This salad…is amazing! I had a version of it while on vacation in Indy earlier this month. Artisan lettuce (no iceberg) with fresh strawberries, mandarin oranges, pecans, crumbled/cubed cheese, and grilled chicken. Delicious!
Salads are wonderful for a variety of things…you can get seriously creative with them. Fruits, nuts, cheeses, meats, etc. Nothing is really “wrong” on a salad…with the exception of dressing. Some people go crazy with dressing, and drown the flavor (and health value) out of a perfectly good salad.
I have been experimenting with creating everyday food items from scratch. First up…vinaigrette. Specifically the vinaigrette that accompanied this salad in Indy. A poppyseed vinaigrette. The waitress was nice enough to tell me it had these things included:
-poppyseeds (of course)
She followed it up with, “It’s really quite simple to mix up.” So, I did. I did; however, switch up the sugar for honey (as noted by the *). I used two different kinds of oil, olive and canola. The dressing had a pink hue to it, so I figured she probably meant red wine vinegar. Putting this dressing together took me all of five minutes…and it is delicious! Best of all, I know *exactly* what is in it, and I know it is fresh!
What kinds of salads do you enjoy? Have you ever made your own dressing?