My sister, Julie, made the best New Year’s Eve dinner ever (she always does). She served this Spinach-Apple Salad with Maple-Cider Vinaigrette, and it was so delicious! She found this recipe in the December issue of Southern Living magazine, and it went great with her Beef Tenderloin and Double-Stuffed Potatoes. I love this salad for wintertime, Valentine’s Day or any fall or winter entertaining. Check out Southern Living for more great recipes.
This salad is so simple and so delicious! The combination of fresh spinach, basil, chopped pine nuts, turkey and Parmesan create an incredible healthy, fresh, main-dish salad. I served this salad for dinner, and it disappeared faster than I could blink. Serve it with your favorite vinaigrette or just a drizzle of red wine vinegar and olive oil. It has so many great flavors already, so it doesn’t need a lot of dressing. Welcome in spring with clean eating and this fresh salad.
Yesterday, I did a cooking segment on my favorite station Fox 6 News in Birmingham, Alabama which was so much fun! Television work has been an added dimension to my business as I taped eight television cooking segments last month in Massachusetts. Back to yesterday, I have had enormous reponse to the recipes I made on the show, so I thought I would run the recipes one more time. For all of you loyal subscribers, I hope you will forgive me for seeing them again. Hopefully, you will be able to use them this time of year as they are so healthy, flavorful and delicious.
Here’s the link if you want to see my video: http://www.myfoxal.com/myfox/pages/InsideFox/Detail?contentId=8230072&version=2&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=5.2.1
Spinach Apple Salad
Prep: 20 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
2 (6-ounce) packages fresh baby spinach
4 small Granny Smith apples, chopped
3/4 cup cashews, toasted (pecan halves may also be used)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large salad bowl.
2. Whisk together sugar and next 4 ingredients until blended. Serve dressing with salad.
Note: You can chill dressing up to 1 day; whisk well before serving.
Lemon Herbed Chicken
This recipe is also fabulous when grilled.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I like to use chicken cutlets)
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a small bowl, mixing well. Pour lemon marinade over the chicken in a zip-top resealable bag; marinate 1 to 4 hours, turning occasionally.
2. Place chicken on a lightly greased grill or saute pan over medium-high heat; cook 2 to 4 minutes on each side or until done. Garnish with with the lemon slices.
Note: You can also cook these the oven by placing them on a baking sheet (or cover baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray for easy cleanup). Broil 51/2 inches from heat (with electric oven door partially open) 8 to 10 minutes on each side or until tender;