Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Warm Spinach Salad with Sweet Molasses Vvinaigrette

It seems that I am always making a side salad to go with our dinners.Tonight I decided to make the salad the star!

With sauteed seasonal local vegetables, iron packed spinach, and a warm balsamic dressing drizzled over the salad to barely warm the spinach, it just couldn't have tasted any better to me tonight! Serve with a side of brown rice, your favorite grain of choice (quinoa would be great!) or a slice of whole grain bread, toasted, and rubbed with a garlic clove and sprinkled with sea salt.


Warm Spinach Salad with Sauteed Vegetables and Sweet Molasses Vinaigrette

What you Need:

4-6 cups of baby spinach washed well

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 bundle of asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces

3 carrots, peeled and cut into small bite sized pieces

1/4-1/2 head cauliflower, cut into bite sized pieces

1 red onion, thinly sliced

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup pecans toasted

1 recipe for Sweet Molasses Vinaigrette (recipe below)

To Make:

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add red onion and saute a few minutes, then add the rest of the vegetables. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper and saute until just tender (but not squishy and overcooked).

The Dressing:

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, minced very fine or grated on a microplane

1/2 cup to 3/4 cup white balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp agave nectar

1 Tbsp Blackstrap molasses

1 1/2 tsp pomegranate molasses

Heat olive oil in saucepan.. Add garlic and saute for just a minute to warm the garlic up, but not cook it or brown it. Then add the rest of the ingredients, and bring just barely to a boil, while constantly whisking. As soon as the mixture reaches a boil, pull off of the heat, allow to cool for 1 or 2 minutes, and pour over the salad. Coat salad well.

Taste as you cook!

and adjust the seasonings to your own liking!

And have fun, cooking is fun!


  1. This salad looks so good. I have never heard of pomegranate molasses. It sounds delicious.

  2. You acan get it at whole foods! It is soooo good! Keep an eye out for some awesome fresh fruit summer desserts I will use it in for the summer! That is my favorite way to use it!!