Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Desperate for Vegetables

I'm still feeling bogged down from my road trip food.  I love Manske rolls, but I really shouldn't eat more than one a year.  The same goes for Hostess Powdered Donettes.  However, I indulged in several of both.  My gut is suffering, and I'm desperately craving vegetables.  Tonight I made a salad with a homemade dressing similar to a recipe by Center Creek Farms I saw at the Webb City Farmer's Market.

Step 1: wash and dry produce.  I had Romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, cucumber, and carrot.  I normally leave a bit of the skin on the cucumber for vitamins, but I shaved it all off tonight.  I was distracted!  

Step 2: make the dressing.  I failed to photograph some of the prep.  Pictured here is a dressing which contains 1/2 C olive oil,3 T white wine vinegar, 1 t grainy dijon mustard (sounds weird, tastes great), 1 whole minced shallot, 3 cloves minced garlic, salt, and pepper.  When making your own vinaigrette, wait to add the oil.  I allow the shallots and garlic to soak in some of the vinegar for about ten minutes, then I add the mustard, and finally I whisk in the olive oil to create an emulsion.  This makes a lot of dressing.

If you dislike mustard, you could use some citrus fruit juice instead.  Some people prefer a sweeter vinaigrette.  You could add strawberries or raspberries (smash them through a sieve to remove the seeds).  I wonder what pineapple vinaigrette would taste like?  Hmmmm, is that already a thing?  I'll do some research!   

 Step 3: add your vegetables and allow to absorb some of the dressing.

Step 4: add the Romaine lettuce and toss to coat.

I served my salad with cheddar sourdough breadsticks.  They are so crunchy.  I love them!  Hopefully my gut loves the vegetables!

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