Joe’s Special

Joe's Special Scramble

I started the fall semester yesterday morning. In order to recover from the trauma, I’m taking a long weekend trip (can 6 days really be considered a ‘long weekend’?) up to San Francisco to visit some friends. What better excuse that to share some tried and true San Francisco favorites.

This dish is a San Francisco classic. It originated in the 1930′s at Original Joe’s. Even though the dish is a classic, I had to put my own spin on things. I substituted extra-lean ground turkey for the ground beef. I used a ton of garlic (10 cloves, but they were all pretty small) and fresh basil and oregano from my garden. I have to admit that I like the fact that the eggs are not the main focus of this egg dish. I feel like the egg is just there as a loose binder rather than the main feature. It makes for a nice change from a traditional Quiche or frittata. It also makes the dish much more adaptable to meals outside the morning hours. In true San Francisco style, Joe’s Special is traditionally served with sourdough. I have yet to discover gluten-free sourdough, so I served my scramble with a couple slices of gluten-free toast (Canyon Bakehouse is my favorite at the moment). Not quite the same as sourdough, but it did the job.

I made Joe’s Special for Sunday Brunch over the weekend and this morning I heated up the leftovers for breakfast. It was even better! This would be a great made-ahead meal for brunch or for anytime you want to have a meal that you can reheat in a hurry.

Joe's Special

 

 

Joe’s Special

  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 5+ garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/4 pounds extra-lean ground turkey
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, finally chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano (or 1/4 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/3 cups parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk/cream/half and half
  • a generous dash of tabasco (optional)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Crack the eggs into a small bowl and add the Tabasco, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until beginning to brown. Add in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add in ground turkey; cook, stirring, until browned and all moisture evaporates, about 10 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring, until beginning to soften. Add spinach; cook, stirring, until wilted. Add eggs; cook until eggs are cooked and mixture is slightly dry, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; sprinkle with Parmesan. Serve with bread.

Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad

Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad

My wonderful friend Zack sent me this recipe last week and told me to “stop what I was doing and make this”. Zack and I have fairly similar palates, so I had a feeling that I would like this salad. I didn’t just like this salad, I loved it. I have yet to find a combination of cilantro and lime that I dislike, so I might not be the most neutral judge, but this salad was pretty close to perfect. Chickpeas make a really great neutral base, which allows the other flavors to really shine through.

I ended up accidentally doubling recipe. I was trying to use up some use it or lose it spinach, which ended up being way more than the originally suggested four cups. It turned out to be a fortunate accident since I had leftovers for days. I upped the amount of garlic and took it easier on the olive oil. I also omitted the sugar the original recipe called for, but that’s just a personal preference. I never add sugar to any type of dressing.

Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad

 

Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad
From Heather’s Dish.

  • 4 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 6 loosely packed cups fresh spinach
  • 1 onion, chopped diced
  • juice from 8 limes
  • 1 bunch of cilantro (about loosely packed cup)
  • 4 Tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 8 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3/4 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  1. Chop the spinach very finely (feel free to use a food processor and pulse 3-4 times). Add the chickpeas, onion, and spinach to a large bowl.
  2. In the same food processor add the lime juice, cilantro, mustard, garlic, chili powder, and olive oil. Blend until it comes together into a dressing, about 30-45 seconds.
  3. Pour over the chickpea mixture and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let sit for at least 15 minutes on the counter (or overnight in the fridge) to let the flavors get friend.

Spanakopita Quesadillas

Spanakopita Quesadillas

Back when I was living in Budapest, there was this amazing Greek restaurant that I loved to go to. It was right on Danube and had a wonderful patio during the summer and was nice and cozy in the winter. At the time I was also a pescatarian and trust me when I say it can be a challenge to find tasty vegetarian options in a land full of szalámi and gulyásleves. (I never quite understood where fish in a landlocked country came from, so I either didn’t question it or steered clear completely.) Between good veggie dishes and an excellent wine list, it was one of my favorite places in Bp.

I have really had a hankering for Greek food recently. Unfortunately nearly every dish I could think of involved pita or phyllo… While attempting to make gluten-free phyllo dough sounds like a wonderful challenge, unfortunately I just don’t have the time or patience to attempt it.  Being the resourceful type that I am, I took a look around the kitchen and decided to improvise. I made the executive decision that corn tortillas would make a perfect substitute (might sound strange to some, but corn tortillas are a staple in these parts, plus they are gluten-free and are very handy for holding/transporting food).

