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Parmesan Arugula Baskets


My family spent the weekend in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.  I originally headed out to run a half marathon with my 14 year old, but stayed for a little hiking with the rest of the family. (I’ve been posting our family hikes and races on my family blog here)  The area of Bryce Canyon is amazing, but it’s pretty difficult to get affordable, fresh food.   I’ve spent a small fortune to pick up some fruit at the little market here, and ended up purchasing a $9.00 box of cereal!  I absolutely take for granted our access to so much inexpensive food in our city, and should have prepared better.  Now I know for next time.

Before we left town though, I made Parmesan Baskets with Arugula Salad!  I saw this at a Cooking School Demo several years ago, and they were so easy to make on our own.  We use the Parmesan baskets as little salad bowls.

Why use a bowl for salad, when your kids can have an edible basket! Parmesan-Arugula-Baskets www.superhealthykids.com

To make the baskets, all we used was:

  • 1/2 ounce grated parmesan cheese (or 3 Tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed walnuts

Put the cheese and walnuts on a hot griddle, and wait for it to melt together slightly.

After just 3-4 minutes, remove the cheese and fold over a cup to create a bowl. I used a paper towel to squeeze and mold it while it’s still warm.

Once you have a parmesan bowl, fill it with:

  • Baby Arugula
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Dressing

Let me know if you try it!!  These are super delicious!

Natalie Monson

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These look great! I would love to make them for our family, but my son has a nut allergy. Do you think the baskets would work with just the parmesan?

We have severe peanut & tree nut allergies here in this house wondering what if anything can be substituted for the walnuts with the parmesan for basket mold?

Is there anything we could use instead of walnuts? Or could we just leave them aside all together? My kids have nuts allergies.

Just curious…are these parmesan baskets mini? I would like to make ones that could hold like 1/2 cup or 1 cup of salad. Would it still work do you think? Any tips? I’m trying it tomorrow – yum!

They aren’t big Carla- But they can be as big as you want them to be- just get a bigger cup to spread them over, or even a bowl!

Thanks – I actually tried this last night with no luck (small bowls) – they were totally crumbly and didn’t stick together etc…any tips? they tasted good though haha

Oh! that was probably the problem 🙂 I used the grated can of kraft/powdery kind, as that’s all I had…I should buy the shredded kind in the bag or the real kind in the block and grate myself, right? I want to make these so badly..I will not give up on them haha 🙂

Hi, just wondering how long you could keep these for once made and how you would store them? would love to make some ahead of time to serve at a party. Thankyou ☺