Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad

Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad

Oh, what to do with a beautiful bunch of green beans………

Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad!

Basket of Beans

My green beans this year were the most beautiful I have ever grown. I’m pleased, because the weather has been less than perfect for gardening. Beans usually like it warm and it really hasn’t gotten the normal summer warmth.

I usually make green beans in the as Tim would say “Northern” eaten style…..you know, fry up some bacon, add onion, beans, and water, then cook. I love this way, but it’s not very inventive for a food blog. So, I strived for something a little more creative.

Green Bean Salad 2

Being a huge fan of goat cheese, I remember having it in a green bean dish, but is was a warm dish…………. why wouldn’t it work with a cold one………thank goodness it did. Now, every salad needs a crunchy element, I happen to love walnuts, but you can substitute what every kind of nut you prefer. But please,in the name of all that’s holy…….toast any nuts you are going to use in a salad. It enhances the flavor soooo much!

Green Bean Salad

For a dressing, I used a basic dijon dressing with fresh tarragon ……..from my massive tarragon bush……..the thing is crazy big! Even if I used a cup everyday I would never use it all…….

Green Bean Salad 1

This dish is super, super, simple. You can make it in advance, and assemble it right before you eat, making the perfect choice for a take-along dish. Serve Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad with grilled_______( fill in the blank) what ever you like for a perfect summer side dish!

Green Bean Salad 3

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Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad

Basket of Beans
  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 ounces of goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup walnut, toasted
  • For Dressing:
  • 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 8 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, minced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Steam or boil them for about 5 minutes until they are tender crisp. Drain and place in ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain beans from ice bath and set aside.
  2. Mix all dressing ingredients and whisk until totally blended.
  3. Place green beans in a serving bowl, crumble on goat cheese, and sprinkle with walnut. Dress before serving.

 

 

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Kale is all the rage right now, and rightly so. It has crazy amounts of vitamins A, K, and C, and it’s packed with calcium. I must admit that I prefer spinach, and in a nutritional match up they are pretty equal. Although, spinach is a better source of iron, magnesium, and fiber. Be sure to buy either of these organic if possible. Leafy greens can be a sponge for any chemicals used in the growing process. Nutrition lesson over……..but look for our new page……coming soon, that will be all you wanted to know about nutrition, but were afraid to ask.

This recipe is hopefully….fingers crossed, just what my friend Michelle was looking for. She had a salad at a restaurant in Chicago and tried to replicate it but, wasn’t happy with the result. Now, Michelle is one of the best cooks I know, so if she couldn’t  come up with it I wasn’t sure I could either. But, I was willing to give it a try.

Michelle described what was in the salad and the ingredients were fairly simple. Kale, cabbage, mint, cilantro, parsley, and a peanut dressing. As I said before, I am not a huge fan of kale, but I tried a baby kale which I found to be a better taste. I will try this again with spinach. The dressing is where Michelle was stuck, so I hope my version…….peanut oil, rice wine vinegar, etc…….see recipe…..is the taste she was looking for.

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad 1

I added grilled chicken that I marinaded in the dressing for flavor, and and topped it with roasted peanuts. Both Tim and I really enjoyed it.

So, I hope my version of Roasted Peanut Kale Salad will be a close match for the restaurant salad……….let me know Michelle!

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad Collage

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Roasted Peanut Kale Salad

Roasted Peanut Kale Salad
  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • Salad
  • 6 cups baby kale
  • 2 cups prepackaged cole slaw mix
  • 1/4 cup each fresh mint, cilantro, parsley chopped
  • 2 green onions sliced on the diagonal
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, toasted and chopped
  • 3/4 to 1 pound chicken tenders ( about 6 tenders)
  • Dressing
  • 3/4 cup Peanut oil
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 
1 teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 
1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon worchestershire sauce
  • 
2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced

Instructions

  1. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of the dressing to chicken tenders and marinade for 30 minutes (or more).
  3. Combine all ingredients for the salad, except the peanuts and set aside.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding any remaining marinade. Grill chicken tenders over medium high heat until cooked through. Remove from grill and cut into bite size chunks and let cool slightly.
  5. Add chicken and dressing to the kale cabbage mixture. Toss to coat adding dressing as desired.
  6. Plate and serve.
  7. Top with chopped peanuts and serve.

Notes

This recipe serves 2-4.

 

 

BLT Potato Sandwich

BLT Potato Sandwich

BLT Potato Sandwich 2

You make a really nice dinner…..you make baked potatoes………dinner is over……..What do you do with the left over bakers?????

You make BLT Potato Sandwiches of course!

This is more of a method than a recipe. The standard BLT is made up of five ingredients: bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and bread. The BLT evolved from the tea sandwiches served before 1900 at a similar time to the club sandwich. The first “recipe” for a BLT was published in the 1903 Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book, a recipe for a club sandwich included bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and a slice of turkey sandwiched between two slices of bread.  But, everyone has their own way of making BLT sandwiches………. some  like toast, some like variations on bread, which is where my recipe…….a.k.a. method comes in.

Tim and I had a really nice steak and potatoes dinner one night. My intention was to make potato salad with the remaining potatoes. I was working on a BBQ recipe and we all know that BBQ needs either cole slaw or potato salad. That being said, I also have a ton of lettuce in my garden to use. Tomatoes are not ready yet………we had a very late start to the growing season here and a very cool summer so far, so things are not quite where they should be……but I digress. We also had some bacon to use up.

For me, a traditional BLT is on toast with chips on the side…….hmmmm……….why not use the potato for the base of my BLT. At first I was going to just warm up the potatoes and fill them with the BLT stuff, but as I looked at the potatoes I kept seeing bread. If I sliced them and sautéed them, maybe they would hold as the the bread………Glory Hallelujah it worked…..The “bread” for my BLT worked!!!!

BLT Potato Sandwich 1

The rest of the story is a lot less note worthy………just your basic BLT with Basil mayo. Now, as with any BLT, use the bacon you like, whatever tomatoes and lettuce you grow or purchase from your local Farmers Market……..Please visit your local Farmers Markets, your support means the world to them and the taste of local grown is beyond compare!

So the next time you are looking for something to do with those……..leftover potatoes……….try our BLT Potato Sandwich!

BLT Potato Sandwich Collage

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BLT Potato Sandwich

BLT Potato Sandwich
  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 Baked potatoes cut in quarters lengthwise
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 8 slices applewood smoked bacon (or your favorite bacon)
  • 8 tomato slices
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Basil Mayo – 1/4 cup mayo or salad dressing mixed with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil.

Instructions

  1. Spray potato slices with cooking spray. Sauté slices over medium to medium high heat until crispy.
  2. You are using the potato slices as the bread. Spread the basil mayo on the potato slices, add the bacon, tomato slices, and lettuce. Place a slice of potato on the lettuce to form your sandwich. Secure with toothpick.
  3. Serve.