Ode to Wine Country
I call this “Ode to Wine Country” because it’s a beautiful salad of arugula and spinach, figs poached in Moscato, globe grapes, walnuts, chicken and a Moscato dressing with a hint of rosemary. These are the some of the flavors found in wine country.
This salad comes together in about 10 minutes but tastes like a salad you’d get in an upscale restaurant. It is healthy and practically effortless.
My husband and I have both been losing weight recently- he’s down 20 pounds and I’ve shed 10- so we’re eating a lot of salads!,
Salad can get boring after awhile, but this one will keep us coming back for more.
Tip: If you don’t regularly drink Moscato, buy one of the airplane-size bottles for the recipe.
2/3 cup inexpensive Moscato (you’re using it to poach, so it doesn’t need to be an expensive bottle)
6 dried figs
4 cups mixed arugula and spinach mix (you can also substitute a spring mix of greens)
12 globe grapes
12 walnut halves
1 1/2 tablespoons minced red onion
2/3 cup chopped rotisserie chicken
2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
6 teaspoons Moscato liquid reserved from poaching
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
¼ teaspoon honey
Goat cheese crumbles (optional)
Place Moscato in a small pot and turn the heat on to medium. While it heats, slice figs in half and set aside.
Next, divide the greens between two plates. Rinse the grapes off and slice in half. Divide the grapes and walnuts evenly between the plates. Next, chop the onion and chicken and divide that between the plates.
By now, your Moscato should be bubbling. Add the figs and poach for 3 minutes. Remove figs immediately, but reserve the Moscato liquid.
In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, 6 tablespoons of the Moscato liquid, rosemary and honey. Pour over salad and toss thoroughly. If desired, add goat cheese.
Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.