Monday, September 23, 2013

Greek Vegetable Salad with Homemade Greek Vinaigrette

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You can make an easy salad and dressing with out having to buy lettuce or store brand dressings! Check out this healthy, colorful, and oh so tasty recipe developed by Bake Your Day - www.bakeyourday.net
Prep time:30 mins     Total time:30 mins      Servings: 4

Ingredients:
Greek Vegetable Salad with Homemade Greek Vinaigrette
Greek Vegetable Salad with Homemade Greek Vinaigrette
For the Greek vinaigrette:
For the vegetables:
  • 1½ pounds broccoli florets cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into small pieces
  • 1 jar (14.75 oz.) Cara Mia® Marinated Artichoke Hearts, drained & roughly chopped
  • 1 can (5.75 oz.) black olives, halved
  • 6 oz. grape tomatoes
  • 4 oz. feta cheese crumbles
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
Directions:
To make the vinaigrette:
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a dressing cruet or jar with a lid and mix well.
  2.  Adjust salt, pepper and sugar to taste.
                                                                      To prepare the veggies:
Marinated Artichoke Hearts
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  1. Bring about 3 cups of water to a simmer in a shallow pan. Add the broccoli and asparagus and cook for 60-90 seconds, just until crisp-tender. 
  2. Drain and move to an ice bath to stop the cooking. After about 5 minutes, drain from the ice bath and transfer to a large bowl. 
  3. Stir in the bell pepper, artichoke hearts, olives, and tomatoes. Stir well until the vegetables are evenly distributed. Add in the feta cheese and stir well.
  4. Pour about half of the dressing on and stir well, to distribute the dressing, repeat. Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 
  5. Stir in the pine nuts just before serving and enjoy!
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Cara Mia brand was started by an artichoke grower co-op in 1955, in the “artichoke capital” of the world, Castroville, CA. The co-op opened as a freezer operator with the intent of providing consumers another means to enjoy the edible thistle all year around. The venture proved so successful that a marinating line was added in 1958. Soon sales of the marinated produce far surpassed the frozen line as consumers enjoyed the proprietary marinade that dressed the tender leaves. The Borges Group acquired Cara Mia and its proprietary spice mix/marinade recipe in 2001. Today Cara Mia is the #1 selling brand of marinated artichokes. Look for them, and the other Cara Mia marinated vegetable items, in the Produce Dept.
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