During these cold, wintery months, it can be hard to get excited to eat a cold salad. That’s where this recipe comes in!
Developed with award-winning chef Gabe Kennedy, our Warm Shiitake and Pine Nut Salad is the cure for your winter blues. This salad is the perfect cold-weather salad – it’s warming, delicious, and hearty enough to keep you feeling fuller longer.
The nutritional stars of this recipe are the shiitake mushrooms – these unassuming fungi are packed with superfood properties. They’re high in B vitamins and contain all 8 essential amino acids. They also help support immune function, can aid in weight loss, and contain phytonutrients that support cardiovascular health.
The other stars of this salad are the amazing flavors! The balsamic vinegar provides a lovely sweetness, the pine nuts add the perfect amount of crunch, and the arugula adds a sour tanginess – all combining to create a flavor profile that is earthy, grounding, and comforting.
We hope you enjoy this delicious warm winter salad! It’s hearty and filling enough to be enjoyed as is, but can be paired with grilled chicken breast, salmon, quinoa, or wild rice as desired.
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Jo & Jules
Warm Shiitake and Pine Nut Salad
Yield: 8 servings
- 6 large handfuls arugula
- 2 cup Shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 2 TB olive oil
- 1 shallot, minced
- ½ red onion, minced
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 TB honey
- Juice of ½ lemon
- ¼ cup pine nuts
- 2 TB fresh chives
In a sauté pan over medium heat, add 1 TB olive oil, and once hot add the mushrooms. Let sit for 90 seconds and then remove from the pan.
In the same pan add shallot and red onion and sweat for a minute. Next add the balsamic vinegar and honey, and reduce until it’s a light glaze. Add the mushrooms, pine nuts and remaining 1 TB olive oil back to the pan, season with salt, pepper, lemon and chives. Lightly toss the mushrooms with arugula and taste. The arugula should wilt slightly from the heat of the mushrooms.
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A few members of my family snub anything with mushrooms in it. Last week, I made this warm salad and all five of us LOVED it. Absolutely delicious. It’s on queue for this week, as well. Thanks ladies!
Hi Rebecca, Yay! We love hearing that. Thank you for sharing! And yay to your family for trying it though they typically don’t like mushrooms. XO, J&J