Grilled Calamari w/White Bean & Olive Salad

Grilled Calamari w/White Bean & Olive Salad

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There is a restaurant in San Antonio that serves grilled calamari. Until recently, I did not realize that this calamari was a steak. You know, as in a piece of seafood the size of your hand. They are also kind of hard to find, at least here. We have only one or two stores that regularly carry them. The grilled calamari is so tender, and it is wonderful with this salty, yet fresh white bean and olive salad, which I found at the link at the bottom of this entry. I made a few tweaks for my taste and ease of preparation, which you will find in my revised recipe.

Didn’t my hubs get some great grill marks on those steaks? This whole dish was as good as it looks.  You’ve got to try it!

Original recipe: https://www.sunset.com/recipe/grilled-calamari-steaks-olive-bean-salad

Fennel Salad w/Orange Vinaigrette & Spiced Cashews by The Culinary Institute of America

Fennel Salad w/Orange Vinaigrette & Spiced Cashews by The Culinary Institute of America

I really sharpened my knife skills on this one! This salad is crunchy, fresh and full of flavor. I chose to make this dish to work on my knife skills & boy did I get a work out. Our teacher at the Culinary Institute Plant Forward Boot Camp took time out to demonstrate the proper use of a knife and how to cut in a variety of ways. I actually got pretty good at elliptical cutting. Either way, I think you will enjoy this salad!

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Want a cool & healthy summer side salad? Well, I’ve gotcha covered! This salad is easy to assemble and you likely have the ingredients in your fridge. Stay cool, my friends!

Australian Cypriot Salad

Australian Cypriot Salad

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A fellow blogger shared a recipe for this flavorful, highly textured salad. We served it with smoked ribs. The salad is full of grains and greens, which went perfectly with the rich smoked meat. It’s Mediterranean undertones make it particularly divine for any kind of grilled meat or fish. The addition of dried currants or cranberries make it sweet and tangy. This herby, healthy salad is a fun new addition to my salad collection. The original recipe inspiration is from bodyandsoul.com.au/nutrition/healthy-recipes/cypriot-grain-salad.

Kale Salad w/Orange Sections, Avocado & Grilled Chicken

Kale Salad w/Orange Sections, Avocado & Grilled Chicken

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My giant bag of kale has been put to good use! This salad has orange sections, persimmon, avocado, crushed walnuts and grilled chicken.  I dressed the kale with a Tahini Vinaigrette (tahini, olive oil, white wine vinegar, 1 crushed garlic clove & sriracha) when I got home, and then prepared the add ins ~ makes the kale nice & tender. I feel super healthy!

 

Fig & Mozarella Di Bufala Salad

Fig & Mozarella Di Bufala Salad

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After a weekend of pretty heavy eating, I was in the mood for something light & fresh! I used Trader Joe’s Power Greens (kale, chard & spinach), sliced fresh figs & red onions, walnuts and Bud Creamery mozzarella di bufala that I kind of tore up, by hand. Drizzled it all with some olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt & fresh cracked pepper. And, voila! Fig & Mozzarella Di Bufala Salad! Hubs cheated & grabbed a slice of sourdough he spotted on the counter, though!

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