Spanakopita quesadillas were the perfect (gluten-free) fix for a Greek craving. Not authentic by any stretch, but the flavors were there and they were so, so, so easy to make. I threw in a few chopped kalamatas for fun and I served up these quesadillas with some delicious tomato pasta sauce (Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic) and some Greek yogurt mixed with dill and a few spices in an attempt to make a totally illegitimate tzatziki. I do kind of , sort of, like tzatziki, but cucumber in general makes my skin crawl, so plain Greek yogurt and dill, garlic powder, pepper and lemon juice was the perfect compromise.

Spanakopita Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 4+ cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup prepared pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Instructions

  1. First make the ‘mock’ tzatziki. Combine Greek yogurt, dill, garlic powder, pepper and lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is heated add onion and cooking until translucent and starting to brown, about 6 minutes. Add in minced garlic and cook another minute or two until fragrant. Add oregano, black pepper and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir until mixed.
  3. Next add the baby spinach. Stir to coat and cook until spinach has wilted.
  4. Remove pan from heat and put the spinach mix into a bowl or plate and set aside. Wipe down the pan return to medium heat and spray with cooking spray (you can use a new pan, but why do more dishes?). Place one tortilla in the pan and heat. Flip over when warmed and sprinkle with 1/4 cup mozzarella. Top the cheese with half the spinach mixture, 1/4 cup of the feta and half the olives.
  5. Place another tortilla on top, spray lightly with cooking spray and use a spatula to flip the quesadilla over. Cook until the tortilla is warmed through and slightly crisp, about 3 minutes.
  6. Repeat with the other tortillas to make a second quesadilla.

Smoky Tomato Lentil Soup With Spinach & Olives

Smoky Tomato Lentil Soup With Spinach & Olives

This soup is phenomenal. It might actually be one of the best things I’ve made recently. And it’s soup-er easy (sorry, just can’t resist a bad pun)! A bit of chopping and boiling and you have a delicious meal. The flavors are just amazing together. Granted paprika, onion and garlic are probably my favorite flavors, but really they were just made to be in this soup together.

The original recipe called for kalamatas. I ran out last week and much to my extreme disappointment, my Costco has decided to stop stocking them… At the rate I go through olives, kalamatas are just too expensive to be bought in any quantity less than Costco-sized bulk. I used green pimento stuffed olives and they were wonderful. Since they are so salty, I made sure to use low-sodium broth and didn’t add in any extra salt. It definitely was not needed.

I absolutely loved this soup. I definitely plan on making it again, hopefully the poor weather keeps up and it will be repeated sooner, rather than later. Even though this soup was great, I might make a few minor changes. I think the paprika could have used another flavor to combine with. I was thinking a bit of cayenne maybe or a squeeze of lemon perhaps or even a little drizzle of balsamic. Just a little addition could add a whole new layer of depth and deliciousness.

Smoky Tomato Lentil Soup With Spinach & Olives
Adapted from The Punk Post Kitchen.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 6+ cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups dried brown lentils (or green lentils)
  • 5 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • Fresh black pepper
  • 2 (14.5) ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach (or chopped spinach)
  • 3/4 cup roughly salty chopped olives (I used green pimento stuffed olives)
  1. Heat oil a large soup pot over medium high heat. Saute onions in oil until translucent, about 5-8 minutes. Add garlic and saute about a minute or so, then mix in the thyme and paprika.
  2. Add the lentils, broth, and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn heat to medium and cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lentils are almost tender. Add the tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer for another 20 minutes or so, or until lentils are very tender. Add spinach and olives and stir frequently until spinach is wilted and velvetty. Add water or more broth to thin, if necessary.

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad

I will fully confess this salad was made out of desperation. I got a little overzealous at Costco and bought a 5 pound bag of baby spinach. It was $3.79, seemed like such a great idea at the time. Do you know how much baby spinach is in a 5 pound bag of baby spinach? FIVE pounds. Do you know how hard it is to come up with new ideas to use up 5 pounds of baby spinach? Real hard. There are only so many green smoothies and sautéed spinach one can consume. I have gotten to the point I just google spinach and any other random ingredients I can think of and hope something worthwhile comes up. I’ve been hitting a lot of duds, but I really lucked out with this one.

I personally don’t like super oily vinaigrettes (or oily anything), so I tend to skimp on that. I just couldn’t get a taste I liked with just the limes for acidity, so I added in a bit of white wine vinegar to try to get the flavors to blend a bit better. Perfect fix. I added the feta at the last minute (an other Costco purchase that needs to be used… I need to stop doing this to myself). I think it gave the salad a tangy bite that worked really well with the other flavors, but it’s not essential. Leaving it out would still make this one amazing (and vegan) salad.

