The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Food & Health

September 17, 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
Food & Health
  • Sunburn isn't the only sign of summer that can leave you itchy and blistered

    You've got a rash. You quickly rule out the usual suspects: You haven't been gardening or hiking or even picnicking, so it's probably not a plant irritant such as poison ivy or wild parsnip; likewise, it's probably not chiggers or ticks carrying Lyme disease; and you haven't been swimming in a pond, which can harbor the parasite that causes swimmer's itch.

    July 31, 2014

  • Fist bump photo Study: Fist bumps less germy than handshakes

    When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Watermelon Think beyond the slice with refreshing watermelon

    Watermelon is one of those foods you really don’t need to overthink.
    Slice it. Eat it. Spit out the occasional seed. Done.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Health insurers owe Iowans nearly $1.8M in refunds

    The federal government says insurers owe Iowans nearly $1.8 million in refunds because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.

    July 24, 2014

  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs WASHINGTON (AP) — Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday.The weak link seemed to be call cente

    July 24, 2014

  • Almost half of America's obese youth don't know they're obese

    The good news is that after decades of furious growth, obesity rates finally seem to be leveling off in the U.S.. The bad news is that America's youth still appear to be dangerously unaware of the problem.

    July 23, 2014

  • Illinois patients to docs: 'What about marijuana?'

    Illinois doctors, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice organizations are ramping up for their role as gatekeepers in the state's new medical marijuana program.

    July 23, 2014

  • Amanda Stecker Herbs make a better way to flavor meals Summer is a season full of fresh herbs. This is the best time of year to take advantage of the fresh herbs in the grocery store. Herbs add a boost of flavor without added sodium and are rich in antioxidants. Herbs are easy to incorporate into everyda

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Genome Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick.Such work could eventually point to new treatments, although they are many y

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • An oncologist uses scorpion venom to locate cancer cells

    Olson, a pediatric oncologist and research scientist in Seattle, has developed a compound he calls Tumor Paint. When injected into a cancer patient, it seems to light up all the malignant cells so surgeons can easily locate and excise them.

    July 22, 2014

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.