Simple weeknight dinners are sometimes the best dinners. Easy salads on Monday nights make me think of two things: 1) little stress in the kitchen and 2) clean eating for an after weekend detox. After a long Monday at work, particularly a stressful one, nothing beats coming home, putting our feet up, watching TV, and eating a good meal. Sure, it's always great to do a more formal meal at the dining table or even a fun little wine dinner out on the patio every once in awhile during the week, but most Mondays call for sitting in front of the TV and vegging. Like most of the world, we have become Netflix binge watchers and it's what I love to do on Monday nights. A few hours of mindless TV is just simply something great to look forward to after being at work all day. And nothing makes it more special than doing it with the person I love the most, all while having a delightful meal sitting in between us and the TV. I came up with this simple salad recipe last night and couldn't wait another day to share it!
Grocery List (for two):
5 oz spinach and arugula salad mix 6 large figs (dates would also work if you can't find figs) 3 red radishes - thinly sliced 4 oz goat cheese 4 oz thinly sliced prosciutto 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1/2 lemon - juiced and zested 1/4 cup mint - minced 1 tsp honey 1/3 cup olive oil Salt Pepper
Cut each fig in half and toss them all with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Set a grill pan to medium high heat. Grill the figs for 3 minutes cut side down. Flip them and grill another two minutes. Set aside to cool down then slice each half into two pieces. Step 2
Toss radishes with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill radishes slightly for about 1 minute per side. Set aside to cool.
Prep the salad dressing. Mix together balsamic, lemon juice and zest, mint, honey, and a dash of salt and pepper. Slowly stream in olive oil while whisking. Taste the dressing and add salt and pepper to desired taste.
Prep the salad. Toss greens into a bowl and add pieces of the sliced prosciutto on top. Crumble the goat cheese over the greens and prosciutto and add cooled radishes and figs. Add the dressing and toss together.
CHEERS TO HAPPY EATING!!!