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Mediterranean Spinach Salad with Artichokes and Capers

by Permanent Posies on October 17, 2011

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I don’t normally write down a salad recipe and therefore, it is hard to post one on a blog.  But my husband and I have a very favorite salad that I call “the go to salad”.

To begin with, you have to purchase some things from Costco.  These are some of my favorite things and I use them in everything.  You might say they are luxury items and you could live without them.  You might say that they are too expensive, but I am here to say that if you purchase these items, you will make them work in so many dishes that it will be worth the extra expense.  Also, if you are a foodie, like me, you will feel like you are eating a treat every time….for little added calories.

Here are my Costco musts haves:
Marinated Artichoke Hearts
Jalapeño and Garlic Stuffed Giant Green Olives
Kirkland’s Pecorino Romano Cheese (big chunk)…not pictured
(Dressing not bought at Costco)


If you have a giant jar of artichoke hearts in your refrigerator, you will eat one on every salad and they make a ho hum salad into a tasty treat.  Also, chicken paired with artichokes in a lemon butter sauce over pasta is delicious.  Add capers to that and you have my version of Lemon Chicken Piccata.  If you check out that recipe, you will see that I made that before I discovered the very large and cost effective way of buying those ingredients from Costco.

We discovered this combination of flavors one night simply by accident.  You know how it is.  You open the frig and start pulling out anything that might be good in a salad.  For some reason that night, my husband was making the salad.  This is not a common occurrence but you can bet if he is fixing something for dinner, it is because I am not there or had a really stressful day and didn’t get home until late…you get the picture.  But it is not to say that he cannot cook because he does a great job when he does.  Every since that night, we have made the same salad over and over because it just really went well together.  It reminds me of the Blue Cheese, Walnut and Pear salad.  The flavors just work together.

Ok….ok….here it is.


6 cups of fresh baby spinach
1/3 large red bell pepper
1/4 large onion
2 tbsp capers
4 jalepeno and garlic stuffed giant olives
6 quarters marinated artichoke hearts (first washing off the oil)
2-4 tbsp fresh Pecorino Romano Cheese (cut in slivers)
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
2-3 tbsp Brianna Homestyle Asiago Caesar Dressing (This is a must for the flavor!!)

One thing that we do (and you will get big chunks of crunchy goodness) is to keep the pepper and onions in slices instead of chops.


The same thing is true of the cheese.  If all you have is grated Parmesan, I am sure it would be good but not nearly as good as slicing off some Pecorino Romano from Costco.  It is sort of salty and low in calories.  I have used it almost daily since I bought it a month ago….even if just a bite.  My son used it in the Captain’s Pecorino Romano Chicken posted a couple of weeks ago.




This is my recipe for Tuesday’s Tasty Tidbits and Grocery Shop for Free.  I am thrilled to still be a part of her weekly website.  Check her out for some great tips on how to get things for free or at discounted prices.  Please link up below your recipe, food information, cooking supplies, cookbook reviews, food crafts or anything you want……I don’t even care if there is food in it…hah.  I am really just so thrilled to have you participate.   

We had a lot more hopping going on at Tuesday’s Tasty Tidbits this week.  Thank you for jumping around and checking out the recipes and great food information.  The most visited entry (which was #34) was to a blog called Whole.New.Mom.  She loves to talk about saving money, saving time and saving the environment.  Her post was called DIY Plastic Wrap Substitute.  Check it out, when you get a chance.  Such an easy idea!

Saran Wrap

The second most visited blog entry was to a blog called Vanessa Morgan.  Her entry was about Halloween Pumpkin Drinks.  I loved it too.

Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily October 17, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Looks amazing! I’ve pinned it on my pinterest. Yumm-o!

I’m all linked up with a monogrammed pumpkin. It’s on my porch, but would totally work as part of a tablescape!

Jill October 17, 2011 at 8:25 PM

I shared my GF DF pizza crust and a video for making GF crepes as well as an article about the important Rodale Institute research comparing organic ag to conventional ag.

Mary Lenaburg October 17, 2011 at 9:49 PM

This looks so good and so healthy! I will add it to my rotation. Thanks for sharing and hosting this week!

Miz Helen October 18, 2011 at 7:59 AM

Your Salad looks delicious I just love the combination. Thanks for hosting today and hope you have a great week!
Miz Helen

Michelle October 18, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Thanks for hosting!  I’m now following you on Pinterest. 

Heather October 18, 2011 at 11:23 AM

This recipe looks amazing!  I love artichoke hearts…and olives…and cheese…well, perhaps it is anything salty that makes my mouth water!  Thanks for sharing!

Where Nothing Good Comes Easy October 18, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Looks yummy!  I’m linking up for the first time this week.  I’m your newest follower and would love for you to follow back :)

Lilbartone October 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM

What an amazing salad!! Well done :) , Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Anonymous October 19, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Everybody needs a go-to salad! this one looks incredible!

BriannaGail October 20, 2011 at 8:51 PM

I must say that the dressing I LOVE
It has the same name as me! ;)
stop by for a visit!!!!

Krazyblondeone October 22, 2011 at 1:05 AM

Looks delish.
Thanks for sharing with us at Simply Delish SaturdayI’ll be back shortly to link up.

Miz Helen October 22, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon!
Miz Helen

Anonymous October 23, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Just wanted to swing by and let you know that I featured your project tonight on Motivated Monday at BeColorful.Pam

Jennifer October 25, 2011 at 2:10 AM

Sounds and looks yummy! I’ll have to remember the artichoke heart trick!
Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

Kindra October 25, 2011 at 12:07 PM

I featured your yummy salad on this week’s Terrific Under Ten!

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