FOOD: Recipe #2 – Days-of-the-Week Salads

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The Apartment Therapist has been working late for the last few months, and so we’ve been forced to eat late dinners. When you eat at 9:30, but try to be in bed by 10:30, you have a potential digestive disaster on your hands.

My solution: a salad and a glass of wine, nothing more. Some of our friends think we’re strange (and I’m sure some of our readers will too) but I thought there might be someone out there who’d like to try our Days-of-the-Week Salad system.

Here’s how it works: I keep a cache of ingredients in the kitchen each week and make a variety of salads from them each night. Last week I came up with four dinners we both really loved, leaving us feeling satisfied and nourished, yet not weighed down.

Last week’s ingredients were:

  • Baby spinach leaves
  • Avocado
  • Brown rice (make several cups of brown rice at the start of the week)
  • Hard boiled eggs (make six or so at the start of the week)
  • Organic Chicken Sausage
  • Small log of goat cheese
  • Garlic
  • Flax seeds
  • Olive oil
  • Vinegar
  • Dijon mustard

And here’s one of the salads we had:

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Days of the Week Spinach Salad

  • Dressing:
    • 1.5 teaspoons vinegar (balsamic or white wine)
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salad:
    • 2 cups packed baby spinach leaves
    • 1/4 ripe avocado, sliced into 1/2″ chunks
    • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • Prepare the dressing in serving bowl (wooden is best) by combining vinegar, mustard, and salt and pepper. Whisk in 1 tablespoon olive oil.

  • Add spinach, avocado and flax seeds to the salad bowl and toss with dressing. Set aside.

  • Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small skillet over a medium flame and sauté minced garlic for a few seconds. Add cooked brown rice and toss to cover with oil and garlic.

  • Add sautéed brown rice to salad bowl and toss well to combine.

    Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 2.

Enjoy making it. Enjoy eating it. skgr