Salad and Charcuterie Board Dinner!

Whenever my husband and I order a charcuterie platter I always think “this could be a complete meal if it only had a salad”. So, here you go. I am making my dreams come true and you benefit as well. You’re welcome. Seriously though, when you need a simple, delicious and romantic meal there is no better low stress option than this Salad and Charcuterie Board Dinner. Besides toasting the bread this platter is assembly only and it has everything you need for a lovely, no cooking required (because toasting is hardly cooking), complete meal!
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The Beauty of The Board!

No cooking. That’s the beauty of the board in a nutshell. Another plus, you can use whatever meats, cheese and nuts you have on hand. Of course I will be offering suggestions but you can mix and match as much as your hearts desire. And there’s very little clean up because you eat right off the board! Grab two forks and dig in.

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The Salad:

A lovely, light and slightly sweet salad comprised of greens, caramelized nuts, apples and feta dressed with a light, lemony dressing. Charcuterie, otherwise known as cured meats, are very strongly flavored so we keep the salad simple, so it works well with all the savory, salty goodness on the board!

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The Meats:

I used pepperoni, prosciutto, and salami but you may use whatever you prefer! I like to ‘scrunch’ up the prosciutto and arrange the pepperoni and salami in rows.

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The Cheeses:

I used Tapas sampler wedges comprised of Manchego, Cabra Al Vino, and Iberico, slices of aged gouda, and the piece de resistance…soft goat cheese topped with Adriatic fig spread. Seriously, if you haven’t tried this, you are missing out, and when spread on sliced warm grilled baguette it is heavenly.

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The Bread and Nuts:

I love to use a par-baked baguette, slice, brush with olive oil and grill in a grill pan. That said you could also place in the toaster or oven. If you are living gluten free, I recommend Against The Grain Baguettes found in the frozen section of some super markets. The nuts on this board are Marcona almonds, I love the olive oil and rosemary flavor. Of course you could use any nut you like including plain old roasted salted or spicy!

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The Recipe: Salad and Charcuterie Board Dinner for Two!

What you will need: not much! A serving board (I love this farmhouse style board or this round board) and these pretty cheese knives! I use a grill pan to grill the baguette and love Marcona almonds, and use Adriatic fig spread on the goat cheese! It’s amazing!

5 from 11 votes
Salad and Charcuterie Board Dinner
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
 

A complete meal served Charcuterie board style! This borad is for two people but can easily be made into a meal for 4 or even 6!

Course: dinner
Keyword: board dinner, cahrcuterie dinner, charcuterie, main course
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
Bread:
  • 6 slices  your choice of baguette, grilled or toasted
  • 1 Tablespoon butter or olive oil
Salad:
  • 2 cups baby greens
  • 6-8 apple slices
  • small handful caramelized pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons   extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon  fresh lemon juice
  • 1  teaspoon  honey
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Charcuterie board:
  • Your choices of cured meats, I used salami, pepperoni and prosciutto
  • Your choices of cheeses, I used a Spanish Tapas mix of  Manchega, Cabra al Vino and Iberico wedges and slices of aged gouda
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese
  • 3 tablespoon fig spread
  • marcona almonds
Instructions
  1. Set out tray, board or platter

  2. Place pan on medium heat, while grill pan is heating slice bread and spread with butter or brush with olive oil

  3. Grill bread until golden and crispy, set aside

  4. Place greens, pecans, apples and feta in a bowl

  5. Whisk together salad dressing ingredients, set aside

  6. Place meats and cheeses on board, spoon fig spread on top of soft goat cheese, add almonds and bread slices

  7. Dress salad, toss and add to board, snuggle in the bread

  8. Share right off the platter!

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Simple Green Salad with Ham and Fried Egg

Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a green salad with a couple of substantial toppings to make it more of a meal than a side dish. This Simple Green Salad with Ham and Fried Egg is the perfect example, just the right amount of ‘light’ and just the right amount of satisfying!
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The Salad:

This salad is made up of your choice of tender young greens, thin sliced ham, canadian bacon or prosciutto, and a fried egg garnished with freshly chopped chives. It’s incredibly simple and easy to throw together, even last minute. But trust me when I say it doesn’t taste ‘last minute”! The salty pork combined with a savory fried egg and sweet dressing is perfection!

