It was birthday time at our house today and I usually ask the birthday person what they would like for a meal that evening. The requested meal this time, by my husband, was salad. I found all kinds of good stuff to put into a birthday dinner salad for him. In his words, this was really good!
On the counter I found a day-old cinnamon raisin bagel. I figured no one was going to eat it for breakfast, and rather than throw it out later this week I decided to make a little crostini to go with the salad. Slice the bagel into thin pieces and lay them on a baking sheet. One bagel made about 27 pieces. Melt about 2 Tbsp. of butter (yes, butter) and brush a small amount on each slice. Top it with a slight sprinkling of cinnamon sugar and then broil for 3-4 minutes till golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven, turn the slices over, and repeat the procedure on the other side. Broil about a minute till golden brown. Watch closely to prevent burning.
In the freezer I found some salmon – not enough for a main dish by itself, but I thought it would make a lovely addition to our salad tonight. So out it came. After it defrosted I sprinkled on a little dill weed, sea salt, and fresh lime juice.
For the salad, use a variety of lettuce and spinach, about 1 c. of golden grape tomatoes – halved.
One purple carrot from the garden – cut in small pieces
And 1 cucumber – peeled, halved and sliced.
If you have red peppers you can try grilling them. Peel, slice, and add them to the salad for a little more interest.
To cook the salmon, wrap it loosely in foil and grill for 5-7 minutes or till done.
To finish the salad, core and dice one apple, drizzling the pieces with lemon juice to prevent browning and add to the salad. Top it with 2-3 Tbsp. of feta cheese and salmon pieces, drizzling some fresh lime juice on top.
Serve with the cinnamon raisin crostini. For dressing I let everyone choose their own. My favorite, however, was a simple raspberry balsamic vinegar. This made a tasty, healthy salad the whole family liked. Hope you enjoy it as much as they did!
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 NIV