Saturday, February 6, 2010

Spring Salad with Dark Chocolate Cardamom Dressing

The Albertson's market in my neighborhood has been having ridiculous sales this past week, which is how I ended up with a bag of spring salad mix (only $1!) and a large amount of grapes (only $1 a pound! OMG!) I'm not really a salad person, but I've been making the effort to eat healthier as of late, so I bought some. The only real question was what I should do with it. I have a generic tomato balsamic dressing in the 'fridge, but that seemed kind of blase tonight. So I decided to combine salad, something I don't really like, with dark chocolate, something I really really like. I also added a small amount of Cardamom to the dressing because it seems to go well with chilled dishes.


2 Cups Spring Salad Mix
3 Heaping Tablespoons Dark or Bittersweet Chocolate Chips, plus 6 individual chips for garnish
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seeds
1/2 Cup Red Grapes
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cardamom

Place olive oil, cardamom and 3 Tbsp chocolate chips in a small saucepan. Melt together over lowest heat setting, stirring constantly to avoid burning the chocolate. If you have a double-boiler on hand, use that to melt the chocolate while still making sure to stir constantly.

Once the chocolate chips have melted completely, remove from heat and transfer to a small bowl. Refrigerate for an hour until chilled.

In a large bowl, toss together the spring salad, sunflower seeds, and red grapes. Place on a dish. Drizzle with the dark chocolate cardamom dressing. Crush 6 individual chips with the back of a spoon or a meat tenderizer and sprinkle the chocolate crumbles over the salad as a garnish.


  1. That's wicked too fancypants for me, but it looks really pretty! And you've inspired me to check if Albertsons is having good deals here to... I love their sale weeks.

    - Melanie

  2. They have been practically giving food away here lately. I get their flyers in the mail so I always know when a good deal is around the corner. I think if you register for an Albertson's card they start mailing them to you.

  3. So, how did it taste???

  4. I think I found a new love, this is amazing!!. It takes like 20s to make if you melt in the microwave. I may now live off salad just so I can eat this all the time.