Monday, February 25, 2008

Really Green Salad with Goat Cheese Croutons


fresh leaf spinach (about 4-5 large handfuls per person)

avocado, about 1/2 per person

goat feta cheese, or log of fresh goat cheese

1 egg

1/4 cup sesame seeds

balsamic vinegar

olive oil




For dressing: for each serving, place 3 tablespoons of balsamic, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, one tablespoon of honey, and 1/4 teaspoon salt into a small saucepan and slowly bring to a boil.

For cheese croutons: Heat oven to 375F. Cut cheese into large cubes or slices. Beat egg in a bowl and pour sesame seeds onto a plate. Dip each piece of cheese into egg, then coat with sesame seeds. Place on baking paper or foil, on baking sheet, and place in oven for five minutes.

While warming the dressing and cheese, wash spinach well and remove any tough stems. Peel and dice avocado into large chunks. Place spinach into large bowl and toss well with hot dressing (stir the dressing well before pouring). Spinach will wilt. Distribute spinach onto plates and top with avocado pieces and cheese croutons.

Add grilled chicken or turkey strips, if you so desire (this is a good use for leftovers!)

Add caramelized pears, if you like to mix sweet and savory!

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