Sunday, October 25, 2015
Strawberries, candied nuts and crouton green salad
Start with fresh greens (I used a mix of romaine lettuce and mixed greens), add other vegetables-I love cucumbers, grape tomatoes, red bell pepper, mushrooms. Add feta cheese for a nice tangy flavor to off-set the sweet of the strawberry and candied nuts.
Add candied nuts and croutons. Top with your favorite light dressing. I love balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. The balsamic vinegar works nicely with the strawberries and feta cheese.
-line a pan with parchment paper and spread nuts on the pan
-mix about a half cup brown sugar with a table spoon of water. (Add more water to loosen) Add about 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Stir. Drizzle mixture over nuts and toss lightly.
-Bake at 250 degrees, tossing nuts every 5 minutes until nuts are dry. (Approximately 30 min)
-cool nuts and store in an airtight container
-Cut bread (Sourdough, roasted garlic, anything thick with work best) into bite sized pieces.
-Drizzle with olive oil, salt and garlic powder
-Bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes or until the bread is toasted and dry.
-cool and store in an airtight container. (My kids snack on these croutons so I usually make a double recipe)
Other fun options:
-I sometimes add roast chicken (from Costco-can't beat the flavor, convenience, or the price!) Grilled shrimp is also amazing with this refreshing and tasty salad.