Contrary to what you may think, salads can be a hearty and filling dinner option, especially when you're in a rush or want to stay healthy. By adding some protein and plenty of vegetables, you can enjoy a delicious salad and still be satisfied.
Watermelon and feta salad
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, minced
8 cups fresh baby spinach
1 medium red onion, diced
4 cups watermelon, seeded and cubed
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
Whisk vinegar with olive oil, salt, pepper and rosemary.
Place spinach in a bowl, and top with onions. Drizzle dressing over the mixture and gently toss.
Top with watermelon and feta.
Mozzarella salad with caramelized onion dressing recipe
2 cups toasted pine nuts
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 large egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into thick slices
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 medium Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
8 cups fresh radicchio
Add pine nuts, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 cup flour to a blender or food processor. Process until well combined and the mixture is coarse. Place in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup flour with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Whisk the egg and milk together.
Dip cheese slices into flour mixture, then into egg mixture, then into pine nut mixture. Place on a plate.
Meanwhile, sauté onions in 1 tablespoon olive oil until softened and caramelized. Add shallots and garlic, and cook until just golden. Whisk 1/2 cup olive oil, vinegar, and honey into the pan, then remove from the heat. Set aside.
In a separate pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and quickly pan-fry cheese, 1 to 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Let drain on paper towels.
Add spinach to a large bowl, and toss with onion dressing. Top with cheese slices.