Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Toss together the perfect Thanksgiving salad

Two salad's that will go perfect with your Thanksgiving menus...

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon and Apple Cider Dressing by Ellie Krieger (Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger – Food Network)

Total Time: 20 minutes

Cook: 10 min

Prep: 10min

Yields: 2 servings as main course, 4 as appetizer

Level: Easy


  • 10 ounces pre-washed baby spinach

  • 2 slices bacon, finely chopped

  • 3 ounces Canadian Bacon, finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1/2 red onion, sliced (about 1 cup)

  • 1 pound button mushrooms, coarsely chopped

  • 1 cup apple cider

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • Salt and pepper


Place spinach into a large bowl. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat for about 4 minutes, or until it is just crispy. Add Canadian bacon to the skillet and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring frequently. Remove meat from pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Drain any remaining fat from the skillet.

Add olive oil and onions to the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes, or until onions soften slightly. Add mushrooms to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 more minutes. Put onions and mushrooms on top of the spinach. Add apple cider and vinegar to the skillet and turn the heat up to medium-high. Stir to scrape up any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until cider is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Whisk in mustard, salt and pepper, to taste. Pour warm cider dressing over the mushrooms and spinach and toss until the vegetables are well coated. Sprinkle the bacon on top and serve.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette by the Barefoot Contessa (Food Network)

Total Time: 43 min

Prep: 15 min

Cook: 28 min

Yield: 4 servings

Level: Easy


  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) butternut squash, peeled and 3/4-inch) diced

  • Good olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries

  • 3/4 cup apple cider or apple juice

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 4 ounces baby arugula, washed and spun dry

  • 1/2 cup walnuts halves, toasted

  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the butternut squash on a sheet pan. Add 2 tablespoo

ns olive oil, the maple syrup, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and toss. Roast the squash for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until tender. Add the cranberries to the pan for the last 5 minutes.

While the squash is roasting, combine the apple cider, vinegar, and shallots in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the cider is reduced to about 1/4 cup. Off the heat, whisk in the mustard, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.

Place the arugula in a large salad bowl and add the roasted squash mixture, the walnuts, and the grated Parmesan. Spoon just enough vinaigrette over the salad to moisten and toss well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

To turn these salads from just a yummy appetizer into a delectable table adornment serve in a Me2U glass salad dish from Spectrum Art & Jewelry!