Green Gazpacho

So easy and so yummy.

  • 2 lb English hot house cucumbers, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 c arugula
  • 2 c mixes herbs: basil, cilantro, parsley or mint
  • 3 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 c olive oil

Combine in a blender and purée till smooth. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Makes about 6 c.

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Roast Beef Tartine

This open face sandwich is the bomb!

  • 3 tbsp light sour cream
  • 1 tbsp horseradish
  • 1 tbsp Dijon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices french bread
  • 4 slices roast beef
  • 1 c arugula
  • Persian or English cucumber slices thin
  • Salt and pepper

Combine sour cream, horseradish and Dijon in a small bowl.

Spread horseradish over bread. Top with sliced cucumber, arugula and roast beef.

Serves 2.

White Bean Salad with Arugula Pesto

This is a dinner salad – the beans really make it filling without feeling stuffed. You need preserved lemon so make sure you have it before you start this recipe.

  • 8 c arugula
  • 1/2 c pine nuts
  • 1/4 c grated parmigiano
  • 1/2 preserved lemon, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 2 – 15 oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • Pepper
  • 1 shallot, sliced thin

In a food processor, combine 2 c packed arugula, nuts, cheese, lemon, garlic and 1/4 tsp salt. Process until finely chopped. Add oil with the motor running.

Warm the beans for 2 – 3 minutes. Toss with 1/4 of the pesto, add more if needed to coat the beans.

Toss the remaining arugula with 1 – 2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper.

Divide arugula among plates, top with beans.

Serves 4.

Chorizo and Avocado Salad


This salad is good I had to put an egg on it.

Dressing
1/4 c olive oil
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
1 tsp sherry
1 tsp honey

Salad
2 slices sourdough bread, torn into small pieces
1 avocado, dived
4 oz spinach and arugula
1 jar roasted red peppers, torn into bite size pieces
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
5 oz Spanish style chorizo, sliced thin
2 eggs
Shaved Spanish cheese

Toss arugula, spinach and pepper with a little dressing to coat.

Heat oil in a skillet and cook bread until toasted. Remove. Add chorizo and fry on both sides, remove. Add egg and cook until white is set but yolk is runny.

Divide spinach, arugula mixture among plates. Top with avocado, bread, cheese, chorizo and egg.

Serves 2.

Arugula and Beet Salad


This salad has it all, sweet beets, spicy arugula, creamy Avocado, tangy
Goat Cheese and crunchy nuts!!

Ingredients:
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp shallots
1 tbsp honey
1/3 c olive oil
Salt and pepper
6 medium beets, cooked and quartered
6 c fresh arugula
1/2 c walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped
1/4 c dried cranberries or dried cherries
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed
3 oz soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled

Blend the vinegar, shallots, and honey in a food processor add the oil and pulse until shallot is chopped fine. Season with salt and pepper.

Toss the beets in a small bowl with enough dressing to coat.

Toss the arugula, walnuts, and cranberries in a large bowl with enough vinaigrette to coat and season woth salt and pepper. Mound on plates. Arrange the beets around the salad. Sprinkle with the avocado and goat cheese, and serve.

Serves 2 – 4.

Tater Tot Waffles

This is from F&W with a little twist from me. This is the ultimate weeknight comfort food!

Nonstick cooking spray
8 cups thawed frozen Tater Tots (32 ounces)
Flaky sea salt

Heat a waffle iron; preheat the oven to 200°. Grease the waffle iron with nonstick spray. Spread 2 cups of the tots on it; sprinkle with salt. Close and cook on medium high until nearly crisp, about 5 minutes. Open the waffle iron and fill in any holes in the waffle with more tots, then close and cook until golden and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet; keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining tots.

With Truffles Egg:

Bring a large pot of water to a simmer, add 1 tbsp white vinegar. Crack eggs into a small dish then gently add to simmering water. Cook 4 minutes. Drizzle tot waffle will a little truffle oil, top with egg, salt and pepper.

With Proscuitto Mustard & Arugula:

Mix 1/4 c creme fraiche and 2 tbsp whole grain mustard in a bowl. 

Toss 2 c baby arugula with 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp olive oil in a bowl. 

Top each waffle with 1 tbsp of the creme fraiche sauce, Proscuitto and 1/2 c arugula. Garnish with cornichons.

Serves 4.