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Winter Salad Recipe from Prairie Wind Family Farm

Dec 28, 2017 05:01PM

Winter salad greens growing in Prairie Wind Family Farm's hoop houses.

Jen Miller says, “We eat from our stored and preserved vegetables throughout the winter, so there’s no greater luxury than enjoying a fresh green salad harvested from the soils of our hoophouses. This simple spicy and sweet salad combination is refreshing, healthy and nice alongside a bowl of soup.”

Simple Sweet & Spicy Winter Salad

Yields: 4 to 6 servings.

3 cups young spinach, chopped if needed

3 cups arugula, chopped if needed

¼  p cup red onion, sliced thin

Parmesan cheese (optional)


1 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 Tbsp local maple syrup

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp orange juice

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine the dressing ingredients in a mason jar. Screw on the lid tightly and shake until the oil and vinegar have combined evenly.

Combine the arugula, spinach and fresh onion in a large bowl. Pour dressing on top and toss to coat. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add grated parmesan cheese for extra flavor.

Recipe courtesy of Jen Miller, Prairie Wind Family Farm, which grows a wide variety of certified organic vegetables, pasture-raised hens for eggs and provides fresh fruit to CSA members, delivered to north and western suburban locations. Spring shares start in April. For more information and to sign up for this year’s CSA season, visit