Chef Mary and “Living Inspired” host, Karen Shayne, team up in the kitchen for a light, healthy vegetable salad.  Anything goes in your kitchen with these two!  Check out more on New Focus Network today!

 

Garden Vegetable Salad w/ Lemon Vinaigrette

This is one of my favorite salads! It is a delicious and colorful salad perfect for any meal, especially a picnic. Super healthy served over a bed of arugula and paired with grilled salmon or chicken.

 

1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in half

1 sweet pepper, seeded and large dice

1/2 cup red onion, chopped

2 scallions, chopped

1 English cucumber, sliced

1 cup celery, chopped

1 14 ounce can whole artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon capers

½ cup Kalamata olives, pitted and cut in half

¼ cup fresh basil, chopped

Vinaigrette

1 shallot coarsely chopped

2 garlic clove

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup champagne vinaigrette

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon thyme

2 teaspoons capers

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 – 2 tablespoon honey (depending on your taste)

1 cup olive oil or sunflower

8 – 10 leaves fresh basil, chiffonade

In a medium bowl add all the salad ingredients.  Set aside while you prepare the vinaigrette.

In a blender add vinaigrette ingredients, except for oil. Blend till smooth, and slowly add the oil in a stream till it has emulsified. Makes 2 cups.

Pour some of the vinaigrette over the salad and stir to coat.  Marinade in refrigerator 1 hour. Add the basil just before serving.

 

 

 

 

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For me, providing delicious food and cooking excitement is a labor of love. On my journey through life I too was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. Faced with the greatest challenges of my life I chose to depend on the love and support of family and friends. I am honored to be apart of NOU Magazine and look forward to sharing the importance of enjoying a healthy diet with wholesome foods, and what it means to take care of yourself. Culinary blessings! Mary