Simple Salad, Simply Delish

January 9, 2011

Hi! It’s Oreo checking in!

You want to know the wonderfully nutritious and delicious food that goes with anything? Salad! It is the perfect addition to any meal from sandwiches to soups, casseroles and quiche, to pasta (which is the home cooked meal I added salad to) to any main dish, it is simply delish. Salads come in all shapes and sizes, and my personal favorite is the tossed salad.

This simple salad, the tossed salad, can be made a variety of ways. You can use your preference of lettuce, arugula has a pleasantly strong taste to it or iceberg lettuce, which has a more mild flavor to it, works well too. The salad can be dressed with any type of dressing from your local grocery store, or you can make your own! Then, you can add other veggies, croutons, nuts or fruit to complement the flavor.

In my family, whenever we share a meal together we couple it with a salad. Before dinner time, there is always a lively discussion about what we are going to put in the salad. We decide what type of lettuce, what dressing, and what additional food items we want to put it. The other night we made a salad out of baby spinach greens, topped with a cranberry vinaigrette, craisins, mandarin oranges, and toasted sliced almonds. It was absolutely scrumptious! The best part about having a salad along with the meal means that if your mom isn’t serving your favorite food in the world, you can always opt for just salad.

Mis en Place, all the ingredients and supplies ready to go.

Now, how do I prepare a simple salad? I thought you might be wondering. Well, with a few simple steps you can be eating like the family of a gourmet chef.

The tossed salad, ready to serve for a crowd!

In my salad, pictured above, I used iceberg lettuce, the simple dressing recipe and topped it with croutons and grated parmesan cheese. And voila! A salad to go with my ravioli dinner.

For all you salad fanatics and novices, here’s the recipe for my salad to try out! Enjoy!

Simple Salad Recipe:

Ingredients:

4 oz salad (arugula tastes good, mixing its peppery flavor with the tang of lemon)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp lemon juice

pinch of salt

dash of pepper

croutons (optional)

grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Equipment:

salad spinner

large mixing bowl

tablespoon measure

teaspoon measure

pair of clean hands

decorative salad bowl

salad tongs

Directions:

1. If your lettuce is not pre washed, first remove the lettuce from the bag and rinse it in cold water. Be gentle with the lettuce so it doesn’t bruise (arugula bruises especially easy) and place it in a salad spinner to dry it off.

2. Tear the lettuce in to bite sized pieces if it is not already manageable with a fork.

3. Dress the lettuce with salad dressing. Either use a bottle of dressing or in a large mixing bowl, combine the lemon juice and olive oil. (Note: For every four ounces of salad lettuce, made sure to add proportional amounts of lemon juice and olive oil.) Add the salt and pepper and gently fold the lettuce into the dressing coating it with the dressing. Either use washed hands or gently use salad tongs as to not bruise the lettuce.

4. Place the dressed lettuce in a decorative bowl if serving with a meal and add the toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

The final product! A ravioli dinner with a tossed salad and french bread.

If your wondering if I had any Oreo moments (meaning I spilled something) in the cooking of this meal, I almost did. When I was opening the bags of frozen ravioli I almost spilled them. Both. The first one I tore open the bag with my hands since I had misplaced the scissors and almost lost a few to the floor when I poured them in the water. When I picked up the second bag to open, I found the scissors underneath. Of course, exactly where I would logically think to look for them, right? Wrong! Well, I cut the bag open and dropped it! Luckily I caught the bag, raviolis and all, before the spilled or got to the ground. Phew!

Alright, enough fun for the day. This is Oreo, signing off!

The most important step in the kitchen: cleaning up. A good chef always leaves a place cleaner than he or she found it.

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One Response to “Simple Salad, Simply Delish”

  1. What a fun post, Oreo! Glad you saved the ravioli 🙂

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