Thursday, May 5, 2011

Entree or Side?

Last October, my family and extended family spent some time together in Seattle during my brother's wedding weekend. I knew we would all want to do meals together and the idea of trying to organize 20+ people to eat out for every meal seemed a little too intimidating for me - I knew we needed a rental house instead of the standard hotel rooms. So I found a lake-side house on VRBO (check it out if you're going on a family trip this summer) and we had a grand old time cooking up a storm.

One night my aunt made an incredible salad to go along with some pizza that I made.

It was awesome.

I think I went back for seconds.

Twice.

So...thirds?

The thing that made this salad so dang good was the fresh lemon poppy seed dressing she made to go with it.

Since moms are notorious for hearting salads, I thought it was an appropriate recipe to go along with my Mother's Day recipe week.


In a blender, combine sugar, dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt and chopped onion together. 


Add in some poppy seeds. I used blue poppy seeds because that's what I had. Feel free to use the standard black ones.



Then you just need to pour in olive oil.



And blend away for about a minute, just until everything is well-combined.



Pour it into a cute container and prepare your salad.



Salad greens (I used spinach and romaine), pear, apple, almonds, and dried cherries.

Now, you could leave it at this point and just drizzle with a small amount of the dressing.

However, if you want to make this into an entree for a Mumsie Day lunch or dinner, do this:


Add grated swiss cheese and grilled chicken. If you don't want to go to the trouble of grilling up some chicken, just grab a rotisserie chicken from your grocery's deli.

I did the latter option for dinner last night and served it with garlic bread.

This is another recipe that would be really simple for even the most novice Dad chef to whip up on Sunday.

Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Dressing:
1/2 c. sugar
2/3 c. olive oil
1/3 c. lemon juice
1 tsp. dijon mustard
2 tsp. chopped onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. poppy seeds

Salad:
1 apple, chopped
1 pear, chopped
1/2 c. dried cherries
1/2 c. sliced almonds
1 c. grated swiss cheese
1 pkg. mixed salad greens

4 piece of grilled or rotisserie chicken (optional)

In a blender combine all the dressing ingredients. Blend for about a minute, until smooth.

In a large bowl, Toss together all the salad ingredients. Drizzle lightly with dressing. Serve topped with sliced cooked chicken (if desired) and garlic bread. Enjoy!


 

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