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The Dressing:

This beautiful salad is tossed in a simple white balsamic dressing. It’s ‘barely there’ but makes all the difference to ramping up the flavor. I will offer my two favorite white balsamic vinegars, you can choose which best fits your budget. My first pick is always Prelibato White Balsamic vinegar from Italy. You may get lucky and find it in a store, but I almost always have to buy online. Second choice, O California White Balsamic. (<—Amazon link) I find this one in many stores and it’s a little easier on the wallet.

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The Egg:

The perfect yolk is up to interpretation of course. I love mine runny, my husband likes his firmer. No matter how you like your yolk, you’ll want to see this simple tutorial to get the perfect results!

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The Recipe: Simple Green Salad Ham and Fried Egg

Tips and what you need: a quality white balsamic vinegar (<—our fave but we also like this one) A fabulous sea salt is always a must! I use Maldon Flaked Chef’s Salt!
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5 from 9 votes
Simple Green Salad with Ham and Egg
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
 

This Simple Green Salad with Ham and Fried Egg is the perfect example of just the right amount of 'light' and just the right amount of satisfying! Paleo, Whole30 and Keto compliant too!

Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: #easy dinner, keto, Paleo, salad, whole30
Servings: 2 servings
Ingredients
For dressing:
  • 1/3 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons good quality white balsamic
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (optional)
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
Salad:
  • 3 cups tender greens of your choice
  • 4-6 slices canadian bacon, ham or prosciutto
  • 2 eggs, fried (see link above for tutorial)
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
Instructions
For Vinaigrette:
  1. Place all ingredients in a covered container and shake well or whisk. Set aside and shake again right before using

For Salad:
  1. Chop chives. Fry eggs (see link above to learn how to fry the perfect egg) Plate greens and your choice of ham, Canadian bacon or prosciutto, toss lightly with dressing. Top salad with fried eggs, sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and chives. Serve.

 

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Lime Chili Chicken Skewers

Grilling season is in full swing and these simple Lime Chili Chicken Skewers are the perfect main course for any backyard BBQ or tailgate party. And they are Paleo, Keto and Whole30 Compliant.
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The Marinade:

Marinated in olive oil, lime juice and various spices these skewers are moist and flavorful. You can leave the meat marinating for as little as an hour or as long as 24, which means you can prep them a day ahead or the morning of, head to work and they are ready to pop on the grill when you get home! Just remember, when it comes to marinating, generally longer is better.

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Grilling:

The key to successful grilling is a little prep and some high heat. Make sure the grill is clean and sprayed with an organic grill spray before turning it on. Then turn the grill to high heat and turn down if needed as the chicken cooks. When meat comes in contact with a hot grill, it contracts, which is a good thing because that means less sticking.

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The Recipe: Lime Chili Chicken Skewers

What you need: a good knife and reusable container with lid. 

5 from 11 votes
Lime Chili Chicken Skewers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

These simple marinated Lime Chili Chicken Skewers are the perfect main course for any backyard BBQ or tailgate party! And they are Paleo, Keto and Whole30 Compliant.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: BBQ
Keyword: bbq chicken, kabobs, kebabs, lime chili chicken skewers
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
Marinade:
  • Remember when it comes to marinating, longer is better. This chicken can be marinated 1-24 hours. I usually prep it a day ahead, or the morning I plan to serve it.
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (1/4 tsp=mild, 1/2 tsp=med, use as much as you want for hot!)
Chicken:
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, or a combination of the two, cut into 1 1/2" chunks (I am going to push for dark meat here. It's so much more moist than breasts...trust me:)
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Optional Garnishes:
  • chopped cilantro
  • your choice of small green or red hot chili pepper sliced, or red pepper flakes
  • lime wedges for squeezing over chicken
Instructions
For Marinade:
  1. Whisk all ingredients together and set aside

For Chicken Skewers:
  1. Cut chicken into cubes and place in a covered container. Pour marinade over chicken and refrigerate for 1-24 hours (the longer the better) Turn meat halfway through marinating time to make sure all chicken is coated in marinade.

