Mediterranean Power Salad

It may be September but here in Austin it’s still in the high 90s and the humidity did not get the message to go away because it’s supposed to be turning into autumn. So what does one do for a healthy weeknight dinner that does not involve touching the stove? You make yourself a power salad filled with all that is good and filling. I do not believe that salads have to be boring or limp. You can add grains, you can add protein that isn’t bland and it can have a ton flavor. Since my mind has been preoccupied with dreaming of a trip to the Mediterranean, my taste buds needed to be inspired too. Mediterranean power salad it is.

There’s not a lot of real measurements so you can make it however big or small you want, so here’s the cast of characters:

A bed of power greens

Diced red onion

Chopped cucumber

Kalamata olives

Cherry tomatoes

1/4 cup couscous per person

Rosemary citrus shrimp (marinade to follow)

 

Simple list and the shrimpies cook up quick with just 2-3 minutes (or until opaque) on each side on medium high heat. Throw the veggies and greens together, dress with your favorite vinaigrette (try using pomegranate red wine vinegar if you make your own) and top with warm couscous and shrimp. I paired mine with a grapefruit vodka and soda cocktail and was happy as a clam.

Mediterranean

Yes yes you get an iphone shot instead of a real picture but it’s actually because I was too excited to eat the salad than actually try and take a pretty picture of it. And the fact that I was only an episode away from finishing Sherlock had nothing to do with me not wanting to get up and find a camera. Nothing.

I posted my favorite vinaigrette recipe here. And here’s my rosemary citrus shrimp marinade for around 1/2 pound of shrimp:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup fresh citrus juice (I tried lime and grapefruit and both balanced out the rosemary very nicely)

1-2 Tbsp. diced fresh rosemary (really depends on how big your shrimp are)

Sea salt and cracked pepper to your preference

I recommend seasoning your shrimp with salt and pepper before adding to the marinade.

Now all you have to do is let your taste buds take you to a Greek Isle and enjoy.

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Weeknight Dinner: Power Salad

Uh-oh watch out, I’m at it again with those crazy power salads. Just kidding. They’re not that exciting and I’m not that nuts. Basically it’s getting hotter outside which means I’m less inclined to use my stove/oven and quite frankly, I’m tired after working and then going on a run with the pup. Power salad it is.

Power salad

Power salad

You know the drill- mix together and eat.

  • Large handful of spinach
  • 1/4 C cooked quinoa
  • 1 hardboiled egg
  • 1 orange sliced
  • Handful of chopped almonds
  • 1/2 C chopped mushrooms
  • 2 Tbsp Vinaigrette (recipe to follow)
  • Cracked pepper to taste

Vinaigrette (my new favorite salad dressing!)

The proper method is to whisk together all of the ingredients except the olive oil and then slowly pour and whisk in the olive oil to combine. BUT since we’re not at a culinary school in the heart of France-I put all the ingredients in a jar and shook and it turned out magnificently. Like I said, my new favorite salad dressing.

  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp chopped shallot
  • 1 Tsp dijon mustard
  • 6 Tbsp olive oil

 

Weeknight Dinner: Power Salad

Here’s an easy peasy one for a Monday night. No peas though.

Power salad = Spinach + Quinoa + Mushrooms + Cranberries + Blueberries + Walnuts

Cook the quinoa

Chop mushrooms

Heat olive oil and throw in berries until they start to burst break down

Throw together, top with some freshly ground black pepper and enjoy!

I didn’t put a salad dressing on because the berry juice and the olive oil and black pepper was good enough for me but I’m sure a vinaigrette would be lovely.

feel the power

feel the power