Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sunday Salad Spectacular

Wanted to pass on a recipe (that I kind of made up) for a warm salad. Not sure quite what to call it, I should ask Chuck to come up with a good name, he is creative. This idea came from trying to mix up some of our produce from our crop share program that I mentioned earlier. One of the reasons I wanted to do this crop share, was to force me to widen my recipe repertoire.

I made some bow tie pasta to use as a main filler (to make the meal stretch).

I cooked up some red potatoes and green onions with oil (or butter) and tossed with fresh rosemary. To make this go a little faster I cooked them in the microwave for a few min. (They almost had the consistency of breakfast potatoes).
I add these to toasted pine nuts, raisins, and a diced cooked chicken breast, cooked broccoli (or asparagus). Then I added fresh greens and tossed with olive oil and grated fresh Parmesan cheese.

I have made this a few times now and everyone seems to love it. I think the pine nuts really make it taste great. Hope you are inspired.

19 comments:

Rachel said...

Cris...thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I'm going to try it tomorrow night!

I may be close to you in the next month. Still about three hours away but will be there for four days. If it comes to pass I will facebook you my number and we can try to work out a way to meet up. I will only have the girls with me. John and the boys staying behind.

We'll just pray!

K-Sue said...

Yum! I like pine nuts, but that is something I do not keep in my pantry. Maybe I should venture out.

Julie said...

MMMmmm looks and sounds good. Keep those new recipes coming!

Tiffany said...

That looks really good!

Karen said...

This looks so good!! It also looks like it would be filling... I am going to make this and see how the family likes it :) Thanks for sharing!

Lea Whittaker said...

This sounds very good. I may have to try this while with my parents.

Smith Schoolhouse said...

inspired?? yes! thank you!

Lee and Bev said...

We so enjoyed it last week. Did you get the same vegetables again this past Saturday! Trust this share program is a real blessing and inspiration for you all.

Annie said...

Looks really delicious! Some Russian friends are part of a "farm" program like that....theirs is through the university, the experimental organic farm. One thing that really did look fun was the challenge of figuring out how to use everything.

crispy said...

I should have told you...when I made this I only used one cooked chicken breast. That is all I had and it worked. You could try different things, like skip the potatoes (I only used them be cause I had a few from the farm produce crop share) and use more greens. Of all the things that I wouldn't leave out...the toasted pine nuts. I know they are pricey, but I get them in the bulk section and they are really affordable.

Annie said...

Pine nuts need to be kept in the fridge. Otherwise they will go rancid rather quickly. Learned that the hard way.

fitncrafty said...

Oh this looks really great! I am going to try it, but since I don't eat chicken, I will probably add some sort of bean, maybe garbanzo.. I will have to think about it for a bit..
Thanks for sharing!

crispy said...

Actually I did get some of the same things and some different things. More herbs, some strawberries, greens, squash, pecans, onions and a leek. I am trying to figure out what to do with the leek.

I made a salad with the greens, strawberries, sugared pecans and poppy seed dressing that was fantastic.

Jen said...

Yuhhhhhhhm! I will try that. We love bowtie pasta too. Have you ever tried the tri-color bowties? Great idea.

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:) Jen

Wife to the Rockstar said...

Looks YUM.

Tim and Susan said...

Do you serve it cold or warm? I don't think I've had pine nuts before...hmmm.

Great idea for a summer salad. Yum.

Tim and Susan said...

Oh, I love that strawberry-spinach salad...it's great. Do you have that salad dressing recipe? Next post!!!

crispy said...

I served it kind of warm. Not hot, but not chilled. The greens get kind of limpy. A nice change.

Now, of course, Chuck put dressing on it. He is all about the condiments. I think he used a raspberry dressing.

Christine said...

Sounds delicious!