Raspberry Basil Quinoa Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa (according to package)
  • 4 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp  Basil Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp  Single Varietal EVOO (any fruity oil of your choice)
  • 1 tbsp  Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp  Buzz 10 Local Honey
  • Fresh ground salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 8 tbsp crumbled goat cheese
  • Mint & Walnuts (optional) for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl mix together the olive oil, balsamic, honey, salt and pepper. Set aside for dressing.
  2. In a salad bowl toss together quinoa, almonds and basil. Pour the dressing into the boss and toss until well combined. Add in goat cheese and raspberries and gently fold the salad. 
  3. Garnish with mint and walnuts
  4. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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Lobster Bisque

Tracey Wilkinson

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lobster tails (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Infused  Butter Olive Oil
  • 2 large shallots, chopped
  • 1 to 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1/2 cup  Sherry Reserva Balsamic, cognac, or brandy
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon roughly chopped tarragon
  • 4 cups lobster stock or clam juice
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, warmed
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Salt and white pepper, to taste
  • White  truffle oil, to garnish
  • Sauteed lobster meat, to garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Open and rinse the lobster under cold water.
  • In a large pot (or Dutch oven), add butter oil over moderate heat, add lobster and heat about 1-2 minutes. Add the shallots, celery, and carrots and cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and sauté for another minute.
  • Pour in the sherry. Increase the heat to high and simmer until almost all of the liquid cooks out, 3 - 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and tarragon, followed by the clam juice/lobster stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 - 25 minutes.
  • Strain the soup through a fine mesh sieve and return the liquid to the pot. Place the solids (vegetables, lobster meat) in a heavy duty blender and process until smooth. Add the puree back to the pot. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 10 more minutes.
  • Strain the bisque through a colander lined with a cheese cloth, pushing the solids with a wooden spoon to get as much liquid out as possible. Discard the solids.
  • Return the bisque to the pot. Add the warm cream and bring to a gentle simmer. Whisk the starch into 2 tablespoons of cold water and add to the bisque.
  • Continue cooking until soup reaches desired thickness, about 2-3 minutes more. Garnish with truffle oil.
  • Serve with toasted French bread or crackers.

 

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Clam Chowder with Butter Oil and Rosemary

Tracey Wilkinson

Boy it got cold so fast...had to bring my Herbs and Olive Trees inside.  I needed this "Chowda" today!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced (optional…Mike doesn’t like celery 😊)
  • 2 cups diced potatoes, skin-on
  • 2 to 3 (6.5 ounce) cans clams, juice reserved
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Butter Oil
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Breadtopia Spelt
  • 3 cups Almond Milk
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • Drizzle of Champagne Balsamic (I know it sounds weird but adds a little potato salad tart)
  • Garnish with Rosemary or Basil

Directions:

  • Place onion, celery and potatoes in a large saucepan. Pour clam juice over veggies (don't add the clams yet); add enough water just to cover the vegetables, sprinkle on salt, and simmer until tender.
  • Make white sauce when veggies are done simmering. In another large saucepan, add butter oil, flour, mixing well with a whisk.
  • Add both Milks and whisk until slightly thickened. Add clams, simmered vegetables and more salt, as desired.
  • Drizzle with balsamic and garnish.

Serve with crusty sourdough bread.

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Millet Pomegranate-Quince Balsamic Salad

Tracey Wilkinson
Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup uncooked millet, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Mint or Basil Leaves for garnish
  • 1/4 cup Arbequina extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons  Pomegranate-Quince balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine Himalayan Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tomatoes sliced (Cherry Tomatoes are great too)
  • 1/2 Green Squash (diced)
  • 1/2 Yellow Squash (diced)
Instructions:
  1. Toast millet in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and just golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Remove skillet from heat and carefully add broth. Return to heat and bring to a boil over medium high heat then reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed and millet is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer millet to a large bowl, fluff with a fork and set aside to let cool.
  4. Add squash (I like mine uncooked), green onions and tomatoes to millet, toss gently.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, then pour dressing over millet mixture and toss to coat. 
  6. Garnish with Mint or Basil leaves

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Quinoa and Butternut Squash Salad

Tracey Wilkinson

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth (no Salt Added)
  • 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ tsp each  Himalayan Sea Salt and pepper
  • 1 small butternut squash, cubed
  • 1/2 Package Trill Granola (crumpled)
  • 3/4 cup Pomegranate seeds
  • 4 cups chopped kale leaves
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

