Prosciutto and Brie Panzanella with Cornichons

Prosciutto and Brie Panzanella with Cornichon
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Spring has finally arrived in earnest. And in true Ontarian fashion, we’ve skipped spring and have gone straight to summer. Well, not quite. I’m sure we’ll take a quick dip back into depressing temperatures before summer truly arrives. But for the time being, my fellow Torontonians and I are enjoying plus 20°C weather as only sun-starved Canadians can. Pouring ourselves onto packed patios in deeply seasonally-confused outfits. As for me, this surprisingly hospitable weather has inspired some intense salad cravings. I know, not what you’ve come to expect from me. To be fair, I’m craving salads like today’s Prosciutto and Brie Panzanella, so I’m not completely off-brand here.

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Carne Asada Salad with Pickled Radish

Carne Asada Salad with Pickled Radish
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Believe it or not, I didn’t actually intend to post this Carne Asada Salad on Cinco de Mayo. Things in my calendar shifted and this dish, serendipitously, landed on May 5th. I don’t generally pay that much attention to Cinco de Mayo. I suppose because it really isn’t a thing here in Canada. Sure, you’ll see the odd margarita or Corona special. But for the most part, the day seems to pass largely unmarked. But I love Mexican food, so any excuse to make it is a good excuse in my books. So let’s tackle this wildly vibrant Carne Asada Salad.

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Chorizo Kale Salad with Fingerling Potatoes

Chorizo Kale Salad with Fingerling Potatoes
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Salads rarely inspire backflips. At least that is my experience. I know there are people who adore salads and I am so happy for them. But I am sadly not one of them. But I do believe in the virtues of frequently munching on leafy greens. So when my body starts screaming for spinach and/or kale, I keep my tastebuds happy by adding a hefty dose of either cheese, nuts, meats, or carbs. I rarely put all four into a single salad because that sort of defeats the purpose of having a salad. But in the case of today’s Chorizo Kale Salad with Fingerling Potatoes I pulled meat and potatoes off of the bench and unsurprisingly they took the baby kale base to a whole new level. The chimichurri dressing certainly didn’t hurt either.

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Chickpea Pita Salad with Sweet & Sour Date Vinaigrette

Chickpea Pita Salad with Sweet & Sour Date Vinaigrette

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It’s been a week. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you why? I’m sure your stress levels are also high and your spirits low. But hey, we’re surviving even if we’re not necessarily thriving. I’m not ashamed to say I’ve leaned on comfort food quite a lot this past week. I submit my previous post for Chili Fries as evidence of this. So, as this emotionally draining week drew to a close, I actually found myself craving a salad. And I’m pleased to say, this Chickpea Pita Salad with Sweet and Sour Date Vinaigrette was exactly what my overwrought nervous system wanted and needed.

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