Roasted tomato spinach salad with citrus mustard vinaigrette

This roasted tomato spinach salad is a fun way to jazz up spinach as a side with roasted tomatoes, feta, pine nuts and a citrus mustard vinaigrette.
Roasted tomato spinach salad with citrus mustard vinaigrette

Certain dishes just have a feeling of “adult” to them, you know?

Lamb chops with mint jelly…adult

Seafood risotto…adult

Porterhouse steak…you guessed it, adult.

Don’t ask me where those came from, they were just the first three dishes that popped in my mind when trying to think of food you wouldn’t usually feed a kid, not because kids shouldn’t eat food like that, but because they wouldn’t appreciate it and they’d most likely ruin the experience for you as you tried to. When you’re dropping bank on a steak, you kind of want to enjoy and savor each and every bite, not have to sit at the dinner table telling Sally to eat her vegetables and quit annoying her brother.

Roasted tomato spinach salad

This is an adult salad. It’s got just barely wilted spinach, roasted tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, feta and a kick ass citrusy mustard dressing. Kids just don’t appreciate how all those things combine to make the perfect bite of salty, sweet, tart and spicy in a salad. They’d probably just complain that you’re forcing them to eat spinach.

I made this knowing Ulysses wouldn’t be home until well past dinner time yesterday with plans to enjoy a relaxing night alone, take a bath, download a new book, read it at the dinner table with a glass of wine, a candle lit and this on my plate.

It sounded wonderful.

I was in the jacuzzi enjoying the fact that I could take a bath without any chance of a husband walking in and wanting to “join me” (you know where I’m going with that, sometimes a girl just wants to relax!) and fell asleep. Don’t worry, I’m pretty confident in my abilities to awaken had I hit the water, unlike Whitney. I’ve mentioned this before, but the way our property is situated we have 5 direct neighbors. Three of which have children between the ages of probably 6-13. All of whom decided 7pm was a great time to play some scream inducing game involving water guns in our backyard. When we first moved in, the parents approached us about letting the kids cross between houses using our backyard and of course we said yes. I don’t remember, however, approving water gun fights with blood curdling screaming at sunset.

Needless to say, peaceful bath time was over as literally every other second someone was screaming and not even the jacuzzi jets could drown them out. I realize I sound like I’m a 75 year old crotchety woman and perhaps a retirement village would be a more appropriate place for us to live. After last night, I’m considering it.

Roasted tomato and spinach salad with citrus mustard vinaigrette

What took me forever to figure out was why this oh so fun game of theirs continued until close to 9pm. Then I realized they probably don’t have school today and their parents were trying to keep them out of their hair for as long as possible. In my backyard.

So, my adult vision of a candlelit dinner with a book turned into eating it next to the computer in the room farthest from the backyard with music on.

Roasted tomato spinach salad with citrus mustard vinaigrette

Luckily, taste buds can’t hear screaming kids so they were still happy. Next time Ginger tries to chase them down in our backyard, I might not be so quick to stop her though.

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Roasted Tomato Spinach Salad with Citrus Mustard Vinaigrette
 
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An "adult" dish combining sweet, salty, tart and spicy all into one delicious side salad.
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Recipe type: salad, side dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 10 oz. bag of spinach
  • ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
Citrus Mustard Vinaigrette
  • juice of ½ an orange
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon red onion, minced
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a baking sheet.
  2. Toss tomatoes with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sugar and salt.
  3. Spread out on baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, tossing occasionally.
  4. When tomatoes are almost finished, heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
  5. Add remaining tablespoon of olive oil and saute spinach for 1 min, until just starting to wilt.
  6. Transfer spinach to a serving platter.
  7. Top with roasted tomatoes straight out of the oven (they will wilt the spinach a bit more from their heat).
  8. Finally add feta and pine nuts.
Citrus Mustard Vinaigrette
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together.
  2. Pour on top of salad once platted and ready to serve.

 

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  1. 2

    says

    Oh, I hate when you try to relax and there’s always something chaotic going on. But you know whats weird? When I go to the beach, close my eyes and feel the sun beating down on me, listen to the sound of the ocean, I like to hear the kids playing and people talking. Thats weird isn’t it?

    Your salad looks fanatastic! Have a great weekend!

  2. 3

    says

    Oh my god that would drive me mad too! There are no loud kids near us but there are LOTS of dogs, kept in outdoor pens that bark CONSTANTLY! I have nearly learnt how to tune it out after many, many weeks of being a grumpy old woman… Glad you got to enjoy your salad at least! It looks great! :)

  3. 5

    says

    haha too funny. I was SO one of those kids for the first 12 years of my life though… never inside, always running around with friends in the neighborhood. I’m guessing this is one more ‘con’ on your kids vs. no kids list haha.

  4. 6

    says

    You’re super nice for letting the kids travel through your lawn. I remember when I was little, my best friend and I used to take a “short cut” through someone’s lawn and we had to do so secretly because they would yell at us. They were scary.

    • 7

      Running to the Kitchen says

      Not sure if it still counts as nice when I’m secretly cursing them on the inside. haha ;)

  5. 8

    says

    Holy goodness. This looks awesome!

    And ugh. I’m a huge fan of kids…but when I’m trying to relax and it gets interrupted by their screams there’s just nothing worse. I was deep in envisioning a nice jacuzzi bath for myself based on your description and even got a little annoyed myself when I got to the screaming kid part! Haha

  6. 10

    says

    Your reference to your husband asking to “join you” in the jacuzzi cracked me up. I have that same conversation with mine all the time, and it always seems to happen after I’ve just done a sweaty spin class or something and I’m like, this is not romantic. I just want to use some soap, shave my legs, and relax.

  7. 12

    says

    please tell me you threw on a very tattered robe, one boob partially exposed, opened a window and yelled “you’ll catch your death doing that in this weather!!! you hear me??? YOUR DEATH!!!” because that would make me crap myself.

    • 13

      Running to the Kitchen says

      ha! I was so tempted to just play up the whole old lady thing but I refrained…just barely.

  8. 15

    says

    GORGEOUS salad!!! wow, love the color pop. adult salad? girl, i was just talking about how i hated being an adult..guess i can’t eat this one ;) haha jk..looks great and i love the citrus and mustard vinaigrette..i could put it on everything!! sounds great :)

  9. 19

    says

    All the kids on my street used to play whole street hide and go seek. I’m sure some of our neighbors that were older thought there were peeping toms under their windows because no where was safe…except the haunted house at the end of the street because I think we all would have peed our pants if we set foot on the property.

  10. 21

    says

    Ohhh yeah, sometimes all I want is an adult dinner to myself as well. A little R&R…just cooking to your own taste….ideally enjoying your meal without blood curdling screams of neighbors… ;) Your salad looks excellent and perfect for a night to yourself.

  11. 22

    dad says

    #1 you as a child would have eaten this salad, as well as a steak and vegeables…no problem
    #2 I might have gone downstairs, moved the Bose radio into the bathroom and cranked up some Andre Bocelli til it drowned out the noise
    #3 consider fencing! :)

  12. 24

    Emma says

    I know you published this recipe ages ago, but I just found it and it was delicious. Also super easy to cut down and only make a couple servings at a time. The tomatoes were great. I could probably make just the tomatoes and snack on them all afternoon!

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