Roquefort Grape Spiced Walnut Salad

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Roquefort with sweet grapes, salty bacon, and spicy nuts in a green salad provide the pallet with a balance of flavors and textures

Ingredients

1 head baby romaine

1 head of butter lettuce

30 – 36  red seedless globe grapes halved

4 slices of bacon crumbled(optional)*

2/3 – 1 C Roquefort crumbled(Point Reyes Bay Blue)

2/3 C spiced walnuts*

Lemon garlic vinegarette

Directions

Serve 6

In large salad bowl rip romaine and butter lettuce into large pices. Add grapes, Roquefort, bacon, and walnuts.

Dress with lemon garlic vinegarette and serve.

Served with potato leek soup and olive bread.

Notes

*We used turkey bacon for less fat content

*Spiced walnuts or spiced pecans

Grapes went well with this Roquefort as it is creamy with a very mild blue cheese taste.

 

 

 

Little Gem Blood Orange Salad

Little Gem Avocado Citrus Salad

A crisp flavor filled salad with oranges, avocados, and seeds. Made with Little Gems that have been described as a miniature romaine with a butter lettuce sweetness.

Ingredients

2 Little Gem lettuce heads

3-4 Blood oranges

2 avacados  sliced

1/2 C Feta crumbles or Cotija

1/3 C cilantro leaves

1/2 C pepitas or sunflower seeds*

Lime dressing

1/2 C olive oil

1 lime juiced

1/2 C fromage Blanca*

4 t maple syrup or honey

1/2 t cumin

1/4 t red pepper flakes(optional)

Salt and pepper

Directions

Mix dressing ingredients together and set aside.

Remove little gem leaves and using small pastry brush dress leaves lightly with dressing.

Cut peel and membrane from oranges. Slice into thin circles.

On a serving plate. layer whole little gem lettuce leaves. Leaf stems should face center of the plate. When arranged, the leaves should have a circular pattern.

Next, distribute slices of orange on top of the little gem leaves.

Cut avocados into slices and layer onto leaves.

Sprinkle cilantro, Feta, and seeds generously over the salad. Drizzel additional dressing and serve.

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Notes:

Serves 4

Little Gems[sucrine] are a cross between romaine and butter lettuce. They are versatile as a stuffed appetizer, in salads, or grilled.

When  I’m in a hurry I chop the little gems and make a tossed salad.

*We use sprouted seeds. They are available in the bulk food section of our groceries or available prepackaged.

*Fromage Blanca substitutes are plain Greek yougurt or quark

We had this for dinner last night with Mexican roasted corn and green chili soup.