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.

mmmmmmmmm......


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!








2 comments:

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

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  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!!

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