Thursday, July 22, 2010

Salad Game - Recipe #1

On Sunday I asked you to leave a comment on my blog (some of you left it on my Facebook page instead), and I promised to create a salad with the ingredients you suggested. I got groceries fairly early in the week, so some of the ingredients didn't make it on my shopping list, although they were all fabulous ideas!

Here's what I came up with for supper tonight:

3 c. baby spinach
1 tbsp. Craisins
2 tsp. sunflower seeds
1/4 c. mandarin segments
1 avocado, diced
2 mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp. blueberries
1 hard-boiled egg, chopped

2 tbsp. white corn syrup
1 tbsp. minced red onion
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. Caesar Salad Dressing Mix
1/8 tsp. Poppyseed Salad Dressing Mix
dash of freshly ground pepper

Toss the salad ingredients together (you might want to save the Craisins, blueberries, and sunflower seeds to toss on top at the end, just to make it more aesthetically pleasing. I didn't do that, so it's not much to look at.)

To make the dressing, put all the ingredients in a small pot and bring to a simmer for 3-4 minutes. Drizzle over salad and serve while it's still warm. (I'm pretty sure you could just use red wine or balsamic vinegar instead of all three types of vinegar in the recipe.)

The ingredients that got left out were:
  • pumpkin seeds (couldn't find any at the store)
  • goat cheese (this was added after I had already gone grocery shopping)
  • mangoes (ditto)
  • raisins (I figured Craisins would be sufficient)
  • roasted beets (sorry Jackie, but I really really hate beets!)
  • feta cheese (the feta in my fridge smelled funny, and not in a good way)

This salad fed me and my husband, so you might want to make a larger batch if you are feeding more people.

Thanks to everyone who participated - we'll do it again this Sunday! It's easier if everyone leaves a comment on the blog, although some people said they had trouble doing that. Give it a shot, though - you shouldn't need to be signed in or anything like that, just select "Name/URL" when it gives you options after you leave your comment, and then type in your name (ignore the URL part if you want). If that doesn't work, just leave a comment on Facebook and I'll add it here for you, so the other readers can see what the list of ingredients is so far.

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tabatha jones said...

how was it??? did u like the berries idea?? going to have to try it!!!

Kathy said...

I guess I should have mentioned that when I posted - it was delicious! The blueberries were great. I always like to add strawberries or blueberries to a salad. It's too boring if you only use vegetables!!

Christine said...

This is fabuolous recipe! I love your idea. If you wont mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your post. Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post so it will appear in the Foodista pages and it's all set, Thanks!

Kathy said...

Thanks Christine. I hope I did it correctly - let me know.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy, you sure did it correctly. Found this in Foodista! Keep it up, I like your recipe by the way, grabbing a copy of this :D

You can add as many widget as you want, even in each post if possible, that way we get to see more of your recipes in Foodista. Looking forward to your next ones! Cheers, Amy @ Foodista xx