Category: Greens

Sheet-Pan Shrimp and Greens

Sheet-Pan Shrimp and Greens

Prep 1:15 minutes | Makes Yield: 4 Servings | Source revised from foodnetwork.com

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse the kale and shake off some of the water. Toss together the kale, garlic, peppers, 3 tablespoons of the oil, a large pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper in a large bowl. Pile the mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, covered with a sheet of parchment paper, until the kale is wilted and tender and the peppers are soft, about 35 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, coat the shrimp with the curry paste, the juice of 1 lime half and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.
  3. When the kale mixture is ready, remove the parchment from the top and toss it with a spatula. Top with an even layer of shrimp and roast until the shrimp are firm and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Scatter the basil, cilantro, mint and cashews over top and squeeze with the remaining lime half. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with rice and lime wedges.

Bok Choy Salad with Fruit

Bok Choy Salad with Fruit

Makes Yield: 4-6 Servings | Source revised from Farmer John’s Cookbook

If you enjoy the tangy-sweet taste that comes from adding mandarin oranges, raisins, or chunks of apples to a salad, then you already know how delicious fruit in salad can be. In this salad, bokchoy provides a succulent base.

Ingredients

  • Your favorite brand of Poppy Seed Dressing
  • 1/2 cup nuts (chopped almonds or walnuts goes well)
  • 1 Tbsp. minced onion
  • 1 large bok choy, trimmed, stems cut diagonally into thin slices, leaves sliced into thin strips
  • 1 large sweet apple, peeled, cored, diced
  • 1 cup red or purple grapes, halved
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Toast the almonds in a heavy (preferably cast iron) skillet over high heat until they begin to brown slightly. Transfer the nuts to a bowl to cool.
  2. Toss the bok choy, apple, onion, and grapes in a large bowl.
  3. Pour the dressing over the ingredients; toss until everything is thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover the bowl and set it aside at room temperature for 15 minutes to let the flavors develop.
  4. When you’re ready to serve, stir in the nuts. Eat just like this or use as a topping for your lettuce.
Italian Chopped Salad

Italian Chopped Salad

Makes Yield: 6-8 Servings | Source www.theharvestkitchen.com

This Italian Chopped Salad is a quintessential chopped salad that’s loaded with flavor and a delicious combo of ingredients. It’s great to serve with any Italian dish, grilled chicken or salmon, yet filling enough to be a meal on its own. Perfect for warm summer nights, backyard barbecues and potlucks.

Ingredients

  • Half of a small red onion halved through the core
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce
  • 1 medium head radicchio
  • 1-pint small sweet cherry tomatoes halved through the stem ends
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and seeded then cut in half and sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese (or 4 ounces aged provolone, sliced into strips)
  • 5 peperoncini, stems cut off and discarded, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup Oregano Vinaigrette
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Dried oregano, for sprinkling

Vinaigrette

  • 2-1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons minced kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups good extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Slice the layers of onions lengthwise 1/16 inch thick. Place the onion slices in a small bowl of ice water and set aside.
  2. Drain the onion and pat dry with paper towels before adding them to the salad.
  3. Thinly slice the lettuce and radicchio.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, radicchio, tomatoes, cucumber,  garbanzo beans, cheese, , peperoncini, and onion slices.
  5. Toss to thoroughly combine the ingredients.
  6. Drizzle 1/2 cup of the vinaigrette and the juice of the lemon over the salad, then toss gently to coat the salad with the dressing.
  7. Taste for seasoning and add more lemon juice, or vinaigrette if desired.
  8. Sprinkle with extra oregano and serve.

Italian Salad Dressing

  1. Combine the vinegar, oregano, lemon juice, garlic, kalamata olives, Parmesan cheese, and pepper in a medium bowl and whisk to combine the ingredients.
  2. Set aside for 5 minutes to marinate the oregano and basil.
  3. Add the olive oil in a slow thin stream, whisking constantly to combine. You can also add all the ingredients to a glass jar with a lid and shake to combine.
Cooking Greens

Cooking Greens

Source epicurious, A Visual Guide to Cooking Greens

Unlike the more delicately flavored and smaller-sized salad greens, this group of greens are hardy (in general, they tolerate colder weather better). In spite of all their differences in texture and taste, they are often interchangeable.

Most recipes call for some cooking to reduce bitterness, as well as to soften the leaves and stems to make them more palatable. Wilted, blanched, sautéed, braised, or even puréed, these greens add great balance and depth to any dish and pair especially well with garlic, lemon, and olive oil.

 

  • Kohlrabi. This vegetable—reminiscent in shape of a hot-air balloon— is usually found in the marketplace with the stem and leaves still attached to the bulb. The bulb can be eaten raw or cooked, but the leaves do need to be cooked before serving. The easiest method to prepare the leaves is to separate and discard the ribs and then sauté the leaves in olive oil and garlic. The bulb has been incorporated into cuisines around the world, from India to Germany, but it is primarily in the southern part of the United States that the leaves are consumed, usually prepared in a manner similar to collard greens.

 

  • Bokl Choy.  Chinese cuisine has made this cabbagelike vegetable popular. Bok choy has a tender and mild flavor, especially the immature baby bok choy, shown on the left. Part of baby bok choy’s appeal is that you can cook the small vegetable whole, without breaking its leaves apart, thus adding a beautiful visual element to a dish. When cooking larger, more mature bok choy, cut the leaves from the stem and cook the stems first, since they will require a slightly longer cooking time.

 

  • Spinach. Though originally from Persia, this is one of the most common greens around and can be eaten both raw and cooked. Baby spinach, pictured on the right, is ideal in salads because it is so delicate and has a milder, less bitter taste than other greens. If you plan to cook spinach, purchase more than you think you’ll need, since cooking reduces its volume drastically. Unlike the other cooking greens in this guide, spinach is good for mixing with other foods—its flavor isn’t overpowering, and its delicate nature requires little preparation and a shorter cooking time, making it ideal for use in omelets.

 

  • Chard. This vegetable makes a bold statement with its large, thick, dark leaves and colored veins and stalks. The leaves taste somewhat like a more intense spinach, although the texture of chard leaves is nowhere near as smooth—or as soft. Don’t discard the stalks: They have a mellow flavor. The stems and the greens are best prepared separately to prevent the leaves from getting overcooked.

 

  • Collards Greens. A member of the cabbage family and closely related to kale, collard greens are often associated with Southern cooking in the United States. Typically they are cooked along with ham, pork, and various vegetables, as well as with other greens, such as kale. Collards have Mediterranean origins and pop up in plenty of cuisines.

 

  • Kale. Kale, another form of cabbage, has leaves that look like they’re a mix between collard and mustard greens. As with many other dark leafy greens, kale tastes slightly bitter when eaten raw, but unlike some of its relatives, cooked kale won’t lose its general shape or texture, nor will its volume reduce dramatically. For whatever reason, many cuisines pair kale with potatoes, as in recipes from Ireland.

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