Posts Tagged ‘salad’

Salad Saturdays: More Than Just a Salad!

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

In this Salad Saturday feature, we’re changing it up and bringing you a salad that is hearty enough to be a main course! An award winning home chef, Dawn M. Richards founded D.M.R. Fine Foods and her passion for food shows! Dawn is a self-taught cook and has perfected her culinary skills in cooking schools abroad, such as The Lenotre cooking school in Paris, France, as well as studying in her hometown of Atlanta, GA.  She is currently also a culinary instructor at Williams-Sonoma.

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Dawn is letting us in on one of her favorite salad-cheese pairings:

 

“Grilled Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Crumbles (Roquefort would be great for this!).  Toss together romaine greens, fresh peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.  Top with sliced, grilled steak and finish with blue cheese crumbles and a vinaigrette dressing.  It’s a light, yet hearty salad, that always satisfies.”

 

This is one salad recipe that’s sure to impress your guests and leave them hoping to take home leftovers! For more about this recipe, check out her Grilled Steak Salad blog post and let us know if you’ve tried making it.

Follow Dawn on Twitter: @dmrfinefoods and find her on Facebook: D.M.R. Fine Foods

Grilled Steak Salad from DMR Fine Foods

Salad Saturdays: August is National Goat Cheese Month

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

As you may or may not know, August is National Goat Cheese month and what better way to observe such a fine event than to indulge in some rich, creamy Goat Cheese! One of the more versatile cheeses around, goat cheese paired with salads is the most healthy, summery way to enjoy! This Salad Saturday, our cheese and salad pairing is courtesy of Dina, a registered dietitian who loves helping people improve their overall health through her passion- preventative nutrition! You can read about Dina’s nutrition and healthy food tips on her blog nutritiousfeast.com.

Dina recently made her favorite salad and shares some photos with us!
Dina's Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

Dina’s Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad Ingredients

“This is a quick and easy salad full of antioxidants to celebrate the summer harvest. I used baby spinach, strawberries, blueberries, walnuts and goat cheese. Goat cheese is a little salty and tangy with a wonderful rich texture. I love this salad because it has the perfect combination of sweet and salty. I decided to add blueberries at the end to add an extra burst of vitamin C, A and fiber.”

Dina's Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

Dina’s Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

Dina’s choice of dressing for this salad was fat free strawberry balsamic dressing, or another option she recommends is raspberry vinaigrette. She loves making that salad all the time, and switches it up by changing the nuts and fruits, and sometimes adds chicken! “It’s so perfect for a hot summer day.”
For more of Dina’s food tips:

Follow Dina on twitter @DinaJ
Find her on Facebook: Nutritious Feast
And check out her Nutrition blog: www.NutritiousFeast.com
Happy National Goat Cheese Month!

Salad Saturdays: Changing Textures

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

We hope everyone’s been enjoying their summer (and their salads) so far! Up until now, most of the featured cheese parings have been creative variations of a salad staple: goat cheese. This Salad Saturday, we hear from Baker-turned-cook and Food blogger, Marnely Rodriguez-Murray. She writes for Marcus Samuelsson’s Food Republic and Honest Cooking Magazine and her beautifully photographed site can be found at CookingwithBooks.net

Cooking with Books

By now, you’re asking yourself “what is the cheese that sits atop Marnely’s summer salad?”

Nothing better than blue cheese crumbles over a crisp summer salad! The tangy cheese balances out flavors & adds texture to the meal! Even better? Try making your own blue cheese dressing for dips and salads – refreshing and delicious!

Mixing textures in a salad can really make it memorable, and that includes switching up the texture of the dressing! If you’re up for creating your own blue cheese dressing, You can pick up some blue cheese like Ile de France Roquefort cheese and try this recipe by Anjali Prasertong  for theKitchn.

Image courtesy of theKitchn

Follow Marnelly on Twitter at: @nella22 and like her page on Facebook: CookingwithBooksBlog!

Enjoy your Salad Saturday!

 

 

Salad Saturdays: GOAT = Greatest Of All Time

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

If cheeses were contending for the title of “Greatest Of All Time” and Salad Saturday was the judge, then Goat cheese would clearly emerge as the winner! We have seen how versatile and popular this cheese is in our first, second and third Salad Saturdays blog posts!

