Go Green

Look around the veggie tables at the farmers markets and green is the color of choice right now. Which doesn't bother me in the least!

Lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, mustard greens, turnips and turnip greens, spinach and arugula. Obviously I've been buying loads of greens and eating them every way I can think of.



Sauteed Swiss chard, sauteed spinach and way too many salads. Salads with radishes, homegrown tomatoes and vinaigrette is the current standard, though it changes based on what's available. We have been eating salad with every meal. Yes, I even eat it for breakfast with my eggs and Tuesday night's dinner was...you guessed it...salad.

So to break the monotony of "salads" and before David starts complaining and proclaiming, "No more salads!", I dug up a recipe I have had well over a year that calls for fresh arugula and a few unusual items such as roasted red grapes, roasted shallots and pecorino.

And I have one bag of organic arugula left from Montesino Ranch in Wimberley...so here we go.

I think the colors of this salad will look wonderful on the Thanksgiving or holiday table. The green arugula, the red grapes and the white pecorino cheese.

In honor of the three week countdown until Thanksgiving, buen provecho!

Arugula with roasted red grapes and roasted shallot vinaigrette,
though this lame picture does not do it justice.

Arugula Salad with Roasted Grapes and Shallot Vinaigrette
The Cowgirl Gourmet (http://www.thecowgirlgourmet.blogspot.com/) got this recipe from the October 1, 2008 issue, p. 68, of Vegetarian Times

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The distincitive colors, textures and flavors make this salad a winner! The peppery arugula, the way roasting the grapes intensifies the sweetness and the cool, bright fresh flavor of the pecorino are spectacular. The roasted shallot vinaigrette makes it even more special. Serve this salad on a holiday and you'll definitely get everyone's attention and create a delicious memory for all.

Serves 6

6 medium shallots, unpeeled
2 cups red seedless grapes, washed well
6 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. fresh thyme
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 bunches or 3/4 lb. of arugula or watercress, heavy stems removed
2 oz. pecorino cheese, thinly sliced

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Place the grapes on one half of the prepared baking sheet and shallots on the other half. Roast 20 minutes or until grapes are shriveled. Be sure to turn grapes every 10 minutes. When the grapes are done, transfer them to a bowl and set aside.

Roasted red grapes
Continue to roast the shallots 20 minutes more or until tender. Transfer shallots to bowl and cool 10 minutes.

Cut off the root end of each shallot and squeeze pulp into blender. Add oil, vinegar and mustard and season with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in fresh thyme.


Toss arugula with enough dressing to coat. Divide arugula among 6 plates (or less) and top with toasted grapes and pecorino slices.

Store any leftover dressing in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
158 calories; 6 g protein; 10 g Total fat; 3 g Saturated fat; 13 g Carbs; 12 mg Cholesterol; 278 mg Sodium; 1 g Fiber and 9 g Sugar
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