So I guess this could've been a good post for when gift giving was still on people's mind, like during the holidays or even Valentine's Day, as the title of this post clearly alludes to the infamous Dick in a box sketch. But seriously, what's not to love about salad in a box? I like throwing them together for my 6-9pm course on Wednesday nights when I only have half an hour to get ready, and there's no way to heat up my dinner there.
The first salad is garlic shrimp (I know, I know, the garlic is burnt...) with avocado on a hidden bed of grapefruit and spinach. It's inspired by a recipe in my copy of The Cook's Encyclopedia of Four Ingredient Cooking by Joanna Farrow. It called for a dressing made of chili oil, but since I didn't have any on hand, I dressed it with lemon juice and olive oil, plus a liberal sprinkling of pepper.
The second salad is a creation I'm more proud of--I made it for myself on Valentine's Day :) Roasted beet with blood orange, again on a hidden bed of grapefruit and spinach, and topped with shaved romano (poor student's parmesan) and walnuts for flavour and texture contrast. I made a very yummy citrus vinaigrette for it; it starts off sweet, and then the balsamic vinegar just sort of hits you in the back of the throat:
**Note that not all labelled "special diets" refer to both recipes
Mix in a small bowl until honey dissolved.
- 1 part orange zest
- 1 part balsamic vinegar
- 2 parts olive oil
- 1 part honey