Ingredients For Delicious Winter Salads

An younf woman eating a warm winter saladFood crops harvested in winter months with the use of hoop houses or hot houses (such as used in California, USA) and other methods that extend the natural growing season, and old-fashioned storage vegetables like cabbages and potatoes all mean that there are plenty of winter produce to choose from.

What winter produce that is available, is sufficient to enjoy delicious winter salads along with great homemade dressings and vinaigrette’s.

The different crops available in the winter months include among others:

Beets: Available in season from fall through spring in temperate climates, and those available during the summer months, are from storage.

Belgian Endive: This leafy green is forced to produce under artificial conditions, making them available year round. Their traditional season, as with all chicories, is late fall through winter.

When grown in open fields they are covered with sand for about 6 months to keep out the light. When grown in hot houses they are placed in darkness for 6 months before shipping to market for purchase.

Read more here about the endive (includes a recipe with video): Endive and Fruit Salad with Chicken

Broccoli: This and all other cruciferous vegetables can be grown year-round in temperate climates, but broccoli tastes best when harvested in the cooler temperatures of fall in most climates.

salad plate with Warm Winter Salad with Apples Spinach Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Warm Winter Salad with Apples Spinach Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Brussels sprouts: These vegetables are part of the cabbage family.  They grow on stalks, and they last somewhat longer than when sold packaged or removed from their stalks.

Cabbage: This vegetable is crispy when raw with bitter flavor, though it mellows and sweetens the longer it’s cooked.

Sweet Potatoes: This root vegetable is often referred too or interchangeable with yams. The two vegetables are different though.

Most yams in the USA are sweet potatoes. Yams are dry and starchy, and grown mainly in Africa and Asia. They can weigh up too 100 pounds.

Sweet potatoes store very well and are available year round in warmer areas. Though their season is from late summer through winter.

Other vegetables available in fall to winter months include, radicchio, radishes, turnips, winter squash, rutabagas, parsnips, chard, collard greens, cress, spinach, kale, carrots, leeks, fennel, and celery among others.

There are also a verity of fruits in season during the winter months that you can enjoy in fruit salads, or as a snack. To view the available in season winter fruits link here: Fruits Info – Seasonal Fruits.

Salads To Enjoy In The Winter Months

Chilly temperatures, and dark winter days are traditionally suited to cheese, meat, and vegetable casseroles, including pastas. A salad filled with raw vegetables may not seem appealing in the cold winter.

But what if you could prepare a warm winter salad, like this one – Warm Kale Salad with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts. This recipe is offered by a professional chef, author, recipe developer, educator and certified health coach at A Food Centric Life.

THE RECIPE

Warm Kale Salad with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

1 large bunch of organic kale (Tuscan, Lacinato or Dinosaur)

a white salad plate with Warm Kale Salad with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

Image Credit: A Food Centric Life

1 large shallot

2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 large cloves of garlic, minced

Handful of dried cranberries

Small handful of chopped walnuts

1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar (suggestion: infused balsamic fruit flavored variety like dark cherry)

Salt and pepper, to season

Bring a large pot (5 quart/liter) of water to a boil while you are trimming the kale leaves and slicing the shallot. Trim the ribs out of the center of the kale leaves, and then cut the leaves crosswise into ribbons. Slice the peeled shallot crosswise into thin rings.

When water boils, add 2 teaspoons salt, then drop the kale leaves into the water and cook for 2 minutes (called blanching). Drain well through a sieve and place kale on a clean kitchen towel. Alternatively you can steam your kale for 2-3 minutes, and then proceed with the recipe.

In a medium sauté or fry pan, heat the olive oil over medium low heat until warm. Add the shallot rings, then the garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring until softened. Be careful not to let them burn. Add the cranberries, walnuts, and vinegar. Stir and cook for a minute, then add the cooked kale. Toss the kale ribbons to coat and warm, season up with salt and pepper, and then serve.

Make this a even more warm winter salad by either serving the warm salad as a side dish with roasted chicken, as Sally the author of “A Food Centric Life” explains, or as a foundation for roasted salmon. She also suggests placing the warm salad over a bed of quinoa for a vegetarian or vegan entree.

Sally says you can use a fruit flavored infused balsamic vinegar like dark cherry or fig when making the vinaigrette.

Another great warm winter salad you can enjoy is: Sweet Potato, Kale and Shrimp Skillet

2 tablespoons olive oil

salad plate with Sweet Potato, Kale and Shrimp Skillet½ cup onion, diced

Red pepper flakes, to taste

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups sweet potatoes, diced

2 cups fresh shrimp

3 cups trimmed and coarsely chopped kale leaves

Salt and black pepper to taste

Heat a a ceramic coated cast iron pan over medium heat, add olive oil.

Next add onions and red pepper flakes, and saute until onions are soft and browned.

Next add garlic and cook about 30 seconds more.

