Last night I had an actual TV Dinner — a simple summery salad, while watching the news. I basically threw all the fruit and vegetables I had in the fridge together — arugula, tomatoes, peppers, pears — and topped them with some sunflower seeds. I added a little pepper, olive oil and balsamic glaze, and voila. Dinner in less than 10 minutes.
I love the crunch and substance that nuts add to any salad, but bonus here: sunflower seeds are a great source of vitamin E (to help with inflammation and prevent cardiovascular disease) and magnesium (which calms your nerves and muscles).
And so am I — from my almost three-week honeymoon through Thailand and Indonesia. More on that later, though.
Let’s talk summer salad season. And this year, it’s bringing sugar snap peas and mango along with it. Not that either of them are new, but they’re new as a salad combo for me. Even raw pumpkin seeds, too. (The seeds are actually way better toasted, but who wants to fire up a stove in this weather?) Throw it all on a bed of arugula with some cucumber, salt, pepper, oil and balsamic vinegar, and you have dinner in less than 10 minutes of chopping.
When I posted this on instagram I said I couldn’t believe there was a time when I didn’t like fruit in my salad — any kind, ever — because now I want some kind of fruit or citrus in every salad I eat. Apparently I’m not alone because I got some great summer salad ideas from people that follow me.
One that also uses mango: arugula, shallots or red onion, avocado and mango. Add red wine vinegar and olive oil and you’re good to go!
And another with watermelon and off-the-summer-vine tomatoes. Add red onion, toasted cumin seed and oil & vinegar. Addictive. Could also add a touch of cinnamon.
I’ll definitely be trying both of those, as well as some other fun recipes I learned on my dream of a honeymoon on the other side of the world.
Standby for those, coming soon…!
Perhaps one of the most simple salads to make — and also one of the most beautiful and delicious. The bite of the arugula is softened with a touch of olive oil and lemon… then sweetened with the grapefruit… then juxtaposed with the shaved fennel. Add a little crunch with those pine nuts and your taste buds are in heaven. Serve it as a first course or add a little protein (shrimp, white fish, tofu…?) and you’ve got yourself an A+ dinner.
Arugula, Fennel, Grapefruit + Pine Nuts Salad
- couple big handfuls of arugula
- 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 fennel bulb, shaved on a mandoline
- 1 grapefruit, quartered
- handful of pine nuts
- drizzle of balsamic glaze
- In a bowl, massage arugula with olive oil and lemon juice with your hands until well-coated, then plate.
- Add fennel, grapefruit and pine nuts on top.
- Drizzle with balsamic glaze and serve!
A Recipe From Jamie Stelter | www.thetvdinner.com