Friday, December 09, 2011

I love salad. Is that ok to admit to? I like the various ingredients that can be put together to make a great and easy meal or side dish. I think there can be dinner salad. It does not have to be regulated to a side dish. A salad can be perked up with fabulous dressing as well.

I love all the ingredients in the following recipe I found but of course like all recipes they can be altered to your taste. Enjoy!

Chopped Salad
adapted from Stacey Snacks Online)

1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
1/4 red onion, diced (1/2")
1 ball of fresh mozzarella, diced (1/2")
1/2 cucumber, diced (1/2")
1 small red bell pepper, diced (1/2")
handful of cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 oz. Genoa salami, diced (1/2")
1 cup of arugula, chopped

Place all ingredients in a large bowl, and place in the fridge. Leave the vegetables, cheese, salami, beans, etc. separate without mixing, until ready to serve.

Oregano Dressing: (adapted from Nancy Silverton in the L.A. Times)

1 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup good red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Whisk dressing ingredients together and let sit on the counter at least 30 minutes.

Just before serving, whisk the dressing again and pour over salad components. Mix together and sprinkle with some fleur de sel and black pepper.

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