 FOR THE DRESSING:

  • 2 tbsp Pomegranate-Quince Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar (optional)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Cook quinoa in broth according to package directions.
  3. Mix diced squash with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast squash for 30 minutes or until soft and tender when pierced with a fork.
  4. Meanwhile combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl or jar and whisk until well combined.
  5. Place kale in a large bowl and pour half the dressing on. Massage leaves for about 2-3 minutes until softened. Next add cooked quinoa, squash, pomegranate seeds and feta cheese and mix until ingredients are equally distributed.
  6. Pour desired amount of remaining dressing over the salad and mix.
  7. Place salad in fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to come together.

 

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Rosemary, Cinnamon Pear and Beet Salad

Tracey Wilkinson

Ingredients:

  • beets (medium sized)
  • 2 tablespoons  Rosemary Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • pear (Thinly Sliced)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (toasted)
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese (crumbled)
  • handfuls salad greens
  • 1 Radish (sliced thin)
  • tablespoons  Walnut oil
  • Drizzle Cinnamon Pear balsamic vinegar
  • Drizzle  Local honey
  • Pinch Pepper
  • Pinch Himalayan Sea Salt Salt
  • Garnish (micro greens, dill, rosemary, your choice)

 Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Roast the beets by drizzling them with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper, and wrapping them in foil.
  • Roast beets approximately 40 minutes or until tender. Check occasionally, when they are fork-tender they are done. Once cooled to the touch, run them under the faucet and slide off the skins with your hands.
  • Slice the beets thinly and set them aside to cool completely (in the fridge).
  • Assemble all salad ingredients on a platter. Drizzle with a liberal amount of walnut oil, a bit of balsamic vinegar, a little honey, and some salt and pepper.
  • Add garnish and serve

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Watermelon Summer Salad

Liza MacLeod

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of watermelon
  • 3 cups of arugula 
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts
  • 1/4 cup of sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup of feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons  Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons  Traditional Dark Balsamic Vinegar

Directions:

  1. De-rind the watermelon and then cut into 1 inch cubes. Place in a large salad bowl. 
  2. Add arugula, walnuts, sliced red onion, and feta cheese
  3. Top with Olive Oil and Balsamic then enjoy!

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Yellow Tomato Salad

Tracey Wilkinson

Ingredients:

  • 6 tomatoes (medium sized vine-ripe yellow, sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (for drizzling)
  • 2 tablespoons Pineapple balsamic vinegar
  • Chopped parsley (or basil, as needed)
  • Cracked pepper
  • Himalayan Sea Salt

Directions:

Arrange the sliced yellow tomatoes on a chilled salad plate. Add Parsley as garnish.  Drizzle with the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper.

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Grateful Farm Fresh Salad

Tracey Wilkinson

This is super easy and recycle your olive jars as salad bowls....they look stunning!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Zucchini
  • 5 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/2 ear of Corn
  • 2 tablespoons Persian Lime Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons White Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 dash of Spicy Italian Roast Garlic Blend

Directions:

  1. Slice Zucchini into bite size portions
  2. Slice Cherry Tomatoes in quarters
  3. Boil your corn until it is tender the remove the kernels from the husk
  4. Mix the oil, vinegar and spice blend and shake well
  5. Combine all ingredients, toss and serve

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Deconstructed Salad Idea from Sarah with Saba

Tracey Wilkinson

Sarah Mabardy came into our little shop today and explained she was making a deconstructed salad.  Hope you enjoy the Saba Sarah!

Ingredients...It feels a little more constructed :-) 

  • Kalamata Olives (halved)
  • Pepperoni (or salami slices)
  • Nuts (I like almonds)
  • Heirloom tomatoes sliced in quarters (or Campari or Cherry sliced in half)
  • A combination of Radicchio, Spinach, Basel or Spring Lettuce Mix
  • Mozzarella (all sizes) including Bocconcini
  • Drizzle of Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Drizzle of Saba Balsamic Vinegar
  • Pinch of Spicy Italian Roasted Garlic Blend
  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg (sliced)

Try with a few sweet bites of fruit tossed in.  Like

  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Plums
  • Raspberries (I love raspberries)

Arrange all ingredients on a large platter or board, drizzle Oil, Balsamic and sprinkle a pinch of the Blend.  Enjoy!

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