House Full Of Greens

May 29, 2008

Grilled Salad with RoseBerry Dressing


With a house full of greens, I knew a salad was in store for lunch :)

The base is arugula, spinach and unknown CSA greens, which I tossed in homemade dressing:

RoseBerry Dressing

  • 1 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp raspberry blush vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 2 tsp raspberry jam
  • 1 tsp rosemary, chopped
  • Pinch salt

Shake in jar to combine.

On top I grilled:

  • 1 peach, cut into sections
  • 1/4 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 carrot, cut into 4 strips
  • 2 small turnups, sliced
  • 1 radish, sliced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced




It was so big I only ate about 3/4 of the salad. The arugula was a bit strong by the end. But the dressing was fantastic!

P B & J Fries

With my salad I made PB & J fries: toasted bread (for crunch) with peanut butter and jam and cut into strips. Just another way to stretch + savor a PB&J!


The antique glass was a wedding present to my grandmother.


This morning I also made a batch of Coconut Almond Granola. This time I used maple syrup and Sarah’s 90 minute method. I’m not sure I can really tell a difference between the 30 minutes at 300* and 90 at 250* so I’ll probably stick with the shorter method – unless the difference appears with time! I had a few pinches of it while it cooled.


Didn’t feel like working out this morning because it was cloudy. So I didn’t go :mrgreen:

Off to study chem…


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1 Justy2003 May 29, 2008 at 2:49 pm

That salad looks so yummy and colorful! I definitely want to do a CSA soon…maybe next year! I just know that living by myself for now, a lot of the fresh produce would probably go to waste…
Those PB&J fries are cute and creative…and tasty I’m sure. :)
Oh, and I need to make my own granola soon! It looks so much better than store-bought!


2 magpie May 29, 2008 at 2:49 pm

That salad looks so good! I’m getting more and more excited for my first CSA delivery.

I like the PB&J toast fries idea, too!


3 Christine May 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm

You should definitely add this post to your kids category! What a fun idea!


4 VeggieGirl May 29, 2008 at 2:59 pm

A gorgeous salad with Rose-Berry dressing + PBJ “fries” + Coconut-Almond granola = most innovative, delicious-looking/-sounding lunch today in the blogging world, for sure!! :0)

Good luck studying for chemistry!


5 KatieTX May 29, 2008 at 3:03 pm

How do you clean your greens? I have heard to soak them in a sinkful of water and then rub dry but I still find fresh greens taste gritty to me. Any suggestions?


6 Romina May 29, 2008 at 3:04 pm

What a delicious salad, love the PB&J fries too!


7 Kiala May 29, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Oh, that’s a good idea!

I cut mine into 4 triangles for the same reason.


8 Monica May 29, 2008 at 3:06 pm

The PB fries idea is so cute! I always break off pieces of my sandwiches anyways.


9 Richelle May 29, 2008 at 3:07 pm

those pb & j fries are such a cute idea!


10 Katerina May 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm

I love the salad dressing served over the grilled veg and peaches. Yum! It makes my egg salad sandwich eaten at my desk seem very pathetic indeed. KatieTX – I usually do soak in a clean sink of cold water. The greens should float and the dirt should sink. The key is more then one change of water.


11 Katers May 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Oh Kath, PB&J fries…you are adorable!


12 Lauren May 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm

What a creative idea for the fries! I’ll definitely have to try that sometime — thanks for the inspiration, Kath :)


13 Sarah May 29, 2008 at 4:26 pm


Thank you for the PB+J fries idea, what a great thought. Any way to stretch out the consumption of a yummy thing.

I’ve found that I eat more slowly and savor my food if I serve it in a bowl rather than on a plate. I’m not sure if you’ve tried it or if it works for everyone, but I almost never eat a meal on a plate anymore.


