Spinach Asparagus Salad

Before eating this salad, I didn’t know I liked asparagus, or spinach, or blue cheese (*especially* not blue cheese) so much, but apparently I do. It’s just really, really good, and hearty enough to be a dinner. The recipe is from (more…)


TSC’s Strawberry-Raisin-Arugula Salad

As much as I love the combo of mushrooms, onions, carrots, radishes, etc., one too many such saladsĀ  becomes boring. So, when some arugula came into our hands at the same time as we had strawberries, I was eager to try to emulate a tasty arugula + mixed berry salad I had at a UCLA event once. Aiming for a sweet-ish, nuts-and-berry theme, I avoided most of my usual salad stuff and instead added a yellow bell pepper and raisins, and some chopped pecans (we were out of walnuts, but, also, pecans just seemed fitting). For the dressing, we used the same dressing as for the mixed tomato salad (from Gordon Ramsey’s Fast Foods) that I did a post on earlier.

The verdict? It was great! I would love to try it again with FRESH strawberries (the ones we used were frozen), maybe raspberries or blackberries in addition to or in place of the raisins (the raisins were great, but the salad I was trying to copy had raspberries), and a different dressing (the one we used worked well, but I think the original recipe had a strawberry viniagrette). Oh and I bet candied pecans would be great in this!

Here is the approximate list of ingredients, then, for TSC’s Strawberry-Raisin-Arugula Salad: Arugula, sliced strawberries (and raspberries?), yellow bell pepper, (candied) pecans or walnuts, raisins, and any dressing that works with nuts & berries.

Salad: Spinach, Avocado, Walnuts, Blue Cheese…


Now, on to your regularly scheduled food post: This tasty salad was made (Nov. 2014) with what we had on hand that night: Spinach, avocado, walnuts, blue cheese, tomato, mushroom, carrot, paper-thin red onion + balsamic vinaigrette, sea salt & black pepper. Disclaimer: I can’t take *too* much credit for how tasty this was… We already knew, from another recipe that we did not invent, that spinach, blue cheese, and walnuts go together quite awesomely, and we also already knew that avocado makes everything even better!

Arugula Salad with Asiago, Walnuts, Apples & Yellow Peppers, and Lemon Parm Dressing


This tasty salad is a hybrid of this recipe (arugula salad with lemon parmesan dressing”) and this one (arugula salad with manchego, apples and caramelized walnuts), both from epicurious.com. We did it this way so that it would work with the ingredients we had on hand. It worked well!

Details: (more…)