Roasted Cauliflower and Farro Salad with Parsley Vinaigrette

January 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


2 cups cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 red pepper, chopped
Olive oil
1 cup Tuscan kale or purple kale, sliced thin
1 small red onion, chopped small
2 cups cooked farro
¼ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup almonds, toasted and chopped
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or white balsamic
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped superfine
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled


Pre-heat the oven to 400° F. Toss together the cauliflower, florets and red peppers and drizzle a little olive over them, season with salt and pepper and place in a glass baking dish and roast until golden brown or about 15 minutes. Place the sliced kale in a large mixing bowl and immediately place the roasted cauliflower over the top of the kale while its hot and toss together, let stand for a few minutes to lightly cook the kale with the remaining heat of the roasted cauliflower. Mix in the farro, tomatoes and almonds until well mixed. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, zest, garlic parsley and olive oil until emulsified. Toss over cauliflower and farro mixture and mix well, gently fold in the feta crumbles and serve!

Mexican Herbed Chicken & Albondigas Soup with Winter Greens

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6



1 pound ground chicken
2 limes, zest and juice
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, chopped fine
¼ cup red pepper, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten


Olive oil, for sautéing
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 medium red pepper, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 medium zucchini, sliced round
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
4 cups chicken stock
4 small fresh corn tortillas, sliced in thin strips
Avocado, for garnish
Cotija cheese, for garnish


To assemble meatballs, use fingers to mix together all ingredients until well blended. Form into balls from 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large soup pan on medium high heat. Sauté garlic, onions, red pepper and carrots for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add zucchini, jalapeños and spices, season with salt and pepper. Mix well, sautéing for another few minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and stir until well combined. Gently lower the meatballs into the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for another 20 to 30 minutes on low and until meatballs are cooked through. Take off heat and add tortilla strips. Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

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