Epicure: Sweet and Savory Collide for a Splendid Spinach Salad

Staying away from sugars can still be sweet with the latest recipe from Epicure with Chef MDs, hosted by Marc Silverstein. As those who are diabetic or on a low-glycemic diet know, choosing the right carbs is crucial. In this episode of Epicure, we’re in the heart of  Washington, DC, with award-winning chef and restaurant owner Ris Lacoste. Ris shares her recipe for a healthy and delicious salad that’s perfect for those who need to watch their sugar intake.

Joining Chef Ris in this is episode of Epicure is Dr. Brian Choi, Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology, and Co-Director of Advanced Medical Imaging at GW Medical Faculty Associates. Dr. Choi explains the importance of avoiding simple carbs because they are heavily sweetened with sugars and other concentrated sweets.

Ris’ sweet and savory spinach salad has a low-glycemic index, and is also low in fat and cholesterol without sacrificing the any of the flavors. The recipe calls for naturally sweet ingredients and avoids simple carbs, sugars and sweeteners. Chef Ris walks us through her delicious red wine vinaigrette recipe that includes shallots, dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, nuts and olive oil, and a touch of honey. Dr. Choi points out that for those watching their sugar intake, the key is moderation.

Chef Ris plates a combination of spinach, kale and other leafy greens with her house-made vinaigrette and tops it off with dates, cheese, beets, grapefruit and a combination of tree nuts. The ingredients come together as a deliciously colorful salad, perfect for those monitoring their diet.

Find the spinach salad recipe here.

For more delicious, holiday-friendly dishes, download the Epicure season 2 cookbook.



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