Next add sweet potato and cook until soft, about 10-15 minutes. If necessary add a 2 or 3 tablespoons of water to help cook the sweet potato.

Next add shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until they are pink in color.

Turn heat to low and add kale, stirring in until wilted.

Season to taste with salt and pepper (optional).

Plate and serve.

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Explore the Web Through a Virtual Tour

Explore the Web Through a Virtual Tour

Were you aware of a company called Nude Food? Will, it is a place that sells gluten free, dairy free, and soy free energy bars. Without all those vital Nude foodnecessities for making food, the gluten and dairy that is, what is left? Nutrient dense, raw, organic food.

They even make the claim that it is kosher food. In other words it is in is natural form, never been mixed with something other than what is natural. Much like extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.

Naked JuiceDid you know there is a juice that has been named Naked Juice?

Yes, and the juice is close to being fresh.

Oh wait, before you slap my face, I don’t mean the juice is fresh like overly bold or impertinent with you, I mean like freshly juiced fruit and vegetables.

Since we have used the word’s nude and naked, does that make you overly uncomfortable? Of course there usually is, or we should say always is one thing that will come to mind with the words nude and naked.

A person who is wearing no close at all. But has this ever come to mind with the word naked, “naked, unprovoked aggression.”

The following are definitions for the word “naked” according to the Free on-line Dictionary:

1. Having no clothing on the body; nude.

2. Having no covering, especially the usual one: a naked sword.

3. Devoid of vegetation, trees, or foliage: the naked ground; naked tree limbs.

4. Being without addition, concealment, disguise, or embellishment: the naked facts; naked ambition.

5. Devoid of a specified quality, characteristic, or element: a look that was naked of all pretense.

6. Exposed to harm; vulnerable: “naked to mine enemies” (Shakespeare).

7. Botany

a. Not enclosed in an ovary: naked seeds.

b. Unprotected by scales: naked buds.

c. Lacking a perianth: naked flowers.

d. Without leaves or pubescence: naked stalks.

8. Zoology Lacking outer covering such as scales, fur, feathers, or a shell.

Even Websters dictionary will start with saying, “the medical definition” of Naked or Nude. I guess they do that to put the reader at ease, having a conversation with those two words, seems to make people uneasy or uncomfortable.

Were you aware that there are many nudist parks throughout the USA? Yes there are, in Utah, Idaho, California, Florida, just to name a few states.

Even some popular food sights will refer to there food photography as food porn, which again the word porn always brings to mind, nudity.

What is the purpose of our article? Will I want to put you at ease, because our blog was mentioned in an article on February. 5, 2015 at A Guy Without Boxers. Roger, the author of the site, is a same gender loving man. He is a professed nudist, and he writes and posts the nonsexual perspective of nudism. Roger is a professor at a local Washington D.C University.

About a year ago, Roger made a comment on one of our posts and then followed our blog. He stated he doesn’t like to cook, but he always passes on some of our recipes to his partner, who is the cook. Roger even had our posted dessert Blueberry Lemon Flognarde for a few of his Sunday Brunches, as well as made it for his parents on his visit to Greece last Fall (2014). He stated his father’s likes were traditional when it comes to food, but his father was very impressed with the dessert.

We were nominated by Roger with the Virtual Blog Tour Award, and he encouraged the nominated blogs to respond and post by Monday, March 2, 2015. But as you can see, I am days late to posting my acceptance of the Virtual Blog Tour Award, and it isn’t on a Monday.

The rules are as follows:

  • Answer four questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do.
  • Write a one-time article which is to be posted on a Monday (the date supplied by your nominator).  This article can be in the same post in which you answered the four questions.
  • Pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers. Give them the rules and a specific Monday to post.

I nominate the following blogs for the Virtual Blog Tour Award…Don’t feel you have to do anything, only join in if you want to! The date to respond is the 13th of April  2015…

I nominate the following:

Parent Rap – I enjoy Jackie’s blog because she writes about parenting advise that really works. She belongs to the local chapter Parents Anonymous® of New Jersey, Inc. She has been supporting other parents in need foe over 20 years now.

Jovina Cooks Italian –  She writes awesome articles about Italy and the cuisine. She stated she use to write for food magazines.

The Militant Negro He write about Politics, Food, Thoughts and Opinions of Facts and Truth as will as Art and Poetry.

Get Everyone Cooking  This blog owner is new to the blogs-fer. His name is Wayne and he believes everyone should get back to health by cooking great homemade food.

Virtual Blog Tour AwardNow as to the four questions. I wasn’t provide with any questions, but all I can say is I, the owner of this website (Splendid Recipes and More) loves cooking.

Cooking at home with fresh food, less canola oil, and using more coconut olive, and avocado oils, has helped to improve my health, among other things.

Cooking is a stress reliever for me, I love cooking for others. Gardening is another love of mine, and I grow my own food as well (a few season’s I was not able). I also enjoy writing about nutrition (Health News Library).

 

 

 

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