A bright and fresh salad loaded with anti-oxidants from the dark leafy spinach and the blackberries, along with a dose of decadent flavor in the grilled pork, this salad is a filling, fresh, fruity, and relatively low-fat entree for one.
As a food blogger I often feel compelled to write recipes featuring dishes created from scratch. Now, I don't mean "from scratch" as in "not from a box." I mean fresh, new, everything was chopped, prepped, cooked, and finished today. The reality is I, like many of us, eat leftovers quite often. In fact, more often than not as someone who works two-thirds of my time from home I am not only eating leftovers, I am eating leftovers for one.
The trick to spinning shiny, fresh gold from yesterday's hay is to let your mind wander so that it peers beyond last night's plate and into today's possibilities. I am apparently so skilled in this particular alchemy that I once earned the moniker Queen of Leftovers for my ability to transform an otherwise insipid array of leftovers into a completely new and inspired meal. This salad was created using a leftover piece of grilled pork loin and grilled asparagus from dinner the night before, along with some of the blackberry sauce I made to go with this pork belly, combined with enough fresh and flavorful new ingredients to make me feel like I was enjoying a made-to-order meal.
Grilled Pork and Spinach Salad with Blackberries ~ serves 1
1.5 oz raw baby spinach
2.5 oz grilled asparagus
.75 oz blackberry vinegar sauce
3.5 oz grilled pork, cubed
2 oz fresh blackberries
.25 oz slivered almonds, raw or toasted
salt & pepper to taste
Cube pork and asparagus and toss with the blackberry vinegar sauce. Arrange baby spinach on a plate and top with pork, asparagus, blackberries and almonds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve.
Um... yeah. That's it. Done and done.
This salad is so good I would definitely make it fresh; particularly for a summer cookout or potluck. But you know what I like best about leftovers? Lunch is ready faster than you can say Rumplestiltskin!