When we think of comfort food we don’t usually think of salad. But when a salad is warm, filling and topped with a few slices of freshly shaved Parmesan it can be very comforting indeed! This The Organic Kitchen Grilled Veggie Salad!
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The Grilled Veggie Salad garnished with shaved parmesan, set on a decorative white plate

 

The Organic Kitchen Grilled Veggie Salad:

Notice the zucchini, the asparagus, the caramelized shallots, red peppers and artichoke hearts, so many vegetables! And we place those vegetables on top of even more vegetables, leafy greens and spinach.This salad is so good for you and filling enough to be a meal all by itself! The Key to making this salad is getting the veggies just right.

A black frying pan filled with vegetables to be used in The Organic Kitchen Grilled Veggie Salad

How to Do it:

Cook the vegetables that take a little longer first, and then add the others only cooking until the edges are brown but the vegetables are still crispy…nothing worse than wimpy vegetables.

A blond woman at the cooktop grilled vegetables to be used in Grilled Veggie Salad from The Organic Kitchen

 

The Dressing:

We dress all these vegetables with a traditional balsamic vinaigrette with just a hint of Dijon. Always use a good quality extra virgin olive oil for healthy fats and an aged balsamic vinegar when making a traditional vinaigrette. When a dressing has so few ingredients, it’s important that these ingredients be top notch. Then finish with best sea salt in the world.

 

Once our salad is assembled and dressed, we top it with freshly shaved Parmesan. I use a ‘y’ peeler for this job. It’s the same tool I use to peel butternut squash. Of course you can skip the Parmesan to make this recipe dairy free. Simply gorgeous and so good for you!

The Organic Kitchen Grilled Veggie Salad on a white plate with a bottle of Balsamic vinaigrette in the background

The Recipe: The Organic Kitchen Grilled Veggie Salad

The Organic Kitchen Grilled Veggie Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A warm, hearty salad that feels a lot like comfort food!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food, easy lunch recipe, light recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
Salad:
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil, Clarified butter, ghee or butter
  • 5 oz bag baby greens
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 large shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cob of corn, kernels removed (if living grain free omit corn)
  • ½ of one orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 6 artichoke hearts packed in water, cut in half
  • 10 asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, shaved
Dressing:
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • pinch sea salt pinch
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Instructions
For Salad:
  1. Press artichoke hearts between papers towels to remove excess water, cut in half and set aside. Add 2 T butter clarified butter or coconut oil to large frying pan on med heat.
  2. Add shallot and bell pepper to pan.
  3. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally then turn heat to med/high and add asparagus and artichoke hearts.
  4. Sauté for 3 more minutes, then add corn and zucchini.
  5. Stir and continue cooking till edges of vegetables turn brown, lightly salt and pepper.
  6. Turn off heat. Allow to cool till slightly warm and place on top of bed of baby greens.
  7. Add diced tomatoes. Lightly dress, toss.
  8. Place on individual salad plates, top with shaved Parmesan cheese (optional).
For dressing:
  1. Place all ingredients in lidded container, shake or whisk till emulsified. Save for up to three weeks in fridge.

 

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