salad recipe

Dinner Party

Saturday we had a little dinner party. My aunt and uncle and cousin came over to see our new place. Michael smoked a chicken on the Traeger. I made a cheese plate. I got some really good stuff! A tomato and basil goat cheese and an apple and walnut smoked cheddar. Both were really delicious.

To go with the chicken, I made a roasted veggie dish. I found a recipe for Tahini Roasted Broccoli and it sounded so delicious I had to try it.

Instead of broccoli I used carrots and butternut squash. I was just feeling more of a “Fall” veggie. It turned out really good. I would definitely make it again but I probably wouldn’t use the butternut squash. It got a little mushy. I’d probably do carrots, sweet potatoes and broccoli next time.

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons tahini, well stirred
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to serve
  • large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Several grinds black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups broccoli, cut into 1 1/2-inch florets
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. Place all of the ingredients except for the broccoli in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add broccoli and toss well to thoroughly coat. Scatter on a sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes. Serve hot for best flavor, squeezing a little extra lemon juice on top.

Anna brought a salad and it was fantastic! So delicious! I would make this for a party in a heartbeat: Honey Dijon Mustard and Poppy Seed Coleslaw with Cranberries and Toasted Almonds

The chicken turned out great, as usual. It’s always really good on the Traeger, much more juicy and flavorful than plain ol’ chicken.

I’m happy with how everything turned out!

It was nice to have them over to catch up and show them our place. We are slowly getting things finished up. We spent the whole weekend working on the office, storage, organizing and then organizing the half bath storage. Michael installed shelves in one of the office closets and I got everything organized (and labeled!). It felt good to check something off the list and it looks really nice.

A Few Meals

I’ve been making a summer salad lately that is really good! The first time I made it, I blanched the asparagus (2 minutes in boiling water and then into cold water) and mixed it with cherry tomatoes from our garden, fresh mozzarella, chopped onions and Italian dressing. It was really tasty.

This time I made a greek version. Asparagus, onion, tomatoes and then made a greek dressing, added kalamata and black olives and feta. It was delicious! I love this salad and it’s a nice way to use up asparagus instead of just grilling it.

So we had the greek salad, some naan bread and Michael grilled some lamb chops. (He marinated the lamb chops in olive oil with fresh onions, mint, rosemary and thyme.) The lamb chops turned out perfectly on the grill!

The next night we had some friends over for dinner. Michael got some fresh salmon (with the skin on) to grill. Michael seasoned the salmon with salt, pepper, lemon juice and fresh thyme.

 

Our friends brought various veggies to grill that they bought at the Farmer’s Market. They brought zucchini, corn and Walla Walla Sweet onions.

The veggies were just seasoned with ghee, salt and pepper. Everything turned out so perfect! The salmon fell off the skin in perfect chunks, it wasn’t dry at all and perfectly flavored.

Dinner was outstanding and our new favorite meal! We can’t wait to recreate it. It all went so well together and the grilled onions were to die for! If you’ve never done it before, do it asap.

Look at this feast:

I’m going to be thinking about that dinner for a long time. I mean, it’s all simple, healthy things but it was all really stellar. And of course, the fresh salmon was a million times better than the frozen farmed salmon we get from Costco. I know, it’s convenient and cost-effective, but after having the good stuff…I don’t know if I can go back!

For dessert we grilled up peaches and topped them with whipped cream. That was all we had. The whipped cream was nice and went well with the peaches (and low in calories) but I think next time it would be better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some granola on top.

Yum!