I also have to admit I am totally embarrassed by the fact that I took the time to cut the strawberries into hearts. Who does that? It’s a cheesy cute idea for a Valentine’s Day salad if you have the need for such a thing. This salad is definitely tasty enough to share.

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad

For the Salad:

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup chopped candied walnuts
  • 1 cups strawberries, halved (cut into hearts if you’re crazy)
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced
For the Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (I don’t like oily vinaigrettes, use more if you do)
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/2 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  1. In a large serving bowl, add the spinach, strawberries, shallots and feta.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, grainy mustard, salt, and pepper.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Sprinkle on the walnuts and add the diced avocado.

Roasted Garlic, Spinach & Brie Dip

Roasted Garlic, Spinach & Brie Dip

Now that I’m kind of, sort of , nearly over my never-ending mystery illness (just can’t shake this sore throat), let’s get back to business.

It’s the Super Bowl next Sunday. Normally, I would be super excited and looking forward to it, but considering I have not watched a single football game (of any kind or level) this year, I’m really not into it. That being said, I do love any excuse for a party and parties must have food and drinks. I can always get behind party planning. This week I’ll be sharing some recipes perfect for your Super Bowl weekend.

Apparently there are people in this world who do not like garlic and don’t care for brie. Fortunately, I don’t know anyone like that, but if you are a little wary of the amount of garlic in this dip, fear not. When garlic is roasted, it gets this more caramelized, almost nutty flavor, which is much more subtle than fresh garlic. If you don’t like brie, well I really can’t help you all that much. Maybe substitute goat cheese? This was the first time I had ever used pimentos in anything or even had them outside of stuffed olives. I was hoping they would give the dip just a little extra kick or something to keep the taste buds happy. Maybe they just got too chopped up in the food processor, but they didn’t really bring much to the overall taste. I think I would stick with real hot sauce or chili powder if a subtle heat.

You could actually serve this dip two different ways. I decided to go with hot, but the end result was a little more fondue-y than I would have like. Once it cooled down about 5 or 10 minutes, it was the perfect consistency. I also tried it before I baked it and it was pretty close to perfect. I should have left it, but I really wanted a hot dip… You can definitely make this ahead of time, but remember to take it out and let it soften. It is brie base, so it will definitely need to soften.

Roasted Garlic, Spinach & Brie Dip

 

Roasted Garlic, Spinach & Brie Dip

  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-20 ounce round of brie, rind removed
  • 1 cup 0% plain Greek yogurt (I like Fage)
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons diced pimentos, drained
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned pepper (or freshly ground pepper, to taste)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut top 1/2″ off the top of the garlic heads. Remove some of the loose, papery skin, leaving the heads intact. Place each on a square of tinfoil, drizzle each with the olive oil (about 1 teaspoon each), and wrap well. Bake 50-60 minutes, until the garlic is very soft and begins to brown. Cool until easy to handle. Squeeze each head to into a mixing bowl to remove the soft roasted cloves. Be careful to avoid getting any of the garlic skin/paper in the bowl.
  2. In a large skillet, add the remaining olive oil and heat over medium. When oil is shimmering, add the spinach and cook until wilted. Add in the green onions and cook until just softened. Remove skillet from heat and set aside. Attempt to drain any excess oil if necessary.
  3. In a food processor, process Brie cheese and cream cheese with the seasoned salt, pepper, and garlic cloves. (You can also cream these ingredients together using the back of a spoon and a lot of energy.) Refrigerate several hours to blend flavors. Serve with crackers, crostini, and sliced French bread.
  4. In a food processor, combine Brie cheese and greek yogurt with the seasoned pepper, garlic cloves and pimentos. Add in the spinach and green onions. Pulse in the food processor until blended.
  5. This dip can be served either hot or cold. For cold: Refrigerate several hours to allow flavors to blend. For hot: Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and serve.
  6. Serve with crackers/sliced bread/tortilla chips/veggies.

Gluten-Free Calzones Two Ways

Gluten Free Calzones

Earlier this week I got it into my head that I really wanted a calzone. I can only remember having a calzone once before, but for some reason I wanted one now. Start to finish these took about 40 minutes to make, so definitely a good possibility for a weeknight dinner. The spinach and Boursin was definitely the favorite out of these two. The salami and olive calzone was good, but just had a lot of flavors going on. I served them with my favorite Casear salad and a little extra pasta sauce on the side for dipping; it was the perfect combination.

