Thursday, May 30, 2013

Green Salad with Raisins and Pine Nuts

Aaah, it's good to be married to a gardener.
Today's salad comes to you courtesy of Kahuna's lettuce which, as you can see, is thriving.  This nice, simple salad is made with a variety of lettuces
picked just moments ago for your dining pleasure.
Make that MY dining pleasure.
With the simple addition of minced garlic, pine nuts, golden raisins, and Parmesan cheese, it's a winner.
(recipe adapted slightly from an old issue of  Better Homes and Gardens magazine; serves 4)
1 T. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced (I used the stuff in the jar)
1/4 t. coarse sea salt
1/4 c. golden raisins
2 T. pine nuts
12 c. lettuce
1 T. freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

In microwave-safe bowl, place olive oil, garlic, salt, raisins, and pine nuts.  Nuke for 20 seconds; stir and nuke for 20 more seconds.  Add lettuce and stir to distribute ingredients.  Top each salad with cheese.

What's cooking at your house?

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Blogger Farm Girl said...

I like the name " nummy salad." I bet it is very nummy. You would ask that question about dinner tonight. It is my son's 18th birthday and he wanted In and Out for dinner. :) I thought it sounded fun and you know how boys eat. I made a ice cream cake so that is dinner tonight, I might though really enjoy your nummy salad.

May 30, 2013 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

It sounds like you have a great birthday celebration planned, Farm Girl. And an ice cream cake, to boot -- even more numminess :) For that, do you make a regular cake and bake it in a large sheet pan, then roll up, and later fill with ice cream? Do tell!

May 30, 2013 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

Your nummy salad sound great and I will try it...

I would have to substitute sunflower seeds for pine nuts because I got a nasty reaction from pine nuts. It's called PNS. Pine nut syndrome. There is lots of information on the web about it. It left a very strong bitter metallic taste in my mouth three days after eating then in pesto and it lasted 5 days and I was miserable.
My daughter and son in law had the same reaction.

I hope that by now they have removed the offending pine nuts off the market. They are the large one called P.Armandii pine nuts.

Have a great weekend,

May 30, 2013 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Wow, Julia, I have never heard of pine nut syndrome. I will have to check that out. So it sounds like it was some specific crop that was bad? Yikes. In the original salad recipe, they called for pine nuts or walnuts or pecans. I'm sure sunflower seeds would be good, too. Thanks for the heads up about PNS.

May 30, 2013 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Elena said...

I love all your raised beds. Your garden looks great. We planted a small garden and everything is thriving with the rain and now the warm sunshine :)

June 1, 2013 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Glad to hear your garden is thriving, Elena. There is nothing like picking food right from the ground and, minutes later, eating it.

June 2, 2013 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger ~~louise~~ said...

Oh you lucky girl! A gardener who raises asparagus AND all kinds of lettuce. You better keep that man, lol...

I haven't had pine nuts in years. Don't know why though. They seem perfect for this salad with Parmesan I bet it was delicious!

Thanks for sharing...

June 3, 2013 at 4:45 AM  
Blogger said...

That sounds super tasty. I'm always looking for new salad recipes and this one looks good!

June 12, 2013 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger ~~louise~~ said...

Hi Lynn,

I know you are probably really having fun breaking your back in the garden with the big Kahuna. But, if you find you would like to take a picnic break, we are playing the Picnic Game at my blog and we would LOVE for you to tote some goodies.

P.S. Hope you are enjoying this fabulous weather, stay well, Louise

June 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger ~~louise~~ said...

Thinking about you today and hoping all is well:)

July 10, 2013 at 5:51 PM  

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