Roasted Portobello Mushroom Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

Oh.My.Goodness. This was perfect – the combination of these few, simple ingredients was so yummy. I love Portobello mushrooms because they are so meaty and savory, the parmesan cheese shavings were salty and nutty, the tomatoes added sweetness and the simple vinaigrette blended well with all. It tastes so fancy – sorry, I couldn’t help but admit that ūüėČ This is a total keeper and will be a regular in this household – well, for me anyway. Thanks for reading, enjoy!

Mixed Greens with Dijon Vinaigrette and Roasted Portobello – adapted from Annie’s Eats

For the dressing:

  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • ¬ľ tsp. kosher salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • honey (optional)
  • ¬ľ-¬Ĺ cup red wine vinegar*
  • ¬Ĺ cup extra virgin olive oil

For the roasted mushrooms:

  • 2 or 4 full-size Portobello mushroom caps, gills scraped out and wiped clean
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper

For the salad:

  • Mixed greens, rinsed and dried
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes

*Start with¬†¬ľ cup of vinegar and add more as desired to taste. ¬†The more tart you like your vinaigrette, the more vinegar you will want to use.

Directions:

To make the dressing, combine all of the ingredients in a jar or bottle with a secure lid.  Shake well so the ingredients are well combined and emulsified. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes Рlonger is better.

To make the mushrooms, preheat the oven to 425ňö F. ¬†Slice the Portobello caps about¬†¬Ĺ-inch thick. ¬†Add to a bowl and toss with a bit of olive oil, just enough to coat lightly (about 2 tablespoons). ¬†Season with salt and pepper. ¬†Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. ¬†Roast, flipping halfway through baking, about 15 minutes total.

While the mushrooms are roasting, portion the mixed greens between serving plates.  Top with shaved Parmesan and tomatoes.  Top with the warm mushrooms and drizzle with the vinaigrette.

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Quick Post:¬†I’m always on the lookout for more dressings to spice up my salads. This one is so yummy – creamy, tangy, herbaceous, slightly spicy and a little sweet. This would be a perfect spread for sandwiches or topped onto grilled chicken or shrimp. It does take a little extra time to prepare, but it’s worth the effort and I’ll definitely make this again. Thanks for reading, enjoy!
Creamy Cilantro Dressing – adapted from Pinch of Yum
  • 3/4 – 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons plain ¬†Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
Directions: 
1. Place all ingredients in your stick blender carafe and blend. Thin out with more olive oil or lime juice as needed.

Cobb Salad

Quick Post: M requested this for dinner – I am usually appreciative of meal suggestions because that’s less pressure on me. Cobb salad has a lot going on, but it’s super easy to throw together. I made this one a little more flavorful by marinating the chicken “souvlaki style”. For my salad, I added bell pepper and portobello mushrooms to up the veg content! Thanks for reading:o)

Black Bean Confetti Salad

Quick post: This salad is tasty and super healthy for you. I thought of adding seeded/de-ribbed jalapeno to this, but I chickened out. I did add red onion to this, and those can be quite “spicy” sometimes – especially raw. It adds a nice bite to the mix, but if you like more heat add more cayenne pepper. Thanks for reading, enjoy!

Black Bean Confetti Salad – adapted from Smitten Kitchen

This works equally well as a small salad‚Äďeven tossed with salad greens for more
bulk‚Äďor alongside salsa fresca for scooping up with a¬†tortilla chip.

  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and well-rinsed
  • 4¬†bell peppers, a mix of colors, chopped into a small dice
  • 1/2 super-large or 1 medium white onion, chopped into a small dice
  • Juice of one lime
  • 3 tablespoons¬†olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon¬†ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • Optional: If you‚Äôre the kind of person who loves cilantro, it‚Äôs a great match¬†for this salad.

Directions –

Mix beans, bell peppers and white onion in a large bowl. In a separate, smaller
bowl, whisk remaining ingredients into a vinaigrette. Ideally, you’ll have a 1/2
cup of dressing. Pour it over the bean mixture, toss it well and adjust
seasonings to taste.