Since I wanted to be a quick and painless process, I cheated and used a box of Chebe Garlic Onion Breadstick Mix for the crust of the calzones. They had a recipe for mixing and using the crust which I followed, but I really wish I only partially followed it. Their recipe yield two GIANT calzones. There was absolutely nothing wrong with them, except that they were huge. We got 2 meals for 2 people out of each, but I think I would have preferred making four smaller ones. It is the same amount of food, but I think four smaller ones would make the leftover and re-heating situation much easier (and additional filling options).

Gluten Free Spinach & Cheese Calzone

Gluten Free Spinach & Cheese Calzone

For the Calzone:

  • 1 (7.5 oz) package Chebe mix (or 1 ¾ cup flour)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 TablespoonsOil
  • 1/4 cup non-fat milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (optional)
For the Filling:
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion diced
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach, washed and stemmed if tough
  • Soft cheese (like Boursin or goat cheese), at room temperature

For the Filling:

    1. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, add in onion and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.
    2. Then add in spinach and cook until wilted.
    3. Remove from heat and set aside.
For the Calzone:
Prepare Chebe mix according to directions on the box:
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Blend Chebe Garlic-Onion Breadstick Mix with 2 tbsp. oil, 1 cup shredded cheese* (optional; sharp or hard cheeses work best) and 2 large eggs. Slowly blend in exactly 1/4 cup water or milk*/milk substitute.
  3. Knead dough with hands until it is smooth.
  4. After mixing the dough, pat the dough into a think round. Split this round in half, and split the halves in half, to make four hunks of Chebe Bread dough approximately the same size.
  5. On a piece of wax paper, spread one of the rounds out to a very thin layer, using your fingers and the heel of your hand, or using a rolling pin. You want this very thin, but be careful that there are no holes in the dough. You don’t want any of the fillings escaping from the center during baking.
  6. Flip the dough round on a non-greased baking sheet. Cover with 1 to 1 1/2 cups of filling and cheese leaving edges clear so that dough will seal.
  7. Flatten the next dough round per the instructions above. Flip the flattened round on top of the bottom round and the filling. Crimp the edges together with your fingers, being careful not to create any holes in the dough.
  8. Then, using the tines of fork, press the edges together all the way around the dough. If the fork sticks to the dough, dip it in cold water. This will secure the edges and give the calzone a finished look.
  9. Pop into a preheated oven at 375° F and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until nicely browned. (Suggestion: brush the outside with olive oil before baking.) Let cool about 5 minutes and serve.

Gluten Free Salami & Olive Calzone

Gluten Free Salami & Olive Calzone

For the Crust:

  • 1 (7.5 oz) package Chebe mix (or 1 ¾ cup flour)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 TablespoonsOil
  • 1/4 cup non-fat milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (optional)
For the Filling:
  • Sliced salami or other cured meat of choice
  • Handful green olives, sliced
  • Pasta sauce (I used Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic)
  • Grated cheese
For the Calzone:
Prepare Chebe mix according to directions on the box:
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Blend Chebe Garlic-Onion Breadstick Mix with 2 tbsp. oil, 1 cup shredded cheese* (optional; sharp or hard cheeses work best) and 2 large eggs. Slowly blend in exactly 1/4 cup water or milk*/milk substitute.
  3. Knead dough with hands until it is smooth.
  4. After mixing the dough, pat the dough into a think round. Split this round in half, and split the halves in half, to make four hunks of Chebe Bread dough approximately the same size.
  5. On a piece of wax paper, spread one of the rounds out to a very thin layer, using your fingers and the heel of your hand, or using a rolling pin. You want this very thin, but be careful that there are no holes in the dough. You don’t want any of the fillings escaping from the center during baking.
  6. Flip the dough round on a non-greased baking sheet. Cover with a layer of salami, a handful of olives 1/2 cup shredded cheese and 1 cup pasta sauce leaving edges clear so that dough will seal.
  7. Flatten the next dough round per the instructions above. Flip the flattened round on top of the bottom round and the filling. Crimp the edges together with your fingers, being careful not to create any holes in the dough.
  8. Then, using the tines of fork, press the edges together all the way around the dough. If the fork sticks to the dough, dip it in cold water. This will secure the edges and give the calzone a finished look.
  9. Pop into a preheated oven at 375° F and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until nicely browned. (Suggestion: brush the outside with olive oil before baking.) Let cool about 5 minutes and serve.

