Tag: Baby Greens

Grilled Shrimp Avocado Fennel and Orange Salad

Grilled shrimp, slices of avocado, shaved fennel and oranges are served over baby kale and mixed greens then topped with a citrus vinaigrette.

Spring is here, although today you would never know it with this crazy cold weather we are having in New York, but my allergies are kicking in to high gear and confirming that Spring is hear indeed. Just a few more weeks before the warmer weather approaches and I already started switching up my meals from those cozy comfort dishes to lighter salads.

This recipe is for my friend Raquel who texts me photos of her fancy dishes she eats when she dines out, then asks me how to make it. I told her I would try to recreate it for her, but wasn’t too excited about the idea of fennel. Because she raved about it so much, I bought all the ingredients anyway and to my surprise, the fennel didn’t bother me at all! I think the trick is that I shaved it real thin with my mandoline[1], and I loved the way it paired with the citrus and the grilled shrimp.

I felt like I was eating dinner at a fancy-shmancy restaurant, and kept thinking what a great dish this would be for Mother’s Day. My daughter Madison (yes, my three year old) enjoyed the salad too believe it or not! Here she is on Easter, she’s getting so big…

She liked everything except the avocado and baby greens, but ate all the shrimp, oranges and fennel, go figure! I packed the rest for lunch and leftovers tasted just as good as yesterday.

This salad is light and delicious, less than 300 calories, and perfect for Weight Watchers, Clean Eating, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Low-Sodium and I’m sure others dietary restrictions I’m not familiar with. I am starting to label all the Clean Eating and Paleo recipes from my site for those of you who asked for this, you can see them in the column on the right. I have a lot to go through so it will take a while to get through them all.

Grilled Shrimp with Fennel, Avocado, and Orange Salad
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 1/4 • Old Points: 6 • Weight Watcher Points+: 7 pt
Calories: 283.5 • Fat: 12 g • Carb: 19 g • Fiber: 6 g • Protein: 26 g • Sugar: 8 g
Sodium: 196 mg (without salt) • Cholest: 172.3mg

Ingredients:

  • 2 navel oranges, peeled and sliced
  • 1 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (weight after peeled)
  • 4 cups fresh arugula or baby greens
  • 1 cup (1⁄2 small bulb) fresh fennel, thinly sliced or shaved w/ mandoline[2]
  • 1 medium-size ripe Hass avocado, sliced thin

For the vinaigrette:

  • 1 large navel orange, peeled and squeezed
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp minced shallots
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

For the vinaigrette:

Combine the orange juice from one of the oranges, lemon juice, olive oil, shallots, kosher salt and pepper in a container with a tight-fitting lid and shake it vigorously to combine.

Reserve 1⁄2 cup of the vinaigrette for dressing the salad and
pour the remaining vinaigrette into a medium nonreactive bowl. Put the
shrimp in the bowl, season with salt and pepper and toss; let it sit for
about 30 minutes.  

Prepare your outdoor grill, or heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill the shrimp until just cooked through and opaque, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

Divide the baby greens on four plates, top with sliced fennel, oranges, avocados and shrimp. Season with salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette, about 2 tbsp per salad.

References

  1. ^ mandoline (www.amazon.com)
  2. ^ mandoline (mandoline)

Summer Pasta Salad with Baby Greens

I love making this mayo-less pasta salad with arugula, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, capers, fresh shaved Parmesan cheese and a splash of balsamic and oil. It’s great for lunch or dinner, and has a healthy serving of baby greens. In the summer, when tomatoes are at their sweetest, I replace the sun dried tomatoes with fresh tomatoes from my garden.

I usually have this for dinner on those warmer nights when I want a meatless meal or just something light, and because it has pasta in it, I feel full and satisfied after I eat it. The portions are pretty large for under 200 calories (only 5 WW points plus). This also makes a great side dish if you reduce the portions when you’re grilling up some burgers or chicken.

Summer Pasta Salad with Baby Greens
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 4 • Size: about 1 1/2 cups • Old Points: 3 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 5 pt
Calories: 169 • Fat: 5 g • Carb: 29.5 g • Fiber: 4 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugar: 4 g
Sodium: 271 mg (without the salt) • Cholest: 2 mg

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz (about 4 cups) baby arugula and baby spinach mix
  • 5 oz high fiber or whole wheat pasta (use brown rice pasta for GF)
  • 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp capers, drained
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp freshly shaved Parmigiano Reggiano


Directions:

Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions. When done, drain and rinse under cold water.

In a large bowl, combine the pasta, baby greens, sun dried tomatoes, capers, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Toss well then just before serving top with fresh shaved Parmigiano Reggiano.



Makes about 6 cups.

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Baby Greens with Goat Cheese, Beets and Candied Pecans

Creamy goat cheese with crunchy sweet pecans and red beets topped with a
honey balsamic vinaigrette is like a symphony in your mouth. This salad will make you look like a culinary whiz!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday!

I still have no power due to Hurricane Sandy so I thought I would re-post an older recipe from the archives. If you are without power, this doesn’t require an oven and would be perfect for Meatless Monday.

Baby Greens with Goat Cheese, Beets and Candied Pecans
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1/4 • Old Points: 7 pts • Points+: 8 pts
Calories:
267 • Fat: 19.5 g • Protein: 7 g • Carb: 19 gFiber: 2 g Sugar: 14 g  
Sodium: 211 mg


Ingredients:

For the honey balsamic vinaigrette:

  • 2 tbsp balsamic
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey 

Directions:
Make vinaigrette by whisking olive oil, balsamic and honey until smooth. In a large bowl toss greens with vinaigrette and mix well.

Evenly divide greens between four bowls. Top each bowl with one beet, 1 oz goat cheese and pecans. Serve immediately.

* I boiled the beets in water until soft, but they can be roasted in the oven as well.

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