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summer squash salad

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Salads! I love salads! Not because they are a “low-calorie” food because most of mine are not “low-calorie” they are just full of healthy fruits, vegetables, nuts and sometimes grains. We hope you find the salads on Choppedandtossed.com to be nothing like the salads your probably thinking about ie: soggy watery lettuce, a big chunk of red onion (the kind where your breath smells the rest of the day because of it), and some fatty store bought, generic dressing. We want to re-create the “wish I didn’t have to “start” with this starter salad” and make something creative and most of all, filling! Rob and I decided that if we wrote a salad cookbook each salad would be named after a different friend or family member because they are the ones who inspire us. The summer squash salad is named after no one because it was a total accident. One of those “four o’clock… shoot better get something on the table” salads. And it worked. Beautifully. If I had an avocado I would have added it in and made this a total hit but hopefully you can do that… either way, its delicious.

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Ingredients

organic spring mix lettuce (I added a bit of kale but not necessary)
summer squash, roasted and cut into cubes*
dried cranberries (about 1/3 cup)
diced red onion (1/8 thinly sliced… super important otherwise it dominates in flavor)
toasted almond slivers (about 1/3 cup)
avocado oil (about 1/3 cup)
balsamic vinegar (about 1 tablespoon)
dash of garlic powder
dash of salt
dash of pepper
generous pinch of brown sugar (I like dressings a titch on the sweeter side so I am a bit more generous for our salads, but it definitely comes down to a personal preference)

Instructions

You will notice I did not give specifics for how much, that is on purpose… this should be adapted to your personal needs. If you are serving this as a main meal you might want to consider going a little heavier on the squash and nut side or even add chicken. If you do not prefer your salads to be too sweet use a few less dried cranberries. Really, you can make it yours. I generally always use a lot, like, almost too many “toppings” on my salad. But that is just how Rob and I like it. Play around and find what suits your families needs. Remember, to chop everything to fit the fork and thinly slice the onion… really cant stress that one enough. It makes a difference!

 

*One note on the summer squash or confession, however you want to look at it. I bought mine from whole foods because I was tired and didn’t want to put any effort into it. In their salad section they usually have already roasted (in olive oil with salt and pepper) squash. For about a cup or so it cost a couple dollars. I find it worth it. On less lazy days you can easily grab a bag of already cut but not cooked summer squash from trader joe’s for $2.99 and that is very easy to just cut the bag open across the top, add a little oil, salt & pepper and shake the bag, carefully… and throw that on a pan and roast it that way. Or of course, for those of you who just love getting your hands dirty, you can buy a summer squash, cut it open, bake it, cut it into cubes, then roast again. #notmything

pizza and the T&T salad

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Tonight we had a lovely dinner with our two dear friends, Todd and Trista. Todd is one of the most gracious people you will ever meet and his wife Trista is as funny as he is gracious. Together, they are the perfect pair. Her eye for detail and color made this such a beautiful meal to capture.

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Say goodbye to pizza sauce in a jar. This stuff is delicious and so easy to make. Just as the picture shows, a few simple ingredients makes this about the best pizza sauce you have ever had.

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The T&T… The Todd & Trista salad… inspired by these two… you have something peppery, sweet, crunchy, salty and perfectly smooth. Delicious.

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Ingredients

pizza sauce

1 (6 ounce) can of tomato paste (Costco sells these little cans of organic paste, great price and you can use the tomato paste in so many different recipes)
6 ounces of warm water (I use the tomato paste can to measure the water… then mix together with paste)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons of Romano or Parmesan cheese (Trader Joes has a blend for only 2.49. Use the extra on the pizza!)
2 tablespoons of honey (less if you do not prefer a sauce on the sweeter side)
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
salt to taste

Instructions

Mix all together. Let sit for at least a half hour. A few side notes… I like to use the extra sauce to dip the crust in (with a little extra Olive Oil of course)… but you can even take a step further and triple this recipe, freezing some for future meals. It freezes great and maybe taste even better because all the flavors have been married longer.

Also – must give credit where credit is due. This recipe has been slightly altered from a recipe I found on Allrecipes.com. Please check there for the original and other good ideas!

 

Ingredients

salad

1/3 cup avocado oil
1 juice of a lemon
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic
1 tablespoon brown sugar (lightly packed)
salt and pepper to taste

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dried cranberries
shaved red onion
sunflower seeds
romano cheese
avocado

Instructions

Mix ingredients together for salad dressing (altering as your taste buds demand)
Combine salad ingredients and be sure to toss with dressing before serving… I swear it taste better that way.

 

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