Chicken Spinach & Cauliflower Cheese Pots

Chicken Spinach & Cauliflower Cheese Pots

This is pretty much Chicken Alfredo without any noodles involved. I’m not a pasta fan, so it was pretty much perfect to me. I was a bit hesitant to use evaporated milk. I know it’s real milk with some of the water removed, but shelf stable dairy products just weird me out. Once I got over the canned milk thing, I was really, really impressed by this dish. It was so easy to make and super flavorful. I did add some extra spices by sprinkling the chicken with Kosher salt, black pepper and garlic powder. That definitely helped the dish. Next time, I think the only other thing I would add would be some Dijon mustard. I really think that would have enhanced the flavor even more. And I might add broccoli as well just to add some extra color and vegetables. The spinach was really good in this dish. I thought it might be kind of gross since it was added at the last-minute before baking. This recipe is great as is, but a few easy additions

A quick note about serving: I think it would be easier to do this in one large casserole dish or in 1 cup ramekins. I followed the directions and a 2 cup serving dish was the size of a cereal bowl, which is a lot of food. I think a 1 cup ramekin would be the perfect size accompanied with some extra veggies or a salad.

Chicken Spinach & Cauliflower Cheese Pots

 

Chicken Spinach & Cauliflower Cheese Pots
Adapted from Taste.Com.Au.

  • 1 small (800g) cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound/500g boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced
  • Kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, for seasoning
  • 3 Tablespoons/40g butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I used Better Batter.)
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 375ml can evaporated milk
  • 3 ounces/80g baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup grated tasty cheese (I used a sharp English Cheddar)
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C/180°C fan-forced. Steam over or cook cauliflower in a saucepan of boiling water for 5 minutes or until just tender. Drain.
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Season diced chicken breast with Kosher salt, black pepper and garlic powder. Add the chicken. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a bowl. Cover to keep warm.
  3. Add butter to pan. Cook for 1 minute or until melted and bubbling. Add flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until bubbling. Gradually add stock, stirring until smooth. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Add milk. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in chicken, cauliflower, spinach and 2 tablespoons tasty cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon mixture into four 2 cup-capacity ovenproof dishes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Serve.

Avocado, Blue Cheese & Spinach Salad

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This basically a no-recipe recipe. I happened to have some items around that were begging to be used together, so I gave them what they wanted. I just threw them all together with no real rhyme or reason and luckily this little salad turned out to be a delightful surprise. The creamy avocado and tangy blue cheese go really well together. Much better than I thought they would. I’ve been really into using toasted nuts lately in anything and everything possible. I think they make a great alternative to croutons to give salads a little crunchy bite. This salad came together in under 10 minutes and made a refreshing and tasty summer meal. If my avocados happen to be around along enough to be used in salads (let’s be honest guacamole takes priority here), I look forward to make this one again and again this summer.

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Avocado, Blue Cheese & Spinach Salad

  • 2 large handfuls spinach
  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 slivered almonds, toasted
  • mustard vinaigrette, recipe follows
  1. Divide first 5 ingredients between two plates. Top with vinaigrette and serve.

Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients together and mix until well incorporated. Will keep in the fridge up to one week.

Parmesan Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

Parmesan Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

I am obsessed with this salad. o b s e s s e d . Everything about it is practically perfect.  I’ve made this salad 3 times now and I just love it more and more each time. The vegetables are crispy and a bit cheesy, but still stay nice and fresh. The dressing is very lemony. I don’t mind the acidity at all, but I think it could be overwhelming to some. This problem could be solved by easing off the lemon a bit and adding a bit of honey to the mix. This salad is perfect as a light meal or it would be really great with a light salmon or chicken dish.

Parmesan Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad  (from Food Network)

  • 2 1/2 cups bite-sized broccoli florets
  • 2 1/2 cups bite-sized cauliflower florets
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • garlic powder
  • 1/2 to 1 cup olive oil
  • 4 cups lightly packed fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 lemon, zested
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Place the broccoli and cauliflower in a large bowl. Toss with the beaten eggs to coat evenly. Place the Parmesan and garlic powder in a large tray or baking dish and dredge the vegetables in the cheese, pressing to coat evenly.
  2. Pour olive oil in a large heavy skillet until the olive oil is 1/4-inch deep, about 1/2 cup depending on the size of your skillet. Warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, carefully add the Parmesan-coated vegetables. Do not overcrowd the pan. Cook in batches, if necessary. Let the vegetables cook until a crust forms, about 3 minutes per side. Turn the vegetables only when they easily release from the bottom of the pan. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Place the spinach in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. Drizzle the spinach with the vinaigrette and toss to coat. Add the Parmesan coated vegetables. Toss and serve.