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Warm Salad for a Rainy Day

Posted: February 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Balanced Lunch, Lunch Recipes | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

I wish I could say that I’ve been more productive today, but the rain and gray skies have kept me in the house this morning. I truly don’t mind the rain, but Fridays I like to take a long walk and get in any errands, and unfortunately this weather makes that a little difficult. I got up this morning and drank a cup of coffee, swaddled myself on the couch, and started getting some work done.

The best part of the morning was calling my oldest friend Sara to wish her a happy birthday! We’ve been friends since the age of five and love being silly with each other. She’s spent the week celebrating her birthday in Chi-caaaa-go. She’s already been to the recording of this weeks “Wait Wait….Don’t tell me!” on NPR, and is planning on going to a delightfully odd performance at Redmoon Theater and a dinner at the vegetarian Chicago Diner. I wish I were there with her!

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After finishing my coffee (which took several hours, and, admittedly, a midway point microwave to rewarm it) I started fretting about lunch when I realized not only was I starving, but I hadn’t actually eaten breakfast yet. Sometimes it happens…

I have a lot of salad greens in my fridge, but it seemed too cold for a salad, so I did what I do when I either a) have leftover salad greens threatening to go bad, or b) just want something warm and green, and started on putting together a warm salad.

Yes, that’s right, warm salad. Trust me on this one.

I first put the greens in a colander inside a pyrex to soak. I had some fresh farm romaine lettuce, and a whole lot of cilantro that needed to be used.

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I then put a pan on the stovetop, added a splash of olive oil, and started warming a shallot and some garlic that I roughly chopped as the base of my flavor. It’s always a good idea to start things with garlic and shallot (or onions), as they really bring a lot of flavor to a dish.

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I had a little less than a cup of chickpeas left, so I added those in as well. I let those go for a few minutes to heat through and get a little bit browned.

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Then I …. wait for it … dumped all of the lettuce into the pan over everything. That’s right, I cooked my lettuce, just like you would any sort of leafy green.

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I cooked them just until they wilted down, and then tossed in a little bit of balsamic vinaigrette, and worked it all around.

I dumped it all onto a plate, and then topped it with about an ounce of crumbled Humboldt Fog Cheese – a really delicious goat milk cheese made in Northern California by Cypress Grove Chevre. If you can ever get your hands on this stuff, it’s pretty delicious with a great tang…

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The result was warm, green, and satisfying. Success!!

Success #2: The SUN is PEEPING OUT!!!! Well, on one side of the apartment at least, the other side looks ominous!!

Do you have any experiences with warm salads? Other than the poached egg, lardon, and frisee, I think there are all too few of these! I’m always looking for new ideas!

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2 Comments on “Warm Salad for a Rainy Day”

  1. 1 Judith said at 6:21 am on October 15th, 2010:

    One of the best warm-salad recipes I know is with stir-fried mushrooms, warm beans (we call them ‘kapucijners, they taste a bit like a crossover between peas and chickpeas — you could use chickpeas), goats cheese with honey, tomatoes and rocket. It’s a really good autumnsalad. Enjoy. 🙂

  2. 2 Sam said at 12:34 pm on October 15th, 2010:

    Well that sounds delicious! I’m a sucker for the combo of goat cheese and honey, and I love marrowfat peas – I haven’t seen them around here in SF, but maybe I’ll have to go on a hunt.


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