There are so many different ways to pair goat cheese with salads, nuts, fruits, dressing, and all the fixins’. This Salad Saturday, we are treated to a cheese and salad pairing from food blogger, Katerina. Katerina has a passion for cooking, baking, food photography, entertaining, and all food-related subjects, which you can find on her blog, Diethood.

diethood food blog

 She shares this salad cheese pairing tip with us:

“A generous sprinkle of goat cheese on top of a green salad with spinach, strawberries, and pecans! & a drizzle of homemade poppy seed dressing! OH MY! … ok…Seriously. I need to make this salad, stat.”

Salad recipe

 

We certainly agree that thinking about a yummy salad is enough to send us to the grocery store! If you’re looking to recreate this salad recipe using homemade poppy seed dressing, Pinch of Yum has a great recipe for Homemade poppy seed dressing.

Homemade poppy seed dressing Pinch of Yum

photo courtesy of pinch of yum

 

Let us know how your salads turn out! Post photos of your summer salad creations on our Facebook wall and we’ll share them with the rest of our community!

Until next Salad Saturday!

 

Salad Your Heart Out

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Summer’s not over yet and neither is Salad Saturday! We’ve got another salad and cheese recipe for you to check out! This round, food blogger, Stephie Swope treats us to a salad recipe from her food blog: Eat Your Heart Out.

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“Good food brings people together in a way that few other things can. Some of my favorite memories take place around the dining room table; even in the worst of times, it is around the table that my family has found the strength to smile and laugh.”

We agree with that Stephie!

This strawberry and pear salad recipe calls for Feta, but Stephie also suggests goat cheese as another alternative to use since it’s another cheese that pairs well with fruits and balsamic, etc. Stephie likes that goat cheese can add a salty tang to salads without having to add tons of dressing!

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Until next Saturday!

 

Salad Saturday: Cheese Pairing From a Different Perspective

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Fully recovered from your 4th of July celebrations yet? We bet more than a few of us out there still have plenty of party leftovers – luckily, adding the right cheese can transform tired leftovers into gourmet treats.

For this Salad Saturday, we’re getting our cheese and salad pairing tip from Tamara Eckles, dessert expert and food blogger at Jem of the South who shares a love for cheese!

“Being a southern girl, I love a fresh tomato salad, fresh basil, and goat cheese. Season with salt and fresh pepper. Toss in olive oil and vinegar.”

We agree with Tamara that this is a great go-to recipe! Classic and easy to prepare but also beautiful to serve!

Here’s a recipe on our site for Stuffed Tomatoes Provencal

Stuffed Tomatoes Provencal

Stuffed Tomatoes Provencal

 

Tamara can be found on Twitter and also check out her dessert blog Jem of the South for some yummy dessert recipes like this one for Sweet Surprise Banana Cake with cream cheese that looks so delicious!

Sweet Surprise Banana Cake

Sweet Surprise Banana Cake

Salads make a perfect dish for warm summer days!

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

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Appetites decrease during hot summer days because people don’t feel like eating hot meals. Salads make the perfect dish for either lunch or dinner because they are fresh and light! Also, your body needs more energy on hot days and salads help meet your daily nutrition needs.

Our hearty Cobb Salad with Goat Cheese and Vinaigrette, accompanied by a crusty loaf of bread or fruits and vegetables on the side can be served as a main course.

Here are some other fresh salads to serve on warm summer days!

Saint Albray and Watercress Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette & Walnuts

Fresh Tabouleh with Caprice des Dieux

Rocket spring salad with Suprême cheese

Fruity Spring Salad with Bleu d’Auvergne

Tomato Watermelon Salad by Sarah

To make it perfect, we suggest cool sparkling waters, ciders or light wines!

Looking for a refreshing August Salad? – With chaumes cheese?

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Try guest blogger Rebecca’s fabulous Sumac Spiced Salad with Chaumes!

Sumac Spiced Salad with Chaumes Cheese

I made this wonderful salad last week and got to try out the Sumac seasoning I got in the Spice Bazaar. Sumac is a plant the drupe or flowering part is ground to make a spice powder that imparts a citrus taste. I was fortunate to receive some Chaumes cheese from Ile de France – it’s a Southwestern French Soft Cheese, with a creamy taste and lovely texture.

Ingredients:

* a big bowl full of mixed greens
* one tomato quartered
* a hand full of blueberries
* one small Persian cucumber sliced
* one tablespoon of good quality extra virgin olive oil
* one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
* sumac powder sprinkled on the top to taste
* about 8 wedges of chaumes

Method:

1. simple toss all the ingredients together and enjoy with fresh ciabatta or a French baguette

Summer cheese salad recipe