  2. Remove chicken from marinade and place on four skewers, sprinkle generously with sea salt and pepper to taste

  3. Spray clean grill with organic non stick spray and preheat grill to 425 degrees

  4. When grill is hot, add skewers. Close lid and cook for 10-12 minutes or until juices run clear, turning halfway through cooking time (if your chicken is cut into bigger chunks, allow more time)

  5. Remove, and garnish with cilantro and peppers if desired

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Silky Egg Stir Fry with Jumbo Shrimp

I love reviewing cookbooks. Not only do I get to experiment with recipes I may not have otherwise tried but I then get to share that recipe with you. Win/win! This beautiful Silky Egg Stir Fry with Jumbo Shrimp is from the cookbook Asian Paleo authored by my friend and fellow food blogger ChihYu Smith!
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About The Book:

Creator of the popular food blog I Heart Umami, ChihYu Smith celebrates her Chinese and Taiwanese heritage and turns favorite Asian recipes into healthy, flavorful, Paleo, gluten-free, and low carb meals with no added sugar.

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  • 75 fresh and bold Asian-inspired recipes from China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and Beyond
  • All recipes are free from grains, gluten, refined sugar and other inflammatory ingredients
  • 75 full-color & full size photographs to accompany each recipe
  • PLUS meal prep plans with shopping lists and make ahead instructions
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And Just look how beautiful, fresh and light the food is!

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What I Loved About About The Recipe:

I can totally see why this dish is popular in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. It’s very quick to prep and cook, and while it has very few ingredients, it tastes fabulous! It can also be made without the shrimp for a simple silky egg and tomato stir fry. This simple stir fry tastes great served over cauliflower rice sautéed in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper for a satisfying low carb meal.

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The Recipe: Silky Egg Stir Fry with Jumbo Shrimp

Tips and what you need: a good non stick pan, a good knife, and the cookbook Asian Paleo!

5 from 10 votes
Silky Egg Stir Fry with Jumbo Shrimp
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
 

This dish is very popular in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China because it's very quick to prep and cook and tastes delicious! It can also be made without the shrimp for a simple silky egg and tomato stir fry. I love this recipe served over cauliflower rice sautéed in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper.

Course: dinner
Keyword: easy dinner recipe, eggs benedict, Paleo, shrimp, stir fry, whole30
Ingredients
  • 12 medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (about a 1/2 pound)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon course sea salt, plus a pinch
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 5-6 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot starch (a grain free substitute for corn starch)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 2 medium, firm tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • toasted sesame oil, for serving
  • Optional: serve over cauliflower rice cooked in olive oil with sea salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Blanche shrimp in boiling water until they turn pink and begin to curl, scoop them out, drain and set aside. (this will happen very quickly!)

  2. Place eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, white pepper, and 2 tablespoons chopped scallions in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the arrowroot starch with a little less than 1 tablespoon water and add to the egg mixture and gently whisk. Add the shrimp to egg mixture.

  3. Heat a skillet on med/high heat. Add 1 tablespoon ghee and lower heat to medium. Add the shrimp and egg mixture. Gently stir fry until eggs are about 70 percent cooked, similar to soft, runny, scrambled eggs. Scoop the mixture out of the pan and set aside

  4. Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon ghee to skillet, then add remaining 3-4 tablespoons scallions, the chopped tomatoes, and the tomato paste. Season with a small pinch of sea salt. Saute for 10 seconds, add eggs and shrimp back to pan and give a quick toss, about five seconds

  5. Serve over hot cauliflower rice, drizzle with toasted sesame oil, garnish with more scallions as desired.

 

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Spicy Salmon with Plum Salsa

If any recipe screams summer, it’s this Spicy Salmon with Plum Salsa. It has all the flavor, all the color, and all the fun you expect from a fabulous summer meal! Plus it’s Paleo and Whole30 compliant.
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Let’s Talk Fish Y’all!

