Refreshing Mint Veggie Salad
Another creation from Go Figure Chef David, this salad is a light and tasty way to enjoy the flavors of summer!
1 cup olive medley: black, kalamata, or try some from grocery store olive bars
½ cup artichoke hearts Juice from ½ lemon
¼ cup apple, chopped small ½ tomato, chopped
2 thin onion slices, finely chopped ¼ cup Grapeseed oil
½ cup cucumber, chopped 1 tsp. agave
¼ cup goat cheese crumbles (optional) Dash of pepper (optional)
A few sprigs of fresh mint leaves, cut fine
Mix olives, veggies, and apple together in bowl. Lightly stir in goat cheese and mint leaves. Pour lemon juice on top and dribble agave and oil over top. Add pepper, if desired; stir lightly and serve with protein on the side or in the salad for a complete and delicious meal.
Piña Colada Salad
This delightful mix of fruit, veggies, and healthful fats was created by our lead chef/Go Figure co-owner David MacDonald. It’s a lovely way to enjoy our warmer seasons with flavors that make us think of sun and tropical beaches.
Try it on the side with your favorite protein, or mix into the salad some chicken breast, white fish, shrimp or salmon. Make sure to share it with a friend, or you’ll be tempted to eat it all yourself!
Mix together all of the following:
4 Tbsp. Grapeseed oil
4 Tbsp. 100% pineapple frozen juice concentrate (no added sugar)
½ tsp. coconut extract (optional)
Add and mix into above dressing:
¼ cup finely chopped sweet onion
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (found in health food stores)
1 sweet and juicy orange, peeled and cut into smaller pieces
½ cup toasted, chopped walnuts (roast on low heat on stovetop or oven )
Let sit for 15-30 minutes to integrate flavors.
Before serving, mix in and toss:
1 bunch of baby spinach
Enjoy your visit to the tropics, remind yourself that this is healthful food and not dessert, and then come on back to Montana!
Copyright David and Cheryl MacDonald, 2011
Almond Chicken Salad
This simple, but nice, recipe was contributed by a Go Figure client. It can be used as is, or as a base to which more veggies can be added. Have it for a light summer dinner, and be sure to make enough for lunch the next day.
1 lb. chicken tenders
2 sticks celery, chopped
¼ cup onion, chopped fine
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. toasted slivered almonds*
Cook chicken, or used leftover chicken breast, and cut into small pieces. Chop celery into ¼ inch pieces. Mix together all ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.
*Slivered almonds can be purchased that way, and can be toasted on stovetop or oven on low heat. Keep extras in freezer to preserve nutrients and use for quick add-in to salads and entrées.
Optional add-ins for salad: cucumber, dried fruit-sweetened cranberries (available in bulk at Co-op.)
Designed for a cold salad, this recipe can also be made with veggies that are lightly steamed or sautéed if you would like it hot.
Protein: Chicken, shrimp, white fish, salmon, beef or tofu
1/3 cup tamari (natural soy sauce without sugar)
½ cup sesame oil
¼ cup sweet chili sauce
½ tbsp. Thai garlic chili paste
½ cup thinly sliced celery, cut on bias
½ cup thinly sliced red onion
½ cup thinly sliced bell pepper (red, yellow, orange, or mixed)
½ cup shredded cabbage
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
2 Tbsp. salted roasted peanuts (or nuts of choice)
Pre-cook protein of your choice. Make ahead and chill if you want the protein to be cold. Blend tamari, sesame oil, chili sauce, and chili paste. Add blended sauce to vegetables and protein, and mix well. Sprinkle top with sesame seeds and peanuts.
©David and Cheryl MacDonald