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Two Hearts Salad
Spinach and Strawberry Salad
Mediterranean Salad with Goat Cheese Hearts
Springtime Salad
Two Hearts Salad: Artichoke Hearts and Hearts of Palm Spinach and Strawberry Salad Mediterranean Salad with Goat Cheese Hearts Springtime Salad
Spinach  and Strawberry Salad
(Serves 2)

Ingredients:

4 ounces fresh spinach
6-8 strawberries, sliced
Crumbles feta or goat cheese

Dressing:
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon minced onion
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar

Directions:

Arrange spinach and strawberries on individual plates.  Whisk together
dressing ingredients.  Drizzle dressing over salad.  Top with crumbled cheese,
if desired.
Two Hearts Salad
(Serves 2)

Ingredients:

1 (14 ounce) can of hearts of palm, rinsed and chilled
1 (14 ounce) can of artichoke hearts, rinsed and chilled
6-8 inner leaves of Romaine lettuce
1 tomato, cut into wedges
3-4 strips of roasted red pepper
2 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

Dressing:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
5 tablespoons chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
Whisk all ingredients together with a fork.

Directions:

Cut the hearts of palm and artichoke hearts into bite-size pieces.
Arrange lettuce leaves on individual plates.  Arrange hearts of palm,
artichokes, tomato, and pepper strips on top.  Pour dressing over each. 
Sprinkle with cheese.
Mediterranean Salad  with Goat Cheese Hearts
(Serves 2)

Ingredients:

4 ounces bib or butter lettuce
1 tomato, chopped
2 ounces goat cheese
Olive oil
Flavored Italian bread crumbs

Dressing:
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
5 tablespoons walnut oil
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Whisk together dressing ingredients.  Gently toss lettuce and tomatoes with
dressing.  Arrange lettuce and tomato on individual plates and refrigerate.

Preheat broiler.
Pat goat cheese into a disk about 1/2-inch thick. Using a heart-shaped cookie
cutter, cut out 1-2 hearts per person.  Brush both sides of the cheese with olive
oil and coat with bread crumbs.  Place cheese hearts on a baking sheet and
broil until both sides are lightly golden.  Carefully lift each heart with a spatula
and arrange on lettuce.  Serve immediately.

Alternately: The hearts may be sauteed in a tablespoon of olive oil in a small
skillet until both sides are golden brown.
Springtime Salad
(Serves 4 as a salad course or 2 as an entree)

This refreshing salad combines two of the first vegetables of spring, asparagus
and spinach.  Serve it with a fish or poultry dinner.  It also makes a delicious
entree with the addition of cooked chicken, turkey, or fish.  Saute slices of
leftover chicken breast in a little olive oil just to heat, and serve on top of the
salad.

Ingredients:

10-12 thin asparagus spears, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 cups fresh spinach
1 small red onion, cut into rings
1 large orange, peeled and cut into supremes
1-2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted

Dressing:
Juice from 1 large orange (about 3 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil

Directions:

Blanch asparagus in boiling water 1-2 minutes.  If you prefer, microwave the
asparagus in a covered dish with a little water for 1-2 minutes.  Rinse under
cold water and set aside.

To make the dressing:
Whisk together the juice, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper until thickened in a
small bowl.  Slowly whisk in the olive oil until desired consistency.
Place the spinach leaves on a serving platter or individual salad plates.
Top with the asparagus, onion rings, and orange pieces.    Add the dressing
and gently toss.   Top with the almonds.
 
 
 
 
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