MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Community News Network

September 16, 2013

Dinner in 25 minutes: Santa Barbara salad

This is one of a series of dinners that are part of the Six O'Clock Scramble's Family Dinner Challenge.

Aviva Goldfarb, founder of the online meal-planning service Six O'Clock Scramble, has devised a solid game plan for September, when school activities really kick in.

She has compiled research showing that kids and teens who share family dinners at least three nights a week are better off in lots of ways. You'll be able to find a grocery list for each of the recipes featured in this space at www.familydinnerchallenge.com.

Apple, pine nuts, dates and goat cheese give this salad a satisfying sweet-tart crunch. The addition of cooked chicken or chickpeas makes it a main course that can be assembled without powering up any kitchen appliances.

Santa Barbara Salad

Makes about 8 cups (4 servings)

Serve with baked breadsticks.

Ingredients

1 medium shallot (1 1/2 ounces)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons raspberry or balsamic vinegar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup pine nuts

1/2 head Boston or butter lettuce

4 dates, preferably Medjool

2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes

1 medium Fuji or Gala apple

1 1/2 cups cooked, skinless chicken breast (may substitute same amount of canned, no-salt-added chickpeas)

1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese

Steps

Mince the shallot and place it in a jar with a tight-fitting lid along with the oil, vinegar and cinnamon. Seal the jar and shake to form an emulsified vinaigrette. Refrigerate until ready to dress the salad.

Toast the pine nuts in a small, dry skillet over medium-low heat until they are lightly browned and fragrant, shaking the pan a few times to avoid scorching. Remove from the heat.

As you prep the following ingredients, transfer them to a large serving bowl: Rinse and dry the lettuce, then tear it into bite-size pieces. Pit, then coarsely chop the dates. Cut each tomato in half. Cut the apple into 1/2-inch pieces. Cut the chicken into strips, or drain and rinse the chickpeas. Add the toasted pine nuts.

Shake the vinaigrette to re-emulsify if needed. Drizzle half of it over the salad and toss gently until well coated. Top with the cheese. Divide the salad at the table; pass the remaining vinaigrette.

NUTRITION Per serving (using chicken and half of the vinaigrette): 290 calories, 21 g protein, 16 g carbohydrates, 17 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 50 mg cholesterol, 80 mg sodium, 3 g dietary fiber, 11 g sugar

1
Text Only
Community News Network
  • Wal-Mart to cut prices more aggressively in back-to-school push

    Wal-Mart Stores plans to cut prices more aggressively during this year's back-to-school season and will add inventory to its online store as the chain battles retailers for student spending.

    July 21, 2014

  • Hospitals let patients schedule ER visits

    Three times within a week, 34-year-old Michael Granillo went to the emergency room at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles because of intense back pain. Each time, Granillo, who didn't have insurance, stayed for less than an hour before leaving without being seen by a doctor.

    July 21, 2014

  • Starved Pennsylvania 7-year-old weighed only 25 pounds

    A 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy authorities described as being so underweight he looked like a human skeleton has been released from the hospital.

    July 21, 2014

  • Malaysians wonder 'Why us?' after second loss of airline jet

    It was all too familiar. Grieving families rushing to airport. The flashing television graphics of a plane's last radar appearance. The uncomfortable officials before a heavy thicket of microphones.
    For many Malaysians, the disappearance of Flight 370 in March has been a long trauma from which the nation has not yet recovered.

    July 18, 2014

  • A quarter of the world's most educated people live in the 100 largest cities

    College graduates are increasingly sorting themselves into high-cost, high-amenity cities such as Washington, New York, Boston and San Francisco, a phenomenon that threatens to segregate us across the country by education.

    July 18, 2014

  • Your chocolate addiction is only going to get more expensive

    For nearly two years, cocoa prices have been on the rise. Finally, that's affecting the price you pay for a bar of chocolate - and there's reason to believe it's only the beginning.

    July 18, 2014

  • Facebook tests button to let people shop from its website

    Members on desktop computers or mobile devices can click a "buy" button to make purchases through advertisements or other posts on the world's largest social network, the Menlo Park, California-based company said Thursday in a blog post.

    July 17, 2014

  • The terrible history of passenger planes getting shot out of the sky

    What is more clear is that, if initial reports are true, this would be the deadliest incident of a civilian passenger plane being shot down in modern memory. In some instances, the causes of the disaster are still shrouded in mystery. Here are some of the worst events.

    July 17, 2014

  • 130408_NT_BEA_good kids We're raising a generation of timid kids

    A week ago, a woman was charged with leaving her child in the car while she went into a store. Her 11-year-old child. This week, a woman was arrested for allowing her 9-year-old daughter to go to the park alone. Which raises just one question: America, what the heck is wrong with you?

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • web_starbucks-cof_big_ce.jpg Starbucks sees more Apple-like stores after Colombia debut

    This week Starbucks opened its first location in Colombia — a 2,700-square-foot store with a heated patio, concrete columns, mirrors on the ceiling and walls of colorful plants.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong
Poll

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks