I think sometimes people get hung up on what food is supposed to “look like”.
As in they think that there are some kind of rules about what something is, just because you call it something.
When you say “salad” what immediately comes to mind? Some kind of lettuce, few chopped carrots or cucumbers, maybe some sliced radish for colour……..
Or maybe you go to chunky potato salad with the obligatory cup of mayonnaise?
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with any of those, but sometimes it is okay to get out of the box.
Came home and needed something to eat. What to do?
Well, I had some slightly old baguette so I chopped that up into bite size squares and tossed it with some chopped garlic, chopped rosemary and some olive oil. Then on to a tray and into the oven to crisp up.
I had a romaine lettuce so I washed it and chopped it up and dried it well.
In the bottom of the bowl that I tossed the croutons in, there was some of the oil, garlic and rosemary left, so I used the same bowl and made a little dressing.
Mostly, it was a Caesar dressing only minus the raw egg and anchovy:
- 1 tsp chopped garlic
- 1 tsp Keen’s hot mustard ( or Dijon)
- a few shots of Worcestershire sauce
- juice of half a lemon
- a couple of twirls of olive oil
- salt & pepper
whisk that up at the bottom of the bowl.
Then add the Romain lettuce and toss with the dressing. Then add a few handfuls of freshly grated parmesan cheese.
But is that it? No no no……let’s see what we have in the fridge??
Well, how about some left over roasted cauliflower? Why not?
I just tossed it into a saute pan for a couple of minutes to take the extreme cold off of it and mellow the flavour a bit.
What else do we have? Oh, here is some left over South West salad, let’s toss that in too!
All right then, I think we are in business!
We have the lettuce tossed in dressing with cheese, then cauliflower and then the bean salad. Last but not least, the croutons and toss well and serve!
Perfect any night “Salad”!
What have you got in YOUR fridge that you can call salad?