Being single makes cooking a bit tedious at times. Don't get me wrong, I love leftovers for one meal, I just dont like eating them for a week straight. So Camille Funk, who lives in my neighborhood, came up with this fun idea for a cookbook called Table For One, where all the recipes are made for one portion size. There are lots of fabulous looking recipes in there, however, the only one I have tried is this Apple Balsamic Salad. I cant say enough good things about it. I did add a few more things the second time I made this, like cucumbers and green onions, and I used baby portobellos which i prefer. But its a easy recipe and the dressing is rather tasty. Sometimes I make the dressing sugar free by using Agave Maple flavored syrup. I made this with the butternut squash soup. It was a very tasty meal!
Apple Balsamic Salad
1 ½ Tbsp. toasted pine nuts
1 strip of bacon
2 handfuls red leaf romaine lettace
¼ c. Mushrooms, chopped
¼ cup granny smith apples, chopped
2 Tbsp. Grapes, chopped
2 Tbsp. canned beets, chopped
2. Tbsp feta cheese (but I used chevere cheese)
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. maple syrup or brown sugar
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
Dash of salt and pepper
1.Place pine nuts on a small baking sheet and broil for 1-2 min on each side, until toasted.
2.Cook bacon in a small skillet until lightly browned, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from skillet and let cool. Pat down bacon with paper towel to remove excess grease. Crumble.
3.Toss together contents of salad in a medium bowl or on a plate.
4.Mix contents of vinaigrette in a small cup. Stir well and toss with salad.