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Nov 9, 2009 01:40 AM

Warm Salads Ideas

The first frost (well in my garden) is here! I've spent sometime this weekend trying to come up with easy warm salad recipes for dinner during the week. I know winter time is a time for hearty stews, but I think sometimes its a bit too hearty for dinner.
For a warm salad, I thought of having the meat just freshly cooked or warm roasted vegetables.
# 1 - Warm root vegetable salad - using a melon baller, scoop out the warm sweet potato. Then mix in with carrots, red onions & parsnips which were roasted with rosemary and honey. Mix together with some balsamic or redwine or raspberry vinegarette
#2 - Romaine lettuce and red peppers, mixed with pan fried chicken & pine nuts. Drizzle over basil oil (basil & garlic blitzed with warm olive oil)

I would love some other suggestions. (I have a few more, will post later)

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    1. My favorite salad of the moment is a grilled Caesar. Split a whole head lengthwise, keeping core intact. Drizzle both sides with olive oil, salt, pepper. Place on a hot grill for 2-4 minutes per side. I serve each half whole now on a plate. I drizzle Caesar dressing on top, add parm, croutons, chicken or shrimp as desired. Everyone who has this raves! It's even great with no dressing or anything else.

      1. are you trying to use up garden produce you already have? or just general ideas? sorry if i'm being dense.

        warm purées of root vegetables and spice are great for dipping pita wedges and filling endive leaves. like carrot/ginger or potato/cumin.

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        1. re: hotoynoodle

          I like your idea of puree of root veg! the carrot/ginger puree sounds delish. I get bored of hommous and can't really have the other dips like sour cream etc cause I have a dairy allergy.

          1. re: Soyabean

            they're easy to play with too. adding apples or pears if you like sweet. if you boil the veggies, you can use part of the cooking water to puree, for something really light. or add some evoo for something richer.

        2. I like warm quinoa salad over a soft green- like spinach.