Grilling-Tailgating 01 August 2018

Add Sizzle to Summer Salads

(Family Features) During the warm summer months, salad makes for a refreshing lunch or convenient dinner option that can be delicious and nutritious. With a variety of salad options available, they don’t have to be boring or monotonous.

For example, greens can instantly transform into a unique meal when you add creative options like duck breast to help elevate the dish. Because it’s a red meat, duck breast provides a hearty taste, similar to steak, while being leaner and lower in saturated fat than other red meats.

In this Cherry-Glazed Duck Breast Salad, homemade cherry vinaigrette glazes duck breast and dresses baby spinach while blue cheese and slivered almonds add texture and flavor. As a bonus, you can save the duck breast skin to make cracklins for a quick snack or crunchy salad topping.

Find more salad recipes and tips for cooking with duck at mapleleaffarms.com.

Cherry-Glazed Duck Breast Salad

Recipe courtesy of Chef Ted Cizma on behalf of Maple Leaf Farms
Prep time: 40 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Cherry Vinaigrette:

  • 2          cups dried cherries, divided
  • 3          cups hot water
  • 1/3       cup raspberry vinegar
  • 1          cup extra-virgin olive oil
  •             salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2          Maple Leaf Farms Boneless Duck Breasts
  • 6          cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves, washed and trimmed
  • 2          cups blue cheese
  • 2          cups slivered almonds
  1. To make Cherry Vinaigrette: In small saucepan over low heat, cover 1 cup cherries with water. Bring to simmer, cover pan and remove from heat. Let cherries soak in hot water 15-20 minutes. Strain cherries and reserve liquid.
  2. In food processor or blender, puree cherries until smooth, adding reserved liquid as necessary. Add raspberry vinegar to cherry mixture. With blender or food processor on low, slowly add olive oil, reserving about 2 tablespoons. Season mixture, to taste, with salt and pepper. Set aside Cherry Vinaigrette.
  3. Heat grill to medium heat. Remove skin from duck breasts. Rub with remaining olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper. Pour some Cherry Vinaigrette into separate container to use as glaze; reserve remaining for dressing. Using pastry brush, coat duck breasts with Cherry Vinaigrette.
  4. Cook duck until crisp and dark brown (about 5-6 minutes), turn over and recoat with Cherry Vinaigrette. Continue cooking until second side is crisp and brown, brushing with vinaigrette as needed, about 4 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 155 F. Remove to cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes.
  5. Place spinach in mixing bowl. Toss spinach with enough dressing to coat leaves. Add blue cheese, almonds and most of remaining dried cherries, reserving some of each for garnish. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Divide spinach mixture among four bowls.
  7. Slice duck breast thinly on bias, starting at one end of each breast with knife at 45-degree angle.
  8. Fan slices of duck on top of each salad. Sprinkle each salad with crumbled blue cheese, almonds and dried cherries.

Source: Maple Leaf Farms

Meal Ideas 01 June 2018

Savoring Salad Season

(Family Features) Even though salads can be enjoyed year-round, the warmer months signal salad season for some fans of al fresco dining. Barbecues, family reunions, picnics, potlucks, block parties, pool parties or simple family dinners are a few reasons to savor the season, and all are ideal occasions to serve a salad.

This versatile Middle Eastern-Inspired Bean Salad can be assembled ahead of time and served chilled or at room temperature.

Beginning with a can of READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad can help streamline prep and provide a pleasing flavor to complement the cherry tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and mint in the salad. The hummus-based dressing combined with a traditional Middle Eastern spice blend gets a bright accent from a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Colorful Pickled Beet and Red Quinoa Salad is also an option that can be served chilled or at room temperature, and can make for a vegetarian main dish or side salad.

At just the right size for a salad, Aunt Nellie’s Whole Baby Pickled Beets are teamed with red quinoa and punctuated with chickpeas, almonds and feta. The fresh orange vinaigrette helps tie the flavors together.

For additional salad inspiration, visit READSalads.com and AuntNellies.com.
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Middle Eastern-Inspired Bean Salad

Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1          can (15 ounces) READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad
  • 1/2       cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1          small cucumber (4-5 inches long), cut in half lengthwise then thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2          green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2       cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2          tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1          small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4       teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Dressing:

  • 2          tablespoons prepared hummus
  • 1          tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4-1/2   teaspoon za'atar seasoning blend
  1. Drain bean salad. Discard liquid. Place bean salad in large bowl.
  2. Add tomatoes, cucumber, onions, parsley, mint, garlic and red pepper flakes to bean salad. Toss to combine.
  3. To make dressing: Combine hummus, lemon juice and seasoning; set aside.
  4. Add dressing to salad just before serving; toss to combine well. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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Pickled Beet and Red Quinoa Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
Servings: 8

Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4       cup fresh orange juice
  • 1          tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2       teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil

Salad:

  • 1          jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie's Baby Whole Pickled Beets
  • 1          can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2       cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/2       cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2       cup red quinoa, cooked according to package directions (about 1 1/2 cups cooked)
  • 1/2       cup coarsely chopped almonds, toasted
  • 1/3       cup crumbled reduced-fat or traditional feta cheese
  • 1          tablespoon orange zest
  1. To make vinaigrette: In small bowl, whisk together orange juice, orange zest, black pepper, salt, if desired, and olive oil; set aside.
  2. To make salad: Drain beets. Place in large bowl; set aside.
  3. Add chickpeas, green onion, parsley and quinoa to beets. Add vinaigrette; toss to combine well.
  4. Just before serving, add almonds to salad; toss to combine well. Sprinkle with feta cheese and orange zest. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Source: Seneca Foods

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