Warm Spinach Salad
The Mr. was away on business this week, which left me eating grilled cheese sandwiches and carrot sticks with the kiddos all week. Needless to say I was ready for some “grown up” food by the time the weekend hit.
This salad is so delicious, and it’s hearty enough for an entree. The recipe actually calls to add grilled chicken on top but I totally forgot to buy chicken at the grocery store didn’t, um, feel like chicken…
This recipe is from one of my favorite restaurants from when we used to live over in Ann Arbor. It’s called the Common Grill. We only lived there about 6 months (in which time we purchased, gutted, remodeled, and sold a house just as the last coat of paint was drying, but that’s a story for another day! Ooh maybe I’ll do a before and after post about it hmmm…), but I think we ate at the Common Grill at least 10 times! Luckily for me (and you) the Chef has written 2 amazing cookbooks so I can make some of my favorite dishes at home.
I modified this recipe a bit so I could make it for just the hubby and I. I’m not gonna lie this is a little more labor intensive than your average salad, but it’s worth it.
1st make the goat cheese fritters
Then caramelize the pears.
This was another great “Date Night In” meal but what I’m really excited to share with you is the amazing dessert I made to go with…hope you come back later in the week to check it out (although you may want to hit the gym now, it’s not exactly low cal :) )!
And if you are anywhere near Chelsea MI you have to try the Common Grill, it’s sooooo good. Or check out their website where you can order one of their fantastic cookbooks! (the recipe this was based on is in “Return to the Common Grill”)
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I used to order a salad JUST like this at a restaraunt in Chicago when we lived there. Except with chicken…:) I loved it and still think about it but never took the time to figure out the recipe myself. Thanks to you, I don’t have to!
It does look time consuming, like a “wait for the kids to go to sleep and enjoy” type of occasion.
This looks better then restaurant salads. It looks awesome.
That looks to die for! Ohhh Id love me a plate of that, SO going to make it! ;)
Oh my goodness..that looks INCREDIBLE! Adding it to the menu for next week! Thanks for sharing! XO, Aimee
Oh my gosh — YUM! My stomach is rumbling right now. Goat cheese fritters? Yes. Bacon dressing. Oh yes. Pears. Mmmmm…yes! Lol. Thanks so much for posting this, Kelly. I’m off to the kitchen!
Hi Kelly, I have been thinking on that post you said only twelve people read your blog. I bet that is not true. I started following you after I read about this blog at Ella Claire inspired. I just wanted to say that it is awesome that you decided to start a blog and is actually keeping up with it. Your posts are really cool and your house is beautiful.
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