Special Diet - Created Date : 29.8.2019

Salad and Charcuterie Board Dinner for Two!

Salad and Charcuterie Board Dinner for Two!



Salad and Charcuterie Board Dinner for Two!

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 for Two. 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!(This post contains affiliate links off which I may make a commission, your price remains the same.)

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.

The Salad:

A lovely, light and slightly sweet salad comprised of greens, caramelized nuts, apples and feta dressed with a light, lemony and slightly sweet 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!

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. What to do with that extra Prosciutto??? Use it in this amazing salad!

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 spread on sliced warm grilled baguette it is heavenly.

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.

Your choices of cheeses, I used a Spanish Tapas mix of Manchega, Cabra al Vino and Iberico wedges and slices of aged gouda

4ouncessoft goat cheese

3tablespoonfig spread

marcona almonds

Instructions

Set out tray, board or platter

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

Grill bread until golden and crispy, set aside

Place greens, pecans, apples and feta in a bowl

Whisk together salad dressing ingredients, set aside

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

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

Share right off the platter!

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What’s not to LOVE about this gorgeous presentation? Whether as an appetizer or a light meal….SO many possibilities. Definitely a favourite at the cottage in summertime too…No clean up as you mentioned.. Just assemble and enjoy!! Pics fabulous as always!

[…] If you aren’t, you may want to get that checked. This is the perfect meal after a day of hard work, hard play…or hard napping. And if love easy platter meals, you may want to check out my Salad and Charcuterie Platter for Two. […]

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We’ve spent all our adult lives raising a large family. Now that all six kids are gone, we are empty nesters, enjoying the freedom but adjusting to cooking for two! So whether you are newlyweds, roommates or empty nesters, we’re here to help you keep the spark alive, eat delicious meals and enjoy each other’s company in the most fun & savory way possible. Because the couple that cooks together, stays together! Contact us at [email protected]

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Microwave cooking and nutrition

Are microwaves bad for your health? Almost every American house has a microwave. The convenience they offer is undeniable. However, despite the widespread use of microwave ovens and excellent safety recordings, some people suspect that cooking microwaved food makes it somewhat less healthy by removing foods from eating. Do you cook with microwave? Are microwave foods healthy?

How does microwave cooking work?

Understanding how microwave ovens work can help clarify the answers to these general questions. Microwave ovens cook food similar to radio waves but using shorter energy waves. These waves are highly selective, mainly affecting water and other electrically asymmetrical molecules - one end is positively charged and the other is negatively charged. Microwave ovens cause these molecules to vibrate and rapidly generate thermal (heat) energy.

Are microwaves safe to cook?

Some foods, when they are exposed to heat, from a microwave oven or a normal oven, are broken down. Vitamin C is perhaps the most clear example. However, since microwave cooking times are shorter, cooking with microwave does a better job of preserving vitamin C and other nutrients that are decomposed when heated.

When going to the vegetables, cooking in water takes some of the nutritional values ??because the nutrients flow into the cooking water. For example, boiled broccoli loses glycosinolate, a sulfur-containing compound that can give vegetables the ability to fight against cancer (and many find it distinctive and some find it disgusting). Steaming vegetables - even steaming microwave - is it better? In some ways, yes. For example, steamed broccoli holds more glucosinolate than boiled or fried broccoli.

Are microwaves bad for your health?

The method of cooking, which keeps the nutrients in the best way, is a method that quickly heats, warms food and uses as little liquid as possible. The microwave meets these criteria. Using the microwave with a small amount of water evaporates food from the inside out. It contains more vitamins and minerals than almost all other cooking methods and shows that microwave foods can be really healthy.

But let's not get lost in details. Vegetables are good for you in any way you prepare, and most of us don't eat enough. Is the microwave oven good or bad? Microwave is an engineering wonder, a miracle of convenience - and sometimes advantageous in feeding.

Learn more about safe microwave cooking. See. "Microwave food in plastic: Is it dangerous or not?"


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