Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Recipe Recreation: Mediterranean Veggie Wrap and Strawberry Spinach Salad

One of my favorite lunch spots in the Twin Cities is Kafe 421, a Greek restaurant that features a variety of healthy sandwiches, salads, pastas and Mediterranean entrees. Last week while having lunch with my friend Meredith I had a meal that I can't get out of my head- a Mediterranean veggie wrap with a strawberry spinach salad. The meal was vegetarian, healthy and delicious! I've created the recipes below based on this meal. They would make a perfect light dinner or healthy lunch!

Mediterranean Veggie Wrap
Creamy hummus and crunchy veggies wrapped up in a fresh tortilla. 
Serves 1

One large flour tortilla
1/4 c prepared hummus (more info below)
1/4 c prepared babaganoush, optional (more info below)
1/4 c fresh spinach leaves
2 slices cucumber
2 slices tomato
4 slivers red onion
1/4 sliced green pepper
1/8 c sprouts, optional

Spread hummus on one half of wrap and babaganoush on other half. Pile fresh veggies in the center, and roll up wrap as you would a burrito. Slice in half and serve.

About hummus: Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip or spread made from mashed chickpeas. It is commonly found in grocery store refrigerated sections. Or, to make it at home, try this recipe:

About babaganoush: Babaganoush is a Middle Eastern dip or spread made from roasted eggplant. You can find it in some specialty grocery stores, such as Trader Joe's. Or, you can make it at home, as it uses many of the same ingredients as hummus. Recipe:

Strawberry Spinach Salad
Baby spinach topped with sweet strawberries, tart pears, candied walnuts and blue cheese. 
Serves 1

2 c baby spinach leaves
5 ripe strawberries, sliced
1/2 pear, sliced
2 oz blue cheese
1/4 c walnuts, candied if available
1 tblsp dried cranberries
3 tblsp vinaigrette salad dressing (I like Ken's Steakhouse light raspberry walnut vinaigrette) 

Combine ingredients and toss with vinaigrette of choice. Serve immediately.

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