14 Leslie May 29, 2008 at 4:38 pm

omg! this is sooo random but i forgot to tell you this yesterday…. i read your post about the roach in the morning… so later that evening i grabbed a towel to take a shower and thought about that…. and i literally thought “how creepy and weird would it be if i opened up my towel and there was a roach in it… i flopped my towel on the floor and carefully pulled it open… and what runs out?! a damn roach!!! thought it was toooo eery and had to tell you! i have NEVER had roaches in my house before!


15 Jenn May 29, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Sarah, I’m so glad to hear someone else say that too! I almost always eat out of a bowl.


16 Kelly T May 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm

hey kath, just wanted to let you know that you are a friggin genius. i usually dont ry your recipes, or any really, cause i dont often have all the ingredients and dont like to buy things specifically for one dish, but i had everything for the granola and it turned out amazing. and way cheaper than just buying some, which i like because i am cheap. so…thanks!


17 Carrie H May 29, 2008 at 5:17 pm

A spoon really slows me down. I don’t know why … Lately when I do my dishes, I have about a three to one ratio of spoons to forks. I also started eating off of “baby” spoons (inspired by Kath) and I love it.


18 Lauren May 29, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Hi Kath,

on alot of these food blogs sprouted bread seems to be really popular. I was wondering why? It looks more dry than regular bread. Does it have less calories or more filling. Before I try a loaf, I am trying to understand what makes it so popular.


19 oatmeal May 29, 2008 at 6:00 pm

PB & J fries! Your creativity is unbelievable! I was so excited when I saw the pictures–they look awesome


20 Monica May 29, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Hey Kath, I don’t know if you’ve already been tagged or not. I know it’s been going around. But, I tagged you! Ignore if you’ve done it :)


21 Kath May 29, 2008 at 7:46 pm

KatieTX ,
We have an OXO Salad Spinner and I couldn’t live without it:

That is SO weird about the roach!! I’ve been meaning to tell you all that the same night a LIZARD came in our window!! We found out that there’s a crack between the upper storm window and the screen, so I think the roach came in that way. Hopefully the problem is solved but we’re going to be hot until we can get new screens!

Kelly T,
Thanks! But I gotta credit the granola to Sarah at Suite Apple Pie! I just tweaked it some 😉

Lauren ,
It is a little drier but it’s got a great nutritional profile and is made with a readable ingredients list and tastes pretty good!

Monica ,
Thanks for tagging me! I’ve always opted out of chains so as to not get caught in a cycle. I guess I’m a party pooper, but I find them too confusing! Thanks for thinking of me though :)



22 Hannah May 29, 2008 at 7:50 pm

At our last apartment, I stepped out of the shower and reached for my towel, and there was a SCORPION hanging out on it. I basically screamed bloody murder and my boyfriend rushed in to rescue me from an axe murderer or something worthy of my scream. Anyways, it freaked me out a little, and now I always check my towels.


23 Fit4Life May 29, 2008 at 8:12 pm

i dont know if you’ve ever heard of harry and davids, but its a store we have it texas, and i bought the most AMAZING thing! it was peanut almond butter. it was the ONLY one that had all natural ingredents (peanuts, almonds, sea salt) i think you would like it and its only $5.95 a jar!


24 Leslie May 30, 2008 at 2:21 am

Hannah…. see i’m a desert rat out here in Arizona, and my complex happens to have a horrific scorpion problem… to the point where now i joke that they are my pets…. so for me a roach was way more startling than my usual scorpion visitors … bleh!


25 Kath May 30, 2008 at 4:17 am

Fit4Life ,
WOW – sounds amazing. We don’t have a H+D around here, but I’ll keep my eye out if it’s a new trend.



26 Sidi May 30, 2008 at 5:42 am

Such a great idea! I’ll have this salad tonight.


27 Michele May 30, 2008 at 6:30 am

I love fruit in salads, never thought of grilled peaches though! YUM! I’ll have to try it soon.


28 Erica May 30, 2008 at 6:43 am

Kath! All of this food looks so delicious! I am loving the grilled salad! I love the hot/cold contrast! The PB&J sticks are such a cute idea- you gave them a nice adult twist in that glass! I will have to try making those for my cousins and friends kids!


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