1. It’s best not to buy fish wrapped in plastic. You should be able to smell the fish you are buying. I always buy mine from a fishmonger I trust. If he is handling it, cutting it etc… he will know if it’s not fresh.

2. Always buy fish the day you plan on making it, that way if your meal gets pushed back a day or two you can still use it.

3. When selecting fish always point to the piece you want. In stores the freshest fish is placed in the front of the window, closest to you, and the fish from the day before is placed in the back, closest to the fishmonger. So when you are looking at the fish closest to you and ask for it, he pulls it from the back. It doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with that fish from the day before, it’s just not the freshest…and you want the freshest.

4. I always recommend eating wild caught salmon. It’s just plain better for you, the fish and the environment!

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The Plum Salsa:

Plums are stone fruits. ‘Stone fruits’ have a thick flesh that surrounds a large single pit…think cherries, plums, nectarines, peaches, apricots etc. Stone fruits are known to be high in cancer fighting properties such as phenols, vitamin B17 and vitamin C. So take advantage of their healthful properties while they are in season and eat them as is, or add them to oatmeal, cereal and salads, and in this case salsa! In this salsa I use red plums, yellow bell pepper, onion, lime juice, cilantro (or parsley) and jalapeño.

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Learn to Work with Hot Peppers:

This salsa gets it’s heat from jalapeño chili. If you aren’t sure how to safely work with hot peppers, well, do yourself a favor and learn by clicking here:

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The Spicy Salmon:

This wild caught salmon is brushed with olive oil and spices: cumin, paprika, coriander, garlic and cayenne pepper and then broiled to perfection in minutes! So easy, delicious, and loaded with protein and healthy fats! You can serve the salmon with the salsa alone, or on a bed of cauliflower rice, traditional rice or quinoa. Need more Healthy Salmon Recipes? <—click!

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The Recipe: Spicy Salmon with Plum Salsa

Tips and what you need: a good knife and if you aren’t sure how to safely work with hot peppers, click here!

5 from 9 votes
Spicy Salmon with Plum Salsa
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
 

This salmon is brushed with olive oil and spices pepper, then broiled to perfection in minutes! You can serve the salmon with the salsa alone, or on a bed of cauliflower rice, traditional rice or quinoa.

Course: dinner
Keyword: #easy dinner, Paleo, plum salsa, salmon, whole30
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
Salsa:
  • 1 cup red plums, diced (1/4")
  • 1/4 cup sweet white onion, diced small
  • 1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, diced small
  • 1-3 teaspoons jalapeno chili pepper, minced (use as much as you wish!)
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro or parsley, chopped Note: some people have an aversion to cilantro, if that's you, use parsley!
  • sea salt
For Salmon:
  • 1 1/2 pounds salmon filets, center cut (4 filets, 6oz each)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if you are sensitive to heat use 1/4t)
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
Optional: serve over cauliflower rice, rice, or quinoa if desired
Instructions
For Salsa:
  1. Prep all ingredients and toss together, set aside. Note: use as much or as little jalapeno as you wish. 1 teaspoon will be mild, 2 teaspoons will be medium, 3 will be somewhat hot

For Salmon:
  1. Preheat broiler and place oven rack in center. While broiler heats prep oil and spices

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and spices.

  3. Place salmon on broiler pan (to keep clean up easy, line the inside of broiler pan with foil or parchment paper) Brush salmon with spice/olive oil mixture.

  4. When oven is ready, set broiler pan into oven and cook salmon for 5-6 minutes, then turn down heat to 425 and cook 2 more minutes. Remove salmon and allow to rest for 3 minutes

  5. Top salmon with plum salsa. Serve over cauliflower rice or white rice

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