Salads - Phase 1 - Grilled vegetable & bean salad




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CyndiM
05-21-2009, 07:52 AM
This is my new "template recipe" for summer salads. I think it will lend itself to a variety of veggies in season. Excuse the lack of measurements.
Here is the spring version:

bunch of asparagus, cleaned and broken into bite sized pieces
1 bag Frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
1/4 c more or less, Newman's or other rf/lf salad dressing (most of this will actually pour off. Use any amount that works)

Toss together and grill until lined but not mushy. Place in bowl/container.

Add:
1 can drained cannelini beans
chopped roasted red pepper to taste (we like a lot)
vinegar & olive oil (about 4:1)
Some chopped sweet or red onion would be good too

I used my Mom's Italian seasoned vinegar so didn't need other spices. Obviously Italian seasoning would be good if you don't happen to know my Mom ;)
Mix everything together and allow to marinate/chill.

We needed a whole meal in a bowl so I added a package of Yves Heart's Desire chicken strips. It was great and very filling even after cycling and walking a lot. I'm sure actual chicken would work too.

I'm looking forward to trying this with zucchini, black beans, "steak" strips and a lime, cumin type dressing. Personally I think the artichoke hearts are essential ;)


Schmoodle
05-21-2009, 07:55 AM
Hey Ruth (whiiiiine)! How come SHE gets to post without measurements and servings? :D

Sounds delish Cyndi, and I agree about the artichokes.

CyndiM
05-21-2009, 08:48 AM
Hey, that's more measurements than I usually have!
A bunch is the official farm stand measurement - whatever they can wrap a rubber band around and charge $4 for ;)