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Baked Polenta Bites with Side Salad

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The SO and I like to treat ourselves to a nice brunch most weekends and we egotistically think we do it better than any restaurant. My favorite type of brunch is a tapas style brunch and I always love a beautiful salad to accompany my main course. This weekend we did a super simple but super delicious and super pretty arrangement.  Here’s the recipe!
Baked Polenta Bites:

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What you need:

  • 1  16 oz package of Polenta (typically found in tofu/ produce section)
  • Olive oil or olive oil spray
  • Toppings: whatever you like! We’ve done tofutti cream cheese with a cranberry relish for a sweeter treat in the past which was perfect, but this time we went more savory. Here’s what we used (not all together):
  • Tofutti cream cheese
  • Tofutti sour cream
  • Cilantro-Jalapeño hummus
  • Mozza Risella vegan mozz (note- this is the most realistic and delicious vegan mozz I’ve ever had. It’s texture is perfect and it melts beautifully. No nutty taste because it’s made from brown rice.)
  • Grape Tomatoes (halved)
  • Red Onions (chopped)
  • Radishes (chopped)
  • Serrano Peppers (chopped)
  • Green Leaf lettuce (chopped)
  • Parsley (chopped)

Putting it together:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Spray down baking sheet/ pan with olive oil spray or rub down with olive oil
  3. Slice Polenta into roughly 1/4 inch slices. Lay out evenly on baking sheet/pan.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Flip Polenta slices halfway through.
  5. Choose your toppings!

Combos I chose:

  • Mozz, tomatoes, red onion, serranos
  • Mozz, radish, green lettuce, parsley
  • Cream cheese, radish, parsley
  • Cream cheese, hummus, tomato
  • Sour cream, salsa, onion, serranos

These are the combos I made because those are the veggies/ toppings I had in my fridge, but the possibilities are endless. Cilantro, basil, oregano, bruschetta, Kite Hill Ricotta, etc, etc. I could do this all day.

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Side Salad:

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What you need:

  • Green leaf lettuce (chopped)
  • Green Kale (chopped)
  • Carrots (sliced)
  • Celery (sliced)
  • Radishes (sliced)
  • Green Onions or Chives (sliced)
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Parsley (chopped)
  • Balsamic Vinegar and Oil if you so choose

This is obviously pretty straightforward and you can put whatever you want in a salad, but I find this to be a nice combination for a refreshing and beautiful brunch salad.

Happy Brunching!

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