Thursday, January 20, 2011

Winter Salads

Don't you miss those summertime salads? I sure do. Winter salads are always a disappointment to me because of produce that is tasteless, shipped from far away, and coated with WHO knows what! But salads are a great way of balancing out the week's calories due to all the comfort food bubbling on the stove or crockpot this time of year. Salad night can be exciting even in the winter. A little creativity is all that is needed.


Romaine lettuce is my lettuce of choice for winter salads. It hold up really well and stays fresh looking much longer than other lettuces. Did you know that romaine lettuce is a very nutritious lettuce, full of nutrients and not just water?

I like to chop romaine lettuce into shreds instead of tearing it like the usual leaf lettuces. Believe it or not, that is the only vegetable I spend money on for winter salads....well, onions or scallions BUT that's about it. It's the other toppings that make this salad a meal.



Homemade feta hangs in the kitchen.

Homemade feta cheese, black beans, and croutons straight from the skillet are family favorites for salads this time of year. Toss with apple cider vinegar dressing, garlic mustard dressing or caesar salad dressing and you have a beautiful and nutritious winter salad.

Blissville Living Caesar Salad Dressing
2 egg yolks from chickens you know
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp naturally fermented tamari
1 tsp anchovy paste
3 cloves of crushed garlic
olive oil

Get out a big bowl and whisk the egg yolks until they are thick (this is a good form of kitchen aerobics). Get a helper to drizzle olive oil into the bowl as you continue to whisk OR just be a super woman and figure out how to hold the bowl still, whisk like mad AND drizzle the oil into the bowl yourself. Add enough oil to cover the size of the salad you've made...this ranges every time I make it but the dressings always come out yummy. Whisk so that the mixture looks like mayonaise. Slowly add the other ingredients as you continue to whisk. Pour over salad and toss!

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Enjoy the day -Wonderwoman