Poppyseed Power Salad

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Super salads are …..….super!! Poppyseed Power Salad is a super delicious salad!!

Poppyseed Power Salad

What makes a salad super you might ask???? Well for me these are the 7 key components to build a super salad ……..

  1. Start with a really great mix of lettuce or green……..I love baby…..any green…..spinach, romaine, red leaf, ……the darker the color the better.
  2. You need some crunchy stuff……in this salad brussels sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, carrot and kale. Nuts or seeds are a great addition……I used almonds.
  3. You need a colorful ingredient…….I used dried cranberries but, colored peppers, red onion, tomato, avocado, even shredded beets.
  4. Add a punch of protein……beans, meat, fish, eggs, or cheese….I used goat cheese.
  5. Fruit adds a fresh element. Apples, or berries, the choices are really endless. Be careful with dried fruits, they tend to have a higher sugar content so a little goes a long way. Less sugar options are also available….I use those.
     
  6. Leftovers can add any of the above ingredients, and are a good way to stretch your food dollar.
  7. Use a good dressing……preferably homemade. You can control the fat and sugar. Oil, vinegar and citrus make the best healthy dressings. Dress salads lightly.

Poppyseed Power Salad

I have salad several time a week, the more the better. I came across a bagged mix……let me say this about that………if you have access to a Farmers Market, or have a garden of your own……make that your first choice. Having said that, there are many great organic and non organic pre-made mixes that can save you time and money and still give you all the benefits for a super salad.

Mann’s is a brand name of veggie that I use often.
They have a large line of products that make eating your veggies easy. Their Powerblend mix with brussels sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, carrots, and kale that I adore…….is what I used in this recipe.

Poppyseed Power Salad

Crunchy, nutritious, and full of vitamins…….and bonus ……it’s already ready already! I added some baby spinach to bump the green power and, cause I had some leftover.

I think fruit in a salad is a nice sweet surprise, and dried cranberries are an easy salad add in. As I said above, dried fruits do have more sugar so go lightly, and if possible buy a reduced sugar version.

Poppyseed Power Salad

If I had to chose a favorite nut……and had to exclude Tim…….lol, I would chose almonds. To me they have a light, delicate flavor that won’t overpower a dish. They are great in either sweet or savory dishes and are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber…..they are kinda super too!

Goat cheese……love it or hate it……I love it. So beautifully white, with a creamy mild and distinct flavor. It is not everyones cup of tea, but give it a try……it was the only choice for this salad.

Poppyseed Power Salad

Poppyseed dressing, I have made several varieties over the years, those is one of the best. Fresh and light, lemony, with a touch of sweetness. Lemon juice, olive oil, honey, dijon, and apple cider vinegar make the perfect dressing for Poppyseed Power Salad.

This salad does not have meat but you could add a nice grilled chicken and make it a main course. I must confess, that even thought it does not go with the healthy theme to the salad, I put leftover bacon on top when I took the leftovers of this salad for my lunch the day after I made it. It was bacon……what can you say….it was deliciousPoppyseed Power Salad

Poppyseed Power Salad is a perfect side or main dish salad.

Poppyseed Power Salad
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 10 ounce package Powerblend Salad Mix
  • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
  • ½ cup reduced sugar dried cranberries
  • ½ cup almonds ( whole, slivered or sliced )
  • ½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • Dressing
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup organic honey
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated onion
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppyseed
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine all of the salad ingredients, toss to combine.
  2. Place all dressing ingredients except poppyseed in a blender or a jar with a tight fitting lid, blend or shake until emulsified. Add poppyseed and mix until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. When you are ready to serve give the dressing a shake, top the salad, and serve.

 

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Jamaican Jerk Burgers

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Burger are a summertime staple……… Jamaican Jerk Burgers are one of my favorite.

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

 

I found this original recipe on one of my favorite recipe web sites Epicurious. When I first had access to the internet I stumbled across this web site and it has kinda become my foodie bible.

If I am at a loss for inspiration, I can always find it here. I recommend this site for anyone who is out of ideas or needs a special recipe.

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

Last year we traded our gas grill for a charcoal grill…….best idea ever!!! There is something that charcoaling gives, that you just can’t get from a gas grill.

The age-old debate over which grilling method is “better” is always a HOT topic.. While no studies prove that either is healthier, gas does burn cleaner. Charcoal grills emit more carbon monoxide, particulate matter and soot into the atmosphere, contributing to increased pollution and higher concentrations of ground-level ozone. But, from a taste perspective, on the other hand, the smokier, richer taste of food cooked on a charcoal grill is preferred by many…….us!!!!

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

These burger not only get a smoky flavor from the charcoal, but also from the jerk sauce. Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Jerk seasoning is traditionally applied to pork and chicken. Modern recipes also apply jerk spice to ..well almost anything… Jerk seasoning principally relies upon two items: allspice (called “pimento” in Jamaica) and Scotch bonnet peppers. Other ingredients may include cloves, cinnamon, scallions, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, brown sugar, ginger, and salt.

My recipe replaces the scotch bonnet with jalapeño, We like spice but not quite that much. Allspice, brown sugar, and scallions with soy make a marinade for the burgers. Reserved marinade makes a nice mop ( baste ) for the burgers as they cook….. keeps them super juicy.

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

If you have something hot, you need something cool. Jamaican Slaw is the perfect topper for Jamaican Jerk Burgers. Cool and creamy.

Cabbage, multi colored peppers, and scallions are coated with a Miracle Whip…….I know I say this every time, but Miracle Whip is my preferred …….if you must, use mayo……orange juice, and for a little smokiness chipotle chilies……Chipotles are small jalapeños, that have been dried by a smoking process that gives them a dark color and a distinct smoky flavor.  They are canned in a red sauce that has a fantastic, smoky flavor as well. Only three ingredients make the prefect sauce for the slaw.

Toasted onion buns are the prefect vessel for the slaw topped burger. I toast mine in the toaster on the bagel setting…….only toasts one side…..great huh?

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

So, once cooked, place the burger on the bottom half of the bun, top with the creamy slaw, top with the top of the bun, and enjoy!!!!

Next time you want a juicy, creamy spicy burger….fire up the charcoal grill and make Jamaican Jerk Burgers !

Jamaican Jerk Burgers
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • Burgers
  • 1 bunch green onions, coarsely chopped (about 1½ cups)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 medium jalapeño chilies, seeded, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • ½ cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 pounds ground beef (15% fat)
  • 6 onion hamburger buns, toasted
  • Slaw
  • 6 cups shredded green cabbage
  • ½ cup each red,orange,yellow peppers, julienne
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup miracle whip
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced canned chipotle chilies
Instructions
  1. Burgers
  2. Finely chop first 4 ingredients in processor. Add sugar and next 3 ingredients; process until almost smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Set aside ¾ cup jerk sauce. Shape ground beef into six patties and place in 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Pour ½ cup jerk sauce over patties and turn to coat; let stand 20 minutes.
  4. Grill to desired doneness, brushing occasionally with remaining jerk sauce, about 4 minutes per side for medium.
  5. Place burgers on bottom halves of toasted buns. Top with Jamaican slaw and top bun.
  6. Slaw
  7. cups shredded green cabbage
  8. /2 cup each red,orange,yellow peppers, julienne
  9. /2 cup green onions, chopped
  10. cup miracle whip
  11. tablespoons fresh orange juice
  12. tablespoon minced canned chipotle chilies
  13. Instructions
  14. In large bowl, whisk together miracle whip, orange juice, chipotle
  15. Add cabbage, peppers and green onions; toss to coat
  16. Let stand for 15 minutes.

 

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