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Recipes Tagged with “Salad”

Burnt Carrot Salad with Goat Cheese and Garlic Chips

Side Dish Carrot Chevre Salad Untested


  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic, peeled, very thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 8 medium carrots (about 1 1/4 pounds), peeled
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley, leaves only
  • 2 bunches arugula, trimmed, rinsed, dried
  • 6 ounces Bucheron or similar goat cheese, sliced 1/2-inch thick


Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until just crisp and barely golden, about 20 seconds. Immediately remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate. Let the oil cool; pour into a bowl. Wipe out skillet.

Put vinegar in small bowl; whisk in 5 tablespoons of the cooled garlic oil. Season with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and pepper to taste. (JP: Save remaining garlic oil to use at a later time).

Cut carrots crosswise in half; cut the halves into thick, rough sticks. Toss in a bowl with 3 tablespoons of the garlic oil, thyme, remaining 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and pepper to taste.

Heat the same skillet over high heat. Add carrots in a single layer, working in batches if necessary. Cook until lightly charred (almost burnt) on one side, 3-5 minutes. Turn; cook other side, adjusting the heat as necessary, until lightly charred and tender within, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a tray. Wipe out the skillet; set aside.

Toss parsley, arugula and half of the vinaigrette on large serving platter. Arrange carrots on top.

Reheat skillet to very high heat; coat with 1-2 tablespoons of the remaining oil. Immediately add goat cheese slices (be careful — oil may spatter). As soon as you see the cheese blacken on the bottom, remove the slices with a thin spatula; invert onto the carrots. Sprinkle the garlic chips over the salad; drizzle with vinaigrette to taste.

Jean Marie Brownson, Chicago Tribune

Blueberry Salad

Main Course Chicken Salad Untested


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Olive oil for grill
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 c. blueberry vinaigrette
  • 1 large head of romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1/3 c. toasted slivered almonds
  • 3/4 c. blueberries
  • 8 to 10 strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 c. shredded aged gouda


Prepare grill. Rinse chicken breasts under cold running water, then drain and blot dry with paper towels. When ready to grill, brush grill grate with olive oil. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and arrange breasts in same direction on hot grate.

Grill for 2 minutes. Using tongs, rotate breasts 45 degrees and grill for 2 to 4 additional minutes. Turn breasts, brush cooked side with blueberry vinaigrette and grill, rotating breasts 45 degrees after 2 minutes. Remove breasts to a platter and cool.

When ready to serve, toss lettuce with vinaigrette in a large salad bowl. Arrange almonds, blueberries, strawberries, cheese and chicken breast on lettuce, season with salt and pepper and serve.

Mike Grossmann

Endives with Oranges, Almonds, and Goat Cheese

Side Dish Chevre Salad Spanish


  • 1 bunch endive leaves, cored and cleaned [CP: I have no idea what unit a “bunch” is, but it’s a lot]
  • 8 tablespoons orange segments
  • 4 tablespoons sliced toasted almonds
  • 8 ounces Spanish goat cheese [or 4 oz. if you’re making for two]
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • Salt
  • 4 tablespoons Vinagreta de Ajo Tostado


Set leaves on a plate. Add oranges, almonds, cheese, chives and salt. Cover with Vinagreta de Ajo Tostado. Serve.