I picked up a copy of Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, a while back after a friend on Facebook mentioned it had a recipe for Stuffed Artichokes. Sure enough, Gwyneth’s cookbook includes a delicious-looking recipe for stuffed articholes on page 206. But, I have not yet got around to making the artichokes because I got diverted by the salad on page 92…
Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Ivy Chopped Salad” Inspired by The Ivy Restaurant in L.A.
Flipping through Gwyneth’s cookbook in the haphazard way I normally look through cookbooks (middle to front, back to middle, index, middle, and so on), I stumbled across a recipe on page 92 titled “My Ivy Chopped Salad.” Of course any recipe with my name in it will immediately catch my attention.
According to Gwyneth, “This salad is inspired by the famous grilled vegetable salad at The Ivy Restaurant in LA. This is one of my standby’s—I make it for myself when the kids have gone to bed but it’s equally good at a lunch party.”
Since I was recently in L.A. I made it a point to stop by The Ivy for lunch (there’s Andy and I below) and of course I had to order the Ivy Chopped Salad. I wasn’t disappointed.
After eating The Ivy Chopped Salad at the Ivy I came home and was more inspired than ever to relook at Gwyneth’s recipe. Like almost all of the recipes in her cookbook, Gwyneth’s Ivy Chopped Salad looked simple to prepare. I was also very pleased that since it had my name in the title it also met all criteria for being a Clean Cuisine recipe too 😉
P.S. Although not technically a “health” cookbook I did notice a good number of “Clean Cuisine” recipes in My Father’s Daughter including Slow-Roasted Tomato Soup (Version One), White Bean Soup (Version One, with kale), Salsa Verde, Vegetable Paella (I would make it with short grain brown rice), Lalo’s Famous Cookies (these are low in sugar and made with barley flour) and many more. All in all My Father’s Daughter is a great basic cookbook to have on hand.
The Making of My Own Ivy Chopped Salad
My own Ivy Chopped Salad is similar to Gwyneth’s, but I roasted the vegetables instead of grilling them. The decision to do this was really just laziness on my part because to me roasting is easier than grilling.) Oh! And I decided to use radishes instead of the beets Gwyneth suggested. But I’m sure the beets would be delicious too.
Gwyneth’s Ivy Chopped Salad used butter lettuce only but I decided to make mine with half butter lettuce and half watercress. Although most people think of watercress more as a garnish, it’s a deliciously pungent green superfood with potent healing and detoxifying properties. Watercress is also particularly rich in iron, calcium, potassium, and antioxidant vitamin C. And, did you know a whopping 85% of the calories in watercress actually come from protein? (Yes! Plants have protein!)
Gwyneth used a combination of basil and cilantro in her salad but I only had basil so I used that…and lots of it.
The last tweak I made was with the vinaigrette. Gwyneth suggested her Balsamic & Lime Vinaigrette recipe but once again laziness prevailed and I decided to go with the Honey-Garlic-Lime Vinaigrette I had made up the day before.
The Clean Cuisine Ivy Chopped Salad
For the Salad
- 10 large radishes, chopped
- 4 ears fresh corn, shucked and kernels removed
- 3 medium zucchini, chopped
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- “Real Salt” or Himalayan salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper
- ¾ pound of salmon filets
- 1 head butter lettuce, chopped
- 4 ounces watercress
- 1 cup chopped fresh basil
- Fresh lime wedges, for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Place the chopped radishes, corn and zucchini on a large cookie sheet or in cast iron skillets (see photo above.) Place the cherry tomatoes in small cast iron skillet or small baking dish. Drizzle vegetables with oil, toss to coat, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place salmon filets in a baking dish, rub lightly with oil and season with salt and pepper.
3. Place vegetables and salmon in the oven. Cook salmon for a total of 10 to 12 minutes, or until it easily flakes with a fork (for best results don’t overcook salmon; you want the inside to be a bit pink.) Remove salmon from oven and set aside to cool. Roast vegetables for 25 minutes, or until desired doneness. Remove vegetables from oven and set aside to cool.
4. In a large mixing bowl toss together the butter lettuce, watercress and basil. Divide the lettuce mixture among four large salad plates. Evenly and artfully scatter the roasted radishes, corn, zucchini and tomatoes over the lettuce. Arrange the salmon on top of the vegetables. Drizzle with Honey-Garlic-Lime Vinaigrette (recipe below.) Garnish with fresh lime.
For the Honey-Garlic-Lime Vinaigrette
- 2 teaspoons raw honey
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/3 cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- “Real Salt” or Himalayan salt, to taste
1. Place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk well with a fork.