Cucumber, Tomato and Feta Salad

Last night I decided I needed to find some simple and tasty recipes that were full of vegetables. Fruits for me lately haven’t been an issue, but there are so many ways to eat a green salad, right? So I came across this little gem of a salad with no lettuce! The dressing sounded easy enough, so I went with it. You could easily double the amounts of veggies and make this salad for two people with the amount of dressing it makes. This is a light, fresh and refreshing salad and it’s full of the great “stuff” your body needs to work efficiently. Today I went to the gym – spin class of all things, which I had missed for the past three weeks…I thought for sure I was going to kill myself on that bike – I don’t know how to slow down or take it easy. It’s all or nothing! Anyway, I felt so much different than¬†I usually do: I wasn’t exhausted, drained or out of breath like I normally am. Changing my diet has really made an impact on my energy level and I just feel lighter. It’s amazing and extremely motivating to keep it up. I will post another salad recipe without lettuce soon – it’s so good, especially if you love black beans! Thanks for reading, enjoy!

Cucumber, Tomato and Feta Salad – adapted from Jessica’s Food

  • 1 cucumber ( I always use English cucumbers¬†)
  • 1 tomato ( I seeded a Roma tomato )
  • thinly sliced red onion to taste
  • 2 TBSP crumbled feta cheese

Dressing ingredients –

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dry oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • juice of half of a lemon

Directions –

Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients. Pour the dressing* over the chopped vegetables and feta cheese, refrigerate for several hours. I dressed the vegetables in a Tupperware so that I could occasionally give it a shake and redistribute the dressing.

* I recommend pouring just half of the dressing on at first and tossing with the vegetables. Then if it needs more you can add more. Depending on the size of your vegetables you may need all or less of the dressing.

Marinated Chicken Breast

I came across this recipe the other day while trying to find a simple marinade for some chicken that I had sitting the fridge. This marinade has lemon zest, garlic and some dried herbs, but I decided to add two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to go along with it. The night before I prepared the marinade in one of my dressing carafe and placed it in the fridge to let the flavors marry. Plan on marinating¬†for at least four and up to twelve hours – any longer than that and the lemon juice will start to cook the meat. This morning I pounded the chicken breasts in a sealed, one gallon Ziploc bag – you don’t want all that chicken juice flying around your kitchen! Plus, once the chicken is nice and evenly pounded, you can pour the marinade over the chicken, mush the bag around a little and finally place it in the fridge. Whenever I marinade meat, I either put it in a Pyrex container and cover it, or as with this method I place the bag in another container. It’s just a way to be extra safe in keeping any raw meat juices from contaminating the rest of your fridge and it’s contents.

This chicken grilled up moist and flavorful and paired perfectly with the green salad. I added tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, avocado and grated carrot to the greens Рthe more veggies for me the better! Thanks for reading, enjoy!

Perfectly Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon Zest, Garlic & Herb Marinade – adapted from Once Upon a Chef

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1¬ĺ pounds total)
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced (use a garlic press)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1¬ľ teaspoon salt
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon pepper
  • 1¬Ĺ teaspoons lemon zest (you’ll need one lemon)
  • * I added 2 TBSP of lemon juice

Directions –

1. Place chicken breasts between 2 pieces of wax paper and, using a meat mallet, pound to an even ¬Ĺ-inch thickness.

2. Mix all ingredients except chicken together in a 1 gallon zip-lock bag. Add chicken breasts and massage marinade into meat until evenly coated. Seal the bag and place in a bowl in the refrigerator (the bowl protects against leakage); let the chicken marinate at least 4 hours or up to 12 hours.

2. Clean grill and preheat to high. Lightly dip a wad of paper towels in vegetable oil and, using tongs, carefully rub over grates several times until glossy and coated. Place chicken breasts on the grill (make sure they are well-coated with the marinade; the more garlic, lemon zest and herbs on the chicken, the better!). Grill, covered, for 2-3 minutes per side.

Use a fine or Microplane grater to zest the lemon. Simply rub the lemon in one direction against the blades, turning the lemon as you go. Be sure to remove only the yellow part; the white pith underneath is bitter.

 

If you are using less than 4 chicken breasts, you’ll need to reduce the salt accordingly.