Grilled Artichoke Heart Salad

Grilled Artichoke Heart Salad I

I’ve been on a salad kick lately. Not intentionally (there’s no such word as *diet* in my dictionary), but sometimes my eating goes in streaks. Ever had that happen? If it can be chopped, torn, scattered on a plate or tossed in a bowl, it’s potential salad.

Everything in the fridge is fair game. The same goes for my pantry.

The other day I was rummaging around in the ol’ larder when I spied a small jar of grilled artichoke hearts. Hmmm… what to make with them? Although they’re perfectly delectable on an antipasto platter or all by their lonesome, this time they ended up as salad…

Grilled Artichoke Heart Salad

Grilled Artichoke Heart Salad

1 (6.7 oz.) jar Mezzetta Grilled Artichoke Hearts, drained

6 to 8 Romaine lettuce leaves, rinsed, drained, & patted dry

4 slices of bacon, sauteed until crisp, drained on paper towels, & crumbled

1 orange, peeled, segmented, & cubed

1/2 c. toasted pecans

1 Tbsp. capers (optional, but I love capers)

Assemble ingredients in an artful way. Drizzle with your choice of vinaigrette.* Serves 2.

(*I made Andrew Zimmern’s Orange-Tarragon Vinaigrette — it’s fabulous!)

On a “bloggy” note, I’m taking two weeks off to work on a few projects (in case you don’t see me around the block) and will be back after the upcoming annual feast.

Quite possibly with a turkey salad…

Wishing you a gracious, gratitude-filled Thanksgiving!

Enjoying following my (grilled artichoke) heart,

~ Kimby

28 thoughts on “Grilled Artichoke Heart Salad

  1. Hi Kim. That salad looks very good. Sounds like you put things together much like I do. My best dishes are created from pantry ingredients that just cry out to be used. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Look forward to more blogging and photos. Take care, Jeanne

  2. Kim…you do so much more for me than simply recipes and inspiration…when I’m going like a bat outta hell and need centering, your posts magically appear in my emails…I click and am instantly breathing deeply just looking at your beautiful photos of the lake, thinking about you and the MOFW and your serene perspective on life…love you girl~~

  3. well I’ll be darn! I have never noticed GRILLED artichokes in a can or jar at the grocery store before….my whole life is a sham! Where have I been? :) well thanks my sweet Kim for making me crave something I didn’t even know I could easily grab at my local store. Now I must go and make sure they carry it! I hope you have a lovely two weeks filled with fun and laughter. :)
    Luv ya <3

    • Isabelle, FYI, our local grocer stocks the “grilled” kind and the “marinated” kind in the pickle section. (Such variety in a small town in the middle of nowhere, lol!) If you happen to pick up the marinated kind, be sure to rinse & drain them first — the marinade competes with the vinaigrette. (This, I know from experience…) The grilled ones are heavenly and entirely hard to resist straight outta the jar… but, if you have enuf left for salad, I hope you’ll try this one. :) Happy Thanksgiving, sweet friend!

    • Uru, you must be “exam-ed” and completely graduated by now… congratulations, sweet thang! Yup, healthy and delicious is my new middle name… until BAKING begins for the upcoming holiday season… bwahahahaha!!! ;) Thanks for your encouraging comment!

  4. Look how the rays of the sun softly touched all your rainbow-ingredients! Such an eye-soothing sight for my sore eyes :)
    Adding Orange and Pecans is totally a killer idea.
    Loved the recipe. Did I mention that your sunny, happy salad pictures stole my heart?
    Hugs.

    • Nusrat, your image of soft sun on rainbow ingredients made me smile and appreciate that salad even more! Truthfully, I’d just put up that curtain and loved the “light” behind it (even if it meant taking photos above our bed headboard, lol!) — no place is immune from food photography, right?! So glad you liked it all. Hugs to you, too! xo

  5. How I wish I could enjoy artichoke like you do! Despite its nutritional benefits etc, I can’t seem to appreciate the taste :< Guess I'll just sit back & enjoy the rest of the stuff :) Promise to give it a try again if I'm being served at the restaurants……

    • Catherine, let me know if/when you do. Here, they only have small jars of artichoke hearts (marinated or grilled) and I’ve yet to find a whole can of them. That would be heavenly!!!

  6. Oh, I feel you. I often have couscous salad weeks, were I’m having all sorts of versions for it everyday for lunch. I swear if my hubs wouldn’t be picky, I’d be eating them for dinner too. This is one fabulous salad, love the artichoke hearts. Good luck with your projects Kim, look forward to hearing about them :)

    • Gintare, thank you so much. I’m sooooo proud of the project YOU just completed — woohoo! — waiting for the luck of the draw before I order my online copy. ;) (One way or another, I WILL have your cookbook!) My projects aren’t visible (yet) — I’ve been doing a lot of reconfiguring and updating and all the behind-the-scenes “technical stuff” I despise, but I’m making progress… and writing & dreaming (and eating salad!) in between. xo

    • Thank you, Yelena! Sometimes those simple combinations contain a surprising amount of satisfaction. (This from a “meat & potatoes” girl, ha!) I also have your Shokoladnaya Kalbaska recipe in the “must make” queue on my fridge. ;) Looking forward to trying it!

    • Balvinder, thank you so much for your comment! I used to think salads were a “summer thing,” but I agree, they’re tasty and crunchy and wonderful year-round. The artichokes I used were “pre-grilled” (if that makes sense), but I bet you could grill artichoke hearts with success (and even more flavor) — now you’ve got me wanting to make this again SOON! :)

    • Purabi, I’m not sure what it is about artichokes that appeals to me so much — the texture? flavor? Whatever it is, they are a treat to me… hopefully to you, too! The “canned” (or jarred) ones are softer than the whole ones that I typically use. (Plus the manufacturer takes all of the work out of getting to the “heart” one artichoke at a time, lol!) So glad you enjoyed my spur-of-the-moment salad. :) xo

  7. Dear Kimby,

    You got me at “Everything in the fridge is fair game”. I could not stop laughing because I imagine all the stuff in the fridge gasping and trembling with fear whenever the door swings open LOL

    I love artichokes but never thought to grill them, lovely looking salad by the way.

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