Mediterranean Rosemary Fry Salad

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Mediterranean-Rosemary-Fry-SaladIf I could eat french fries and onion rings every night for dinner, I would!  Just thinking about opening the oven and stealing that first bite makes my mouth water.  This healthy, fresh Mediterranean Rosemary Fry Salad incorporates fresh spring ingredients as well as french fries.  Yes!  French Fries on a salad! Genius, right?

My family and I love going to a Greek Restaurant in town and ordering the Greek Fries as a side dish.  These fries are loaded with fresh tomato and cucumber that is tossed in a greek vinaigrette and then layered over piping hot fries.  Then, the chef sprinkles large chunks of feta cheese on top. 

I used those Greek fries as inspiration for this main course salad.  In addition, I placed a few pieces of shrimp on top for a protein punch. 

While at Walmart I picked up three amazing Alexia products: Rosemary and Sea Salt Fries, Sweet Potato Fries with Sea Salt and crispy onion rings. Walmart-alexia-fries

I have been buying Alexia products for years and I love using them as a side dish to a juicy burger or sandwich.  But, burgers and sandwiches aren’t the only food they go with as you will see with this salad.  Each Alexia product is high quality and made with all natural ingredients.  They are also incredibly yummy. Not only do they always have just the right amount of seasoning, but they are always perfectly crunchy every time I take them out of the oven.Alexia-Fries-veggies

For this salad, I used the Alexia Rosemary Fries with Sea Salt.Three-Alexia-Varieties

First,  preheat your oven and cook the fries according to the instructions on the back of the package. 

While the fries are cooking, chop your tomatoes and cucumbers and combine both together in a small bowl. cucumbers-tomatoes

Then make your dressing by mixing onion powder, parsley, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper and red wine vinegar with the olive oilDressing-spices

Mix in a 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon Mustardmustard-dressing

Toss the dressing with the tomatoes and cucumbers.mix-salad-dressing

Start assembling your salad so that you can start eating it the moment the Alexia fries come out of the oven.  Place a layer of spinach leaves on your plate followed by the tomato and cucumber mixture.tomatoes-cucumbers-salad

Now, for the shrimp.  Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan.  Once hot, place the shrimp inside and watch them carefully.  As soon as you see the bottoms turn pink (about 1-2 minutes) flip them and cook until the shrimp is completely pink.  Take it off as soon as the gray color disappears.  Overcooked shrimp tastes tough and rubbery.  Don’t let that happen to you! 😀

Once the oven beeps, take out the fries and place them on the salad along with a few pieces of shrimp and a sprinkle of feta cheese.shrimp-feta-salad

Then, dig in.salad-close-upFeel free to layer on a lot more fries than I did in the picture!  This blend of fries with fresh veggies and greens is both refreshing and delicious.  I now have one more meal in my wheelhouse that uses french fries – guaranteed variety and fries is a win-win!  Now, I’m thinking how I can make a salad out of those onion rings… .Something cheeseburger inspired perhaps?  Any ideas ??

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JoAnn Crohn

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JoAnn Crohn, M. Ed is a parenting educator and life coach who helps moms feel confident in raising empowered, self-sufficient kid while pursuing their own goals & passions.

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