
Adapted from Poulet
Adapted from Poulet
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RoastedCauliflowersalad

Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad

RoastedCauliflowersalad

Simple meals are often the best, and this is no exception.  Add a hard boiled egg, toss it with some greens, and call it a meal.  It also makes a satisfyingly filling side to your main dish.

Roasting the cauliflower makes it nutty and sweet, a good balance with the fiber-rich chickpeas.  Roasting them both makes the dish easier to digest, just an added bonus!  This is one of those recipes from “my toolbox” that I keep pulling out, it’s so good.  Thanks Gweneth from “It’s All Good” for the inspiration!  

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Fresh Herb Dressing

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This is my go-to salad dressing every summer.  A handful of fresh herbs is all you need to transform your usual salad into something more creative, fresh, and satisfying.  I make this differently every time, depending on which herbs I have on hand.  I will give you the basic recipe, but feel free to add whichever herbs you have.  You can’t screw it up, trust me!

Have you ever noticed how dark in color fresh herbs are?  That’s because of their high concentration of phytonutrients.  They are nutrient powerhouses in small form, packing more nutrition per ounce than it’s larger leafy green friends.  They also have a wide-range of disease fighting properties.  Here’s just a few things herbs can be helpful for:

Basil: The essential oils of basil have strong antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.  It has been used in traditional medicine to treat digestive complaints, arthritis, appetite stimulation, and kidney support.

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