Lentil Salad with Arugula and Grapes

Lentil Salad with Arugula and Grapes
  • 1 cup French lentils (washed, picked through)
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 scallions (thinly sliced on bias)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
to assemble
  • 1 container baby arugula (5-ounce box)
  • 2 cups red grapes (halved)
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • In a medium saucepan add the lentils and stock, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Par-boil the lentils and simmer about 15-20 minutes. Remove lentils from the saucepan and spread them onto a baking sheet, drizzle them with olive oil, and bake in the oven for another 10 minutes until crispy but tender.
  • Remove to a bowl and allow to cool until slightly warmer than room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette. In a small bowl add the red wine vinegar and olive oil and whisk to combine. Add scallions, season with salt and pepper and whisk to combine. Drizzle over the lentils and toss to combine.
  • Add the arugula and grapes and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
  • Tip: Par-boiling is the perfect way to prep lentils a day in advance. When ready to serve, crisp the lentils in the oven and serve.

Nancy Silverton’s Best Fall Salad

  1. salad6 slices of thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon (OMIT)
  2. 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  3. 1 tablespoon hazelnut or canola oil
  4. Kosher salt
  5. Pepper
  6. 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  7. 1/4 cup minced shallots
  8. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  9. 1 teaspoon sugar
  10. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  11. Light green leaves from 2 small heads of Bibb lettuce
  12. 1/2 cup Concord grapes, halved and seeded
  13. 4 ounces Gorgonzola dolce, crumbled
  14. Snipped chives, for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. On a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet, bake the bacon for about 17 minutes, turning once, until browned but still chewy. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain, then cut into 1-inch pieces. Leave the oven on.
  2. Meanwhile, spread the hazelnuts in a pie plate and bake for about 12 minutes, until lightly browned and the skins start to crack. Transfer the hazelnuts to a clean kitchen towel and rub them together to remove the skins; let cool. Coarsely chop the hazelnuts and transfer to a small bowl. Stir in the hazelnut oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the sherry vinegar with the minced shallots, lemon juice and sugar. Gradually whisk in the olive oil until incorporated. Season the shallot vinaigrette with salt and pepper.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the lettuce leaves with 1/4 cup of the shallot vinaigrette and season lightly with salt and pepper. On a serving platter or plates, layer the lettuce leaves with the bacon pieces, chopped hazelnuts, Concord grapes and Gorgonzola dolce. Garnish with snipped chives and serve, passing the remaining shallot vinaigrette at the table.


Red Raspberry Spinach Salad, Phyllis Keating

1/2 cup raspberry jam
1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

5 oz baby spinach, chopped
1 romaine heart, chopped
1 cup red grapes, halved
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 pear, sliced
4 oz fresh raspberries
2.5 oz crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup shelled pistachios, chopped

Make the Dressing:
Combine the jam and the vinegar in a blender and pulse until combined. With the blender running, stream in the vegetable oil. Alternately, combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake until completely combined.

Make the Salad:
Combine the spinach, romaine, grapes, cranberries, pear and raspberries in a large bowl and toss to combine. Sprinkle the blue cheese and pistachios on top. Serve with the raspberry vinaigrette.

Classic Chicken and Grape Salad

Always a hit! Serves 8-10


  • 3 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, poached and cooled to room temperature.
  • 5 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups seedless green grapes, cut in half
  • 1 1/2 t. dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 t garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups (or less, as needed) Hellmann’s mayonnaise use much less
  • slivered almonds


  • Use un-chicken, cut up (Cut the chicken breasts in 3/4 – 1″ chunks)

  • Toss the un-chicken, celery, and grapes together in a large bowl. Season with the thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Bind the salad with the mayonnaise. You want to use enough to make the salad moist and creamy.

  • Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

Source: Nantucket Open House Cookbook

Orange Pecan Wild Rice Ina Garten

1 cup wild rice
1 1/4 cups veggie stock
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
kosher salt
1 cup green seedless grape, halved
1/2 cup scallion, sliced in rounds, white and light green parts (2 scallions)
1 cup pecan halves, toasted and coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Place the rice, chicken stock, 1 1/4 cups water, 1 tablespoon butter, and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover the pot and lower the heat to simmer ( she pulls the pan halfway off the burner) and cook for about 1 hour, until the rice is tender and the grains begin to burst open. Stir the rice occasionally while it’s cooking, scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent it from sticking. Turn off the heat, and allow the rice to steam for about 5 minutes.

Stir the remaining tablespoon of butter into the rice, then add the grapes, scallions, pecans, orange zest, orange juice, 1 teaspoon salt and the pepper and toss. Taste for seasonings and serve hot.