Monday, November 15, 2010

Salad Queen

Somewhere along the way I became the designated salad maker for our family functions. It's probably not what I would have choosen to become, but it is how it is so...(on the bright side salads are like...the easiest thing to prepare and the thing I always have the ingredients for, so even though it was unintentional, I have grown quite accustomed to being the salad person)

I thought I would share with you some salad making tips. Since becoming the salad maker I have learned two things about what makes a salad great 1) lots of "stuff" and 2) a special dressing you make especially for your salad. These things always please the peeps.

I think I aquired my title of "Awesome Salad Maker" by making Ralphie's Avacado Feta Salad.

Here's the recipe, I love it!


1 package of baby greens (I love the big package of baby greens at costco, and only like $3 for a weeks worth of salads)
1/4 C chopped red onion
1/2 C chopped walnuts (raise your hand if you hate walnuts! Me! I use pecans! or almonds)
1/3 C crumbled feta or blue cheese (raise your hand if you hate blue cheese! Me! I always use feta, and for some weird reason I prefer it grated instead of crumbled. You can get a big ol' pack of feta at costco for cheaper than anywhere else)
2 tsp lemon zest
1 apple - peeled, cored and sliced
1 avocado - peeled, pitted and diced


4 mandarin oranges, juiced (I use half a can of mandarins and squish them with a potato masher)
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 t lemon zest
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T olive oil
salt to taste.

This is a surefire crowd pleaser!

Then a few weeks ago Katie came to dinner and brought an awesome salad, and it took two weeks of harassing her but I have finally secured her dressing recipe for you! This got RAVE reviews last night. Rave.

The dressing

2T Red Wine Vinegar
3T sugar or honey or agave ( I used more like 2)
1/2 C Olive Oil
1/2 t dry mustard
1/2 t salt
1 C strawberry or raspberry jam

The salad

mixed greens from Costco
apple - peeled, cored and diced
candied pecans (recipe forthcoming!)

Seriously, it was amazing.

So, if I am making a sweet yummy type dressing I use a medley of any of the following

spinach or mixed greens
mandarin oranges
toasted nuts
candied nuts
red onion

If I am wanting a salad with just plain old ranch dressing (which I loooooove) (hey maybe Janssen will post her homemade ranch dressing recipe....mmm? pretty please?)

Then I use whatever type of lettuce I have, I always get something fancy in my bountiful basket
snap peas, cut in smaller pieces
red onion
green or red peppers
toasted nuts

and, here is a little super salad maker tip for you...if I am doing a non sweet salad - I always salt and pepper the whole salad. Always. It makes a big difference for me. So now you know.

But please still assign me salads if you invite me to a party. It's kind of my thing.


Kristi said...

This was so supposed to go on my recipe blog. Dang it. Oh well, I was coming up short for Nablopomo anyway : ) Enjoy!

Sarah said...

They all sound divine! Thank you for sharing. I'm getting really tired of the same old romaine, carrots, celery, cucumber with ranch...

Emily said...

Are baby greens the same as baby spinach?

Kristi said...

You can totally use baby spinach in place of baby greens--- but there is also at Costco a big tub of baby greens - or mixed greens - or some fancy schmancy looking salad thing that has baby spinach in it. I kind of get sick of just baby spinach so sometimes I will buy a tub of each and mix them up together. But you can definitely just use spinach too!

JoAnna said...

Mmmm. Nummy! I will give you the salad assignment every time!

JoAnna said...

Oh shut it! I just saw that this was supposed to go on your recipe blog! That is hilarious! Totally appropriate for NABLOPOMO anyway!

And one more thing. I hate it when someone gives me the salad assignment because I NEVER have the ingredients on hand. We are not big salad eaters in our house.