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Spring Salad with Hard Boiled Egg and Feta

Spring Salad with Hard Boiled Egg and Feta

We’re about to touchdown into my favorite half of the year –  that magical time of spring and summer! According to the calendar, we’ve already made landing there, but Philly seems to be dragging its feet a little. Today, I awoke to a balmy 39 degrees. Only a little short of paradise…

As the shining sun spreads its rays into my window, screaming, “patience grasshopper”, I’ve quickly begun moving my kitchen into spring mode. Late March has launched a revival that fills me with happy anticipation and my fork full of salad greens. Pretty soon, roasted asparagus spears will join us, and I’m ready for it all.

Colorful Eggs

As April nears, young lettuces and tender baby greens will be the first to fill the garden as well as local farmer’s markets. They’ll be paired with spring onions, and soon followed by radishes. All of these early ingredients are what inspired this simple recipe I unfold today. That, and those beautiful eggs you see pictured above, given to me by a new coworker who shares in my love of all things food.

When warm weather hits, I like to lighten up a bit on my plate. Salads like these frequently grace my diet, and leave me feeling every bit as fresh and lively as the produce that fills them. Quick and simple, they also leave me time to go wander around outside. Feel free to add nuts or toasted seeds to this for a little extra crunch, and perhaps pair it with a side of buttered toast, which will compliment both the eggs and greens.

Note, for hard boiling the egg, I use the Martha Stewart method. It works perfectly everytime. You may wish to also hard boil some additional eggs while you’re going through the process for the one in this salad. Keep them on hand for a quick, protein-packed snack. Continue Reading…

Butternut Squash Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Pecans

Butternut Squash Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Pecans

Snow is falling, flannel PJ’s are on, and my parents house is my office for the day. Suddenly, I feel the holiday bug has hit me. I am ready for the feasting, and gifting, and extra special loving to begin.

In preparation for tomorrow, I whipped up my family a healthy, wholesome lunch this afternoon. Perhaps consider doing something similar for your own dinner, pre or post Thanksgiving day.

Light meals are extra welcomed this time of year.

Butternut Squash Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Pecans

Salads are rarely rocket science. For this one, I tore up a bunch of washed romaine, while I let a butternut squash roast. For the squash, preheat your oven to 375F. Slice it in half, lengthwise and remove the seeds, and then cut into 3/4-inch half moons. Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum oil, and lightly coat with olive oil, salt and pepper, and add a bunch of fresh thyme. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until soft and creamy, but still together enough to slice.

For the vinaigrette, mix 2 parts oil to one part apple cider vinegar, and throw in a few Tbsp. of Dijon mustard. Season with pepper. If you use enough Dijon, likely you won’t need any salt. The Dijon should make it creamy, but not be overpowering in flavor. Taste as you whisk.

Toast up a handful or two of chopped pecans, depending on how many heads of lettuce you’re using. Simply add to a dry skillet over medium-high heat and stir with a spoon until edges of the pecans are browned.

Toss lettuce with the vinaigrette. Chop the cooked squash into bite-sized pieces, and add to the salad bowl. Throw in toasted pecans and a handful of pomegranate seeds. Share, eat, enjoy.

Happy Thanksgiving, FoodFitnessFreshAir friends!