Saturday, January 16, 2010

Garlicky Nutty Spinach Salad

Spinach contains magnesium, a mineral with calming effects, and folic acid, which can help prevent depression. So eat your spinach and get happy!


  • 6 oz (or one bag) organic spinach, washed and de-stemmed

  • 1 head garlic (yep, a whole head - that's about 10 cloves)

  • 1 cup pine nuts

  • vegetarian/imitation bacon bits to taste (about 1/4 cup)

  • 1 TBS coconut oil (for roasting garlic)

  • for dressing, mix together:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (juice of one lemon)


  • Roast garlic. Place whole, unpeeled head of garlic in ceramic dish and drizzle with cooking oil. Place in 250 degree oven for 15-20 mins. - or until your entire house smells like garlic. I know your grandma roasted garlic by wrapping it in aluminum foil, but don't you do it. Garlic comes in its own wrapper - perfect for roasting - as is. No need to wrap it in anything.

  • Reserve 1 or 2 cloves of RAW garlic - Do not roast.

  • Toast pine nuts (either on the stove, in a non-stick pan, or by placing them in with the garlic) until golden-brown.

  • Place washed spinach into serving bowl.

  • When garlic is soft, remove from oven and let it cool a bit. Then, squeeze softened cloves out of their skins, onto spinach. (I've burned my fingers many times doing this - so observe the "let it cool" part.)

  • Sprinkle still-warm pine nuts onto spinach (if they wilt the spinach a bit, all the better.)

  • Add imitation bacon bits (or okay, the real thing, if you MUST.)

  • Add olive oil-lemon dressing, the reserved raw garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.

  • Serve immediately, and eat it ALL. (It doesn't save well.)

Garlic Facts:

  • Studies show that people who eat garlic regularly have a lower rate of stomach and colon cancer.

  • Garlic has been proven to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.

  • Eleanor Roosevelt attributed her excellent memory to eating three cloves of garlic per day. (Nobody said it'd make you beautiful - just smart.)

  • Garlic is a nervine (calming agent.)

  • Garlic kills yeast, fungus, and bacteria.

  • Eating lemon eliminates garlic breath.

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