Arugula Salad with Roasted Squash & Candied Pecans

Butternut SquashA yummy salad with a taste of fall!

Enjoy!

     Liz

 

 Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegan margarine
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 package fresh arugula (or use a combination greens if you don’t like the strong taste of arugula)
  • 1 granny smith apple, cored, sliced quite thin and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup roasted squash, cubed into small bite size pieces
  • 2 tbsp organic dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Melt margarine in small frying pan over low heat.
  2. Add pecans and brown sugar.
  3. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture is caramelized.
  4. Spread out on wax paper to cool.
  5. Mix the oil & vinegar and add the apple as it is sliced to prevent browning.
  6. In bowl toss together arugula (or other greens), pecans, cranberries, apple and squash with the dressing and serve immediately.

Note: To make ahead for a special dinner–toss apple with dressing so that it doesn’t turn brown. Layer apple on top of greens, squash, and pecans. Cover with plastic wrap and put in refrigerator until needed, tossing just before serving.

If you are not vegan you could add a cheese like feta, or a sharper cheese to contrast the apple & sweet pecans.

Watermelon Gazpacho Soup

WatermelonHere’s a cold soup for the hot weather!  This gazpacho is raw and vegan and, though it is good anytime, it makes a great side for a summer meal.

Enjoy!

     Liz

 

Ingredients

  • approx 3 cups of watermelon, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno (or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley or cilantro
  • dash salt and pepper to taste
  • garnish with fresh mint

 

Preparation

  1. In a blender or food processor, place about half of the watermelon, cucumber, pepper, and onion and all of the jalapeno. Add olive oil and lemon juice and puree until smooth.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Add to pureed ingredients and stir to combine. Add more salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Chill for at least one hour, to allow flavors to combine, and stir well before serving.
  4. Add lemon juice, salt etc. to taste before serving.

Photo Credit: Rafael Moreno License