recipe for you! my favorite salad and dressing

NOTE: If you read this when I first posted it—I typed in the wrong dressing recipe, oops! Please see changes below.

We could use a breather from the heavy topic of toxic dental practices! Here’s my favorite salad recipe, always a hit whenever I make it for my family or others. A big helping is a meal in itself, with the pasta in it. I took the idea from a recipe that used to be on Macaroni Grill’s menu, now discontinued—though I’ve made it healthier, of course! These are Ch. 2 and 3 recipes in 12 Steps to Whole Foods. Enjoy!

Spinach-Orzo Ensalata

1 cup uncooked whole-wheat orzo pasta (boil in 3+ cups water, approx. 6-7 min., and rinse well to keep grains separate, then cool)

10+ cups spinach (about two 10-oz. bags), chopped

1 pkg. fresh basil, cut in ribbons

2 tomatoes, diced small

1 can black olives, sliced

2 oz. capers (half a 4 oz jar), drained

½ cup raw pine nuts (or toast them under the broiler—yum!)

Optional: shaved Parmesan to taste

Toss all ingredients except optional Parmesan. Add dressing to taste and toss. Top each plate with shaved Parmesan if desired. Serves 4 as a complete meal.

Tangy Dill Dressing

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos

1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp. honey (raw)

2 garlic cloves

1 Tbsp. dried (or 1/4 cup fresh) dill weed

Blend all ingredients well in a high-powered blender.

my plans for Part 2 classes, and another recipe

Poor pregnant Desiree and Shaunie asked me to tone down the number of recipes we taste-test/demo, for Part 2, and I struggled with that for hours planning the class this weekend, because I want to do more, more, more…..

It’s still more ambitious than the Part 1 classes. Here’s what I have planned for Sandy this Friday night, Orem next Tues. night, and Riverdale next Thurs.:

Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie

Sprouted Buckwheat Blueberry Pancakes with Raw Applesauce

Flax-Veggie Crackers (with homemade hummus)

Green Olive-Lentil Spaghetti and Raw Sauerkraut (that I made 2 years ago)

Chocolate Beet Cake (and maybe some Halva candy)

I’ll pass out the recipes at the class this time–I didn’t know how many participants in the class wouldn’t have 12 Steps.

And here’s a recipe from Tues. night (use the Tangy Dill Dressing recipe I’ll post tomorrow). The whole-grain pasta helps this salad be a complete, filling meal in itself. It’s a recipe I adapted to be more healthful, from my favorite dish at Macaroni Grill that is no longer on the menu:

Spinach Orzo Ensalata

1 cup uncooked whole-wheat orzo pasta (boil it approx. 6-7 mins and rinse well)

10+ cups spinach (about 2 10-oz. bags), chopped

1 pkg. fresh basil, cut into ribbons

2 tomatoes, diced small

1 can black olives, sliced

2 oz. capers (half a 4-oz. jar), drained

1/2 cup raw pine nuts (optional: toasted)

optional: shaved/grated Parmesan to taste

Toss all ingredients except optional Parmesan. Add dressing to taste and toss. Top each plate with shaved Parmesan and serve.