Arugula, Apple and Date Salad with Pistachios

This salad is one that I make at least 3 times a week. I just love the combination of spicy Arugula, sweet Dates, crunchy Apples and salty Pistachios. A dish this easy to make, its the perfect light dinner or appetizer for any night of the week.

*Ingredients

*Amount depends how many your are serving, so with this recipe figure the amount that suites you.

Arugula (about 1 cup per person)

Dates, sliced

Apple, sliced into strips

Pistachios, chopped

Feta Cheese, optional

Vinaigrette (recipe below)

 

Homemade Vinaigrette

1/4 cup Walnut or Olive Oil

3-4 Tablespoons Sherry, Red or Balsamic Vinager

2 teaspoons Whole Grain Mustard

1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a glass jar with lid and shake shake shake! This recipe makes many servings, so keep it in the fridge for quick and easy dressing to any salad you make.

ENJOY!

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Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets Goat Cheese and Pistachios


Arugula is such a fun leafy vegetable.. Its Beautiful and Peppery, therefore it complements many differnt flavor combinations. This salad is so easy to prepare and perfect for a gathering or a lovely first course to any dinner.

Ingredients

2-6 Cups (Depending how many you are serving) Organic Arugula

8 oz Goat Cheese

1-2 pounds Gold or Red Organic Beets

1/4 Cup Pistachios

Sherry Dressing

2 teaspoons Grain Mustard

1-2 teaspoons Sherry Vinagar

1/3 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 teaspoon Pepper, Fresh Ground

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Peel and rinse the Beets then place on a baking sheet with a drizzle of Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper. Roast for 25-30 minutes until tender. Set aside.

To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients and whisk until the dressing is completely emulsified.

Into a salad bowl, add in the Arugula and a few tablespoons of the dressing and stir until the Arugula is coated well. Then add about 1 cup of the salad to your serving plates and top off with the Roasted Beets, Goat Cheese and Pistachios. You may add more Dressing if you wish.

Simply Beautiful!

Parmesan and Ricotta Cheese Pizza with Pistachios Bacon and Micro Greens

I adore making pizza at home… I seem to be making it more and more these days, because it is so versatile. Whatever flavors you crave you can turn it into a pizza! I chose to combine salty Parmesan with crunchy Pistachios and sweet Applewood Smoked Bacon topped with Beautiful peppery Micro Greens.

Ingredients

Honey Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

1/2 Cup Ricotta Cheese

1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated

2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 teaspoon Pepper, Fresh Ground

1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 Cup Pistachios, Chopped

4 Strips Applewood Smoked Bacon, Sliced into 1-2″ strips

1/2 Cup Micro Greens

Directions

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Prepare the dough and sprinkle a small amount of corn meal on a pizza stone or baking pizza pan to prevent the pizza from sticking. In a bowl combine together the Ricotta, Parmesan, Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper, mix well then place the mixture atop of the prepared pizza dough. Then layer with the Bacon and half of the Pistachios.

Bake the Pizza for 14-18 minutes until the dough is browned and the bacon is crispy.

Before serving garnish with the remaining Pistachios and  the Micro Greens.

This pizza can be served as an appetizer, an elegant lunch or simple dinner. It also pairs nicely with a glass of Malbec!  Specifically my new favorite “Tilia Merlot 2008,” A gorgeous Syrah and Malbec blend.

Bon Appetit!

Broccoli and Goat Cheese Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Salami

After eating at “Pizzeria Biancos” last night, I was absolutely CRAVING Pizza again today! I truly do not understand how I possibly could considering how much I ate. Between 6 people, 6 pizzas were completely devoured! Oh Man was it GOOD!! So today I created another delicious pizza of my own…

Whole Wheat and Honey Pizza Dough

3/4 Cup Filtered Water (110 degrees F)

2 1/2 teaspoons Dry Active Yeast

2 Cups Organic Whole Wheat Flour

1 Tablespoon Local Honey

1 teaspoon Sea Salt

3 Tablespoons Organic Olive Oil

Combine the water, yeast and honey together. After about 5 minuted the mixture will look frothy. Then add in the olive oil. In another bowl combine the flour and sea salt and whisk together. Then combine both mixtures together and mix well with a wooden spoon and your hands. Place into a bowl in a warm area and allow dough to rise. After 45 minutes, punch down and wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Topping

1/2 Cup Organic Broccoli, Sliced

3/4 Cup Goat Cheese

1/2 Cup Caramelized Onions

1/4 Cup Salami, Sliced

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Pinch of Sea Salt & Pepper

Begin to layer the Pizza Dough- Onions, Broccoli, Goat Cheese, Salami, Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper

Bake in a preheated 500 degree F oven for 12-15 minutes until the the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown.

This pizza pairs gorgeously with a Pinot Noir, Candlelight, Frank Sinatra and The Love of Your Life

Brie Cheese and Spinach Dip

Brie Cheese.

When I was first introduced to this unique cheese, years ago, by my European raised fiance, I was honestly terrified.

Cheese  to me was not supposed to be covered with a white edible “wrapper” , nor was it supposed to smell and look funny, and to taste it I was expecting to have to plug my nose and allow my body to digest it as quickly as possible.

However, This cheese to my discovery was absolutely phenomenal! I was completely not expecting to well… Eat the whole thing. And the only remark from my fiance…”One bite huh?”

Now that Brie is a part of our almost daily lives, I have come up with many creative ways to enjoy it, this recipe came from what we just happened to have in the fridge that day and I was craving something gooey, warm and yummy! So this is what I came up with.

*Ingredients:

2 Cups Organic Fresh Spinach

1 Cup Organic Sour Cream

1 Cup Brie (Of course..)

1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan

1/2 Cup Chopped Artichoke Hearts

1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt

Pinch of Chili Flakes

*You notice there are no measurements along with the ingredients because it was truly…

Directions:

…A little bit of this, a little bit of that, a pinch of this and a pinch of that! Put it in the oven 350 for 25-30 minutes and Whaa la!

Deliciousness!