Saturday, July 28, 2007

spanish spinach salad

Made the most delicious salad tonight for dinner:

cherry tomatoes
serrano ham - four slices or so sliced very thin
fresh leaf spinach
dates - halved and pitted
pineapple (though a yellow bell pepper would be much better)
rice-sized pasta - about 1/2 cup uncooked or more depending on how much you want

Cook the rice-sized pasta and set aside (should take about two minutes). Heat 1-2 tbs. spanish olive oil in a pan and saute the onions until beginning to brown. Add the serrano ham torn into pieces and cook a few minutes. Add the tomatoes and saute a minute mostly just to heat. Add the spinach leaves and drizzle a little more olive oil on top. Mix together and let simmer in pan for 1-2 minutes until the spinach has wilted a bit. Take of the heat and add the pasta and pineapple to it and voila! I love the color of this dish, but didn't care too much for the pineapple. Next time I would saute a yellow bell pepper along with the onion and skip the pineapple altogether. That would be perfect!